This Rolex Submariner Is (Probably) the Most Striking Modern Sports Watch
August 10th, 2021
The Rolex Submariner Reference 116613LB is ideally the most appealing sports watch, featuring a blue bezel and a matching blue dial. Paired with a two-tone stainless steel and yellow gold case, the watch undeniably captures attention.
However, the Submariner Reference 116613LB “Bluesy” did not always sport a sunburst blue dial. Let’s explore more details about this appealing modern sports Rolex watch.
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A Brief History of Rolex Submariner “Bluesy” Ref. 116613
Rolex introduced today’s-popular Cerachrom bezel in 2005, making it a remarkable year. The cerachrom is the brand’s patented ceramic component used in the latest bezel, resistant to fading and scratching. However, the Cerachrom ceramic bezel debuted with the Rolex GMT-Master II collection.
After a few years, a new of Submariner models made their debut, sporting Cerachrom bezels. However, Rolex launched the Submariner 116613 in yellow Rolesor and with Cerachrom bezel in 2009. The watch was available in blue or black like its preceding bi-metal Submariner models.
Interestingly, the Rolex Submariner 116613LN featured a black bezel and black dial. On the contrary, Rolex offered the Reference 116613LB in a blue bezel and blue dial. The ‘LB’ and ‘LN’ stand for ‘lunette blue’ and ‘lunette noir’, respectively.
Every Rolex Submariner 116613LB model features blue dials. However, the fact is that the watchmaker opted for a different flat blue shade for the earliest iterations of the Submariner Bluesy. But this blue dial shade received a mixed public reaction. Thus, Rolex shifted to the classic sunburst dial style soon.
Since 2013, the Submariner 116613LB “Bluesy” flaunted a sunburst blue dial instead of the flat blue shade on the dial. However, Rolex turned up with a new generation of Submariner watches featuring a bigger 41mm case. And it marked the end of all Submariner 40mm watches, including the Reference 116613LB.
Rolex released the latest bi-metal Submariner version with a sunburst blue dial as Reference 126613LB.
Key Features of the Rolex Submariner 116613LB
- Materials – 18ct Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel
- Case Diameter – 40mm
- Dial – Blue Luminescent Hour Markers, Chromalight luminescence
- Bezel – Blue Unidirectional Cerachrom 60-Minute Insert
- Movement – Automatic, Rolex Calibre 3135
- Functionality – Time with running seconds, Date display, Triplock winding crown
- Bracelet – Oyster with Glidelock Clasp.
How much is a Rolex Submariner 116613LB Blue Worth?
The Rolex Submariner 116613LB is no longer in production today. Thus, you can source this dual-tone diver today only from the second hand market. However, a pre-owned Submariner 116613LB usually is worth slightly more than the black versions.
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