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Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600

Born to ply the mysterious depths of our largely unknown seas, Rolex’s Sea-Dweller is a tool watch icon. In 2017, Rolex announced the 50th-anniversary of their burly dive watch with the reference 126600 Sea-Dweller. Bearing a red signature that reached back to the model’s own roots, the 12660 was a notable update that managed to double-down on the ethos that has always separated the Sea-Dweller from the likes of the Submariner. Understandably, we couldn’t think of a better watch to mark World Oceans Day. Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600
For the full inside scoop on the 126600, look no further than this exhaustive review, written by Ben back in July of 2017. From the history of Rolex dive watches to notable past references and a full breakdown of the new model, the Sea-Dweller remains endlessly cool and a great watch for summer, above and below the waves. It’s a long read, but what else are weekends for?
The Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600 was announced at Baselworld 2017, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the model (launched in 1967). The Sea-Dweller is one of Rolex’s most important, though arguably least commercial products – a true tool watch catering to true professionals. This latest incarnation is very much a Sea-Dweller, but there are many updates, including some that are technically minor but emotionally significant departures from models that came before. In this A Week On The Wrist review, I’ll examine those and try to unpack just what they mean. Also, we’ll talk about what this watch is meant to do, and what it’s not meant to do.
In my detailed look at Rolex from 2015, I talk about founder Hans Wildorf’s pursuit of three different properties that would come to define Rolex watches: precision timekeeping, an automatic movement, and finally, resistance to water. Why was this so important to Wilsdorf? Because prior to the introduction of the Oyster in 1926, watches (then mostly of the pocket variety) were often seen at sporting events, but always on the sidelines.

However, Wilsdorf believed there was a real market for watches that could be worn during active sports by participants themselves. The early Oyster cases featured the first fluted bezels used by Rolex, so that watchmakers could screw them in tighter to the case middle. Of course, the screw-down Oyster crown was an important innovation from the Rolex family that further allowed wearers of these watches to go deeper than ever before.

In 1953, Rolex and Blancpain both showed professional dive watches (which came first is debatable and therefore frequently debated) and the category that many of us love so much was born. While the Fifty Fathoms was discontinued decades ago before being reintroduced by the modern incarnation of Blancpain, the Submariner has remained a constant force in the watch world for over 60 years. When it was first shown, complete with its screw-down crown, luminous radium dial, and rotating bezel, one could expect water resistance up to an impressive (for that time) 100 meters.
Indeed, reference 6204 and the original “big crown” reference 6200 offered divers remarkably robust tool watches. The later 6205, 6536, and 6538 followed suit, as the did the later Submariners that we all know today.
Before that though, Rolex produced what was arguably the ne plus ultra of pre-1950s dive watches as well, they just didn’t have the Rolex name on the dial. Yes, some of the original Panerais – during this period created predominantly for Italian military divers – were made completely by Rolex, and feature Rolex cases and movements. It should be noted not all of the early Panerai wristwatches used Rolex movements and cases, but several of the earliest did and they remain very collectible – one such example is the tropical dial piece owned by John Goldberger and seen in his episode of Talking Watches.
Rolex continued to produce the Submariner in a host of variants without interruption, and as you all know, continues to produce it today. In the first couple of decades of consumer and professional dive watch production, there were certainly other serious dive watches out there, but many of them though impressive technically were not widely distributed, and few reached the level of commercial or professional success of the Sub. Omega’s Seamaster line is truly the Submariner’s only contender in the 1960s for a readily available dive watch, and they should not be over looked – though the story of the Seamaster has far more tangents than that of the Submariner. But this story isn’t about the Submariner, is it? Let’s move on to the introduction of the other Rolex dive watch, which came about 14 years later.
In many ways, the Sea-Dweller is the best expression of Rolex as a brand. From its very beginning, the model showed a preoccupation on Rolex’s part with extensive over-engineering, and performance above all else. Remember, Rolex already had a more than capable dive watch in the 5512 and 5513 Submariners, and yet it wanted to build something even tougher – a watch meant for those who not only worked, but in some cases, actually lived underwater.
The Sea-Dweller was born in an era when the next great stage of exploration – of extreme environments never before visited – was just beginning. Man had not yet been to the moon. It was just a decade before that Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay scaled Everest for the first time; a few short years later, in 1960, the bathyscaphe Trieste successfully descended to the deepest point in the ocean. It was also during this time that the first permanent research stations were established in Antarctica, and that Nautilus, the first nuclear submarine, traveled under the Polar ice cap to the North Pole.

This was an era of scientific discovery, and the world was captivated by these feats of perseverance and determination to the point where the dive into the Marianas Trench landed Bob Walsh and Jacques Piccard on the cover of Life Magazine, arguably the magazine of record for most Americans at the time. These years of prosperity led to some of mankind’s greatest explorations, and it was these feats by the greatest generation that captured the minds and hearts of the baby boomers. There was simply nothing more exciting than exploration in the late 1950s and early 1960s, whether of outer space or the deepest oceans, and this is why it makes perfect sense that during this period, Rolex developed the Sea-Dweller.
It should be noted that the Sea-Dweller did come after the Deep-Sea Special, the watch clamped to the outside of the Trieste when it descended to the bottom of the Challenger Deep. But that watch was enormous – completely unwearable – and of course, it wasn’t even really designed to be worn in the first place. The same can be said for another experimental watch made by Rolex in 2012, the Deepsea Challenge, a monster 51mm mega-dive watch that James Cameron strapped to the outside of his vessel when he recreated the historic 1960 dive. The Sea-Dweller wasn’t devised as a one-time use tool, or a prototype from which other technology could be taken – it was made for the most serious divers in the world, and meant to be worn daily, over a long period of time.
As mentioned, the connection between outer space and “inner space,” (a term that was coined by the Eisenhower administration after the successful dives of Trieste) was a real one. In fact, one of NASA’s most famous names played a part in both. Scott Carpenter, one of the original seven Mercury astronauts and the pilot of the second manned orbital flight by an American, in Aurora 7, took leave from NASA in 1965 to participate in the U.S. Navy’s “Man-in-the-Sea” Project called SEALAB. (Because hey, isn’t that what most of us would do if given a leave of absence from NASA?) As a team leader for SEALAB II off the coast of La Jolla, California in the summer of 1965, Carpenter and his team members spent 30 days living and working on the ocean floor conducting studies from a seafloor habitat at 205 feet underwater.

With Carpenter was Bob Barth, who was the only man to participate in the three different SEALAB missions. His Submariner reference 5512 was offered for sale a few years back though the seller made no mention of how important this Submariner and its owner were for the development of the Sea-Dweller.
In an interview conducted by Jason Heaton back in 2012, Barth tells of how he and his fellow crew members, while undergoing decompression in a decompression chamber, would sometimes hear a quick “pop” only to find that the crystal of someone’s watch – Submariners, Blancpains, and Tudors, mostly – had come off. The basic problem was the helium in the breathing gasses used in SEALAB. Helium forms very small molecules, which can over time penetrate the seals of a dive watch and build up in the case. Divers would spend several days in a decompression chamber, where air pressure would gradually be lowered from that at working depth, to air pressure at sea level. The helium would not be able to leak back out of the watch case quickly enough and the result was increasingly greater pressure inside the watch case – often, enough to pop the crystal off. It was the SEALAB missions that first called for a helium escape valve, which was introduced within the Rolex range on the Sea-Dweller and remains a staple of this model to this day.
The Sea-Dweller reference 1665 was introduced in 1967 as Rolex’s biggest, baddest, most capable dive watch. It was water resistant to 610 meters, roughly double what a 5513 was rated to at the time, and featured two lines of red text reading “Sea-Dweller / Submariner 2000”. The crown was a Trip-Lock; the watch featured a date (useful to saturation divers who could spend days in a decompression chamber) and it was the first time a Rolex diver would feature the complication, predating the 1680 Submariner ever so briefly.

