Tim Mosso is ready with his 2019 Rolex predictions for the 2019 Baselworld watch fair that’s ready to break in Switzerland next week. The Rolex Submariner and the Rolex Daytona are aging glories, but Tim has reason to believe that these won’t be the Rolex models to see makeovers in 2019. Moreover, the arrival of new Datejust and GMT-Master generations in 2018 means that extensions of those bedrock Rolex lines are almost assured.
More than an occasion to welcome new watches, Baselworld is the last stand for outgoing watches. Rolex has a logjam of 39mm to 40mm stainless steel sports watches with three hands and no-date dials. Tim examines the Rolex Explorer, Rolex Milgauss, Rolex Oyster Perpetual, and the Air-King to deduce which of these sports watches might prove surplus when Baselworld breaks.
The Rolex Oysterflex bracelet/strap-thing has been with watch buyers since 2015, but it has yet to make its appearance on a core stainless steel Rolex sports watch model. Could Baselworld 2019 be the year that we see BOTH a new Rolex Daytona generation AND a stainless steel/ceramic Daytona on a rubber strap?
Omega’s parent, the Swatch Group, made waves with its summer 2018 vow to leave Baselworld 2019. Omega watches instead will be launched at a Swatch Group event in Zurich called “Time to Move.” Details are scarce, but the event itself should witness an unprecedented rollout of special edition Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch models. With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing that took an Omega Speedmaster Professional 105.012 to Earth’s only natural satellite, new Moonwatch models should be available to suit every budget.
Expect the return of Omega’s vaunted caliber 321 column wheel movement to be restricted – at least initially – to ultra-luxury low volume editions. Omega’s launch of a mass produced caliber 1861 tribute to the Speedmaster 105.012 would be a reasonable expectation.
The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M also looks to receive attention in the form of an inevitable Seamaster Diver 300M chronograph. Last year’s Seamaster Diver 300M ranked among the best watches of the year, and a chronograph companion has existed throughout the model’s now 26-year history. Tim expects to see the new chronograph in several sizes and possibly with a ceramic case option.
Also on the radar is the 20th anniversary of Omega’s Co-Axial escapement, and a special edition commemorative Omega watch model is inevitable.
Finally, 2019 Patek Philippe watches could include anything from new Gondolo models to a chronograph replacement for the 5170 to a… Patek Philippe Nautilus Regulator. Only Thierry Stern knows for sure, but prepare for fireworks when Patek Philippe releases its 2019 watches at Baselworld.
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