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Rolex Submariner Date 126610LV – Full Review, Specs & Price

Some watches want no introduction anymore, having gained a cult standing through the years. The Submariner is the watch that when defined these watches what this standing was… This Rolex dive watch is, undoubtedly, one of many 5 most emblematic fashions ever created by the Swiss watch business, a watch that has develop into excess of a timing gadget, and with a recognition that goes means past the small membership of watch fans – one thing that additionally explains why it typically might be uncared for by hardcore watch followers. The Rolex Submariner Date 126610LV, launched as a part of the 2020 assortment replace, is a watch that we’ve already checked out right here, on MONOCHROME. However we had the chance to have an instance as a long-term loaner, which gave us the chance to actually discover this monument of watchmaking in full element. 

Preliminary observe: Earlier than we dive into the main points (I do know, it was a straightforward one…), enable me a remark. I do know that contemplating the present scenario relating to costs and availability, something associated to Rolex has develop into a sizzling subject, which can generate feedback. It’s even more true with this watch, one of the crucial sought-after and hard-to-get watches within the model’s portfolio. We’re absolutely conscious of this case and if we in some way blame it, we are able to’t neglect it both. Nonetheless, for the sake of this evaluation, I’m asking you to go away these issues apart for some time, as I did, by simply wanting on the Rolex Submariner Date 126610LV as a watch, as a manufactured product, so I can have a reasonably goal have a look at it.

Fast recap

It’s not the place to re-do all the historical past of the Rolex Submariner. And should you’re on this, now we have accomplished a fairly in depth 4-part story on the Submariner already – half 1 Early References, half 2 the 55xx Sequence, half 3 the 5-digit evolution, half 4 the fashionable ceramic fashions.

Rolex Submariner Date 116610LNThe earlier era, the Submariner Date 116610LN

Extra essential is the earlier era, the primary 6-digit collection. Initially launched in 2008 with the yellow gold 116618LN and 116618LB, in addition to the white gold 116619LB, the chrome steel Submariner Date variations (116610LN and 116610LV) appeared in 2010. The evolution from the 5-digit collection to those new 6-digit variations is sort of noticeable, not solely as a result of new shapes and proportions (Maxi-Dial and Tremendous-Case) but additionally resulting from the usage of new supplies, such because the Cerachrom bezel. The 6-digit collection was a transfer into modernity and in direction of a extra luxurious really feel. It additionally answered the demand for bigger watches, with out truly being bigger than earlier than. It’s all a matter of shapes and proportions that just about enlarged the watch, changing into extra “fats” than earlier than.

Above: 116610LN (2010-2020 – left) and 126610LV (since 2020 – proper)

Along with the basic black-on-black metal mannequin (which was inevitable for this watch), Rolex additionally launched a green-on-green model of the Submariner Date, the so-called “Hulk” reference 116610LV – the predecessor to the watch we’ll evaluation at this time. The 11661x collection was admittedly an awesome watch, with a protracted listing of arguments and a formidable high quality, however one which additionally aged a bit after its 10-year lifespan. Principally, the Tremendous-Case felt barely outdated and to not everybody’s style. The unique look of the Submariner, a dive watch that all the time had a sure class and slenderness, was a bit misplaced. The 2020 evolution, which has been unfold over all the Submariner assortment – date and no date, metal or valuable metals – in some way corrects this whereas retaining alive all the nice attributes of the earlier era. An evolution that’s in some way comparable with that of the Porsche 911.

The Rolex Submariner Date 126610LV

As we’ve defined over our earlier articles in regards to the new era of Rolex Submariner, the evolution of 2020 isn’t a revolution. The fundamentals are nonetheless the identical and the replace is all about delicate touches, in addition to new mechanics. But, nothing is shared between the 11661x era and the present 12661x fashions. Typical of Rolex, the watch will appear to be an identical from a distance, but a educated eye will shortly spot the variations between what the Submariner was once up to now and what it’s now. Refined evolutions (in reality, in all probability greatest to name it an improve) is vital within the success of this mannequin.

