After delaying its product introductions and imposing temporary factory closures due to the Covid virus, Rolex has finally introduced its long-awaited new 2020 lineup, including new Submariner and Submariner Date models with subtle upgrades.
The redesigned Submariner Ref. 124060 without date and Submariner Date Ref. 126610, which will replace the existing models, have slightly larger 41mm cases (up from 40mm) and remodeled bracelets. The collection is also being overhauled with new movements, caliber 3230 for the Submariner, and 3235 for the Submariner Date, both state-of-the-art Rolex movements that are being used in the Submariner for the first time. They offer 70-hour power reserves compared to 48 hours in previous movements. Over the last few years, Rolex has been gradually updating the calibers in all of its watches. One other subtle difference between the new and old Submariner: there is now a tiny Rolex crown logo between “Swiss” and “Made” below the six-o’clock marker on the dial.
There are models in Oystersteel, Rolex’s proprietary stainless steel, with black dial and matching Cerachrom (ceramic) bezel, as well as a two-tone Rolesor version – Oystersteel and 18k yellow gold with a royal blue dial and blue Cerachrom bezel. The two new versions of the Submariner Date are either Oystersteel with black dial and green bezel or 18k white gold with black dial and blue bezel. The graduations and numerals on the bezels, are PVD coated with either platinum or yellow gold.
The Oyster bracelet on the new versions is equipped with Rolex’s patented Oysterlock folding safety clasp along with the Rolex Glidelock extension system, allowing the length of the bracelet to be adjusted up to 20 mm. On the 18k white gold version of the Submariner Date, the Oyster bracelet includes ceramic inserts inside the links to enhance its flexibility and longevity. The Rolex Submariner Ref. 124060 is priced at $8,100. It is water resistant to 300 meters, and the dial is black lacquer. The Submariner was last updated in 2012, with the introduction of the ref. 114060.
Watch this space tomorrow for news about the new Rolex Datejust, Oyster Perpetual and Sky-Dweller models.