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Rolex Submariner Review: Reference 114060 vs. Reference 116610

July 6, 2018

BY Paul Altieri

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Hands down, the black, stainless steel Submariner is Rolex’s most famous and frequently purchased watch – and for good reason too. Its timeless and instantly recognizable design is versatile enough to work in both formal and casual situations, and its robust construction guarantees that it will last a lifetime. After deciding to purchase a black, stainless steel Submariner with a ceramic (Cerachrom) bezel, there will still be one important decision left to make: do you get the reference 114060 or the reference 116610?

114060 vs. 116610

Do you get the reference 114060 or the reference 116610?

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Both watches measure 40mm in diameter with depth ratings of 300 meters; both watches are made from 904L stainless steel with solid-link Oyster bracelets; both watches feature black dials with 18-karat, white gold hands and hour markers; and both watches are fitted with black ceramic bezel inserts. However, one watch costs $1,550 more than the other.

114060 vs. 116610

Both watches measure 40mm in diameter with depth ratings of 300 meters.

114060 vs. 116610

The reference 114060 has a brand-new, retail price of $7,500 while the reference 116610 retails for $8,550. Where they differ, is that the reference 116610 has the addition of a date complication, which is displayed through a window in the dial at the 3 o’clock position.

114060 vs. 116610

The reference 114060 has a brand-new, retail price of $7,500 while the reference 116610 retails for $8,550.

Due to the addition of the date feature, the movement in the reference 116610 is different than the one found in the reference 114060 (no-date) Submariner. The reference 116610 is powered by the time-tested calibre 3135 movement, while the no-date Submariner is fitted with Rolex’s calibre 3130. Both movements are COSC chronometer-certified, and feature Parachrom hairsprings for greater shock and temperature resistance.

114060 vs. 116610

The crystal on the reference 116610 features a “Cyclops” magnification bubble at the 3 o’clock position.

To enhance the visibility of the date window, the crystal on the reference 116610 features a “Cyclops” magnification bubble at the 3 o’clock position. The Cyclops protrudes slightly from the surface of the sapphire crystal, and enhances the date display by 2.5 times its natural size. In addition to magnifying the date aperture, the Cyclops is also one of the most distinct and recognizable of Rolex’s features.

114060 vs. 116610

Past generations of no-date Submariners differed from their date-displaying counterparts.

Past generations of no-date Submariners differed from their date-displaying counterparts in that their movements were not COSC rated. However, since both the calibre 3135 and the calibre 3130 are chronometer-certified, the difference in performance should be virtually non-existent.

114060 vs. 116610

Some will select the reference 116610 for the utility of the date function.

Some will select the reference 116610 for the utility of the date function, while others may pick it because they enjoy the visual appearance that the Cyclops adds to the face of the watch. Other buyers will opt for the reference 114060 Submariner due to its lower price, while some may select it because they prefer the symmetrical design of its dial.

114060 vs. 116610

It is the 114060 vs. 116610, which will you choose?

Both Submariners are excellent watches, and either selection will be a very sound purchase. People generally prefer one Submariner to the other for a variety of different reasons, and that is exactly why Rolex produces both models. Whether the you pick the 114060 or the 116610, both choices are superb watches and great investments.


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