Sub Mariner Date
Only in a few timepieces made specially for diving does technology take on as much importance as in the new Rolex Submariner Oyster Perpetual Date, which was launched at Baselworld 2008. This piece is crafted from 18-carat yellow or white gold and boasts an innovative rotating bezel.
It has become a piece of universal reference of diving watches. Crafted from a single piece of 18-carat yellow gold, the case boasts a new uni-directional rotating bezel with a rotating CERACHROM disc.
This pioneering watch has an Oyster bracelet with a Glidelock clasp for easy adjustment. The piece is designed to be used over a neoprene wetsuit and is waterproof to 300 meters, is certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Control and its movement is equipped with a shock and magnetic field-proof parachrome spring.
As far as its movement is concerned, part of its beauty can be appreciated in the inverse wheels. They are granite colored, very hard and are distinguished by a special titanium-based composition, enabling fine structures that are extremely resistant to wear and tear and abrasion. The advantage of this waterproofing process is that the pieces acquire high resistance to use, corrosion and a great surface hardness.
This system is the most used in watch making. Using the winder, we command the winding and setting the time by the edge wheel.
Following the mounting of the movement, the stainless steel bracelet is then attached, the time and date are set and the watch is mounted on automatic wheels for observation for a minimum of 24 hours. The watch has a steel folding-type clasp.
The two options of this model are true works of art in 18-carat yellow and white gold with a choice of blue or black CERACHROM dials – without a doubt – a real treasure for deep sea beachcombers.
Text: Rafael Luna Grajeda ± Photo: Patek Philippe.