The Rolexes, the artifacts.

Today we’re talking about: the “artifacts” of Rolex. These interesting souvenirs replica rolex watches of the brand are rare, and even fetch high prices on certain fish. Owning them is a sign of Rolex fans everywhere. This is a rare opportunity to explain their origins.

A group photo of four "artifacts" that together are said to cost the equivalent of a Rolex Gramatimer.
A group photo of four “artifacts” that together are said to cost the equivalent of a Rolex Gramatimer.

This keychain is very exquisitely crafted and has a mirror finish on the back, so it can be used directly as a mirror. It is a gift for the media and VIPs of the 2018 Rolex Basel New Arrivals China Preview and the 50th Anniversary of the Sea Messenger model national tour. How can you tell if it’s a Rolex Triple Clasp Lock Waterproof Crown shape? The three dots beneath the crown represent the triple locking mechanism of the crown, which is equivalent to the smallest submarine hatch.

The Rolex Green Mooncake is very famous. It was launched as a media and VIP gift to commemorate the unveiling of the Rolex China Display Center, also known as the Rolex World, in September 2011. It was the eve of the Mid-Autumn Festival, which gave it its nickname, the Green Mooncake. The Rolex World – World opened from 2011 to 2018, so the Green Moon Pie continued to be released for seven years, with a profound impact and popularity.

A keychain inspired by the shape of Rolex's famous triple-lock waterproof crown
A keychain inspired by the shape of Rolex’s famous triple-lock waterproof crown

The Ice Crust Mooncake survives in far lesser numbers than the Green Mooncake. The Ice Crust Mooncake was only released for one year, a few days to be exact. It commemorates the opening of the new Rolex showroom at Baselworld in 2013, a gift available to all Rolex-registered press and dealers who went to Baselworld that year. In other words, it was not given to those who arrived at Basel, but to those who were invited to the Rolex showroom and were able to listen to the presentation of the new product.

The ice-skinned mooncake is considerably larger than the green one, with a relief Rolex showroom on the front and a slightly sloping front, probably to make it easier for the owner to admire the design as a paperweight. The alloy large crown is very heavy, does not respond to magnets, and at first many friends thought it was copper. But later on, by measuring its density, it was indeed not copper, so we had to call it “Alloy Tiara”. The Alloy Crown was a gift from the 2009 Rolex “Coronet Forever” exhibition in Beijing, where 2,000 VIP guests from around the world were invited, which means there are around 2,000 of them in existence.

All three Rolexes feature triple-lock water-resistant crowns.
All three Rolexes feature triple-lock water-resistant crowns.

What was the “Coronet Forever” exhibition like? It is more than just a watch exhibition with high-tech displays such as sound and light. “The Coronet Forever is more like the centenary of Rolex. Eleven years on, the Coronet Forever exhibition remains a benchmark for mono-brand watch exhibitions.

Rolex gifts have been seen by Kang: sunglasses, folders, ballpoint pens, auctioned leather, spoons and forks, luggage tags, blankets, T-shirts, ties, golf balls, fans, chocolates, perfume….

Guide to fitting an original Rolex rubber strap

The Oysterflex, the first Rolex rubber strap, will also be available on the Daytona, starting in 2015. Compared to steel straps, rubber straps are lighter and more resistant to water and have a longer service life than leather straps.

Guide to fitting an original Rolex rubber strap
Guide to fitting an original Rolex rubber strap

However, those who use rubber straps will encounter a situation where if the replica rolex watches rubber is too hard, the strap will not fit comfortably. But if the rubber is too soft, the entire strap will collapse.

To solve this problem, the Oysterflex strap is equipped with Rolex’s patented longitudinal cushioning system (green part in the picture above). The main body of the strap is still made of hard rubber, but the part that touches the wrist is very thin and light, so it fits automatically according to the curvature of the wrist. Not only is it more comfortable, but the strap does not slide easily during movement.

Guide to fitting an original Rolex rubber strap
Guide to fitting an original Rolex rubber strap

For added strength, the black rubber is covered with a metal plate made of “titanium-nickel alloy”, which makes the watch less susceptible to various environmental conditions, making it durable and secure to wear.

The Oysterflex strap cannot be cut because of the metal support frame inside. To make it easier to wear, the Oysterflex buckle has a 5 mm room for expansion and adjustment. However, for people with different wrist circumferences, 5 mm is not enough.

Guide to fitting an original Rolex rubber strap
Guide to fitting an original Rolex rubber strap

The Rolex Oysterflex bracelet is actually available in six different lengths of “C, D, E, F, G, H” for use with a specific size code on the inside of the bracelet.

If you need to replace the strap, you can ask an authorized dealer to send it to the Rolex service center on your behalf, or you can go to the service center yourself. This replacement service is free of charge, but you have to ensure that the rubber strap has not been used and that it is not too long before purchase.

Rolex itself has also made an official data sheet with recommendations for Oysterflex strap models to match the wearer’s specific wrist circumference. For example, if the wrist circumference of the Rolex Daytona is 159-170mm, it is recommended to choose the D-F size; if the wrist circumference of the Rolex Yacht Series is 193-204mm, it is more appropriate to choose the F-H size.