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Case and proportions

That is in all probability the place a lot of the adjustments are to be seen. Whereas the case feels, at first, virtually an identical to the earlier era, the brand new Rolex Submariner Date 126610LV (and all fashions of the 2020 replace) has modified moderately drastically. At first, Rolex claimed to have made a 41mm diameter, thus a 1mm improve in comparison with the earlier era. Which, in actuality, seemed to be a really simplified means to take a look at issues. The Submariner has grown a bit, certain, however it has additionally gained a brand new form on the identical time, eliminating the so-called Tremendous-Case.

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In keeping with our personal measurements, the size of the Submariner Date 126610LV haven’t modified that a lot. The truth is that this: diameter is 40.5mm (not 41mm), whereas it was once 40.2mm up to now era. Thickness has been saved to the identical degree, at 12mm. Lug-to-lug measurement can be an identical, at 47.6mm – which is pretty compact for a watch of that measurement and makes the Submariner a bit appropriate for many wrists. However after studying this, you would possibly surprise what’s new right here.

The primary evolution issues the lugs and the width of the bracelet. The best way the lugs circulation from the facet of the case (at 3 and 9 o’clock) to the tip of the lugs feels drastically completely different. The so-called Tremendous-Case of the earlier era gave a square-ish, cumbersome really feel to the watch, with out the standard slenderness of the Submariner. Now, and largely because of an enlarged bracelet width – which is now 21mm in comparison with 20mm – the lugs are thinner and it actually does really feel when wanting on the watch. By shaving 0.5mm on their inside face, Rolex has given the Submariner again its unique look. Extra circulation, extra curves, much less bulk. And if on paper the size are barely bigger, the outcome on the wrist, because of a bigger bracelet and thinner lugs, is the alternative and the present Rolex Submariner Date feels barely smaller than earlier than. Small tweaks that may make a serious distinction.

Rolex Submariner Date 126610LV Green Starbucks - review - wristshotRight here, even on a small 16.5cm wrist, the Submariner Date 126610LV stays simple to put on

The remainder of the case, or not less than its execution and the specs, haven’t modified majorly, nevertheless. The Submariner remains to be true to its spirit, that of a really succesful dive watch but additionally a reasonably luxurious sports activities watch. Fabricated from Oystersteel (the inner identify of the 904L chrome steel alloy utilized by the model), the case combines straight brushed surfaces on the flat areas and polished accents on the edges. As with all trendy fashions, no extra polished bevels on the facet of the lugs (sadly). The crown, the so-called Triplock, screws down and is properly protected by lateral guards. The caseback is a straightforward fluted stable metal piece, typical of Rolex’s manufacturing. Each assure a 300m or 1000ft water-resistance, greater than sufficient for leisure {and professional} divers (and if you’d like extra, the Sea-Dweller and Deepsea will reply your wants).

The highest of the case is protected by a flat sapphire crystal, with the emblematic “cyclops” magnifier over the date. One thing new, nevertheless, for the Rolex Submariner Date 126610LV is the presence of an anti-reflective coating on the inside facet of the crystal (do not forget that Rolex solely began to make use of AR coating in very latest years). Due to the flat profile of the crystal and the AR coating, legibility is more often than not actually spectacular.

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Dial and bezel

Framing the dial is a basic unidirectional diving bezel with a 60-click movement. The actuation of the bezel is a real pleasure, with a reassuring really feel of sharpness and high quality, that of a really well-built object. Additionally, as soon as in place, the bezel stays firmly in place. On prime is a Cerachrom insert – the inner identify for ceramic – with a 60-minute scale (not solely graduated – that is once more reserved to the Sea-Dweller and Deepsea) engraved after which PVD-coated with platinum. A luminous pearl is inserted on the zero-mark and the insert is polished. Out there in black on the LN mannequin, the inexperienced LV model you may see right here actually provides a contact of originality and enjoyable, but the color is delicate and discreet in the true world. Not the flashy inexperienced you may see on the model’s web site, however a restrained inexperienced color that makes this watch wearable each day. One small (and in some way neglectable) draw back to this inexperienced bezel in comparison with the black mannequin, it gives a bit much less distinction below sure gentle situations.

As for the dial, don’t anticipate many variations between the Rolex Submariner Date 126610LV and its predecessor. Aside from one essential replace: the inexperienced Submariner solely makes use of inexperienced for its bezel, and the dial is now black, whereas the 116610LV Hulk had a inexperienced, sunray-brushed dial. Now, the dial is similar because the LN mannequin, with a shiny lacquered black background. Some will in all probability remorse this variation of fashion, I personally like this “Starbucks” or “Cermit” model higher than the earlier one, because it ends in a extra discreet, extra utilitarian, extra “dive watch” type than earlier than.

