Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date, Yellow Gold (116618) and White Gold (116619) Models

At Baselworld 2008, Rolex unveiled the new generation Rolex Submariner Date watch in yellow and white gold versions.

The quintessential divers’ watch, the Rolex Submariner has expanded its horizons far beyond the element of its birth in 1953, while denying nothing of its aquatic origins. Waterproof to a depth of 100, 200, then 300 metres as it successively evolved since its launch over 50 years ago, the Submariner has always symbolized Rolex’s supremacy in waterproofness.

In 2008, a new version of the Submariner Date watch, with a subtly redesigned case, has been perpetuating the legend.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date, Yellow Gold (116618)
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date, Yellow Gold (116618)

The case is graced with a new, unidirectional rotatable bezel equipped with a 120-notch anti-reverse click system and fitted with a black or blue Cerachrom insert according to the version. Cerachrom is an extremely hard, corrosion resistant, practically scratchproof ceramic, whose colour is not affected by ultraviolet rays.

Its mechanical movement equipped with a Perpetual rotor and Parachrom hairspring pledges increased chronometric precision and reliability. Parachrom is a material 10 times more resistant to shocks and is insensitive to magnetic fields. Like every Rolex movement, the Submariner Date’s movement is certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).

As much in its element in the penumbra of the ocean floor as in the soft light of sophistication, this new-generation Submariner Date offers exceptional legibility thanks to hour markers and hands coated with luminescent Chromalight.

This new Submariner Date is fitted with the Rolex Glidelock clasp. Designed, developed and patented by Rolex, this extension system allows the bracelet to be lengthened – without the need for tools – by approximately 20 mm in increments of 2 mm, for the watch to be worn over a diving suit up to 3 mm thick.

Technical details

  • Calibre: 3135
  • Self-winding: Perpetual rotor
  • Power reserve: 48 hours
  • Date: Instantaneous change
  • Oscillator Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 beats/hour), Parachrom hairspring with a Breguet overcoil
  • Chronometer: COSC certification
  • Diameter: 40 mm
  • Materials: 18 ct yellow or white gold
  • Case: Unidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated bezel with Cerachrom insert, shoulders to protect the crown
  • Waterproofness: 300 m (1,000 ft)
  • Winding crown: Triplock
  • Crystal: Sapphire, Cyclops lens with anti-reflective coating
  • Bracelet: Oyster with Rolex Glidelock clasp