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How to find the Rolex Model Number of your beautiful timepiece

How to find the Rolex Model Number of your beautiful timepiece

How to find the Rolex model number

Many Rolex owners want to know their Rolex serial number so that they can better assess the value of the timepiece. The serial number tells what year the timepiece was manufactured. Manufacture dates tell collectors the rarity of a timepiece.

Until 2005, Rolex stamped the serial numbers between the lugs on the side of the watch case at the 6 o’clock position. You need to remove the bracelet from the case in order to see the Rolex serial number. The serial number is a 4 to 8 digit number.

However, in 2005, Rolex started to engrave the serial number on the vertical edge, or flange between the watch dial and the crystal. This flange generally has the name ROLEX repeated
around the entire circumference of the flange, except where the
serial number is printed.

In addition to the serial number, many owners want to know the exact Rolex model number of their timepiece. This 4 to 6 digit number is stamped between the lugs of at the 12 o’clock position.

If you are unfamiliar with removing the Rolex bracelet, you might want to take it to an experienced watch service or sales center. However, below we will give you some of the basic steps on discovering your Rolex model number yourself.

Rolex Serial Number

Required Tools:

– Soft Towel
– Watch Band Pin Remover Tool/ Watch Spring Bar Tool

Steps to Remove the Watch Band

Step 1 : Lay the Watch Face Down on the Towel
In order to keep the Rolex timepiece face from scratching, lay the watch face down on the towel.

Step 2 : Remove the Bracelet
Using the watch spring bar tool, carefully remove the pin holding the watch band in place. Repeat this for both sides of the watch.

Step 3 : Take Note Of Your Rolex Model Number
Once you have removed the bands, you can take closeup pictures of the Serial Number and the Reference Numbers. With this info, you can find out an exact value of your Rolex.

Step 4 : Put the Bracelet back on the Timepiece
Once you have the information you need, it is time to reassemble your watch. Use your watch spring tool to carefully put the pin in place until the band is fully secured.

Alternative Method : Find Your Rolex Card

Over the years Rolex has produced several guarantee styles of cards. If you have your original card, this can provide you all the information you need related to your Rolex model number.

How to find the Rolex Model Number of your beautiful timepiece

About Rubber B

Rubber B offers a tremendous selection of bands for your Rolex timepieces. All Rubber B bands are made 100% in Switzerland of pure vulcanized rubber. All bands are non toxic, non marking and allergen free. Additionally, no coatings, blends, glues or bonding is used in the manufacturing. Even the 2 – tone bands are constructed with pure forms without any adhesive that can wear down or warp over time.

The Best Rolex Datejust: the Datejust 36, Datejust II, or the New Datejust 41

The Best Rolex Datejust: the Datejust 36, Datejust II, or the New Datejust 41

What is the Best Rolex Datejust
What is the Best Rolex Datejust?

The Best Rolex Datejust

The best Rolex Datejust must be chosen from 3 distinct versions of Datejusts. In this article we will review the stellar history of the Rolex Datejust in order to crown the clear winner. In our opinion, all three Rolex Datejusts are fine timepieces to add to anyone’s collection. The Rolex Datejust I

The Rolex Datejust History

The Rolex Datejust earns its honors as one of the greatest timepieces ever made. Hans Wilsdorf introduced an early form of the Datejust in 1926, and soon added incredible features including the automatic calibre and then the comfort fitting 5-piece link Jubilee bracelet.

The Oyster case provided water resistance with its signature screw-down winding crown. The Datejust officially inherited a vast history of horological achievements when it launched in 1945. It launched with the date window at the 3 o’clock dial. The case was a medium build 36mm diameter, which became the standard bearer for the Rolex dynasty. The Datejust has the iconic look of Rolex. And the the Datejust became one of Rolex’s most recognizable timepieces and has ever been connected to all things luxury.

However, over the years Rolex has found a way to make the Datejust even better. In 1953, Rolex released the cyclops magnifier which makes the date on the Datejust easier to read.

The 36 mm case was a fine size which fit most men’s wrists and many women as well. Rolex released a tremendous array of options for the 36mm timepiece. They came out with all steel, rolesor (steel and gold), and all gold versions. They have various bezel options, dial designs and added gems throughout the timepieces to either dress up or dress down the Datejust.

Rolex owners can choose between a smooth, domed, or fluted bezel – or even one set with diamonds. Rolex uses 3 types of gold – yellow, white or Everose gold and sometimes intertwines yellow/rose gold with 904L steel/white gold to create its two-tone look – named Rolesor.

