The 2000s were a significant decade for Rolex as the horology industry saw several major innovations and watches from the brand. For instance, Rolex unleashed the new Cerachrom bezel component and the Maxi dial. Moreover, the brand upgraded the number of its professional editions and launched the various movements like the ever-first Daytona movement.
Since its inception, Rolex has been committed to pushing the boundaries of traditional watchmaking, and the 2000s era marked a time when several new cornerstone models made their debut, besides many significant Rolex technologies. Some models manifested as the upgraded versions of an existing collection, while others were entirely new in the Rolex catalogue.
Let’s take a look at three of the most popular and coveted Rolex watches produced during the 2000s.
Rolex launched one of its most complicated watches in the mid-2000s, and that is, the Yacht-Master II. The series included the Reference 116688 made of yellow gold and the Reference 116689 crafted of platinum and white gold. However, this exclusive regatta chronograph is today also available in both Everose Rolesor and stainless steel.
If you rotate it 90degrees, you will enter a setting mode. You can there easily program the countdown timer and also save it for later use.
The new Cerachrom bezels made their debut with the GMT-Master II series. The Reference 116718LN in 18ct yellow gold first flaunted the ceramic bezel. Rolex later equipped it in the updated editions of stainless steel and bi-tone models.
The new GMT-Master II that debuted in the 2000s sported a Cerachrom bezel, an entirely revised case diameter and thickness, Maxi dial and a Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring.
Regardless, the new GMT-Master II appears noticeably larger because of its updated proportions.
The Rolex Submariner 16610LV made its debut in 2003 as the 50th anniversary model of the iconic Submariner lineup. This anniversary edition retained the unidirectional aluminium bezel insert and the Calibre 3135 movement.
However, what made the 50th-anniversary Submariner edition differed from the standard Reference 16610 is its Maxi dial and vibrant green bezel.
Interestingly, the black-and-white dial and green bezel earned the watch “Kermit” moniker. It is indeed one of the most sought-after Rolex watches in the world.
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