Perhaps the world’s best-known diving watch, still evolving

Rolex never disappoints with its new products, and in 2020 it is introducing two new versions of the Submariner: the Oyster Perpetual Submariner and the Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date, arguably the coolest diving watches ever made. The Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date

First released in 1953, the Submariner was the first diving watch to be water-resistant to 100 metres, and in 1969 the Submariner Date was launched with a date display in addition to the time, both of which were gradually upgraded to 300 metres.

1953 – The Submariner was the first diving watch to be water-resistant to 100 metres (330 feet), symbolising an important step in the history of Rolex and deep-sea diving © Rolex/Jean-Daniel Meyer

Throughout its history, the Submariner has had a special significance, being the brand’s first modern diving watch. It has been worn by Hollywood stars, sports legends and just about every famous person you can think of.

So what’s so innovative about the new Submariner and Submariner Calendar? The answer is that both models have a slightly larger case size of 41 mm (compared to the previous Submariner’s 40 mm) and a wider centre bracelet on the Oyster strap.

The new version of the Submariner is powered by the calibre 3230, which is new this year,replica watches while the 2020 version of the Submariner Calendar is powered by the calibre 3235. This is the first time that a 32-series movement has been adopted for the Submariner collection, and both movements have been entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Like the old Submariner, the new Submariner Oyster steel model has a black dial with a rotating bezel with Cerachrom ceramic lettering in the same colour, highly resistant to scratches and unaffected by the sun’s UV rays.

The bezel’s geared rolled edge provides excellent grip and makes it easy for divers to set the watch through gloves. The three new versions of the Submariner Calendar are also available with Cerachrom bezels in different colours. Collectors can choose between the Oyster steel version with a black dial and green bezel or the 18ct white gold version with a black dial and blue bezel. There is also a yellow gold version with a blue dial and a blue bezel.

Also released in a range of colours is the Oyster Perpetual. There is a choice of lacquered dial colours: candy pink, turquoise blue, yellow, coral red and green.

Rolex is world-famous for its Oyster watches. These watches enjoy all the key qualities of the Oyster Perpetual collection: precision timekeeping, water-resistant Oyster cases and self-winding movements with constant oscillating weight. The new models display the hours, minutes and seconds in the most simple and elegant way. The Oyster Perpetual is in the same vein as the first waterproof Oyster watch, which was launched in 1926.

The Oyster Perpetual’s Oyster case guarantees water resistance to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet) and is a model of robust elegance. The middle case is cast from a single block of solid Oyster steel and is resistant to corrosion. The case is sealed by a finely pitted caseback screwed down with a special tool exclusive to the brand, so that only Rolex watchmakers have access to the movement. The winding crown has a double locking double waterproofing system and is securely screwed to the case. The crystal is made of sapphire, which is not easily scratched. The waterproof Oyster case of the Oyster Perpetual gives the movement optimum protection.

Also updated are the four classic Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 models in white gold and steel (a combination of Oyster steel and 18ct white gold). The first model has a bezel set with 46 round diamonds, a purple sunray effect dial and diamond-set Roman numerals VI.

The other three models have a mint green sunray effect dial, a white lacquered dial and a dark grey sunray effect dial with an 18ct white gold triangular pit bezel. The hands, hour markers and Roman numerals on these four models are all in 18ct white gold. The case and lugs reflect a light lustre on both sides, adding to the appealing silhouette of the 31mm Oyster case.

The new Log 31 is equipped with the calibre 2236, a new generation of movements entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. It is equipped with a patented Rolex-made Syloxi hairspring. This silicon balance spring is extremely stable and precise, ten times more resistant to shocks than a conventional balance spring, and its patented geometry ensures that the movement remains regular in all positions. The movement is equipped with a nickel-phosphor alloy escapement wheel. The balance-spring assembly of the movement is equipped with a high-performance Paraflex shock absorber designed and patented by Rolex to increase the movement’s resistance to vibrations.

The last new release is the Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller in 18ct yellow gold with an Oysterflex strap. This is the first time that a classic watch in the collection has been fitted with this innovative high-performance black rubber strap.

The new model is equipped with its characteristic triangular pitted bi-directional rotating bezel, which works in conjunction with the Ring Command system to set the functions. The Zongtong is an elegant watch designed for globetrotters,replica rolex displaying the time in two time zones simultaneously and equipped with an annual calendar. 24-hour off-axis discs indicate the time at the place of departure and a central hand indicates the time at the location. The annual calendar, known as the Saros system, automatically distinguishes between 30- and 31-day months.

As with all Rolex watches, these new models have been chronometer-certified by the Grande Complication Chronometer, ensuring that their movements are of exceptional performance. From form to performance, there is perhaps no brand more worthy of this crown than Rolex, which continues to enhance its classic models.