Professional golfer and Rolex brand ambassador, Hideki Matsuyama won the 2021 Masters Tournament yesterday, making him the first-ever Japanese professional golfer to win a men’s major golf championship. As is customary for Rolex Ambassadors, Matsuyama slipped on one of the brand’s watches after winning the event, and a two-tone Rolex Submariner could be spotted on Matsuyama’s wrist during the awards ceremony and post-match interviews.
Rolex Submariner Date Reference 116613LB
Submariner 116613LB Key Features
– Production Years: 2009 – 2020
– Case Size: 40mm
– Materials: Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold
– Functions: Time w/ Running Seconds, Date Display
– Dial: Blue w/ Luminous Hour Markers
– Bezel: Unidirectional, Blue Cerachrom Insert w/ 60-Minute Scale
– Crystal: Sapphire (Flat w/ Cyclops Lens)
– Movement: Rolex Caliber 3135
– Water Resistance: 300 Meters / 1,000 Feet
– Strap/Bracelet: Oyster Bracelet
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About the Two-Tone Rolex Submariner 116613LB
The Rolex Submariner Date reference 116613LB is the two-tone stainless steel and 18k yellow version of Rolex’s iconic dive watch that is fitted with a blue dial and matching blue Cerachrom bezel. Produced from 2009 until 2020, the ref. 116613LB was the first two-tone Submariner to feature a ceramic bezel insert and also the last to have a 40mm case diameter before Rolex updated the entire Submariner collection to include 41mm cases.
As is customary for two-tone Submariner watches, the reference 116613 was offered with the option of either black or blue dials and bezels and the ref. 116613LB is the blue version, with “LB” standing for “Lunette Bleu” – which means “blue bezel” in French. While the color blue has a long history of appearing on various models from the Rolex Submariner collection, it is only ever featured on the two-tone and solid gold references, and the two-tone Submariner watches with blue dials often go by the “Bluesy” nickname within some collecting circles.
Rolesor is Rolex’s signature term for the use of both stainless steel and gold components on a single watch, and Yellow Rolesor is the variety that pairs stainless steel with 18k yellow gold. Alongside both stainless steel and solid gold versions of the Submariner, Rolex also produces a Rolesor version that has been a cornerstone offering of the brand’s catalog since the mid-1980s. Two-tone watches have existed in Rolex’s catalog since the 1930s, and many consider the two-tone aesthetic to be emblematic of the Rolex brand.
A Modern Two-Tone Rolex Submariner
With a Maxi dial, Cerachrom bezel, solid-link Oyster bracelet, and updated case proportions, the reference 116613LB is a thoroughly modern watch and could easily be mistaken for the current-production model. However, the movement found inside it is the older Caliber 3135, which first appeared during the late 1980s and has been used to power countless date-displaying Rolex models over the years. Widely considered to be one of the best mass-produced mechanical movements ever created, the Cal. 3135 served as Rolex’s go-to movement for more than thirty years and has a proven track record of accurate and reliable performance.
Like all modern Rolex Submariner watches, the reference 116613LB features a 300-meter (1,000 feet) depth rating and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal fitted with the brand’s signature Cyclops magnification lens above the date window at 3 o’clock. Additionally, just like the current production model, the solid-link Oyster bracelet on the Rolex Submariner ref. 116613LB features an Oysterlock safety clasp, complete with the brand’s Glidelock extension system, which allows for instantaneous tool-free adjustment of the bracelet length by up to 20mm in 2mm increments.
Although the official case diameter measurement of the ref. 116613LB is 40mm, its “Super Case” design with substantially thicker lugs and crown-guards gives the watch an overall look and feel that is far more similar to the current-production generation that has a 41mm case. So, how do we know that Hideki Matsuyama was wearing the reference 116613LB Submariner from the previous generation, rather than the current-production ref. 126613LB?
Hideki Matsuyama’s Rolex Submariner
If you look at photos of Hideki Matsuyama from past events, you can see the same two-tone Submariner in a number of different images. Not only is this a fairly good indicator that it is actually his own personal watch (rather than one loaned to him by a brand representative so that he could be seen wearing it at a specific event), but since some of the photos pre-date September 2020, it also confirms that Matsuyama’s Submariner is the older ref. 116613LB rather than the current-production version, since the new generation of Submariner watches did not yet exist at the time that some of the photos were taken.
While some Rolex Ambassadors can be spotted wearing many different watches, Hideki Matsuyama seems to only wear his two-tone Submariner and you will be hard-pressed to find a photo of him wearing any other watch. Similarly, Tiger Woods wears his personal Deepsea Sea-Dweller the vast majority of the time he sports a timepiece, and although both Rolex Ambassadors could likely wear any model they want, both Woods and Matsuyama seem to choose their own personal watches when the time comes for them to hold up the trophy.
A Rolex Yacht-Master spotted on Hideki Matsuyama’s Caddie
Hideki Matsuyama may have been wearing his two-tone Rolex Submariner when he won the Masters on Sunday, but those watching the tournament may have also spotted another Rolex watch on the wrist of Matsuyama’s caddie, Shota Hayafuji. Unlike Matsuyama who only wore his Rolex Submariner at the awards ceremony (most golfers don’t actually wear their watches when they play), Hayafuji wore his Rolex the entire weekend, and it could be spotted on his wrist at a number of various points throughout the tournament.
Those with a sharp eye may have noticed that Shota Hayafuji was wearing a 40mm Rolex Yacht-Master with a slate dial (although it is uncertain as to whether it is the current-production ref. 126622 or the older ref. 116622). With that in mind, the platinum bezel, slate dial, and bright turquoise seconds are unmistakable characteristics of the Yacht-Master, and Hayafuji’s watch was visible in a number of different instances as he reached out his hand to congratulate Matsuyama after a particularly well-executed shot.