The wait is finally over as Rolex teased the world with a cryptic video on 25 August 2020 as the Genevan brand announced the imminent launch of the Rolex 2020 novelties.
Speculation was rife, but the waves and ocean depicted in the teaser were a telltale — a dive watch is set to be launched.
Presented to the world on 1 September 2020, Rolex unveiled its new variant of the venerable Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner.
The new-generation Oyster Perpetual Submariner (no date) and Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date features a (you read this right) 41mm case.
For the first time ever, the dimensions of the Submariner creeps past the 40mm mark.
The redesigns to the case are subtle but should translate well when worn on the wrist. The lugs are made slimmer than the “maxi-style” case of its predecessor while the new bracelet accentuates the watch profile with a broader centre link.
A new movement is thrown into the Rolex 2020 novelties mix as well. The Oyster Perpetual Submariner (no date) is equipped with new calibre 3230 that promises 70-hours of power reserve and Rolex’s proprietary Chronergy escapement for better efficiency and reliability.
On the other hand, the Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date is fitted with 2015 release calibre 3235 as seen in the Datejust and Sea-Dweller.
A total of eight Submariner references are released — one without the date while the remaining seven (two steel watches, two Rolesor versions, two yellow gold versions and one white gold edition) with the date.
A piece of noteworthy news is the return of the “Kermit” (black dial green bezel) now with its new “Cermit” moniker thanks to the ceramic bezel.
That is not the end of the Rolex 2020 novelty lineup.
The Oyster Perpetual 36 which we covered not too long ago has been given a pop of colour with its lacquer dials.
Shades of candy pink, yellow, green, coral red and turquoise inject fun into the new five-piece collection. The refreshing take is a welcome as it opens the door for a greater demographic of wearers.
Powering the Oyster Perpetual 36 is the same calibre 3230 that resides within the no-date Submariner.
Another member of the Oyster Perpetual family has been given an update as well, the Oyster Perpetual 39 has been retired for the new Oyster Perpetual 41 presented in two colours — a silver, sunray-finish dial or a bright black, sunray-finish dial.
If you’re bored, listless or sick of doing your job, click here to catch up with our September 2020 issue!