It is worth noting that the order of D-F can not change, the case at six o’clock position to install D, twelve o’clock position to install F. If you choose to F-D, although it can also be worn, but the position of the folding clasp will not be in the center of the inner wrist, wearing uncomfortable.

Five things you may not know about the Rolex Daytona.

The Rolex Daytona is one of the most talked about models in the watch industry, but there’s still a lot to learn about its legend. For example, did you know that the Daytona wasn’t always Rolex’s most desirable model?

Dittona "Paul Newman"
Dittona “Paul Newman”

All Daytonas are Cosmographs, but not all Cosmographs are Daytonas!

The Cosmograph was first seen in the 1950s in the Rolex 6062 Oyster replica rolex watches Moonphase, which, it must be admitted, makes more sense as a model name. It then disappeared for a time until it reappeared in 1963 with the 6239.

Modern Platinum Daytona
Modern Platinum Daytona

2. The name Dittoner almost never appeared.

We remember Rolex as a very dedicated and determined watchmaking company, but this was not the case in the 1950s and 60s, when many model names were hesitant. The Submariner was almost named the “Skin Diver”; many watches were named after iconic dials and, similarly, some of the early Turn-O-Graphs bore the name “Monometer”. “; and the original plan for the Dittona was named Le Mans (Le Mans).

 This is the model with the fewest original Rolex elements.
This is the model with the fewest original Rolex elements.

3. was at first a failure.

Part of the reason that hand-wound Ditonas are so valuable today is that so few were made. In fact, the Ditoner was at first a failure. When a watchman asked for a discount on a Rolex in the late 1970s, this is how the salesman responded: “I’m sorry, sir, but Rolex doesn’t sell them at a discount, but if you’d like to buy a Ditoner, I can give you a 20% discount.”

4. all gold chronographs are chronometers, but not all of them are marked
Unlike the steel and gold versions of the hand-wound Daytona, which are equipped with a movement that has only been adjusted in three directions, the gold model is an officially COSC-certified chronometer, but only the 6263 and 6265 produced in the last few years have begun to indicate this on the dial.

5. this is the model with the fewest original Rolex elements
It’s well known that hand-wound Ditonnas are powered by Valjoux movements, but less widely known is that Rolex doesn’t make cases, dials or hands either. The cases are from Charles-René Spielmann (CRS, who also makes many cases for Omega Speedmaster); the dials are from Singer, Beyeler and Stern; and the hands are from Universo and other Swiss suppliers. But the watches are assembled by Rolex and are equipped with patented Oyster crowns and water-resistance gaskets. (Photo/text Watch House Xu Chaoyang)

A Symbol of Elegance A brief review of the Rolex Day Date

The Day Date II inherits the famous features of the Day Date window and the complete day of the week, while the new luxurious case establishes the exclusive status of this watch. Today, the Maison is pleased to present a brief replica rolex watches review of the Rolex Day Date model, officially numbered 218238, in precious metal.

Since its inception, the Day Date has been the choice of the elite. The Day Date II, with its larger 41 mm case, is an improvement on the original Day Date. Crafted exclusively in platinum and gold, this watch is a must-have for those seeking innovative technical achievements and classic elegance.

A Symbol of Elegance A brief review of the Rolex Day Date
A Symbol of Elegance A brief review of the Rolex Day Date

The Day Date II, which debuted in 2008, is made exclusively of precious metals and is an expression of all Rolex’s watchmaking excellence and expertise. The 41 mm-diameter case and bracelet in 18-carat yellow gold are the perfect embodiment of Rolex’s expertise and expertise in watchmaking.

The Day Date is a symbol of unparalleled prestige. Its Oyster case, water-resistant to 100 meters, is made of 18-carat yellow gold and is fitted with an 18-carat yellow gold case and bracelet. The distinctive middle case is made of a solid block of metal.

A Symbol of Elegance A brief review of the Rolex Day Date
A Symbol of Elegance A brief review of the Rolex Day Date

The Rolex Day Date II is fitted with a Führer-type bracelet and a concealed crown clasp. 18-carat yellow gold is the material of choice for the Führer’s bracelet, thanks to its exceptional resistance to corrosion and its unparalleled elegance.

The bezel has triangular grooves and the mirror is made of scratch-resistant sapphire. The hermetically sealed Oyster case of the Day Date II gives the precision movement the ultimate protection against water, dust, pressure and impacts. In addition to a small window displaying the date, the Day Date II has a curved window at 12 o’clock that displays the day of the week in its entirety. At midnight, the day of the week and the date on the watch change instantaneously at the same time, and the disc system that controls this function is a sign of mechanical ingenuity.

