It’s been 8 years since we’ve seen a new Rolex Submariner released, when they introduced the reference 114060 in 2012, a date-less variation of the 116610. That changes today with the reveal of 8 new Submariner references that bring a few small changes which I suspect will have a big impact. The Submariner is the icon it is today in part because of its unimpeachable diving bona fides that date back to 1953, as well as the mark it’s made in shaping the visual identity of the dive watch as we know it today. The Submariner is a bit like the Porsche 911 in that it changes gradually over time, with late models clearly containing the DNA of early models. The newest generation of Submariner stays true to this ethos, but the changes it does make aren’t without controversy. We’d expect nothing less.
The new Submariner is being released with 8 references right off the bat, 3 in stainless steel, and 5 in precious metal or Rolesor (their term for two-tone watches). As you’d expect, a black dial and bezel option will be available, together this time, both with and without date, in the references 124060 and 126610. The biggest surprise here is the new 126610LV, which adds a green (Verde) bezel against a black dial, heralding the return of the so-called “Kermit” colorway which we first saw in 2003 in the reference 16610LV, a 50th anniversary model that served as a transitional reference, bringing the first appearance of a maxi dial in a 5 digit Submariner, which has since appeared in all 6 digit references.