All eyes were on the international timepiece show, Watches and Wonders, in the first week of April as Rolex unveiled a host of new models to its collection. Featuring subtle tweaks and grand pattern dial designs, the new line-up has watch aficionados around the world to salivate at the thought of a) getting on the waiting list for a particular model and b) getting that timepiece on their wrists. Let’s take a look at these new beauties.
The new Rolex Explorer comes back to its original 36mm case diameter measurements and is available in both Oystersteel and yellow Rolesor – what Rolex calls its bimetal watches – models. Aesthetically on the money with its combination of 18k yellow gold and Oystersteel case elements. The dial is a new black lacquered number with Arabic numerals at the traditional 3/6/9 positions with Chromalight luminous materials. Under the hood of this beauty, Rolex has upgraded the Explorer with the calibre 3230 automatic movement which was released in 2020.
RRP from £4,750
Rolex Explorer II
Elsewhere within the Explorer family, the GMT-equipped Explorer II gets a series of incremental tweaks, mainly across its case and bracelet alongside a white lacquered dial. The dial itself is a welcomed addition, bringing contrast to the matte black PVD coated hour markers and black lacquered hands. An upgraded Chromalight luminous material has been used for the hour markers and hands to offer longer lasting visibility in low light conditions. The Explorer II gets a movement upgrade too, with the automatic calibre 3285, previously released in 2018.
RRP from £6,200
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
The iconic Rolex Cosmograph Daytona chronograph has been given a fresh new look, sporting a meteorite dial available in 18k white, yellow and Rolex-own Everose gold. The chronograph sub dials at the 3/6/9 positions lie in contrast against the metallic hue of the meteorite. The differences between the dials sees the 18k white gold model use the familiar black Cerachrom bezel matched with the black Oysterflex strap, whilst the yellow and Everose version are fitted with metal bezels engraved with Tachymeter scales and sit with matching Oyster bracelets.
RRP from £24,700
The Rolex Datejust 36 receives a series of alluring dials, notably with ‘Palm’ and ‘Fluted’ motifs. The Palm is available in green, gold and silver dials on Oystersteel, yellow Rolesor and Everose Rolesor models respectively. The interesting detail to the Fluted version is the geometric pattern of the dial that reflects the fluted bezels found on certain precious metal Rolex models. The Datejust 36 is fitted with a Jubilee bracelet.
RRP from £5,650