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Best Investment Rolexes

Everyone knows Rolex. If one conducted a “man on the street interview” and asked random people to name the first watch companies that came to mind, it seems reasonable to expect Rolex to be in the top five. Rolex has become a household name, synonymous with luxury and wealth. 

Yet not everyone knows they can also be a solid investment. Many would wrongly conclude owning a Rolex is an unwise financial decision, like buying a boat or any other depreciating luxury asset. After all, a Timex will tell the time just as well, for a tiny fraction of the price. 

However, Rolex not only delivers a beautiful watch that can be passed down to multiple generations but given the high demand and low inventory, Rolex watches are known to hold their value and often appreciate. 

About Rolex Watches in 2023

The demand for Rolex watches has only gone up in recent years, and the supply chain issues further added to delays. Rolex doesn’t release official numbers as to the volume of watches produced each year, but the most accepted number in the industry is roughly 1 million watches per year. 

Yet, the demand greatly outstrips Rolex’s ability to produce. Their most popular models have waiting lists that can be several years long, and even their less popular models require a wait of at least a few months. So, if one goes to an authorized Rolex retailer today, they shouldn’t expect to walk out of the shop with a Rolex on their wrist unless they already went in with one. 

By keeping the inventory low and the demand high, Rolex shrewdly creates an environment of exclusivity and scarcity, and this fuels a competitive market and drives up the prices both in the authorized retail and the gray markets. 

Should You Invest In Rolex for 2023?

Should Rolex be one of your investments? That’s a personal decision that one must make for themselves. However, many are choosing to invest in Rolex because they want to enjoy the exceptionally well-made, stunning timepieces that Rolex makes while having the peace of mind that there’s no safer watch investment bet than Rolex. At least, that’s the point of view of many watch experts and collectors. 

Watch experts value Rolex because they have a long, rich horological history. They’ve been at the cutting edge of innovation in the watch industry. Further, some of the greatest achievements in mountain climbing, deep sea diving, cave exploring, and racing have been marked with Rolex watches. 

Rolex also uses the highest quality materials to build their timepieces. Rolex has its own foundries, where they forge the highest quality steel, gold, platinum, and titanium. This is matched by the artisans’ expertise in crafting each watch perfectly, down to the very last detail. Their quality and consistency, paired with their remarkable history, is something that captures the attention and trust of professional watch collectors. 

Some of the top-selling Rolex collections in recent years are the DateJust, Daytona, Oyster Perpetual, Day-Date, Submariner, and GMT-Master. These are the top Rolex watches selected by the public and collectors. 

There’s a reasonable probability that these collections will remain in demand; therefore, one could conclude that they’re likely to hold or increase in value. In fact, the gray market is where one used to go to get a deal on a Rolex. Today, it’s where one goes to pay double MSRP (if not more) to get the watch of their dreams without having to wait three to five years. 

The Best Investment Rolexes

1. ROLEX COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA 126500LN

1.  ROLEX COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA 126500LN

Sometimes the word iconic can be overused, but it’s perfectly appropriate in this case. The Rolex Cosmograph Dayton is a special timepiece. Of course, its association with another icon, actor, race car driver, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Paul Newman, simply adds to the gravity of this watch. In fact, Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona sold for a record-setting $17.8 million. This timepiece has been a favorite among collectors and enthusiasts, and it’s easy to see why. 

The Oystersteel case measures 40mm, sits on the wrist at 11.9mm thick (which is .5mm thinner than the previous generation), and is 46.5mm lug-to-lug. The model we’re exploring here is steel, but there are versions in two-tone steel and yellow gold, yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and platinum. 

At the center of this wristwatch is a shiny black ceramic bezel with a high-performance chronograph. The tachymetric scale allows for measurements of average speeds up to 400 miles or kilometers per hour. The style of the bezel is a nod to the 1965 version. The watch’s white dial (also available in black on the Oystersteel configuration) is a three-register chronograph with 18-karat white gold hour markers and hands. 

Under the hood is Rolex’s caliber 4131 automatic movement, with a 72-hour power reserve, which is COSC and Rolex certificated. The watch features a signed screw-down crown and water resistance to 100 meters. The chronograph movement also offers hacking seconds. All this is paired with a three-link Oystersteel bracelet with a folding clasp and a 5mm extension. 

Price: $15,100 starting price. 

2. ROLEX GMT-MASTER II YELLOW GOLD 126718GRNR

2.     ROLEX GMT-MASTER II YELLOW GOLD 126718GRNR

The original Rolex GMT Master was first introduced in the 1950s in collaboration with Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) to meet the needs of pilots flying long-haul international routes. 

The tool watch, with its useful 24-hour hand and ceramic bezel, quickly became popular with pilots and globetrotters. Over the years, several notable versions have been released, such as the red and blue bezel nicknamed “Pepsi” by collectors. 

The version we’re examining is the Oyster, 40mm, yellow gold. The timepiece sits at 11.9mm on the wrist and measures 48mm from lug to lug. The watch, finished in 18-karat yellow gold with a black bezel and face, is absolutely gorgeous and is dripping with luxury. An inner yellow gold ring encircles the black dial with white gold indexes and yellow gold hands. For added functionality, there’s a Cyclops date window at three o’clock. 

The timepiece features a screw-down crown, sapphire crystal, and a water resistance of 100 meters. The watch is powered by Rolex’s caliber 3285 automatic movement with a 70-hour power reserve. 

The movement’s features include a second time zone with independent rapid reset of the hour hand, instantaneous date, and hacking seconds. The timepiece is paired with an 18-karat yellow gold jubilee 5-link bracelet, which is simply as handsome as it gets, with a folding clasp and 5mm comfort extension. 

Price: $38,900

3. ROLEX OYSTER PERPETUAL “CELEBRATION MOTIF” 124300-0008

3.     ROLEX OYSTER PERPETUAL “CELEBRATION MOTIF” 124300-0008

The Oyster Perpetual Celebration is a new Rolex model that’s cheeky and fun. I’m not sure those adjectives have ever been used to describe a Rolex. Rolex is known for its conservative design cues, which is why its designs are so timeless and enduring. However, this new, colorful model bucks those traditions, and I think it’s a daring move that will pay off and garner interest from a younger clientele. 

Back in 2020, Rolex released their 36mm Oyster Perpetual with multiple bright lacquer dials and included more sizing options. The colors included candy pink, green, yellow, coral red, and turquoise. The latest Celebration motif offers a ’Tiffany blue’ backdrop that incorporates all those dial colors into something reminiscent of champagne bubbles of different sizes, lined in black. It’s a simple, three-hand watch with white gold hands and indices. 

The Oyster Perpetual is offered in several different sizes from 28mm up to 41mm, but the celebration dial is only available in the 31mm, 36mm, and 41mm cases. The Oystersteel case measures 41mm, sits on the wrist at 11.7mm, and is 47.5mm lug-to-lug. 

The case and smooth fixed bezel are polished, and the timepiece is fitted with an Oyster bracelet and clasp with 5mm micro extensions. The watch has a screw-down crown and is water-resistant to 100 meters. Inside, the timepiece is powered by Rolex’s in-house 3230 automatic movement with a 70-hour power reserve.

