Important news indeed, as today, September 1st, 2020, Rolex has launched its new collection of watches, which includes no fewer than five new Submariner references – four models with date, and the present steel, no-date version. You probably didn’t miss the launch but if so, you’d better check our early review article here, at MONOCHROME. But that’s not all, since we had the opportunity to see the watch in the metal right before the official presentation. And we thought it would be a great idea to film the watch too. So here it is, the video review of the brand new 2020 Rolex Submariner 41mm 124060.
So… A new Submariner? Yes, it is new but also feels totally familiar. Since its introduction, the whole concept behind the Sub has remained very consistent and this isn’t going to change soon. The new Rolex Submariner 41mm 124060 is more an evolution than a revolution. It is Rolex after all. At first, it will be hard to spot the differences with the older version, but the devil is in the details. And as you’ll see, most elements have been updated, changed or redesigned.
Basically, the updates concern the dimensions and proportions, not the design itself, which is very close to the previous 114060. The diameter is larger (1 extra millimetre) but the proportions have changed, with slimmer and more tapered lugs combined with a wider lug width and bracelet. Altogether, as you’ll see in the video review, the new Rolex Submariner 41mm is more balanced, slightly more elegant and the increased size is almost imperceptible. A positive point for many, the “super case” is gone and the look returns to that of the 5-digit references – something we anticipated in our yearly prediction article.
The dial and bezel remain almost identical with the exception of small details, such as the reworked hands. The bezel is still black Cerachom with a platinum PVD scale. To match the case’s increased size, the Oyster bracelet has also been reproportioned and is now 1mm wider, including the clasp. It keeps its sturdy and practical Oyterclasp with Glidelock extension system, allowing to fine adjust up to 20mm.
The major evolution to be found on the Sub 41mm is mechanical, as it is now fitted with the latest generation Rolex movement, the new calibre 3230, an automatic chronometer with hours, minutes and seconds. Equipped with the modern Chronergy escapement, it has a comfortable power reserve of 70 hours and anti-magnetic properties.
The new Rolex Submariner 41mm no-date will be priced at CHF 7,700 (CHF 200 extra compared to the 114060). More details and local prices at rolex.com.