New Year, new prices. Yes, the December rumors are confirmed and the much-avoided list increases for 2020, in rolex house, are reality. The average increase on the Italian price list is estimated at around 6.4%.
In this article you will find most of the prices updated to the new price list, as far as Professional Rolexes are concerned. To lighten this "bad news", it depends on where you look at it, we tried to summarize the history of these iconic specimens.
In any case, if for those who want to buy the increase it is seen as negative, those who already have these references – or some of them – will be rubbing their hands because at the same time the value of the second wrist market will also increase.
ROLEX EXPLORER & ROLEX EXPLORER II
The birth of the Rolex Explorer dates back to 1953 and was a groundbreaking expedition to the world's highest peak. The first Explorer models were supplied by Rolex to test them during the expedition that saw Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay conquer Mount Everest on May 29, 1953.
The information obtained from this expedition, in addition to feedback from other mountaineers, led Rolex to launch the Explorer. The "Explorer" brand was registered in Geneva earlier that year, however the name Explorer only appears on the dial since ref. 6350. The Explorer II ref. 1655 joined the Rolex range in 1971. It is designed mainly for professional use, aimed at those who need to distinguish day and night hours during prolonged stays in environments without sunlight.
The history of rolex explorer continues to this day with the current reference Explorer 214270 and the reference 216750 OfExplorer II. The updated prices are 6,200 euros for theExplorer 214270 is 7,950 euros for theExplorer II 216570.
Created in 1953, the Oyster Perpetual Submariner was the first waterproof underwater wristwatch up to 100 meters. A real icon watch, it has become one of the most desired timepieces for enthusiasts all over the world. Born without the indication of the date display, this practical function was introduced in 1969, with the first Submariner Date model.
In 1979, waterproofing increased to 300 meters. Due to its practicality and robustness, the Submariner has become one of the most worn watches by leading figures in cinema, sport and important personalities in every sector. The sales price updated to the new Rolex 2020 price list is equal to 7,550 euros for the 114060, 8,550 euros for the 116610LN is 8,950 euros for the so-called "Hulk" 116610LV .
As for the versions in Yellow Rolesor is 18ct Yellow Gold., the new list price is equal to 13,500 euros, for references 116613LB, 116613LN and of 34,200 euros for the116618LB is 116618LN.
The version in Owhite 18ct., reference 116619LB, is priced at 36,800 euros.
ROLEX SEA-DWELLER & ROLEX DEEPSEA
The Sea-Dweller and the Rolex Deepsea are ultra-non-existent diving watches designed by Rolex for deep sea exploration. Waterproof up to 1,220 meters for the Rolex Sea-Dweller and 3,900 meters for the Rolex Deepsea, launched in 1967 and 2008 respectively.
The models currently in production are the 126600, celebratory edition with red writing on the dial, and the version in Yellow Rolesor presented at Baselworld2019 126603. The new price of these two pieces is 11,150 euros for 126600 and 15,900 euros for 126603.
In 2014 Rolex presented a special version of the model, the Rolex Deepsea with dialD‑blue, to celebrate James Cameron's historic solo dive into the deepest point of the Mariana Trench, about 11,000 meters deep. Gradually moving from midnight blue to deep black, the Rolex Deepsea's two-tone dial celebrates a man's journey to the deepest place on Earth.
The list price updated on January 1, 2020 is equal to 12,050 euros.
ROLEX GMT-MASTER II
The Rolex GMT-MASTER II was created to be the watch of long-range pilots. Thanks to the two-way rotating ring, with a graduated disc of 24 hours two-tone proposed over the years in various combinations, it is possible to simultaneously read the time of two time zones.
The Rolex GMT-Master II was born in 1954 with the reference 6542, model equipped with a bakelite bezel, to then definitively enter the legend and in the hearts of enthusiasts with the reference 1675. Over the years it has evolved both technically and in design, especially in the recent era of 6-digit references.
The steel models currently in production are the most sought after "Pepsi” e “Batman" , respectively 126710BLRO is 126710BLNR, equipped with an exclusive Jubilee bracelet, of the new Caliber 3285 and – of course – the two-way rotating ring with disc in Cerachrom.
The sales price updated to the new Rolex 2020 price list is equal to 9,250 euros for both references.
The version in Rolesor Everose 126711CHNR is priced at 14,200 euros; 36,700 euros it is the price for the Gold Everose 18 ct versions. (126715CHNR ) and 18 ct white gold. (126719BLRO) . For the Meteorite dial version, the list price is equal to 38,300 euros.
Pilots' watch par excellence, the Cosmograph Daytona represents the dream of every collector and enthusiast. Introduced by Rolex in 1963 with the reference 6239, produced until 1968, it is the first model with the graduated bezel with engraved tachymeter scale that allows to measure the average speed of a vehicle over a given distance. The term Daytona will appear on the dial starting in 1965, the name of the track of the same name where the historic 24-hour race, sponsored by the Genevan house, took place. The Daytona of this era were equipped with aValjoux movement with manual winding, caliber 72B, later renamed by Rolex as caliber 722-1 and 722.
