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The latest generation of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual collection was presented to us as part of Rolex new model release in 2022. Following a significant change in direction for the collection with a new range of diverse colours and sizes introduced in 2020, this years release see's a slight change in direction for this base level model. Designed as a modern, stylish range of Rolex entry level options at the least expensive end of the cost spectrum, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual collection has something for everyone, ranging from subtle to all out adventurous in the choice of colours and dainty to significant with it's range of sizes expanding from 28 to 41mm. Our complete Rolex Oyster Perpetual collection review below gives you the most comprehensive low down and includes every single watch in the collection, as well as those discontinued. Get information on prices & availability and find out which watch from the Oyster Perpetual collection would be the right choice for you.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Fundamentals

Although there's significant variety of choice within the collection, there are a common set of fundamental principles which bring these watches together as a complete collection. To start, every Oyster Perpetual is produced only in an Oystersteel case, with no precious metal or gem set options. The movement is protected using the Rolex twinlock screw down crown ensuring a waterproof rating of 100 meters. There are a core set of dial colours, with base colours silver, bright blue, and black being available on every size variation. Each dial on each watch is framed by a steel domed bezel, and each case is mounted on an Oyster flat link bracelet with no other bracelet option available. Finally the bracelet is fastened using a folding Oyster clasp, which benefits from the innovative Easylink extension system allowing 5mm adjustment to the bracelet without the need for any tooling. This simplicity within the collection confirms it's place as the ultimate entry level Rolex option.

With those being the similarities, we'll now take a look at the differences each product set within the collection has to offer.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 124300

The 41mm presents itself as the largest model from the collection. Generally, any watch produced in a 41mm case is seen as a gents option, but with modern watch styling trends it's often taken as a ladies option as well. Primarily being a gents option, the colour choices lean towards those seen as more traditionally suitable for a mans watch. Besides the standard black, blue, silver options, Rolex have added a 'Rolex Green' dial completing the set with 4 variations available at 41mm. The larger style dial also allows for double baton hour markers in the 3 / 6 / 9 positions. The watch itself is powered by the recently released Rolex calibre 3230 movement which provides a 'time only' function and benefits from an improved power reserve over its predecessor of up to 70 hours.

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 126000

At 36mm the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 is formed in whats traditional known as a gents size, although these days, this size is seen firmly as a unisex watch, worn by by gents & ladies alike. Rolex seem to have acknowledged this with the dial colour options that they've made available with the 126000 model. Alongside the four 'gents' colour options as seen in the 41mm model Rolex have also produced a Candy pink and a turquoise blue dial, and as such have seemingly acknowledged this as a ladies option, with two ladies dial colours available at 36mm. The turquoise blue is also unofficially known as the 'Tiffany' dial due to it's similarity in colour to the famous 'Robin's egg blue' used by the well known style icon. This tacit alignment with the Tiffany brand has seen the turquoise blue dial being by far the most sought after from all the Rolex Oyster Perpetual colour options. The 36mm is the smallest of the dial options to be seen with the double baton 3 / 6 / 9 hour makers and is also powered by the Rolex calibre 3230 movement used by the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41.

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 124200

Breaching the gap between gents and ladies sizes sits the 34mm version of the Oyster Perpetual. A size that doesn't generally spring to mind when thinking of Rolex see's this model as the forgotten member of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual collection, with little demand flowing through for this variant. Given the relative unpopularity compared to the rest of the collection, could this be a target for future discontinuation from the Rolex catalogue? With it's smaller case and dial the 34mm Oyster Perpetual display only bears a single baton in the 3 / 6 / 9 hour marker positions as do all Oyster Perpetual models sized at 34mm or below. Given the smaller case, the 34mm is unable to house the calibre 3230 movement, but instead utilises the smaller calibre 2232, with a power reserve reduced to 55 hours. A good option to consider for a gent with a smaller wrist or as a subtly larger option for a ladies watch, available in the three base colours of silver, bright blue or black, with the added option of a candy pink dial.

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31 277200

Mirroring the Rolex Lady Datejust collection, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31 is the largest of two dedicated ladies sizes. Known as the ladies midsize, the 31mm Oyster Perpetual has the largest variety of dial colours available from within the entire Rolex Oyster Perpetual collection, incorporating not only the standard dial colours, but also a pink, green and a turquoise 'Tiffany' blue option. The 31mm also makes use of the compact calibre 2232 movement as the engine of the watch.

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 28 276200

Finally we have the baby of the family, the 28mm. This is the smaller of the two ladies sizes again mirroring the set up in the Rolex Lady Datejust collection. Not as popular as the 31mm version, but a perfect fit for the lady who prefers a more subtle wrist adornment. The three standard Black, blue and silver models are all available in 28mm as well as pink, as you would expect from the most subtle of ladies options. Again, this watch is driven by the smaller calibre 2232 movement with 55 hour power reserve.

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2022 Discontinuations

Often with the new release schedule, there is as much interest in which watches are removed from the Rolex catalouge as there is in the new models. The theory behind this is that discontinuations often directly result in an immediate appreciation in price. Whilst this can be the case, it doesn't hold true in all instances. The most important factors that lead to price appreciation upon discontinuation are length of time in production & number produced per year (supply), as well as the popularity of the watch both through production years, and post production (demand). The Oyster Perpetual collection was only relatively recently updated in 2020 with this new array of colour options, so any discontinued have only been in production for a short period of time, there. The 2022 round of new Rolex releases saw a cull of a number of options from the original 2020 release. Red coral and Yellow dials are no longer part of the Oyster Perpetual collection, having previously being available as a 41, 36, and a 31mm option. Other discontinuations include the candy pink Oyster Perpetual 31, removing the need to choose between 2 similar pink dials at 31mm. So any watch discontinued in this round will only have a limited supply given the extremely short production run.

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Looking at the demand side of the equation, the most significant discontinuation in 2022 is surely the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 'Tiffany' dial. The turquoise option has seeming been removed from the largest of the Oyster Perpetuals to give the 41mm range a more masculine feel. As a watch that already demanded significant premiums, many times over the original retail price, discontinuation is sure to see a step increase in the value of this watch, especially considering its popularity and unusually short production run.

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GWS Opinion

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual range has proved a hugely popular rework of a somewhat flagging collection. The introduction of the new style & colour schemes in 2020 initially met a mixed reaction, and was somewhat unpopular with Rolex purists. However, the collection has firmly found it's place in the market and whilst the base colour schemes are popular throughout the size ranges, the more adventurous dials have gone on to be incredibly sought after, defying their seemed purpose as an 'entry level' collection, with secondary market demand pushing prices alongside, and in some cases beyond the traditionally more coveted steel sports watch counterparts. In the short term prices will fluctuate, but long term watch portfolio builders and collectors alike will surely be tucking away their red coral, yellow, and turquoise 'Tiffany' 41mm models as the most in demand pieces, with the smallest band of supply given the relatively tiny amount produced over the unusually short Rolex production run of these models.

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Following on from the initial Rolex new releases 2022 teaser video, in the early hours of Wednesday 30th March, Rolex unveiled their entire release presentation for this year. Under the umbrella of 6 existing collections Rolex showcased a total of 163 new watches that enter into production for release to the market during 2022. In this article we'll present an overview of the additions to each collection and provide also provide a deeper dive into each collection as we prepare to move skywards with the new models.

