Still in search for a Christmas gift for that special one? The relatively new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 116610LN automatic diving watch may be a perfect choice, if you are ready to spend around $8000 for an authentic product that will probably serve you well for the next couple of decades doing its job and pleasing your eye. On the other hand, doesn’t the choice look a little bit too obvious?
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 116610LN diver was officially revealed in the beginning of 2010 as a replacement for the outdated 16610 model.
Compared to its predecessor, the 116610 has received a scratch-resistant ceramic bezel, and an updated bracelet with the Glidelock claps, which makes it very comfortable to adjust the bracelet, when needed.
Also, the new watch is powered by an updated Rolex Caliber 3135 automatic COSC-certified chronometer movement.
First introduced more than twenty years ago, the movement still remains Rolex‘s workhorse, although it is continuously improved and tweaked in order to make it even more reliable and accurate. The new Parachrom hairspring, for example, which is made of a niobium, zirconium and oxygen alloy and therefore is not affected by magnetic fields, is one of the most prominent (and much hyped-over) changes to the mechanism.
While the size of the case remains at the same 40 mm, you may notice that the stainless steel body of the diver has been given a more aggressive look, which is especially true for the crown guards that look very bold compared to the previous model.
As the watch projects its coolness in a radius of approximately 300 nautical miles,
there is one thing that may immediately turn you down from buying one. It is its new bracelet with polished center links, that, as some people point it, will be damn hard to keep polished if you indeed plan to use the Submariner as it should (and, probably, meant to) be used: as a tool watch for an everyday wear.*
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4.5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4.5/5
Value for Money: 5/5
Overall Rating: 5/5
*As some commenters here have already noted, the bracelet on this piece is in fact NOT polished, so the timekeeper seems to be a perfect tool watch for those who can afford paying around $8000 for it. Sorry about my mistake, I stand corrected.
And the verdict? The 2010 MY Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date retains its crown of a de facto industry standard of dressy diving watches, offering its prospective owner perfect legibility even in the worst conditions, a maximum of comfort both when wearing business attire and a wet suit, and a dangerous feel of security that only a COSC-certified “superlative chronometer” can provide.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 116610LN automatic diving watch specification
Price: $8000 (Retail)
Movement: Rolex Caliber 3135, automatic, 28,800 vph, Parachrom hairspring, Swiss Made
Functions: Hour, minutes, date
Power reserve: 50 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Stainless steel with a Cerachrom ceramic core
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round, fluted
Case size: 40.0 mm
Case height: 13.00
Lugs: 20.00 mm
Hands: White gold, with Chromalight lume
Water resistance: 300 meters
Strap: Oyster stainless steel bracelet with Glidelock clasp
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Solid, brushed