A Symbol of Elegance A brief review of the Rolex Day Date
A Symbol of Elegance A brief review of the Rolex Day Date

The winding crown of the watch is water-resistant with a Rolex patented double-locking system that allows it to be screwed securely onto the case. The crystal is made of scratch-resistant sapphire. The completely sealed Oyster case gives the precision Rolex movement the ultimate protection against water, dust, pressure and impact. It is powered by the self-winding Caliber 3156, entirely developed by Rolex, which has also been awarded the Swiss Official Chronometer Certification, reserved for precision watches that have successfully passed the Swiss Chronometer Testing Centre (COSC) tests. Like all Oyster movements, the construction of this caliber ensures unparalleled reliability. The oscillating balance is the heart of the watch and is equipped with a stabilizing balance wheel whose inertial oscillation period is precisely adjusted by the height of the gold MICROSTELLA microscopic screws. It is mounted in a PARAFLEX shock-absorbing mechanism and is securely supported by height-adjustable parallel plate bridges.

Only a Rolex watch worthy of the Rolex Day Date is worthy of its status as one of the world’s leading figures in watchmaking.

A classic after a new life Rolex new Cellini watch

Rolex has always felt sturdy and durable, the negative impact is that Rolex is not suitable for formal wear, there is no classic Confucian models, they are more rugged watches. But in 2014, Rolex introduced a new Cellini watch, a replica rolex watches perfect formal Confucian watch presented in front of everyone, impressed, this year, in Baselworld 2016, Rolex renewed the new Cellini watch, will continue the elegant formal dress to the end, today bring this for the new Cellini time type watch, the official model of the watch is 50505.

A classic after a new life Rolex new Cellini watch
A classic after a new life Rolex new Cellini watch

The Rolex Cellini collection is a tribute to Benvenuto Cellini, the sculptor and goldsmith of the Pope and kings of the Renaissance, whose name Rolex has engraved with a special series of watches. The art of watchmaking has evolved from the personal domain of a single artisan to the professional collaboration of a master craftsman. Each Rolex watch is the result of a unique combination of expertise and craftsmanship.

The new Cellini watches are also available in three models, the Cellini Time, Cellini Calendar and Cellini Dual Time. Today’s model is the Rolex Cellini Time, available in 18-carat white gold or 18-carat rose gold, and is the simplest of the three models.

A classic after a new life Rolex new Cellini watch
A classic after a new life Rolex new Cellini watch

Today’s Rolex Cellini Time model features a 39mm diameter design and is crafted in Rolex’s patented 18ct eternal rose gold, also with a pure white dial design, and compared to the previous Cellini is a change in the watch’s hour markers, eliminating the Roman numerals at 6 and 12 o’clock.

The bezel and crown of the new Cellini are all made of precious metal, and the case is unibody, which has undergone a delicate treatment, and the bezel and crown are all designed in the classic triangular pit pattern, which is not only beautiful but also convenient when adjusting the time.

It is also powered by the self-winding Rolex caliber 3132, a Rolex model with a hermetically sealed case, except for the earlier Prince models, which had an opaque back. The average error of a Rolex Chronometer, which is tested after the movement is mounted in the case, is within plus or minus two seconds per day, twice as accurate as an ordinary chronometer-certified chronometer. The green seal, the symbol of the chronometer, is attached to every Rolex watch and comes with a five-year worldwide warranty.

A classic after a new life Rolex new Cellini watch
A classic after a new life Rolex new Cellini watch

There are not too many changes to the design of this new Cellini, the hour markers have been removed from the original Roman numerals at 6 and 12 o’clock, and the movement has been certified by Rolex’s own top chronometer in 2015, the Cellini is still the most formal and elegant Rolex watch.

A discreet, understated look at a Rolex Cellini in pink gold with diamonds on a black dial

At Baselworld 2014, Rolex unveiled the new Cellini collection. The classical and elegant shape, the precious metal material, the alligator leather strap and the traditional pin buckle all make this watch attract attention. At this year’s replica rolex watches Basel, Rolex released four new Cellini watches, and today the watch house is bringing you a newly released Cellini watch.

Rolex Cellini m50605rbr-0014
Rolex Cellini m50605rbr-0014

The four Cellini models presented at the show are gem-set Cellinis with a 39mm 18 ct white gold or eternal pink gold case and a choice of either a single bezel or a double bezel set with diamonds. The double bezel model consists of a diamond-set bezel and a classic triangular bezel.

This model (Ref. 50605RBR) is in eternal pink gold with a triangular bezel and a single bezel set with diamonds and a black dial with extended hour markers set with diamonds.

Rolex Cellini m50605rbr-0014
Rolex Cellini m50605rbr-0014

The crown of the Cellini is very beautiful, with a trumpet-shaped winding crown polished and polished and topped with an engraving of the Rolex Crown. The black crocodile leather strap is fitted with a traditional pin buckle, beautifully crafted, polished and decorated with the Rolex Crown in the center. The timeless rose gold case, with its softly curving sides and rounded polishing, has a deep, luminous shade that is typical of rose gold. The lugs are small, sleek and meticulously engraved.

The bezel, set with 62 diamonds, has a narrow outer “dogtooth ring”. A circle of diamonds and the still narrower “dogtooth ring” give the dial a more elegant look. The domed sapphire crystal, the design of the three hands, the sword-shaped hour and minute hands, the black dial, the elongated hour markers set with diamonds, the transfer of the white 60-minute circle and the Rolex crown logo set at 12 o’clock, the overall design is simple and elegant, diamonds add to the noble style. The overall design is simple and elegant, with diamonds adding to the nobility of the design. The design is basically the same as the previously introduced Cellini dual time zone dial.

