New Rolex watches on Baselworld 2019

This year, a new model joins the Yacht-Master range of sailing watches: the Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42. The Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller is introduced in a yellow Rolesor version, while the Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II in Oystersteel with a Cerachrom bezel insert in blue and black ceramic is fitted with a Jubilee bracelet. The Day-Date 36 is presented with novel dials, in particular those in decorative stone. The Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 and the Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 in yellow, white or Everose Rolesor versions are proposed with new, refined dials.

What is baselworld ?

Baselworld Watch and Jewellery Show is a trade show of the international watch and jewellery industry, organized each spring in the city of Basel, Switzerland, at Messe Basel.

It comprises about 2,100 exhibitors from over 45 countries, including the leading watch and jewellery brands, as well as companies specializing in precious gems. The show attracts over 94,000 visitors.

What’s the Amplitude of a Watch?

Amplitude is how big of a swing (degrees of rotation) the balance wheel moves per oscillation. Low amplitude generally means a larger problem with the power transmission causing less than needed energy to be delivered to the escapement.

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

What is a homage / replica / counterfeit / frankenwatch ?

Homage
A watch that makes its best efforts to look exactly like another watch only made by a different manufacture.

Replica/Replica/Fake
Made in exact imitation of something valuable or important with the intention to deceive or defraud.

Frankenwatch
A put together watch with original parts mixed with replica or after-market/fake parts in/on it.

What’s the story of the Double-signed/co-branded Rolex dials, like Tiffany dial ?

Most Rolex collectors know about dials co-signed by Tiffany and Serpico Y Laino, but there are a lot more retailers that sold co-branded Rolexes. For example Cartier, Bucherer, Monetti Napoli and there are al lot more companies all over the world that have sold co-branded watches.

Watches with Double-signed stamped dials are very collectable and are sold with a big premium. In most situations the watch itself does not have differences in quality or mechanics, but there is only a extra printing on the dial.

Note: Because of the high value there are a lot of counterfeits in circulation.

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!