The crystal was domed and cyclops-less. The bracelet had an extension clasp that allowed the owner to quickly open up the bracelet to allow it to fit on the outside of a diving suit. This is how the Sea-Dweller was born and how it remained for some time (we would lose the red lettering in the mid 70s around the same time the 1680 lost its red from the dial) and over the years we would see continual improvements to water resistant engineering in Rolex’s most professional line. That is, of course, until Rolex killed the Sea-Dweller as we know it.
Now, Rolex is nothing if not consistent. And to think that one of the mighty five Rolex sports watches introduced in the 1950s and 60s could be effectively killed off is hard to believe. But it happened, sort of. From 2009 to 2014, there was no Sea-Dweller in the Rolex catalog. Okay, so there was the 44mm Sea-Dweller Deep-Sea, which took the concept of a pro tool diver even further, with its downright silly 3,900 meter depth rating. But along with it came an oversized 44mm case, and then in 2014, the gradient blue to black dial of the “D-Blue” edition.

It was the first time in recent years that Rolex creating a special dial for one of its existing sports watches, and it did not sit well with everyone. Still, the D-Blue was one of the hottest watches in the world when it was announced, and the traditional black dial 44mm, titanium caseback Sea-Dweller Deep-Sea is very much a Rolex – it’s just that many yearned for a serious diver in a traditional 40mm size.

At Baselworld 2014, that’s what we got with the Sea-Dweller 4000. Reference 116600 was 40mm in diameter, featured a cyclops-less crystal and ceramic bezel, and was rated to 4000 feet, or 1,220 meters. This may not have been a super exciting reference, but it filled a void that had been vacant for half a decade and all was well with the world of Rolex divers. And then came Baselworld 2017.
Rolex at Baselworld 2017 was a little anti-climactic for some, at least relative to 2016. There wasn’t an A-list mega introduction like there was last year with the Daytona. Instead there was an update to the least well-known and certainly least understood tool watch made by Rolex.

The new Sea-Dweller came as a surprise in some ways but not others. Of course, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the first Sea-Dweller 1665. But also it’s important to note that we got a whole new Sea-Dweller in 2014 – that’s a heck of a short run for a Rolex reference when you remember that the first Sea-Dweller was made from 1967 all the way up until the 1980s. The 5513 ran from the early ’60s through the late ’80s.

This is Rolex, dammit, and things shouldn’t change too quickly – but they did. Though the 116600 Sea-Dweller 4000 was a great watch, with its cyclops-less crystal, 40mm case, and ceramic bezel, Rolex replaced it just three years after it was introduced.

The new Rolex 126600 is very much a Sea-Dweller though, don’t be confused about that. It has a helium escape valve just as it should and it’s water resistant to 1,300 feet deeper than the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is high. The thing is incredible, undoubtedly. However we gained three millimeters in diameter from 2014 to 2017, and that means it’s no longer the same case size as the original. Further we have a cyclops window on the crystal, which if you’re a Sea-Dweller guy, could be seen as something of a tragedy. Let’s go through the reference 126600 in detail, now that I’ve had a chance to spend a week wearing it.

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Rolex Datejust 41

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust is a certified, self-winding chronometer wristwatch manufactured by Rolex. When it was launched in 1945, the Datejust was the first self-winding chronometer wristwatch to indicate the date in a window on the dial. Today, it exists in a variety of sizes from 28mm to 41mm, in stainless steel, two-tone gold, and solid gold versions.
In 2016, Rolex released the new reference 126333 Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 watch (debuted here) which quietly replaced the outgoing Datejust II that Rolex had been making for a few years. Both models are larger-sized versions of the classic Rolex Datejust 41 that for most of its life came in a 36mm-wide case. The Rolex Datejust is one of the world’s most popular luxury timepieces and has been around since Rolex originally released the Datejust back in 1945.
I’ve been wearing the Rolex 126333 Datejust 41 quite regularly for the last few months as part of my normal timepiece rotation. This is one of those watches that I also happened to add to my own collection. It was not until I was able to wear the watch for a while that I was able to truly develop a relationship with the Rolex Datejust in a way that so many owners have done over the collection’s long lifespan. One of the major questions that I was trying to answer as part of my review is “what category does this watch fit into?” I’ll get to why that question is important later on.
When Rolex originally released the Datejust, the name of the watch made a lot more sense. Quite literally, the main technical attraction to the watch was the fact that it had a movement that was able to automatically change the date at midnight, which was a novel piece of functionality at the time. Since then, the humble “date complication” has gone on to become the most popular function on wristwatches right after displaying the current time.
As a company, Rolex rarely releases brand-new model families. Instead, part of the “Rolex Way” – a clever marketing term for a very real culture at the company – is to maintain strong pillars of production collections and improve and expand upon them as they feel might best serve the market. Thus, the majority of Rolex’s stable of watch lines (Submariner, Explorer, GMT-Master, Daytona, Day-Date, Datejust, et cetera) have been around for decades. What this means is that while there is “one Datejust,” in reality there are dozens and dozens of variants from previous years, as well as those currently available.
The Rolex Datejust is the most popular among all the brand’s collections, and that includes Datejust watches made for both men and women. Especially including women’s models, there is an incredible variety of styles, sizes, material and dial choices, and more. As an enthusiast, it can be extremely challenging to navigate currently available and formerly available Rolex Datejust models, perhaps even more so than most other watches the storied high-end Swiss watch maker produces. It is here where we should add that some of the now discontinued Rolex Datejust II models may still be around in stores for some time.
What makes tracking Rolex Datejust models even more complicated is the variety of dial, bezel, and bracelet options. Even though Rolex debuted the Datejust 41 in exclusively a two-tone (“Rolesor,” as they call it) variation as opposed to just steel, you can opt for either steel and yellow gold or steel and Everose gold, choose between two bracelet options (Jubilee or Oyster), and between a total of ten dial options between the two gold variants, and last but not least, pick a polished “flat” bezel or a fluted bezel as seen here. All I can say is that if you are interested in a Rolex Datejust 41, make sure to do your homework and decide which particular variant is right for you.
The one I chose was actually the “poster model” that Rolex used to show off the Datejust 41 reference 126333 on its website and in various marketing materials throughout most of 2016. This particular Rolex Datejust 41 reference 126333 is 904L steel and 18k yellow gold with the fluted 18k yellow gold bezel and matching “champagne”-colored dial with easy-to-read baton-style hour markers. It also uses Rolex’s newest version of their popular Jubilee-style bracelet which makes use of many small links.
Two-tone “Rolesor” Rolex watches can be identified easily by the fact that they use steel and gold together. The crown is also in gold. The two dots below the Rolex logo on the crown indicate an Oyster case with a Twinlock water and dust protection system in the very sturdy screw-down crown assembly. In the future, Rolex will likely release all-steel variations of the Rolex Datejust II, but all-precious-metal options will not likely be available, as that is the domain of the more expensive Rolex Day-Date “President” that Rolex also released a new model of recently.
Back in 2013, I did a joint review of the Rolex Datejust II and Day-Date II watches here. It made sense to review both of them together at the time as both models share an extremely similar (if not mostly identical) 41mm-wide case and very similar movements. The main difference between the two models is that the Rolex Datejust only indicates the time and date, whereas the Day-Date indicates the date along with the day of the week.
In 2015, Rolex debuted the Day-Date 40 watch here. What was important was that this was an entirely new Rolex Day-Date watch from the ground up, which is ironic because if you look at modern Rolex Day-Date or Datejust models, you can easily mistake them at a glance for older ones. This isn’t exactly an accident, as Rolex is intentionally trying to continue a visual look and style which has become familiar to its wearers for decades. The Rolex Day-Date 40 boasted both a brand-new case and movement. The case was a millimeter smaller than the outgoing model’s, but with a much better shape and proportions. A year later, in 2016, Rolex followed suit with the Rolex Datejust 41, which maintained a 41mm-wide size but also enjoyed a very similar new case design with vastly improved proportions over the Rolex Datejust II.
In the Day-Date 40, Rolex debuted what is easily the most impressive mechanical movement it has made to date, which is the caliber 3255. This Rolex Datejust 41 also has a new movement which is extremely similar to the 3255, being the caliber 3235. It is difficult to explain all the ways that the 3235 is special because Rolex hasn’t reinvented the mechanical movement so much as it has reinvented how to produce in some volume extremely high-quality mechanical movements. What I mean by that is an intense effort in trying to extract as much performance as possible with the same type of architecture. It is like when a car maker releases a new engine that isn’t per se larger or that has more displacement, but is able to get more power by having its current system tweaked and refined.
The best way Rolex uses to describe the performance of the calibers 3255 and 3235 is by mentioning that timepieces containing these movements are “Superlative Chronometers.” While this statement has been used in connection to Rolex watches for a while, only recently has it begun to take on a more precise meaning. Rolex has a still relatively new and very strict in-house certification program for its movements. It promises performance of +2/-2 seconds per day for its watches, which is more than double the accuracy required by COSC Chronometer certification – performed separately outside of Rolex by the third-party company COSC.
Rolex’s Superlative Chronometer watches like the Datejust 41 are tested both in-house at Rolex and externally at COSC. I’ve mentioned at least a few times that this double certification is sort of redundant, but it does add to the high-end experience of owning a performance machine that is meant to last for a long time. Rolex also offers a five-year warranty on the movements – which is near the top of the industry standard.
Rolex caliber 3235 automatic movements operate at 4Hz with a roughly three-day power reserve (70 hours). In addition to including parts in the movement which represent Rolex’s finest work today, the movement also contains Rolex’s new “Chronergy” escapement system which helps the regulation system in the movement perform in a “superlative” manner. In day-to-day testing, I’ve had no problems with the movement, and find that it remains very accurate and reliable. My favorite part of the movement is how the date adjusts. Directly at midnight (and not slowly leading up to it), the date disc immediately and satisfyingly jumps to the next position. It is a beauty to behold (and super nerdy to discuss).
I think that the important takeaway message for consumers is that this isn’t just a standard automatic movement inside of a pretty watch, but it has been meticulously engineered to offer as much performance as possible in a movement that is designed for relatively mass-level production – something that Rolex is arguably the best in the industry at doing.
While the movement inside of a watch is very important, to be honest, I didn’t need to think too much about it while wearing the Rolex Datejust 41. Rolex doesn’t make the movement visible through the rear of the case, which in many ways makes the wearing experience more about what is on the outside, versus what is on the inside. I say all this because I do find that watches with and without exhibition caseback windows do make for different wearing experiences (not better or worse, just distinct). In the context of the Rolex Datejust 41, it allows me to focus a lot more on the design, as well as the club I am now a part of. That club being the many people before me and who currently wear Rolex Datejust watches.
I have a lot to say about the experience of being someone wearing a Rolex Datejust and what that makes me feel. In fact, I will spend the majority of this watch review discussing those elements, as I think it is central to the Rolex Datejust wearing experience. Allow me to explain. When I look at the Rolex Datejust on my wrist, sometimes I see the storied age of the design. This is a brand new watch, so why is it that I find it to look old?

