New Rolex Models 2018 Unveiled
The new Rolex models 2018 were revealed from the Baselworld exhibition. This is the biggest watch fair in the business. It just wrapped up after about a week of unveiling some of the best watch brands in the world. Among those top watch brands is, of course, Rolex. Let’s have a look at Baselworld’s new Rolex models 2018.
GMT-Master II 126710 BLRO
Baselworld launched a fan favorite among the new Rolex models 2018 lineup. It introduced a new stainless steel GMT-Master II with the iconic red and blue bezel, nicknamed the “Pepsi”. As a new generation GMT-Master II “Pepsi, “ the ref. 126710 BLRO includes a Cerachrom ceramic bezel on top of a 40mm Oyster case.
Along with the bi-colored bezel, Rolex outfitted the new GMT-Master II ref. 126710 BLRO exclusively with a Jubilee bracelet. This is perhaps to differentiate it from the 18k white gold GMT-Master II “Pepsi” with the Oyster bracelet. Interestingly, this stainless steel GMT-Master II Rolex replaces their previous go-to 904L steel with one the brand has dubbed Oystersteel.
Furthermore, there is also a brand new movement. The Caliber 3285 boasts 10 patents and a 70-hour power reserve to power the watch’s dual-time zone and date functionality.
GMT-Master II 126711 CHNR
Also, to accompany the new steel GMT-Master II “Pepsi,” Rolex released two new GMT-Master “Root Beer” models. These were named so by collectors for their brown-based bezels. The two-tone GMT-Master II ref. 126711 CHNR combines 18k Everose rose gold and stainless steel. This is in addition to a black and brown bi-colored Cerachrom ceramic bezel mounted on the 40mm Oyster case.
The GMT-Master II ref. 126711 CHNR uses the same new-generation Caliber 3285 as the steel model. However, this Rolex pilot watch comes equipped with an Oyster bracelet where the center rose gold links are flanked by steel outer links.
GMT-Master II 126715 CHNR
However, the last model to join the new Rolex models 2018 lineup for the Rolex GMT-Master II collection is the full 18k Everose rose gold ref. 126715 CHNR. This watch is also furnished with the black and brown “Root Beer” Cerachrom ceramic bezel. And, the solid rose gold 40mm case houses the familiar black dial with rose gold and luminescent details.
Of course, the new 18k Everose rose gold ref. 126715 CHNR also runs on the new Caliber 3285 automatic movement. Similar to its two-tone counterpart, it features the Oyster bracelet.
Cosmograph Daytona 116595 RBOW
Additionally, a new gem-set Daytona joins Baselworld’s new Rolex models 2018 catalog this year. This is the Rolex Daytona ref. 116595 RBOW crafted in 18k Everose gold. It also flaunts a baguette-cut sapphire-set bezel on the 40mm Oyster case. It also has sapphire hour markers on the black dial, and diamond pavé on the rose gold case.
They Aptly nicknamed this piece the “Rainbow” Daytona thanks to the colorful sapphires. In addition, the three registers on this gem-set Rolex chronograph are made from pink gold crystals. These are fashioned by crystallizing a pink gold alloy to create a shimmer effect.
The movement for the Rolex Daytona ref. 116595 RBOW runs on the iconic in-house Caliber 4130 automatic chronograph movement with 72 hours of power reserve.
Also, at Baselworld 2018, Rolex announced a refresh of their famous extreme dive watch. They introduced the new Deepsea ref. 126660. While the Deepsea ref 126660 retains its generous 44mm sized Oyster case, the lugs have been redesigned. Also, the Oyster bracelet is broader than on the preceding models.
Identical to earlier Deepsea watches, the new Rolex ref. 126660 is water resistant to 3,900 meters (12,800 feet). This is thanks in part to the Ringlock System of the case. There is also the Helium Escape Valve to protect the watch from bursting during decompression periods.
In addition, the latest Deepsea ref. 126660 includes the popular D-Blue dial. This made its debut in 2014 in honor of James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge expedition where he descended to the ocean’s deepest point in the Mariana Trench.
New to the dive watch, however, is the Caliber 3235 automatic movement with improved durability and precision, along with a boosted 70-hour power reserve.
Datejust 36 126231, 126233, and 126283
They added three new models to the Datejust 36 collection. These have slightly redesigned lugs and case sides and a new movement, Caliber 3235. The Datejust 36 now enjoys 70 hours of power reserve and improved resistance to magnetism.
There is the Datejust 36 ref. 126231 in two-tone steel and Everose rose gold. There is also the Datejust 36 ref. 126233 in two-tone steel and yellow gold. And finally, the Datejust 36 ref. 126283 also in two-tone steel and yellow gold, but with a diamond bezel rather than a fluted one.
As the name implies, all three of these Rolex Datejust 36 watches sport the famous combination of a 36mm Oyster case, a date window on the dial, and a Cyclops magnification lens on the crystal.
Datejust 31 278289, 278288, and 278285
Similar to the Datejust 36, Baselworld’s new Rolex models 2018 welcomes three new versions of the Rolex Datejust 31 collection. These have slightly revamped cases and lugs and a new movement, Caliber 2236. Caliber 2236 includes a Syloxi hairspring for improved performance coupled with a 55-hour power reserve.
There is the Datejust 31 ref. 278289 in 18k white gold. There is also the Datejust 31 ref. 278288 in 18k yellow gold. Finally, there is the Datejust 31 ref. 278285 in 18k Everose gold. Also, each of these ladies Datejust models is embellished with diamond-set bezels and fitted with solid gold President bracelets with the recognizable semi-circular links.
Baselworld’s new Rolex models 2018 lineup ranged from pilot watches to a professional dive watch to luxury dress watches to a gem-set chronograph. With a little bit of something for most Rolex fans, it was indeed a successful Baselworld for the Swiss watchmaking giant.