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.
They all have ceramic unidirectional bezels with 60-minute graduated Cerachrom inserts.
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.
There is a steel on steel ref.126610 LV with black lacquer dial and green bezel, a combination known to collectors as the Kermit.
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.
At the top of the new line is an 18ct white Rolesor gold model with a blue bezel.
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.