It does help to recall that this is a design Rolex has been perpetuating since the 1950s. Even though the Datejust debuted in 1945, it was not until the next decade that Rolex modified the design of the Datejust more to its current form. That includes the distinctive hands, bezel design, and bracelets. This means that for over 60 years people around the world have become familiar with the core look of a Rolex Datejust 41. I will talk more about the Rolex Datejust in popular culture below, but suffice it to say that when you decide to wear a Rolex Datejust 41, you aren’t simply wearing a timepiece that becomes part of your personality. Rather, you are putting on an institution, and lending your personality to it.
This is an important distinction because, in my opinion, “you wear some watches” and at other times “the watch wears you.” If that sounds cheesy, then perhaps you have a better way of phrasing it. The idea I am trying to convey is that some watches are so recognizable, they have a personality independent of who is wearing them. Thus, if the watch is more famous than the person wearing it, it lends personality to its wearer in a way that a less distinguishable timepiece ever can. The Rolex Datejust has that power, and when you put it on, the perceptions people have of what the watch suddenly become part of your character – regardless of whether those traits apply to you.
The next logical question is “what is the character of a Rolex Datejust?” I’ll begin by saying that I don’t know if I can definitively answer that question because I think it depends on who you were asking. I grew up seeing the Rolex Datejust in one way, but someone around the world could have a totally different perspective on what type of people wear the watch. I will say that, oddly enough, you rarely see people who consider themselves watch collectors wearing a Rolex Datejust, which is a topic I am interested in exploring.
Why is it that watch enthusiasts and collectors rarely themselves wear Rolex Datejusts? The worst thing most of them have to say about Rolex Datejust watches is that they are “boring” or “the watch a grandfather wears.” Watch enthusiasts often see the Rolex Datejust as the luxury watch for the masses. It is what you wear if your collection of timepieces is small or consists of just a few items to help your sense or style or external communication of success. So much of the mystique about the Rolex Datejust is in being an overt luxury item as opposed to a representation of horology.

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Rolex Yacht-Master Watches

The Rolex Yacht-Master II is a sport watch made by Rolex, unveiled in 2007 and first introduced in March 2010 with the models 116688 and 116689. One year later, in 2011, Rolex introduced the model 116681 which was made from steel and everose gold. At Baselworld 2013, the watch was available for the first time in 904L steel, the model 116680, fitted with a Cerachrom bezel insert in blue ceramic. Originally, the Yacht-Master II used Rolex’s 4160 movement but with the introduction of the model 116680 in 2013, the movement was updated to the 4161 movement specifically designed for the Yacht-Master II. All Yacht-Master II watches have a case size of 44mm. Many Rolex watches are available with the now-legendary combination of yellow, white or Everose gold and steel known as Rolesor, but Rolesium is a creation specific to the Yacht-Master. While the case and bracelet are in rugged Oystersteel, the bezel of the Rolesium versions is made of 950 platinum, imparting a silvery whiteness and vibrant luminosity for an unmistakable sense of luxury.
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The Rolex Yacht Master is a sports watch which was first introduced in 1992. Now, as you might be aware that Rolex very rarely introduces the all-new model, so the last Rolex model which was introduced before the Yacht Master was the model named Daytona which was released in 1964, thus we can see that the Rolex took about 28 years to introduce us with Rolex new model.
The Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42 in 18 ct white gold with an Oysterflex bracelet. This model features a bidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated bezel with a matt black Cerachrom insert in ceramic, as well as polished raised numerals and graduations, perfectly complementing its black dial.
Rolex has built a reputation on their classic and timeless designs. They’re not one to release a new model every other year. In fact, after the launch of the Daytona in 1963, it would be nearly another 30 years before they’d debut an entirely new model. That model was the Rolex Yacht-Master. Here, we’ll provide a Rolex Yacht-Master review, including key features of the Rolex Yacht-Master, the history of the Rolex Yacht-Master through the years, and notable wearers.
The very first Rolex Yacht-Master was the Reference 16628. The brand only offered the model in a 40mm, 18-karat yellow gold case with a white dial. The Ref. 16628 also came equipped with a screw-down, Triplock crown and boasted 100 meters of water resistance. Inside, it housed the Caliber 3135 movement.

For the first several years, Rolex only made minor changes to the Yacht-Master line. In 1994, they released a slightly different iteration of the Yacht-Master: the Reference 68628. This variation was smaller, with a 35mm case. That same year, they also added a women’s version of the Yacht-Master: the Reference 69628. It showcased an even more modest case size, measuring just 29mm.

In 1999, Rolex introduced the first major update to the Yacht-Master collection. That year, they debuted an all-new, patented combination of metals created specifically for the Yacht-Master. They called this two-tone combination of stainless steel and platinum, Rolesium. At the annual Basel World Fair, Rolex launched the material in three different sizes. These included the 40mm Reference 16622, 35mm Reference 168622, and the 29mm Reference 169622.

The next update to the Rolex Yacht-Master collection came in 2005. That year, Rolex added another two-tone variation to the line, this time in stainless steel and 18-karat yellow gold. They offered the new colorway in the 40mm Reference 16623. Two years later, Rolex made the most significant change to the Yacht-Master line with the addition of the Yacht-Master II. However, the lineage of the original Yacht-Master has continued.
In 2012, Rolex released the next notable upgrade for the Yacht-Master with the Reference 116622. While the model retained its 40mm sizing, it featured an all-new “super case” with different styling. In addition, it boasted an all-platinum bezel as opposed to a combination of platinum and stainless steel. Last but not least, it came equipped with a refined version of the Oyster bracelet featuring an upgraded clasp.

