Famous people that have Rolex watches named after them

Paul Newman
The so-called Daytona “Paul Newman” models are a group of vintage manual-wound Daytona watches that include specific Art Deco styled dials.

Jean-Claude Killy
“Killy” Rolex watches refer to a group of vintage Rolex triple calendar Dato-Compax chronographs.

James Cameron
In 2012, James Cameron navigated the Deepsea Challenger submersible to the deepest part of the Mariana Trench. This is the first human to reach the 6.8-mile-deep underwater valley solo. As a tribute the historic feat, Rolex created a special edition of the Deepsea professional diver’s watch.

Steve McQueen
In watch collection circles, the Rolex “Steve McQueen” refers to the Explorer II ref. 1655, but there seems to be no photographic evidence to support that claim. On the other hand, the celebrity was frequently photographed wearing a Submariner ref. 5512 as his daily watch

How long does the battery last in an Oysterquartz?

Some Oysterquartz owners have reported batteries lasting as long as five years. Two to three years seems to be about the average life of the battery, however.  Rolex USA replaces Oysterquartz batteries free of charge, and this service includes new gaskets and pressure testing.

How rare is the Oysterquartz?

It has been estimated that fewer than 25,000 Oysterquartz watches were made, which makes it one of the rarest regular production watches Rolex has ever produced. (To put the number 25,000 in perspective, remember that Rolex made almost one million watches in 2004 and the Oysterquartz was in production for nearly 25 years.)

How many watches does Rolex manufacture each year?

Rolex doesn’t release exact numbers, however, according to industry estimates and considering the number of Chronometer certificates issued to Rolex over the past few years, it’s safe to assume that Rolex produces somewhere between 700,000 to 800,000 watches annually. On the other hand, it is believed that counterfeiters produce over ten times that number!

How did the word Rolex originate ?

Hans Wilsdorf wanted his watches to bear a name that was short, easy to say and remember in any language, and which looked good on watch movements and dials. He said, “I tried combining the letters of the alphabet in every possible way. This gave me some hundred names, but none of them felt quite right. One morning, while riding on the upper deck of a horse-drawn omnibus along Cheapside in the City of London, a genie whispered ‘Rolex’ in my ear.”

Who is the founder of Rolex ?

The history of Rolex is inextricably linked to the visionary spirit of Hans Wilsdorf, its founder. In 1905, at the age of 24, Hans Wilsdorf founded a company in London specialising in the distribution of timepieces. He began to dream of a watch worn on the wrist. Wristwatches were not very precise at the time, but Hans Wilsdorf foresaw that they could become not only elegant, but also reliable. To convince the public of the reliability of his resolutely innovative timepieces, he equipped them with small, very precise movements manufactured by a Swiss watchmaking company in Bienne.

