The Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date is a globally recognized icon. The geometric shapes and tasteful arrangement of texts on its dial, the rotating bezel, the crown guards and the boldly, yet elegantly shaped Oyster case and bracelet have turned it into the quintessential high-performance sports watch.
By contrast, a select few pieces to ever leave the Rolex manufacture, bear Rolex’s outstanding high-jewelry adornments: specially chosen, tested, cut and set diamonds and colored sapphires decorate the case, lugs and bezel.
These pieces are coveted for their rarity, exceptional gem-setting workmanship and flamboyant style – elements that, individually as well as cumulatively, so perfectly fit Rolex and its state-of-the-art timepieces.
The 116659SABR Submariner with blue sapphires and diamonds is one of these incredibly rare references.
Its bezel displays 36 blue sapphires and 12 diamonds – all “invisibly set,” which is one of the most challenging and refined setting techniques ever conceived and performed.
It is not only the setting technique utilized that displays Rolex’s unparalleled expertise: the way each of these colored stones are selected, checked, grouped and cut is also highly commendable. The stones are required to be perfect matches in color saturation, hue and darkness to create an almost otherworldly effect – both from afar as well as upon close inspection.
Presented in all-18ct white gold setting, the first 9 colored stones in the bezel are brighter, whereas the remaining 27 are a darker blue.
A cheeky nod towards the professional and utilitarian foundations upon which the highly engineered Submariner Date resides. And it is precisely this additional tier of restrained playfulness that is so rare to be witnessed from Rolex – executed in the excellent style that only Rolex could exhibit through the use of its very own, proprietary, in-house fields of expertise, such as gemology, gem-setting and watchmaking – that render these pieces so highly coveted among collectors.