Price: $6,400 

4. ROLEX SUBMARINER “STARBUCKS” 126610LV

4.     ROLEX SUBMARINER “STARBUCKS” 126610LV

The Submariner, for many, is the standard bearer of dive watches. First introduced in the 1950s, the Submariner benefited from Rolex’s military and World War II heritage and became a respected tool watch among professional divers. The timepiece also has deep Hollywood roots and was worn by American actor Steve McQueen and was later worn on the wrist of James Bond actors, such as Sean Connery, on the silver screen. 

Filmmaker and explorer James Cameron is known for his relationship with Rolex, which included record-setting dives to the Titanic wreckage. He’s recounted how he wore his Submariner on his professional dives and when he received his Oscar for the film Titanic. 

This is just one of those watches that is the perfect choice to be worn over a wetsuit, for rugged deep-water dives, and for more formal occasions when paired with a suit or tux. Making it a great all-rounder. 

The stainless steel case measures 41mm, sits on the wrist at 12.4mm thick, and is 48.1mm from lug to lug. The polished green ceramic unidirectional bezel pairs nicely with a black lacquered dial that is clean and easy to read. Because of the green and black, some have dubbed it the “Starbucks” or “Kermit”. The hands and indices are lined in white gold, and there’s a Cyclops date window at three o’clock. 

The timepiece is powered by Rolex’s caliber 3235 automatic movement with a 70-hour power reserve. It features a screw-down crown with Triplock triple waterproofness and is water resistant to 300 meters. It’s fitted with a 3-link Oyster bracelet with a folding Oysterlock safety clasp and the Glidelock extension system.

The timepiece can also be configured with a black bezel for a more classic look, but the green “Starbucks” version just might prove to be a desirable collector’s item.

Price: $10,800 

5. ROLEX MILGAUSS 116400GV & 116400

5.     ROLEX MILGAUSS 116400GV & 116400

If the Submariner is the cool Rolex, the Milgauss, I suppose, would be the nerdy Rolex, and I mean that in a good way. The Milgauss, like the Submariner, dates back to the 1950s but was designed for a very different purpose. The Rolex Milgauss is known for its ability to resist magnetic fields up to 1,000 gauss, hence the name “Milgauss” (a combination of “mille,” the French word for “thousand,” and “gauss”). 

The Milgauss was designed for engineers and technicians. The collection was out of production for a couple of decades but was brought back in 2007. However, it’s since been discontinued again, which might create the perfect limited supply environment to make it an investment opportunity or collection item. 

This timepiece is nicely suited for smaller wrists and will comfortably slide under a dress shirt. The stainless steel case measures 36mm, sits on the wrist at 13.5mm thick, and is 48mm lug-to-lug. The 116400GV variant offers a handsome green-tinted crystal paired with a matt black dial, and includes a striking orange lightning bolt seconds hand.

The black dial sports two-tone luminous indicators. It also comes with a blue-green dial option. The 116400 offers a white dial with orange luminous indices and the same orange lightning bolt seconds hand, which pops more against the white background. 

The watch is powered by the Rolex 3131 automatic movement with a 48-hour power reserve and is COSC-certified with a 100-meter water resistance. This model includes the Easy-Link system and raised Rolex crown. It’s paired with a three-link bracelet with contrasting center polished links and brushed satin outer links.

Market Price for the 116400GV: $10,877, Market Price for the 116400: $9,444 

6. ROLEX SEA-DWELLER “TRIPLE SIX” 16660

6.     ROLEX SEA-DWELLER “TRIPLE SIX” 16660

The Sea-Dweller is a collection from Rolex, a close sibling to the Submariner, but a beefier watch for professional divers. It was first released in 1967 and known initially as the Sea-Dweller Submariner 2000. The initial models were created in partnership with the French diving company Comex (Compagnie Maritime d’Expertises), and those are some of the rarest, desired by collectors. 

While similar in design to the Submariner, the Sea-Dweller has always been a larger and thicker timepiece due to the added features like a helium escape valve (HEV) and rugged construction to withstand the sometimes-rough environments of deep-sea expeditions. 

The “Triple Six” version, a reference to the three consecutive sixes in the reference number, is now considered a vintage model. Its production years ran from 1978 to 1989. The stainless steel case of the Triple Six measures 40mm, has a height on the wrist of 14.8mm, and is 49.7mm from lug to lug. The watch has a unidirectional black aluminum bezel insert. Earlier versions offer a matte black dial with painted hour markers (giving it a more vintage look), while later versions have a more modern glossy dial with applied white gold hour markers. 

Inside the Triple Six, one will find Rolex’s 3035 automatic movement. The movement features include hour, minute, seconds, and quickset date. There’s a screw-down crown with a water resistance of 4,000 feet. There’s also a helium escape valve and a flat sapphire crystal. The timepiece is paired with a three-link Oyster bracelet.

Market Price: $12,125 

7. ROLEX EXPLORER II 16570

In 1953, the Rolex Explorer was first introduced to commemorate the ascent of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. The Explorer ref. 1016 was worn by Ian Fleming, the author of the James Bond novels, who, during the Second World War, served as a real-life British spy. 

The Explorer II 16570 is a no-nonsense sports watch. Its production years were from the 1990s through the 2000s. In contrast to the current Explorer II, which is sized at 42mm, this version is more modestly sized at 40mm, making it a more versatile watch, which is more likely to comfortably fit all wrist sizes. It sits on the wrist at 12.5mm thick and has a lug width of 20mm.

The brushed steel bezel is a nod to ’70s sports watches, and Rolex has continued that tradition with this collection through the decades. The bezel is a fixed 24-hour that works in conjunction with a GMT hand. The dial is a crisp polar white with black hands and indices. There’s also a Cyclops date window at 3 o’clock.

Powering the watch is Rolex’s 3185 automatic movement with a 50-hour power reserve. The timepiece has a solid case back, a signed crown, and a water resistance of 100 meters. Paired with a three-link Oyster bracelet with a folding clasp, this watch model is fast becoming a classic. 

Market Price: $8,116 

8. ROLEX SUBMARINER 16610

8. ROLEX SUBMARINER 16610

The Submariner 16610 perfectly straddles the line between vintage and modern. Its production years were between 1987 and 2010. The stainless steel case measures 40mm, with a thickness of 13mm and a lug-to-lug measurement of 47.5mm. This model bridges two eras from the original tool watch days of Submariner’s early life to its first redesign as a luxury timepiece. 

This watch simply covers all the bases. It’s vintage, it’s modern, and it’s all Rolex. The aluminum bezel is paired with a matte black dial. The watch features the classic Mercedes hands, white incites, and the Cyclops date window at 3 o’clock. 

On the inside of the watch is Rolex’s 3135 automatic movement with a power reserve of 48 hours. It offers a screw-down crown and a water resistance of up to 300 meters. The timepiece is paired with an Oyster bracelet, with a folding clasp and extension system. This is a classic version of a classic model and deserves to be considered a collector’s item. 

Market Price: $9,608

9. ROLEX GMT-MASTER II 16710

9.     ROLEX GMT-MASTER II 16710

The GMT-Master II has its roots in the original GMT-Master from the 1950s. As previously noted, the Master was created for Pan Am pilots, but those weren’t the only ones who adopted this famous Rolex model; it was also picked up by NASA and US Air Force pilots, in addition to world travelers.

