Words from Rolex:
“The Rolex Submariner’s robust and functional design swiftly became iconic. With their subtly redesigned Oyster case, distinctive dial with large luminescent hour markers, graduated rotatable Cerachrom bezel and solid link Oyster bracelet, the latest generation Submariner and Submariner Date are firmly in line with the original model launched in 1953” (Rolex.com).
Sized at 40mm, Submariner’s Oyster case guarantees to withstand up to 30 bars of pressure underwater. This case is crafted from solid block of Oystersteel. Front is the brushed steel with polished steel on the side. Overall, this case of Submariner is robust and functional design with iconic look to it.
As per usual Rolex watches, this Submariner has a brushed Oystersteel back that is clean and functional.
III. Dial, Bezel, and Crown
Dial used on this Submariner is the iconic and distinctive blue dial with luminescent hour markers. According to Rolex, those Chromalight luminescent used on the indexes, hands, and bezel pushes out 8 hours of uniform blue luminescence. All of the 3 hands are 18k gold with a date window on 3 o’clock position. Over the date window is the cyclops that magnifies the date by 2.5X magnification.
Unidirectional Rotatable Bezel is implemented as this is a diving watch. This Cerachrom bezel of Rolex is a type of ceramic bezel that takes 40 hours to produce. It is basically resistant to everything and keeps the looks and functionality of the bezel. Moreover, outer rim of the bezel is made out of 18k gold with teeth to offer grip under water, even with gloves.
Crown on this watch is also made out of the 18k gold. It is a winding and screw-down crown that features Triplock waterproofness system that helps with the the 30 bars of water-resistance.
As a Yellow Rolesor model, Oyster bracelet has combination of Oystersteel and 18k yellow gold. Out of the flat three-piece links, middle connecting piece is the full 18k yellow gold.
Clasp used is the Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system. This allows the owners to extend the length up to 20mm(in 2mm increments) without any tool. It is a both robust and comfortable bracelet; However, with the inclusion of 18k gold linking pieces, this bracelet would be heavier on wrist compare to full Oystersteel bracelet.
Movement on Submariner is the Rolex’s own Calibre 3135 movement. It is an automatic movement of Rolex that is a certified chronometer. Also, as a newer movement of Rolex is the use of Parachrom hairspring that is more resistant to shocks and temperature variations. Also, as the Parachrom is the mixture of niobium(Nb), zirconium(Zr), and oxygen(O), it less susceptible to magnetic interference. In the end, this movement of Rolex is very reliable and functional movement.
VI. Conclusion and Pricing
Priced 13,400USD, you are getting a hack of a watch. Aesthetics of this watch is subjective, but personally, I think this is one of the most appealing color scheme in general. And Rolex was able to execute this color task perfectly. Overall, Yellow Gold Rolesor Submariner Date is a functional yet a very elegant and iconic watch.