When you see as many Rolex watches as we do and have studied them for as long as we have, you start to recognize patterns. For instance, it’s hardly a shocker when Rolex introduces a new material option within a collection, or releases a fresh batch of references to accommodate new-generation calibers.
However, what is most surprising often lies in what is not currently available – the most obvious one being a collection of new Rolex Submariner Date watches fitted with the now four-year-old Caliber 3235 (Baselworld 2020 maybe?). Just for fun, here are four Rolex watches that we’re surprised don’t exist just yet.
Rolex already manufacturers an annual calendar, why not also make a perpetual calendar?
Submariner on an Oysterflex
Continuing on the Submariner discussion, we would venture to say that a blatant missing element from the collection is the option of a rubber strap – or in Rolex-speak, the Oysterflex bracelet (which is, in fact, a metal blade coated in black elastomer). Those of you familiar with Rolex watches will no doubt know that that Submariner has only ever been fitted with the ubiquitous three-link metal Oyster bracelet over its six-decade history, and that the new rubber Oysterflex bracelet made its debut in 2015 on a Yacht-Master model.
But what is more “dive watch style” than a rubber strap? Look to other brands such as Omega, Audemars Piguet, Breitling, and Panerai, and you’ll quickly spot plenty of rubber strap choices within their diving watch lineups – because it just makes sense. However, (at least for now) the Oysterflex bracelet is only available within the Yacht-Master and Daytona collection and is exclusive to gold models. So perhaps a gold Submariner with an Oysterflex is in the near future?
As the most famous dive watch on the planet, it is somewhat strange that you cannot get the Rolex Submariner with a rubber strap.
Two-Tone Everose Daytona
The possibility of a two-tone Everose Daytona was already brought up in our roundup of Baselworld 2019 predictions a few months back. However it’s worth mentioning again since the marriage of stainless steel and Everose pink gold is the only material option missing from Rolex’s signature chronograph collection.
Over the course of its existence, the Daytona has been made in stainless steel, all three shades of gold, two-tone yellow gold and steel, and platinum, not to mention the choice of leather straps, Oysterflex bracelets, and ceramic bezels. And lest we forget the rainbow, leopard, and tiger versions! So let us ask again, where in the world is the Everose Rolesor Rolex Daytona?
The two-tone Daytona has existed with yellow gold and stainless steel for decades, but no Everose two-tone version exists.
GMT-Master II with Black and Green Bezel
Of all the colors in the rainbow, green is the shade most associated with Rolex. It’s the go-to hue for the company’s logo, packaging, hang tags, boutique design, and corporate marketing materials. Plus, it’s the color often used for milestone models such as the anniversary Submariner with the green bezel, the anniversary GMT-Master II with the green dial, and the anniversary Milgauss with the green sapphire crystal.
However, what is clearly missing is a bi-color green and black Cerachrom bezel on a GMT-Master II watch. We know that Rolex can make a green ceramic bezel as evidenced by the “Hulk” Submariner ref. 116610LV. And the black ceramic bezel is standard in the current Rolex catalog. So why not merge both colors on one awesome pilot’s watch? The GMT-Master II “Green Lantern” perhaps, to follow in the footsteps of the Rolex “Hulk” and “Batman.”
Rolex makes a black and blue bezel insert for the GMT-Master II, so why not make a black and green one too?
Cellini Perpetual Calendar
It’s been said many times before, but the Cellini collection is clearly Rolex’s underdog. The collection of non-Oyster Rolex watches just hasn’t captured the watch loving crowd’s attention the same way the brand’s Oyster Perpetual rage of watches – despite its beautiful and recent redesign. In 2016, Rolex re-launched the Cellini collection as a tight collection of elegant timepieces, dropping the somewhat haphazard and often quartz-powered offerings it previously contained, and replaced them with classically-styled mechanical dress watches that are more in line with the likes of what Patek, Vacheron, and Lange has to offer.
The new Cellini collection originally offered Time, Date, and Dual Time models, and in 2017, Rolex added a Moonphase version. The moonphase complication is not one we have seen from Rolex since the 1950s, so it was an exciting development and it would be a great way to kick off a future series of more complex mechanical dress watches. Personally, we’d love to see Rolex flex some mechanical mastery with a Cellini Perpetual Calendar watch – the company already has the Sky-Dweller annual calendar model, so why not go one step further with a quantième perpétuel?
What Rolex models do you think are missing and would love to see made? Leave us your thoughts in the comment section below.
The Cellini collection is home to a moonphase complication. Maybe a perpetual calendar will be next?