We get the question many time about lug holes in the Rolex Submariner 16613 models and other Sub date models. The most common question is "When did Rolex stop making the 16613 with holes in the lugs?".

Answer: Rolex ended the lug holes or holes in the case or holes model, however you wish to say it in the "Y" series models (est. 2003). Many people speculate the reason behind the change. Some people say it make them stronger or more solid. Others say it is simply cosmetic.

Either way they each have their own following. In my experience as a watchmaker I have not seen a failure either way. The differences that I see are the spring bars and the ease of removing the bracelet in the holes model. Also, I see less damage in the spring-bar area on the holes model. The no-date models 14060 and 14060M still have lug holes all the way until the model change to the ceramic 114060. Just some fun facts and thoughts. You can get a Stainless Steel clasp with lug holes from the introduction in 1983 (7.8M Serial) until 2003 ( Y Serial). You can get yellow gold through the clasp with lug holes from 1999 (Late A Serial) until 2003 ( Late Y Serial). You can get yellow gold through the clasp with NO lug holes from 2003 ( Late Y Serial) until 2008 ( M Serial). The Rolex 116613, Ceramic bezel Two-Tone Gold and Steel Submariner, was introduced in BaselWorld 2009. The Rolex 116610, Ceramic bezel Stainless Steel Submariner, was introduced in BaselWorld 2010. The Rolex 114060, Ceramic bezel No-Date Submariner, was introduced in BaselWorld 2012.