The Submariner’s rotatable bezel is a key functionality of the watch. Its 60-minute graduations allow a diver to accurately and safely monitor diving time and decompression stops. Manufactured by Rolex from a hard, corrosion-resistant ceramic, the Cerachrom bezel insert is virtually scratchproof. A luminescent capsule on the zero marker ensures legibility, no matter how dark the environment. The bezel’s knurled edge is carefully designed to offer excellent grip under water, even with gloves. The dial’s luminescent Chromalight display is an innovation that improved visibility in dark environments, an essential feature for divers. Hour markers in simple shapes – triangles, circles, rectangles – and broad hour and minute hands enable instant and reliable reading to prevent any risk of confusion underwater. Rolex uses Oystersteel for its steel watch cases. Specially developed by the brand, Oystersteel belongs to the 904L steel family, alloys most commonly used in high-technology and in the aerospace and chemical industries, where maximum resistance to corrosion is essential. Oystersteel is extremely resistant, offers an exceptional finish once polished and maintains its beauty even in the harshest environments.
All Rolex watches are assembled by hand with the utmost care to ensure exceptional quality. Such high standards naturally restrict Rolex production capacity and, at times, the demand for Rolex watches outpaces this capacity.
Therefore, the availability of certain models may be limited. New Rolex Submariner 124060-0001 watches are exclusively sold by Official Rolex Jewelers, who receive regular deliveries and independently manage the allocation and sales of watches to customers.
Precision Watches is proud to be part of the worldwide network of Official Rolex Jewelers and can provide information on the availability of Rolex watches.
The 2020 Rolex Submariner 124060-0001 set the internet abuzz when it made its debut with a larger 41mm case size and what many had suspected was coming for quite some time – integration to the next generation of Rolex in-house movements – calibers 3235 and 3230. The iconic diver received a few other tweaks, including to the dial and bracelet. However, its overall design remains true to the beloved Submariner aesthetic, making it easily one of the most successful dive watches in the world.
Join us today as we take an in-depth look at the current Submariner 124060, the various changes made to the series when Rolex discontinued the original 6-digit Submariner collection to make way for the new 2020 generation, and where you can buy the model that is quickly becoming one of the hottest watches on the market.
The Submariner 124060’s history technically began in 1953, when Rolex released the very first Submariner. While the waterproof Oyster case, self-winding Perpetual movement, and 60-minute diver’s bezel have always been fixtures of the series, early editions of the watch did not feature a date mechanism on the dial. It wasn’t until about a decade later that Rolex added their iconic date window display at the 3 o’clock marker with the ref. 1680, after which the classic Submariner No-Date was effectively left in the shadows. The next several decades saw countless upgrades to the series, including replacing the acrylic crystal with sapphire, developing a safer uni-directional bezel, and increasing the water resistance up to 300 meters, but nearly all advancements were exclusive to the date-displaying models.
In 1990, the no-date Rolex Submariner 124060-0001 made a triumphant re-launch with reference 14060. Much like the original Submariner watches from the 1950s, the ref. 14060 did not feature a date mechanism or accompanying Cyclops lens. It was produced alongside its date-displaying counterpart, the immensely successful ref. 16610. Both editions of the Submariner featured an aluminum bezel insert, white gold-trimmed hour markers, and high-beat movements.