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Rolex vs Tudor – Battle of the GMT Watches

Rolex vs Tudor

It may not be as widely known that Tudor is actually a sister company to Rolex. While the entire world knows the Rolex brand, the Tudor brand has been becoming more popular in recent years. Today we are going to compare the very similar looking GMT models of both Tudor and Rolex.

Rolex vs Tudor - Battle of the GMT Watches

Rolex vs Tudor

The Rolex GMT II is considered one of Rolex’s finest achievements. Not only does it have a bright Pepsi colored bezel with blue and red indicating day and night, but the large red hand offers the traveler a 2nd time zone with 24 hour engravings around the bezel at each hour marker.

The rotating bezel gives the airline pilot, traveling business person, or sports or rock hero the ability to adjust the 2nd time zone to the specific one you just landed in – quickly without needing to remove the watch and adjust the screw-down crown.

The red part of the bezel indicates daytime hours – 6 am to 6 pm. The blue, by contrast, gives you the night hours 6 pm through to 6 am. The black dial gives the timepiece ultimate visiblity with luminescent hour markers and large luminescent hands.

Is Tudor and Rolex GMT the Same?

If you look at the Rolex and Tudor models side by side quickly, you will see that both timepieces essentially look the same at first glance. The same coloring and hour markers, are initially what strike you. Even the 24 hour hand is bright red on both timepieces.

However there are some significant differences. The Rolex numbers on the 24 hour bezel is bold and uses a fatter font. The Rolex hour markers are quite a bit larger than the Tudor markers, but the Tudor snowflake hour hand is significantly larger than the Rolex hand. The winding crown of the Rolex is protected by two guards, but is smaller than the Tudor crown, which has no guards. The bezel grip around the Tudor has 10 x more notches than the Rolex grip.

The 24 hour hands are both red, but Rolex has a luminescent triangle for a tip, while the Tudor has a diamond. The Tudor features an Oyster bracelet and the Rolex features a Jubilee. One fairly noticeable difference is that the Rolex offers a larger date window at 3 o’clock and has a cyclops lens, whereas the Tudor does not offer any enhanced lens over its date window.

The Caliber Differences

Although Rolex has been developing its own calibers in house for many years, Tudor launched its own in-house movement only in 2015.

Tudor is powered by a caliber MT5652 with a 70 hour power reserve. The Rolex GMT-Master II is powered by a a caliber 3285 with an identical 70 hour power reserve. Interestingly, the Tudor GMT actually has better waterproofness than the GMT Master II, with support to 660 feet as opposed to 330 on the Rolex.

Which Timepiece Wins?

It is hard to deny that the Tudor timepiece is in almost every way equal to the mighty Rolex GMT II. When you look at the price of the Tudor, that could make it even seem like a bargain. At a list price of only $4,300 it is almost a third of the price of a new Rolex GMT Master II.

The Tudor GMT clearly copies much of the Rolex design and is a eye-catching and well-made timepiece. Although it may be seen as the “poor man’s Rolex” and the growing popularity of Tudor can be quite enticing as a collector, however, there is nothing like owning your own piece of the Rolex history. Which GMT do you prefer – Rolex vs Tudor?

Rolex vs Tudor - Battle of the GMT Watches
Rolex vs Tudor – Battle of the Bands

Rolex vs Tudor – Battle of the GMT Bands

Rubber B offers a tremendous selection of bands for both Tudor and 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 Rubber B signature “T” design for the Tudor GMT is engineered to fit the Tudor Heritage Black Bay 41mm and the Tudor deployant buckle or any other 18mm tang buckle. There are 7 different band options, including the new Rubber B Swimskin model and several 2-tone color options. For more information go to our Tudor GMT bracelet page here.

For Rolex GMT Master II, Rubber B has pulled all the stops and developed a band that uses the Original Rolex Clasp, the Classic Series that offers a 316L steel Tang buckle, a Velcro Closure band and the new Swim and Skin Rubber Cuff Series band that looks and feels like a regular combat strap but is 100% rubber. No matter what band you choose, Rubber B is up to the challenge to support active travelers.

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.