Rolex Baselworld 2019 New Releases

By Matthew Pelliccia March 20, 2019

Rolex 2019 Basel Watches

Rolex Yacht-Master 42 m226659-0002

Little surprise, a lot to love

Whether you're a timepiece connoisseur, watch geek, or an amateur collector, there's one week of the year that we all look forward to; Basel week. Thousands travel from all over the world to visit Basel Switzerland to find out what's the latest and greatest from the finest watchmaking companies in the world. But there is a reason one iconic company has a Crown as a logo--they know how to make the suspense of their release almost unbearable. From official Rolex teasers with shadowy and unrecognizable cases the week of, to superfans photoshopping everything fromt he boring to the otherworldly. This year's Rolex Basel 2019 releases brought the highly suspected new models of the Oystersteel Datejust 36 and 31 and some very interesting re-designs of classics.

The new releases:

  • Yacht-Master 42
  • GMT-Master II
  • Sea-Dweller
  • Day-date 36
  • Datejust 36
  • Datejust 31


Probably the biggest surprises of this year’s Rolex showing was the brand new Yacht-Master 42, a departure from the age-old 40MM standard that the Yacht-Master range has held. This new increased size will draw the attention of Rolex fans looking for a professional model in a larger size without the heft of the Rolex Deep-Sea or the Rolex Sea-Dweller. As with all Rolex re-designs, the first conception of this new enlarged size will be released in 18k white gold on the beloved Oysterflex strap and an 18k white gold Oysterlock folding clasp. If you’ve kept your eye on the Rolex releases for the last few years, then you probably remember the 2015 release of the Yacht-master 40 and 37 in 18k Everose. The new 18k white gold version brings with it the same beautiful matte-black cerachrom with raised, high polished numbers. Personally, love this look and thing it’s going to be one of the highest sought after timepieces of the new releases.

Here’s some tech specs for you watch geeks out there.

  • Touts the Calibre 3235 with 70 hour power reserve
  • Parachrom hairspring
  • Paraflex shock absorbers
  • Chronergy escapement
  • Chromalight lumination markers
  • Matte-black Cerachrom Bezel with high polished numerals
  • COSC certified
  • Superlative Chronometer Certified -2/+2 seconds a day after casing.


The Jubilee bracelet is back and here to stay on the GMT-Master II. Fans of last year’s blue-red GMT-Master II on the Jubilee bracelet have been speculating that this year Rolex would release the BLNR - black and blue bezel - on Jubilee to match. For once, Rolex fans got it right. Seemingly retired from the Oyster bracelet, the black and blue GMT-Master II will get all the upgrades that last year’s blue-red GMT-Master II received. The new 3285 now graces the GMT-Master II in both Oystersteel versions, as well as all precious metal models.

Rolex GMT-Master II on Jubilee Bracelet with Calibre 3285 Movement

Speaking of precious metal models, everyone who has experienced wanting something they can't have knows that the harder it is to get, the more it’s desired. This is especially true of Rolex. For the past months we’ve been receiving call after call about the blue dial 18k white gold GMT-Master II with blue and red bezel. The answer, retired and no longer available. Now we know why. Rolex has re-released the GMT-Master II in 18k white gold with the blue-red bezel with two dial choices and all the upgrades. A new meteorite dial and the former ‘retired’ blue dial will seemingly now be offered. Unlike the Oystersteel version of this watch, these will still carry the 18k white gold Oyster Bracelet like its predecessor.

Here’s some tech specs for you watch geeks out there.

  • Calibre 3285 with 70 hour power reserve
  • Parachrom hairspring
  • Paraflex shock absorbers
  • Chronergy escapement
  • Chromalight lumination markers
  • Two-color Cerachrom bezel insert (Blue and Red, Blue and Black, Brown and Black.)
  • COSC certified
  • Superlative Chronometer Certified -2/+2 seconds a day after casing
  • Jubilee bracelet for all Oystersteel Versions
  • Oyster bracelet for all Rolesor and precious model versions


I doubt I’ve ever heard someone say, “You know what we need? A steel and gold version of the Sea Dweller.” But as an Authorized Retailer, I know Rolex just put that thought right into the minds of millions of avid watch collectors. My prediction is that this may be the most requested watch of 2019. Previously, if you wanted a larger Rolex timepiece from the professional series you were only provided the option of either an all Oystersteel model in the Sea-Dweller, Deep-sea and Yacht-Master II, a Oystersteel and Everose Yacht-master II or 18k yellow gold Yacht-master II. Great options, yes, but a lot of people just aren’t a fan of Everose, and sometimes you just want more than Oystersteel timepiece.