The GMT II’s production years were from 1989 through 2007. This model was nicknamed “Pepsi”, because of its red and blue bezel. The timepiece offers a black dial with Mercedes hands and white indices. There’s also a Cyclops date window at 3 o’clock. The stainless steel case measures 40mm, sits on the wrist at 12mm thick, and has a lug width of 20mm.

Under the hood, the watch is powered by Rolex’s caliber 3185 (later models had the 3186). Besides time and date, the watch featured a 24-hour hand and hacking seconds. The model could be paired with an Oyster bracelet or a Jubilee.

Market Price: $12,870

10.  ROLEX EXPLORER II “STEVE MCQUEEN” 1655

10.  ROLEX EXPLORER II "STEVE MCQUEEN" 1655

The GMT-Master was for the masters of the air, the Submariner for kings of the sea, the Daytona the champions of the road, and the Explorer II was a sports watch for everyone else. 

As previously discussed, the Explorer was designed for cave and volcano explorers but was broadly just a sports watch for anyone that liked to play as hard as they worked. Its production years were between 1971 and 1984. At the time, it didn’t find an audience, with its atypical Rolex styling, and wasn’t one of the more popular Rolex models, but it has since become a cult favorite among collectors. 

The stainless steel case measures 39mm, sits on the wrist at 13.4mm, and has a lug width of 20mm. The watch features a stainless steel bezel and black dial with a domed crystal and Cyclops date window at 3 o’clock. The timepiece has white hour, minute, and seconds hands. The seconds hand is lollipop-style, and there’s an orange GMT hand.  

Under the hood is Rolex’s 1570 automatic movement with a 48-hour power reserve. The watch was water resistant to 100 meters and includes an Oyster bracelet with a folding clasp. Because of the limited numbers produced, this watch has become a popular classic. 

Market Price: $27,966 

Parting Thoughts

Rolex is the king of luxury watches, and they have the crown to prove it. In recent years they have especially enjoyed a low inventory and high demand market, many of their models with waiting list requirements of multiple years. This has driven up the price of Rolex watches in the gray and pre-owned markets. 

Few watches can hold their value like Rolex. Many Rolex models have also proved to be excellent investments, increasing considerably in value. In this article, we’ve outlined ten models we especially like that we think are worth considering as collector items. Of course, ultimately, one must decide for themselves. We hope this article has at least armed you with enough information to make a more informed decision.

Best Watch winders for Rolex

Watch winders are an essential device for modern automatic watches, as they ensure your watches stay properly wound and are available whenever you want them. This is particularly important when you have an extensive collection of watches.

So, if you want your Rolex watch to always be available and fully powered, having a high-quality watch winder is crucial. But what makes a good watch winder? What features and specifications should you look at for your Rolex watches? And which are the best watch winders for Rolex?

Join me as we discuss the history of watch winders and how they operate, as well as which are the top watch winders for your Rolex collection.

About Watch Winders for Rolex

A watch winder is a device that keeps automatic watches wound and running even when they are not being worn. It replicates the watch’s motion, ensuring that the mainspring stays wound and the watch displays the correct time and date.

The history of the watch winder can be traced back to John Harwood, who invented the automatic watch and later created the first watch winder to showcase the functionality of his invention.

The purpose of a watch winder is to maintain the performance and longevity of automatic watches. The oils and lubricants used in watch movements can dry up or coagulate if the timepiece is left stationary for too long, hindering its performance.

Components like the mainspring can also experience diminished lifespan if they remain in the same position for extended periods. While some argue that modern synthetic lubricants are less affected by inactivity, watch winders are still deemed useful for watches with complications like perpetual calendars or moonphases, as resetting these complications can be time-consuming. For Rolex watches, the need for a watch winder depends on the model. Simple time and date models typically don’t require a winder as they are easy to set manually.

However, watches with complex functions like the Day-Date or Sky-Dweller may benefit from a winder, especially for those who own multiple watches and want to keep them constantly ready. A watch winder can also serve as a secure and visually appealing way to display and protect valuable timepieces. Ultimately, while not a necessity for all watch owners, a watch winder can be a valuable tool for maintaining and showcasing automatic watches.

What to Look for When Buying Watch Winders for Rolex Watches

Design & Materials

When considering a watch winder, the design and materials used are crucial factors to examine. A high-quality watch winder should be well-crafted and durable, ensuring it can withstand regular use and provide long-lasting performance.

Look for winders made from sturdy materials such as wood, metal, or acrylic, depending on your personal preference. The aesthetics of the winder are also important, as it should complement your watch collection and add a touch of elegance to your space.

Pay attention to the details, such as the finish, color, and overall design of the winder, to ensure it aligns with your style and preferences. For example, a winder with a wood casing can provide a classic and sophisticated look, while an acrylic winder offers a modern and sleek appearance.

Additionally, consider the interior lining of the winder. Soft fabric and padded walls protect your watches from scratches and damage while securely holding them in place. By selecting a well-designed and carefully crafted watch winder, you can enhance your timepiece collection’s functionality and aesthetic appeal.

Slots & Features

The number of slots and additional features of a watch winder should be carefully considered. Assess your watch collection and determine how many watches you have with automatic movements.

Choose a winder that can accommodate your collection size, whether it’s a single-watch winder or a multi-slot winder. It’s worth noting that the more slots a winder has, the higher the cost tends to be.

If you’re on a budget, you can opt for a winder for your less frequently worn watches and manually wind the others when needed. Furthermore, consider the specific features that would enhance the usability and convenience of the winder.

For example, programmable rotation modes and turns per day (TPD) settings allow you to customize the winding patterns based on the requirements of your watches. Some advanced models even offer bidirectional rotation, providing versatility for winding watches with different movement types.

Additionally, built-in timers can ensure precise winding control, allowing you to set the desired duration and intervals for winding. Some winders also provide storage compartments for keeping additional watch accessories, such as straps or extra watch bands, organized and easily accessible.

By carefully evaluating the slots and features of a watch winder, you can choose one that effectively meets your specific needs and enhances the functionality of your watch collection.

Operation

Understanding the operation of a watch winder is essential for its effective use. Familiarize yourself with the instructions and functions of the winder to ensure proper operation. Most watch winders are either battery-operated or plug into an outlet.

If you frequently travel, a battery-operated winder may be more convenient, as you won’t need to carry cables with you. Pay attention to the noise level of the winder, as some models are designed to operate quietly, making them suitable for use in quiet environments like bedrooms or offices.

Additionally, consider the power supply options provided by the winder. Ideally, it should offer both a power adapter for consistent energy output when plugged in and rechargeable batteries for on-the-go usage.

This versatility allows you to use the winder in various settings without limitations. To ensure the longevity of your watches and the winder itself, it’s essential to use the winder per the manufacturer’s guidelines.

This includes properly placing the watches on the cushions or holders, setting the rotation modes and TPD according to the watch specifications, and regularly cleaning and maintaining the winder.

By following these instructions and understanding the operation of the watch winder, you can ensure optimal performance and extend the lifespan of your automatic watches.