In 1988, Rolex launched the Datejust with its first Sapphire crystal – providing scratch resistance and strength over the older Acrylic glass used for decades. In 2018, Rolex released the 36mm with the new caliber 3235 which extends the power reserve to an astounding 70 hours. The twinlock double waterproofness system provides water resistance to 330 feet. The Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring oscillator and Paraflex shock absorbers provide the ultimate in precision which is fully certified as “superlative” before heading out to market.

The Rolex Datejust II

In 2009, Rolex gave the Datejust a makeover which included a new size and caliber. At Baselworld, Rolex brought out a more substantial men’s timepiece with the 41mm size. The reference 116300 was an all stainless steel model. The 116334 combined stainless steel and white gold. The 116333 created the Rolesor look with yellow gold and stainless steel.

Rolex decided to shun the Jubilee bracelet for this more masculine and sporty timepiece. Instead, all Datejust II timepieces don the Oyster 3-link bracelet with Oysterclasp. Rolex also shunned the Everose gold, and all yellow gold metals when designing the Datejust II.

The Datejust II is powered by the calibre 3136, updated from the 3135 of the standard Datejust 36. The newer Datejust II was built for performance – with better shock absorption and support for extreme conditions. This new chronometer was at least 2 times more precise than the earlier version Datejust. Although the Datejust II was launched with great fanfare, Rolex cut the cord on this version in 2016, making it one of the shortest lived Rolex versions released.

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The New Datejust 41

The New Datejust 41 was released in Baselworld in 2016. The bezel and dial markers are thinner, making its proportions more in line with the Rolex aesthetic. The new Datejust 41 is available in pure Oystersteel, Rolesor 18k yellow gold with 904L steel, Rolesor 18k Everose gold with 904L steel, or Rolesor with 18k White Gold and 904L Steel. The bezel includes a smooth bezel option or a stunning fluted bezel. Unlike the previous Datejust II, Rolex now gives you the option between a Jubiliee or Oyster bracelet. The bracelet can either be pure steel (on the all steel model) or Rolesor with both steel and the 18k gold color that matches the timepiece.

One of the best parts of buying a datejust is the ability to choose from a wide variety of dial options. There are many options from various color dials, to a variety of hour markers – including a diamond option.

It sports the new-generation movement developed in-house at Rolex. The caliber 3235 offers superior precision, durability and reliability. The power reserve is a strongly enhanced 70 hours. Water resistance remains at 330 feet, protected by the screw-down twinlock double waterproofness system. The blue Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers provide this new timepiece with anti magnetic properties, and shock resistance.

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Rubber B has developed 5 exquisite bands for the Classic Rolex Datejust II – 41 mm. The pre-2016 version Rolex Datejust II case (41mm) and also model ref. 116334, are supported with Rubber B’s patented “Blocked Integration” engineering which incorporates solid inserts for a flawless, motionless flush mount to the watch case. The strap also supports the deployant buckle for the original Oyster bracelet version that came with the timepiece. NOTE: The Jubilee clasp is not compatible with this strap. To see the selection of various color options click here.

For the New Datejust 41mm released in 2016, Rubber B has launched a new lineup of designer bands which support the models 126334, 126331, 126333, 126300, 126303, and 126301. With 4 beautiful color options and support for both Oyster and Jubilee bands, Rubber B has full support for the new Datejust timepiece. Each band is fitted with 316L steel tang buckle, and features the “Blocked Integration” fit. Click here to view the full selection of bands for the new Datejust 41mm.

Just like all Rubber B products, these bands are made with 100% vulcanized rubber, containing no coatings, blends, or bondings. This ensures Rubber B bands will retain its designer look and feel Each band is made in Switzerland – the horological capital of the world.

The New Rolex Datejust 41 Review

The New Rolex Datejust 41 Review

The New Rolex Datejust 41 Review

This Rolex Datejust 41 Review focuses on the new Rolex Datejust 41mm released in 2016. The new Datejust 41 builds on a long tradition of Rolex Datejust timepieces that have been designed for the past 70 years. Although early versons of the Datejust were launched at a size of 36 mm, the new 41 mm came out in 2009 to much fanfare. People love the Datejust timepiece, but many men had been clamoring for a larger size. Time has proven that mens watches are getting larger and heavier. Professional athletes are wearing and displaying their timepieces publicly. They need larger timepieces to fit their muscular wrists, and they welcome the additional weight.

Although some wealthy professional athletes may want to show off the extravagance of wearing more gold than someone else, they might have a less ostentatious reason for having more weight to their timepiece. The smaller 36mm designs from 70 years ago actually looks too feminine on a physique that athletes take years to perfect. They needed a timepiece that could match their quest for excellence. As they build the body that can compete at the highest level, they need a timepiece that can act as a crown on their achievement.

