2023 Rolex Daytona And Submariner Predictions - What to Expect in 2023
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The new year is here, and 2023 Rolex watches are coming. Tim Mosso returns to his popular live stream format as "Watches Tonight" explores the future of the 2023 Rolex Daytona and Submariner. The most famous Rolex watches are due for major anniversaries this year, and anything is possible as Rolex prepares to launch new models at Watches & Wonders. Whether you are a luxury watch buyer, Rolex collector, or watch industry insider, tonight's show is the ultimate forecast of what kind of watches Rolex will launch in 2023.
Rolex Submariner debuted in 1953. As one of the first two modern-format dive watches (we see you, Blancpain), the Submariner was both a pioneer and a design icon in the making. By 1959, features like "Mercedes" hands and crown guards had defined what would become the modern format of Rolex's most famous watch. The Rolex Submariner turns 70 in 2023, and Rolex is guaranteed to launch new variants in support of the Submariner's sales campaign. Having already redesigned the entire Submariner line in 2020, Rolex likely won't launch a new generation of the Sub, but it will create new Submariner models never before seen.
Likely changes to the 2023 Rolex Submariner include commemorative versions of the Submariner Date and "No Date" models. Since the 1953 Submariner was a "no date," it's possible that the flagship 2023 edition will be based on the No Date Submariner. Rolex has never created a platinum Submariner, so this is a distinct possibility given the 50th anniversary Daytona was also a platinum first in 2013. Also possible is a titanium Rolex Submariner that follows in the footsteps of the 2022 Rolex Deepsea Challenge. Additional possibilities for the 2023 Rolex Submariner include a version with the Oysterflex strap, a first ever two-tone Sub with rose gold and steel, or a Cellini-branded Submariner in precious metal with a leather strap.
The 2023 Rolex Daytona could be anything from a variation of the current 116500LN to an entire family of Daytona-branded watches. Technically speaking, the Rolex Daytona hasn't received a comprehensive redesign since the year 200. The Rolex GMT Master II and Submariner each have seen three generations pass in that time. While new dials in meteorite, sodalite, jade, or even grand feu enamel are possibly, entirely new models may supercharge the model year.
What would a full "Rolex Daytona family" look like? First, the "core" Rolex Cosmograph Daytona likely would receive a new 41mm case, an upgraded clasp with the non-diving version of Glidelock featured on the Yacht Master 42mm, and a wider bracelet to fit a 21mm lug spacing. Second, Rolex could appeal to vintage watch fans with a revived interpretation of old "pump pusher" Rolex Daytonas from the 1960s and 1970s. Such a watch could retain the current 40mm case, vintage-inspired "RCO" or "ROC" dials, step dials, Singer-like "exotic" dials, or even matte-finished dials. The vintage-style Daytona also could employ a manual-wind version of the caliber 4130.
Finally, there would be room for a flagship Rolex Daytona that could include a larger case with flyback, split-time, memory functions, mechanical alarms, or calendar displays. The last of those functions would hark back to the Rolex Dato-Compax "Jean-Claude Killy" watches of the 1950s and 1960s. Rolex has filed international patents for multiple complicated chronograph features, so these enhancements are more than flights of fancy. Moreover, if Rolex is planning to release a full range of "Daytona" branded chronographs, it would explain the extraordinarily long wait for a new generation of Rolex Daytona. If the new generation Daytona actually is 3-4 distinct models, then the last 24 years were time well spent.
For chronograph watch fans or collectors of Rolex's great rival, Omega, tonight's show also includes a review and analysis of Omega's new Speedmaster Superracing Chronograph and its Spirate timing adjustment system.
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