Three years later, Rolex debuted another first for the brand in the Yacht-Master collection’s Reference 116655. This time, instead of a new metal, they introduced their own rigorously designed and tested variation of the rubber strap. The Oysterflex bracelet marked the first-ever rubber strap for the brand. Ever since, it’s become a staple of the Yacht-Master collection.

In the past several years, Rolex has continued to make subtle updated and additions to the Yacht-Master line. One of the latest releases is the Yacht-Master 40 with a multi-color, gem-set bezel. More recently in 2019, Rolex introduced the first 42mm time-and-date Yacht Master Reference 226659.
The Yacht-Master is a popular choice among many of today’s top entertainers, athletes, and chefs. Some of the Yacht-Master’s famous wearers include TV personality Ellen DeGeneres and film icons like Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis. Athletes across an array of modalities also appreciate the Yacht-Master. You can find it on the wrist of star players like former pro-footballer David Beckham, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, and former World Number One golfer Justin Thomas. Last but certainly not least, the legendary chef Emeril Lagasse is among the Yacht-Master’s celebrity fans.

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replica rolex submariner green

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner is a line of sports watches designed for diving and manufactured by Rolex, and are known for their resistance to water and corrosion. The first Submariner was introduced to the public in 1954 at the Basel Watch Fair. The Rolex Submariner is considered “a classic among wristwatches”, manufactured by one of the most widely recognized luxury brands in the world. Due to its huge popularity, there are many homage watches by well-established watchmakers, as well as illegal counterfeits. The Replica Rolex Submariner Green is part of Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual line.
Kermit and Hulk: The Green Submariners. The Submariner diving watch is one of Rolex’s most popular timepieces. The two models with green components, known among fans as “Kermit” and “Hulk,” are especially desirable collector’s items that are likely to continue increasing in value.
The Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date in Oystersteel with a Cerachrom bezel insert in green ceramic and a black dial with large luminescent hour markers. It features a unidirectional rotatable bezel and solid-link Oyster bracelet. The latest generation Submariner and Submariner Date remain faithful to the original model launched in 1953.
About Rolex Green Submariner Watches. The green Rolex Submariner is a nice choice for any collection. To view additional models visit our full section by visiting our used Rolex Submariner for sale page.
The Inaugural Green Sub. The very first green Rolex Submariner was released in Baselworld 2003 to celebrate the Submariner’s 50 th anniversary. Rolex made small but significant tweaks to the classic steel Submariner to create this model – the most defining feature being its green aluminum bezel.
The Superlative Chronometer status is symbolized by the green seal that comes with every Rolex watch and is coupled with an international five-year guarantee. This exclusive designation attests that it has successfully undergone a series of specific final controls by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria, in addition to the official COSC certification of its movement.
The first watch blends a black dial with a green bezel, while the second proposes a black dial and a blue bezel. The anti-reflective coating applied to the back of the sapphire crystal on the new generation Submariner and Submariner Date ensures optimal legibility of the dial.
For the Rolex Submariner 126610LV, however, the brand takes on a far more serious and restrained character. The green bezel here is a deep, desaturated, forest green hue, with a much wider and more substantial presence when viewed from above.
Your Rolex Green Dial Submariner should have its second hand running smoothly as it rotates around the face. If you see it jerking with its tick, then it’s probably a fake. This is because the movement of the Rolex comes in high precision as it is broken down into 8 micro-ticks per second. This makes it look like a continuous motion.
The Rolex Submariner, introduced in 1953, is the standard among diving watches, and the first watch to withstand depths of 300 meters (1,000 feet). The waterproof winding Triplex crown with interior O ring makes it a triple waterproof system. The Submariner was designed for corrosion resistance and is a highly durable diving watch.
The Rolex Submariner became popular amongst regular people with regular desk jobs instead of just a divers tool, fortunately. Because this was also the time when diving computers and better diving equipment became available.
The green seal accompanying every Rolex watch is a symbol of its status as a Superlative Chronometer. This exclusive designation attests that it has successfully undergone a series of specific final controls by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria, in addition to the official COSC certification of its movement.
Yes, the Rolex probably has the more technologically advanced components, but Tudor is not far behind in performance. Both possess a GMT function with date, both are COSC-certified chronometers, and both have 70 hour power reserves.
The entry-level Breitling watches use Quartz movement, which is cost-effective and battery-powered. So, when determining price, this is a big factor in why Rolex is more expensive than Breitling…they only use high-end, high-precision mechanical calibers.

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Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Infrared

For almost more than a year now, China has been in the line of fire with regards to the global spread of the Covid-19 virus. However, today we have some exciting horological news for our friends from the Far East.Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Infrared has just released a stunning new variation of the Laureato Absolute called the Infrared exclusively for the Chinese market. Fully dressed in black, this new watch features a forged carbon dial with bright red accents.
The star of the show here is the dial. Made using forged carbon fiber, the dial exhibits a unique pattern and texture that makes this watch stand out from the crowd. Furthermore, the abstract nature of the pattern also means that no two watches would ever look alike. Also, to give the dial a more coherent look, the hands have been blacked out and the markers outlined in black. And while the dial does exhibit several shades of grey and black, Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Infrared has broken the monochrome look by coating the hands and the applied hour markers with red-colored luminous paint.
The case looks familiar and maintains the bold and sporty design DNA of previously released members of the Absolute family. It measures 44mm in diameter and has a thickness of around 14.65mm, making for a watch that offers a nice wrist presence. Having said that, the case has been crafted from lightweight grade 5 Titanium, which should improve wrist comfort. The case continues to showcase signature Laureato design flourishes, such as the octagonal bezel on top and the angular integrated lugs. The entire case has been b given a black PVD coating that matches well with the dial and gives the watch a stealthy vibe. At the 3 o’clock position is a screw-down crown to ensure that the watch remains water-resistant to a healthy 300 meters.
For almost more than a year now, China has been in the line of fire with regards to the global spread of the Covid-19 virus. However, today we have some exciting horological news for our friends from the Far East. Girard-Perregaux has just released a stunning new variation of the Laureato Absolute called the Infrared exclusively for the Chinese market. Fully dressed in black, this new watch features a forged carbon dial with bright red accents. The star of the show here is the dial. Made using forged carbon fiber, the dial exhibits a unique pattern and texture that makes this watch stand out from the crowd. Furthermore, the abstract nature of the pattern also means that no two watches would ever look alike. Also, to give the dial a more coherent look, the hands have been blacked out and the markers outlined in black. And while the dial does exhibit several shades of grey and black, Girard-Perregaux has broken the monochrome look by coating the hands and the applied hour markers with red-colored luminous paint.
The case looks familiar and maintains the bold and sporty design DNA of previously released members of the Absolute family. It measures 44mm in diameter and has a thickness of around 14.65mm, making for a watch that offers a nice wrist presence. Having said that, the case has been crafted from lightweight grade 5 Titanium, which should improve wrist comfort. The case continues to showcase signature Laureato design flourishes, such as the octagonal bezel on top and the angular integrated lugs. The entire case has been b given a black PVD coating that matches well with the dial and gives the watch a stealthy vibe. At the 3 o’clock position is a screw-down crown to ensure that the watch remains water-resistant to a healthy 300 meters.
The Girard-Perregaux Laureato Absolute Infrared is presented in a 44 mm x 14.65 mm octagonal-shaped grade 5 titanium case that’s been treated with a black PVD coating.

Set against a forged carbon fiber dial, the face of the watch has an uncluttered aesthetic with applied PVD treated baton-shaped indices — filled with red-colored luminous material — mounted at an angle and connected to both the dial and the flange. The flange is gray with a black printed minute/second track. Thick baton-shaped hour and minute hands, with red luminous tips, complete the “infrared” look.

