Realistically speaking, we probably won’t see a new titanium Rolex model for some time. After all, Rolex just released the titanium Yacht-Master: still a near-impossible watch to obtain. Given the notorious difficulties associated with machining and finishing titanium (especially to the standard of a Rolex), the brand will likely continue working on their Yacht-Master and Deepsea Challenge models. That said, in the grand scheme of things, this is just the beginning for Rolex’s endevours in titanium. Let’s discuss what the next one might be, whenever it may come out.
Titanium Rolex Explorer I
The Rolex Explorer I feels like a great candidate for the titanium treatment. From a production standpoint, it’s a relatively simple case architecture to machine and finish (far easier than a dive watch or chronograph). Titanium also aligns with the purpose-built, rugged spirit of the Explorer I; if the material were available in the ‘50s when Rolex released the model, odds are, they would’ve used it. This would be one of the most comfortable watches on the market, as well as one of the lightest in Rolex’s catalog. Needless to say, it would disappear on the wrist (and off the proverbial shelves).
Titanium Rolex Submariner
The Rolex Submariner in titanium feels like an Only Watch submission. Unfortunately, I think it’s too good to be true. . . at least for now. Tudor – Rolex’s sister company — produces the ever-popular Pelagos line of titanium dive watches. A titanium Submariner would heavily encroach on this market share, and therefore seems unlikely to me.
Still, I think the titanium Submariner is worth talking about, as it would likely be one of the greatest watches of all time. In fact, I feel that the new-age 41mm super case Submariners could use the benefits of titanium, namely its weight reduction. Additionally, titanium has a darker, almost duller appearance than 904L stainless steel: the current material used for steel Submariner models. It’s commonly said that modern Rolex tool watches (such as the Submariner) are closer to jewelry than ever before. This darker, muted material would bring the Submariner a bit closer to its utilitarian roots, similar to the Explorer I.
While I personally feel like it’s too soon for another titanium Rolex model, I could be entirely wrong. The brand has a historic back-catalog to experiment with; I feel that titanium is a faithful addition to their professional collection. If you're a Rolex owner, check out our collection of straps for Rolex watches: odds are, we have something for your particular watch.