For some years now, buying a sporty Rolex has become a sort of treasure hunt for many. Passionate or not, they wander in vain around the globe in search of the much desired reference, only to realize that the globalized world has really become very small.
From the most coveted and unobtainable Cosmograph Daytona in a short time, the limited availability of GMT-MASTER II, to arrive, this year, at the scarce availability of the professional Rolex par excellence, the Rolex SUBMARINER. Introduced in 1953, the Rolex Submariner it entered the history of watchmaking for being the first watch that was waterproof to a depth of 100 meters. Today, in addition to having reached a depth of 300 meters, it has become the travel companion not only for lovers of the seabed, but also a faithful companion in all circumstances.
In commercial terms, the Rolex Submariner has always been among the most requested and available models at dealerships. It has been and is for many - along with the Datejust - the main gateway to the Rolex universe.
Why will it go out of production?
The most attentive and active enthusiasts will have noticed how from the release of the Rolex Gmt Master II 126710BLRO, the famous 'Pepsi', with a redesigned case and equipped with the new 3285 caliber, 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 of the new one in 2019 Rolex 126710BLNR .
Precisely based on this assumption we might speculate that also the 116610LN / LV and 114060 are destined to retire. The current Submariner presented in 2010 (116610LN) and in 2012 (114060), remained the only sportsman to be equipped with 3130 caliber for the 114060 and 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 3255 caliber, Rolex has given birth to a new and more evolved family of movements. There power reserve in fact it went from 48 to 70 hours, while the precision parameters have been redefined with even tighter tolerances, thanks above all to the new Chronergy escapement which guarantees 15% more energy efficiency.
What will the next SUBMARINER be like?
The new SUBMARINER 126610 (?) which will be presented to Baselworld 2020, it will probably be equipped with the new 3235 caliber, already supplied with the new DATEJUST in production since 2017. Also the case will conceivably be redesigned to make it more tapered and less massive than current references. Just as happened for the DATEJUST, for the GMT MASTER II and as requested by most of the enthusiasts - see myself - who regret the ergonomics and elegance of the cases and the four and five-digit lugs.
I'm sure Rolex won't disappoint this time either. The history of the Geneva-based maison is marked by constant evolution in terms of precision and design, always maintaining a rather conservative line. Each new model created by the crowned house has always proved to be contemporary and reliable in all circumstances. This is the key to Rolex's success, and this is what we enthusiasts expect.