Rolex Nicknames

Published on Saturday 5th of February 2022
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Rolex Nicknames

Within the world of Rolex, collectors and enthusiasts there are a number of nicknames that have been developed throughout the years. Rolex, themselves have never given their watches any such names and have stuck to the model names and numbers, so where have many of these names come from? Some of the nicknames refer to the people that have worn them such as the ‘James Cameron’ or the ‘Pussy Galore’ whilst others refer to the colours of the dials, bezels or both including ‘hulk’ or the ‘batman’. Many of these have then further developed as the watch has changed or other variations have been included and added to the collection.

There are other Rolex watches that have managed to achieve a nickname but many of these are exotic dials that were not intended to have changed but have over time.

Nickname

Model

Model Reference

Year introduced

Characteristics

Rolex GMT Master II Batman

Rolex GMT Master II Batman

 

Batman

GMT Master II

116710BLNR

 

126710BLNR

2013

 

2019

Black / Blue Bezel

On oyster bracelet

Rolex GMT Master II Batgirl

Rolex GMT Master II Batgirl

 

Batgirl

GMT Master II

126710BLNR

2019

Black / Blue Bezel

On jubilee bracelet

Rolex GMT Master II Coke

Rolex GMT Master II Coke

 

Coke

GMT Master II

16710

1988

Black / Red Bezel

 

Double Red

Sea-Dweller

1655

1967

‘Submariner 200’ and ‘Sea-Dweller’ are in red on the dial.

Great White

Sea-Dweller

1655

1967

All fonts in white on dial

Rolex Submariner Hulk

Caption

 

Hulk

Submariner

116610LV

2010

Green dial and Bezel

James Bond

Submariner

6538

1954

As worn by Sean Connery in the James Bond films.

Rolex Deep Sea D-Blue James Cameron

Rolex Deep Sea D Blue James Cameron

 

James Cameron

Sea-Dweller

116660

2014

Blue-Black graduated dial.

 

Jean-Claude Killy

Data-Compax

4768 (plus others)

1947

Watch was advertised by Rolex with the ski racer, Jean-Claude Killy

John Player Special

Daytona

6241

1960s

Black Dial with Gold Totalizers

Rolex Submariner Kermit

Rolex Submariner Kermit
 

Kermit

Submariner

16610LV

2003

Green Bezel and Black Dial

Leopard

Daytona

116598SACO

2004

Yellow Sapphire bezel with leopard pattern dial

Paul Newman

Daytona

6239

1963

White dial with black totalizers

Rolex GMT Master II Pepsi

Rolex GMT Master II Pepsi

 

Pepsi

GMT Master

 

GMT Master II

1675

 

126710BLRO

1960

 

2018

Blue / Red Bezel

Platona

Daytona

116506

2013 (approx)

Daytona made in Platinum

Rolex Explorer II Polar

Rolex Explorer II Polar
 

Polar

Explorer II

216570

2011 (approx)

White dial with orange 24 hour hand

Pussy Galore

GMT Master

6542

1654

As worn by Honor Blackman in the James Bond film ‘Goldfinger’.

Rainbow

Daytona

116598RBOW

2012

Diamond Bezel that forms a rainbow

Rolex GMT Master II Rootbeer

Rolex GMT Master II Root Beer

 

Root Beer

GMT Master II

126711CHNR

2018

Black/Brown Bezel

Rosegold and Steel Oyster Bracelet

Single Red

Submariner Date

1680

1966

First Submariner Date, series name in red

Rolex Submariner Smurf
Rolex Submariner Smurf

 

Smurf

Submariner Date

 

116619LB

2008

Blue dial and Bezel

Rolex Submariner Date Starbucks

Rolex Submariner Date Starbucks

 

Starbucks

Submariner Date

 

126610LV

2020

Green Bezel and Black Dial

Steve McQueen Freccione

Explorer II

1655

1971

Watch was promoted for Rolex by Steve McQueen

Rolex Datejust Turn-o-graph Thunderbird

Rolex Datejust Turn-o-graph Thunderbird

 

Thunderbird

Datejust (Turn-o-graph)

1625, 6309, 16253, 16263, 16264, 16268, 116261, 116263, 116264

1953

Any Datejust fitted with a rotating bezel

These nicknames are a true tribute to how good Rolex watches are and how many collectors identify those within their collection and those they wish to add to their collection. Time will tell what the next Rolex to be worthy of a nickname will be and what its colour scheme will be. One can only speculate but maybe they will release a 18ct gold GMT Master II with a hot rod red bezel and dial, nicknamed the Iron Man.

We look forward to finding and discovering these developments as time continues.

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