New Rolex Releases 2022 - Overview

As mentioned a total of 6 collections have been added to, and the spread of the 163 watches released can be seen below.

CollectionSub CollectionNew Models
DatejustDatejust 4124
Datejust 3647
Lady Datejust 3127
Lady Datejust 2813
Day-DateDay-Date 4021
Day-Date 3624
GMT-Master II-2

Lets take a look at each collection, starting with maybe the most divisive, the new Rolex GMT-Master II

Rolex GMT-Master II 126720 VTNR

The fundamental building blocks of the new Rolex GMT-Master II are the same as the rest of the collection. A calibre 3285 movement with 70 hour power reserve, a 40mm Oyster case secured with a triplock crown, a secure Oysterlock clasp and a 2 colour monobloc ceramic 24hr bezel, with options on an Oyster or Jubilee bracelet. The differences though are where the points of conversation have divided the fanbase of this long standing iconic Rolex collection.

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Firstly, the new colour combination of the two tone bezel has received a mainly positive response. For the first time Green has been used on the GMT's bezel to represent hours of daylight, with the standard black upper segment representing night hours. As we've seen with all previous GMT releases a number of proposed nicknames being given to the watch based on the bezel colour, and the early leader follows the fizzy drinks theme seem on the Pepsi, and Coke GMT's with 'Sprite' seeming to be the name of choice.

The other, maybe more significant change see's the new Rolex GMT-Master II representing as the only model in the entire Rolex catalogue designed and manufactured specifically for wearing on the right wrist. Much to the disappointment of left wrist Rolex wearers, this model is left wrist exclusive! The crown & crown guards have been shifted to the left hand side of the case, and presumably to balance the reflective symmetry of the aesthetic, we see the date window & cyclops lens also transfer across to the 9 o'clock position. Whether Rolex will in future releases of this new GMT-Master II as a 'left wrist' option (or release other existing GMT's as a 'right wrist' alternative) remains to be seen, but for now right handers are left with the quandry of wearing our watch on the opposite wrist, or having the crown face away from our partnering hand, neither an ideal solution!

The Rolex GMT-Master II 126720 VTNR will be available with an Oyster bracelet with a retail price of £8,800 or a Jubilee bracelet with a retail price of £9,000, although market prices are expected to be in the region of £25,000 - £30,000 with lead time from release to market availability expected to be between 3 - 6 months.

Rolex Yachtmaster 42 226658 / 226659

Introducing a yellow gold variation into the Yacht-Master 42 collection was a largely predictable move for Rolex, but an additional white gold option was something that nobody saw coming. The expansion of the 42mm Yacht-Master case into the Rolex Yacht-Master 226658 Yellow gold could be indicative of the brands strategy for the collection, with the Everose model somewhat out of kilter at 40mm, with the rest of the Oysterflex models sitting at 42mm. This potentially leaves the door open for a future discontinuation of the 126655 Everose, and the introduction of a 226655 in a future release to give alignment across the collection. Whether this extends into the rest of the Yacht-Master 40 collection of stainless steel, and steel and Everose models remains to be seen.

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The additional 'Falcon's Eye' dial option on the white gold model comes as a welcome surprise. The release of the Rolex Yacht-Master 42 226659 in 2019 has seen a somewhat muted response, with the popularity of the model amongst it's precious metal counterparts being largely underwhelming. Apart from the previous size differentiation from the rest of the collection the white gold model has been seen as a very plain option with no real personality of it's own.

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However, this years introduction of an alternative dial option, in our opinion, breaths life back into the model and will prove to be a popular option going forward. Not much information has been published about the dial itself, but it is assumed to be a natural stone which will mean each one is unique and bear the hallmarks of an organic graduation of colours across the dial surface. Hopefully in future releases we'll see similar dial options on the Yellow, and Everose gold Yacht-Masters.

Rolex Air-King 126900

It appears that Rolex have taken the opportunity over the 'Prepare to move skywards' headline to provide cloud cover for an update to the Rolex Air-King. An upgrade was required to enable the Air-King to benefit from the enhanced capabilities of the new generation of Rolex movements and with the calibre 3230 now onboard, the Rolex Air-King now boasts a 70hr power reserve similar to most modern collections. Aesthetically there are changes too, the most obvious being the changes to the crown, and the addition of crown guards giving the case a more modern looking sweeping profile.

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In addition to the this 3, 6 & 9 numerals have changed from being formed in full white gold, to encasing a chromalight lume, bringing this model into line with the Rolex Explorer which benefited from the same upgrade to it's hour markers in 2016. In all, a simple evolution but a necessary one. This of course will be a direct replacement for the now discontinued Rolex Air-King 116900. We don't expect to see any surge in values for the previous model based on this discontinuation

Rolex Day-Date 40 & Day-Date 36

A small but significant breakthrough change for the Rolex Day-Date collection. In the initial new Rolex releases 2022 teaser video Rolex featured a view of platinum in its raw form followed by a very definite view of a fluted bezel. If you've ever owned a platinum Rolex Day-Date, ownership has come with the frustration of having the choice of either a domed bezel, or something heavily gem set. Fluted bezels have historically always been produced in gold, given the softer characteristic of the metal making it much more malleable, and therefore easier to work with. Not any more. Although a more difficult manufacturing process is required, Rolex's innovation has enabled them to finally be able to produce a fluted bezel in 950 Platinum, providing a wonderful platinum frame for the signature ice blue dial only seen on platinum Rolex watches. Partnering the selection of ice blue dials Rolex have also changed the seconds hand to blue giving a more complimentary style to the combination of Platinum and ice blue. The new Rolex Day-Date 40 228236 with fluted platinum bezel features a range of 12 dial options and includes baton, Roman, and gem set hour market options.

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Rolex have also taken the opportunity to release a further 3 dial options in yellow gold, with the green Roman numeral dial already causing a significant stir. Each dial can be paired with either a fluted, round brilliant, or square diamond bezel setting and all can be seen in the quick snapshot video below.

Changes to the Rolex Day-Date have generally followed suit, with a fluted bezel now available on the platinum models plus new additions to both the Yellow, and the Everose gold range.

Rolex New Releases 2022 - The Rolex Datejust Collection

Of 163 new models released, 111 of them sit within the Datejust collection. There's no changes as such to the Datejust model, only an introduction of a number of new dials, or new combinations within existing models. The main focus of this years release in the Rolex Datejust category is the addition of patterned dial, included fluted, palm and floral motif as seen in the Rolex teaser video.

Rolex Datejust 41

On both stainless steel, and steel & white gold models we see a new mint Green dial added to the collection. This is the same colour dial previously seen within the Rolex Lady Datejust 31 collection. Both the mint green, and the blue coloured dials are now available with a 'Fluted motif' pattern on stainless steel (126300) or stainless steel & white gold (126334) models.

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Both the steel & yellow gold, and the steel & Everose gold Datejust 41's also see the addition of 'Fluted motif dials to the collections. Champagne paired with yellow gold, and the option of either silver or slate paired with Everose.

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Rolex Datejust 36

As with the Datejust 41, the Datejust 36 see's the addition of a mint green option. Every other addition to the Datejust 36 collection is either a 'Fluted Motif' or a 'Palm Motif' dial in the same colour scheme as the Datejust 41 above, but with some additional diamond dial and/or diamond bezel options.

