Rolex recently introduced the new generation of its Oyster Perpetual Submariner and Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date, watches that exemplify the historic links between Rolex and the world of diving. Both timepieces now feature a redesigned, slightly larger case and are fitted on a remodelled bracelet. Equipped with movements that focus on a high reliability and absolute performance, the two models are suitable for daily use above and below the surface.
Rolex experimented with diving watches as early as the early 1950s and introduced its first Submariner in 1953, the first divers‘ watch waterproof at a depth of 100 metres. Just a year later, the waterproofness of the Submariner was increased to a depth of 200 metres. The watch was soon fitted with other technical innovations until the Submariner and Submariner Date gradually began to explore the world beyond the oceans. Today, these tool watches have become archetypes of the action watch on land as underwater.
When diving, being able to read the time with absolute certainty is a matter of survival. Therefore, the dial of the Submariner watches is designed to be clean and unambiguous. The hour and minute hands, clearly differentiated in size and shape, and the hour markers in simple geometric forms enable instant and reliable reading, preventing any risk of confusion underwater.
The Submariner and Submariner Date also feature a Chromalight display: the hands and hour markers are coated or filled with a luminescent material that emits a long-lasting blue glow in dark conditions. On the bezel, the triangular zero marker is also visible in darkness.
The crystal used is made of virtually scratchproof sapphire and, on the Submariner Date, is fitted with a Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock for easy reading of the date.
The unidirectional rotatable bezel is fitted with a 60-minute graduated Cerachrom insert in black, green or blue ceramic that allows divers to confidently monitor their dive time. It is placed on top of the Oyster case, which is a paragon of robustness and reliability. This case is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 300 metres and its middle case is crafted from a solid block of Oystersteel, a corrosion-resistant alloy, or from white gold.
Like all Rolex watches, the Oyster Perpetual Submariner and the Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date carry the Superlative Chronometer certification, which ensures excellent performance on the wrist. The watches are equipped with the calibres 3230 and 3235; movements entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Both automatic movements offer fundamental gains in terms of precision, resistance to shocks and magnetic fields, convenience and reliability. They also offer a power reserve of approx. 70 hours.
These versions of the Submariner and Submariner Date are fitted with an Oyster bracelet.