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Rolex Fine Watches with Nicknames

As you probably know, many fine watches created by the best manufacturers have been given nicknames, and each has a clear reason for that. For instance, a vintage luxury watch can get a nickname because of the changes in its surfaces, like “spider dial” watches with faces resembling a spider web due to the aging process, or it can be named after a celebrity who has repeatedly been seen wearing it on the wrist. In fact, there can be many reasons for earning a peculiar moniker. However, among a variety of fine watches with nicknames, Rolex models occupy a special place. First of all, you will hardly find another Swiss watch brand with such a huge army of fans. Secondly, this dedicated army of fans cannot wait to give another moniker to their favorite models. Here are just a few examples of them.

1. Rolex ‘Bart Simpson’
The ‘Bart Simpson’ is a nickname to the Rolex Submariner Ref. 5512 and Ref. 5513 models produced in the 1960s. These fine watches are distinguished by their gilt gloss dials and odd-shaped coronets resembling the outline of the famous cartoon character’s head. Such models are pretty rare and, you guessed it, very collectible.

Rolex Submariner ‘Bart Simpson’ Ref. 5513

2. Rolex ‘Paul Newman’
The Rolex Daytona Ref. 6239 got its nickname from the legendary American actor and race car driver Paul Newman after he had appeared wearing this model in the motor racing movie Winning. This luxury watch with square-ended indexes in the sub-dials and Art Deco font was produced in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Rolex Daytona ‘Paul Newman’ Ref. 6239

3. Rolex ‘Steve McQueen’
It’s interesting that the Explorer II Ref. 1655 was actually never worn by Steve McQueen. Instead, the famous American actor preferred the Submariner Ref. 5512. However, this Rolex luxury watch designed specifically for cave explorers and distinguished by a large orange 24-hour hand still bears his name. Presumably, it is because of media photos that appeared in the Italian journal in the mid-1970s.

Rolex Explorer II ‘Steve McQueen’ Ref. 1655

4. Rolex ‘Kermit’
The Rolex ‘Kermit’ is a special edition model (Ref. 16610LV) released in 2004 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Submariner. As you might have already guessed, it got its nickname due to the vivid green bezel that is associated with a well-known Muppet character.

Rolex 50th Anniversary Submariner 'Kermit' Ref. 16610LV

5. Rolex ‘James Cameron’
The Deepsea Sea-Dweller D-Blue Ref. 116660 was nicknamed ‘James Cameron’ after the historic Deepsea Challenge expedition of an Oscar-winning Canadian filmmaker. This Rolex luxury watch with an eye-catching blue-to-black dial was presented to James Cameron at the premiere of his documentary in 2014.

Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller D-Blue ‘James Cameron’ Ref. 116660

6. Rolex ‘Batman’
Released in 2014, the GMT-Master II Ref. 116710BLNR is distinguished by its ceramic bezel in black and blue colors. Such a combination, which is associated with the DC Comics superhero, allowed Rolex fans to nickname this stylish Swiss watch ‘Batman’ or ‘The Dark Knight.’

Rolex GMT-Master II ‘Batman’ Ref. 116710BLNR

These were the most popular Rolex fine watches with nicknames given for different reasons. Each of them is highly valuable and can easily become a true gem of any luxury watch collection.