Rolex Lady Datejust 31

A new 'Floral motif' diamond set dial is introduced across all variations of the Rolex Lady Datejust 31 with each material having a single dial colour available in the new design. For bi-metal watches, there are a full range of bezel and bracelet options. The full Yellow or Everose gold pieces are available only on a presidential bracelet with either a fluted or a full diamond bezel, and the stainless steel model is available with a fluted, scattered diamond or full diamond bezel.

Rolex Deepsea 136660

Both the Rolex Deepsea black and the Rolex Deepsea blue have been updated as part of the new Rolex releases 2022 but have you spotted the changes yet? With Rolex only issuing a new release of the Deepsea as recently as 2018, this is as close as you will find to Rolex admitting that they got things wrong! Aesthetically you may notice that the bezel on the 2022 release is ever so slightly thinner, or that the date window is ever so slightly larger (8% in fact), or you may struggle to see the difference.

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The major and possibly more unpopular change, especially amongst purists, is the removal of the Fliplock extension system. Fliplock provides an extra link which unfolds to allow the Deepsea to fit over a wetsuit with no tooling required. It could be argued that this feature was largely redundant anyway, with the Glidelock extension system also catering for the same need, and it is the Glidelock that will continue to serve the need for an extending bracelet going forward. It's not clear at this stage if the Deepsea version of the Glidelock will remain the same with the centre panel of the clasp lifting to allow for bracelet extension, or, maybe more likely, Rolex will look to consolidate the design into the same version used on the Submariner and Sea-Dweller. Whatever the outcome and the strategy for the collection going forward, it could be suggested that Rolex should have made these changes when the 126660 model was released back in 2018.

New Rolex Releases 2022 - Discontinuations

Identifying discontinuations from the Rolex catalogue can be more difficult than spotting the new Rolex releases. Effectively you're looking for something that's no longer there. There's no fanfare as with the new models, and no retirement send off, merely a page in the Rolex website that no longer exists.

There's huge interest in discontinuations as the end of production of a model can signify a serious uptick in value, but it's not always the case. There are generally three factors that affect future value after discontinuation, popularity, number produced, and replacement lines.

In this release we've seen above that the Rolex Air-king has been discontinued, and directly replaced with a new Air-King. With this direct replacement in place we do not expect to see any significant uptick in values of the discontinued model.

The Rolex Deepsea has also been discontinued and replaced with a new Rolex Deepsea. Again, with a direct replacement in place we do not expect to see any immediate uptick in value. However, the previous version of the Deepsea was only in production for 4 years, so there aren't huge volumes of them in circulation, especially the blue dial. If the retirement of the Fliplock proves to be a disappointment for Deepsea fans, there is potential for an increase in value in the future.

The discontinuation that holds the most potential for future increase in value is within the Rolex Oyster Perpetual collection. A collection, that in its current format has only been in production for 2 years. This provides security in the knowledge there are only limited numbers in circulation. Coral & Yellow dials have been discontinued completely, so no longer available in 41, 36 or 31mm and the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 Turquoise or 'Tiffany' dial (124300) , and the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31 Candy Pink dial (277200) have also ceased production.

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Rolex New Releases 2022 - Our view

There's always a significant amount of hype around the new Rolex releases, and although it seems Rolex have made efforts to bring new models to market much faster after release over the last couple of years, there are some models from last year that have become even more exclusive with barely anyone having seen the new Rolex Daytona Meteorite dials from the new Rolex watch releases of 2021. Maybe more of interest through the 2022 release schedule will be what watches will be discontinued, and how this will impact their value going forward as this will directly effect those who currently own a piece removed from production. We'd love to know your take on the new Rolex releases 2022 and subsequent discontinuations, why not join the conversations with us on Instagram and let us know your views.

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How much can I sell my Rolex for?

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How long does the process take?

It usually takes under an hour from quote to cleared funds when selling your Rolex in person. If you're sending your watch to us for appraisal, then in most cases you will receive cleared funds in your account the day your Rolex watch arrives with us.

Can I part exchange my Rolex for a new watch?

We have an extensive range of Rolex watches, and watches from other luxury Swiss brands for sale. If you're thinking of selling your Rolex to fund another purchase then you can use the credit from the sale of your Rolex as a deposit on your next purchase. We also offer a flexible range of finance options, which your existing watch can be used as a deposit against. If the sale of your watch is of greater value than your next purchase, then we can offer a full exchange with a payment back to you for the extra value. Often a better deal is possible if you sell your Rolex at the same time as purchasing your new watch.

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For many years there has been no question, let alone a contest as to what the King of steel & gold Rolex watches is. While the Daytona is undoubtedly the cornerstone of Rolex collections, it was the Rolex Submariner that outshone all the other bimetal options. With its delightful blue bezel framing a sunburst blue dial that burst into life under the rays of the sun, not only was the bluesy the King of steel & gold but, every year, without fail demand, for this bold bright timepiece would grow exponentially during the summer months. Since it’s release in 2018 however the popularity of the Rolex GMT-Master II ‘Root Beer’ has steadily grown, and now we are seeing a new challenger in town. Has the Rolex GMT-Master II ‘Root Beer’ become the new King of Steel & Gold Rolex watches. We think so!

Introducing the new Rolex GMT-Master II Root Beer

When Rolex started to roll out the new GMT-Master II collection, including the upgraded calibre 3285 movement we were gifted with a nod to the old school. The steel GMT was reintroduced on a jubilee bracelet, some would say a more fitting style in keeping with the original purpose of serving airline crew. However, the steel & gold option took a different path, a path that has led it to challenge the bluesy’ s crown as the most sort after bimetal timepiece produced by Rolex. Despite all the Rolex Baselworld release predictions, no one saw the new pathway for steel & gold GMT-Master II. Discontinuation of the steel & yellow gold model saw a switch to a more subtle display of the luxurious allure of gold. The new GMT introduced of a new steel & everose gold model, Rolex’s distinctive rose gold offering giving a more pink and softer understated glow. Building on the ever popular combination of Chocolate and Everose, the GMT-Master II features a half chocolate bezel, immediately prompting the rebirth of the ‘Root Beer’ nickname.

The Original Rolex GMT-Master ‘Root Beer’

Whilst never an official term, the nickname ‘Root Beer’ is synonymous with a much earlier Rolex GMT-Master first released in the 1960’s. The original Root Beer was produced in steel & yellow gold and featured a brown dial and a two-tone brown & cream bezel, from which the ‘Root Beer’ moniker was born, named after the famous American soda. There have been several variations of the famous GMT-Master ‘Root Beer’ including versions in both steel & gold and full yellow gold, full brown bezels and bracelets including Oyster, jubilee as well as a brown leather. It’s been a long time since retired and the modern ‘Root Beer’ becomes the first of its namesake to be produced with the new ceramic bezel. The reintroduction of a ‘Root Beer’ bezel has certainly been a popular move with both steel & Everose, and full Everose versions attracting a premium to retail price.

What next for the Rolex Submariner?

