50 Years. Whereas it’s arduous for us to think about being dedicated to an individual for that size of time, it’s straightforward to see how 50 years might cross straight away while you’re a luxurious watch model with tons of of 1000’s of loyal followers. That have to be the origin of that traditional previous adage: “Relationships come and go however a Submariner is eternally?” No less than we expect it goes one thing like that.
It goes with out saying that there are few anniversaries we love as a lot as watch anniversaries, particularly as they begin to push previous the 40 yr mark. If a watch has been round for 50 years, it’s positively doing one thing proper.
Rolex is understood for retooling, redesigning, and refining references on the 50th anniversary of their debuts. Usually, the fiftieth anniversary version of a watch contains some use of the colour inexperienced, Rolex’s main model colour.
2021 is the 50th anniversary of the Explorer II, a imaginative and prescient in monochrome black or white with an attractive arrow-style GMT hand. Earlier than we dive into our predictions, let’s recap what Rolex did to commemorate the 50th anniversary version of different references.
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SUB: A GREEN BEZEL
Ah, The Kermit. The watch that kickstarted the twee naming pattern for brand spanking new references and impressed an entire new technology of watch patrons to pivot in the direction of the Submariner. Main as much as the 50th anniversary of the Sub, predictions littered on-line boards. Collectors puzzled how Rolex might enhance upon perfection, or danger altering what’s been their bestselling reference since 1960. By including a inexperienced bezel to the Submariner, Rolex revered the integrity of the reference whereas including the tiniest bit of caprice to it. The response from collectors was unequivocally heat, and the Kermit stays an extremely in style funding piece… if you may get your palms on it, that’s.
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GMT: A FOREST-GREEN DIAL
The inexperienced dial on this gold valuable steel GMT introduced a glossy emerald dial to a beloved GMT complication watch. The 50th Anniversary GMT arrived in 2005 and stayed in manufacturing till April 2020, when it was discontinued. It continued to promote properly throughout that point, offering collectors with a dressier, valuable steel model of a traditional GMT.
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DAYTONA: A BLUE DIAL
The 50th Anniversary version of the Daytona outfitted the beloved chronograph with an ice-blue dial and a chocolate brown ceramic bezel and subdials. The watch was made totally in platinum, making an already highly-valued reference much more over-the-top. Reference 116506 was launched in 2013 and offered for a retail worth of $75,000. Often, the platinum anniversary is the 70th anniversary, however contemplating how stunning this watch is, we’ll give Rolex a cross.
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MILGAUSS: A GREEN SAPPHIRE CRYSTAL
The skinny inexperienced line that encircles the Milgauss’s dial is a brand new addition, added in 2007 to reference 116400. For this 50th anniversary replace, Rolex pioneered the manufacturing of a tinted green sapphire crystal. Whereas Rolex often patents its innovations, the inexperienced crystal doesn’t have a patent. Why not? Rolex believed the manufacture is so complicated that no different watchmaker would even try it. Specialists surmise that the crystal contains copper and aluminum oxide to contribute to the distinctive inexperienced tint, however solely Rolex is aware of for certain.
SEA-DWELLER 50TH ANNIVERSARY: A CYCLOPS & RED TEXT
One of many extra refined 50th Anniversary references was the Sea-Dweller reference 126600. Rolex expanded the case dimension from 40mm to 43mm and added a brand new motion and a Cyclops lens (a lot to the horror of many Sea-Dweller purists). To high all of it off, the Sea-Dweller textual content was rendered in pink, a coy nod to the beloved Double Crimson Sea-Dweller 1665.
2021: 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROLEX EXPLORER II
When the 50th Anniversary version of the Rolex Explorer II hits HourUniverse in 2021, what are we prone to see? Our greatest guesses fluctuate extensively, however all of them are potentialities for the 2021 Explorer II.
- A Stainless Metal Explorer II would respect the rugged software watch historical past of the Explorer II and make the reference extra out there to a wider variety of folks. A Rolesor Explorer II can also be a risk, since most Rolex references debut in valuable steel, transfer into two tone mixed-metal, and eventually land in stainless-steel. Is a two tone Explorer within the works?
- Did someone say Cerachrom bezel? A black ceramic bezel on the Explorer II could be visually attention-grabbing, however would that materials respect the Explorer’s provenance, legacy, and objective?
- A Inexperienced GMT Hand would comply with the sample of using inexperienced design components for 50th anniversary editions, and it will look unimaginable on the Explorer II. Our fingers are crossed for this.
- In 2012, Rolex filed for U.S. patent 9405374, a motion element that will permit a watch to make use of “mechanical reminiscence” to “retain two impartial time zones utilizing a single set of palms” and a “switchover mechanism…permitting the time-display member to change between [time zones].” Can we anticipate an enormous motion innovation within the 2021 Explorer II? In the case of Rolex, virtually something is feasible…
EVEREST BANDS FOR THE EVEREST WATCH
We’re a fan of Explorer fashions right here at Everest, as a result of our title shares some historical past with the historical past of the Rolex Explorer. You’ll love how your Rolex Explorer and your Rolex Explorer II look on a rubber strap as you eagerly await subsequent yr’s new reference.
Written by Meghan Clark