After SIHH 2017 with so many interesting releases, it is safe to say that 2017 will be an exciting year for the watch industry. With Baselworld just being a month away, and Omega having released announcement on Speedmaster Cappuccino & Racing; it is time to start with Rolex BaselWorld 2017 Predictions. These predictions are base on speculations, what we see at past Baselworld, and data compounded from forums. Do keep in mind that these are just some predictions, and nothing is official.
BaselWorld 2017 Predictions for Rolex Watches
Perhaps we can start looking back at Baselworld 2016 releases for some hint. The star for Rolex was the Daytona Ceramic Steel 116500LN, and there was also a New Rolex Explorer, New Datejust 41, and Rolex Air-King with a colorful Pilot dial. What we can be sure is that Rolex often brings subtle adjustments to their watches at Basel World. But these minor differences like updating the bracelets, or introducing new colors and new materials seems like more of a marketing show. Though as a watch enthusiast ourselves, we are always excited whenever they re-introduce historic models.
Rolex BaselWorld 2017: Rolex GMT-Master 2 (Rolex Coca-Cola)
When Rolex release the GMT Master 2 ref. 116719 BLRO in 2014, it created some serious commotion. It has been awhile since Rolex released the Pepsi color bezel. The hindsight is that the 18CT white gold comes with a serious price tag.
However, due to the commotion and the popularity of the GMT-Master II dual color bezel, Rolex may revive the discontinued GMT-Master Coke. The iconic Coca-Cola Rolex is expected to make a well-deserved comeback, but this time in Cerachrom bezel and 18CT white gold case and bracelet.
Rolex BaselWorld 2017: Rolex Sea Dweller 50th Anniversary
2017 will mark the 50th anniversary of this historic tool watch by Rolex. The 1967 Sea Dweller is the ultimate dive watch created with Comex. It was the first watch to be fully waterproof to a depth of 610 meters before being upgraded to 1220meters.
We all know that Rolex likes to honor its anniversaries with some amazing releases. One of the more unique and striking models released is the Rolex Green Submariner – Hulk. This Baselworld 2017, it is rumored that Rolex will release a limited edition 18CT white gold Sea-Dweller with a black Cerachrom bezel and navy blue dial. All things considered, any kind of Sea-Dweller model re-vamped is always welcome.
Rolex BaselWorld 2017: Rolex Yacht-Master I
Taking reference from the Basel 2015 Yacht-Master Everose Gold, with its Oysterflex rubber strap and matte ceramic, we predict that we can see a steel variant this Baselworld 2017. This year, we are expecting Rolex to refresh the Yacht-Master once again with 904L Steel and black Cerachrom bezel models with rubber or full metal bracelet. As blue is a modern color for watch dial these days, we are likely to see a blue and gray dial version.
Rolex BaselWorld 2017: Rolex Daytona
The Rolex Daytona heritage and the New Paulman Daytona series have always been a dream watch for many watch enthusiast. Base on last years’ star collection Steel Daytona Ceramic 116500LN, it was only natural for Rolex to release another variation on the Daytona.
From what we hear, Rolex will release a steel and gold bi-metal Daytona with the new black ceramic bezel and four new variations. The 4 versions could be a combination of silver, black and white design as well as a white gold bracelet and leather strap.
Rolex BaselWorld 2017: Rolex Datejust 41 Steel
The Rolex Datejust 41 is another timepiece to look out for. If you have been following Rolex releases, they’ll first release its watches in precious metals (which was done last year). Logically, Rolex will be releasing a steel version of the Rolex Datejust this year. Because of the change of material, new dial like blue, black or silver options will likely appear.
Final prediction for Baselworld 2017 – Rolex Explorer II
Rolex Explorer II is a known model that is not very popular among Rolex collectors. Baselworld 2017 serves as the perfect opportunity for Rolex to refresh and enhance this model. What do you think the change might be? Perhaps giving it a modern twist like a new black Cerachrom bezel or returning it to a smaller dial? Whatever it is, we’ll welcome any update to this classic model.
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