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Replica Urwerk Watches

Few luxury watch brands capture the look and feel of science fiction as well as Urwerk. Even among the rarified and fantastical ranks of haute horlogerie, Replica Urwerk Watches has built a product line over the last several years that would feel more at home on the bridge of a Romulan Warbird than it would with anything else coming out of Switzerland. When the brand announced earlier this year that it would be discontinuing its signature wandering hours UR-210 collection, it left a gap in the lineup that enthusiasts were eager to see filled. Now, after several months of uncertainty, Urwerk has returned to the wandering hours concept with the revamped UR-220, known internally during development as the “Falcon Project.” While outwardly similar to the previous UR-210, nearly every element of the watch has been redesigned, from a slimmer, more ergonomic case to a movement reworked from the ground up. As a result, the Urwerk UR-220 “Falcon Project” continues one of the brand’s signature looks, while reinventing the design for a new decade.
For its first iteration, the Urwerk UR-220 is housed in a 43.8mm by 53.6mm lugless oblong case made of carbon thin ply composite. This multilayered material (in total, the case features 81 layers of ultra-thin carbon material) leads to a dark, striated look reminiscent of Damascus steel, with an even circular striping pattern. While the distinctive multi-sided shape of the bezel and sapphire crystal, as well as the 12 o’clock crown, is carried over from the UR-210, the UR-220 looks from initial images to have a slimmer and more rounded profile than its predecessor. While this is still a relatively thick watch at 14.8mm, this is still a full 3mm thinner than the UR-210. One of the UR-220’s party pieces is located on the caseback, where a small sapphire display window highlights the “oil change” counter. This is a rotary display tracking the number of months since the last service and a reminder of the recommended 39-month service interval. It’s an interesting way to remind owners of the importance of servicing and will likely make for a good conversation piece. What might become a less desirable conversation piece is the UR-220’s water resistance, as this complex case is only rated to 30 meters.
Like its predecessor, the real centerpiece of the Replica Urwerk Watches UR-220 is the skeletonized dial with its instantly recognizable “satellite” wandering hours display. While the general layout is carried over from the UR-210, initial images show the execution for the new line is narrower, more angular, and visually meaner, with each of the rotating hours markers along with the retrograde minutes hand dominated by new serrated edges. The typefaces used for numerals and dial text have also been substantially changed, with the UR-220 opting for a militaristic, angular stenciled look. Other than the typeface change, however, the retrograde minutes scale along the bottom third of the dial also receives a touch of ribbed surfacing detail. While this scale can be confusing at first glance, the combination of the large central pointer hand framing the current hour marker and indicating the current minute becomes intuitive quickly. At 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock, the UR-220 also features twin power reserve indicators, with the 10 o’clock model covering the entire 48-hour reserve capacity of the movement and the 2 o’clock indicator focusing on the final 24 hours of reserve.
Despite more than a passing visual similarity to the UR-210’s movement, the in-house UR-7.20 hand-wound movement inside the UR-220 has been substantially changed from its predecessor. Beyond removing the automatic winding system found in the UR-210, the UR-7.20 also beefs up the power reserve capacity to 48 hours while maintaining a single mainspring barrel. Power reserve has traditionally been an Achilles heel for Urwerk due to the sheer mass of the wandering hours and retrograde minutes hands requiring extra torque to move, and while 48 hours at a 28,800 bph beat rate is not groundbreaking by any means this is a major step forward.
In keeping with the slimmer, more detailed, and more aggressive aesthetic of the UR-220 lineup, Replica Urwerk Watches pairs this new model with its first-ever rubber strap. There’s a wealth of visual detail here, from the angular scaled layers flowing into the integrated case to the woven sailcloth pattern of the main surface. Urwerk claims this strap has been treated with a Vulcarboné curing process for softness, and the strap features Velcro fastening for fast securing and removal.

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replica rolex datejust 36

There are very few luxury watches out there as historic, recognizable, and coveted as the Rolex Datejust. The brand’s flagship dress watch, the Datejust has been around since 1945 when it made its debut as the first automatic chronometer to display a date window. Since then, Rolex has continuously evolved the watch with improvements in design and mechanics, will still maintaining the Datejust’s signature unmistakable look.

The men’s Datejust watch was only offered in one size–36mm–for decades. In fact, it took over 60 years after the Datejust’s introduction for Rolex to offer another size of the men’s Datejust. In 2009, Rolex unveiled the much larger Datejust II to answer the trend for larger watches. Then in a surprising move, in 2016 Rolex replaced the Datejust II with the Datejust 41 with an identical case size. So today we ask ourselves, what’s the best Rolex Datejust? Is it the Datejust 36, the Datejust II, or the Datejust 41? Let’s find out what each of these Rolex Datejust models offers.
1945 marked the 40th anniversary of the Rolex company so to celebrate, Hans Wilsdorf and his team set out to present the world with a brand new watch model. Plus, this was a way for Rolex to showcase all the innovations it had developed over the last few decades. For instance, there was the waterproof Oyster case introduced in 1926 and the Perpetual movement (aka an automatic caliber) from 1931. But Rolex did not stop there. To create the commemorative 40th-anniversary watch, Rolex added a date complication to the automatic movement. Furthermore, the company also designed a brand new bracelet with a five-link configuration aptly dubbed the Jubilee bracelet.
Bringing all these developments together, Rolex presented the first Oyster Perpetual Datejust model in 1945 as the first self-winding wrist chronometer to indicate the date in a window on the dial. It was fashioned from 18k yellow gold and along with the new Jubilee bracelet, the watch also included a fluted bezel framing the dial. The water-resistant Oyster case measured 36mm in diameter and included the characteristic screw-down winding crown.

Those of you who are familiar with Datejust watches will note a few key traits missing from the very first Datejust. First, the name “Datejust” does not appear on the dial. Second, there is no Cyclops magnifications lens on top of the date window–a now-ubiquitous feature of almost all Rolex watches with date windows. Rolex filed a patent for the Cyclops Date window magnifier in 1952, which served to magnify the date by 2.5 times for easier reading. And the company began rolling out this new invention to its watches that same decade. In fact, when the Rolex Day-Date made its debut in 1956, it included the Cyclops lens protruding from its crystal above the date.

Although the first Datejust was only available in 18k yellow gold and fitted with the Jubilee bracelet, the collection eventually became Rolex’s most versatile model lineup produced in a bevy of styles, materials, and as we’ll see below, sizes.
As we mentioned, the Rolex Datejust 36 is the most traditional men’s Datejust watch. As its name implies, the Datejust 36 includes a 36mm Oyster case. This is a great size for a range of wrists. Large enough to make an impact yet restrained enough to be appropriate for any occasion, the Datejust 36 is still the most popular size in the men’s Datejust range.
A big draw of the Datejust 36 collection is the vast choice available in the secondary market. Since this is a watch that’s been around for more than seven decades (!) there are plenty of models to choose from. Whether you prefer a vintage Datejust, a birthyear Datejust, or a contemporary Datejust, there are some great pre-owned ones on offer. Plus, the Datejust 36 has the largest selection of metal options, bezel styles, and dial designs. From full stainless steel Datejust 36 models with domed bezels to two-tone gold and steel Datejust 36 models with fluted bezel, the choices are vast. what’s more, Rolex also introduced Turn-O-Graph Datejust models, complete with rotating bezels. Furthermore, the Datejust 36 is available on sportier Oyster bracelets or dressier Jubilee bracelets. And in the secondary market, it’s common to find men’s Datejust models on leather straps too.
Like most Rolex watches, the Datejust has undergone incremental modifications over the years while still retaining the fundamental design codes. At Baselworld 2018, Rolex introduced the newest generation of the Datejust 36 with a redesigned case sporting reshaped lugs and a new movement, Caliber 3235. Not that we ever doubted the relevance of the Datejust 36, but these new models signals just how committed Rolex is to the evolution of the men’s 36mm Datejust watch.
Over the years, men’s watches have increased dramatically in size. There are some massive men’s luxury watches out there that certainly adhere to the mantra, “go big or go home”. While Rolex does offer larger sports models such as the 44mm Deepsea, 43mm Sea-Dweller, and the 42mm Explorer II, for their dressier Datejust II, Rolex stuck to a more wearable 41mm.
When Rolex presented the Datejust II at Baselworld 2009, the larger men’s Datejust was met with great enthusiasm. The Datejust II’s 41mm Oyster case, broad lugs, and a wider Oyster bracelet meant that men who wanted to wear a larger Rolex dress watch now had a go-to model. The watch’s bigger dimensions and bulkier build brought about a masculine, modern, and sporty approach to the classic Datejust. Naturally, as part of the Datejust collection, certain design traits remained the same such as the Cyclops lens placed on the sapphire crystal directly above the date window at 3 o’clock. Similarly, like all Datejust models, the Datejust II models are water-resistant to 100 meters and are fitted with Twinlock screw-down winding crowns.
Over the years, Rolex offered different versions of the Datejust II such as the full steel Datejust II, the steel Datejust II with an 18k white gold fluted bezel, and a two-tone steel and yellow gold Datejust II. However, the Datejust II was only ever offered on an Oyster bracelet and not a Jubilee bracelet, which is intriguing given that the Jubilee and the Datejust are a classic pairing. Perhaps Rolex sought to emphasize the sportier nature of the Datejust II by making it exclusively available on the three-link Oyster bracelet. Despite initial success, the Datejust II collection was short-lived, eventually coming to an end in 2016.
In 2016, Rolex shelved the Datejust II and replaced it with the Datejust 41. While on paper the Datejust 41 retains the same 41mm case diameter, the case does have a different look to it. The Datejust 41 is slimmer, has leaner lugs, and a thinner bezel than the Datejust II. As a result, the Datejust 41 is a more refined approach to a larger Datejust watch than the sportier Datejust II.

