Reference Guide For Our Rolex Model Numbers

There have been nearly three dozen models of Rolex watches produced since 1950. And some of them have literally dozens of reference numbers within the model. And to make things even more interesting, you can find variations within a reference number! We don’t attempt to go to that level of detail here. Instead we want to present each Rolex model with all the known reference numbers represented.

Click any of the models below to jump to our available corresponding references numbers.


At 34mm, the Air-King is small by today’s standards. Its heritage is the classic Rolex Oyster Perpetual, and it’s evolved very little over the years. The Air-King is typically seen with a smooth bezel and an oyster bracelet.



Cellini is an entire collection of dress watches for both men and women. This line is so different from the Rolex branded watches that we all know, that it’s virtually a sister brand to Rolex, much like Tudor is. However, they are signed ‘Rolex’ and ‘Cellini,’ and bear the crown logo.


Cosmograph Daytona

The Daytona is one of Rolex’s most iconic watches, and the only chronograph in their lineup. The Daytona was originally conceived as a motorsports watch – it actually is named for the famous racetrack in Florida. The Daytona measures 40mm.



The Rolex Date is another watch similar to the Air-King, and measures the same 34mm diameter. As its name implies, it had a date function and was available in steel, two-tone steel and yellow gold, or yellow gold. Recent references have been made in steel only.



The 36mm Datejust was introduced in 1945. From Day 1 it’s been one of the most popular – and most iconic – Rolex watches. A solid gold version of the Datejust, the 150,000th certified chronometer that Rolex produced, was given to future President Dwight Eisenhower on Dec. 19, 1950. It can be seen in his portrait which appeared on the cover of Life Magazine’ July 21, 1952 issue.

Datejust II

Like the Day-Date II, the Datejust II is a larger, 41mm version of the Datejust. It was introduced in 2009 to align the iconic model with the general trend in larger watches.

Datejust Midsize

The Datejust Midsize is the 31mm version of the Datejust. Currently (in 2014) it’s also known as the Datejust Lady 31. It features Roman numerals or jewels for hour markers on the dial, and is available in a variety of metals, bezels, and dials.


Datejust Oysterquartz

The Datejust Oysterquartz was available from roughly 1977 to 2001. It was part of Rolex’s response to the quartz revolution (the balance of their response to quartz was to ignore it and keep making mechanical chronometers). The watch was available in several combinations of steel and gold, with and without gems set in the dial. Style wise, the watch had an integrated bracelet which matched the watch case.


Datejust Turn-O-Graph

This version of the Datejust is also called the Thunderbird. The Turn-O-Graph features a rotating bezel with minute indication, and was originally favored by pilots in the 1950s


The Day-Date features the date window under a cyclops at 3 o’clock, and the day is displayed in an arcing window at 12 o’clock. This watch is often called the President, a name often erroneously attributed to President Eisenhower (Eisenhower’s Rolex was actually a Datejust). Indeed, presidents and heads of state have often worn this model, but President is actually the model name of the bracelet of three-piece links on which it’s mounted. The Day-Date measures 36mm.


Day-Date II

The Day-Date II is an updated Day-Date which was released in 2008. At a more modern 41mm, it’s larger than the Day-Date. It features the same familiar day and date windows. It is available only in platinum or gold. The Day-Date II also comes mounted on the President bracelet.

Day-Date Masterpiece

The Day-Date Masterpiece is a 39mm version of the Day-Date. Available in gold or platinum, the Masterpiece features a diamond bezel and unique dials of mother of pearl, meteorite, or unique colors. The bracelets used are unique to the Masterpiece collection, and can be one-, two-, or three-color combinations of gold and platinum.

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Day-Date Oysterquartz

The Day-Date Oysterquartz was similar to the Datejust Oysterquartz, with the same style integrated bracelet-case combination.  It was also released in 1977 and production ceased in 2001. As the name suggests, the Day-Date had the day arcing across the dial at 12 o’clock. It was available in only white or yellow gold.



