For some years now the purchase of a sports Rolex has become for many a kind of treasure hunt. Passionate and not, they roam the globe in vain in search of the much desired reference, only to realize that the globalized world has become very small indeed.
From the most coveted and untruthable Cosmograph Daytona has passed in a short time to the limited availability of GMT-MASTER II, to arrive, this year, at the poor availability of the quintessential professional Rolex, the Rolex SUBMARINER. Introduced in 1953, the Rolex Submariner it entered the history of watchmaking for being the first waterproof watch up to 100 meters deep. Today, in addition to reaching 300 meters deep, he has become the travel companion not only for lovers of the seabed, but also faithful companion in all circumstances.
In commercial terms, the Rolex Submariner has always been among the most requested and available models at dealers. It was and is for many – along with Datejust – the main gateway to enter the Rolex universe.
Why is it going to go out of production?
The most attentive and active enthusiasts will have noticed how since the release of the Rolex Gmt Master II 126710BLRO, the famous 'Pepsi', with redesigned case and equipped with the new Caliber 3285, Rolex has begun to distribute less and less Rolex GMT MASTER II ceramic. Let's talk about the classics GMT 116710LN / BLR, to subsequently remove them from production with the introduction in 2019 of the new Rolex 126710BLNR .
Precisely based on this assumption we could speculate that also the 116610LN / LV and the 114060 are destined to retire. The current Submariner presented in 2010 (116610LN) and 2012 (114060), remained the only sportsman to be equipped with the Caliber 3130 for the 114060 and the 3135, for the 116610LN / LV. This legendary movement has somehow been the architect of the success of Rolex watches over the last 30 years, boasting great reliability and precision.
However, with the introduction in 2015 of the new Caliber 3255, Rolex has created a new and more advanced family of movements. the power reserve has in fact gone from 48 to 70 hours, while the precision parameters have been redefined with even lower tolerances, thanks mainly to the new Chronergy escapement which guarantees 15% more energy efficiency.
What will the next SUBMARINER look like?
The new SUBMARINER 126610 (?) that will be presented to Baselworld 2020, will probably be equipped with the new Caliber 3235, already supplied with the new DATEJUST in production since 2017. also the case will be plausibly redesigned to make it tapered and less massive than current references. Just like the DATEJUST, the GMT MASTER II and as requested by most enthusiasts – see me – who regret the ergonomics and elegance of the four- and five-digit crates and lurches.
I'm sure Rolex won't disappoint this time too. The history of the Geneva fashion house is in the name of constant evolution in terms of precision, design, always maintaining a rather conservative line. Every new model created by the crowned house has always been contemporary and reliable in all circumstances. This is the key to Rolex's success, and that's what we enthusiasts expect.