In terms of choice, the Datejust 41 is available in a slew of materials. There’s, of course, the steel Datejust 41, the two-tone yellow gold and steel Datejust 41, as well as the two-tone Everose gold (Rolex’s proprietary pink gold alloy) and steel Datejust 41. Rolex also brought back the choice between the Oyster bracelet or the Jubilee bracelet within the Datejust 41 collection.
The biggest change to the Datejust 41 over the Datejust II is the automatic movement powering the watch. Rolex equips the Datejust 41 with the new generation Cal. 3235 with an increased power reserve of 70 hours compared to the 48-hour power reserve of the preceding Datejust II. As the newest version of the larger Datejust for men, it can be assumed that the Datejust 41 will continue to be a part of Rolex’s catalog for the foreseeable future.
Now that you have all the basic information, what’s the best Rolex Datejust for you? First, you have to decide if you prefer the 36mm or 41mm size. If you prefer the 41mm size, then it’s a matter of choosing between the Datejust II or the Datejust 41. Some prefer the bolder look of the Datejust II, while others appreciate the slimmer proportions of the Datejust 41. Which one suits your taste better? Also, if a higher power reserve is important to you or if you want the choice of a Jubilee bracelet or Everose gold on a larger Datejust, then the Datejust 41 is the way to go. Essentially, the classic design of the Datejust is evergreen–it is simply timeless as illustrated by its seven-decade history. So, deciding between the three main Datejust collections, 36, II, or 41, is a matter of choosing what size fits your wrist best. Once you’ve settled on the collection, then you can decide between the abundance of material, bezel, and dial options.

Browse our selection of pre-owned men’s Datejust watches and once you see the one that calls out to you, you’ll know that that’s the best Rolex Datejust watch for you!

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Rolex Day-Date Watches

The Rolex Day date watch was first made in the year 1956, and since then, it has been an iconic peace in the watchmaking industry and stands out to be a mega-hit even in the modern generation. This watch is available in two different types, one of which is 18-carat gold and the other is platinum. This is what happened to be the very first watch in the history of watchmaking to display the date and the day of the week in full on the dial. That is how it has got its name which happens to be Rolex Day date.

There are multiple different models under this collection, all of which have different looks but are primarily similar in features. This particular watch comes with the President bracelet, which was created specifically for this watch and became world-famous henceforth. The bracelet, which is also known as the Rolex Day date band is explicitly trendy and classy and typically adds to the charm of the watch wearer. Owning this watch is a sign of great prestige even in modern times, exactly as it used to be e back in those days. It is commonly believed that this is a watch for influential people and for people who can leave their own mark in the sands of time.

Some of the best watches from the Rolex Day-date collection.
1.] Rolex Day-Date 40 Oyster,40mm, white gold – The what functions with perpetual, self-winding, mechanical movements and offers a power reserves of approximately 70 hours. It comes with an olive green color dial and the president bracelet, which happens to be semi-circular in form with three-piece links. This particular watch is exceptionally classy and stylish in appearance and can suit different age groups and people from different backgrounds, and comes with the typical Rolex Day-Date band.

The dial of the watch comes with the sunray finish, which happens to be a very dominant method of polishing in the watchmaking industry. This method is generally used to achieve perfect metallic colored dials, which usually come in shades of silver, grey, rhodium, among others. The watch also offers the very famous fluted bezel by Rolex, which in this case has a specific purpose for making the watch completely waterproof. The fluted bezel is always made of gold as a mark of luxury, and specifically, in this case, it is made up of white gold, which happens to be known for its lustre and nobility.

2.] Rolex Day-Date 36, Oyster, 36 mm, yellow gold – This unique watch is considered to be waterproof up to 100 meters and comes with a self-winding, mechanical, perpetual movement, and has power reserve for approximately 70 hours. The watch also comes with a typical Rolex Day-Date band. This president bracelet is semi-circular in form and comes in three-piece links. The dial of this watch comes in Champagne color and is studded with Diamonds to add a touch of extra glam and class to the watch.

The dial of the watch also offers a sunray finish which is very typical of Rolex watches and is usually used to achieve pure metallic colors on the dials. The dial comes with a distinctive Rolex fluted bezel which is specifically used to make the watch absolutely waterproof. This fluted bezel has been a signature Rolex feature for generations and still continues to be the same in most of its models. The watch is made up of gold which is usually known for its last year and nobility. Gold is also fused with steel in most of the Rolex models to ensure strength and perfect reliability.

3.] Rolex Day-Date 40, Oyster,40mm, platinum – This particular watch is known to be waterproof up to 100 meters and comes with self-winding, perpetual, mechanical movement, and approximately has a power reserve for about 70 hours. Like most other Rolex watches, this watch also comes with the typical Rolex Day-Date band, which is super stylish and classy. The beautiful president bracelets come in the semi-circular form and offer three-piece links.

The watch comes with a super stunning ice-blue color dial along with a typical Rolex sunray finish which happens to be a dominant method of the Rolex watchmaking process. This method is mainly applied to achieve a pure metallic color finish on the watches. Like most other Rolex watches, this also comes with a fluted Basil, which is typically used to make the watch completely waterproof. This fluted bezel happens to be a signature feature of Rolex and is present in all the watches of this collection. Like most other Rolex watches, this watch is also made out of a combination of white gold and steel, which stands for nobility and prestige. This watch happens to be one of the most stunning looking watches in the entire day-date collection.

4.] Rolex Day-Date 40, Oyster, 40 mm, yellow gold – This watch comes with a 40mm dial which is known to be waterproof up to 100 meters. The watch offers a typical Rolex self-winding, mechanical, perpetual movement and has a power reserve for approximately 70 hours. The watch also comes with a typical president bracelet which is semi-circular in form and comes in three-piece links. The dial of this particular golden color watch has a classy white color dial, and the overall appearance of the watch is extremely stunning and trendy.

The watch comes with a typical Rolex fluted bezel which is made in gold as gold stands for last year and nobility. Like most other watches, this watch is also made combined of gold and steel and promises strength and reliability.

5.] Rolex Day-Date 36, Oyster, 36 mm, Everose gold – Like most other watches from the day date collection, this watch is also waterproof up to 100 meters and offers self-winding, mechanical, perpetual movement, and has a power reserve of about 70 hours. It comes with a typical Rolex Day-date band, but the most striking feature about this particular watch is its incredible brown ombre dial which is studded with diamonds.

Like most other Rolex watches, this brown dial watch offers a fluted bezel which is solely responsible for making the watch absolutely waterproof. The watch is made of a combination of gold and steel and there’s certainly a symbol of prestige and luxury for generations to come.