The Best Rolex Watch Winders

1.  Barrington Single Watch Winder

The Barrington watch winder offers a range of features and qualities that make it stand out in the market. Its sleek and minimalistic design fits well into any modern setting. The winder comes in various colors and finishes, allowing for customization to match personal preferences.

While there are some design flaws, such as the front-facing LED and the high gloss finish attracting dust and fingerprints, the winder’s overall build quality and functionality are impressive.

They feature ultra-quiet motors, adjustable rotation settings, and the ability to change rotation direction, ensuring compatibility with different watch movements. The inclusion of a reference guide for setting up specific watch models is a helpful touch.

Additionally, a convenient feature is the option to daisy chain multiple winders together for simultaneous operation. Despite the higher price point, the Barrington watch winder provides a premium experience that surpasses cheaper alternatives.

Overall, it’s well worth the investment for watch enthusiasts seeking a reliable and high-quality watch winder.

2.  Wolf Cub Single Watch Winder

Introducing the Wolf Cub Single Automatic Watch Winder, a popular choice among watch enthusiasts seeking a reliable and functional accessory. Manufactured by the renowned brand, Wolf, known for its commitment to quality and craftsmanship, this watch winder offers a range of features that make it stand out.

With its compact cube shape and reasonable price point, it provides an ideal solution for winding and displaying a single watch. The winder operates silently with minimal noise and comes with a built-in light indicator.

It ensures the precise number of rotations per day, preventing overwinding and potential damage to your timepiece. The winder can be powered by batteries or a universal power adapter, offering cordless convenience.

With its sleek design, glass front, and lock-in cover, it beautifully showcases your watch while keeping it ready for wear. Backed by a 2-year warranty, the Wolf Cub Single Automatic Watch Winder combines functionality, quality, and aesthetic appeal.

Though it only accommodates one watch and has a slightly higher price than other options, its performance and attention to detail make it a worthwhile investment.

3.  SwissKubik Startbox

The SwissKubik Startbox is also worth considering as a cost-effective and customizable solution for watch enthusiasts seeking a reliable and compact option. Designed with attention to detail and utilizing high-quality materials, SwissKubiK offers a range of features that make it stand out among other watch winders.

With its precise winding program, the winder ensures the correct rotations per day and direction for your specific timepiece, avoiding unnecessary wear. The compact size and battery-powered operation make it versatile and suitable for storage in a safety deposit box.

The customizable settings can be easily adjusted using the provided software, allowing you to meet the unique requirements of your watch collection. The watch winder cuff is available in different sizes, securely accommodating both strap and bracelet watches.

The glass door adds an elegant touch and allows for thicker watches without the risk of hitting the door. With its reliability, quiet operation, and endorsement from prestigious brands, the SwissKubiK watch winder is a top choice for watch collectors who value functionality and quality.

4.  Rapport Formula Single Watch Winder

When it comes to watch winders, the Rapport Formula Single Watch Winder stands out as a solid option that offers a blend of style and functionality.

Its high-gloss ebony black finish with chrome fittings gives it an elegant appearance that rivals the sophistication of the SwissKubiK and Wolf watch winders. The soft feel velvet-lined interior provides a luxurious touch and ensures your watch is well-protected.

Compared to the SwissKubiK winder, the Rapport Formula Single Watch Winder offers a more affordable price point without compromising on quality. However, it may not have the same level of customization options as the SwissKubiK winder’s software-based programming, for example.

In terms of design, the Rapport Formula winder’s lockable case with a key supplied adds an extra layer of security, distinguishing it from the Wolf watch winder’s more open display.

Overall, the Rapport Formula Single Watch Winder strikes a balance between style, functionality, and affordability, making it a compelling choice for watch enthusiasts looking to care for their timepieces.

5.  Wolf British Racing Double Watch Winder With Storage

For those in need of more storage, the Wolf British Racing Double Watch Winder with storage is an excellent choice. Wolf is a renowned brand in the world of watch winders and boxes, known for its heritage and commitment to craftsmanship. The British Racing Green winder showcases elegance and functionality with its vegan leather and gold-toned fluted framing.

With Wolf’s patented technology, you can trust the accuracy and precision of the winding process. The range of rotation options and additional storage features add versatility and practicality. The British Racing Double winder by Wolf provides a comprehensive solution for watch collectors, combining style, protection, and functionality.

6.  Rapport Savoy Watch Winder Safe

The Rapport Savoy Watch Winder Safe offers both storage and winding capabilities for your valuable timepieces.

The Savoy by Rapport of London is a compact and efficient triple-watch winder safe that offers maximum security for your watches. Crafted with a grained leather exterior and featuring a fingerprint-locking system, this safe ensures maximum protection for your timepieces.

The soft velveteen fabric lining and adjustable watch arms keep your watches securely in place, while the virtually silent winding system offers customizable control levels. The LCD touchscreen display control panel allows for precise adjustments of speed, direction, and duration of rotations for each individual winder head.

With its space-saving design and ability to rotate clockwise, anti-clockwise, and bi-directionally, the Savoy provides a reliable solution for maintaining and protecting your watch collection. In comparison to previous winders discussed, the Savoy stands out with its advanced security features and convenient removable storage tray.

While other winders offer similar winding capabilities, the Savoy W651 excels in its compact size and focus on watch safety. Whether you choose to power it with the AC adapter or the backup battery option, this smart and stylish winder safe is ideal for watch enthusiasts looking to keep their timepieces secure and in optimal condition.

7.  Barrington Luxury 4 Watch Winder

Barrington presents a stylish and efficient solution for watch enthusiasts with their 4-watch winder. This winder stands out with its sleek design and closed display case, showcasing Barrington’s commitment to quality and craftsmanship.

The ability to individually program each rotor with variable settings and the option to choose from multiple rotation directions and turns per day offers a high level of customization to suit different watch models.

The inclusion of luxury features such as ultra-quiet Japanese motors, LED downlights, and a built-in storage drawer further enhances its appeal. In comparison to other winders we discussed, such as the SwissKubiK winder and the Wolf winders, the Barrington 4-Watch Winder offers a combination of style, functionality, and convenience.

Its silent operation, digital display, and remote control add to the overall user experience. With its compact dimensions and AC mains power operation, this winder is a must-have for watch connoisseurs looking to keep their timepieces running smoothly and securely.

8.  Wolf Viceroy 8 Piece Watch Winder

The 8-piece Viceroy watch winder from Wolf truly embodies the epitome of modern luxury, seamlessly blending style and functionality. With its sleek design and precision engineering, this winder offers a range of customizable options to cater to the needs of your timepiece collection.

The backlit LCD display allows for easy control of each winding module, with the ability to set rotations per day between 300 and 1200, doubling the turns with the bi-directional setting. What sets Wolf apart is their precise rotation counting, ensuring that every watch remains in perfect rhythm.

The soft pebble vegan leather exterior and silver silk interior exude elegance, making it a visual delight. In comparison to other winders we discussed, such as the Rapport Formula Single Watch Winder and the Barrington 4-Watch Winder, the Viceroy stands out with its higher capacity and advanced programming options.

The solid wood construction, integrated lock and key, and LED signals add to the overall quality and reliability. The Viceroy by Wolf is the pinnacle of sophistication, providing a seamless blend of form and function for the discerning watch collector.