Since its release the two-tone Rolex watch of choice has certainly been the GMT-Master II ‘Root Beer’, but the GMT collection now seems to be complete with all current models containing the new calibre 3285 movement. The Submariner collection has also recently made the move to the new improved calibre 3235 movement, but the steel & gold model has seen very little change stylistically. As well as the improved power reserve bringing it in line with the GMT-Master II, the watch itself benefits from a new slightly larger 41mm case and has a subtle change in text colouring on the dial. The new generation of Rolex Submariners has, as expected, stayed very close to line towed by its predecessor. When dealing with one of the most iconic Rolex collections, it’s predictable that Rolex wouldn’t take too many risks with a cornerstone of the brand heritage. Playing it safe also poses it’s own challenges, and raises the question as to whether the new steel & gold Rolex Submariner can mount a serious enough challenge to the to topple the Rolex GMT-Master ‘Root Beer’ from its current position to retake its crown as the King of bimetal Rolex watches.

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The day we’ve been waiting for is here, 1st September has seen the official new Rolex releases 2020 announced on Back in June we told you about the discontinuation of the Rolex Submariner Hulk, and in July we predicted the introduction of a new version of the famous ‘Kermit’ as well as an all new blue and black ‘Dark Knight’. Today see’s these predictions confirmed officially, and we’ll review all the new Rolex releases 2020, the discontinuations, and we’ll also look at market reaction and availability of the new pieces as they hit the market for the first time

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The New Rolex Releases 2020

The New Rolex Submariner

We’ll start with the biggest of the new Rolex releases 2020, one that we knew was coming, but nobody could be sure of what it would look like. The need to update the Submariner collection to the new, improved 32xx movement also offered the opportunity to upgrade the collection. On the 6th June we announced that production of existing 11661x series Rolex Submariners had ceased, which clearly made way for the new 12661x series. The question that needed answering was how brave we Rolex going to be in the update of arguably the most iconic collection in the entire catalogue. The answer we got was braver than we expected. News was reaching us back in June that a new style Submariner could be hitting the streets as part of the new release but at this stage we weren’t sure whether this would just be the update of a new movement or a new dial & bezel colour combination. We were also expecting some slight refinements to the case but did not expect an increase in the case size to 41mm, which is a bold, but a move welcomes by GWS as we see the new Rolex Submariner 2020 expand in line with modern watchmaking trends.

Moving forward we have a complete change to the Rolex Submariner collection with all 11661x series Submariners discontinued, and each one replaced with a new model in the 12661x series. The full new Rolex Releases 2020 catalogue for the Rolex Submariner collection is detailed below

Material Model Reference Bezel Colour Dial Colour Retail Price
Stainless Steel 124060LN Black Black £6,450
Stainless Steel 126610LN Black Black £7,300
Stainless Steel 126610LV Green Black £7,650
Steel & Yellow Gold 126613LN Black Black £11,450
Steel & Yellow Gold 126613LB Blue Blue £11,450
Yellow Gold 126618LN Black Black £29,650
Yellow Gold 126618LB Blue Blue £29,650
White Gold 126619LB Blue Black £31,850

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The New Rolex Sky-Dweller

As the most recent collection introduced by Rolex, some might say that the Sky-Dweller may take a bit of time to find its personality. That maybe true, but the demand coming from the market for certain models within the Sky-Dweller collection has been insatiable.  There is however, a corner of the Sky-Dweller catalogue that is rarely turned to, and with the recent dial changes this latest release could be seen as the admission of a mistake by Rolex. The introduction of the rubber Oysterflex straps seems to have been a roaring success, many times we’ve seen clients purchase the leather strap version of the Rolex Sky-Dweller, only for the leather to be left in the box and replaced with an aftermarket rubber alternative. It seems Rolex may have reacted to the market on this with all leather strap Rolex Sky-Dwellers being discontinued and replaced with an Oysterflex version.

There’s also one more change to the Rolex Sky-Dweller collection, and whilst we’re huge fans of the new Dark Rhodium dial, to discontinue the most popular combination of Everose gold and Chocolate was never going to go down well. With premiums on the now discontinued full Everose gold, chocolate dial Rolex Sky-Dweller motoring upwards, Rolex have acted and reintroduced a new style chocolate baton dial on both the full Everose, and Everose on Oysterflex models. This is sure to be a popular move and will likely be one of the few full gold pieces that re sells above Rolex published retail price.

Once again there is no variation of the Sky-Dweller produced in White gold.

Material Model Reference Bracelet Dial Colour Retail Price
Yellow Gold 326238 Oysterflex Black £32,050
Yellow Gold 326238 Oysterflex White £32,050
Yellow Gold 326238 Oysterflex Champagne £32,050
Everose Gold 326235 Oysterflex Dark Rhodium £33,200
Everose Gold 326235 Oysterflex White £33,200
Everose Gold 326235 Oysterflex Chocolate £33,200
Everose Gold 326235 Everose Gold Chocolate £39,650

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The New Rolex Oyster Perpetual

A complete revamp for the Oyster Perpetual collection with a new range of colours. The popular 39mm has been discontinued and replaced with a new larger 41mm in line with the Datejust and Submariner collections. The collection also includes 36 & 34mm options with ladies’ options being 28 & 31mm.

Core colours available across all 5 size options are bright black, bright blue and silver. Pink is given as an additional colour in ladies sizes (28 & 31mm), as well as the 34mm. Candy pink, a more pastel shade is produced in both 31mm & 36MM, almost as a tacit acknowledgement that this traditional gents size is now considered as a ladies option by Rolex.

In the ladies 31mm and the larger 36 & 41mm sizes a new bold range of colours has been introduced with green, yellow, coral red and turquoise blue all given as an option on the Oyster Perpetual for the first time.

The general direction of the Oyster Perpetual colour scheme seems to have taken a new course. There’s been a clear move away from the subtle, most popular Rhodium dial to a bright, bolder and more stand out set of colours. Whilst it’s disappointing to see the Rhodium dial taken out of production, it’s good to see the core bright black and blue dials retained. Pink and Candy pink as ladies’ options are sure to be popular but we’re on the fence with the bolder options, especially in an environment where the re-emergence of white gold, and other understated luxury options have been coming to the forefront of recent trends.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 28

Model Reference Size Dial Colour Retail Price
276200 28mm Bright Black £4,050
276200 28mm Bright Blue £4,050
276200 28mm Pink £4,050
276200 28mm Silver £4,050

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31

Model Reference Size Dial Colour Retail Price
277200 31mm Bright Black £4,150
277200 31mm Bright Blue £4,150
277200 31mm Turquoise Blue £4,150
277200 31mm Green £4,150
277200 31mm Pink £4,150
277200 31mm Candy Pink £4,150
277200 31mm Coral Red £4,150
277200 31mm Silver £4,150
277200 31mm Yellow £4,150

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34

Model Reference Size Dial Colour Retail Price
124200 34mm Bright Black £4,200
124200 34mm Bright Blue £4,200
124200 34mm Pink £4,200
124200 34mm Silver £4,200

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36

Model Reference Size Dial Colour Retail Price
126000 36mm Bright Black £4,450
126000 36mm Bright Blue £4,450
126000 36mm Turquoise Blue £4,450
126000 36mm Green £4,450
126000 36mm Pink £4,450
126000 36mm Coral Red £4,450
126000 36mm Silver £4,450
126000 36mm Yellow £4,450

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41

Model Reference Size Dial Colour Retail Price
124300 41mm Bright Black £4,700
124300 41mm Bright Blue £4,700
124300 41mm Turquoise Blue £4,700
124300 41mm Green £4,700
124300 41mm Coral Red £4,700
124300 41mm Silver £4,700
124300 41mm Yellow £4,700

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The New Rolex Datejust

According to there are an additional 4 watches added to the Rolex Datejust 31 collection, all in stainless steel. The first watch presented by Rolex has a stunning Aubergine Roman dial with a diamond set VI hour marker complimenting the full diamond bezel, model reference 278384RBR. This watch, as with all the new additions is available on both Jubilee, and Oyster bracelet. Although only this version of the watch is presented as a new addition, there are also options for a fluted white gold bezel, or a scattered diamond bezel which are also new models for 2020.