Rolex Cellini m50605rbr-0014
Rolex Cellini m50605rbr-0014

The polished caseback is so closely polished that it could be used as a mirror. The Rolex Caliber 3132 is a self-winding, bi-directional movement. It is equipped with a paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring and a high-performance Paraflex shock-absorbing mechanism to make the watch more resistant to magnetic fields and shocks. This movement is also used in the Explorer I, which is stable and durable. Rolex has said that Cellini is in the spirit of highlighting the classic style and timeless elegance of traditional timepieces in a contemporary spirit. This collection is indeed one of the most classical and elegant in the Rolex world, with a discreet black dial, enhanced by precious metals and diamonds, and a robust mechanical movement inside. The watch is ideal for the successful businessman.

Why does everyone love Rolex?

Does everyone love Rolexes? Everyone has an answer to that question. Undoubtedly, Rolex has a very high status in the watch industry and no one can shake it. When I was a child, the Hong Kong movie “You have to work hard to get what you earn” was deeply burned into my mind, when I grew up, I was able to own a Rolex, which became our goal and guide to move forward. Why does everyone love Rolex? It’s an interesting proposition.

Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf.
Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf.

Three years later, Hans Wilsdorf adopted “Rolex” as the brand’s name. I tried almost every letter of the alphabet and came up with hundreds of names, but none of them really suited me,” he says. One morning I was sitting on the upper deck of a public coach passing through Chippsay Street in the City of London when I thought I heard a small pixie voice whispering, ‘Rolex’.”

Hans's signature on the back of the watch, dated 1932 in the last century
Hans’s signature on the back of the watch, dated 1932 in the last century

A lean, easy-to-read name, easier to remember than any language, and aesthetically pleasing on the watch movement and dial. It’s a marketing replica rolex watches strategy success story. When “Rolex” was first introduced to the Chinese market, the people who translated it into “Rolex” also contributed to its success.

Back to the watch’s roots – precision

I’m not good at marketing, back to the watch itself. When it comes to Rolex, the quest for precision is a constant quest for the brand. As early as 1910, Rolex was the first watch to be awarded the Swiss Watch Rating Centre in Bienne, Switzerland, with a Swiss Time Certificate. As complicated as it may sound, the simple fact is that obtaining this certification was not easy and the tests to be passed were extremely demanding. Being the first watch to achieve this certification proves that Rolex has historically demanded a high degree of precision.

Four years later, Rolex was awarded the “A” certificate by the Kew Observatory, a symbol of precision watchmaking ever since. To this day, Rolex watches are still proud of their small daily errors.

Rolex is still “young” when compared to watchmaking brands with a history of two or three centuries. But Rolex’s history is well documented, with changes and innovations at every stage of the brand’s history, which spans more than a hundred years.

-A traceable trajectory of the brand’s history, both classic and innovative.

The new Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 watch launched by Rolex in 2018
The new Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 watch launched by Rolex in 2018

Take the new Rolex Logbook 36, launched this year, for example, the Logbook is a classic Rolex model, which was born in 1945 and has been in development for more than 70 years. The Rolex Logbook model is indeed hard to beat in terms of both functionality and aesthetic design. It is distinguished by the use of Rolex’s iconic Oyster case, triangular pit bezel and Oyster bracelet. The Logger is a classic watch that combines these three elements in a single watch.

New Rolex Datejust 31
New Rolex Datejust 31

This year, Rolex is presenting the new Oyster Perpetual Chronograph 36 in a choice of steel (Oyster and 18ct eternal rose gold) or yellow gold (Oyster and 18ct yellow gold) versions, each with a choice of dials. In addition to the design innovations, Rolex does not disappoint when it comes to movement performance. The new Oyster Perpetual Chronograph is equipped with the new generation 3235 calibre, equipped with the exclusive Parachrom blue niobium hairspring, a unique alloy with enhanced anti-magnetic properties and 10 times higher shock resistance than the traditional hairspring.

Who says only men love Rolex? Women’s passion for Rolex is also hard to quench. Not only can Rolex be worn by men and women, but this year, the brand has also brought a new Logbook 31 for these Rolex-loving women – available in three models: the 18ct white gold, 18ct yellow gold and 18ct eternal rose gold models. The Oyster Perpetual Chronograph, pictured above, is in 18t white gold, with a bezel set with sparkling diamonds and mother-of-pearl again using the diamonds as a time indicator, a luxurious detail in every sense of the word. The combination of diamonds, mother-of-pearl and precious metals, all without ostentation, makes this a very sincere gift from Rolex to any woman.

Rolex GMT Master II (GMT Master II) watch
Rolex GMT Master II (GMT Master II) watch

Speaking of Rolex’s new products for 2018, the “Pepsi Circle” – the Rolex GMT Master II – was also a hot topic at Baselworld earlier this year. In 1955, ten years after the launch of the Rolex Logbook, Rolex released the first Greenwich model, which has since become one of the most popular of Rolex’s many collections.

