Rolex has unveiled the new 2023 model


It’s that time of year when we finally get to see all the new releases at Rolex Watches & Wonders 2023, the world’s largest watch exhibition taking place from March 27 – April 2 in Geneva, Switzerland. With nearly 50 watch brands announcing their innovations for the year during the event, the Rolex watch brand is undoubtedly the watchmaker that gets the most attention. So, without further ado, here are some new releases of Watches & Wonders 2023 from Rolex.

New Rolex GMT-Master II in yellow gold and yellow Rolex

After a few years of absence, Rolex has brought back yellow gold to the GMT-Master II collection. Joining the 2023 Rolex release are two new models: the full yellow gold GMT-Master II Ref. 126718GRNR and steel and yellow gold GMT-Master II Ref. 126713GRNR.

Both of these new GMT-Master II watches feature never-before-seen gray and black Cerachrom bezels atop 40mm cases, complete with 24-hour numerals in yellow gold. Rolex only offers the choice of a Jubilee bracelet for this pair, however, we wouldn’t be surprised if an Oyster bracelet becomes an option in the near future.

Like most other Rolex sport watch models, these golden GMT-Master II variants will be highly coveted by Rolex enthusiasts everywhere. They combine classic Rolex GMT aesthetics with precious metals and a new bezel colorway, and it’s a recipe for success.

We spoke with Bob’s Watches founder and CEO Paul Altieri to get his take on some of these spectacular new Rolex models.

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The new generation Rolex Daytona

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Daytona watch, Rolex introduced a completely new generation of watches with a new movement with a slightly updated case and dial. This new generation of Rolex Daytona model bears the reference number 126xxx.

The Watches and Wonders 2023 Rolex Daytona watches still retain the traditional 40mm case size but the lugs are slightly wider and have new light reflections on the lugs and case sides. Also, the Cerachrom bezels are now framed with rings in a metal that matches the case.

‘The New Rolex Daytona with redesigned case and new caliber 4131 looks practically the same from the front and the open case back is fantastic,’ said Altieri. He continued, ‘It’s hard to improve perfection so there’s no surprise here. But it finally happened… Rolex retired the ever-popular 116500LN Cosmograph Daytona on its 60th anniversary and replaced it with a new movement, case and dial. Subtle changes to the dial but I prefer the steel rimmed bezel. The new reference number for the Steel Daytona is 126500 Good luck getting your hands on 116500 now The price should rocket.’

Learn more about the Daytona collection by reading Bob’s watch buying guide here

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New Titanium Rolex Yacht-Master 42

Another anticipated 2023 Rolex release is the brand new Yacht-Master 42 watch in RLX Titanium. Titanium is the newest material in Rolex’s catalog, having debuted in the 50mm Deepsea Challenger last year. This release got people talking about other possible titanium Rolex watches, and it’s now here in the form of the Yacht-Master 42 Ref. 226627.

The 42 mm titanium case of the Yacht-Master 226627 is decorated with a bidirectional matte black ceramic bezel with raised numerals and symbols. The dial is also black, with traditional Mercedes-style hands in the center pointing to loom-filled plots around the periphery. Like current Rolex watches with a date window, the date at 3 o’clock is magnified by a cyclops lens attached to a sapphire crystal.

“The Rolex Yacht Master 42m is the showstopper in my opinion,” said Altieri.

You can browse the entire section of Bob’s watches by visiting Rolex Yacht-Master watches for sale, or view their selection of Rolex Yacht-Master II watches here.

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