Saturday, March 12, 2011

The New Rolex Watches

Rolex Explorer

Rolex's second announcement this year at BaselWorld 2010 was a redesigned Explorer. I've always loved the Explorer for its unparalleled simplicity and stark elegance, but at only 36 millimeters, it was a tad bit diminutive by today's standards. Not anymore. The size of the new Explorer is much more in line with modern expectations.

Rolex Submariner Date

Rolex has finally introduced the long-awaited redesigned Rolex Submariner Date at BaselWorld 2010. It looks like the community is still digesting the changes and hasn't really come down on one side or the other yet, but I'm happy to go on record and admit to loving it. The Submariner has always been one of my favorite watches, and I think Rolex has actually managed to improve it significantly.

Here are the specs:
  • 40mm case (no change in size, but the design is updated).
  • New ceramic bezel with platinum graduations. (Ceramic is much more scratch- and UV-resistant than the old anodized aluminum, however it's also much more expensive to replace.)
  • "Maxi dial" (meaning larger markers than the previous design as foreshadowed in the 50th Anniversary Edition).
  • Sapphire crystal with AR-coated cyclops magnifier over the date (no change).
  • Water-resistant to 300 meters or 1,000 feet (no change).
  • New Oyster bracelet with a Glidelock clasp similar to what's on the Sea-Dweller DEEPSEA. This is a significant improvement over the older Oysterlock bracelet.
  • Same 3135 calibre movement, but with the addition of the Parachrom Blue hairspring.
  • Signed chapter ring (the ROLEX …. you see between the bezel and the dial).

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