The blue dial, blue Cerachrom bezel variation of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date is a sight to behold, and an absolute treat to own and wear. In its Rolesor combination of Oystersteel and 18K yellow gold it is as versatile, as it is ideally suited for everyday use and more demanding circumstances alike. Let us take a closer look.
Whereas all-Oystersteel Rolex sports watches – correctly referred to as Rolex Professional watches – have been enjoying their well-deserved demand and status, the option of adding gold into the equation should by all means be entertained, as opposed to dismissed:as the Submariner Date in Rolesor so aptly proves.
In case of the Submariner Date reference 116613LB, as seen here, Rolesor entails solid 18K yellow gold center-links for the three-link Oyster bracelet, solid 18K yellow gold bezel base – with a blue Cerachrom ceramic bezel insert, as well as a solid 18K yellow gold crown, quite literally crowning this constellation of rugged steel and timeless gold.
These components are matched to a 40-millimeter-wide Oystersteel case and case-back, and Oystersteel external links in the bracelet.
However, there is a lot more to it than this already impressive range of changes: countless minutely small details that turn this variation into a whole that is not only greater than the sum of its parts, but that is also as complete in its aesthetics, as is the all-Oystersteel variant. To begin with one of its many sublime touches, see how the upper surfaces of the Oystersteel links, as well as the top of the lugs are brushed, while the gold center links and bezel profile are polished.
Notably, the blue dial on the Submariner is reserved for models that include gold in their exterior: the Rolesor, as well as the all-18K yellow gold or all-18K white gold versions have the option of fitting a blue dial and a blue Cerachrom bezel insert; reserving this fantastic color that links to the Submariner to the open seas so directly.
Take a closer look at this exclusive dial: it displays a host of thoughtful design elements that visually link its 18K yellow gold elements together. The blue Chromalight luminescent display on the hands and indices are framed by 18K yellow gold – in place of 18K white gold on the all-Oystersteel versions.
Furthermore, the text is in a specially applied gold color: its three-dimensional application adds a noticeable structure and texture to the text, allowing it to stand out even more against the refinement of the subtly sunburst-brushed, vibrant blue backdrop of the dial. The dial is complemented by the highly scratch-resistant Cerachrom ceramic bezel insert that features its own gold details: its graduations show up in PVD-applied gold that contrast beautifully against the deep, rich blue that surrounds it.
All this means that when the Submariner Date Rolesor in blue is on the wrist, it not only feels, but also looks exactly right; down to the finest detail.
Speaking of on the wrist wearability, its folding Oysterlock safety clasp comes equipped with the Rolex Glidelock extension system that allows for up to about 20 millimeters of adjustment in the length of the bracelet in 2-millimeter increments. This means that the perfect fit can be attained with perfect ease, and without any sort of tool required.
Powered by the Manufacture Rolex Caliber 3135, the Submariner Date is a Superlative Chronometer that has passed the independent COSC chronometer certification tests, as well as Rolex’s most stringent in-house quality control procedures. The latter includes an accuracy test with a daily tolerance of -2/+2 seconds, an incredibly unforgiving standard that is much more difficult to attain than even the COSC certification.
Beyond its fantastic technical capabilities, though, the Submariner Date in Rolesor is an icon in timeless, yet rather more exclusive presentation that is sure to stand out from the rest – in all the right ways.