A favorite design style of Rolex, two tone watches are those that typically combine stainless steel and gold in one model. In fact, the brand has its own name for this combination–Rolesor. While Rolex uses the term Rolesor to refer to watches that marry stainless steel with either yellow, white, or rose gold, today we take a look at the popular combo of yellow gold and steel. Fun fact, if the reference number on a modern Rolex watch ends with the number “3,” it’s a two tone model. Here are some of the best two tone Rolex watches that would be a welcome addition to any timepiece collection.
Two Tone Rolex Submariner 116613
A part of the current Rolex catalog, the Rolesor Submariner 116613 flaunts all the signature features we’ve come to expect from modern Rolex sports watches. There’s the 40mm Oyster case water resistant to 1,000 feet (300 meters), the Oyster bracelet with the Glidelock extension system, and the unidirectional rotating Cerachrom ceramic dive bezel.
Perfectly matching the 18k yellow gold and stainless steel metals of the Submariner 116613 are the vibrant blue dial and blue bezel. On the dial, we see the “Maxi” layout with larger lume plots and broader Mercedes-style center hands. Plus, as a Submariner Date model, the two tone Rolex ref. 116613 includes the familiar date window at 3 o’clock magnified by the Cyclops lens on the sapphire crystal.
An absolute classic, the Sub ref. 116613 is certainly one of the best two tone Rolex watches to own right now.
Two Tone Rolex Daytona 116523
If chronograph watches are more your speed, then for a two tone model it’s got to be the Rolex Daytona 116523. Featuring a 40mm Oyster case with two chronograph pushers flanking the screw-down winding crown, the sporty Oyster bracelet, the tachymeter-engraved bezel, and the signature dial with a trio of registers, the look of the Daytona watch is unmistakable. And the combination of 18k yellow gold and stainless steel is particularly attractive on Rolex’s flagship chronograph model.
This particular version of the two tone Daytona ref. 116523 sports a slate dial, which complements the watch’s steel details perfectly. Conversely, the yellow gold details on the dial–the registers, center hands, and indexes–match the yellow gold on the case and bracelet.
Everything on this luxury Rolex chronograph comes together handsomely, giving way to a top two tone timepiece.
Two Tone Rolex Sky-Dweller 326933
One of the newest models from the brand, the two tone Rolex Sky-Dweller made some serious waves when it was released at Baselworld 2017. Prior to this launch, the Sky-Dweller–Rolex’s seriously luxurious traveler’s watch–was exclusively available in solid gold. So the introduction of a steel and gold Sky-Dweller ref. 326933 offered a more affordable option. The Rolesor edition retain’s the Rolesor’s characteristic design traits such as the 42mm Oyster case, fluted bezel, Oyster bracelet, and lack of crown guards.
In addition to the Sky-Dweller’s striking looks, this is also a highly practical watch. Thanks to the complex Caliber 9001 automatic movement, the Sky-Dweller indicates the local time with the center hands, a second time zone via the off-centered 24-hour disc, the month through the 12 boxes adjacent to the indexes, and the date by way of the window at 3 o’clock. Moreover, it’s an annual calendar, meaning that the watch will correctly differentiate between months with 30 and 31 days. It only needs a hands-on adjustment once a year (hence the “annual”) when February turns into March.
Attractive, complex, modern, and luxurious, the Sky-Dweller ref. 326933 is definitely a leading contender as one of best two tone Rolex watches to flaunt on your wrist.
Two Tone Rolex Yacht-Master 68623
The mid-size Yacht-Master is a great choice for a sporty Rolex watch that’s not too big. With its 35mm Oyster case, this is a chic Rolex watch that can easily fit his or her wrist. Couple that with the luscious two tone yellow gold and steel combination and you’ve got a winning watch.
The two tone Rolex Yacht-Master ref. 68623 stands out for so many reasons. First, there’s the defining rotating gold bezel with the large raised numerals. Then there’s the ubiquitous Oyster bracelet where the center gold links are framed by steel outer links. Finally, there’s the rich blue dial that sets the perfect background for the round luminescent hour markers, Mercedes-style hands, and date window to pop.
Built to sail the seas but also just as comfortable on land, you’d be hard-pressed to find a two tone Rolex as good looking as this one.
Rolex Datejust 116233
We can’t very well highlight the best two tone Rolex watches and not include the Datejust! Perhaps the most famous luxury dress watches of all time, the Datejust is a classic watch and the two tone style suits it so well.
Take for example the modern Datejust ref. 116233 with the 36mm stainless steel Oyster case, fluted yellow gold bezel, and dressy steel and gold Jubilee bracelet. Everything just works so well aesthetically on this watch. Additionally, the slate dial with the gold Roman numerals and gold hands emphasizes the elegance of this timepiece. Of course, there’s also the date aperture at 3 o’clock after which the watch is named.
There’s something to be said for a two tone Rolex watch. Part rugged, part luxurious, a Rolesor Rolex brings together the best of both worlds.