HODINKEE Radio: Episode 103: New Rolex Week & Other Fresh Releases

HODINKEE Radio: Episode 103: New Rolex Week & Other Fresh Releases

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Last week was a big one for watches in 2020: Rolex released its new models all at once, on an otherwise quiet Monday evening in New York City. And boy was there some news. The complete overhaul of the Submariner collection made the biggest splash, with all models jumping to 41mm from 40mm and getting a new movement inside. The Oyster Perpetual replaced its 39mm variations with new 41mm variations and a host of bright, colorful dials are now available in all sizes of the classic OP. And a few other models received incremental updates like new strap options and new dial variants. It’s all quintessential Rolex updates, but with a little more fun and flair than usual. For the first half of this week’s show, I sat down with Ben and Jack to talk through the updates in detail, explore why they matter to collectors, and do some thinking about what these releases tell us about Rolex more broadly.

The Bulgari Aluminium Chronograph.

But Rolex isn’t the only watch brand that’s been dropping new releases lately. In fact, after a few months that made it look like 2020 might be a quiet year for watches, we’re seeing a steady stream of new late-summer drops. With Geneva Watch Days in the rearview mirror, I sat down with James and Jon to talk through some of our favorite new watches from the last few weeks (as well as one that was released a while back but just got an in-depth review treatment from James). We talk about a variety of watches from a variety of brands, including a mechanical Longines with old-school charm, a cutting-edge quartz Breitling with brash styling, and a collection of lightweight sport watches from Bulgari.

We hope you enjoy Episode 103 of HODINKEE Radio. Check out the show notes below, and let us know what you think about the latest releases from Rolex and others down in the comments.

Show Notes

(4:00) The Rolex Submariner Ref. 124060

(18:00) The Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41

(18:22) Comparing Entry-Level, In-House Automatics From Grand Seiko, Omega, And Rolex

(19:40) A Brief History of Rolex Stella Dial Timepieces

(20:00) The Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 With New Colorful Dials

(25:30) Accutron: From the Space Age to the Digital Age

(26:50) The New Rolex Sky-Dweller On The Oysterflex Bracelet

(37:00) The Seiko Prospex SPB143

(46:15) The Grey NATO Episode 118: On Paper, On Wrist – The Seiko SPB143

(46:30) The Longines Heritage Military Marine Nationale

(53:00) The Breitling Endurance Pro 

(59:00) The Bulgari Aluminium & Aluminium Chronograph

(1:04:45) The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton Edition

(1:07:15) Peter Blake


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