What do Rolex and Project X have in common? Officially nothing, but Project X can maybe be seen as the M series of BMW or the Brabus of Mercedes Benz. Project X is about to release two ‘tuned’ Rolex models, the Submariner Ceramic STEALTH Mk III and Mk IV.
Rolex is does not get a lot of attention on Monochrome, which is actually strange. Rolex is the world’s biggest independent watch brand and Monochrome is about independent watchmaking and haute horlogerie. In the past I posted about the customized Single Red Deep Sea Piccard Edition. I’ll try to do better by posting the new customized Rolex watches Project X Design makes, the Submariner Ceramic STEALTH Mk III and IV.
The above Submariner Ceramic STEALTH Mk III is based on the Submariner Ceramic, that Rolex released at Baselworld last year. The crownguards have been removed and so has the cyclops. Some people love the cyclops, some don’t, but for sure it’s a very recognizable feature of Rolex sports watches. The bezel has been treated and is now a Black-Out-Bezel and STEALTH has been printed on the dial in the same ‘reed’ green color as the NATO G10 strap the watch comes on. Personally I like this Submariner even better than the regular model. The only downside is that it’s more expensive and very limited.
Besides the STEALTH Mk III Project X Designs will also release a STEALTH Mk IV. This model kept its crownguards, but has been matte black carbon coated and also features the black-out-bezel. And again the cyclops has been removed.
If you wonder whether the STEALTH Mk III and IV will come with the original steel bracelet, the answer is no. Project X Designs installed so-called military fixed bars, which allow the NATO strap to be attached. But it prevents the owner to attach the steel bracelet. The case backs of both models are engraved with the issue number and SBS Insignia and motto. SBS is the precursor of the British Special Air Services (SAS), the elite military branch of the British army.
The Project X Designs Submariner Ceramic STEALTH Mk III and IV will both be limited to 28 pieces. STEALTH Mk III will be priced at 8,750 GBP and available for delivery at the end of March 2011. Submariner Ceramic STEALTH Mk IV will be priced at 9,950 GBP and expected delivery is early April 2011.