The Rolex Submariner is a true legend since 1954. Over the years, the watch has known numerous subtle upgrades that have enriched its design and functionality. The Submariner 116613 is one of its most notable variations, a sum of changes that have allowed to this iconic model to remain instantly recognizable to admirers and collectors.
The Rolex Submariner 116613 was launched at the Baselworld 2009 and it represents the first step taken by the brand towards modernizing this extremely popular collection. The 116613 was actually a replacement for the famed 16613. This vintage model was one of its best-selling timepieces, but after decades of production Rolex decided to design a modern upgrade for it, one that would reinvent vintage beauty.
The new version introduces aesthetic and functional innovations that are extremely attractive for the modern Rolex enthusiast. Among the most important change we should mention the Cerachrom bezel that is impressively resistant to scratches and corrosion. A beautiful particularity of the Cerachrom bezel is that it provides a broader shade variation when it is exposed to different lightning conditions as compared to the old aluminum bezel. Also, the black color of the dial is more uniform than the one of the previous versions. This matte finish of the face goes very nicely with the glossy black bezel.
Even though the case of the 116613 Submariner maintains the 40 mm case diameter of its predecessor, it has suffered subtle cosmetic changes that are meant to give it a larger appearance. For instance, the lugs and the crown guards were slightly expanded as to create a sportier and more rugged look. On the wrist, the watch feels pretty much like a 40 mm size model. The case is manufactured from 940L stainless steel and it features portions of 18 k yellow gold on its front side. The screw down crown is also crafted from 18 k yellow gold and features the triplock waterproofness system which makes it resistant to depths of 300 meters.
The bracelet and clasp of the watch offer some really useful improvements such as the full solid center links and a better quality of the clasp. The stainless steel and 18 k yellow gold Oyster bracelet isn’t just better constructed and more durable, but it also has a nicer polish which provides a stunning dressy appeal. The upgraded clasp enjoys the new Glidelock system that allows you to slide the adjustment pin without tools so you can make the bracelet larger or smaller by 2 mm. These discrete changes are really nice improvements that augment the high end feel of the Rolex Submariner.
The dial of the watch sports the new Maxi Dial which basically means that the hour markers and the hands are larger. This detail is meant to augment the readability and the masculine look of the timepiece. The 116613 Submariner also comes with the improved SuperLuminova with blue light that has been richly applied on the markers and hands. Previously, this lume used to glow with a green color, but due to Rolex’s recent innovations the new 116613 features the long lasting blue SuperLuminova that enhances the watch’s readability in poor lightning conditions.
Rolex is notorious for keeping its best calibres in production and coming up with significant technical changes meant to improve their performances. The Submariner reference 116613 is powered by one of its most popular and magnificent in-house movement, the 31 jewel Rolex caliber 3135 which has been used on the brand’s watches since 1989. This mechanism has the new Parachrom Bleu hairspring that augments its anti-magnetic, anti-shock and temperature endurance properties. The calibre is known as one of the most robust and reliable movements ever created.
The Rolex Submariner 116613 is a timepiece that provides superior aesthetics and functionality. Its debut marks a new era for the Submariner, an era of significant improvement that are meant to offer better value to those with a weakness for sporty watches with a dressy allure.