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As for the weather of the dial, no main updates, because the Maxi-Dial format with its outsized markers remains to be current. The arms have been tweaked – the minute hand is barely longer (touching the outer minute monitor) and the “Mercedes” hour hand has been enlarged ever so barely too. All the remaining, regardless that there is likely to be some minimal changes in measurement, is an identical. The handset retains the identical design, the utilized white gold markers are the identical – a basic mixture of dots, rectangles and a triangle to shortly spot the time in low gentle situations – and all components are largely stuffed with blue-emitting Chromalight – which isn’t the most effective at doing its job, in all equity (Seiko does higher with its LumiBrite).

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The Rolex coronet brand and model identify are nonetheless positioned at 12 o’clock, whereas there’s nonetheless the basic (4-line) literature at 6 o’clock. One thing I want Rolex would change. I miss the previous days of the Submariner 14060 with solely 2 strains of textual content, indicating the identify of the mannequin and the depth fee… The point out “Superlative Chronometer Formally Licensed” may simply be eliminated, or positioned on the caseback, which might enable the dial to breathe a bit. One distinction to be seen on the dial is the presence of the small coronet brand in-between the phrases Swiss and Made at 6 o’clock, marking the mechanical evolution.

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In conclusion, aside from the relative lack of luminescence and the lengthy literature on the dial, the dial of the brand new Rolex Submariner Date is all the pieces you’d anticipate: ultra-legible, with excessive distinction, extraordinarily exact execution of all the weather and an emblematic look that has lengthy demonstrated its effectiveness. However understand that resulting from an replace in the usual (in 2018), the Submariner Date isn’t any extra ISO 6425-certified, as a result of lack of a luminous component subsequent to the date. Solely the Submariner no-date is now compliant with the ISO norm. Not that of an issue for us, as only a few will use a Submariner as a real instrument dive watch anyway.

Bracelet & Clasp

As soon as once more, you don’t change a confirmed recipe. Right here’s why the era Submariner Date builds on the fundamentals discovered within the earlier era. The bracelets discovered on the previous Submariners, even the Nineties 5-digit fashions, have been clearly not the most effective. Particularly the clasp. With the arrival of the 6-digit collection, Rolex lastly developed a bracelet and a clasp worthy of the model’s status. The fashionable Oyster bracelet and clasp have even develop into in some way a reference within the discipline. And the Submariner Date 126610LV doesn’t change this.

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First, dimensions. As stated, the lug width is now 21mm however the improve in measurement truly issues all the bracelet, from lugs to clasp. This bigger bracelet actually helps to visually cut back the squareness of the case by altering the general proportions. The clasp now measures about 18.5mm in width, one extra millimetre in comparison with the earlier era.

The three-link building of the Oyster bracelet, product of Oystersteel and closed by an Oysterclasp with Oysterlock – sorry… I made this on objective. The bracelet is a basic 3-link building product of the model’s proprietary 904L metal (Oystersteel). It’s closed by a folding clasp (named Oysterclasp) geared up with a safety catch folding over the clasp (Oysterlock). The general execution is extraordinarily exact, with clean edges making it snug. The added width makes this 126610LV extra balanced on the wrist. Additionally, the bracelet retains its very sensible Glidelock extension system, which permits a 20mm extension in increments of 2mm. Lastly, the size of the bracelet is adjusted by the technique of screws. Word that the Submariner doesn’t function the diver’s extension blade, reserved to the Sea-Dweller and Deepsea.

A brand new motion

That is clearly the place the Rolex Submariner Date 126610LV brings a very powerful evolution. The earlier era of Submariner was powered by the long-lasting, dependable and exact calibre 3135, which has been changed by the fashionable calibre 3235, which comes with a number of technical improvements. Just like the Day-Date, Datejust, GMT-Grasp II, Sea-Dweller, Yacht-Grasp and Deepsea earlier than, the Submariner is now powered by the 32xx era of calibre.

