Rolex presents a new Oyster Perpetual Submariner model with a redesigned, slightly larger 41 mm case. This new timepiece is equipped with state-of-the-art self-winding movement: the Submariner with calibre 3230, introduced by the brand this year.
The new Submariner in Oystersteel has a black dial and rotatable bezel with matching Cerachrom insert. Like all Rolex watches, the Oyster Perpetual Submariner watch carries the Superlative Chronometer certification.
In order to enhance the legibility to suit its role as an excellent diving instrument, the Submariner watch boasts clean and unambiguous dials that ensure quick reading of time. The hour and minute hands, clearly differentiated in size and shape, and the hour markers in simple geometric forms – triangles, circles and rectangles – enable instant and reliable reading.
The Submariner also features 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 thanks to a capsule containing the same luminescent material.
The unidirectional rotatable bezel is fitted with a 60-minute graduated Cerachrom insert in black that allows divers to confidently monitor their dive times. The moulded, recessed graduations and numerals are coated with platinum via PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition). The bezel’s knurled edge offers excellent grip, to comfortably set dive time even when wearing gloves.
The Oyster case of the Submariner is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 300 metres (1,000 feet). Its middle case is crafted from a solid block of Oystersteel, a particularly corrosion-resistant alloy. The case back, edged with fine fluting, is hermetically screwed down with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement.
The Triplock winding crown, fitted with a triple waterproofness system, screws down securely against the case and is protected by an integral crown guard. The crystal is made of virtually scratchproof sapphire. The waterproof Oyster case provides optimum protection for the watch’s movement.
The new-generation Submariner is equipped with calibre 3230. Launched this year, this movement was entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. The movement incorporates the Chronergy escapement, patented by Rolex, which combines high energy efficiency with great dependability. Made of nickel phosphorus, it is also insensitive to magnetic fields. The movement is also fitted with an optimized blue Parachrom hairspring, manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive paramagnetic alloy that makes it up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks.
The blue Parachrom hairspring is equipped with a Rolex overcoil, ensuring the calibres’ regularity in any position. The oscillator is fitted on the Rolex designed and -patented high-performance Paraflex shock absorbers, increasing the movements’ shock resistance.
The movement features a self-winding module via a Perpetual rotor. Thanks to their barrel architecture and the escapement’s superior efficiency, the movement power reserve extends to approximately 70 hours.
This new Submariner is fitted with an Oyster bracelet. Developed at the end of the 1930s, this three-piece link bracelet is known for its robustness. The Oyster bracelet is equipped with a Rolex-designed and -patented Oysterlock folding safety clasp, which prevents accidental opening. It also features the Rolex Glidelock extension system, designed and patented by the brand.
This particularly inventive mechanism comprises a rack located under the clasp cover and a toothed sliding link that locks into the chosen notch. The Rolex Glidelock on the Oyster bracelet has 10 notches of approximately 2 mm, allowing the length of the bracelet to be adjusted easily, and without tools, up to some 20 mm.
Like all Rolex watches, the Oyster Perpetual Submariner watch is covered by the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015. This exclusive designation testifies that every watch leaving the brand’s workshops has successfully undergone a series of tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria.
These certification tests apply to the fully assembled watch, after casing the movement, guaranteeing superlative performance on the wrist in terms of precision, power reserve, waterproofness and self-winding.
The precision of a Rolex Superlative Chronometer is of the order of −2 /+2 seconds per day, or more than twice that required of an official chronometer. The Superlative Chronometer status is symbolized by the green seal that comes with every Rolex watch and is coupled with an international five-year guarantee.
Model: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner in Oystersteel with a Black Cerachrom bezel and a black dial, 41mm, Reference 124060-0001
Case reference: 124060
Bracelet reference: 97JB00
Oyster (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown)
Integral crown guard
Diameter: 41 mm
Middle case: Oystersteel, satin finish with polished sides
Bezel: Oystersteel, unidirectional rotatable bezel with 60-minute graduated monobloc Cerachrom insert in black ceramic; moulded, recessed graduations and numerals coated with platinum via PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition); first 15 minutes graduated minute-by-minute; capsule in 18 ct white gold, highly legible Chromalight (long-lasting luminescence, blue glow)
Case back: Oystersteel, solid, screw-down with fine fluting
Winding crown: Triplock in Oystersteel, screw-down, triple waterproofness system
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire
Waterproofness: 300 metres (1,000 feet)
Calibre 3230, Manufacture Rolex
Mechanical movement with bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Precision: −2 /+2 sec/day, after casing
Jewelling: 31 rubies
Power reserve: Approximately 70 hours
• Frequency: 28,800 beats/hour (4 Hz)
• Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
• Rolex overcoil
• Large balance wheel with variable inertia
• High-precision regulating via four gold Microstella nuts
• Traversing balance bridge
• High-performance Paraﬂex shock absorbers
• Chronergy with optimized energy efficiency
• Paramagnetic nickel-phosphorus pallet fork and escape wheel
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands
Stop-seconds for exact time setting
Hour markers in 18 ct white gold, highly legible Chromalight (long-lasting luminescence, blue glow)
Hands in 18 ct white gold, highly legible Chromalight (long-lasting luminescence, blue glow)
Oyster, three-piece solid links
Oystersteel, satin finish with polished edges
Oysterlock folding safety clasp
Rolex Glidelock extension system (approx. 20 mm in increments of approx. 2 mm)
Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing)
International five-year guarantee