Rolex has finally unveiled the new watches at this years Basel watch fair in Basel, Switzerland! I had no idea how Rolex was going to follow up last years bombshell release of the stainless steel Daytona, however this year was fantastic and I even fell in love with one watch in particular!
Here are the new Rolex watches released for Basel 2017
The Rolex Sea-Dweller is celebrating a 50th Anniversary and Rolex has treated this watch to some fantastic upgrades! Most notably the size has increased from 40mm to 43mm, however Rolex has changed the movement of the watch to the calibre 3235 which is the first time this movement has seen the inside of a professional series watch. This upgraded movement gives the Rolex Sea-Dweller greater resistance to shocks and magnetism, a 70 hour power reserve, and has increased the accuracy of the watch to +2/-2 seconds per day, cutting the required accuracy to pass COSC in half.
New Rolex Yachtmaster II
The Rolex Yachtmaster II is one of the most complex movements that Rolex has ever created. Introduced in 2015 the stainless steel Yachtmaster II was an instant classic. At a robust 44mm in size, the Yachtmaster II is the largest diameter watch that Rolex produces. Not much has changed in this iconic watch, just the additional of the Professional style hands, and a new dial treatment.
The release of the Rolex Daytona in stainless steel with a cerachrom bezel was met with instant fanfare. Rolex has followed that up at this years Basel show with the introduction of the iconic Daytona in white gold, yellow gold and rose gold with the ceramic bezel. Rolex has also featured the all gold models on the new Oyster Flex bracelet, previously reserved for the Yachtmaster and being the most comfortable rubber style strap I have ever had the pleasure of wearing.
An elegant watch for world travelers, the Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller is a compelling timepiece of revolutionary design that blends to perfection technological sophistication and ease of use. A technological masterpiece protected by 11 patents, the Sky-Dweller provides, in an unprecedented and highly original way, the information global travelers need to easily keep track of time. It includes a dual time zone, with local time read via center hands and a reference time display in a 24-hour format read via a rotating off-center disc on the dial; a particularly innovative annual calendar named Saros – after the astronomical phenomenon of the same name – that requires only one date adjustment a year, when the month changes from February to March; and a month display by means of 12 apertures around the circumference of the dial. To set its functions quickly and easily, the Sky-Dweller is also equipped with an innovative patented interface: the rotatable Ring Command bezel.
Rolex Datejust 41
Rolex is introducing the 904L steel version of its new-generation classic Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 model, together with a white Rolesor version (a combination of 904L steel and 18 ct white gold) featuring an 18 ct white gold fluted bezel. A wide selection of dials is available for both versions. Like the yellow Rolesor and Everose Rolesor versions introduced in 2016, the new Datejust 41 watches are equipped with a redesigned 41 mm case and the new Rolex calibre 3235, at the forefront of watchmaking technology with its 14 patents, the new Chronergy escapement and a power reserve of approximately 70 hours.
Rolex Lady-Datejust 28
Rolex is introducing a 904L steel version of its classic Oyster Perpetual Lady-Datejust 28, as well as a white Rolesor version (combining 904L steel and 18 ct white gold) with a fluted or gem-set bezel in 18 ct white gold. These new versions are available with a wide choice of dials. As with the gold and the Rolesor versions introduced in 2015 and 2016, these new Lady-Datejust watches feature a redesigned, larger 28 mm case and a new-generation mechanical movement, caliber 2236, equipped with the Rolex-patented Syloxi hairspring in silicon.
Rolex Cellini Moonphase
Rolex is introducing a new model in its Cellini collection, the Cellini Moonphase, featuring an exclusive display of the lunar cycle. The 39 mm Cellini Moonphase is offered in 18 ct Everose gold.
The Cellini Moonphase has a white lacquer dial with a blue enamelled disc at 6 o’clock showing the full moon and the new moon, the former depicted by a meteorite applique and the latter by a silver ring. The moonphase is read via the indicator set at 12 o’clock on the subdial, as the full moon and new moon rotate through the lunar cycle.