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Rolex GMT-Master II 126710

Some think of Rolex GMT-Master II 126710 as the ‘demon’ to be vanquished, that their conquest of the horology world is like a fog that clouds our vision from our true potential. As if getting rid of Rolex would solve all of horology’s problems. I mean, they only do the same design every year, right? This particular view is one I have come across in discussion forums before and, to be honest, it’s quite depressing. People look at the coronet and think of it as nothing but a status symbol for folks who have no interest in “real horology”, that no true enthusiast would go near one of these things with a ten-foot barge pole. And yet, in a way, we always end up back at Rolex. Even the devout pro-any-other-brand-except-Rolex horology ‘geek’ will probably end up with one at some point, just to see what it’s like, and then end up loving it forever.
You see, Rolex watches have been almost explicitly designed for this purpose. They are designed to be aesthetically pleasing through proportional balance, and the brand maintains its aura of luxury, a luxury that is hard to come by. We’ve all made jokes at Rolex’ expense when it comes to their infamous waiting list, thinking about how much better we are for not sitting around waiting to get the chance to pay retail. Yet, this is precisely how classical luxury should work. If you want a Rolls Royce or a Bentley made to your specification you have to put your name on a list and eventually, someone at the factory will look at the order form with your name on it. It can take over a year for Rolls Royce to make a bespoke designed Phantom due to the complexity and the craftsmanship involved. This level of prestige, having to wait until the product is delivered to you, works for Rolex as well. Granted, it’s a different sort of wait. Rolex is probably not bespoke building a Submariner, but to the consumer, it’s the finished product that matters.
Interestingly, both Rolls Royce and Rolex GMT-Master II 126710 occupy their own individual positions in their respective markets, that’s down to how they’re marketed. Despite being owned by BMW and sharing parts with them, a Rolls Royce is still something extra-special and is advertised as such. It may not be as futuristic or wholesome as a Mercedes Maybach, for example, but there’s nothing else quite like a Rolls Royce, despite the few pitfalls it may have, the brand is at the point where its name and logo market themselves. It’s also become a term of endearment, a product that is the absolute zenith of design and fabrication is usually deemed the ‘Rolls Royce’ even by folks who have never sat in a Rolls Royce.
Despite Rolex having the highest production figures of the Swiss watch industry, it still has a level of class that’s hard to beat, and that’s down to the way the brand presents itself. Everybody knows what a Rolex is, no matter where you are in the world. Because everybody knows what it is, everybody knows it’s something special, made of high-quality materials and designed to last indefinitely. As with Rolls Royce, people know what a Rolex stands for immediately, even if they’ve never tried one for themselves. Believe it or not, that’s an incredibly hard thing to do and maintain, Rolex has been doing it practically since the Rolex name was conceived in 1908. That’s a long time to build up a brand reputation, and it’s undoubtedly paid off.
Earlier this year, Rolex unveiled the successor to it’s massively popular GMT-Master 2 reference 116710BLNR. That watch had been rumoured to be departing the Rolex lineup for at least two years, but during Baselworld 2019 it became real as its replacement was unveiled. The 126710BLNR, as you see here, built on the groundwork done by 2018’s 126710BLRO, nicknamed the ‘Pepsi’. It shares the same movement as the BLRO, the calibre 3285, and it shares the Jubilee bracelet as well. So, is the new ‘Batman’ worth the hype and the wait? I’ve had one on my wrist for a long-term review since May to find out.
The watch measures in at 40mm across but it wears like a 42mm or 43mm watch. The reason for this is down to the way the watch is designed. The markers and hands are large on the dial, and the ceramic bezel is wide, creating the illusion that the watch is larger than it really is. This means that if like me, you have large wrists that comfortably handle 45mm+ diameter watches, you won’t be disappointed by the Rolex. That said, if you have smaller wrists, you’ll find it accommodates them with just as much ease. The combination of brushing and polishing, along with the colour injected around the dial, makes the watch very attractive indeed from every angle. When I took the photos of the watch I noticed just how photogenic it is; there’s no wrong angle to take a picture from, which is uncommon.
Despite what people might imagine from the new BLNR, it’s mass is within a couple of grams of the old one. It measured in on our VSS (Very Scientific (Kitchen) Scales) at 143 grams. Even with the 116710BLNR’s chunky Oyster bracelet, the Jubilee still holds enough weight to be substantial without being overbearing. You can feel the quality of the work that’s gone into it. There are no sharp edges or corners on the Jubilee bracelet. The sleek taper of the bracelet, narrowing towards the clasp, and the combination of brushed and polished links makes it seem all the more luxurious. The way it shimmers and sparkles under light is something to behold as well. In a way, the Jubilee bracelet accentuates the watch even more so than the Oyster bracelet did. If you are concerned that the Jubilee is not as good as the Oyster, then you have nothing to fear.
The folding clasp features a security lock with the Rolex coronet on it, as well as brushed outers and a polished centre. If you remember old Rolex bracelets and clasps, specifically from the early noughties era, then you can probably remember how hollow and mediocre the stamped bracelets and clasps felt. This is nothing like that. The clasp is just as high-quality as the rest of the watch with solid milled components and a high polish inside. There’s also a small folding extension which provides the owner with an extra link. Rolex recommends the Jubilee bracelet should be worn flush to the wrist to prevent stretching over time, but if it gets warm and your wrist expands, then the extra link provides comfort.
From my experience, due to its daily use, the clasp area will probably receive the most scratches. As you can see in my photos, the polished centre on the clasp has attracted a few battle scars from a dip in a swimming pool back in summer. Some folks recommend a piece of clear sticky tape to protect it. I think it’s a little late now anyway. Also, on the inner arms of the folding clasp and around the areas where they make contact, you will naturally find scratches over time. There isn’t really a way to avoid this, except for not wearing it at all which defeats the purpose of it entirely in my opinion.
The dial of the watch is exceptionally legible, as it needs to be. Remember, this is still designed to be used by pilots today (it’s in the part of the catalogue that Rolex calls ‘Professional Watches’), just as it was in the 50s when the first GMT-Master was released. That means you have nice, big and clear hands and markers constructed of white gold and filled with Chromalight, Rolex’ proprietary luminescence. You can tell it’s Chromalight because Rolex watches using SuperLumiNova glow green whereas this one gives off a blue hue.

To aid in readibility of the GMT function, the GMT hand on the BLNR is painted blue and given a large arrow tip. Working in conjunction with the bi-directional bezel, you can use this GMT hand to calculate the time in up to three different time zones. Here’s how to do it:
Pictured above is the watch in its standard mode. It’s currently displaying one time zone (Greenwich Mean Time) in two different ways: 12 hour, as shown by the hours and minutes hands, and 24 hour, displayed by the blue arrow-tipped GMT hand. The time in the photo is 1:53 PM, or 13:53. Remember, the GMT hand performs one rotation in 24 hours and is aligned with the bezel, in its current position, it’s pointing to 1300 hours on the bezel (each round dot on the bezel represents the odd hour, as there isn’t space for numerals).
To set the GMT function, unscrew the crown and pull it out to position 2. This allows you to set the hour hand independently of the minutes and the GMT hand, note that the watch is still running to maintain accuracy. In the photo above, the hours have been set to the time in Los Angeles, USA, which is 8 hours behind GMT. Using the ‘Mercedes’ style hour hand, we can now see that the local time in L.A is 5:54 AM. But, if we use the 24-hour GMT hand, we can see that it’s 13:54 at home. So, as long as you know how many hours ahead or behind your second timezone is, you can always see the time in two timezones. Remember, the GMT hand is only replacing the hour hand, the minutes and seconds are still accurate unless you are in a timezone which is out by 30 minutes (such as New Delhi, India).
Sadly, your trip to sunny California has been disturbed by a call from the office back in Blighty. They’ve asked you to give a call to the office in Santiago, Chile, but you’re not sure if they’ll be open yet. You know that Santiago is 3 hours behind GMT, but you don’t want to go through the faff of unwinding the crown and resetting the hands. Luckily, you don’t have to, as this is where the bi-directional rotating bezel comes into play.

