08.06.2021 - Rolex

How to find the perfect Rolex watch size

If you want a new Rolex, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got the perfect fit.

Wondering what the perfect size of Rolex is? The answer is dependent on how you like your watch to look.

It’s got to be comfortable to wear and suit its purpose but personal preference is always the greatest determining factor.

Here we take a look at the different Rolex sizes available and what to consider before you splash your cash on a new watch.

Does it look good?

Those with thinner wrists should avoid large or oversized timepieces - even though this is fashionable right now. The best thing to do is try the watch on where possible, before you buy so you can see how they look. If you’re unsure, it’s best to go for a watch of around 36mm diameter which is a standard mid-size.

More rounded or larger wrists can get away with any of the Rolex sizes which go right up to a 44mm. Always remember that the larger the watch you choose, the harder it is to wear the watch discreetly. You may not be able to wear a shirt cuff over a bigger sized case.

It’s also worth considering the lugs and bezels. The lug to lug size (or the entire length of the case) is crucial to the fit of the watch. If the model extends past the wrist the watch will move about and may get damaged. But if the case you choose is too small, it may look odd on your wrist.

The bezel is also worth considering as those without always look slimmer than watches with wide ones, for example, diving watches.

Does it suit the purpose?

If you’re looking for a day to day watch, then you can generally go with how comfortable it is. But if it has a specific purpose, eg. a Sea-Dweller is often oversized as it needs to be easily visual when diving, then size plays a bigger part.

A dress watch needs to be in proportion to the watch but with a sports watch size is critical as too big and it gets in the way, too small and it can’t be seen.

What is the perfect size of Rolex watch?

Historically men’s watches were around 34mm and women’s were 31mm but over time watch sizes have grown and there is now a large overlap with many sizes becoming unisex.

A 36mm was always considered a classic men’s size but now is a midsize option in the Rolex catalogue and some 36mm are now tailored to women.

What are the most popular Rolex sizes? 

44mm Rolex watches

Let’s start with the big boys - the 44mm Rolex watches. So here we have the Rolex Yacht-Master II Regatta and the Rolex Deepsea.

The Yacht-Master was introduced in 2007 with a chronograph for competitive sailors. It’s still a big hit now and available in a range of materials including steel, yellow gold, Everose gold, two-tone steel and a white gold version with a platinum bezel.

41mm Rolex watches

There are also 42mm but 41mm Rolex watches are also incredibly popular. We’re talking the likes of the discontinued Rolex Datejust II, as well as new Submariner 41 and Submariner Date 41.

The Rolex Submariner 126610LN is a new 41mm that was only introduced last year but was previously a 40mm size. It’s a revamped version of the 1953 original but features a nifty rotatable bezel as its key functionality. Its 60-minute graduations allow a diver to accurately and safely monitor diving time and decompression stops.

40mm Rolex watches

Fans of the brand will find some of their watch favourites in this go-to diameter block, including the Daytona and GMT-Master I and II, as well as the Air-King and Milgauss, which were much smaller and have now gone to 40mm size.

Submariner 40 watches are noted for having the ‘Super Case’ which wears bigger thanks to thick lugs and broad crown guards.

39mm Rolex Watches

In this category we’ve got the Rolex Explorer and the II vintage style as well as the Oyster Perpetual.

The 39mm size offers a range of styles from dress watches like the Day-Date Masterpiece through to the sporty Explorer and Explorer II aka the ‘Steve McQueen’ offerings. 

36mm Rolex watches

While there are also 39 and 38mm sizes of watch, one of the most popular sizes is the 36mm and as we meniotned previously, it’s now considered a unisex style size.

So here we have the Rolex Day-Date 36, Explorer and Datejust 36 to name a few.

The Datejust was released in 1945 to celebrate Rolex’s 40th birthday and was the first automatic wristwatch to have a window on the dial to indicate the date. 

Rolex Sizes

There are still lots more smaller sizes which go right down to 24mm in discontinued models.

If you’d like help to find the perfect Rolex or you want assistance to sell your Rolex, we can help. Contact us today.

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