Rolex Icons Yesterday and Today

Rolex Icons Yesterday and Today

Updated at 07/03/2020 09:27 Luxury Watches Rolex

Rolex watches are synonymous with luxury and then some! The Rolex brands launched several decades back are just as glamorous as the ones that are presented today. However, there are some differences between the earlier models and the models released in the present time. Read on to learn about how previous and current versions of certain Rolex iconic watches compare against each other.

Rolex vintage vs modern

Rolex Submariner ref 6204 Vs. 114060

Rolex launched a new watch model in 1953 called the Submariner, and its reference number (ref.) was 6204. Several decades later, Rolex presented the Rolex Submariner ref. 114060 in 2012. This device is the latest to join the Submariner collection. When comparing these models, one finds that the recently launched Submariner model (ref. 114060) has undergone some alterations since the first model released in 1953 (ref. 6204). For example, the Rolex Submariner ref. 6204 featured a black dial that had very luminescent hands and indexes, enabling divers to read the watch dial in dim waters easily. The Submariner ref. 114060 dial is also in black but features the contemporary blue-glowing luminescent substance (Chromalight) on the Mercedes-style hands and the white gold-bordered round-shaped indices. This model is also fitted with a sapphire crystal that is scratch resistant. This crystal is not present in the Submariner ref. 6204. On the flip side, similar to the Submariner ref. 6204, the 114060 model is a no-date model that is available solely in steel.

Rolex Daytona ref 6239 Vs. 116500LN

The Rolex Daytona ref 6239 was the first Rolex Daytona and made its debut in 1963 while the Daytona ref. 116500LN (most recent model) released in 2016. The Rolex Daytona ref 6239 featured a 36.5mm Oyster case. In contrast, the Daytona ref. 116500LN has a 40mm Oyster case. In addition, the Daytona ref 6239 includes the Valjoux 72 movement, whereas the Daytona ref. 116500LN boasts In-House Rolex cal. 4130 movement with several modern materials built-in that are not present in the former model. Overall, the modern 116500LN Daytona model is mechanically quite different Daytona ref 6239 edition of the watch. However, when you talk about looks, the Daytona ref. 116500LN is undoubtedly a decedent of the ref. 6239 edition.

Rolex Datejust ref. 4467 Vs. 126333

There are several differences between the Rolex Datejust ref. 4467 and the Rolex Datejust ref. 126333. The Rolex Datejust ref. 4467 came out in 1945 and was created entirely in yellow gold with a fluted bezel. On the contrary, the Rolex Datejust ref. 126333 boasts a bezel constructed from steel and white gold. Moreover, the Datejust ref. 4467 featured a curved dial with alpha hands whereas the Datejust ref. 126333 has a blue sunray dial. In addition, the previous edition watch boasted a Jubilee bracelet and the Datejust ref. 126333 has an Oystersteel brushed and polished bracelet. The latter also has a sapphire crystal with AR coating that is not present in the former model.

GMT Master REF. 1675 vs 126710BLRO

In 1959, Rolex introduced the GMT Master ref. 1675 and 59 years later, they released their latest GMT model in 2018, which was the GMT Master II ref. 126710 BLRO. The previous model featured the calibre 1575 whereas the 126710BLRO version features the calibre 3285. Additionally, the recent model has an extended 3-day power reserve. This feature is absent in the GMT Master ref. 1675. Moreover, the GMT Master ref. 1675 had bezels with conspicuously thicker numerals, which made up the twenty-four hour markings. In contrast, the GMT Master ref. 126710BLRO features bezels with thinner numerical.  
As far as similarities go, both the GMT Master ref. 1675 and the GMT Master ref. 126710BLRO boast the signature GMT pepsi bezel and the Jubilee bracelet. 


This article will serve as a useful guide if you would like to know how original and current models of Iconic Rolex watches stack up against each other.

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