The highlight of the new “Pepsi Circle”, and one of the most talked about, was the combination of the two-tone red and blue ceramic bezel with the stainless steel case, which was presented on a “five-bead chain” with the 18ct white gold “Pepsi Circle” of the previous model. The new “Pepsi Bezel” is distinguished by the fact that it is made of steel, which marks a reduction in the fair price of the “Pepsi Bezel”. The new “Pepsi Bezel” marks a major breakthrough in the choice of materials for the case: it is made of steel, which means that the price of the “Pepsi Bezel” will be lower. The new Pepsi Bezel is equipped with a new movement, Calibre 3285, which increases the power reserve from 48 hours to 70 hours.

The five-bead bracelet used by the Rolex "Pepsi Circle"
The five-bead bracelet used by the Rolex “Pepsi Circle”

Perhaps one of the reasons for Rolex’s success is its “restlessness”. There is no such thing as “eating the same old stuff”, and standing on the classics to make more innovations and breakthroughs is the key to check and balance. Sometimes, though, these breakthroughs may be too much to accept at the moment. One of them, including the use of precious metals, precious stones on the tool watch such designs.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona (Cosmograph Daytona) Chronograph
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona (Cosmograph Daytona) Chronograph

Another Rolex bombshell in 2018 was the launch of the new “rainbow circle”, the Oyster Cosmograph Daytona chronograph. This is not the first time Rolex has launched a “rainbow circle” Daytona, either. In 2012, Rolex already presented the first Rainbow Daytona at Baselworld. This is not only a classic collection that is still very popular today, but also one that has been around since 1963, when it was first launched. Nowadays, both in the primary market and secondary auction market, the market response to the Rolex Daytona has been very enthusiastic. This shows that consumers are very satisfied with the design and performance of the Deatonnas.

The new “rainbow circle” still features the three iconic sub-plates, the Oyster bracelet, and a pink gold case instead of the white and yellow gold of the previous model. The most striking feature of the bezel is the circle of carefully selected, polished and aligned stones, each of which has been carefully selected by the watchmakers. Each stone has to pass through the watchmaker’s careful inspection process in order to produce an impeccable piece. This new “rainbow circle” will not be produced in high volume, but only in small batches. If you have a chance to get your hands on one, it’s best to do so before it’s too late.

The new Rolex Deep Submersible, the 2018 “Ghost King”, is still made of Rolex’s patented Oystersteel, with a D-blue (dark blue gradient to black) dial. In fact, in 2014, the brand launched the Oystersteel gradient dial as a tribute to the challenges of deep-sea exploration.

2018 new Rolex deep diving watch
2018 new Rolex deep diving watch

The new “Ghost King” has not changed much in terms of design and the brand has focused on the movement. Equipped with the new self-winding caliber 3235, it offers improved stability, shock resistance and anti-magnetic properties. The “Demon King” is aimed at people who have a higher demand for diving, or who have a greater need for presence.

To sum up, the reasons for Rolex’s success are not complicated: the key to success lies in maintaining the original vision, working hard on the watchmaking process and returning to the product itself. Why does everyone love Rolex? Because it’s precise enough that it brings back the magic of machinery; it’s also iconic enough that it can even represent an era that no one knows about or knows the name of. What do you think of when you think of Rolex?

The neglected Rolex balance clearance fine-tuning system

Each revolution in movement technology is an exploration of the frontiers of mechanical watchmaking, which may go down in history or be short-lived, but replica replica Rolex Day Date watches the infinite possibilities are always the ones that tug at the heartstrings of watch lovers. Rolex, a famous Geneva-based watchmaking company, is a legend in the world of watchmaking, with no superlative complications, no finely polished movements, and no limited editions.

Top: Journal type equipped with calibre 3235 Bottom: Day calendar type equipped with calibre 3255
Top: Journal type equipped with calibre 3235 Bottom: Day calendar type equipped with calibre 3255

Since the middle of the last century, the shapes of Rolex’s major collections have evolved subtly without ever deviating from the norm, and the technology of the movements has continued to break new ground and evolve, but rarely on the surface, so much so that without careful questioning, you can’t be sure exactly how different the watch and the movement are from what they used to be. Last year (2015), Rolex unveiled two new calibers: the Cal.3235 and the Cal.3255. The Cal.3055 came along with the Cal.3155 when the Cal.3135 replaced the Cal.3035 in 1988.

Cal.3035 to Cal.3135, and Cal.3135 to Cal.3235 – basically the layout of the movement. A very significant adjustment has been made, and the difference between these numbers is obvious. The difference between the Cal.3135 and Cal.3136 is mainly due to the change of the shock absorber KIF to the Rolex patented Paraflex, while the change of the numbering of the movement is a direct consequence of the complete change in the function and type of movement, indicating two completely different movements.