The New Rolex Datejust 41 Review

The Rolex Datejust 41 Review

The newest version of the 41mm Datejust was released in Baselworld in 2016. The bezel and dial markers are thinner, making its proportions more in line with the Rolex aesthetic. The new Datejust 41 is available in pure Oystersteel, Rolesor 18k yellow gold with 904L steel, Rolesor 18k Everose gold with 904L steel, or Rolesor with 18k White Gold and 904L Steel.

The bezel includes a smooth bezel option or a stunning fluted bezel. Unlike the previous Datejust II, Rolex now gives you the option between a Jubiliee or Oyster bracelet. The bracelet can either be pure steel (on the all steel model) or Rolesor with both steel and the 18k gold color that matches the timepiece.

Rolex also brought the Everose gold back to the 41 mm timepiece. The stunning look of this pink gold with a black band is too hot to ignore. The Jubilee bracelet and pink gold were jettisoned on the first 41mm version of the Datejust because Rolex thought it was too feminine for this masculine timepiece.

Rolex Datejust 41 Review

Rolex also offers the new Datejust 41 with a wide variety of dial options. There are many options from various color dials, to a variety of hour markers – including a diamond hour marker option.

The new Rolex Datejust 41 sports the new-generation movement developed in-house at Rolex. The caliber 3235 offers superior precision, durability and reliability. The power reserve is a strongly enhanced 70 hours. Water resistance remains at 330 feet, protected by the screw-down twinlock double waterproofness system. The blue Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers provide this new timepiece with anti magnetic properties, and shock resistance.

Although Rolex only allowed the Datejust II (the predecessor to the Datejust 41) live only 6 years in production, the new Datejust 41 is a significantly better watch then the Datejust II. The new caliber alone makes it worth upgrading the timepiece to a caliber that can nearly last 3 days without winding. However, add that huge improvement to a timepiece that has many other enhancements and tweaks that make it a more perfect 41 mm Datejust, and this timepiece becomes a hands down, no brainer decision.

The New Rolex Datejust 41 Review

For the New Datejust 41mm released in 2016, Rubber B has launched a new lineup of designer bands which support the models 126334, 126331, 126333, 126300, 126303, and 126301. Rubber B’s patented “Blocked Integration” engineering which incorporates solid inserts for a flawless, motionless flush mount to the watch case. The strap also supports the deployant buckle for the original Oyster bracelet version that came with the timepiece.

With 4 beautiful color options and support for both Oyster and Jubilee bands, Rubber B has full support for the new Datejust timepiece. Each band is fitted with 316L steel tang buckle, and features the “Blocked Integration” fit. Click here to view the full selection of bands for the new Datejust 41mm.

Just like all Rubber B products, these bands are made with 100% vulcanized rubber, containing no coatings, blends, or bondings. This ensures Rubber B bands will retain its designer look and feel Each band is made in Switzerland – the horological capital of the world.

Rolex Datejust II Review

Rolex Datejust II Review

Rolex Datejust II Review

Any legitimate Rolex Datejust II review requires us to look at where the Datejust came from before we can appreciate the Datejust II. Hans Wilsdorf introduced an early form of the Datejust in 1926. However it was not until Rolex celebrated its 40th anniversary that Rolex officially wanted to commemorate the occasion with a timepiece that was different than any other timepiece on the market. So, in 1945 Rolex launched the Datejust with a 36mm size. It was the first self-winding, water resistant wristwatch with a date window on the dial. The original model came with an all new 5-link Jubilee bracelet. Therefore, Rolex named this first version Datejust the Jubilee Datejust reference 4467. It was launched with a fluted bezel in 18 karat yellow gold and had a Caliber 710 movement. This incredible achievement helped catapult the Rolex brand into one of the most recognizable in the world and the Datejust became its flagship timepiece.

Rolex made many changes to the Datejust over the years. It first launched the Stainless Steel version of the Datejust, and the two-tone “Rolesor” version with reference 5030 and 5031, respectively, in the 1950’s. With this new generation of Datejusts, Rolex introduced the caliber 1560 movement.

In 1970, Rolex launched a reworked Datejust with a caliber 3035 movement which featured the quickset date feature allowing users the ability to adjust the date without affecting the time.

Again, in 1988, Rolex enhanced the Datejust with a more precise performing caliber 3135. Rolex also added the scratch-resistant synthetic sapphire crystal to their timepieces.

