August 1, 2010

Rolex Submariner Date Review

Rolex Submariner Date 116610 Review

  The makeover has officially happened to the all time classic Rolex Submariner Date, enter ref. 116610 LN. With opinions on both sides of the fence, I think the new Sub Date is a work of art. The old Submariner (ref. 16610) has been fazed out for 2010. This review covers the new look the new gold Submariners already have adapted. This year the stainless steel version completes the Sub line up. This Submariner has “LN” at the end of reference number. LN is short for Lunette Noir, french for black bezel. 
  Finally, the maxi-dial has made it to the this Submariner in stainless steel. In the past, the 16610LV (green anniversary edition) Submariner was the only stainless steel Submariner offered with the maxi-dial. The maxi-dial offers larger indices, larger mercedes hour hand, and larger minute hand. This equates to an easier to read watch and more SuperLuminova, looks amazing. Noticeably, Rolex is now using blue SuperLuminova vs the previously standard green SuperLuminova. The next big change comes from the maxi-case, a larger, more square case. What is nice about the design is the “beefed” up appearance, while keeping the actual case the same at 40mm. The new almost glass like appearance of the ceramic bezel offers up a very clean seductive look, along with the expected 120 clicks of the bezel. Advantages to using a ceramic bezel is it will not scratch or fade (UV proof). Gotta love no scratches! Bringing over the improved bracelets from Rolex, the 116610 LN has the new Glidelock system. Sticking to what works best, the movement stays unchanged using the trusted 3135, with Parachrom hairspring. 
  While the 16610 will always remain a classic, it is clear the times are changing. Rolex is forging ahead and the Submariner Date 116610LN is the future.

Pros - Maxi-dial, maxi-case, Glidelock

Consideration - A lot of changes from the classic, might take sometime getting use to.

Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 40mm
Bezel: Unidirectional
Crystal: Sapphire
Bracelet: SS 
Lug Width: 20mm
Movement: 3135 
Water Resistant: 300m
Power Reserve: 48hrs 

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