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Basel Update

by Jordan Ficklin

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Today was press day for Basel and we hand lots of great pics and info come in all over the internet. I wish I could be there but sadly I am not. Back in January I made some Basel Predictions. Let’s see how they fared.

Prediciton 1.

I asked a Rolex executive if we would see the ceramic bezel and wider lugs from the redesigned GMT-Master II on the Submariner. He replied, “We don’t have any plans for that yet.” To which I said, “Until Basel in April ;)” His reply, “We usually let Basel break the news.” I predict we will see the Submariner with a ceramic bezel, it’s an obvious extension.

Blue Ceramic Rolex SubmarinerWell, we see that they released two white gold versions of the Submariner with ceramic bezels, one in black and one in blue.

Prediction 2.

I expect we will see another really large watch. The new Yachtmaster II measures 43mm which is much bigger than Rolex has gone before. This year I think we’ll see the Sea-Dweller in an oversized case with a rubber strap. After all they missed the 50th Anniversary of the Deep Sea Special in 2003, why not release a 55th Anniversary edition?

Rolex Sea Dweller Deep SeaWell, opinions vary as to how large it is but Rolex launched a new watch called the Sea-Dweller Deep Sea with a depth rating of 3900 meters. It’s not on a rubber strap, but it could be 🙂 Some people say it is 42mm others 43.5mm, either way it is bigger than the old Sea Dweller, but not a monster, however it is supposedly 16mm thick. You can find a great post about it on The Men’s Watch Review

Predicition 3.

I’d like to see the Daytona Cosmograph redone, possibly in a large 43mm case but I expect that will wait for the 2011 50th Anniversary of the Cosmograph.

Everose Rolex Daytona CosmographNo redo of the Daytona, but we do see a rose gold version, which I really like. If they have it on a strap it will be on my very long wish list.

So my predictions weren’t perfect but they weren’t far off either. I was hoping for something complicated for the 100th Anniversary but it looks like we won’t get that but there are more new models.

The Rolex Day-Date II was announced as a larger version of their flagship Day Date model. How big, well I’ve heard 41mm but it isn’t confirmed. Of course it is available in white gold, yellow gold, rose gold and platinum. Here are a few to look at:

Charcoal Rolex Day Date II in PlatinumEverose Rolex Day Date IIWhite Gold Rolex Day Date IINotice the Luminous on this one:Yellow Gold Rolex Day Date IIAnd my favorite, a Plantinum Day Date II with ice blue dial and blue hands and markers. Oh what a beauty!Platinum Rolex Day Date II Blue

Not sure if these are Air Kings or Oyster Perpetuals since they don’t say a whole lot on the dial. I’m not sure what the difference is between those two models anyway since they are both COSC watches now. But here are some new hip dials:New Rolex Dials

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3 Comments

  1. J.Peter
    Posted April 3, 2008 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    Sizes confirmed on rolex.com

    Deep sea 43mm

    Day Date II 41mm

  2. J.Peter
    Posted April 3, 2008 at 4:57 am | Permalink

    Oh and the watches in the last pic are 36 mm Oyster Perpetuals

  3. Posted April 5, 2008 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    I went to Basel two years ago. The most memorable part of the show was meeting AHCI master Kari Voutilainen who was wearing his Masterpiece 8.

    As a small collector not affiliated with the industry, I felt a little bit closed out of talking to the reps. However, we had a nice chat with one of the reps from Carlo Ferrari since my travelling buddy was wearing one of their regulators.

    I’d love to go to SIHH but I think it’ll be a while before I go back to Basel.

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