Rolex Datejust II Review
Rubber B offers Vulchromatic bands for the Datejust II – Black with white or orange stripe

The Rolex Datejust II History

Rolex redesigned the Datejust with a completely new model – the Datejust II in 2009. Although Rolex continued to make and produce the 36mm version Datejust, the Datejust II came with a larger 41mm size and a new caliber 3136 movement. Instead of adding the Jubilee bracelet, the new Datejust II came with the Rolex Oyster bracelet. The 36mm Datejust continued to come with the option of either the Oyster or Jubilee bracelet.

The Datejust II came with three reference models. The reference 116300 was an all stainless steel model. The 116334 combined stainless steel and white gold. The 116333 created the Rolesor look with yellow gold and stainless steel.

The Oyster bracelet on the Datejust II came with the more sporty looking 3-link bracelet with the new Oysterclasp. The Datejust II was noteworthy since it did not come with an all gold or pink gold version. Keeping with the masculine look, Rolex decided to focus on just Steel, white gold and Rolesor versions of the timepiece.

The Datejust II features a new 3136. The newer Datejust II was built for performance – with better shock absorption and support for extreme conditions. This new chronometer was at least 2 times more precise than the earlier version Datejust. Although the Datejust II was launched with great fanfare, Rolex cut the cord on this version in 2016, making it one of the shortest lived Rolex versions released.

Rolex Datejust II Review

The Rolex Datejust II Review

In 2009, Rolex’s launch of the Datejust II at Baselworld was an admission of sorts. Rolex was sending the message that the Datejust needed a more masculine design. So many timepieces for men were being developed at at minimum a 40 mm size starting point. Rolex had released some that were a whopping 44 mm. The 41 mm version was clearly more substantial and fit men with larger wrist sizes, and men who enjoyed a weightier version of the time honored Datejust.

Rolex also eliminated the all gold versions of the Datejust II which were probably considered too effeminate. Although two-tone yellow gold and stainless steel was allowed, pink gold was not allowed in the Datejust II.

Rolex decided to shun the Jubilee bracelet for this more masculine and sporty timepiece. Rolex clearly felt that the 3-piece oyster bracelet had more masculine lines.

Any reasonable Rolex Datejust II review shows evidence that the Datejust II was a big improvement for Rolex’s Datejust timepiece. People had been asking for a larger watch for the boardroom and Rolex did not disappoint with the Datejust II. With the popularity of more “masculine” Rolex timepieces taking front stage (such as the Submariner) Rolex needed a shot of testosterone to awaken the Datejust brand. This 41 mm version joins a family of Datejust timepieces that range in size from 28 mm all the way to 41 mm – giving Rolex shoppers a wide variety of sizes in this iconic model. Although the Datejust II is no longer being sold, the 41 mm version is still available from Rolex.

Rolex Datejust II Review
Rubber B bands support the original Rolex clasp

Rubber B has developed 5 exquisite bands for the Classic Rolex Datejust II – 41 mm. The pre-2016 version Rolex Datejust II case (41mm) and also model ref. 116334, are supported with Rubber B’s patented “Blocked Integration” engineering which incorporates solid inserts for a flawless, motionless flush mount to the watch case. The strap also supports the deployant buckle for the original Oyster bracelet version that came with the timepiece. only). NOTE: The Jubilee clasp is not compatible with this strap. To see the selection of various color options click here.

Just like all Rubber B products, these bands are made with 100% vulcanized rubber, containing no coatings, blends, or bondings. This ensures Rubber B bands will retain its designer look and feel Each band is made in Switzerland – the horological capital of the world.

How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B Strap

How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B Strap

How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B Strap
How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

If you want to learn how to change a watch strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B strap, you have come to the right place. The Rubber B strap is both comfortable and strong, giving the owner a designer look that will last. To watch the video, visit our Youtube channel here.

How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.
How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.

Select your Rubber Band

First, grab your AP timepiece with Alligator band and select a compatible Rubber B strap. If you have a 41 mm Audemars Piguet with an Alligator strap, you will want to select your strap from this page here. These straps support the original deployant clasp provided by Audemars Piguet when you purchased the timepiece. It comes in six stunning colors – to extend your wearability and color palette.

Gather Your Tools

If you want to be an expert on how to change a watch strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak you need two tools. The most important is a small flat head screwdriver. You can find small screwdriver kits for eyeglasses or a professional watch kit for under $10 on the internet. Even Walmart sells it. Or, you could find a cheap eyeglass repair kit at your local pharmacy such as Walgreens for even less. The screwdriver size needs to be approximately 1 millimeter in width. However, a little larger or a little smaller will probably work.

Although a professional watch kit might also have a long pin-like tool, you can just as easily use a large paperclip instead.

