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Guide To Popular Diamond Rolex Models

If you are looking for some extra sparkle for your wrist, here is our guide to popular diamond Rolex models.

        
Guide To Popular Diamond Rolex Models

There have always been two distinct sides of Rolex; on one side are the practical tool watches developed to serve specific purposes and on the other are the ultra-luxurious timepieces that signal personal success and prestige. And among the latter group, there’s no bigger statement-maker than a diamond Rolex watch. Along with developing enduring watch designs and manufacturing excellent mechanical movements, Rolex is also recognized for its impressive gem-setting techniques. Bejeweled Rolex watches run the gamut from a handful of diamond hour markers on the dial to diamond-set bezels to fully diamond pavé models. Diamond Rolex dials are sometimes referred to as “Serti dials,” taken from the French word “sertissage,” which translates to “gem-setting.” So if you are looking for some extra sparkle for your wrist, here is our guide to popular diamond Rolex models.

Diamond Rolex Datejust Models

One of the appeals of the Datejust collection is the diverse assortment available with a wide selection of case sizes, metal options, bracelet styles, and dial colors. What’s more, Rolex makes plenty of diamond Datejust models too for those looking for something extra special. Depending on the size, gem-set Datejust watches can come with diamond hour markers, diamond-set bezels, or both. Furthermore, select gold Datejust models have full diamond pavé dials including some intricately designed ones with delicate motifs such as butterflies and flowers. Given that there are quite a few stainless steel Datejust models fitted with diamond dials, these are the most affordable options when looking for diamond Rolex models.

Diamond Rolex Datejust. Photo Credit: Rolex

Prices starting at € 13.800

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 

Reference: 126281RBR
Caliber: 3235, Manufacture Rolex
Functions: Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date with rapid setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Case Diameter: 36 mm
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Winding: Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Case Material: Everose Rolesor - combination of Oystersteel and 18 ct Everose gold
Oscillator: Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring. High-performance Paraflex shock absorbers
Jewels: Roman VI and IX in 18 ct gold, set with 24 diamonds
Water Resistance: Waterproof to 100 metres / 330 feet
Strap/Bracelet: Jubilee, five-piece links
Dial Colour: Dark rhodium set with diamonds
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date
Diamond Rolex Day-Date Models

One of the appeals of the Datejust collection is the diverse assortment available with a wide selection of case sizes, metal options, bracelet styles, and dial colors. What’s more, Rolex makes plenty of diamond Datejust models too for those looking for something extra special. Depending on the size, gem-set Datejust watches can come with diamond hour markers, diamond-set bezels, or both. Furthermore, select gold Datejust models have full diamond pavé dials including some intricately designed ones with delicate motifs such as butterflies and flowers. Given that there are quite a few stainless steel Datejust models fitted with diamond dials, these are the most affordable options when looking for diamond Rolex models.

Diamond Rolex Day-Date.

Prices starting at € 34.700

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36

Reference: 128238
Caliber: 3255, Manufacture Rolex
Functions: Centre hour, minute and seconds hands Instantaneous day and date in apertures, unrestricted rapid-setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Case Diameter: 36 mm
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Winding: Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Case Material: Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown
Oscillator: Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring. High-performance Paraflex shock absorbers
Jewels: Diamonds in 18 ct gold settings and baguette-cut diamonds at 6 and 9 o'clock
Water Resistance: Waterproof to 100 metres / 330 feet
Strap/Bracelet: President, semi-circular three-piece links
Dial Colour: Green ombré set with diamonds
Crystal: Diamonds in 18 ct gold settings and baguette-cut diamonds at 6 and 9 o'clock
Diamond Rolex Pearlmaster Models

The Pearlmaster collection is Rolex’s line of jewelry watches fashioned from 18k gold—yellow gold, white gold, and Everose gold—and always set with diamonds, whether on the dial, bezel, case, bracelet, or all of the above. The watch takes its name from the five-link Pearlmaster bracelet and similar to the Datejust, it has a date window on the dial accompanied by a Cyclops date magnification lens on the sapphire crystal. While there are some Pearlmaster models with only a touch of diamonds, the most coveted versions are the opulent ones completely blanketed in diamonds from top to bottom. As a result of the precious metal and generous diamond embellishment, Pearlmaster watches are some of the most expensive ladies’ diamond Rolex models ever made.

