In bold fashion, Rolex just announced the new Submariner and Oyster Perpetual in new 41mm case size. For the Submariners, it’s a considerably big face lift for both date and no date models. The Oyster Perpetual now offers a new silver dial option, but no longer has the white dial version.
It’s been a decade since we were introduced to the now-discontinued reference of Submariners. This new 41mm Submariner is a retrospective redesigned of what it should have been in the first place. It no longer has the maxi case design and now spots slimmer lugs – giving it a more balanced look.
The bad news is, they are now paired with a 21mm bracelet. Well, perhaps the market will start to make more 21mm straps soon.
Both the date and no date models now house an updated movement. Calibre 3230 for the Submariner ref. 124060 and the calibre 3235 (first introduced in 2015 for the 39mm Pearlmaster) for the Submariner Date ref. 126610.
The Submariner Date in steel comes in another unique option with green bezel. The green bezel ref. 126610LV is obviously a reissue of the wildly popular 50th anniversary Kermit. Are we calling it Shrek, Loki, Grinch or Yoda now?
For those who prefer a luxurious white gold Submariner, the blue bezel ref. 126619LB is going to scratch that itch. It is isn’t as flashy as the Smurf ref. 116619 coming with a black dial instead of blue.
Overall, I’m actually not surprised with the move to 41mm case size. Rolex has retained most of the familiarity of the Submariner this time. My only qualm is that they could have used a 22mm bracelet instead.
My personal choice of Submariner in this new release is definitely the no date. I only wished that they have kept the words on the dial to two lines. Everyone knows Rolex watches have COSC.
Price in Singapore:
- Submariner (ref. 124060): S$7,910
- Submariner Date – Black (ref. 126610LN): S$12,290
- Submariner Date – Green (ref. 126610LV): S$12,850
- Submariner Date (White Gold) – Blue (ref. 126610LB): S$53,310
The Oyster Perpetual is probably my favourite non-sports Rolex watch. Having previously owned the Oyster Perpetual 39 ref. 114300, the Oyster Perpetual 41 ref. 124300 is one made for the bigger boys out there. 2mm larger makes a world of difference on the wrist, but it seems like Rolex retained almost the same thickness: 11.4mm vs 12mm
This time, it comes with a new silver dial with yellow old markers and hands – classic look, modern size. Rolex also offers a black dial version similar to the previous reference. For those sharp-eyed buyers, the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock markers now have two batons instead of one. Unfortunately, the company did not announce a white dial version for this release.
The new Oyster Perpetual 41 is now powered by the same calibre used in the Submariner, the calibre 3230. It’s a no-date high-precision +/- 2 seconds a day movement with 70 hours of power reserve. Great for everyday wear.
Price in Singapore:
- Oyster Perpetual 41 (ref 124300): S$7,910
As usual, both the Submariners and the Oyster Perpetuals are extremely popular models. Stocks will also be very limited and exclusive. I hope you have already called up your AD if you really want one.