Conclusion

In conclusion, this selection of the top 8 watch winders for Rolex offers a range of exceptional options to keep your Rolex timepieces in optimal condition. With precision rotation settings, elegant designs, and reliable craftsmanship, these winders provide the care and precision necessary for your valuable Rolex collection. Choose the perfect winder from our list and ensure that your Rolex watches are always ready to accompany you on your daily journeys.

does a rolex tick

“Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock”. If you suddenly notice this sound from your Rolex, there are two things involved: you either bought a knock-off model, or you own the classic Oysterquartz. Now, your heart’s pacing. You’re furious, maybe even disappointed; your dealer had the audacity to sell a counterfeit. 

Relax. All watches tick. But unlike cheap quartz watches, Rolex watches don’t keep time in the traditional tick-tock fashion. In this article, you’ll learn all about how Rolex watches tick and how the myth they don’t started.

The Origin of the Myth

There’s no denying that many people got into the luxury watch market as a direct result of pop culture. But while I’m not a traditional gatekeeping-type watch enthusiast, I believe you should never let trends influence your taste. You’ll be robbed into splurging and thinking you got a bargain because your favorite artist wore one in a music video.

Meanwhile, you’d have passed on better or comparable affordable options because they’re not trendy.  How is this related to the Swiss luxury watch ticking? The myth started when arguably the greatest rapper alive, Jay Z, said, “Rollies that don’t tick-tock”. This braggadocious lyric has been used by countless artists since then, including A-Listers like Lil Durk and Future. It’s true to some extent, but it’s practically impossible for a watch not to “tick-tock.” 

What Does It Mean When A Watch Ticks? 

The thing about watches is that they all tick. I mean, there’s a sound associated with time itself. You guessed right, “tick-tock tick-tock”. Now why do they make that sound? 

To be clear, the volume of a watch’s movement depends on factors like case material, material quality, escapement components, and sometimes, the manufacturer. The general rule of thumb is that timepieces made with cheap, lightweight materials tick the loudest.  

But this isn’t always the case; some watches, like models with a pin-lever escapement, generally tick loudly because they use metal instead of jewel pins. And quartz movements are usually quieter than mechanical watches, as they contain fewer or no moving parts. 

Anyway, a watch ticks to keep the time running. How it ticks is a direct representation of its internal components/engine/caliber. Or, better yet, its movement. Mechanical watches like Rolex tick faster because they use a complicated mechanical movement rather than quartz, which is a cheaper alternative even though it’s more accurate. 

It’s for this reason, and of course, as a status symbol, that many watch enthusiasts remain watch enthusiasts. And Rolex has been on top of the movement engineering game for decades to keep hardcore enthusiasts infatuated and aesthetic buyers drooling. 

Let’s talk more about how Rolex and mechanical watches tick differently. More specifically, the reason why A-list rappers believe they don’t tick-tock. 

The Sweeping Motion of Rolex and Mechanical Watches

Rolex watches have a second hand that appears to glide through the dial rather than tick-tock. It’s not restricted to the brand, nor is it a novelty. All mechanical watches tick at varying frequencies, including dirt-cheap ones, which are typically faster than quartz. So it gives the illusion that the hand isn’t ticking. 

Here’s what goes on behind the dial. A mainspring passes power into an escapement mechanism, which then saves energy by passing it through a couple of gears to the watch hands. 

Inside the escapement, a balance wheel swings back and forth like a pendulum, while a pallet fork restricts its movement per second to stay accurate. It’s the speed of this pause-and-start interaction that makes the second-hand in mechanical watches tick in a sweep motion.

Mechanical movement watches with a faster balance wheel keep time more accurately and reliably than slower ones. They usually tick between four, six, and eight times per second, or 21,600, 28,000, or 36,000 bph (beats per hour), respectively. 

The only exception is in specialty or vintage watches, like the Antoine Martin Slow Runner 1 Hz, which beats once per second. It took Martin Braun building the largest escapement to achieve this feat in The Slow Runner. But quartz watches achieve this accuracy only at a fraction of the cost of engineering. 

Rolex watches tick 8 times a second, 8 hertz, or 28,000 vph (vibrations per hour). Listen to the tick-tock of the Rolex Submariner, played at 0.25 playback speed, below. 

Rolex Making the Tick-Tock Sound: A Video

In truth, this is a display of outstanding craftsmanship and engineering. If you listen even closer, you can hear the mechanical tune of the balance wheel and gears grinding to set the wheels of time in motion. But it also shows undeniable evidence that “Rollies tick-tock”. Listen with a headset if you’re still in denial. 

Rather than beat on the count of a second, they beat non-stop to make a second and need to be wound when they run out of juice. So this is why Jay Z and the hip hop community consider only a Rolex that “doesn’t tick tock” the symbol of authenticity. 

Quartz watches, on the other hand, beat only once, exactly on the second, which is more efficient and accurate. You’ll see why soon. If that’s your situation, it’s true that a “Rolex doesn’t tick”. It’s most likely a knockoff Rolex with a quartz movement. 

So if you’re asking if a Rolex jerks per second, the answer is no. Only the Oysterquartz (discontinued in 2001) tick-tocks.

Quartz Watches vs Mechanical Watches

Now we’ve established how Rolex does and doesn’t tick. Here’s why quartz watches beat at a single beat per second. And why they’re better timekeepers than any mechanical watch. It’s quite a simple process. 

A quartz crystal is piezoelectric; it can absorb electrical current and convert it into mechanical energy, which powers watch hands. A battery-powered electric circuit sends current to the crystal, which then vibrates 32,768 times in a second. 

The circuit monitors these frequencies and pushes the second hand forward on exactly every 32,768th vibration, which creates that one-tick-per-second (tick-tock) motion. In other words, it’s extremely accurate, just like using a smartphone or computer, since it’s programmed on a circuit board. 

As you can imagine, this is a cheaper and more reliable system than mechanical movements, which require higher expertise and more materials. Not to mention regular maintenance of the engine. All a quartz watch needs is a battery change and regular cleaning. So it’s no surprise that many watchmakers closed down when quartz watches first hit the market in 1970.

The Rolex Datejust OysterQuartz – the first and only Quartz Rolex

The Rolex Oysterquartz is symbolic of a dark era for the luxury watch market – the Quartz Crisis. While some may see it as proof of desperation from the Swiss watch manufacturer, it’s also evidence of stellar engineering and innovation. Rolex spent five years developing two movements that toppled the quartz movement of the day.

And so, in 1977, they dished out what seemed like a Datejust or Day-Date with a quartz movement. It’s still available today as a collector’s watch. It has the dial of a DateJust but with an angular case, an integrated bracelet, and an over-engineered quartz movement.

Some enthusiasts call this movement a hybrid because it was way ahead of its time. It has 11 jewels, a lever escapement, and can self-regulate for super precision. Nonetheless, the point here is that this is the only Rolex watch that tick-tocks.  

Rolex Mechanical Watch Movements

Manual winding watch movements require you to wind the crown when the power reserve runs out (worn or not). Rolex has a handful of them; the majority of their current models carry an automatic movement.

The most iconic hand-wound Rolex I’ve seen so far is the Rolex Cellini Vintage 1974, ref. 4083. Or Rolex Cellini 50505 in an 18k gold case. There’s no denying that this collection was the brand’s flagship for a taste of elegance and classic dress watches.