Rolex's important 3 series movement evolution
Rolex’s important 3 series movement evolution

So the Cal.3255, new for 2015, is fundamentally different from the previous Cal.3155, but not yet beyond the type of movement; they are both exclusive to day of the week calendar-type watches (DD for short). So what’s the difference? I think most of the differences were already known at the beginning of the year, such as the 50% reduction in the barrel wall, the new paramagnetic Chronergy escapement (15% more efficient), the 50% slimmer escapement fork tile, the increase in the power reserve to 70 hours, the redesign or modification of more than 90% of the movement’s components, the doubling of the accuracy of the original chronometer-certified movement, and the 14 patents! And so on. But there is one rather detailed change that is less well known, a modest but conspicuous change that should in fact not be overlooked, and that is the fine adjustment screws on the swing bridge plate.

Speaking of this fine adjustment screw, it was first introduced in the 3XXX base movement, but not until 2015, so it’s not new technology, but it’s a modest change to Cal.3235 or Cal.3255. Before we get to the fine-tuning screw, the first thing we’ll talk about is the fine-tuning screw hidden underneath it, in Cal.3235/Cal.3255, the balance bridge has been very significantly modified compared to its predecessor, except for the fact that the clip that used to hold it in place with a screw above the bridge has disappeared, and the two fine-tuning screws that used to be underneath the bridge are now only one. The function of these screws is to fine-tune the amount of balance clearance by adjusting the position of the bridge plate, during the installation process, the position deviation of the bridge plate will directly affect the position of the pendulum, thus affecting the running time. These two fine-tuning screws, which have been available since Rolex transitioned from the single bridges (bars) of the 30XX, to the 31XX series of movements, show that while the two-arm bridges are more stable and reliable than the original single-arm bridges, and have better positional accuracy, they are not perfect, and there is no room for fine-tuning in the event of positional deviations.

Two fine adjustment screws in the Rolex Cal.3130 movement
Two fine adjustment screws in the Rolex Cal.3130 movement

In all modern Rolex movements, as long as the balance structure of the double arm bridges, there is a fine-tuning structure under the bridges, a move that ensures that even after years of use, if the pendulum or the bridges are out of position, there is still a way to make adjustments without having to replace parts, which provides greater convenience for later maintenance and repair. As the advantages of the stability of the double-arm bridges have become more well known, many brands are using them, such as the new generation of coaxial movements such as Omega’s 85xx and 9xxx series, as well as Audemars Piguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, etc., but without exception, with the exception of Rolex, which uses fine-adjustment screws under the pendulum bridges, none of the other brands have a similar fine-adjustment structure (patent implications?). (I wonder if any of my cousins know about this).

In Rolex’s 31XX series movements, underneath the bridges were two micro-adjustment screws, their edges, both partially exposed, and the baseplate next to them would leave some space for tools to fine-tune the two screws. With the 2015 32XX line of movements, this all changed, the micro-adjustment screw on one side of the bridge plate was eliminated and the other side was still there, but out of thin air, a graduated micro-adjustment screw appeared. In the official Rolex literature, this structure is ignored because it is not new technology and has been “in use” for 16 years.

The fine-tuning screw, in fact, has a gear underneath and engages with the original fine-tuning screw at the bottom. The advantage of having scales is obvious, as they are very easy to quantify and the amount of fine adjustment that can be made per scale should be documented in the official internals. The elimination of a single fine adjustment screw is probably due to the fact that unilateral fine adjustments are considered sufficient, and two-sided fine adjustments are inevitably more cumbersome and less accurate than one side. As previously mentioned, this technology is not new, and looking at all recent Rolex movements, the structure has been in its infancy since the introduction of the 2230 (2235) in 1999, when the additional fine adjustment screw, which was not yet graduated or integrated into the balance bridge, was introduced.

By the year 2000, following a series of changes in the structure of the movement and its components, the Cal. 4130 chronograph movement using this structure, which replaced the 4030 calibre that had been in use for eleven years since 1989, was also semi-integrated into the balance-plate (in 2235, the fine adjustment screw was not secured by a whole plate, in 4130, it shared the balance-plate with the fine adjustment screw). In 2012, the Rolex Sky-Dweller was launched, equipped with the new Cal.9001 automatic movement developed by Rolex, and instead of making the fine-tuning structure of the bridge more streamlined, it became much more complex, with two fine-tuning screws of the 31XX series, one next to each of the fine-tuning screws, and one fine-tuning screw on the bottom of the bridge. “Hide” it.

By 2015 in the 32XX series, the entire fine-tuned structure of the original 41XX series movement was simply integrated into the oscillating bridge plate, and also made to scale. So, it’s not a new technology, but it has evolved, even more so in the 3XXX series for the first time. Rolex movements have always been known for their precision and durability, and behind this, in addition to having many special materials and structures patented by Rolex, a more important point is that most of the components in a Rolex movement can be readjusted at a later stage of maintenance, rather than having to be replaced, so that even a Rolex watch from decades ago can still keep time accurately after maintenance. The silicon hairspring, which was very popular a few years ago, is also fading away in recent years. The main reason is that silicon is too brittle and can only be replaced when damaged. So a really good watch, in addition to good to go now, decades or even hundreds of years later, whether it is easy to be saved is equally important, and undoubtedly, Rolex durability is also reflected in this point.

“Cyclops” gives you a glimpse into the wider world of Rolex.