The other three releases are All stainless steel Datejust 31’s in various dials framed with an 18ct white gold fluted bezel, model reference 278274. Dial options are mint green with baton hour markers, dark grey, also with baton hour markers, or white with Roman numeral hour markers, all available with the choice of an Oyster or a Jubilee bracelet. Once again, all dial options are available with further bezel options in the stainless-steel Rolex Datejust 31 collection, and all are new model releases for 2020.

There is an extensive range of new Datejust 31 models for 2020 outside of this release including a total of 15 dial combinations.

Model Reference Dial Type Bracelet Retail Price
278384RBR Aubergine Roman Diamond VI Oyster £12,900
278384RBR Aubergine Roman Diamond VI Jubilee £13,050
278274 Mint Green Baton Oyster £6,250
278274 Mint Green Baton Jubilee £6,400
278274 Dark Grey Baton Oyster £6,250
278274 Dark Grey Baton Jubilee £6,400
278274 White Roman Oyster £6,250
278274 White Roman Jubilee £6,400


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2020 has been a somewhat difficult year for many, and life’s been no different for the world’s largest luxury watch brand. The cancellation of the March Baselworld show saw the Rolex new releases 2020 being delayed initially until the end of April as the COVID 19 pandemic started to take hold. As the meteoric spread of the virus and the impact on countries across the globe became more apparent, Rolex reacted by indefinitely postponing their full suite of new releases, and pulling out of Baselworld altogether. Combined with a complete shutdown of the Rolex factory, initially it was thought the Rolex new releases 2020 would be no more. With no firm date being given by Rolex everything pointed to the new releases being carried over to 2021. However, again, taking the industry by surprise the latest announcement from Rolex gives us a 2020 diary date to look forward to. The Rolex new releases will now be paraded in front of the press between 1st- 4th September with Global coordinated launch taking place both online and via several press briefings, the format of which is yet to be communicated.

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What are the Rolex New Releases 2020?

Always a closely guarded secret, the Rolex new releases 2020 are no different. There will be a plethora of rumours, predictions and some pure fantasy as to what we can expect, but there are also a series of clues that may indicate what we can expect to see in the release schedule. Here’s our view on potential models to look out for as part of the Rolex new release 2020 schedule, and why we think these models could be the subject of the next big waiting list at your local Authorised Rolex Dealer.

The New Rolex Submariner 2020

Following on from our previous article discussing the discontinuation of the Rolex Submariner Hulk 116610LV, we fully expect to see the discontinuation of the entire range of Submariners as we know it. That’s not to say that there will be an end to the Rolex Submariner as a collection but expect to see a new range of Submariners across the entire range of metals. The big question here is what changes will Rolex make to arguably it’s most iconic collection. Firstly, the primary motivation to create a new Submariner comes from the rollout of the new calibre 32xx series movement. Having already been implemented in the new GMT-Master II, Yacht-Master, and Datejust collections, the Submariner remains the obvious next collection to benefit from the upgrade, which will see an improved level of accuracy, plus a 70 hour power reserve on the new Submariner models.
After the reintroduction of a Jubilee bracelet to the GMT-Master II, there has been much speculation about this also becoming an option on the Submariner. This however looks like a non starter. The original purpose of the GMT-Master II as a tool watch was to help airline cabin crew track time across several timezones. This area of work lends itself to the more delicate intricacy of the Jubilee link, whereas the depths of the oceans are more suited to the robustness of the Oyster bracelet. We can expect to see a slightly more refined case in keeping with other modernisations of existing models, but the big question being asked is will the Rolex Submariner Hulk be replaced and our previous article goes into greater depth on this. In my opinion the smart move by Rolex would be to discontinue the Hulk entirely, thereby creating another legend in the back catalogue. This could then be followed with a replacement Rolex Submariner anniversary in the 2023 Rolex Releases, the 70th anniversary of the Submariner. For those of you that follow Global Watch Shop on Instagram, here’s a view of what the most popular replacement for the Hulk could be, voted for by Global Watch Shop followers.

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The Rolex Explorer II 50th Anniversary Edition

Probably the most underrated watch currently in production by Rolex. The Rolex Explorer II often stands alone as a Rolex sportswatch whilst the heavyweight Daytona, GMT-Master II and Submariner collections take the plaudits. First released in 1971 the Rolex Explorer II’s biggest change came in 2011 when the case size was increased from 40, to 42mm. With 2021 being 10 years since an update, and marking the 50th anniversary of the Explorer II, a well deserved place in the Rolex new releases 2020 should be reserved for the anniversary edition of this collection, allowing the Explorer II to finally take it’s place in the limelight. A September showcase would be perfect timing to allow shops to take stock and start offering the new Rolex Explorer II 50th Anniversary edition in early 2021 As previously predicted the most obvious change would be the addition of a ceramic bezel in alignment with the Daytona upgrade of 2016, but another value added updated would be to produce the launch the Rolex Explorer II as the first stainless steel model to benefit from the addition of an Oysterflex rubber bracelet. A fitting change for those taking on the elements in alignment with the original purpose of the Explorer and Explorer II.

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When can I buy the Rolex new Releases 2020?

Although the Rolex new releases2020 are due to be showcased in the first week of September, as we’ve seen in previous years, there will be a significant wait before the first of these models hit the shops. The time between the 2019 showcase and model releases was greatly improved from the previous year, but we would still expect a minimum of 6 weeks before seeing the very first of any model, with a slightly more improved availability being seen between December 2020 & January 2021. Having said that the Rolex new releases 2020 will, as ever, be oversubscribed and only those with existing relationships with their Rolex Authorised Dealer, often gained through significant previous spend, being eligible to even be considered for a place on the waiting list. Even those lucky enough to get a place on these golden lists are likely to be in for a lengthy wait with quoted times sure to run into years within days of the releases being announced. We’ll be sure to provide full coverage of the announcements and will look to help facilitate the ownership of these new pieces at the first available opportunity. Be sure to subscribe to our mailing list for all future announcements.

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The rumour runs and runs, and with Baselworld 2020 cancelled does the Hulk have a stay of execution? At Global Watch Shop, we understand from various sources at Rolex that the Rolex Submariner Hulk is discontinued, and production of this model has been ceased. This means that only stock already produced and either held within the Rolex Authorised Dealer Network or ready for distribution into the network is going to be made available for sale. Once that stock is exhausted, the Rolex Submariner Hulk as we know it will no longer be available as a new watch.

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UPDATED 5th August 2020 - Rolex Submariner Hulk Discontinued

Further to the previous information received that the Rolex Submariner Hulk 116610LV was being discontinued we are able to provide an update in line with the announcement of Rolex new releases 2020 in September. Sources on the waiting list who are due to receive the Rolex Submariner 116610LN imminently have been told that their allocation has been delayed until September. This delay is due to the discontinuation of the 116610LN Rolex Submariner, and they will instead receive a new Rolex Submariner with an updated movement. This all but confirms the release of a new Rolex Submariner 126610LN with a the new Calibre 3235 movement providing improved accuracy and power reserve. At this stage it is not clear what, if any other changes will be made to the Rolex Submariner collection, but provides the clearest indication yet that this is the end of the Rolex Submariner collection 11661x series and an updated range of Submariner models can be expected in September 2020.

