A New Generation Deep Sea Icon Emerges

04 Oct 2020

The Oyster Perpetual Submariner in Oystersteel features a Chromalight display which enables reliable reading underwater

Rolex has been inextricably linked to the development of deep-sea diving ever since the advent of scuba diving. Close collaborations with the pioneers of diving led to the development and introduction of the
Oyster Perpetual Submariner in 1953, the first divers’ wristwatch waterproof to a depth of 100 metres. The
Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date eventually followed in 1969, and in time both watches with their proven performance have extended their appeal beyond the marine world to become archetypes of the action watch on land as well as underwater.


Now Rolex proudly unveils the new generation of the Oyster Perpetual Submariner and Oyster Perpetual
Submariner Date. While still holding true to its aesthetic heritage, both timepieces have been redesigned with a slightly larger 41 mm case that is fitted on a remodelled bracelet.

Oyster Perpetual Submariner in Oystersteel

Visually, the new Submariner sports a black dial and rotatable bezel with matching Cerachrom insert, while the Submariner Date in yellow Rolesor, a combination of Oystersteel and 18 ct yellow gold, presents a royal blue dial with a rotatable bezel and a blue Cerachrom insert. Virtually scratchproof, Cerachrom exhibits colours of a rare intensity and are resistant to environmental effects.

Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date in yellow Rolesor

Additional aesthetic options of the Submariner Date include an Oystersteel version with a black dial and green bezel, while another version in 18 ct white gold is offset by a black dial and a blue bezel.

Legibility is paramount for diving, as such, the dial of the Submariner and Submariner Date is designed to be clean and unambiguous. The hour and minute hands are clearly differentiated by size and shape, and the hour markers in simple geometric forms of triangles, circles and rectangles, enable instant and reliable reading, preventing any risk of confusion underwater. In dark conditions, the Chromalight display ensures a long-lasting blue glow, with the hands and hour markers coated or filled with the same luminescent material found on the triangular zero marker of the bezel.

The clean unambiguous dial is distinguished by simple geometric shapes for instant readability

Calibre 3230 and calibre 3235 drive the Submariner and Submariner Date respectively. These self-winding movements entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex offer fundamental gains in terms of precision, power reserve, resistance to shocks and magnetic fields.

Both calibres combine high energy efficiency with great dependability by incorporating the Rolex-patented Chronergy escapement. Its nickel-phosphorus construction renders the escapement insensitive to magnetic fields.

The movements are also fitted with an optimised blue Parachrom hairspring, manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive paramagnetic alloy that is 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks.

A self-winding module via a Perpetual rotor equips both calibre 3230 and calibre 3235. The barrel architecture and the escapement’s superior efficiency extends the movements’ power reserve to approximately 70 hours.

The Oyster case provides optimum protection for the Rolex self-winding movement to a depth of 300 metres

With the movement ensconced within the Oyster case for optimum protection, the Oyster Perpetual Submariner and Submariner Date are guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 300 metres. Both also carry the Superlative Chronometer certification, an assurance of excellent time performance. The
Superlative Chronometer status is symbolised by the green seal that comes with every Rolex watch and is coupled with an international five-year guarantee.