Some people love them, some people hate them. But whichever view one takes, it cannot be denied that the Cyclops is one of Rolex’s iconic features, a highly innovative invention designed to magnify the calendar window and highlight the time (1945. The Cyclops convex lens, named after the Sicilian giant Cyclops in Greek mythology, was patented by replica Rolex watches  in the early 1950s and introduced with the Chronomat in 1953.

A 1945 Rolex Datejust watch (In 1953, the Datejust series first adopted Cyclops convex lens, but as shown in the picture, the earliest datejust watch did not have this function)
A 1945 Rolex Datejust watch (In 1953, the Datejust series first adopted Cyclops convex lens, but as shown in the picture, the earliest datejust watch did not have this function)

What led to the invention of the Cyclops convex lens? Certain sources claim that Hans Wilsdorf invented the Cyclops to help his wife read the date on his wristwatch (note: a reference to his second wife, Betty Wilsdorf Mettler, as his first wife, May Wilsdorf Crotty, had died in 1944), though of course this claim has not been confirmed by Rolex.

In a February 1953 letter, Wilsdorf wrote: “I am sure that the new Tropical case and mirror, as well as the optical magnifying element, will give us something completely new.” With this in mind, and in order to protect innovation, Rolex issued a “warning statement” in 1955: “To all watchmakers, we draw your attention to the fact that watch mirrors with specially shaped magnifying glasses are patented by Rolex, both in Switzerland and abroad. We will not hesitate to take legal action against any counterfeit.”

A 1955 Rolex Greenwich watch
A 1955 Rolex Greenwich watch
A 1956 day-date watch
A 1956 day-date watch

The Cyclops convex lens was soon extended to all Oyster watches with a date display, and the Greenwich and Day-Date models, introduced in 1955 and 1956 respectively, were also equipped with this feature. The only exception was the Deep Diver, which was not fitted with a Cyclops convex lens for technical reasons relating to the shape and thickness of the lens.

In the early 1970s, the sapphire crystal was first used on the Ref. 5100 Oyster Quartz, then extended to the entire range. Since 2005, Rolex has also applied an anti-reflective coating on both sides of the lens.

Cyclops convex lens
Cyclops convex lens

The Cyclops convex lens has attracted an untold number of fans to Rolex, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t voices on the opposite side. Critics have complained that air bubbles can cut through the flat lens and disrupt the overall harmony of the watch’s design, while the slightly raised lens is also more susceptible to scratches.

So for, or against? The topic has been in the midst of a heated debate. For example, the introduction of the Aquamarine, which was fitted with the Cyclops convex lens for the first time in 2017, sparked a great deal of controversy among the Rolex fan base and even became one of the most controversial topics at Baselworld that year, as the cleanliness of the crystal has been a defining characteristic of the Aquamarine collection for 50 years. Rolex explained that the Cyclops had not been fitted in the past for technical reasons (the lens is highly curved to cope with extreme water depths and high pressures), but that the problem had now been solved. “If you can, why not? After all, the Cyclops convex lens is an iconic element of all Rolex watches with date display windows.”

The Rolex Deep Diving 126660 watch is currently the only watch with a date display window but not equipped with a Cyclops convex lens.
The Rolex Deep Diving 126660 watch is currently the only watch with a date display window but not equipped with a Cyclops convex lens.

Currently, the only watch that has a date window but is not fitted with a Cyclops convex lens is the Deep Submariner. In order to achieve water resistance to a depth of 3,900 meters, the Deep Submersible is fitted with an extra thick sapphire crystal and therefore can no longer be fitted with a convex lens. We will have to wait for Rolex to come up with a new solution.

Searching the web, one can even see some attempts to remove the Cyclops lens from a Rolex (highly discouraged), and of course, some people have upgraded their watches with it. Beyond its practicality, the Cyclops lens has become one of Rolex’s most iconic features. Even though some of its competitors have used or are using them, such as Seiko, TAG Heuer and Cartier (some even place them underneath the lens), the Cyclops lens belongs only to Rolex. It’s safe to say that without the Cyclops convex lens, the Logbook would not be the Logbook model it is today.

What do we need to look out for when buying the Rolex Explorer I and II series?

Over the past year, we’ve talked a lot about the Rolex Daytona and the Aquatimer. I’ve bought them before, but to be honest, I also had a “speculative” mind when I bought them, as many of the players who bought them “made” money. In fact, in all kinds of  replica Rolex watches , I myself wear the longest time, is the first one, I used to wear for several years. So in this period of time when the Di and the Ghost are hot, I would like to talk about the Explorer I and II series.

Rolex Explorer I, model number: 214270
Rolex Explorer I, model number: 214270

Compared to the Rolex Dittona and Water Ghost, the Explorer I and II series are relatively “niche” watches among the sports watches. Although the Rolex market rose in these two years, but with the Steel Di, Aquaman, red and blue circle, blue and black circle, blue disk Skywalker, these hot models compared to the market also rose, but belongs to the market is relatively “rational” sports labor, and even can have a discount. In the movement of the labor cost is very high.

Rolex Explorer II, model number: 216570
Rolex Explorer II, model number: 216570

The Explorer I and II series is also a very “background” watch in Rolex.

