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A Guide to Popular Two-Tone Rolex Watches

A Guide to Popular Two-Tone Rolex Watches

You might be asking who wears a two-tones Rolex, in fact the two-tones style characterized by combining two contrasting metals, is a common look among Rolex watches. Rolex has a specific name for watches that combine steel and gold: Rolesor. While the majority of two-tone Rolex Rolesor watches were steel and yellow gold ones, in recent years we have seen the rise of two-tone steel and Everose gold (Rolex’s proprietary pink gold alloy). Read on as we examine some popular two-tone Rolex watches.

Two-Tone Rolex Datejust Watches

A classic Datejust 31mm two tones, gold and steel with green dial: 

When it comes to two-tone Rolex watches, the classic choice is the Datejust—the brand’s most varied collection. Along with a wide assortment of sizes bracelets, dials, and bezels to choose from, the Datejust also boasts plenty of material options—including two-tone models. Today, Rolex makes both Yellow Rolesor and Everose Rolesor versions of the Datejust in 28mm, 31mm, 36mm, and 41mm sizes.

A two tones in rose gold and steel, 36mm: 

The typical style of a two-tone Datejust watch is a steel case with a gold bezel and winding crown, along with a bracelet with gold center links flanked by steel ones. 

Two tones 41mm, gold and steel with gold dial:

The bezels can be fluted or smooth and the bracelets can be the five-link Jubilee band or the three-link Oyster band. 

Price Range: 

  • Two-tone Rolex Datejust 41: Starting at $12,500
  • Two-tone Rolex Datejust 36: Starting at $10,950
  • Two-tone Rolex Datejust 31: Starting at $9,650
  • Two-tone Rolex Lady-Datejust 28: Starting at $8,850


Our Pick

Two-Tone Rolex Datejust

Reference: 126333

Movement: 3235, Manufacture Rolex, Self-winding

Functions: Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date with rapid setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting, 70h power reserve

Strap: Jubilee, five-piece links

Style: Racing

Two-Tone Rolex Daytona Watches

The Daytona is Rolex’s collection of chronograph watches with two chronograph pushers on the case, a tachymeter scale on the bezel, and three registers on the dial. It is also a varied collection in terms of material options with steel, full gold, platinum, and two-tone editions available.

Daytona winners:

The two-tone Rolex Daytona includes 18k yellow gold details and the current-production model is the ref. 116503. The Daytona ref. 116503 features a 40mm steel case with a yellow gold bezel engraved with the tachymeter, a yellow gold winding crown, two yellow gold chronograph pushers, and yellow gold center links on the Oyster bracelet. There are a few dial colors to choose from, as well as the option of lume-filled hour-markers or diamond ones. 

A two tones Rolex Daytona, gold and steel with black dial. 

Rolex usually gives a two-tone Daytona chronograph to the winner of the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona race.

Our Pick

Rolex Daytona

Reference: 116503

Case/Dial: 40mm Oystersteel, White
Waterproof to 100 metres / 330 feet

Movement: 4130 Manufacture Rolex, Self-winding

Functions: Centre hour, minute and seconds hands, small seconds hand at 6 o'clock. Chronograph (centre hand) accurate to within 1/8 of a second, 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock and 12-hour counter at 9 o'clock. Stop seconds for precise time setting, 72h power reserve

Strap: Oyster, flat three-piece links

Style: Classic

Two-Tone Rolex Submariner Watches

The Submariner is Rolex’s flagship dive watch collection with a 40mm case water-resistant to 300 meters, a unidirectional rotating bezel in ceramic, and a dial with luminous hands and hour markers. The Submariner is available in time-only and time and date versions where the former is exclusively made in steel while the latter is offered in steel, gold, or two-tone steel and gold. 

Similar to the Daytona, the two-tone Submariner combines yellow gold and steel. The yellow gold details include the bezel ring, the winding crown, and the center links on the Oyster bracelet. The current production model is the Submariner ref. 116613 and it comes either with a black bezel and dial (116613LN) or a blue bezel and dial (116613LB). The blue two-tone Submariner is sometimes nicknamed the Rolex “Bluesy.”

Our Pick

Rolex Submariner

Reference: 116613LB

Case/Dial: 40mm Yellow Rolesor - combination of Oystersteel and 18 ct yellow gold, Blue
Waterproof to 300 metres / 1,000 feet

Movement: 4130, Manufacture Rolex, Self-winding

Functions: Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date with rapid setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting, 48h power reserve

Strap: Oyster, flat three-piece links

Style: Classic

Two-Tone Rolex GMT-Master II Watch

The GMT-Master II is Rolex’s dual time watch originally made for pilots to read two time zones at once. It has a 40mm case with a bidirectional rotating bezel in ceramic marked with 24 hours, a dial with four hands (local hour, reference hour, minutes, and seconds) and a date window.

While Rolex used to make two-tone yellow gold and steel GMT-Master II models, those versions have now been replaced with two-tone Everose gold and steel GMT-Master models. The current-production two-tone GMT-Master II is reference 126711CHNR with a bezel ring, winding crown, and bracelet center links in 18k Everose gold. The ceramic insert is also bi-colored, where the brown portion houses the day hours while the black has the night hours. This particular colorway is often referred to as the “Root Beer” bezel

Our Pick

Rolex GMT Master

Reference: 126711CHNR

Case/Dial: 40mm Everose Rolesor - combination of Oystersteel and 18 ct Everose gold, Black
Waterproof to 100 metres / 330 feet

Movement: 3285, Manufacture Rolex, Self-winding

Functions: Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. 24-hour display. Second time zone with independent rapid-setting of the hour hand. Instantaneous date. Stop-seconds for precise time setting, 70h power reserve

Strap: Oyster, flat three-piece links

Style: Elegant

Two-Tone Rolex Yacht-Master 37

The Yacht-Master is Rolex’s nautical-inspired sports watch with a rotating bezel marked to 60 minutes and a time and date dial with luminous hands and hour markers. A diverse collection, the Yacht-Master is available in different materials and sizes and with a variety of dial colors and bracelet styles.

Just like the GMT-Master II, Rolex has replaced yellow gold and steel two-tone Yacht-Master models with Everose gold and steel versions. The two-tone Yacht-Master comes in two sizes, 37mm (ref. 268621) and 40mm (ref. 126621), both featuring solid Everose gold bezels and center bracelet links

  • Two-Tone Rolex Yacht-Master 37: $13,150
  • Two-Tone Rolex Yacht-Master 40: $14,500


Our Pick

Rolex Yacht-Master 37 Two-Tone

Reference: 268621

Case/Dial: 37mm Everose Rolesor - combination of Oystersteel and 18 ct Everose gold, Black
Waterproof to 100 metres / 330 feet

Movement: 2236, Manufacture Rolex, Self-winding

Functions: Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date with rapid setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting, 55h power reserve

Strap: Oyster, flat three-piece links

Style: Elegant

Conclusion

Whether with yellow gold or Everose gold details, in dress watch or sports watch form, two-tone timepieces have always been a popular choice within Rolex’s catalog.


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