When Will the Rolex Submariner Hulk be Discontinued?

Our understanding is that the Rolex Submariner Hulk was due to be discontinued at Baselworld 2020, but with the cancellation of this years show, and Rolex officially delaying all new launches indefinitely the Hulk's potential discontinuation has been delayed. Since this announcement Rolex have withdrawn from the Baselworld show permanently and are due to showcase their new wares at a new show in in collaboration with the FHH (Fondation de la Haute Horologerie) in April 2021 in parallel to Watches & Wonders. We expect that the Rolex Submariner 116610LV ‘Hulk’ will be withdrawn from the Rolex catalogue at this time.

What evidence is there that the Rolex Submariner Hulk will be discontinued?

Usually, discontinuation of Rolex models remains a closely guarded secret at the brand, with no official press release about models or collections that are taken out of production. The first official sign is usually withdrawal from, or replacement in the Rolex catalogue. Whilst removing a model from production takes some preparation, a delay to the news becoming public due to the cancelled Baselworld show means that some of these preparations may have been leaked. We have information from three separate sources that the Rolex Submariner ‘Hulk’ 116610LV is no longer in production. The first two are both Authorised Dealers, one in the UK and one in Europe. Whilst it has been known for AD’s to spread these rumours based on guesswork rather than information and use it as a sales technique the position of our third source has nothing to gain from accelerating purchasing decisions. Our third source sits within the Rolex production facility in Switzerland, and, we are led to believe from them that production of the Rolex Submariner Hulk has been discontinued ahead of the new round of Rolex Submariners being released.

Why will the Rolex Submariner Hulk be discontinued?

In recent years Rolex have been rolling out there newest, most efficient movement across the current catalogue. This has seen previous models of the Datejust, GMT-Master II and Yacht-Master discontinued to allow for the upgrade movement to be included in a new version. With the Submariner and the Daytona being the two main collections yet to be upgraded it’s reasonable to assume that the Submariner be released first as the Daytona, being a Chronograph, requiring a more complicated movement to be developed.

Are all Rolex Submariners Being Discontinued?

As we’ve seen with previous collections that have been upgraded to benefit from the new movement, ultimately, the entire collection will be discontinued and either like for like replacements will be released as we’ve seen in the Yacht-Master collection, or this could give rise to a whole range of updated models, as with the GMT-Master II.

Will there be a replacement Rolex Submariner Hulk?

A this stage it’s unknown whether there will be a new generation Rolex Submariner Hulk 126610LV with an upgraded calibre 3235 movement, or if this signals the end of the Hulk as we know it. The third possibility could be a new design altogether. Our favorites would be a modern Kermit with green ceramic bezel and black dial akin to the 50th Anniversary Submariner discontinued in 2010, or alternatively an all blue steel Submariner, although this would like to prove detrimental to sales of the white gold all blue model.

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Is the Rolex Submariner Hulk a good investment?

A question we are asked all the time! The potential for discontinuation always brings speculation of future prices. The highest increases in prices for the current Submariner Hulk are likely to be seen if there is no new direct replacement, however with no downturn in the demand for steel Rolex sportswatches, and no signs of an increase in production numbers from Rolex, it is likely that the discontinuation of the Rolex Submariner Hulk will only cause an appreciation in existing prices.


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Rolex price increase 2020 – All you need to know Global Watch Shop

Whilst not yet confirmed by Rolex our understanding at GWS is that the Rolex price increase 2020 will come into effect as from the 1st January 2020. Although the previous Rolex price increase in 2018 was applied only within the UK, this increase will be also be across Eurozone countries and possibly worldwide. It is the policy of the brand not to make any official announcements of a Rolex price increase, but the information we have from several Authorised Rolex Dealers is that prices will rise on average between 6.8 – 7.4% on the Rolex Classic collections and approximately 10% on the Rolex Professional collections, also commonly known as ‘sports models’. The level of the increase is reported to be broadly the same across several European countries including France, Spain, Portugal, Germany and Italy, with Poland having already been subject to an on average 8% increase in November 2019.

Rolex as an Investment – the effect of a Rolex Price Increase

Part of the allure of Rolex ownership is the prospect of the steady increase in value of a Rolex watch over a number of years, therefore giving weight to the argument of the value of Rolex watches as an investment. A Rolex price increase is the single most important event when it comes to increasing the value of your investment in a Rolex, with the value of preowned watches in the marketplace generally tracking the value of new watches. Therefore, an increase of 10% against a new Rolex Submariner for example, will likely see a similar increase for the Rolex Submariner that you may already own. The same theory applies across all Rolex collections. Whilst the previous UK  only Rolex Price Increase in October 2018 having little effect on the preowned market, a worldwide Rolex price increase is sure to see preowned prices rise. If you don’t currently own a Rolex buy you are looking to purchase one in the near future, the timing of this increase may not be ideal, but the Rolex price increase strategy implemented by the brand is likely to mean that when you do purchase, your investment in a Rolex will be a prosperous one over the longer term.

What does the Rolex Price Increase 2020 mean for me?

Generally, Rolex prices increases are welcomed as good news by the market, as this increases the value of current collections. This isn’t a view held by everyone, so here’s our analysis of the Rolex owner community to show what the Rolex Price increase 2020 will mean for you.

I Already own a Rolex…

The Rolex price increase is great news for you! The market value of your current watch is likely to increase in line with the Rolex price increase. For a more in depth look at Rolex prices and the Rolex investment lifecycle read our full article here.

I’m looking to purchase a Rolex that is generally available from an Authorised Dealer…

You’ve chosen a new Rolex watch and it’s available now at your Authorised Dealer. Now is the time to act! Generally this is only going to apply to watches outside of the Rolex Professional collection of the much sought after Sportsmodels, so buying before the increase is implemented means you can save yourself around 7% on 2020 prices. You’ll then benefit from as the value of your new watch is likely to increase within days of your initial purchase. If you’re lucky enough to get the call to say your Rolex Professional model has arrived, then the same principle applies. Great news all round!

I’m on a waiting list to purchase a Rolex from an Authorised Dealer…

Unfortunately, if you’re on the waiting list already, but won’t receive your watch before the 1st January, then the Rolex Price Increase will directly affect your purchase price. Whilst Rolex Authorised Dealers may place you on their list and give you an idea of how long your wait for your new Rolex will be, the price will not be fixed and as such it will be subject to increase inline with the new price increase. With waiting lists running to several years on the most popular models it is likely that this will not be the only price increase you’ll be subjected to before being able to purchase your dream watch. There’s also the prospect that by the time you take delivery you may end up paying more than the original price you could have sourced the watch for at a secondary market dealer, without having to wait! On the flip side, the market value of your purchase is also likely to increase meaning that when you do eventually take delivery, your new Rolex watch will already be worth more than the price you have paid for it.

I’m looking to purchase a Rolex from a secondary dealer...

