Groundbreaking innovations


Groundbreaking innovations


4130 movement

Calibre 4130 is a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement, entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex in 2000 for the Cosmograph Daytona and incorporates a chronograph function with a reduced number of components.

Calibre 4130


Mentor and Protégé

The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative was founded in 2002 to encourage talented individuals through a unique programme of one to one mentoring with a major figure in their artistic discipline. Over more than a decade, the Rolex mentoring programme community has expanded across continents and cultures, and includes major creative artists of different generations and backgrounds.

Mentor and protege
Cerachrom Bezel


Cerachrom bezel

Rolex developed and patented the Cerachrom bezel for specific Professional models to ensure lasting beauty and functionality even after exposure to the most extreme conditions. Fashioned from extremely hard ceramic material, it is virtually impervious to scratches, and its colour is unaffected by ultraviolet rays. Its diamond polished surface presents an exceptional lustre. The engraved 24-hour graduations are coated with a thin layer of platinum.

Blue Parachrom Hairpring


Blue Parachrom hairspring

After five years of research, Rolex created the blue Parachrom hairspring. Crafted from a paramagnetic alloy, it is unaffected by magnetic fields and up to 10 times more resistant to shocks than a traditional hairspring. Historically, the unique blue colour of the hairspring has been a sign of prestige reserved for only the most accurate timepieces.

Yacht-Master II


The Yacht‑Master II

The Yacht-Master II is the first watch in the world equipped with a programmable countdown featuring a mechanical memory. This function is accessed via the rotatable bezel thanks to the Ring Command, a system developed by Rolex and patented. This regatta chronograph countdown allows skippers to cross the start line with perfect timing.


The Rolex Deepsea

2012 - The Sky-Dweller


The Sky-Dweller

Rolex presented a brand new innovative model, the Sky-Dweller, a technological masterpiece intended for world travellers. It offers a dual time zone as intuitive to read as it is easy to use, as well as a particularly innovative annual calendar named Saros – in tribute to the astronomical phenomenon which inspired it – that requires only one date adjustment a year. To set its functions quickly and easily, it is also equipped with a new interface: the Ring Command system.

2012 - The deepest on Earth


The deepest place on Earth

On 26 March 2012, filmmaker and explorer James Cameron made a historic dive to the deepest part of the world’s oceans, the Mariana Trench in his submersible. It was the first manned dive to the deepest part of the Trench, known as Challenger Deep, since the pioneering two-man Trieste expedition of 1960.

Deepsea Challenge


The Rolex Deepsea Challenge

The Rolex Deepsea Challenge is an experimental diving watch certified waterproof up to 12,000 metres (39,370 feet), entirely designed and built by Rolex to resist the extreme pressure in the deepest reaches of the oceans. Setting the record for the deepest diving watch in the world.