It’s an exciting time for Prince Harry as he counts down to his wedding to American Meghan Markle, slated to take place May 19. While much of the media has been focused on her lovely engagement ring—set with diamonds from Prince Harry’s late mother Princess Diana, along with a diamond he sourced from Botswana—we’ve been keeping an eye on Prince Harry’s wrist to see if a new watch will appear. While we wait, let’s have a look at which Rolex watch we’ve spotted Prince Harry wear in the past and check out the Rolex watches of other members of the British royal family too.
Prince Harry’s Rolex Explorer II
When Prince Harry served in the Army, we noticed a large Rolex watch on his wrist on a couple of occasions. It was in fact the contemporary Explorer II “Polar,” nicknamed so for its crisp white dial. As the most modern version of Rolex’s watch dedicated to cave explorers and adventurers, the Explorer II ref. 216570 sports a large 42mm case—notably larger than preceding Explorer II models. One of the most distinctive features of the Explorer II is the fixed bezel marked with the oversized 24-hour numerals. This allows wearers to distinguish day and night hours by way of the bright orange 24-hour hand pointing to the numbers on the bezel.
Along with pairing his army fatigues with his Explorer II, we’ve also spotted Prince Harry wearing his sporty Rolex watch with casual jeans and a shirt, as well as with a suit during television interviews. This clearly shows the versatility of the Explorer II, especially for a young man like Prince Harry. Who knows, maybe Prince Harry’s Rolex will make an appearance during the newlywed’s honeymoon in Namibia.
Princess Beatrice’s Rolex Air-King
Prince Harry’s cousin, Princess Beatrice, wears a Rolex watch too, but it’s not what you might expect a young princess to wear. Far from a gold Rolex Lady-Datejust or a diamond Pearlmaster, Prince Beatrice wears a stainless steel Air-King! Princess Beatrice—the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth and daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York—opts for an unassuming steel Rolex watch with an Oyster bracelet as her go-to timepiece, and we love it.
Princess Beatrice’s particular Air-King stands out for its concentric dial with bright orange numerals. Although the Air-King is positioned as a men’s watch, the 34mm size of her Air-King is perfectly suited for her wrist and she wears it well—whether dressed up on the red carpet, watching the catwalks at London Fashion Week, or with one of her fabulous hats during daytime engagements.
Prince Andrew’s Rolex Day-Date President
Princess Beatrice’s dad, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, has been wearing his platinum Rolex Day-Date for decades. He wore it on his wedding day when he married Sarah Ferguson in 1986 and continues to wear it today—when he isn’t wearing his stainless steel Submariner.
It’s the perfect Rolex collection really; there’s the ultra-lavish Day-Date President in platinum with the signature semi-circular links on the bracelet for formal occasions and the rugged steel Submariner with the black dial and bezel for casual affairs.
Zara Tindall, née Phillips, is also a granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth, cousin to Prince Harry and Princess Beatrice, and daughter of Princess Anne. Aside from Zara’s royal blood (despite her not having an official title), she is also a Rolex ambassador thanks to her equestrian career.
As a result, Zara has been spotted with many Rolex watches on her wrist including a white gold and diamond Pearlmaster, a two-tone Datejust, a platinum Lady-Datejust President, and an Everose gold Yacht-Master with a black Oysterflex bracelet. A Rolex watch for any occasion!
The Swiss luxury watch brand flaunting a gold crown is surely the best choice for royalty and we can’t help but love the diverse Rolex timepieces that the members of the British royal family choose to wear.