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Watches and Wonders: Rolex is Full of Surprises Again

1 April 2022
Watches and Wonders: Rolex is Full of Surprises Again

While perfecting its timepieces by constantly improving its aesthetics and techniques, Rolex never comprise on elegance and style with even its surprise models.

The New Lord of the Sky: Air King (Ref. 126900)

The Rolex Air King is an unknown model that stay in the background. Now, it achieved to become a popular one. Although new Air King seems like featuring minor changes compared to the previous model, these minor touches are so appropriate that Air King is now the center of attraction. 

Look closely, there is “0” numeral in front of “5” minute indicator, which is a distinguished side of the latest model from previous Ref. 116900. So that, the indicators on the dial have achieved a great balance. The numerals 05 and 55 that standing side by side now look more pleasing to the eye.

Watches and Wonders: Rolex is Full of Surprises Again

Yet, the main change of the looking is crown guards. The crown guards eliminate the bulky looking of the Air King as well as bringing sport-chic and grace. Besides, the crown is slightly enlarged, which is a novelty that attracts the attention of watch enthusiasts. The Oysterlock security clasp is another innovation of the watch that came to Air King for the first time. The chromalight radiation technique, which makes reading easier in the dark, has also been improved.

Although the differences in the looking are extremely important details especially for the enthusiasts, innovations of movement are much greater. The advanced automatic movement Rolex Perpetual Caliver 3230, which increases the power reserve from 48 hours to 70 hours, has replaced the old caliver (3131). Besides, the resistance of the new movement to both magnetic fields and shocks is higher than the previous one.

Exclusive for Left-Handers: GMTMaster II (Ref. 126720VTNR)

No one would expect this to happen. Thinking of left-handed travelers, Rolex made a surprise at the fair with the GMT-Master II. As it is known, the GMT-Master II – a popular practical travel watch- is a more innovative version of the legendary GMT-Master watch, developed in 1955 to meet the needs of airline pilots, which has been on the market since 1983, with a new mechanism that allowed the hour hand to be set independently.

Watches and Wonders: Rolex is Full of Surprises Again

In order to move the crown to left of the case and reposition the date window at 9 o’clock, some important changes are applied on the movement. Besides, the double-sided ceracrom bezel brings together a never-before-seen color duo -green and black- in this watch that specially designed for left-handers. The GMT-Master II’s bold bezel with 24-hour graduation on the bottom half of which represents daytime and the top half at night, provides a second time zone that can be easily read by the green and white triangular-tipper 24-hour hand. The Chromalight system is brighter and the new watch glass with anti-reflective coating provides excellent legibility in any condition. The new version of the Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II features caliber 3285, first announced in 2018. 

Watch of Firsts: Day-Date 40

With the Day-Date 40, which is produced using only precious metals, Rolex breaks a new ground by adding the brand’s signature fluted bezel to the case and bracelet duo made of platinum this time. It is a watch that breaks new ground. When the Rolex Day-date was introduced in 1956, it was the first calendar wristwatch to display the day in a large-curved window at 12 o’clock in addition to the date.

Watches and Wonders: Rolex is Full of Surprises Again

Platinum is an extremely tough metal. Although it seems soft like gold with its attractive white shine, it has a solid structure that makes it difficult to work on, especially with its resistance to polishing. So that, Rolex designed a new manufacturing process to produce a fluted bezel out of 950 carat platinum. The ice blue dial also matches with the noble stance of platinum.

Mysterious and Stunning: Yacht-Master 42

Everyone would expect a titanium case, but surprisingly, a Yacht-Master 42 with a yellow gold cased unveiled. Meanwhile, Rolex has its own state-of-the-art foundry. Announced in 1992, the Yacht-Master is specially designed for sailors and captains. The gold used in the new Yacht-Master 42 is also machined and cast at Rolex’s foundry in Geneva. The matte bezel and glossy black dial match perfectly with yellow gold.

Watches and Wonders: Rolex is Full of Surprises Again

A Neat Watch: Datejust 31

Vivacious, energetic and striking; those may be right words for the Datejust 31. Colorful dials with flowers in the center symbolize the cheerful character of the Datejust 31. The models are available in Azzurro blue, olive green and silver. The Azzurro blue with floral-motif dial, fluted bezel and Oyster-style bracelet, is a steel and white gold blended white Rolesor version.

Watches and Wonders: Rolex is Full of Surprises Again

The olive-green dialed is in 18k yellow gold with floral-motif dial, bezel set with 46 diamonds, and a President bracelet.

Finally, the Everose Rolesor is a blend of Oystersteel and Everose gold with a silver-colored floral dial, bezel decorated with 46 diamonds, and a Jubilee-style bracelet.