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Identical to the no-date 124060, which is supplied with the 3230, the Submariner Date advantages from the model’s newest improvements. A Superlative Chronometer motion (and watch), that means licensed by the COSC and internally by Rolex after casing, this computerized motion is given for -2/+2 seconds/day. It options the Chronergy escapement, an optimised model of the Swiss lever escapement. The effectivity of the escapement is elevated by 15%. It’s product of nickel-phosphorus and is insensitive to magnetic fields. Optimizations additionally concern the gear prepare, with optimized geometry and high-performance lubricants, and the barrel, with an extended mainspring with out rising the dimensions of the barrel. Altogether, the facility reserve is now 70 hours. It additionally includes a new self-winding module, for a extra speedy winding of the brand new high-capacity mainspring, and the rotor is rotating on ball bearings.

The calibre 3235 brings extra stability and resistance in virtually all areas. The blue Parachrom hairspring remains to be current, that means that it stays paramagnetic and very immune to shocks. And if the motion remains to be too younger (its structure has been launched in 2015 with the Day-Date 40) to actually have a transparent thought of its reliability, it makes little question that it’s higher than its predecessors on most ranges.

Concluding Ideas

Objectively, should you have a look at the Rolex Submariner Date 126610LV from a product perspective solely, there’s not a lot to be addressed. Placing apart design concerns, which all the time result in private opinions and subjective views, the brand new era Submariner is a surprising watch. The general execution is just glorious, with spectacular consistency in the way in which the watch is manufactured and constructed. The precision of the meeting, the way in which the components have been machined and completed, the standard of the supplies utilized in all areas, the listing of options, the precision of the motion, the consolation and solidity of the bracelet and clasp… There’s an plain feeling of an over-engineered product, the place nothing has been left apart, the place all the pieces has been thought of with a lot consideration. A wonderfully oiled machine that you understand will final for many years, but with a real feeling of luxurious. Briefly, the Submariner Date 126610LV actually is a formidable object.

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As for the design, I consider that there will likely be three teams of individuals. First, those that merely love/just like the look ahead to the intense consistency within the design, similar to a 911 has its advocates. Then, there will likely be those that will stay barely chilly, noticing the standard of this watch, acknowledging its cult standing, but not being attracted by what they may really feel is a risk-free watch, with no actual assertion or originality. Then are those that are reluctant to love the watch, just because it’s a Submariner. To every his personal, and I’ll place myself within the first class. But I additionally fully perceive the 2 different positions. However I clearly encourage anybody to deal with a Submariner with out pre-constructed emotions and to take a look at it in an goal means. The Submariner has been on the finish of the meals chain for a number of many years, and there are tangible causes for this.

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As for the worth (and we’ll persist with retail right here), the EUR 10,000 sticker makes the 126610LV removed from accessible. It’s excessive, no questions. Not overpriced, however clearly, it’s on the finish of what I’d name respectable worth. There are extraordinarily good alternate options to the Submariner on the market. Assume for example in regards to the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M (virtually half the worth, full of trendy options, nice motion, superior accuracy and anti-magnetism, lovely execution), which we’ve in comparison with the earlier era on this evaluation. The Tudor Black Bay 41 or Fifty-Eight fashions, with this acquainted “Rolex household” design, and a whole lot of arguments below the hood, shouldn’t be neglected both. There are numerous alternate options to contemplate for a luxurious dive watch, both in lower cost ranges or with equal and even greater costs. But, you’ll hardly discover a watch that gives such consistency within the design and high quality and that may retain its worth in the identical means. Not less than, while you’ll put these 10k on the desk and strap the watch, you’ll know the place your cash goes.

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However, there’s the elephant within the room, the problem that we don’t actually wish to tackle however that ought to nonetheless be addressed. Availability and insane pre-owned costs. Sure, the Rolex Submariner Date – particularly this Lunette Verte 126610LV model – is hardly accessible at retail value. It’s not not possible, however certainly it should require endurance and arduous work. We are able to solely blame the scenario, because it ruins the pleasure of watch accumulating and the pleasure of proudly owning this look ahead to what it’s, that means a really, superb timepiece. Let’s hope for this case to alter quickly.

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For now, all I can say is that the Rolex Submariner Date 126610LV, in addition to all fashions within the present assortment, is a formidable watch. And the small updates on the case, bracelet, motion have solely made it higher. For extra particulars and costs in your area, please go to rolex.com.

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