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Bask in the Brilliance of Three Iced Out Rolex Watches

February 1, 2018

BY Paul Altieri

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For many, Rolex watches and diamonds are the perfect match. Both precious, prestigious, and head turning. While wearers can certainly deck out a Rolex watch with custom gems, there are plenty of iced out Rolex watches that come straight from the factory. You may need to sport some shades as we explore the brilliance of these diamond-embellished Rolex watches.

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The GMT-Master II 116769TBR is a iced out Rolex.

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Iced Out Rolex GMT-Master II 116769TBR

Retailing for about half a million dollars, the GMT-Master II ref. 116769TBR is one serious statement watch. While the Rolex GMT-Master II is famous for being one of Rolex’s most practical timepieces, the functionality of the GMT-Master II ref. 116769TBR is not what stands out here. Rather, it’s the over 30 carats of diamonds set onto the 18k white gold body of this insane Rolex watch.

From the baguette-cut diamond-set bezel on the 40mm Oyster case to the diamond-encrusted lugs and crown guards to the diamond Oyster bracelet, almost every inch of the GMT-Master II ref. 116769TBR shines with precious stones. The gem-set dial is particularly intriguing, featuring a diamond wave pattern behind the large lume plots and Mercedes-style hands.

Under all those precious gems is still a technically impressive Rolex watch powered by the Rolex Caliber 3186 automatic movement that drives the local time, extra 24-hour hand, and date functions. Although we doubt this ultra expensive Rolex will ever go for a swim, it is water resistant to 330 feet.

Iced Out Rolex

The Rolex Daytona 116576TBR is a watch covered in diamonds.

Iced Out Rolex Daytona 116576TBR

In 2014, Rolex followed up the anniversary platinum Daytona watch that made its debut a year earlier with a diamond version. Crafted in 950 platinum, the Rolex Daytona ref. 116576TBR sports the characteristic 40mm Oyster case with the duo of screw-down pushers framing the screw-down winding crown.

The preciousness of the platinum material is complemented by the diamond-adorned face, which includes a bezel set with 36 baguette-cut diamonds and a dial paved with 437 round diamonds. Rolex reserves the ice blue color for their platinum watches and here we see that distinct shade on the trio of subdials peeking out from under the blanket of diamonds. Carrying on the blue hue, on top of the diamond dial sits blued white gold hands and the blued white gold outlined luminescent hour markers.

Encased within the diamond Rolex Daytona ref. 116576TBR is the famous in-house Cal. 4130 automatic chronograph movement with 72 hours of power reserve.

Iced Out Rolex

This Day-Date isn’t as covered as the other watches, but it still contains many diamonds.

Iced Out Rolex Day-Date 36 118388

Moving from white precious metals, we now take a look at the yellow gold and diamond Rolex Day-Date 36 ref. 118388. This particular version of the legendary Rolex President watch takes on a dash of diamonds exceptionally well.

The 36mm Oyster case of the 18k yellow gold Day-Date 36 ref. 118388 flaunts a diamond-set bezel, as well as diamond decorated lugs. Furthermore, for diamond devotees, the President ref. 118388 is also available with a full diamond pavé dial and a President bracelet with diamond center links.

Powering the time and the famed duo of windows on the dial displaying the day of the week in full and the date is the Rolex Cal. 3155 manufacture automatic movement with 48 hours of power reserve.

Though iced out Rolex watches may not be to everyone’s taste, the skills of the brand’s in-house master jewelers shouldn’t be overlooked. From designing and crafting their iconic timepieces and calibers in-house to producing their own precious metals onsite to sourcing and setting precious gems, everything Rolex does is executed to a standard few luxury brands can match.

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