Yet it offers exceptional value for the money, as far as high-end luxury dress watches are concerned. It’s now reborn in the Rolex 1908 collection and newer Cellini models with automatic movements. The point here is that Rolex’s mechanical watches tick in a sweeping motion.   

Rolex Automatic Movements

The go-to for Rolex luxury watch brands is the self-winding mechanical movement. This kind of movement charges the mainspring for as long as you wear the watch. Using kinetic energy, a rotor behind a case back swings in rhythm with your wrist movement, automatically coiling the mainspring. When unused, it keeps time until the power reserve is depleted.

Current versions of Rolex’s automatic movements beat at 28,800 vibrations per hour (vph).  Alternatively, 8 ticks per second would facilitate the highest level of precision and reliability. Although we’ve seen varying frequencies over the years, Rolex has never produced a movement with a single beat per second. One thing Jay Z was right about, though, was when he said: “Audemars, that’s losing time”. 

Debunking The Myth: “Rolex Watches Don’t Tick”

I hope this article comprehensively and adequately answers the question, “Does a Rolex tick?” for anyone curious. Surely, with this clarity, you understand why giving a straight answer is hard because the question can come from different viewpoints. 

If you’re a fan of rap and have heard the infamous Jay-Z line, he’s fundamentally wrong about Rollies that don’t tick-tock. The second-hand ticks voraciously fast, so it appears as if it’s sweeping the dial. In Jiggaman’s defense, though, it was a sick rhyme to the previous line. Maybe J. Hova meant to say they don’t tick, but they sweep. 

However, if you’re a curious watch owner, then you’re right to be anxious; a Rolex never ticks. Only the vintage Oysterquartz tick-tocks every second. An authentic Rolex watch should “tick-tocks” 8 times per second.  

What is a Rolex Buckley Dial

Watch enthusiasts, like many other enthusiasts, whether it be cars, sneakers, EDC (Everyday Carry), or anything else out there worth collecting, tend to enjoy their communities and the fun eccentricities and nuances that come with them.

For example, if you are a big EDC enthusiast, there is a good chance that you can have an at-length conversation about the different metal alloys that make the very best EDC knife. Or, if you are a big sneakerhead, there is no doubt that you’ve argued over the greatest and worst sneaker releases of all time.

To an outsider looking in, these conversations might as well be in a foreign language. But to the enthusiast, the nuances that the common person can easily overlook or ignore are precisely what makes them an enthusiast. With that said, watch enthusiasts might just be the most diehard of all.

In the pantheon of highly respected, famous, and even infamous timepieces, we, as enthusiasts, have always enjoyed and adored the nicknames that we give to our watches. Now, I don’t mean personal nicknames or pet names that you give your personal collection; I’m talking about the well-known aliases given to timepieces by the community at large.

Some of the most famous are the Pepsi, Batman, Paul Newman, Dark Lord, Arnie, Snowflake, Ed White, and my personal favorite, the Pussy Galore. While there are hundreds of examples of fun, playful nicknames that every watch has earned from the community, the list above is just a tiny example.

With that said, today we will be discussing the Rolex “Buckley Dial,” what it is, where the nickname came from, and a few models that are sure to pique your interest.

The Many, Many Unique Dials of Rolex Watches

Rolex is likely the most popular and sought-after brand in the watch community and likely one of the most recognizable brands in the world. From its sponsorship of sporting events like Formula One racing, golf, and tennis to its sponsorship of the arts, the Rolex name extends beyond the enthusiast community.

With that said, the public image of Rolex has changed over the years. Gone are the days of true tool watches created for a purpose, and in are the days of status, notoriety, and achievement.

So, it is no surprise that in this new age of Rolex, there is a lack of fun, quirky, and unique dial options that were ever present in the old days of Rolex. The joy of yesteryear has given way to a more sterile, safe, and palatable catalog.

Having said that, let’s explore some of the most unique dial offerings from Rolex’s past. Rolex first introduced some incredibly unique dial options in the 70s with an array of stone dial options that are sure to boggle the mind.

With dials ranging from actual wood like birch, African mahogany, and walnut to stones like onyx, tiger eye, malachite, and coral, the use of these incredible materials is proof that Rolex had a sense of fun and uniqueness that is not as common on modern Rolex timepieces.

So, What is Buckley Dial?

For those vintage Rolex collectors and connoisseurs, the Buckley Dial is surely on your radar and possibly in your collection. But, for those who might be new to vintage Rolex or watches in general, let’s break down what the Buckley Dial looks like from a design standpoint and how it differs from similar modern Rolex dials.

The Buckley Dial is generally found in vintage Datejust models that date back to the 70s and 80s. Most commonly found on Datejust references 1601, 1603, 16014, and 16030, the Buckley dial seems to have come into existence around the same time period that Rolex began using the hard stones we discussed earlier.

But like most vintage Rolex, which can be a bit of a mystery, the Buckley Dial has seen use in other Rolex models like the Day-Date and Oysterquartz. What makes the Buckley Dial so unique from a design language point of view is the use of printed Roman Numerals vs. applied Roman Numerals seen on modern Rolex watches.

While some will argue that the use of applied Roman Numerals in some flavor of precious metal or diamond makes the watch more luxurious, I’ll say that the modern dials with applied numerals feel a bit cluttered.

That is what is so beautiful about a printed Buckley Dial, the use of space and dial layout. Due to the particular font thinness, compared to modern applied numerals, the dial has the opportunity to breathe, stretch its legs, and allow for the nuanced “feet” that adorn the numerals to fill some of the empty space.

The crisp printing of the numerals also allows for a highly legible dial that makes reading the time at a glance incredibly easy.

Who is Buckley?

Like many Rolex models named after individuals, most notably the Paul Newman Daytona and the McQueen Explorer II, which he may not have actually worn, the Buckley Dial is named after an individual who is neither a movie star nor a household name.

John Buckley is the owner of Tuscany Rose, a pre-owned watch shop that caters to vintage lovers and in the world of vintage Rolex, Buckley has a wealth of knowledge and expertise on the subject, so much so that he now has a Rolex nicknamed after him!

The story goes that John Buckley, vintage watch dealer extraordinaire renowned for his expertise in the field, became so passionate about vintage Rolex with printed dials that his enthusiasm and interest helped thrust the rare references into the limelight, gaining popularity on the pre-owned market.

Due to his passion and excitement for a reference that could have been lost to time, the watch community decided that the watch should be nicknamed after him. The rest is history.

Buckley Models to Adore

In an attempt to keep this section concise and quick, I will touch on a few standout Rolex models that use a Buckley dial and give a brief description of each timepiece. This will be by no means a definitive guide, but it should act as a decent jumping-off point for anyone looking to start the search for a Rolex model with a Buckley Dial.

Rolex Datejust Ref. 16030- Gray Dial

Rolex Datejust Ref. 16030- Gray Dial

The Datejust ref. 16030 was first introduced in 1977 as a replacement for the Datejust ref. 1603 and would be produced and eventually taken out of production in 1988. In true vintage Rolex Datejust fashion, the ref. 16030 has a case diameter of 36mm, a lug-to-lug distance of 44mm, and a case thickness of 11mm.

