THE 40MM ROLEX SUBMARINER
Prior to this update, the last time that the Rolex Submariner was updated was in the early 2010s. The previous generation of Rolex Submariners were updated with the Cerachrom ceramic bezel, beginning with the Submariner Date (ref 116610) in 2010, followed by the Submariner Non-Date in 2012 (ref 114060).
They were also equipped with the “Super” case, which has broader and squarer lugs, bigger crown guards, and a beefier look and feel overall. The difference is quite noticeable when they are placed next to the previous generation of five-digit reference Submariners with aluminum bezel inserts, particularly the 16610 (seen above).
Prior to the black bezel models, models of the Rolex Submariner 40mm were already released with the Cerachrom bezel, such as the 18k white gold “Smurf” in 2008, the yellow gold editions in 2009, and the green dial and bezel “Hulk” in 2010.