Rolex releases 7 new watches at Basel World 2017
Basel World 2017 saw the release of 7 new Rolex watches, most of which were re-imaginings of existing
popular models. These models have been re-introduced with new options such as larger case sizes, new
hour markers and hands, and new movements. However the most eye-grabbing change made to the
watches has to be the new materials the classic models have been re imagined in. Additionally one
completely new watch was introduced by Rolex, the Cellini Moonphase. Continue below for a summary
of the 7 new watches which are discussed in detail.
Sea-Dweller 50th Anniversary
This new Sea-Dweller which was reimagined for its 50th Anniversary comes in a bold 43mm case as
opposed to the older version which is a standard 40mm, making it appear much more similar
in size to the Deepsea Sea-Dweller which comes in a standard 44mm. It also has the name Sea-Dweller
in red and a Cyclops lens on the crystal to enhance the date at 3 o’clock. Beyond the new aesthetics
the Sea-Dweller now also has a new calibre 3235, and like the older versions of the Sea-Dweller
this new model is also waterproof up to a depth of 1,220 metres (4,000 feet).
Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II
The Rolex Yacht-Master II is also amongst the watches that have been revamped for new
release in 2017. The new Yacht-Master II has a new dial and new hands: a triangular hour
marker at 12 o’clock and a rectangular hour marker at the 6 o’clock mark now replace
what is square hour markers on the older Yacht-Master II. In addition, the hour hand
now features a luminescent disc to characterize it from the minute hand and make it
more legible. The new hands are also typical of Rolex Professional models.
This model is available in Steel, Steel & Rose gold, 18 ct Yellow Gold and 18 ct White Gold.
Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona
The new Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is now fitted onto an Oysterflex bracelet
made from elastomer which is strengthened with a metal blade. Additionally, the bezel is
made of monobloc Cerachrom which is then patented in black ceramic. This new model
comes in 18 ct Yellow, White or Rose gold. Some will see this as a sleeker look for the Daytona
whilst others will prefer the Daytona on the classic and original bracelet.
Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller
For the first time Rolex is offering their Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller in Yellow Rolesor
(Steel & Yellow Gold) and White Rolesor (Steel & White Gold). Additionally, the new Sky-Dweller
now has rectangular hour markers and longer hands and the dial also has a Chromalight
display and long-lasting luminescence, making the dial more readable in darkly lit environments.
*Rolesor, a term coined by Rolex, is the combination of steel and gold on a Rolex watch.
Oyster Perpetual DateJust 41
The classic Oyster Perpetual DateJust is now available in 904L Steel and 18 ct White Gold (with
an 18 ct White Gold fluted bezel). Like the standard DateJust watches, this model will be available
with a large selection of dials. The two new Rolex DateJust 41’s also have a 41 mm case (as is
suggested by the name) and uses the new Rolex calibre 3235. As well as all these new features the
DateJust 41 watches will have new Chronergy escapements and a power reserve of roughly 70 hours.
Oyster perpetual Lady-DateJust 28
The classic Lady’s DateJust 28 is now available in 904L Steel or in a White Rolesor (Steel
& White Gold) model. The white Rolesor version combines 904L steel and 18 ct white
gold and also comes with an 18 ct white gold fluted or gem-set bezel. Like the Oyster
Perpetual DateJust 41 the new Lady-DateJust 28 will be available with a large
range of different coloured dials. This new model has a bigger 28 mm case and what
Rolex describes as “a new-generation mechanical movement, calibre 2236, equipped
with the Rolex-patented Syloxi hairspring in silicon”.
At Basel 2017 Rolex also introduced a new Cellini model called the Cellini Moonphase. The Cellini
Moonphase watch comes in a 39 mm case and is available in 18 ct Everose gold. The watch has
a white lacquer dial and also displays the lunar cycle on a blue enamelled disc at 6 o’clock.
The lunar cycle depicts “the full moon and the new moon, the former depicted by a meteorite applique
and the latter by a silver ring”. The moonphase can be read by the indicator which sits on the
subdial at 12 o’clock whilst the full and new moon on the watch rotate in accordance with the real world lunar cycle. Beautiful!
Pictures courtesy of Rolex website. For further information on these models check out Rolex’s post
on their new models.
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