HOW MUCH DOES A ROLEX WEIGH?
If you have ever tried on a Rolex or own one, it becomes very easy to tell that you are wearing a very high-quality Swiss watch. The impeccable finishing and materials used to construct these masterpieces all vary but all share the same trait of perfection and durability. These factors naturally contribute towards the overall weight of the watch and therefore each Rolex model weighs slightly different amounts. However, the feeling of that weight really helps to give it that bit of extra wrist presence so when you put on your Rolex, there is no two ways about it, you know you’ve got a Rolex on your wrist from the perfect weight of it.
Hence today, we’re going to look at how much a Rolex actually weighs and the different ranges of weights the different models can be. All weights are given in grams (g) and they are the weights of the watch model with all of its links attached so yours may vary depending on the number of links you have.
Starting off with the basics, within Rolex you can select watches that can be made from 319L stainless steel, titanium, Two-tone (meaning a combination steel and gold), solid gold and platinum. These metals all vary massively in weight with the lightest being titanium, then steel, then gold and then the heaviest being platinum. Instantly, this will play a large role in determining the weight of your Rolex, then it will come down to the size of the watch as this will decide how much of the metal is used.
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Obviously the larger the watch, the heavier it is so make sure you know the exact size of your Rolex or the Rolex you’re considering buying. For example, the Rolex Datejust 41 mm on the jubilee with a fluted bezel weighs around 146g and the exact same watch but just in size 36 weighs 117g. You can easily see how despite being the same model, the size makes a big difference.
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In general, the Rolex sport watches are heavier than their classic watches. With the exception of the Rolex Sky Dweller, the watches in Rolex’ Classic line tend to be more elegant, no surprise there, so they tend to be thinner cases. Contrastingly, the sports watch line up consists of much thicker models due to their water resistance being superior and their boxier sporty designs. These two elements reflect on more materials being used to construct the watches, hence the weight increase that comes with a Rolex sports watch.
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The final element to bear in mind that can massively affect the weight of the watch is the bracelet or strap. A solid gold bracelet weighs a lot more than an Oysterflex rubber strap, however, Rolex are very tactful when it comes to using rubber or solid gold. More often than not you’ll notice the larger solid gold models such as the sky dweller, Daytona and yacht master being offered on an Oysterflex bracelet. But don’t think the watch will be too light, the heavy solid gold case combined with the lighter and comfier material of rubber offer the perfect weight when combined together.
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A Rolex Datejust in steel weighs anywhere between 80g to 130g depending on the size, but you’ll notice that for a two tone Datejust the weight now varies between 100 and 185 grams. Whilst it might seem like a small difference it will definitely be noticeable so potentially something to bear in mind when deciding on which Datejust model you might like. With the oyster perpetual line only benign offered in steel, they can vary between 80 to 136g. The heaviest of all the classic models is the Sky Dweller and Day-Date, this the Sky-Dweller can weigh in at 174g all the way up to 210g and the Day-Date anywhere between 200g to 225g.
Moving on to Rolex’ sport watches, the Submariner weighs 135g up to a whopping 296g for the solid gold model! The Rolex Sea-Dweller weighs in at 147 and the GMT Master II comes in at 140 to 175 g which is very similar to that of the Submariner. The Yacht Master has quite a bit of variation due to the two models offered, the different sizes and the addition of a new titanium offering.
The Rolex Yacht master will have a weight of anywhere between 100g right up to 262 for a solid gold model. The Rolex Daytona is a sizable watch with a large movement but they managed to keep its weight at a perfect range between 141g to 282g.
As you can see, there are as many weight variations as there are models of watches at Rolex, however the point is not to go into each individual weights of the watches but more to give you an idea of what watch line-ups weigh what. As mentioned before and shown above, the more gold you have on your watch, the heavier it will be which some people prefer.
The most important thing to do is try the watch on first, reading a number in grams is almost meaningless if you are using them to consider which watch to buy. Once you’ve tried the same model watch on with different metal combinations you’ll quickly see which weight feels better on your own wrist.
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If you’re wanting to balance out the weight of your watch and make it a little lighter on the wrist then be sure to go and check out the rubber straps offered by ZEALANDE. They are all perfectly made to fit your watch and hug your wrist even better than the rubber strap offered by Rolex! Striving for perfection, the ZEALANDE rubber strap will help reduce the overall weight of your watch making sports much easier to do and ensure you feel comfortable and confident wearing your watch in all scenarios. A lighter watch, especially during the summer time, can make the watch wear more comfortable and allow more airflow between your wrist and the watch avoiding the sweaty irritation bracelets can cause.