Debuting in 1953 and released to the public the following year, the Rolex Submariner has undoubtedly become one of the most iconic timepieces of all time. Used extensively by the British Royal Navy and professional diving companies like COMEX, the Submariner set the bar for all successive dive watches due to its incredibly robust and timeless design. Today, its popularity knows no bounds as it continues to reign as one of the most sought-after and in-demand stainless steel sports watches currently in production, and the Starbucks exists as the most sought-after of all modern Submariner variants.
Released in September of 2020, the Rolex Submariner ref. 126610LV "Starbucks" became the latest addition to the ever-popular and growing family of green-themed Rolex Submariners - made up of it and its two predecessors, the Kermit and Hulk. While it succeeded the Hulk, the Starbucks resembles the model that came before that, the Kermit. Featuring a stunning green Cerachrom bezel, glossy black dial, and slimmed-down lugs (compared to the Hulk's Maxi-Case), the Starbucks exists as a modern take on the Submariner's iconic 50th-anniversary model.
As mentioned, the Starbucks' case features a new slimmer profile that is reminiscent of the five-digit Submariners, thanks to its new lug shape. Alongside this, the latest case has also been enlarged to 41mm in diameter. While this 1mm might sound like a significant change, it actually measures 40.7mm diameter in the real world (only a 0.4mm increase on the so-called 40mm Submariner ref. 116610's 40.3mm case). Within this new case, Rolex has upgraded the Submariner's mechanics and given it the updated cal. 3235 movement. Featuring a 70-hour power reserve, Rolex's new Chronergy escapement, and 14 patents, the cal. 3235 is a movement that the Submariner Starbucks deserves.
Furthermore, with an impressive 300m water resistance, Rolex's best clasp with its Glidelock system, and fantastically bright lume, the Starbucks fits the bill as one of the most capable daily wearers on the market today and still retains its status as the perfect tool watch.