Rolex watches in a movie


Rolex introduction years

1926     Oyster Case
1927     Serial Number On Oyster Case
1931     Oyster Perpetual
1938     Bubble Back
1938     Oyster Bracelet
1945     Jubilee Bracelet
1945     Datejust
1950     Mercedes Hand
1953     Submariner 100m / 330ft
1953     Turn-O-Graph
1953     Explorer
1954     GMT-Master
1954     Submariner 200m / 660ft
1954     Cyclop On Crystal
1954     Ladys Oyster Perpetual
1956     Day-Date
1956     President Bracelet
1956     Milgauss
1957     Lady Datejust
1959     Submariner gets Crown Guards and 40mm Case
1960     Deep Sea Special (Diving Record 10.916 m)
1961     Oyster Cosmograph
1963     Cosmograph Daytona
1967     Sea-Dweller
1969     Submariner Date
1969     Submariner Date 18 k YG
1971     Explorer II
1972     Hacking Movement
1974     Sapphire Crystal
1976     Oysterquartz
1977     Quick Set Date Feature
1978     Sea-Dweller 4000
1979     Submariner 300m / 1000ft with Sapphire Crystal
1983     GMT-Master II
1983     Submariner Rolesor
1985     904 L Steel
1985     Explorer II (Ref. 16550)
1985     GMT II (Ref. 16760)
1988     Cosmograph Daytona (Zenith Movement)
1988     Explorer II (Ref. 16570)
1988     GMT II (Ref. 16710)
1992     Yacht-Master
1992     Pearlmaster
1994     Yacht-Master Lady & Medium
2000     Cosmograph Daytona With Inhouse Movement
2001     Laser Etched Hologram In Crystal
2003     “Green” Submariner Date
2004     Serial Number On The Inner Bezel
2004     New TOG
2004     New Datejust Case
2005     GMT-Master YG (Ref. 116718)
2005     Parachrom Hairspring
2006     GMT-Master Rolesor (Ref. 116713)
2007     GMT-Master SS (Ref. 116710) and WG (Ref. 116759)
2007     Caliber 3131
2007     Caliber 4160
2007     Yacht-Master II  YG & WG
2007     Milgauss (Ref. 116400)
2007     Air-King (Ref. 114200)
2007     Submariner with COSC
2008     Sea-Dweller Deepsea
2008     Day-Date II
2008     Oyster Perpetual 36mm
2008     RG Daytona
2008     Caliber 3156
2008     Submariner Date New Case YG
2009     Datejust II Rolesor & SS
2009     Submariner Date New Case Rolesor
2010     Explorer 39mm (Ref. 214270)
2010     Submariner Date (Ref. 116610)
2011     Explorer II 42mm (Ref. 216570)
2011     Yacht-Master II Rolesor
2011     RG Black Bezel Datona
2011     Caliber 3187
2012     Sky-Dweller
2012     Caliber 9001
2012     Submariner (Ref. 114060)
2012     Deepsea Challenge Prototype
2013     SS GMT-Master blue/black bezel
2013     SS Yacht-Machster II
2013     Platin Daytona
2014     New Cellini Line (Date, Time, Dual Time)
2014     Ceramic Bezel “Pepsi” for GMT (Ref. 116719)
2014     Sea-Dweller 4000 (Ref. 116600)
2014     Blue dial for Milgauss GV
2014     Syloxi Hairspring
2014     Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue Dial Edition
2015     Day-Date 40 mm
2015     OP 39 mm
2015     Yacht-Master Everose 40 & 37 mm with Oysterflex Bracelet
2015     Caliber 3255
2015     Caliber 3235
2015     The green seal coupled with a five-year guarantee (July)
2016     SS Daytona Cerachrom bezel (Ref. 116500)
2016     Air-King 40 mm (Ref. 116900)
2016     Datejust 41 Rolesor (YG & RG) with Cal. 3235
2016     Jubildee bracelet for Datejust 41 Rolesor
2016     Yacht-Master 40 Everose Rolesor (Ref. 116621)
2016     Yacht-Master 37 SS (Ref. 268622)
2017     Sea-Dweller 43mm (Ref. 126600)
2017     Daytona 18 ct with Oyterflex bracelet
2017     Sky-Dweller yellow and white Rolesor
2017     Datejust 41 Steel and white Rolesor
2017     Yacht-Master Everose gold with gem-set bezel
2017     Cellini Moonphase
2018     GMT-Master “Pepsi” SS 126710, Cal. 3285
2018     GMT-Master RG (Ref. 126715CHNR)
2018     GMT-Master SS/RG (Ref. 126711CHNR)
2018     “Rainbow” Daytona RG (Ref. 116595RBOW)
2018     New Movements for Datejust 31 & 36
2018     Deepsea 126660

How important are box & papers on a Rolex watch?

Modern watches:
Nowadays everybody knows that you should  keep box and papers. There is only a small  added value to modern watches because when you have the the box and papers. But it’s are a lot easier to sell a watch with original box and papers.

Vintage watches.
Back in the days it was very common to throw away box and papers besides that the where not made to last long. For a collector it’s very cool have all original “full set”,  but you can pay upto 25{9c7f37c78d0428cda2145a6ffe5333476c25e854262b773cc5187daf4be10fbc} extra for the box and papers. You cant wear box and papers and the box papers don’t say anything about the originality of the watch.

Decide for yourself it’s worth the premium for you, but keep in mind:

  • There are fake box papers in circulation.
  • There are original blank papers in circulation that can be filled in to “create” a full set.