It’s that time of the year again when we roll out the rumor mill and take a look at what the Rolex has in store for its fans in the upcoming Baselworld 2020 event. This means we’ll be looking at some of the new models and features that might be introduced, as well as those that might be getting the figurative ax.
Baselworld 2020 begins on the 30th of April 2020. In spite of several well-known brands pulling out of the event including Breitling, Seiko, and the entire Swatch Group, the event is still going to continue. You can expect regular heavyweights like Patek Philippe, Rolex, and the whole LVMH Group.
Unlike last year, the Rolex SA will take extra measures to ensure none of the upcoming innovations for the fair are going to be leaked.
1: Rolex Submariner 116610 LV “Hulk” Being Dropped
This rumor about the Rolex Submariner has been going around for years, especially with the Reference 116610LV. Ever since it was launched in 2003 as Ref. 16610LV, which was to commemorate the brand’s 50th anniversary, fans have been worrying that the model is going to discontinue at any time.
There is almost little to nothing solid regarding this rumor as of yet, but Rolex did replace the original model (Ref. 16610LV) with the latest one (116610LV) in 2010. Even so, given that the green model has experienced such a successful run, it doesn’t really seem wise for the brand to discontinue its production now all of a sudden.
The rumors about the Hulk’s discontinuation have only helped enhance the product’s grey market price. Even if it were to continue, we only expect its price to go higher. This is just a prediction, as we don’t actually know what Rolex plans to do going on into 2020. In other words, take this rumor with a grain of salt.
2: The Explorer Finally Getting an Update
It’s been 10 years since fans have been expecting an update for the world-renowned mountaineering watch, the Rolex Explorer. But so far, things have been slow from the manufacturer’s end. Will 2020 be the year to finally put an end to all those empty years that consumers have been expecting?
However, the seeds of hope may have been planted due to the recent price increases for Rolex at the start of 2020. The price for the Explorer went up by only 150 euros. But the Rolex Explorer 2 went up by 400 euros. This could serve as an indication that the brand may roll out a new version at a higher price later on.
3: Rolex Submariner Getting a New Jubilee or Oyster Bracelet
Like the Rolex GMT Master II 116710 BLNR, the Rolex Submariner 116610LV will get a re-release. Except with either a jubilee or Rolex Oyster bracelet. It is a possibility to see a Jubilee bracelet on the Submariner as we have seen with the Rolex GMT Master II models, we’re almost certain to expect this level of surprise from the brand. Although, it could be just us spitballing ideas. Still, one can dream, can’t they?
As for the Rolex Oyster bracelet, we’re not really sure what update the brand will bring to the original. This is because it stands out pretty well on its own with its glide lock system and solid center link. For some reason, we can’t stop getting this urge that the Submariner bracelet is going to get an update, if not now perhaps later.
4: The Explorer II Gets a Ceramic Bezel
Over the years, the Ref. 116500LN from the Rolex Daytona collection and the Ref. 226659 from the Rolex Yacht-Master collection have received a ceramic bezel, so it might be time for the Explorer II to get one as well. It would certainly make sense since this reference hasn’t had a revision since 2011. And if it does get an update, then it may be possible to fit the new caliber 3285 as it is so with the recently updated GMT Master models.
And if there isn’t going to be a grand Explorer update this year, when the only model to remain unchanged would be the Explorer reference 214270, which was updated back in 2016.
5: The Coke GMT Master II Making a Comeback
The Pepsi GMT colors have been very popular since their launch in 2018. So, it only makes sense for the Coke colors to make a comeback as well. We’re talking about the infamous black and red cerachrom bezel along with the red Rolex GMT Master II hand. And if this color scheme does indeed show up in 2020, then like the Pepsi GMT Master II, we expect it to sport the Jubilee bracelet.
6: The Submariner Gets a New Movement
Another little hot rumor that we anticipate is the introduction of a new caliber generation for the Submariner Date (possible reference: 126610LN). Fans will be able to recognize this with a small crown between “MADE” and “SWISS” on the dial’s 6 o’clock position. This could be due to a number of reasons. There hasn’t been an update to the Rolex Submariner series in a number of years. The caliber 3235 is a successor to the 3135. It is now being used in several other models including the Rolex Sea-Dweller, Datejust 41, and Yacht-Master 40.
The solid gold Submariner versions are no longer available for order. The ones we’re talking about are the reference 116618LB, which comes with a blue dial. And the one with the black dial, which is the reference 11618LN. This is kind of a downer since Rolex always used to update the gold models before the stainless steel ones. This may be a strong indication that we’re getting an update sooner for the Ref. 126610 LN.
Besides that, there’s also an update expected for the Submariner No Date, Reference 114060. These rumors suggest that this model could be something more than just a simple caliber update.