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February 5th, 2020
Rolex is all set to introduce its latest productions at Baselworld 2020 that is nearly three months from now.
Like every year, prominent brands like Rolex, Tag Heuer, Patek Philippe, and Hublot will participate in this famous watch fair that will be held on 30th April.
The number of exhibitors has steadily decreased in recent years. However, Baselworld is still considered as the most significant of all watch fairs primarily because of the industrial heavyweights mentioned above.
So, it is the time of the year again when people have started to make predictions. And ideally, the first thing that comes to mind is that what Rolex will launch and discontinue at the Baselworld 2020.
Last year, Rolex creations were disclosed on the watch fair's first day. However, this year undoubtedly Rolex will make sure in every way possible that their secrets are not leaked again.
While the Baselworld 2020 predictions started to fly, let's today find out the top five Rolex rumours about the Baselworld 2020.
The Rolex Submariner is the watch that people talk about a lot and also, to which most timepieces are compared.
However, there have been many predictions about the Rolex Submariner, specifically about the Submariner "Hulk" ref. 116610V.
Rolex introduced this green version Submariner in 2003 as the 50th-anniversary edition. Since then, people continued to believe year after year that Rolex may discontinue the "Hulk" production.
However, there is no certainty of this fact. Remember:
In 2010, Rolex introduced the reference 116610LV replacing the original anniversary edition 16610LV. Thus, it may seem pretty illogical to stop the manufacturing of the successful green watch.
Moreover, Rolex has been producing the Submariner ref. 116610LV for about ten years.
Last year, people speculated that Rolex would offer a ceramic bezel to the Explorer II. And the rumour is still persistent.
In recent years, Rolex fitted many other models with a ceramic bezel such as the Yacht-Master 42 and the Daytona.
However, we can expect to see an update of the Rolex Explorer II. Why?
This is because the brand has not revised the model ever since it was launched in 2011.
If Rolex upgrades the Explorer II, the model may also house the new Calibre 3285. This movement also powers the revamped GMT-Master watches.
Rolex already updated the Air-King model four years ago. The Air-King, one of the oldest models in the Rolex's catalogue, was initially 34mm in size.
However, Rolex offered the Milgauss case to the model along with, unique dial.
The dial featured an entirely new design of the logo "Rolex" with green lettering and a golden crown.
The fact is that the design of the ref. 116900 dial is inspired from the Bloodhound SSC.
This high-speed British car was designed to achieve the land speed record of a minimum 1,000mp/h.
Interestingly, Rolex made the vehicle's tachometer and the cockpit watch, thereby serving as a design template for the Rolex Air-King model.
However, in December 2018, the Bloodhound project filed for bankruptcy.
While Rolex has parted itself from the project, the manufacturer is alleged to discontinue the production of the Air-King.
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Rumour says that Rolex will update all Daytona watches with ceramic bezels.
To date, the Daytona models in solid gold and stainless steel with Oysterflex bracelet only feature ceramic bezels.
However, Rolex may soon upgrade the two-tone Daytona references with ceramic bezels.
Additionally, the Rolex Milgauss is also supposed to receive the same update. The brand introduced the last revamped version of the Milgauss in 2007.
Moreover, it is likely that the original Milgauss ref. 6543 from 1954 will be continued.
The Rolex Milgauss may also get a technical update. The magnetic-resistance up to 1,000gauss is not a horological masterstroke any longer.
Thus, Rolex may upgrade the Milgauss model to make it a higher resistance to magnetic fields.
Rolex is likely to house a new Calibre movement inside the Submariner Date 126610LN.
The Geneva-based Swiss manufacturer has not revised the Submariner series for many years.
However, the descendant of the Calibre 3135 (powers the Submariner Date) is the Calibre 3235 movement.
The Calibre 3235 movement today powers many other watches, including the Sea-Dweller and the Datejust 41.
Moreover, the solid gold Submariner has been currently paused to be available for order. And, this might be a significant indication for an approaching update.
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