It was necessary to wait until 1988 for the introduction of the first Cosmograph Daytona with automatic charge movement, revolutionized not only in mechanics but also in design. the reference 16520 in fact mounted the Caliber 4030, made on the basis of Zenith's caliber 400 El Primero, to which over 200 modifications were made. With 2000 this reference was replaced by the 116520, equipped with the new Caliber 4131, entirely made in-house.
In 2013, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary since the birth of the model, Rolex introduces the Cerachrom bezel on the first Daytona in Platinum, reference 116506. Three years after this celebratory model, in 2016, Rolex introduces the Cerachrom bezel also on two new steel Daytona models, entered by immediately in the hearts and dreams of fans.
After the short escursus in the history of this legendary chronograph, let's go back to our steps and talk about the new prices starting from January 2020. The lucky ones who will have the chance to buy one of these two steel versions, will pay for it 12,600 euros, instead of 11,550 Euros.
The versions Oystersteel and yellow gold ref. 116503 will be sold to 16,750 euros, an increase of 1,000 Euros on the old price list. In the version with diamond dial, the price is 18,650 euros. Among the most coveted models, we certainly find the models with Oysterflex bracelet. The new list prices are: 28,450 euros for the 116515LN (oro Everose); 28,450 euros for the 116519LN (White gold); 27.250 for the 116518LN (yellow gold)
For the full gold category, the iconic 116508 in 18 kt yellow gold, goes from 32.300 Euro to.35,100 euros; the 116505 in oro Everose 18ct., 37,100 euros; the 116509 in white gold , 37,700 euros.
The celebratory version 116506, in platinum, with cerachrom single-block bezel in dark brown ceramic will have a price of 72,600 euros.
The Yacht-Master range was born from the link between Rolex and the world of sailing. The first Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master was introduced in 1992 with the reference 16628: case and bracelet in yellow gold 18ct., white dial and equipped, as well as the Submariner and sea-dweller of the Triplock crown, which ensures a waterproofness of 100 meters. The stage that marks the success of this Rolex is 1999, with the introduction of the iconic Yacht-Master Rolesium (steel / platinum) reference 16622.
Over the years, a variety of new dials and configurations have been added, including the one with a blue dial and rhodium dial. Today the Yacht-Master is available in numerous variants.
Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 37
The list price for the version 268621 in Oystersteel and 18ct Everose rose gold. with Oyster bracelet is of 12,600 euros; 10,750 euros for version acciaio Oystersteel e platino ref. 268622; 22,250 euros for the ref. 268655 in 18ct Everose rose gold. with Oysterflex bracelet, while di 39,350 euros for the version with diamond pavè dial.
Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 40
The list price for the version 126621 in Oystersteel and 18 kt Everose rose gold. with Oyster bracelet is of 13,900 euros; 11,400 euros for version acciaio Oystersteel e platino ref. 126622; 26,150 euros for the ref. 126655 in 18ct Everose rose gold. with Oysterflex bracelet.
Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 42
The new Yacht-Master 42 presented in 2019 has also increased by about 2,000 Euros. Its updated price is 27,650 euros. Reference 26659, 18 kt white gold case, graduated Cerachrom disc and Oysterflex bracelet.
The Oyster Perpetual Milgauss was created in 1956 to be used by engineers and technicians working in the presence of strong magnetic fields. Magnetic waves, in fact, are a source of disturbance for the accuracy and proper functioning of mechanical clocks. From that project was born a watch capable of resisting interferences that reach 1,000 gauss. Hence the origin of his name.
The model is adopted in particular by scientists from the Geneva-based European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).
To achieve this, Rolex employed a brilliant solution. To protect movement inside the Milgauss, a "bell" made of sweet iron isolates the contents from any external magnetic field. Solution still adopted on reference 116400, on the cage of which is engraved a letter "B" with an arrow (symbol of magnetic flux density)-
The updated price of the Rolex Milgauss 116400GV is equal to 7,950 euros.
Considered by many to be rolex's entry-level model, the Oyster Perpetual AirKing has always had a close connection with the aviation world since its golden age, the 1930s. Many RAF pilots wore the Rolex Oyster Bubbleback because of their reliability and size. For this reason Rolex began to produce new families of wristwatches called Air-Lion, Air-King, Air-Tiger and Air-Giant.
The first true Air-King reference was launched in 1945, with the reference 4925. This model managed to combine in a single watch the distinctive features of all the "Air" models. For a few decades the design remained relatively unchanged. Evolution began with the introduction of the reference 14000 to arrive with the last, boldest, Oyster Perpetual Air-King 116900 with 40mm case. The first of the Air-King family to be officially COSC certified.
The updated price is equal to 6.150 euros, actuallying the bar of the first price for Rolex professional watches.
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