Whereas Authorised Rolex Dealers are required to sell at the retail price set by Rolex, there is no such restriction on secondary market dealers. Therefore, the price offered by secondary market dealers is influenced much more by the free market value of Rolex watches. Currently, stainless steel professional models, market values carry significant premiums above the retail prices. It remains to be seen whether the market value will jump by 10% in line with the Rolex Price Increase, or whether the market will keep the valuation the same. Our view at GWS is that we’ll see a rise in market valuation, but we do not expect to see this rise by the full 10%, therefore reducing the premium paid on the professional range slightly.

I’m looking to sell my Rolex…

Again, a Rolex Price Increase can only be good news for those already in Rolex ownership. Whilst it is likely to take time to filter through, the vast majority of preowned Rolex watches will see an increase in line with market valuations. For an outright sale it is likely that you’ll benefit from holding until market prices are established after the increase, whereas for a part exchange, or a sale & new purchase of your next watch the a marginal benefit is likely to be had ahead of the increase. To get a valuation to sell your current watch please click here.

The Rolex Price Increase and the UK Luxury Watch Marketplace

Overall a Rolex Price Increase is beneficial to the market, and the continued pricing strategy of Rolex underpins the reason many consumers trust Rolex as the brand of choice when buying a luxury watch. 2020 promises to see the political situation in the UK provide more certainty over the economy, which in turn should provide the building blocks for a more buoyant market. Whilst it remains to be seen if Rolex will increase production numbers, the amount of buyers in the market are likely to increase helping to underpin the new pricing point dictated by Rolex.

Your View on the Rolex Price Increase 2020

Whether you currently own a Rolex, you’re thinking about buying a Rolex, or are looking to sell the Rolex Price Increase 2020 will have an impact on you. We’d love to hear your view on the changes, just drop your thoughts in the comments section below.


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The new Rolex Baselworld 2019 releases were announced on Wednesday 20th March against a backdrop of fevered anticipation, arguably more heightened than any year in memory. Social media has been awash with some truly creative designs as people try to second guess the announcement with a host of potential Rolex mock ups. And then came the announcement!

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The adjective used more frequently than any other to describe the announcement to us has been ‘underwhelming’. A somewhat skinny release contained within just 7 collections, (4 professional and 3 classic) left many Rolex followers feeling flat. Within the overall catalogue of Rolex releases this year there are one or two gems that are sure to get waiting lists swelling, so let’s take a look at what’s new from Rolex at Baselworld 2019.

Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLNR

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Without doubt the standard bearer of the Rolex Baselworld 2019 releases follows on from last year’s introduction of the BLRO ‘Pepsi’. Long had the rumours of the existing BLNR discontinuation been flowing through the grapevine and as predicted by GWS the new generation calibre 3285 movement led to the end of production for the existing 116710 BLNR, and the release of a superseding model the 12670 BLNR. As well as the new movement, the new BLNR also benefits from the same refined case, and jubilee bracelet as the BLRO ‘Pepsi’. Furthermore, Rolex have discontinued all 116 series GMT-Master II’s including the black bezel 116710LN, the steel & gold 116713LN and all full yellow gold 116718’s without introducing a replacement model. What we do have as well as the white gold ‘Pepsi’ replacement 126719BLRO is the option of a new meteorite dial which is sure to spark significant interest. The 126710 BLNR has been set a retail price of £7,150, with the 126719 BLRO Blue dial at £28,250, and the meteorite dial at £29,550.

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Rolex Sea-Dweller Steel & Gold 126303

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Besides the GMT, the releases that draw the most attention this year seem to indicate Rolex have a desire to move with the trend of larger watches. Taking everybody by surprise, Rolex have decided to build on the introduction of the stainless steel 43mm Sea-Dweller in 2017, by gifting us a Rolex Sea-Dweller 126303 steel & gold option larger than any other two tone watch in production by the brand. The first time we’ve seen a Sea-Dweller adorned with precious metals is sure to upset the tool watch purists but what we now have is an option for a steel & gold timepiece for those that find a standard 40mm sportswatch a touch on the small side. The Rolex Sea-Dweller steel & gold will retail at £12,400.

Rolex Yacht-Master 42

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Maybe the biggest surprise of all, but in line with a potential shift towards larger watches by Rolex sees the introduction of a new Yacht-Master, for the first time in a larger 42mm case. A solitary introduction in the collection sees the new Rolex Yacht-Master 42 226659 only available in white gold, presented on a new larger version of the Oysterflex bracelet. A somewhat puzzling introduction seemingly out of sync with the rest of the Yacht-Master family. At this point in time it’s not clear if the Yacht-Master collection will eventually shift towards a larger 42mm case or if the new Yacht-Master 42 will sit alongside the Yacht-Master 40, and Yacht-Master 37 as part of a broader selection within the collection. Could this be a test bed to see how well the new 42mm case size is received? Will this pave the way for a new series of larger Rolex sportswatches including a new 42mm Submariner? Only time will tell. The Rolex Yacht-Master 42 has a retail price of £21,400.

Rolex Daytona

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Under the radar of the fanfare of Rolex Baselworld 2019 releases slipped a change in dial within the Rolex Daytona collection. In a bold move to adapt arguably the most popular of the precious metal Rolex Daytona’s, the Everose gold chocolate dial has had a change in the hour markers with the numerals being changed from Arabic, to baton, with the subdials now offering a contracting black background against the chocolate dial. The Rolex Daytona in Everose gold retail price remains unchanged at £28,850.

Rolex Classic Collection Releases

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The 3 remaining collections containing new releases all fall into the ‘classic’ range. The Rolex Day-Date 36, Datejust 36 and Lady Datejust 31 are all to benefit from the new series of movements with a 70hr power reserve. With a few new dials to speak of and some slight refinements to the cases in all 3 models these releases generally just facilitate the rollout of the new movement across the classic estate, playing catch up with the Day-Date 40, and other parts of the Datejust, and Lady Datejust collections.

Rolex Baselworld 2019 Releases - GWS Conclusion

The Rolex Baselworld 2019 releases seem to be split into two clear categories. The first being the continued roll out of the calibre 32xx series movement, completing the GMT-Master II, Datejust and Day-Date collections. With this in mind, we would expect to see the new movement continue to spread into additional collections at Baselworld 2020, with the prime target being the Rolex Submariner.

The second category of releases is confined to larger than standard 40mm watches in the Professional range. The introduction of the Yacht-Master 42 certainly follows the trend, and for the first time ever, those who enjoy a watch larger than 40mm finally have a steel & gold Professional range option. We can only wonder if this is an exploratory move to test the markets reaction to a future where watches in the Rolex professional category have a larger standard size, or if it’s just an additional option in the Yacht-Master category. Could we potentially see a 42mm Rolex Submariner in future years? Let us know your thoughts.

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With every year that passes the rumor mill seems to become more frenzied at the anticipation of Rolex's Baselworld announcements., and 2019 has been no different!  As ever there is a plethora of touted possibilities, but let's jump straight into this years preview by looking at the biggest talking point, the discontinuation of Rolex's Hulk and Batman models.

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The hype driving the rumours of discontinuation of the Hulk and Batman models are driven by one thing, value! The common theory is that once a Rolex watch becomes discontinued, there will be a sudden increase in its valuation, as there will never be any more injected into the market. When this watch is one of the most popular sportmodels, then price can increase dramatically. Just look at the Rolex Daytona 116520 as an example. Just before discontinuation, these were being sold at around £8,900 unworn on the secondary market. Within a year, the price ad moved to around £10,500. Two years later, the same watch depending on condition can be up to £18,000!

