The Rolex “Bluesy” and Rolex Story with Rolesor
Hardly any subgroups are discussed as hard within the Submariner community as the so-called "two-toned" models. The term "two-tone" is misleading insofar as these models are not just about the colors, but above all the materials, especially the combination of stainless steel and gold.
There used to be a strict separation of materials according to the functionality of the respective watches. Dresswatches were made out of gold, functional watches such as diving or aviator watches were made of stainless steel. However, Rolex was ahead of the competition, as so often. The already in 1933 patented "Rolesor"
(a Portmanteau of Rolex and "Or", the French word for gold) to describe watches that were made of stainless steel and yellow gold. In 1948, this technology was first applied to the Rolex Datejust (Reference number: 6075). In 1972, Audemars Piguet revolutionized the watch world with its Royal Oak, which was made of stainless steel, but which AP has given so much attention to detail and a high quality finish that it shines like gold.
Jump in time to the 80s and back to Rolex, which sold a new Rolesor from 1984 to 1988 with the Rolex Submariner Date (Reference number: 16803). This model established the sapphire crystal glass and set new benchmarks with its blue dial in combination of stainless steel and yellow gold. In 1988, the model was transferred to the reference number 16613
and was predecessor to the Rolex Submariner 116613LB, which is also called "Bluesy"
because of its deep blue dial. It came on the market of dress watches in 2009 and was also adorned with a new ceramic bezel and supercase.
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Rolesor gives the Submariner a noble business look
The bright blue dial makes the model stand out extravagantly
Used Submariner 116613LBs are already available from € 10,000
Optical and technical features of the Submariner 116613LB
Since the LB's focus is on the materials, it makes sense to take a closer look at them. For the details of the bezel, the center of the bracelet, edges of the hands and numerals Rolex makes use of 18 carat yellow gold. The 40 mm wide stainless steel case at Rolex consists of a 904L mix instead of the typical 316L. The differences are visually minimal (904L is more resistant to scratches and longer wearable), but symbolically yet not to be underestimated. For example, to work with 904L, Rolex developed dedicated tools. For some, perhaps exaggerated, but for Rolex no extra effort is too much to be able to always deliver the best quality.
But the Submariner also can convince with inner values. The automatic movement with a 48h power reserve, in which 31 jewels are installed, works quietly and precise. Unfortunately, the case back doesn't come with a crystal bottom, but the Rolex "Bluesy" comes with such a beautiful dial that you do not want to turn it around. Held in deep aquamarine and provided with a sunburst finish in which no line runs in parallel, but extend in a star shape from the center. So that the wearer can also enjoy the sunburst effect. The anti-reflective coating was dispensed with in the sapphire crystal. In the dark, thanks to Rolex 'Chromalight, the rounded numerals and hands will glow in soft blue for up to 8 hours.
Of course, all the other features expected of a modern Rolex are also on board. The bezel made of Cerachrom (another portmanteau word made of ceramic and "chrome", the Greek word for color) ensures that the blue never fades or scratched. Meanwhile, the bracelet is equipped with the Glidelock system, which makes it possible to extend the length of the bracelet up to 20 mm. And of course the "Bluesy" is also waterproof for up to 300 m (or 30 bar) thanks to a screw on crown and the Rolex 'Triplock system.
How much does a Rolex Submariner 116613LB "Bluesy" cost?
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The mentioned technical features of the Bluesy make the watch to something very special. Of course, such an eye-catcher also has its costs. New you should expect up to 12.250 €. A certified, used Sub 116613LB can be purchased in very good condition starting from a price of 10.400 €.
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If you prefer vintage and have enough patience (... and money), you can look for the Rolex Submariner with the reference 16618. Launched in 1969, it is the grandmother of "Bluesy" and shows up with a case and bracelet completely made of gold. Used you should expect prices between 18,500 € and 20,000 €.
For those who think the Bluesy is a bit too extravagant, but do not want to miss out on features like supercase and exquisite craftsmanship, Rolex has designed the sister model Rolex Submariner 116613 LN. It is understated with an elegant, black dial that is perfect as a business watch. New you can buy the watch for 12,250 €, while it is available used already for 9,900 €.
For racing enthusiasts, the Rolex Daytona Reference 116523 offers a bracelet with a gold vein, dial in gold and three chronometer totalizers in blue. A reminiscent of old racing watches. The dial is otherwise classically decorated in white with golden numerals and the typical Rolex crown on the 12 o'clock position. The Daytonal is available used for 12,600 €, while you pay new approximately 15,350 €.