Most importantly, find a solid flat surface, such as a table that you can place your tools on. As we remove the screws and lug from the AP timepiece, you do not want to lose them. Since they are tiny, you definitely don’t want them to disappear.

You might want to use a cutting board or place mat to help prevent scratching of your table surface. When we are removing the lug bar, you may need to press down, and we don’t want to cause any damage to the underlying service.

How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B Strap
Unscrew the deployant clasp from the alligator band

Remove the Deployant Clasp

The next step in learning how to change a watch wtrap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is to learn how to remove the deployant clasp. Take your small flat head screwdriver and start to unscrew the small screw that is part of the deployant clasp. The deployant clasp came with the timepiece and allows you to fasten the watch to your wrist. We want to preserve the whole entire deployment structure and screws because they perfectly attach to the Rubber B band.

How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B Strap
Remove the lug from the deployant clasp

Next, we want to remove the lug from the deployant clasp. Unlike the next section, there is no screw that holds the lug in place at each vertical end. The screw on the deployant clasp is all that holds the bar in place.

You can easily take either a small screwdriver or a paperclip and push the lug bar out from the timepiece. Once you are done, you can then remove the deployant clasp from the timepiece on the other side. Since this side is the adjustment side of the timepiece, you will not need any tools.

How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B Strap

Remove the Alligator Band From the Case

If you want to know how to change a watch wtrap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, you need to know how to remove the alligator band from the case. We need to take the flat head screwdriver and unscrew the 2 screws protecting the lug bar and keeping it in place.

In order to unscrew the screws from the case, turn the screws to the left. By turning to the left, you loosen the screw from the watchband.

Once you are done, you can use the paperclip or a pin-like watch tool to push the lug out of the timepiece. Remember you need to have both screws removed completely on both sides of the timepiece. Be careful not to damage the body of the watch by scratching it. The lug should come out easily.

How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B Strap

If you need a bit more force to get the lug out, try to place the watch body against a soft surface on the table. Then you should have more leverage when pushing down on the paperclip to push the lug out.

Make sure you are using a large paperclip rather than a smaller one. Also, make sure the paperclip is not sharp or bent. The edge of the paperclip should be flat and it will provide an even pressure on the lug. In the picture above, I am using a pair of needle-nose pliers to pull the lug bar out. You do need a bit of metal protruding from the timepiece in order to get a grip on it with the pliers tool. If you don’t have a set of needle nose pliers, you can also use a pair of tweezers.

How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B Strap

How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

The next thing to do in our discussion of how to change a strap for the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B strap, is to take your new Rubber B band and slide it into place into the grooves of the AP case. Look at the outcome of the finished product to make sure you are putting it in the right direction and that your final product will look correct – with the deployant clasp attached. This way you know that you will be assembling it correctly before you tighten the screws.

How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B Strap

Before I attach the lugs, I look at the final product and it should look similar to the picture above. Once I make sure the direction is correct, I am ready to slide my lugs into place.

How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B Strap

The lugs are the long bar that holds the watch band into place as it slides through the small circular grooves of both the watch band and the watch case.

After the lug is in place, use the paperclip or screw driver to push the lug a bit deeper, to give you enough room to add the finishing screws. Use the flathead screwdriver to attach the 2 screws to the case. This time you are winding the screw to the right. By turning to the right, you are tightening the screw. Be sure to not over tighten the screw to the case. It should be fully flush, but take care not to strip the threading of the screw or the head of the screw.

These screws are a nice touch by AP. It secures the watchband to the AP timepiece in a way that few watch companies do. By having two screws on both sides of the timepiece, you can be sure that the watch band is secure and will not break easily.

How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B Strap

Finally you are ready to add the lugs to the deployant clasp. This will take the original deployant clasp from AP and attach it to the Rubber B band. The lug will slide in with your fingers. You can then take the screw and fasten it to the lug and deployant kit, making it firmly attached.

How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B Strap
How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

On the opposite side of the timepiece, you will see that you can now attach the other side of the adjustable deployant clasp to the Rubber B band. By this point you have completed the process of adding your designer Rubber B band to your AP timepiece.

Knowing how to change a watch strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B strap is one of the best skills you can have as a watch collector. You are well on your way to changing the look and feel of your with a simple change of the watchband. A simple color change, or upgrading to a vulcanized rubber strap will allow you to do things with your timepiece that you might not have been able to do before. In addition, for Alligator band owners, protecting the original Alligator band that came from AP, can preserve your investment, if you ever want to resell the timepiece int he future. The Rubber B band is both highly stylish and is far more wearable than Alligator.