The Rolex sports watches (professional watches) each have a professional direction. It’s not all-around, it’s just to do well in your own profession. For example, Dittona is a professional chronograph, Aquaman is a professional diving watch, Lightning Needle is a professional anti-magnetic watch, and Greenwich is a professional GMT watch. The Rolex Explorer’s professional direction is adventure, such as climbing mountains and caves, Rolex Explorer I and II series are historically associated with mountain climbing watches.

The origin of the Explorer I is that in 1953, mountaineers Hillary and Norgay climbed Mount Everest, the first time a human climbed Mount Everest. Mountaineering team in the process of climbing Mount Everest, wearing a watch provided by Rolex, this watch is the forerunner of the Rolex Explorer series, thus giving birth to the Rolex Explorer (Explorer I), Rolex Explorer became the first watch to climb Mount Everest. The origin of the Explorer II is that in 1971, mountaineers prepared to climb the snowy mountains of New Guinea (in what is now Indonesia), Rolex provided climbers with the Explorer II watch. At the time, Rolex offered the 1655, the first generation Explorer II.

Here’s a look at the current Explorer I and II series.

The Explorer I is the most minimalist of Rolex’s sports watches. No extras, no calendar. Only the hour, minute and second hands, the most basic time functions. Considering that the Probe I is a professional watch developed from mountaineering, mountaineering doesn’t need any functions either. It just needs to be sturdy and durable, luminous and easy to read the time. The 3, 6, 9 hour markers on the dial is the most distinctive feature of Probe One. There are mainly two types of Explorer I in circulation, one is the new model and the other is the old model. It should be noted that, regardless of the new and old models, the 39mm Explorer I number is 214270, when Rolex introduced the new Explorer I, did not change the number. The most important thing to buy an Explorer I is to differentiate between the old and new models. The way to distinguish between the old and new is simple, there are two differences between the old and new Explorer I. The old and new Explorer I have two differences.

Rolex old Explorer I214270 (left) and Rolex new Explorer I214270 (right), pay attention to the difference between 369 and the hands.

1, 39mm new Explorer I’s 3, 6, 9 hour markers, all luminous words, with luminescence; 39mm old Explorer I’s 3, 6, 9 hour markers are metal words, no luminescence.

2, the new 39mm Explorer I’s hour and minute hands are larger and thicker, and the minute hand length is longer; the 39mm old Explorer I’s hour and minute hands are shorter and thinner, and the minute hand length is shorter.

The reason why the 39mm Explorer I214270 will cause there are new, old two is that the previous generation of the probe one 114270 is 36mm, after upgrading to the 39mm 214270, initially only increased the case size to 39, did not change the hands. Later found that the proportions are not particularly good, so they changed the longer and thicker hands. Now stores are selling, are new fat needle, luminous 369 probe I, but in the secondary market there are many old fine needle metal 369 explorer I, you should pay attention to the distinction.

The Rolex Explorer I and II series are very different, although they are both explorers. The Rolex Explorer II has a dual time function, a calendar, a bezel with 24-hour numbers, and a crown with a shoulder guard. This is because, in the 1970s, Rolex felt that the Explorer I was not very functional, so it introduced the Explorer II to improve the configuration of the watch.
First of all, dual time was added in order to allow explorers to identify the correct time (e.g., whether it’s 10 p.m. or 10 a.m.) in caves, extreme day and night, and other places where they can’t tell the difference between day and night. A calendar and crown shoulder guard have also been added. The Explorer II, currently in circulation, is also of two kinds. One is new and the other is old. The new model is number 216570. The new Explorer II is numbered 216570 and the old Explorer II is numbered 16570.

Rolex old explorer II16570 (left) and Rolex new explorer II216570 (right), pay attention to the difference between the hands.

1, the new Explorer II216570 is 42 mm, large size; the old Explorer II16570 is 40 mm, small size.

The new Explorer II216570 has a large “orange” arrow hand for dual time; the old Explorer II16570 has a small “red” hand for dual time.

The hour and minute hands of the new Explorer II216570 are thicker “fat needles”; the hour and minute hands of the old Explorer II16570 are thinner “thin needles”.

The new Explorer II216570 is now available in Rolex boutiques, while there are many older Explorer II16570s in circulation in the secondary market. Please pay attention to the distinction. The bezel of the Explorer II is a steel bezel with printed numbers, which should be protected to prevent wear and tear on the bezel or numbers.

In the mainstream luxury brands of steel watches, the metric price of the Explorer I and II series is in the middle, normal price. The actual price/performance ratio of the Explorer I and II series in Rolex is outstanding. In this period, the Rolex market is high, and the price/performance ratio of the Explorer I and II series is bursting at the seams.

It’s also a good idea to take note of the fact that the Explorer I and II series are “no class” Rolexes. The Explorer I and II series from the birth to now, are steel watches, never precious metal. For example, the same sports professional watch Aquaman, there are steel, gold, and full gold, the level gradually increase. More money can buy full gold, less money will buy steel, forming a difference. And Explorer I and II series because it is never a steel watch, will not form a difference.