The Swiss watchmakers incorporate various parts while developing a watch that makes up every distinctive model. Whether it is the classic Rolex Cellini or the sporty Submariner, every Rolex watch has highly discernible components.
While the Jubilee and Oyster bracelets are available in steel, the President bracelet is typically found only in platinum and gold. Rolex indeed follows definitive principles to design its luxurious watches.
The more in-depth you look into it, the more profound your empathy towards the brand will get. Today, let’s take a look at the watch components that make Rolex a globally recognised and admired brand. This may also help you in distinguishing between a real Rolex watch and a counterfeit one.
To verify the authenticity of your Rolex watch, read the blog How to Tell if a Rolex Watch is Real or Fake.
The Rolex Crown
The Rolex crown plays a significant role in making a timepiece entirely water-resistant. The fact is that the crown communes with the movement directly. You can use the crown for adjusting any feature or winding the watch. Nonetheless, one must protect the screw-down crown because the movement is housed in the case.
While the latest Oyster watches feature the Triplock or Twinlock crown, the Cellini watches typically come with a screw-down crown.
The Oyster Case
The Oyster case was created in 1926 that gave us the ever first water-resistant wristwatch of the world. The sapphire crystal is fastened hermetically by a sealing ring or the bezel.
However, the watertight construction makes all Rolex Oyster timepieces water-resistant up to a depth of at least 100m.
The Oyster case’s screw-down case back sports fluting. Eventually, the case can only be opened using a specialised tool, exclusively available to authorised Rolex watch-manufacturers.
Rolex introduced the Oyster bracelet in the 1930s, consisting of three flattened and broad links in a row. This iconic bracelet is commonly found in most Oyster models.
Some of the classic Rolex models like the Day-Date and Datejust feature the Oyster bracelet. However, all professional and sports watch like the Cosmograph Daytona, Submariner, Yacht-Master and Explorer.
The Jubilee bracelet features five links in a row. However, the most distinguishing feature is the bracelet’s refined look. The bracelet made its debut with the Rolex Datejust released in 1945.
However, the Jubilee bracelet features a concealed Crownclasp or an Oysterclasp.
The exclusive President bracelet was launched in 1956 with the release of the Day-Date. The bracelet comes in a three-linked format, equipped with a concealed Crownclasp.
The Oysterflex bracelet was unveiled with the 2015 Rolex Yacht-Master model. The bracelet comes with a highly elastic metal core with a black elastomer, patented cushioning for added comfort and Oysterlock safety clasp typically in 18ct Everose gold.
The Cerachrom bezel is crafted from an incredibly hard ceramic that is resistant to corrosion and scratches. Rolex uses the process of physical vapour deposition or PVD for increased legibility of the markings and numerals.
Launched in 2005, the Cerachrom bezel was seen first on the Rolex GMT-Master II.
The Cyclops lens made its debut with the Datejust in 1953. It is one of the most significant visual components on the dial of a Rolex watch.
However, Rolex crafted the Cyclops lens out of sapphire crystal. All Rolex Oyster timepieces today that flaunt a date aperture possess a Cyclops lens.
Rolex uses the special 904L steel in watchmaking instead of the usual stainless steel. The 904L steel is corrosion resistance and more durable.
The ‘Rolesor’ is the brand’s signature amalgamation of 904L steel and gold, in yellow, Everose or white. When Rolex first introduced the Rolesor in the 1948 Datejust, it became an immediate success.
Rolex makes use of 950 platinum that consist of ruthenium in small proportion and another platinoid metal. The most prestigious timepiece of the Oyster collection – the platinum Day-Date is made using 950 platinum.