Welcome back to our new series, Everything You Need to Know about Luxury Watches. We are starting with the iconic, and our favorite, Rolex. And, this is the Rolex lineup finale! Part II of our Rolex series covered the Rolex Lineup – in several parts because the Rolex lineup has 13 models, and each model has several variations. You can read Part I here, and Part II here.
I want to preface this by saying we are covering the modern Rolex lineup. If you want to learn more about the vintage Rolex models, please let us know in the comments, and we can add that to our list!
It’s important to note that there is no way to ever write about every single reference, as Rolex has hundreds, but they all fall into about 13 models, or families.
The Rolex Lineup Finale
Rolex Datejust – 733 Variations
Yes, there are 733 variations of the Rolex Datejust, it is a huge collection that spans over 75 years! The Rolex Datejust was released in 1945 when they added the first date complication that changed just before midnight to the Oyster model, along with the cyclops. The Rolex Datejust is one of the most iconic models, which is why it is being covered in the Rolex Lineup Finale.
Things you need to know about the Rolex Datejust:
- It has a water-resistant round Oyster case with a twin lock winding crown
- Solid screw-down case backs with fluting
- The dial has three hands at the center and a date window at 3 o’clock
- Automatic movement
- The bezels can be fluted, smooth, or gem-set
- The bracelets are Jubilee, Oyster, and President (limited to smaller models)
- It comes in steel, gold, two-tone Rolesor, and platinum (limited to smaller models)
- Various sizes include the 28mm, 31mm, 36mm, and 41mm
Whether you are looking for a Rolex Datejust in any size or configuration, Jonathan’s Watch Buyer has it. There are lots of preowned Datejust models for men and women in the secondary market. Follow us on Instagram or visit our eBay store or just click the picture above to see all the Datejust’s we have, including the one above for sale!
Rolex Day Date – 197 Variation
It was in 1956 when Rolex released a new model with the date at 3 o’clock and the day of the week displayed in an arced aperture at the top of the dial. It also came on a newly designed five-link bracelet. And fun fact is that the Rolex Day Date is also called the President because it was the chosen watch of LBJ, JFK and Reagan.
Here are some key things to know about the Rolex Day Date:
- It is only available in all precious metal cases
- The day display is available in 26 languages
- The President nickname is the name of the bracelet, even though people think it’s because President’s have worn it
- It’s the second most recognized watch in the Rolex lineup
Rolex Sky Dweller – 24 Variations
The Rolex Sky Dweller, released in 2012, is one of the most complicated watches in our Rolex lineup finale, as well as one of the most complicated that Rolex offers. The movement of the Sky Dweller is an annual calendar that displays months without years. The months are shown by a tiny aperture that turns red at each of the 12 markers around the dial. The date in the 3 o’clock position and a 24-hour GMT indicator is located on the ring above the 6 o-clock.
What distinguishes the Sky Dweller:
- The bezel is a selector for whatever function you set via the crown.
- There are 7 positions you can rotate the bezel to and then use the crown to adjust the function that you set
- It only comes in a 42mm
- The bezel is always fluted, and the bracelet is always an oyster bracelet
Rolex Cellini: 1 Variation
The Rolex Cellini is one of the dressiest models in the Rolex lineup and is our last watch in our Rolex lineup finale. The Cellini is the least well-known and recognized watch that Rolex offers, and over the years there have been many variations of shapes and sizes. Because we are covering the modern Rolex versions, todays Cellini is the only Rolex to have a moonphase display.
Here’s what you need to do about the Cellini Moonphase:
- The Cellini collection takes its name from the famed Italian goldsmith and sculptor, Benvenuto Cellini
- It has a 39mm cases in Everose gold
- white lacquer dial and the date is displayed by a blue hand with a crescent moon tip pointing to the numbers around the circumference of the dial
- A blue enameled disc at 6 o’clock shows the current moon phase of the lunar cycle, with the moon itself represented by a small disc of meteorite
- It says Rolex Genève and Cellini on the dials
In Conclusion on the Rolex Lineup Finale
Although this might not end our Rolex series, we will take a pause with our Rolex lineup finale. We hope you enjoyed learning everything you need to know about Rolex, and if you would like to purchase your first or 50th Rolex, please contact Jonathan’s Watch Buyer.
All our Rolex models have a guarantee of being authentic and we stand behind every model so that you know you are getting the best new and preowned Rolex models available.