To check the time in Santiago, turn the bezel three clicks in a clockwise direction, as we have done in the photo. Now, we use the GMT, which has not moved, once again. Using the position of the GMT hand and the bezel, we can determine that the time in Santiago is 09:55, so the office will be open. As long as you can remember the home time while doing this, you can know three timezones simultaneously using the Rolex GMT-Master II 126710.
This time-zone hopping example hasn’t quite finished yet. The office in Santiago has said that it’s waiting for a confirmation letter to come from the Dubai branch, but they’re having trouble getting through to check and have asked you to make a call. You know that Dubai is 4 hours ahead of GMT. Once again, we’ll use the bi-directional 24-hour bezel on the GMT-Master 2 to check the time in Dubai.
To check the time in a time-zone that’s ahead of the home time, turn the bezel anticlockwise. As Dubai is 4 hours ahead, the bezel needs to be turned anticlockwise by 4 clicks. Using the position of the 24-hour hand relative to the bezel, we can see the time in Dubai 17:57, and the Dubai branch has likely shut. When you’re finished checking the time in Dubai, you can return the bezel to the standard position to display both home and local time simultaneously.

In all honesty, you’ll probably need to use the world clock app on your phone to check how many hours out the other timezones are, but I’d still use the GMT-Master 2’s party piece just for the sake of it. It might well be the most intelligently designed function ever fitted to a watch, and you can see why it would be particularly handy to Pan-Am staff, or any crew on board a plane.
Despite being type rated for the skies, the GMT-Master 2 is still water-resistant to 100m and features the Triplock crown, denoted by the three dots under the coronet on the crown. So, you can even go for a swim with the GMT-Master 2, making it not only the ultimate travelling companion but also the ultimate holiday companion too. Inside the watch is the calibre 3285, Rolex’ latest generation of the GMT movement. Previous watches, including the 116710BLNR, used the 3186 calibre which had a blue Parachrom hairspring from the mid-noughties onwards. Rolex says the Parachrom hairspring is more resistant to temperature changes and shocks than normal hairsprings and is antimagnetic as well.

The new 3285 calibre also has the blue Parachrom hairspring inside it. But, it also has a few new specs to add to its list. For starters, the power reserve is 70 hours on the new BLNR, where it was 48 hours on the old one. The new 3285 powered BLNR also uses Rolex’ new Chronergy escapement which has a double escape wheel and is used to provide better power efficiency than a standard Swiss lever escapement like in the old 3186 powered BLNR. This partly helps the watch achieve the Rolex target for precision of +/-2 seconds per day. There are also new shock absorbers as well in the new 3285 calibre, nicknamed Paraflex. “But, how much of this am I likely to see as an owner of this watch?” Apart from the power reserve, you are unlikely to notice the difference between the two. Therein lies perhaps the only chink in the GMT-Master 2 126710BLNR’s armour, it was released at the same time that the old one was discontinued. So, if you got the old one in the run-up to Baselworld, you may feel like you’ve missed out a little, but that feeling probably won’t last long as you enjoy the 116710BLNR. If you have one of those and you don’t have an enormous cash reserve to spend, then there isn’t much reason to go for the new 126710BLNR. To pay a fair price for it, you’d need to go onto another waiting list. Given that it currently sits somewhere between 12 and 18 months, Rolex may introduce something you like even more between now and then.
That said, if you don’t have the old 116710BLNR and you’re interested in picking up the new one, I can guarantee you that you won’t be disappointed. When I said this Rolex GMT-Master II 126710 is photogenic, I meant it, and you don’t need lots of professional gear and lots of knowledge to make it looks outstanding in photographs. The wrist shots that you have seen in this article were taken on a Samsung Galaxy S10+ while the rest on my standard Canon DSLR.

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Rolex Sky-Dweller replica watches

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller is fitted with an Oysterflex bracelet for the first time. The innovative, high-performance elastomer bracelet on this 18 ct yellow gold version has an Oysterclasp and the Rolex Glidelock extension system for enhanced comfort on the wrist.
Rolex is presenting a new 18 ct yellow gold version of its Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller, fitted with an Oysterflex bracelet. The watch is the first in the Classic category to include this innovative bracelet made of high-performance elastomer. It also features a bright black, sunray-finish dial with hands and hour markers in 18 ct yellow gold. The light reflections on the case sides and lugs highlight the refined profile of the 42 mm Oyster case.

This new version is of course equipped with the fluted, rotatable bezel unique to the Sky-Dweller, which is used to set the watch in conjunction with the Ring Command system. It also has a Chromalight display: the hands and hour markers are coated or filled with a luminescent material that emits a long-lasting blue glow in dark conditions.

This new version of the Sky-Dweller is equipped with calibre 9001, at the forefront of watchmaking technology.

Like all Rolex watches, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller carries the Superlative Chronometer certification, which ensures excellent performance on the wrist.
An elegant watch for frequent travellers, the Sky-Dweller displays the time in two time zones simultaneously and has an annual calendar. The reference time, in 24-hour format, is shown via an off-centre disc, and the local time is read using conventional centre hands. The annual calendar, named Saros, automatically differentiates between 30- and 31-day months. It is operated by a patented mechanism and stands out for its innovative display: the months of the year are indicated in 12 apertures around the circumference of the dial, with the current month marked in red. The instantaneous date change is linked to the local time.

The Sky-Dweller includes the Ring Command system, an interface between the rotatable bezel, winding crown and movement that allows the wearer to select and set the timepiece’s functions one by one, easily, quickly and securely.
A paragon of robustness and reliability, the Oyster case of the Sky-Dweller is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet). The middle case is crafted from a solid piece of 18 ct yellow gold. The case back, edged with fine fluting, is hermetically screwed down with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement. The Twinlock winding crown, fitted with a double waterproofness system, screws down securely against the case. The crystal is made of virtually scratchproof sapphire and is fitted with a Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock for easy reading of the date. The waterproof Oyster case provides optimum protection for the watch’s movement.
This new version of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller is equipped with calibre 9001, a movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. With multiple patents filed, this mechanical, self-winding movement is one of the most complex calibres created by the brand. Its architecture, manufacturing and innovative features make it exceptionally precise and reliable.

Calibre 9001 has a blue Parachrom hairspring manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive paramagnetic alloy that makes it up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks. The blue Parachrom hairspring is equipped with a Rolex overcoil, ensuring the calibre’s regularity in any position. The oscillator is fitted on the Rolex-designed and -patented high-performance Paraflex shock absorbers, increasing the movement’s shock resistance.

Calibre 9001 is equipped with a self-winding module via a Perpetual rotor and offers a power reserve of approximately 72 hours.
The new 18 ct yellow gold version of the Sky-Dweller is fitted with an Oysterflex bracelet, which singularly combines the robustness and reliability of a metal bracelet with the flexibility, comfort and aesthetics of an elastomer strap. Developed and patented by Rolex, this innovative bracelet is made up of flexible metal blades manufactured from a titanium and nickel alloy. The blades are overmoulded with high-performance black elastomer, a material that is particularly resistant to environmental effects and very durable. For enhanced comfort, the inside of the Oysterflex bracelet is equipped with longitudinal cushions.

The Oysterflex bracelet on this new version of the Sky-Dweller is equipped with a folding Oysterclasp in 18 ct yellow gold, designed and patented by Rolex. In addition, it features the Rolex Glidelock extension system, also developed and patented by the brand. This particularly inventive mechanism comprises a rack located under the clasp cover and a toothed sliding link that locks into the chosen notch. The Rolex Glidelock on the Oysterflex bracelet has six notches of approximately 2.5 mm, allowing the length of the bracelet to be adjusted easily, and without tools, up to some 15 mm.
Like all Rolex watches, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller is covered by the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015. This exclusive designation testifies that every watch leaving the brand’s workshops has successfully undergone a series of tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria. These certification tests apply to the fully assembled watch, after casing the movement, guaranteeing superlative performance on the wrist in terms of precision, power reserve, waterproofness and self-winding. The precision of a Rolex Superlative Chronometer is of the order of −2/+2 seconds per day, or more than twice that required of an official chronometer.

The Superlative Chronometer status is symbolized by the green seal that comes with every Rolex watch and is coupled with an international five-year guarantee.