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  • [caption id="attachment_44209" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Different types of Rolex bezels[/caption]

    Rolex has a handful of bezel styles that they like to use on their watches. The can be divided into two main categories: decorative and functional.

    Popular Rolex decorative bezels include smooth, fluted, engine-turned, and gem-set. Fluted bezels are exclusively made in gold while smooth bezels can be in any material from steel to gold to platinum.

    [caption id="attachment_44210" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The famous gold fluted bezel of the Rolex Day-Date watch[/caption]

    On the other hand, functional Rolex bezels are those that serve a practical purpose. For instance, the tachymeter bezel on the Daytona is to measure average speeds, the bezels on the Submariner and Sea-Dweller are to track dive immersion times, the bezel on the Yacht-Master is to time elapsed events, and the bezels on the GMT-Master I/II and Explorer II are to read a second time zone.

    [caption id="attachment_44211" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The bezel of the GMT-Master is used to read a second time zone on a 24-hour scale[/caption]

    Depending on the specific watch, these types of bezels can be metal ones (Daytona, Yacht-Master, and Explorer II), aluminum ones (GMT-Master I/II, Submariner, and Sea-Dweller) and more recently, ceramic ones (GMT-Master II, Submariner, Sea-Dweller, Daytona).

    [caption id="attachment_44212" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Tachymeter scale on the Daytona is used to measure average speeds[/caption]

    Rolex also a special kind of bezel they call the “Ring Command Bezel,” which they use on the Yacht-Master II and the Sky-Dweller. Turning this bezel allows the wearer to flip through the different functions of the watch in order to select which function to set/adjust.






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