The first two-tone Rolex Submariner model actually debuted in four years prior in 1984 as the Rolex Submariner 16803, with the 16613 being released in 1988 along side the all-stainless 16610 with both new models having the then Rolex caliber 3135 movement. The Rolex Submariner 116613 represents in my opinion, the most radical update in the evolution of the two-tone Submariner since its 1984 debut. However, the Rolex Submariner 16613 has been around for over twenty years and is arguably one of Rolex’s most iconic, most recognizable watches.
The most distinctive cosmetic change is the dial. The Rolex Submariner blue dial two tone 116613 has a Rolex “Maxi dial” design, with larger markers and thicker hands. It also has a very uniform blue color throughout the dial, versus the almost prismatic, iridescent quality of the 16613 dial. The date magnification bubble on the sapphire crystal also has a very nice enhancement – it has an anti-reflective coating applied to the underside greatly improving visibility. Additionally, the 116613 also uses the new “super case” design we’ve seen in recent years from the Rolex GMT IIc, Submariner 116619, etc. This gives the 116613 noticeably wider case lugs and crown guards than what we see on the 16613. Related Replica Rolex Submariner Blue Dial Two Tone 116613.
The bracelet and clasp are considerably upgraded on the 116613 over the 16613. The 116613 bracelet is now entirely comprised of solid links throughout. This should greatly enhance the longevity of the watch vs. the 16613, with its hollow center links which are prone to “stretch” over the years. And the clasp is an entirely new design which both looks and feels of higher quality than the old clasp on the 16613.
The case on the 116613 is still 40mm, the beefier lugs and the crown guards give the appearance that the watch is much larger than it actually is. The larger hands and markers on the 116613 are easier to see, but again, in my mind they detract from the elegance of the watch as compared to the older 16613. The Rolex Submariner blue dial two tone 16613 dial is one of the most beautiful dials I’ve ever seen on ANY watch. Related Replica Rolex Submariner Blue Dial Two Tone 16613.
Rolex Submariner 116613 is certainly a fantastic watch, and I’m sure it will appeal to many Rolex fans both young and old. For me, the Rolex Submariner 116613 is too much of a departure from what I know and love about the 16613 Submariner.