The acrylic crystal comes with the signature cyclops over the date, which in tandem with the printed Buckley Dial, makes this timepiece highly legible. While we’ve discussed the Buckley Dial and design, we haven’t touched on dial colors.

I think the standout feature for me is the gray dialed reference. There is a beautiful monochromatic eeriness that works so well with the engine-turned bezel and patina’d lume plots.

Rolex Datejust Ref. 16014- Blue Dial

Rolex Datejust Ref. 16014- Blue Dial

The Datejust ref. 16014, like the ref. 16030, was introduced in 1977 and saw production until 1988. This beautiful reference comes with a beautiful blue dial and white Roman Numerals. The white printing on the blue dial references truly pops.

The highly contrasted dial is an excellent example of simplistic and conservative beauty. The white gold fluted bezel gives the already charming timepiece a luster that can only be found in the use of precious metals.

Many Datejust references, especially vintage ones, are usually found on a leather strap or an original stretched-out jubilee. The reference shown as an example comes on an amazingly well-cared-for jubilee that looks as good today as it did the day it left the factory floor.

Rolex Datejust Ref. 1601- White Dial

Rolex Datejust Ref. 1601- White Dial

Last but certainly not least, Rolex Datejust Ref. 1601 with a white dial is likely going to be the most common Buckley Dialed Rolex out there.

While, as it stands, the Buckley Dial will always be a more unique and rare reference, the bright white dial with black printed numerals will be the one most often found in quality and well-regarded vintage watch shops.

The white-dialed reference is definitely a great do-all timepiece like the rest of the Datejust family. You get a watch that can be easily paired with both casual and formal attire, one that is not ostentatious or overly bold but an understated timepiece that can act as the perfect companion in whatever situation you put it in.

Parting Thoughts

In the wide world of vintage timepieces and, more specifically, vintage Rolex, enthusiasts and collectors are always looking for the next watch that will be highly sought after.

The Buckley Dialed Rolexes used to be just that. A watch that flew under the radar, a watch that only a few people gave much time and attention to, and one that one man saw the future potential of.

John Buckley and his now-loved Buckley Dialed Rolex watches are proof that in this weird hobby/obsession that we call horology, your passion and love for those unique outliers can earn you a spot in history!

ALL Types of Rolex Bezels Explained

Rolex watches are synonymous with luxury, precision, and timeless elegance. Renowned for their exceptional craftsmanship, engineering, and attention to detail, Rolex timepieces have become iconic symbols of success and prestige. 

With a history dating back to 1905, Rolex has consistently pushed the boundaries of watchmaking and marketing, introducing innovative features and technologies through the years. 

From the classic Datejust and Submariner to the sophisticated Day-Date and Cosmograph Daytona, Rolex offers a diverse range of models to suit various lifestyles and tastes. Each Rolex watch is meticulously crafted using high-quality materials, powered by precise movements, and designed to withstand the rigors of everyday wear. 

A Rolex watch is not just a timekeeping device but a statement of style and accomplishment recognized the world over. In this article, we’ll dive deep into a specific part of Rolex watches: the watch bezel. 

About Watch Bezels

Watch bezels serve both practical and aesthetic functions in wristwatches. A bezel is a ring-like component that surrounds the watch dial or face and is typically located between the crystal or glass covering and the watch’s case. While its primary purpose is to secure the crystal in place, bezels can also offer additional features and benefits depending on their design.

Protection & Durability 

The bezel acts as a protective barrier for the watch face. It helps prevent scratches, impacts, and other forms of damage to the dial, as well as the crystal or glass covering. By creating a raised edge around the watch face, the bezel adds an extra layer of protection against accidental knocks or bumps.

Timekeeping & Measurement 

Some watch bezels are specifically designed for timekeeping or measuring purposes. For example, diver’s watches often feature a unidirectional rotating bezel with minute markings to measure elapsed time underwater. 

The wearer can align the bezel’s marker with the minute hand to track the duration of a dive or any other time-based activity. Similarly, some bezels are designed with tachymeter scales to calculate speed or chronograph functions for measuring elapsed time.

Aesthetic Enhancement 

Bezels play a crucial role in the overall design and appearance of a wristwatch. They come in various materials, finishes, and styles to complement the watch’s aesthetics and create visual appeal. Whether it’s a simple, understated bezel or an elaborate, gemstone-encrusted one, the choice of bezel design can significantly influence the watch’s overall look and feel.

Functional Indicators

In certain watches, bezels can serve as functional indicators or markers. For example, a pilot’s watch might have a bi-directional rotating bezel with a slide rule function to assist with calculations related to aviation, such as fuel consumption or airspeed. These bezels often feature specialized markings or scales that aid in performing specific calculations or conversions.

Versatility & Customization

Some watches feature interchangeable bezels, allowing wearers to change the appearance or functionality of their timepieces easily. These modular bezel systems enable users to swap out bezels of different colors, materials, or functions, providing versatility and personalization options to match various occasions or preferences.

It’s worth noting that not all watches incorporate a functional bezel. Some timepieces, particularly minimalist or dress watches, may have fixed bezels that focus primarily on aesthetics while keeping the watch face unobstructed. 

In such cases, the absence of a functional bezel doesn’t diminish the watch’s overall value or functionality; instead, it reflects a design choice aimed at achieving a specific style or purpose.

Current Types of Rolex Bezels

Rolex watches are known for their attention to detail and precision craftsmanship, and the bezels they use are no exception. Rolex offers a range of different bezel types across their various watch models, each serving a specific purpose and catering to different needs. Here are some of the notable bezel types used by Rolex:

Smooth/Domed Bezel

The Rolex smooth bezel is a hallmark of elegance and sophistication, with just the right touch of sportiness. Found on models such as the Oyster Perpetual, Datejust, and Day-Date, and professional models like the Air King and Explorer, this bezel type showcases a sleek and polished surface devoid of any additional markings or textures. 

Its simplicity allows the focus to remain on the dial and overall design of the watch. The smooth bezel complements various styles, from formal occasions to everyday wear, making it a versatile choice for everyday wear. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, Rolex ensures that the smooth bezel seamlessly integrates with the watch case, creating a cohesive and harmonious aesthetic. 

This understated bezel design adds a touch of refined class to the timepiece, making it a timeless and elegant accessory for discerning individuals who appreciate the art of understated luxury.

Fluted Bezel 

The Rolex fluted bezel is an iconic and instantly recognizable feature of many Rolex watches, most notably the Datejust and Day-Date models. This distinctive bezel design showcases vertical ridges or grooves that encircle the outer edge, resembling the edge of a coin. 

The fluted bezel adds a touch of sophistication and character to the timepiece, elevating its aesthetic appeal. Carved with high precision, the fluted bezel also serves a practical purpose, allowing for easy gripping and manipulation when installing the bezel above the sapphire crystal. This bezel design enhances the watch’s visual allure and serves as a hallmark of Rolex’s attention to detail and craftsmanship. 

The Rolex fluted bezel has become the brand’s symbol and trademark feature, making it a coveted feature for those seeking a luxurious and recognizable timepiece. Recently, Rolex released the Perpetual 1908 dress watch collection, featuring finer coin edge ridges set into the bezel.

