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BREAKING NEWS: Rolex lives up to its teaser campaign promise with a suite of steel and gold Submariners

Oyster Perpetual Submariner

Rolex has lived up to its teaser campaign promise to “Conquer the Deep” with a broad sweep of new Submariners in a slightly larger and subtly redesigned 41mm case.

There is a single classic no date Sub using a new calibre 3230 in the 2020 collection while a suite of three Submariner Dates use the calibre 3235 in a Submariner for the first time.

All 41mm models are certified to a depth of 300m and come on a slightly wider bracelet that integrates into slimmed down lugs.

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They all have ceramic unidirectional bezels with 60-minute graduated Cerachrom inserts.

Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date.

The hour and minute hands are differentiated in size and shape, and the hour markers in simple geometric forms – triangles, circles and rectangles – enable instant and reliable reading, preventing any risk of confusion underwater.

In the darkness of the deep, what Rolex calls its Chromalight display keeps the hands and markers alight with a blue-glowing luminescence.

They come in an array of colourways and materials. The Submariner ref.124060 has the timeless black lacquer dial in an Oystersteel case and Oyster bracelet.

Oyster Perpetual Submariner.

There is a steel on steel ref.126610 LV with black lacquer dial and green bezel, a combination known to collectors as the Kermit.

Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date.

 

The ref.126613 LB has a blue sunray dial framed by a blue and gold bezel. It comes in an Oystersteel case on a bi-colour steel and 18ct yellow gold bracelet.

 

Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date.

At the top of the new line is an 18ct white Rolesor gold model with a blue bezel.

Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date.

 

The new-generation Submariner and Submariner Date’s movements, the calibre 3230 and 3235, both use Rolex’s Chronergy escapement that combines high energy efficiency with great dependability.

They are fitted with a blue Parachrom hairspring, manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive paramagnetic alloy that makes it up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks.

Both efficient movements offer a power reserve of around 70 hours.

The no date steel model will cost $8,100. With a date, prices are $9,550 for the Kermit, $14,300 for the bi-color steel and gold and $39,650 for the white-gold model with the blue bezel.

They are expected to go on sale with Rolex authorised dealers in September, although no precise date has been provided.

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