NEWS! Rolex Presents the new Submariner 126613LN
The time has come for Rolex to present its novelties for 2020! When Baselworld was officially canceled, it seemed that Rolex would follow its tradition and therefore not present novelties in 2020.
This proved to be wrong, and on the 1st of September 2020, Rolex presented its novelties to the world, including the discontinuing of a number of different models. The biggest news of 2020 is the upgrade of the whole Submariner range. 2020 meant a huge upgrade to the Submariner range in the sense that every single model in the collection was updated. This didn’t come as a surprise, however, as an upgrade was well due considering the Submariners all used Rolex’s previous generation caliber 31XX movements, in a time when the new generation caliber 32XX had already been presented by the brand.
One of the news that Rolex presented in 2020 was an upgrade to the existing two-tone Submariner in black, reference 116613LN. The biggest change from the predecessor was of course the latest generation caliber, but also a number of visual tweaks and refinements to its design. The watch got the new reference number 126613LN. Let’s go into detail and see what this watch is all about.
“It features a unidirectional rotatable bezel with Cerachrom insert and solid-link Oyster bracelet. The latest generation Submariner and Submariner Date remain faithful to the original model launched in 1953. In watchmaking, the Submariner represented a historic turning point; it set the standard for divers’ watches.”
The NEW 2020 Rolex Submariner 126613LN
The Submariner colletion has consisted of two two-tone models for a long time. This includes two models, one blue, and one black. Originally, they carried the reference 16613, followed by 116613, and now 126613. For the blue, the reference ends with LB (Lunette bleu), and for the black, LN (Lunette Noir), referring to the color of the bezel.
So, what’s new?
In terms of visual changes, the biggest difference is that the case size has been increased from 40mm to 41mm, thus now referred to as the Submariner 41. The increase in diameter size of only 1mm may not seem like a big deal, but for Rolex, it really is. This is considering the fac t that the model has never had a size greater than 40mm ever in its history.
But whilst you may think that the new 126613LN will wear bigger than the predecessor, it really won’t This has to do with the fact that the lugs have been made slimmer and more refined, in a way reminiescent of the reference 16613 Submariner. So whilst the watch is bigger on paper, it will wear more or less the same as it is gone with the squared-lug design, and has a more elegant lug design which makes it appear smaller on the wrist than the size may suggest.
Since Rolex is a brand that is about evolution, not revolution, the design of the watch remains more or less the same. It has a combination of 18ct yellow gold and 904L (Oyster)steel. The watch has a black Cerachrome bezel insert and the bezel is a unidirectional rotating bezel. The watch is equipped with a three-link Oyster bracelet in gold and steel and has Rolex’s Glidelock extension system. Another change relates to the bracelet . To match the increase in size, Rolex has also made the braelet slightly wider and increased it from 20mm to 21mm.
The bracelet has polished middle links and brushed sides.
Rolex Submariner 126613LN specifications
- Movement: Rolex caliber 3235
- Diameter: 41mm
- Lug width: 21mm
- Water-resitance: 300m/1000 feet
- Power-reserve: 70 hours