Rolex have introduced a fresh batch of novelties for 2021, and they are already creating a lot of buzz in the luxury watch world. In September 2020, Rolex expanded its Oyster Perpetual and Submariner line, focusing more on new dial variations and incorporating gems on ladies’ watches.
This year, the leading Swiss watchmaker has upgraded many of its mainstay collections, including brand new offerings to the Explorer and Daytona lineup. It is customary of Rolex to celebrate its creations’ centenaries in respective years. That said, the brand was not going to overlook the 50th anniversary of Explorer II.
Many people anticipated that Explorer II might receive an update this year. Rolex confirmed it on April 4, 2021, with the new releases at the Watches and Wonders. However, many may not have speculated that the brand new Explorer II model will now house an automatic Calibre 3285 dual-time movement.
Let’s explore the new Rolex watches that have already become some of the biggest watch news of the year.
Rolex unveiled a new Explorer II reference featuring a stainless steel case measuring 42mm in diameter and a matching steel bezel. The watch looks almost identical to its existing sibling, the Reference 16570.
Furthermore, Rolex has only refined the case to sport less chunky and slimmer lugs. The new lug design should not come as much surprise as the brand typically tends to slim down its newer models’ profile.
Rolex adds a bi-tone Explorer for the first time to its iconic adventurer tool collection, and it is ideally the most unexpected Rolex release. The Reference 124273 comes in ‘Yellow Rolesor’ – a combination of 18ct yellow gold and 904L Oystersteel made in-house.
However, this year, watches are trending more petite this year as Rolex unveils the Explorer 124273 with a gender-neutral 36mm case size.
Rolex also added a stainless steel Reference 124270 to the new generation of Explorer watches. Like the new Reference 124273, the stainless steel version also features a 36mm case and black dial.
To date, Rolex has not discontinued any of its popular watch collections. Instead, the watchmaker has fiddled with different materials, dial tones and other components.
The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona collection houses the in-house automatic Calibre 4130 chronograph.
The new Rolex dial treatments integrated into the Datejust 36 line are already capturing collectors’ attention worldwide. Rolex offered two new dial styles to the Datejust 36 watches – one is a tropical palm motif and another is a fluted pattern inspired by the popular pie-dish Rolex bezel designs. Moreover, every dial style is offered in gold, silver and olive green.
Rolex upgraded and expanded its Day-Date 36 lineup in 2021 by adding gem-set models. Available in 18ct white, Everose or yellow gold, the new Day-Date 36 watches are adorned with diamonds and striking turquoise, burgundy or coral numerals. What boosts the appeal is the croc leather strap that matches the colour of hour markers.
Just wait to see the 2021 Lady Datejust this July in stores, embellished with 1,089 diamonds across its bezel, case, dial and even the yellow gold President bracelet.
Rolex is known for its unique and innovative watches. Interestingly, some models are so popular that they are easily recognisable merely by their names. Although the watches may significantly vary, the brand produces a handful of bracelets types.
Rolex works meticulously to maintain the aesthetics, sturdiness and reliability of its bracelets. Like the watches, Rolex bracelets come with their exclusive design, names and histories.
However, the brand has indeed upgraded its bracelets over the years, adding some new designs. So, let’s take a look at the top four popular Rolex bracelets:
The Oyster bracelet is ideally the most popular and iconic Rolex bracelet. Although the bracelet design was patented first in 1947, Rolex released it the following year in 1948.
The three-piece link metal Oyster bracelet features broader centre links and two rows of slimmer links. While Rolex is continually improving the bracelet’s design, the very first Oyster bracelets appear pretty different from its modern version.
Moreover, Rolex makes the Oyster bracelet in platinum, steel, gold and two-tone steel and gold.
The classy five-piece link Jubilee bracelet made its debut in 1945 with the Rolex Datejust that was introduced to commemorate Rolex’s 40th anniversary. The bracelet features three rows of small centre links bounded by two more massive links rows.
The overall look of the bracelet has stayed significantly the same. However, the brand has made a few modifications of the links over the years. Today, the Rolex Jubilee bracelet is available in gold, bi-tone steel and gold and steel.
Rolex launched the President bracelet with the unveiling of the Day-Date in 1956. It is a three-piece link bracelet featuring semi-circular shaped links and a Crownclasp. While the centre links are broader, the external links in two rows are slimmer.
However, Rolex has fitted the President bracelet only to the Day-Date timepieces and also, some mid-size Datejust and Lady Datejust models. Today, the manufacturer produces the President bracelet in platinum, yellow, rose and white gold.
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Interestingly, the Rolex President bracelet is indeed special because the entire watch collection was nicknamed after the bracelet, rather than being dubbed after the timepiece.
In 1922, Rolex released a brand new model known as the Pearlmaster. Like the earlier launches, the Pearlmaster also came equipped with an all-new bracelet style with a similar name.
The five-piece link metal bracelet is crafted of platinum or gold and often, fitted with precious gemstones, especially diamonds. However, besides the Pearlmaster collection, Rolex indeed produced some Day-Date ‘Masterpiece’ limited edition equipped with this bracelet.
Every Rolex bracelet in the catalogue has a significant part in Rolex’s history of development over the years. Although the brand has modified its bracelets with time, they remain yet much similar to its original design.
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