In the last few years Rolex have been rolling out a new generation of movements across the majority their new releases. Following its debut year in 2015 we’ve already seen the calibre 3235 updated into the Datejust, Sea-Dweller, Deepsea and Day-Date collections. The most high profile Rolex release to date, the Rolex GMT-Master II Pepsi 126710BLRO was launched by Rolex at Baselworld 2018.

What does all this have to do with the discontinuation of the Hulk and Batman models? Well, although it’s certain the value of both of these models would increase should they cease producing a BLNR and LV in stainless steel, if Rolex instead decide to supersede the 116710BLNR (Batman)  and 116610LV (Hulk) with a new 126710BLNR and 126610LV, powered by the new calibre 32xx series movement, then, like the Deepsea Blue (upgraded last year with the new movement) we wouldn’t expect to see much upside on the current value of existing models. What we would expect is the new models be very difficult to acquire and for them to trade at a significant premium over the current BLNR and LV models.

My opinion is that there will be a discontinuation of all current GMT and Submariner models (with the exception of models release by Rolex at Baselworld 2018)within the next few years and in the main these will be replaced with models featuring the new movement. Looking at the Hulk and Batman in particular, we’ve had a version of the green submariner since the 50th anniversary Submariner was introduced in 2004. This was discontinued in 2010 when the Hulk as we know it today was  introduced, so I don’t see the the Hulk being completely discontinued anytime soon.

Rolex Baselworld 2019 - New Models

So onto to the potential new Rolex Baselworld 2019 releases. As ever, any new release from Rolex is a closely guarded secret. The predictions you will see are pulled together from a combination of rumours, educated guesswork, as well as the pure fantasy of new watches we’d love to see Rolex produce. Let’s start with the most iconic collection in current production.

The Rolex Daytona

The first ceramic bezel was introduced to the Rolex Daytona collection in 2011 on the Everose gold Daytona, 116515LN model. Ever since we’ve seen the new ceramic bezel migrate across the collection, first to the platinum 50th anniversary Daytona, and most recently to the illusive stainless steel 116500. Along this journey a few models have got on board with the ceramic bezel, but there have been some obvious omissions.

The Steel & Gold Daytona has been particularly difficult to acquire this year, and this could be a sign that production has been slowed, or even ceased to flush out the remaining stock within the Rolex Authorised Dealer network. Could this be happening to make way for a new steel & gold ceramic Rolex Daytona? The timing certainly seems to suggest so.

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When we start to include a precious metal element to the Rolex Daytona collection there is something of an imbalance in the models. The Platinum Daytona has long featured a stunning chocolate ceramic bezel, and the introduction of the Oysterflex bracelet as a replacement for leather straps was also paired with the introduction of a ceramic bezel as a replacement for any that existed in gold. So what about the full 18ct gold pieces? These exist currently with a gold bezel and are obviously due an upgrade. Will Rolex Baselworld 2019 be the show that completes the ceramic bezel rollout for the Rolex Daytona? We certainly hope so.

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Rolex Explorer II

Those of you who read my articles regularly (if not, why not!!) will know that I’m a big fan of the Rolex Explorer II. At 42mm it has a nice differentiation from the core of Rolex professional collections, and although the purpose of the large orange 24hr hand is to serve as an AM/PM indicator (for those exploring in caves, or areas where the sun doesn’t set), it can be used equally effectively to provide reading of a second timezone in the same way as the Rolex GMT-Master II. With this model remaining untouched since 2011, an upgrade some would argue is overdue. Having seen the GMT-Master II, the Submariner, and to some extent the Daytona all migrate to having the more robust ceramic bezel, isn’t it time the Rolex Explorer II followed suit? Or could it be we have to wait until the 50th Anniversary of this collection in 2021 before we’re treated to a facelift for the Rolex Explorer II.

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Rolex Sky-Dweller

The Rolex Sky-Dweller collection underwent an update as recently as Rolex Baselworld 2018. All dials with Arabic or Roman numeral hour markers were removed from the collection, and a new range of dials were introduced. This saw an end to the hugely popular Chocolate dial Everose Sky-Dweller, but in return we were gifted the stunning Dark Rhodium dial as a replacement. Over recent years we’ve seen the addition of all steel, and steel & yellow gold models, but there is still one obvious omission. Now is the time for the Steel & Everose gold Rolex Sky-Dweller, and the reintroduction of Chocolate & Sundust dials. A design sure to get waiting lists swelling!

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Rolex GMT-Master II

With a range of new GMT’s introduced to the market at Baselworld 2018, I don’t imagine we’ll be seeing any major design changes this year. The stainless steel Rolex GMT-Master II BLRO ‘Pepsi’ has been most highly anticipated release since the ceramic stainless steel Rolex Daytona. The new Pepsi, along with the Everose, and steel & Everose models give us enough changes to the GMT-Master II collection for now, and with all three models not exactly readily available, there is no need for Rolex to rush further additions. The call seems to be for a BLNR ‘Batman’ on a jubilee bracelet or for a RONR ‘Coke’ bezel to follow the Pepsi but if there are changes to the GMT-Master II, I feel that it will be more likely that we’ll see a continued roll out of the calibre 3285 movement into existing designs, possibly with, or possibly without a series 2 Batman!

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Rolex submariner

All the hype relating to the Rolex Submariner collection for Baselworld 2019 surrounds the possible discontinuation of the stainless steel LV ‘Hulk’. Market prices have been driven by these rumours for a good couple of years now, and as discussed above, beyond the possibility of an update to a new movement, I don’t see the Hulk disappearing from the Rolex catalogue anytime soon. So what changes might we see coming from Rolex Baselworld 2019 for the Submariner collection? First of all, any new release we expect to be equipped with the new calibre 3235 movement, so that any new watch would benefit from the extended 72 hour power reserve. With this change being the baseline for any new models, the most likely change at Baselworld 2019 would be the long awaited arrival of the Rolex Submariner in Everose gold.

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Other possibilities could be a Rolex Submariner on rubber, or, the clear favorite from followers on our Instagram account is the potential for an all gold LV. The irresistible Rolex Submariner 126618LV ‘Hulk’

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Rolex Milgauss

Finally, something a little leftfield. Anyone who’s spent anytime on the Rolex website, or reviewing their social media posts will no doubt have seen the latest marketing drive relating to the Rolex Milgauss. The Milgauss is often overlooked in the clamor for ‘sportsmodels’ as it is one of only a couple of collections that doesn’t fit into this category, but still sits within the Rolex Professional range. The Milgauss is a professional watch that is described by Rolex as being built to ‘meet the demands of the scientific community’ and being capable of ‘withstanding magnetic fields of up to 1,000 gauss’ hence the name Milgauss. Today’s Rolex Milgauss looks very different to the original Rolex Milgauss from 1956, and with there being a growing affinity for vintage styles, Rolex Baselworld 2019 could see the release of a vintage style Rolex Milgauss taking influence from the one you see here.

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That’s it for another year, it won’t be long before every Authorised Dealers phone in the country is ringing off the hook with requests to be at the forefront of their queue for the new models, but which one of our suggestions would you like to have in your collection? Or what's the one Rolex release that you’d love to see at Baselworld 2019 that would fulfill all your desires for your next Rolex purchase?

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