Diamond-Set Bezel

Rolex gem-set bezels represent the pinnacle of luxury and glamor. These bezels are adorned with carefully selected and expertly set precious gemstones, including diamonds, sapphires, or other exquisite gems. 

Rolex offers gem-set bezels on select models such as the Datejust and Day-Date, and even on sports models such as the Submariner, GMT Master II, and Daytona, enhancing their already distinguished designs. 

The gemstones are expertly placed into the bezel, ensuring precise alignment and a captivating display of brilliance and light play. Rolex’s strict quality standards guarantee that only the finest diamonds and gemstones are used and chosen for their exceptional clarity, color, and cut. The gem-set bezels elevate the watch’s allure, catching the light from every angle and turning heads with a dazzling presence. 

Among the Crown’s technical achievements and prowess, their in-house gem-setting represents the epitome of opulence, making these timepieces a coveted choice for those who seek the highest levels of watchmaking from the brand.

Rotatable Bezel

Among the Rolex catalog, both unidirectional and bidirectional rotating bezels are available on specific watch models for added function. Of the unidirectional variant, both the Submariner and Sea Dweller collections feature rotating bezels designed for diving. Either model’s bezels feature minute markings, allowing divers to accurately measure their elapsed dive time by aligning the bezel’s marker with the minute hand. 

Made from robust materials like ceramic or aluminum (in older generations), Rolex diving bezels are known for their durability and resistance to wear. In the Yacht Master, a bidirectional rotating bezel with a raised 60-minute scale is utilized. 

This bezel is designed for regatta timing, allowing wearers to measure precise intervals. It adds a sporty and nautical touch to the watch’s aesthetics, a bit more modern leaning than the traditional dive bezels mentioned earlier.

24-Hour GMT Bezel

The rotating GMT bezel is a distinct and practical feature found on the GMT-Master II collection, designed specifically for tracking multiple time zones. The bezel, made of robust materials like ceramic or aluminum (in previous generations), incorporates a 24-hour scale that allows wearers to easily reference a second timezone. 

The GMT bezel is bidirectional, enabling smooth and convenient adjustment. It can be rotated in either direction to align the 24-hour scale with the GMT hand on the watch dial. 

By setting the GMT hand to the desired second time zone and aligning it with the bezel, wearers can effortlessly keep track of two different time zones simultaneously. This functionality proves invaluable for travelers, pilots, and individuals who frequently deal with international time differences. It allows for quick and efficient time zone adjustments without affecting the accuracy of the watch’s primary timekeeping function by utilizing the crown for adjustment.

Tachymeter Bezel

The tachymeter bezel on the Rolex Daytona is a functional and iconic feature that enhances the watch’s chronograph capabilities. The bezel incorporates a tachymeter scale, which allows wearers to measure average speed over a known distance using the chronograph function. 

The tachymeter scale is engraved or printed (as on older models) on the outer edge of the bezel and typically ranges from 60 to 400 units per hour. It enables users to calculate speed based on the time taken to cover a specific distance. When the chronograph is activated, the wearer starts timing and stops it after traveling the desired distance.

The chronograph second hand points to the tachymeter scale, indicating the average speed. The tachymeter bezel on the Daytona is a functional tool and adds a sporty and dynamic touch to the watch’s overall design, reflecting the model’s racing heritage and its association with speed and precision.

Ring Command Bezel

The Rolex Yacht-Master II is equipped with a unique and innovative feature known as the “Ring Command” bezel. This specialized bezel is an integral part of the watch’s mechanical movement and allows for manipulating complex functions with haptic ease. 

The Ring Command bezel operates in conjunction with the watch’s programmable countdown timer, which is designed specifically for yacht racing. By rotating the bezel counterclockwise, it engages and unlocks the timer function. From there, the bezel can be turned further to set the desired countdown time.

Once the countdown begins, the bezel remains stationary, ensuring accurate timekeeping. 
The functionality of the Ring Command bezel lies in its intricate internal mechanism, which interacts with the watch’s movement to control the countdown timer. This innovative design enables precise and intuitive operation, allowing sailors to focus on their race preparations without any complexity.

Other Notable Types of Rolex Bezels

Outside of the current catalog’s range of bezel configurations, Rolex has historically utilized other types of bezels which are no longer in production, whether due to style and taste preferences changing through the years or streamlining of manufacturing across their product offerings today. Let’s explore this further. 

Engine Turned Bezel

No longer in production, the Engine Turned Bezel, commonly featured in historic collections such as the Air King, Datejust, Oyster Perpetual, and Date models, was a practical alternative for those seeking a design less formal than a fully fluted bezel, yet not as stark as a smooth domed bezel. 

Bark Bezel

Also no longer being produced, the bark bezel was utilized mainly on Day-Date and a small number of Datejust watches and featured even finer ridging along the surface of the bezel (quite like the texture of bark) than a traditional fluted bezel in fine materials like yellow and white gold.

Pyramid Bezel

As the name suggests, the Pyramid bezel featured pyramid-shaped decorative carvings on the bezel. Found on dressier pieces and often paired with gem set detailing, the Pyramid bezel was utilized on Day Date, Oysterquartz Day Date, as well as Lady Datejust timepieces. 

Florentine Bezel

The Florentine bezel is a very fine, almost filed-like texture which was rarely used on particular Datejust and Oyster Perpetual models. Adding a finer texture to what otherwise would be a traditional smooth bezel, it’s a particularly refined look not often seen in the brand’s catalog.

Moreau Bezel

Not widely produced or replicated, the Moreau bezel is a rare bezel type from the Crown, which featured a hashmark mix of engraving and textured finishing on select gold Date and Datejust models.

Greek Key Bezel

Echoing emblematic Greek decoration and patterning, the Greek Key style bezel from Rolex was only available on special order from the brand, particularly on the reference 1506 Date. Its deep etchings replicate Greek art patterns along the circumference of the bezel, much as the name suggests. 

Moiré Bezel

Similar to the Moreau bezel mentioned prior, the Moiré bezel features small flutings directed inwards towards the dial, as well as flutings crossing against them horizontally around the full circumference of the bezel. The result is a unique texture with an almost antiquated handcraft feel.

Zephyr Bezel

The Zephyr Bezel was featured on the Oyster Perpetual “Zephyr”, produced between the 1950s and 1970s. It features fine fluting and small cut notches at each minute mark on the inner side of the bezel, which the wearer could use as “hashes” for minute markings outside of the dial in practical use. 

Morellis Bezel

Rarely seen, the Morellis bezel is a gold leaf-like texture that is crisp and refined when found on rare Day Date models during the 1960s. The center links of the accompanying president-style bracelets also feature the gold leaf “Morellis” texture, producing an overall impressive if not stark look when compared to fully polished or fluted alternatives.

Conclusion

Over the decades since the brand’s inception, Rolex has continually offered and improved upon its bezel designs across its full range of timepiece offerings. It’s important to note that not all bezel types are available on every Rolex model. Specifically, the choice of bezel type, construction, and materials, depends on the watch’s intended purpose, design, and target audience. 

As a watchmaking and engineering powerhouse of the industry, Rolex has, through the years, selected and designed bezels that align with the functionality and aesthetics of each watch model, ensuring a harmonious and purposeful timepiece. 

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