images of the new Rolex Submariner 2020 releases

Finally, our wait is over! Rolex just released their new updated models for 2020. With no Baselworld this year, most Rolex experts thought we’d be waiting until 2021 to see all the new goods. Especially since manufacturing temporarily experienced a shutdown due to the pandemic.

Fortunately, Rolex came through and we’re sorting through all the new release details! This year’s release includes updates on the Submariner and Submariner Date, Datejust, Oyster Perpetual and Sky-Dweller models.

Take a look at the long-awaited new Rolex Submariner 2020 release!

A Brief Submariner History

The Submariner is perhaps the most recognizable Rolex watch ever produced. Every Rolex watch collection usually begins with the revered Sub.

Rolex fans love to nickname Submariners, often with a name relating to dial color. There’s the Rolex Submariner “Hulk” with its green dial and bezel, the Rolex “Smurf” featuring a blue dial and bezel, or the Rolex “Kermit,” with a black dial and green bezel.

Rolex revealed the original Submariner at the Swiss Watch fair in 1954. It was designed for hard core scuba divers, with a water resistance up to 200 meters. Later, the Submariner Date was released in the late 1960’s.

The Submariner has seen plenty of upgrades over the years. Nevertheless, the charm, function, and iconic style remain.

New Rolex Submariner 2020 Release Details

There are seven new Submariner and Submariner Date releases this year, including an updated “Kermit.” The regular Sub is pretty straightforward. It features a stainless steel case, black dial, and black bezel.

On the other hand, the seven Submariner Date models feature several different metal and color combos.

They may all appear a bit different, but they have the following upgrades in common:


The redesigned case size increased from 40mm to 41mm. It’s not only bigger, but the watch face is highlighted by light reflections from the case sides.

It’s bigger in diameter, but also feels slimmer at the same time. That’s because the proportions have been updated and shapes are different.

There’s no more “super case.” The lugs of the new Submariner Date 41mm are now slimmer and more tapered.

Other subtle case updates include:

  • 21mm lug width
  • more angled crown guards


The Submariner bracelet is still the classic 3-link Oyster, but with slight updates. It features an additional millimetre in width on the whole length – 21mm now between the lugs.

The Oysterlock folding safety clasp and the Rolex Glidelock extension system hasn’t changed. Each bracelet is still the bracelet can be extended by 20mm, in increments of 2mm.


Both the Submariner and Submariner Date received upgraded movements this year.

The Submariner is fitted with a caliber 3230, while on the other hand Submariner Dates have the 3235 movement. Similarly, these movements are both first time components of the Submariner line.  They offer 70-hour power reserves compared to 48 hours in previous movements. 


There are just a few small dial updates to mention. A tiny Rolex crown logo has been added between “Swiss” and “Made” below the six-o’clock marker. It’s easily overlooked, but worth noting.

Also for the Submariner Dates, the minute hand is now longer and the hour hand is a tiny bit wider.

The Rolex Submariner 2020 release includes updated color combinations on the Dates as well. We finally have a ‘Smurf’ 2.0!

  • black dial with blue bezel
  • black dial with green bezel

Final Thoughts on the New Rolex Submariner 2020 Release

In summary, it’s nice to see a few updates on the Submariner. The Submariner was last updated in 2012, with the introduction of the ref. 114060.

We like that there’s nothing too over the top. Just slightly modified, yet classic versions of the Subs we’ve all grown to love.

We expect there to be long wait lists for some of the new Subs, so make an appointment ASAP and stop by our sales room for all the details.

Want more Rolex news? We’ll be reviewing the other Rolex releases later. Keep an eye out for new blog posts coming soon!

Technical Specs for the Rolex Submariner (Ref. 124060)




41 mm


18K yellow gold

• 60-minute graduated monobloc
• Cerachrom insert in a black ceramic; moulded, recessed graduations and numbersls
• Unidirectional rotatable


300m (approximately 1,000 feet)


Mechanical movement with bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor




• Oyster, solid links
• Rolex Glidelock extension system (approx. 20 mm in increments of approx. 2 mm)


Folding safety clasp


Black lacquer


Approximately 70 hours

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