As you’d expect, we’re getting a new version of the Submariner Date to accompany the new 41mm no-date Submariner. However, while the no-date Sub is only available in Oystersteel with a black dial and black bezel, the 41mm Submariner Date comes in seven configurations, two of which are new versions of modern cult classics. Here’s a quick run-down of the entire collection: There are two references in Oystersteel with black dials, one with a black bezel and one with a green bezel; there are two two-tone references in Oystersteel and yellow gold, one with a blue dial and bezel and one with a black dial and bezel; there are two references in yellow gold, one with a black dial and bezel and one with a blue dial and bezel; and, finally, there is a white-gold reference with a black dial and blue bezel. In all cases, the bezels are Cerachrome, with the markings in either PVD gold or platinum.
For all seven references of the Submariner Date, you get the new 41mm case with slimmer lugs and a slightly wider bracelet (which Rolex says is for comfort and stability on the wrist). You also get the caliber 3235, which has a longer 70-hour power reserve and a proprietary Chronergy escapement, making it a serious improvement over the previous caliber. If this movement sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same movement used in the date-equipped Sea-Dweller ref. 126600.
The new 41mm Submariner Date completely replaces the previous generation of Submariner Date models, and they should be available at authorized dealers on Wednesday. Prices range from $ 9,150 for the black-on-black model in Oystersteel to $ 39,650 for the white-gold model with the blue bezel.
Honestly, if you want a cool Submariner, now you’re truly spoiled for choice. In particular, I always liked the idea of a blue-bezeled Sub, but found the blue dial to be a bit much. (It also shouts, “Look at me, I’m wearing a white-gold Submariner” in a way that I think this new, more subtle version doesn’t.) Despite the weight that comes with the watch, that would be my choice of the bunch. That said, the Kermit is likely to be the enthusiast hit of the collection, but I’ll wait and see what everyone says down in the comments before I draw a hard line there. (Please, let us know which one you’re most excited to check out in the metal.)
I do think it’s very interesting that the new Submariner collection is rather lopsided toward the Submariner Date models. There is only the all-black version available without the date, while the other eight models all come with that extra little bit of complication. It’s been that way for some time, but it underscores the fact that the no-date Sub is very much a purist’s watch, something of an homage to the early days of the Submariner and its no-nonsense tool-watch heritage. The Submariner Date is the more practical, desk-diving option, and the precious metal Submariners have always had a date window and a Cyclops. It looks like while some things have changed with the Submariner, other things have stayed the same.
Reference Number: 126610 (steel), 126613 (steel and yellow gold), 126618 (yellow gold), 126619 (white gold)
Case Material: Oystersteel, Oystersteel and yellow gold, yellow gold, white gold
Dial Color: Black lacquer, blue sunray
Indexes: Luminous circles, rectangles, and triangles
Lume: Yes, on hour markers, hands, and bezel pearl
Water Resistance: 300 meters (1,000 feet)
Strap/Bracelet: Oyster bracelet with Oysterlock folding clasp and Glidelock extension system
Caliber: Caliber 3235
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Superlative Chronometer Certified (Both COSC certification and Rolex certification)
Additional Details: Hacking seconds; Chronergy escapement; Paramagnetic pallet fork and escape wheel
Pricing & Availability
Price: $ 9,150 (steel with black bezel), $ 9,550 (steel with green bezel), $ 14,300 (steel and yellow gold), $ 36,950 (yellow gold), $ 39,650 (white gold)
Availability: From Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Limited Edition: No, main production.