Diamond Rolex Pearlmaster

Prices starting at $37,000

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Pearlmaster 39

Reference: 86405RBR
Caliber: 3235, Manufacture Rolex
Functions:Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date with rapid setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Case Diameter: 39 mm
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Winding: Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Case Material: 18 ct Everose gold with lugs set with diamonds
Oscillator: Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring. High-performance Paraflex shock absorbers
Jewels: Diamond-paved dial and bracelet
Water Resistance: Waterproof to 100 metres / 330 feet
Strap/Bracelet: Diamond-set Pearlmaster, rounded five-piece links
Dial Colour: 18 ct gold paved with 713 diamond
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date
Diamond Rolex Daytona Models

Perhaps the most famous chronograph in the world, the Rolex Daytona is known for its sporty looks and impeccable performance. Rolex also makes some decadent diamond Daytona models with gem-set bezels and dials. For instance, there’s the platinum Daytona model that replaces the familiar tachymeter scale with a bezel set with baguette diamonds with a matching diamond pavé dial. Then there are the famous wildcat-style diamond Daytonas, starting with the Daytona “Leopard” from the early 2000s to the newer “Eye of the Tiger” Daytona released in 2019—both flaunting plenty of diamonds and animal print dials. Finally, the Daytona “Rainbow” models available in white, yellow, and Everose gold have been exceedingly popular, featuring diamond-set cases and multi-colored sapphire bezels. There are, however, more discreet choices within the Daytona collection with select models, such as two-tone editions or full gold models, offering just a dash of diamonds on the dial in the form of hour markers.

Diamond Rolex Daytona

Prices starting at $19,350

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Diamond Pave Dial Platinum 

Reference: 116576TBR
Caliber: 4130, Manufacture Rolex
Functions: Hours/ Minutes/ Seconds/ Chronograph
Case Diameter: 40 mm
Winding: Self Winding Automatic
Case Material: 950 Platinum
Oscillator: Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
Jewels: Diamond Pave dial
Water Resistance: Waterproof to 100 metres / 330 feet
Strap/Bracelet: Steel
Dial Colour: Diamond Pave
Crystal: Sapphire
Diamond Rolex GMT-Master II Models

One of the defining elements of the Rolex GMT-Master II pilot’s watch is the rotating bezel with 24-hour markings to indicate a second time zone. Yet, Rolex also makes some special edition bejeweled GMT-Master II models that feature gems on the bezel rather than the typical Arabic numerals. Cleverly, some of these GMT-Master gem-set bezels uses an assortment of precious stones like diamonds, sapphires, and rubies to mimic the look of the iconic white, blue, and red “Pepsi” bezel found on regular GMT-Master models. The most expensive Rolex watch ever made is the GMT-Master “Ice”, entirely covered in diamonds and recently spotted on the wrist of soccer phenom, Ronaldo. On the other end of the spectrum, the most affordable way to wear a diamond Rolex GMT-Master is to source a vintage model in two-tone steel and gold with a “Serti Dial” furnished with diamond hour markers.

Diamond Rolex GMT-Master II.

Prices starting (non vintage models) at $90,000

Rolex GMT-Master II Automatic Diamond 

Reference: 116758 SA
Caliber: Rolex Calibre 3186
Functions: GMT, Second Time Zone, Date, Hour, Minute, Second
Case Diameter: 40 mm
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Winding: Automatic
Case Material: 18kt Yellow Gold with 76 diamonds
Oscillator: Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring. High-performance Paraflex shock absorbers
Jewels: 31 Jewels
Water Resistance: 100 meters / 330 feet
Strap/Bracelet: 18kt Yellow Gold Oyster
Dial Colour: Diamond Set 29 diamonds and 30 sapphires
Crystal: Scratch Resistant Sapphire
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Whether as a sports watch or a dress watch, diamond Rolex models have always been a popular luxury timepiece option. Pairing the lavishness of diamonds with the performance of a Rolex watch is an appealing proposition that’s hard to resist.