The Explorer is a no-date watch and features the Arabic numerals 3, 6, and 9 at their respective positions on the dial. This watch is so-named partly because Sir Edmund Hillary wore one on the first successful ascent of Mt. Everest.


Explorer II

The Explorer II has gone through several changes since being introduced in 1971. These include cosmetic changes (e.g. the shape of the 24-hour hand) and functional changes (how the 24 hour display operates). In 2011 the size was increased from 40mm to 42mm. Modern Explorer II watches display two time zones, but unlike the GMT Master, the bezel does not rotate.

GMT-Master and GMT-Master II

The GMT-Master was originally a joint project between Rolex and Pan American World Airways. Pan-Am wanted a watch to help their pilots keep track of time at home while traveling around the world and approached Rolex to design a dual time zone watch. The GMT-Masters look a lot like a Submariner, but have a depth rating of only 30 meters in early models and 100 meters today.


Lady Datejust

The Lady Datejust is the 26mm version of the Datejust. It comes in several combinations of steel, gold, and platinum, with smooth or fluted bezel, multiple dial variations, and (depending on the metal) a jubilee or President bracelet. A classic ladies watch.



The Milgauss is Rolex’s watch for scientists. The idea behind it is a high resistance to magnetic fiends often found in scientific laboratories. Tell-tale features include the “lightning bolt” second hand. The Milgauss became famous when it was worn by scientists at the CERN atomic accelerator laboratory outside Geneva, Switzerland.

Oyster Perpetual

While all Rolex models are Oyster Perpetuals, there is also a model known as the Oyster Perpetual. This watch is very similar to the Air-King, with a choice of smooth or fluted bezel, mounted on an oyster bracelet. It’s also available with or without a date. The date version has the typical Rolex cyclops. There are three sizes: 26mm, 31mm, and 34mm.



The Sea-Dweller originally grew out of the Submariner and featured a deeper depth rating. Intended as a no-nonsense working watch, there was no cyclops over the still-present date window. The Sea-Dweller was discontinued in 2008, shortly after the Sea-Dweller Deepsea was introduced, much to the chagrin of aficionados. However, it was reintroduced in 2014 with a stronger case and a 4000m depth rating.


Sea-Dweller Deepsea

The Deepsea was released in 2008, replacing the original Sea-Dweller in Rolex’s lineup. The Deepsea measures 44mm in diameter and a whopping 17.7mm thick, features helium escape valve, and has a unique multi-piece case back which makes the watch water resistant to 3900 meters. No cyclops here either, even though there is a date function.


The Sky-Dweller is another of Rolex’s newer releases, launched in 2012. It’s a travel watch, with two time zones and an innovative way of displaying the second zone – on off-center 24 hour rotating chapter ring. Rolex’s typical date is at 3 o’clock, under a cyclops, and the month is indicated by blacking out a discrete window adjacent to each of the hour indices.


The Submariner is Rolex’s flagship entry into the dive watch genre. It’s possibly the most popular and most successful watch Rolex makes. The classic version features a black dial and bezel, but many different versions have been produced including two-tone and solid gold versions. First introduced in 1954, it measures 40mm.


Submariner No-date

This is the no-date version of the Submariner. Several iconic versions of the Sub fall in this category, including the 5513 and 5517 (and their tritium-bearing MilSub variants),  and the 14060 and 14060M.



The Yacht-Master is available in three sizes: The Lady Yacht-Master at 29mm, the Midsize at 35mm, and the men’s Yacht-Master at 40mm. The watch is available in steel, gold, or platinum. The count-down bezel is bi-directional and is made of yellow gold or platinum, depending on the case metal. Although not intended as a diving watch, the Yacht-Master has the look, and is water resistant to 100 meters.


Yacht-Master II

The revolutionary Yacht-Master II measures 44mm, and features unique sailing functions including a 10 minute count-down timer on the inner track with corresponding outer bezel. The self-winding 4161 movement is the result of over 35,000 hours of development and features a patented mechanical memory.