Rolex and Tudor have just announced their new watches for 2023 at Watches and Wonders in Geneva and here are the highlights.
Perhaps the most unique new watch from Rolex in 2023 — based on the metal used — is a Yachtmaster-Master 42 in RLX Titanium, which is the same Rolex-engineered ultra-light grade 5 titanium alloy used for the record-breaking Deepsea Challenge. The retail price as shown above with a 42 mm titanium case and bracelet, with a matte black dial, and a matte black ceramic bezel insert is $14,050.
The all-new Rolex Perpetual 1908 with its railroad-style minute/second track printed on the perimeter is another unexpected creation by Rolex — which supplants the Cellini — and is named in homage to the year Hans Wilsdorf created the moniker “Rolex.” Made from 18K yellow or white gold, the 1908’s case is 39 mm in diameter and in a design decision that’s highly unusual for Rolex, has an open caseback. Available on a leather strap with either a black or white dial, the retail price is $22,000.
Rolex’s 2023 Sky-Dweller collection is powered by the new caliber 9002. There are three new variations. First, a white gold case, black dial, with an Oysterflex strap. Second is a mint green dial with a Rolesor case and bracelet, made from Rolex’s premium 904L “Oystersteel” stainless steel and 18K white gold. Last is a full 18K Everose gold case and bracelet with a blue-green dial.
On the 60th anniversary of the Daytona chronograph, Rolex debuted the next generation Cosmograph Daytona collection with a slightly refined 40 mm case, smaller indices, redesigned subdials, a metallic edge on the versions that feature a ceramic bezel, is powered by an all-new caliber 4131 movement which replaces the caliber 4130. An open sapphire caseback is exclusive to the new platinum Daytona 126500LN. The new Ref. 126500 Daytona starts at $15,100 in stainless steel.
The Explorer is one of Rolex’s original professional watches and has been updated with a new 40 mm case, alongside the existing 36 mm model (after the 39 mm was discontinued 2 years ago). The Explorer 40 dial has been redesigned to offer enhanced legibility. While 2023 is the 70th anniversary since the Explorer was first created, in 1953, it’s not marked as an anniversary model. The retail price for the new 40 mm Explorer is $7,700.
The Rolex GMT-Master II is available with an all-new gray and black ceramic bezel in either a full 18K yellow gold version with a matching Jubilee bracelet or a Rolesor which is a combination of 904L Oystersteel and 18K yellow gold on Jubilee bracelet.
The Tudor Black Bay 54 is an homage to the original Ref. 7922 from 1954, delivered with an in-house movement, in a 37 mm stainless steel case with a rivet-style bracelet for $3,850 or a black rubber strap for $3,625.
Tudor’s Black Bay has been updated with a redesigned case, a new crown, new Metas-certified Master Chronometer movement, and retains the original burgundy-red bezel insert that came out in 2012. It’s now available with either a rivet-style bracelet for $4,350, a Jubilee bracelet for $4,450, or a rubber strap for $4,150 — all offered with an adjustable T-fit clasp.
Photos by Rolex and Tudor.