Sea-Dweller Oystersteel and Gold

The 43MM Sea-Dweller delivers the option we haven’t had with Oystersteel and 18k yellow gold. This new iteration of the Sea-Dweller ticks all the boxes those with larger wrists have been asking for.

Here’s some tech specs for you watch geeks out there.

  • Calibre 3235 with 70 hour power reserve
  • 43mm, first time for a larger than 40 Steel and 18k Yellow gold professional model
  • Parachrom hairspring
  • Paraflex shock absorbers
  • Chronergy escapement
  • Chromalight lumination markers
  • Black Cerachrom bezel insert with 24k yellow gold numbers
  • COSC certified
  • Superlative Chronometer Certified -2/+2 seconds a day after casing.
  • Oyster bracelet with folding safety clasp and Glidelock extension


The Day-Date 40 has long since had the new 70 hour power reserve and movement calibre, and so it’s time that the Day-date 36 receives the same outstanding technological upgrades. The re-release of the Day-date 36 comes with the calibre 3255 manufacture movement. Rolex doesn’t stop there though and has completely switched up the dial offerings. Something we learned from the absurd wait for the the Malachite dial release of last year and the demand for it is that stone dials are back in. The 2019 version of the Day-Date 36 debuts a new striking turquoise dial with roman numerals set with diamonds in 18k yellow gold.

Rolex Day-Date 36 Turquoise Dial

An interesting pink textured dial with roman numerals set with diamonds graces the 18k white gold version of the Day-Date 36. This one could be really hot for a stylish lady looking for a pop of color without a pink mother of pearl. There’s no information what makes the dial textured, we’ll be asking when we visit with Rolex.

Another highlight of the new dial introductions for me is the brown ombre gradient dial with diamonds. Of the gradient dials released, this dial is just stunning with the Everose case, fading from black to brown to the center. On all three versions, 18k yellow, 18k white gold and 18k everose, Rolex has introduced a rainbow colored sapphire baguette dial with diamond pave. Will these dials be as hot and impossible to come by as the Rainbow Daytona? I doubt it, but we’ll see. Rainbows took the country by storm in the entire Jewelry fashion industry.

We can really see that Rolex has embraced the 36mm being catered to those who love diamonds. At its release, the Day-Date 36 will not feature any dials without diamonds on them. This will really push those who want something without diamonds towards the Day-Date 40, Sky-Dweller or the professional series.


The one we all saw coming. Rolex always introduces a new model from Precious metals, to Rolesor and the last to receive the new upgrades is the White Rolesor and Oystersteel versions. Manufactured with the same slimmer case, curved case and different fluted bezel, the 2019 Datejust 36 in White Rolesor and Oystersteel inherit the same style changes from last year’s Yellow Rolesor and Everose Rolesor models. It is also equipped with the Calibre 3235 movement and now moves into the 70 hour power reserve that the other time pieces also have.

The dial offerings are what we expect, blue sunray dial in both index and diamond markers, a black sunray dial with only index markers and interestingly enough they decided to release the blue Jubilee dial set with diamonds and pink Jubilee dial set with diamonds.

Rolex Datejust 36


The 2019 Datejust 31 has two variants added to the collection, expanding the 2018 collection that was released in precious metals. The Datejust 31 now carries the Calibre 2236, with 55 hour power reserve, which has been long featured in the Datejust 28s and the now retired Pearlmaster 34. The Syloxi mainspring is now featured in all mid-size watches from 31 down in both precious metal versions and yellow Rolesor and Everose Rolesor.

The dials that are being launched with the new version of the Datejust 31 are the olive roman dial with diamond set VI, dark grey sunray diamond marker dial, and silver sunray dial with diamond markers in the steel and yellow rolesor versions. The popularity of the steel and Everose version of the 31 has been an amazing surprise for our store. The color combination with the dark grey in the 36 was beautiful and they’re bringing it to the 31 now as well. The dial offerings for the 2019 version of the steel and Everose rolesor Datejust 31 will be the long-standing chocolate sunray Roman dial with diamond VI and the dark grey sunray with diamond VI. Really the only new color here is the dark grey.

Rolex Datejust 31 2019 Calibre 2236

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