While Rolex can certainly go the traditional route by giving us a 39mm round Cellini watch with a different complication (a triple calendar would be amazing), perhaps the Crown will go in an entirely different direction by unveiling a non-round timepiece. Previous famous Cellini models included the asymmetrical Cellini Midas and the rectangular Cellini Prince. A return to these unusual old-school hits would certainly get the Rolex enthusiast crowd talking.
Out of all the current-production Rolex models, the Milgauss antimagnetic watch has probably had one of the most meandering histories. It was first released in 1956 with a rotating bezel, then it welcomed a lightning bolt-shaped seconds hand, and then entirely redesigned with a smooth fixed bezel and straight seconds hand. After a few decades of production, the Milgauss was quietly shelved in the late-1980s only to return in 2007 with a whole new design.
Although Rolex has added a few dial and crystal variants to the Milgauss collection since 2007, the quality replica watches itself has remained largely the same over the last 16 years. So one of our Rolex predictions for 2023 will be a shake-up for the quirky Milgauss. Perhaps Rolex will simply discontinue it. Or maybe we’ll see a brand new antimagnetic movement given that Rolex has updated almost every other collection with a new-generation movement.
Rolex has made a few two-tone versions of some sports watches in recent years that took everyone by surprise. First, there was the two-tone yellow gold and stainless steel Sea-Dweller introduced in 2019 followed by the two-tone yellow gold and stainless steel Explorer in 2021. So, we wouldn’t be surprised if a brand new two-tone yellow gold and stainless steel Air-King makes its debut in 2023 – especially since the Air-King was updated in 2022.
2023 will mark the 60th anniversary of the famed Rolex Daytona chronograph, so we expect to see something special to commemorate the milestone. In the past, Rolex has issued green versions to mark other anniversaries: the Submariner 16610LV with a green bezel in 2003, the GMT-Master II ref. 116718 with a green dial in 2005, and the Day-Date 40 ref 228235 and ref. 228239 with olive green dials in 2023.
So will we see a new green dial for the 60th anniversary of the Daytona in 2023? Yes, there already is a yellow gold Daytona 116508 with a green dial (affectionately known as the “John Mayer”) but we envisage a special anniversary variant that’s perhaps a different green shade and/or paired with another metal other than yellow gold.
New Cellini Models
As you probably already know, Rolex has significantly pared down the Cellini lineup recently by discontinuing all models except for the Moonphase watch. It’s not truly a collection with only one model so it would make sense for Rolex to beef up the range with new Cellini models in 2023.
However, what’d we’d really love to see would be a brand-new Milgauss reference crafted in ultra-light titanium. After all, Rolex released its first titanium best replica watches in 2022 with the introduction of the Deepsea Challenge and it would be great to see the metal rolled out to other collections next year.
That wraps up our Rolex predictions for 2023. What do you think will happen in the New Year with Rolex watches? Do you have any predictions you’d like to share? Drop us a comment below!
For example, the Yacht-Master is one of the brand’s most diverse collections, with options in steel/platinum (also known as Rolesium), steel/Everose gold (also known as Everose Rolesor), and in three shades of gold (yellow, white, and Everose).
However, all current-production gold Yacht-Master references (regardless of the color) are paired with black Cerachrom ceramic bezels and black rubber Oysterflex bracelets. Therefore, we predict that Rolex will come out with full Everose gold Yacht-Master watches, perhaps in several sizes, complete with matching Everose gold bezels and bracelets. Given that the Yacht-Master is Rolex’s ultra-luxurious sports watch, a full rose gold model would be a perfect addition to the lineup.