What does the Rolex commemorative bracelet commemorate?

Domestic players commonly known as replica Rolex watches five-bead chain, Rolex official name is commemorative bracelet, the English name is Jubilee.Although contact with watches for many years, the five-bead chain has also been called for many years, but for a long time, always wondered why the five-bead chain is called a commemorative bracelet. What exactly is it to commemorate? Then I finally found out, so today we’ll focus on the Rolex commemorative bracelet.

Rolex commemorative bracelets, commonly known as five-bead bracelets. A steel case with a blue and black circle GMT on a commemorative bracelet.

Rolex was founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905. 1945, after the end of World War II, Rolex decided to go for the brand Establishing the 40th Anniversary. To commemorate the 40th anniversary, Rolex has introduced a new bracelet, a completely redesigned bracelet that is identical to Rolex’s previous bracelets. Different. The new bracelet has five links, two large ones, located at the edges of the bracelet, and three small ones in the middle of the bracelet. The three smaller links in the middle are polished and the larger links on either side are brushed. The new bracelet is, and has been for some time, an all-gold bracelet. This bracelet, introduced in 1945, is the Rolex commemorative bracelet, commonly known as the “five-bead” bracelet.

Rolex commemorative bracelet

It can be seen that the Rolex five-bead chain is to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Rolex, so the official name of the commemorative bracelet. However, we can also see that there are some differences between the historical commemorative bracelets (five-bead bracelets) and the current ones. In the beginning commemorative bracelets (five-bead bracelets) were gold chains with no inter-gold or steel versions. But this changed a few years later.

Rolex Heads of State bracelet

In 1956 (also known as 1955), Rolex introduced the Führer type bracelet, now known as the Rolex DAY DATE! The watch bracelet used, with three curved links, polished in the middle and brushed on both sides, was only available in an all-gold version. Commemorative bracelets were also previously available only in gold, and after the advent of the all-gold Führer type bracelet, Rolex commemorative bracelets began to decline in status. Commemorative bracelets in gold and all-steel versions began to appear. As a result, the Führer bracelet became Rolex’s top-of-the-line bracelet and the commemorative bracelet became the most widely used regular bracelet.

Visually, the Rolex commemorative bracelet has remained unchanged since its inception. However, in terms of construction and technology, the Rolex commemorative bracelet has been upgraded. Two of the more significant upgrades are.

1: Upgrade your hollow bracelet to a solid bracelet (all models on sale are now solid). Rolex commemorative bracelets (including Oyster bracelets) were hollow for a long time. Starting with the Rolex 6-digit models, the bracelet was replaced with a solid bracelet. For example, the 6-digit numbered ones, 11XXXX, 21XXXX, and 12XXXX, are solid bracelets. And the previous 5-digit numbered watches, such as the 1XXXX, 16610 are hollow.

2, replace the clasp. Rolex commemorative bracelet early use is a rectangular clasp, printed with the Rolex crown logo, the shape is relatively simple. Later, from the 6-digit model (such as 116233, 116234, etc.), replaced by a hidden clasp, clasp only exposed A small crown, very nice. Then, starting with the new generation of caliber 3235 logs (e.g. 126333, 126233), replace the Oyster buckle , and sports unification. The hidden clasp is now only used on the DAY DATE, the five bead chain is no longer used.

It is important to note that Rolexes that use a hidden clasp, whether it is a commemorative bracelet or a head of state bracelet, because the clasp is a The little crown, that little crown snaps open with some care. Because someone has accidentally snapped that little crown off before. If it falls off, you need to replace the entire section of the bracelet where the crown is, which is still expensive.

In the past two years, commemorative bracelets (five-bead bracelets) have been a big hit with Rolex. The reason is that with Rolex introducing new GMTs, including steel-cased five-bead bracelets with red and blue rings and steel-cased five-bead bracelets with blue and black rings, commemorative bracelets ( (five-bead chain) is back on the Rolex Sport model (previously used by the vintage sporting Rolex), and, becomes the new Rolex! The main bracelet on the GMT.

According to Rolex’s latest plans.

Rolex GMT will be a two-color bezel, and the previous models with monochrome bezels will be discontinued. Rolex GMT will only be made of steel case, rose gold and white gold, and GMT will no longer be made of gold. Rolex GMT will no longer use Oyster bracelets for steel watches and five-bead bracelets for steel case GMT. In the future, Oyster bracelets will only be used on full gold and gold GMTs.

In other words, when you see a GMT with a commemorative bracelet (five-ball chain), you will be able to recognize it as a steel-cased GMT. When you see a GMT with an Oyster bracelet (in this case, the new two-tone bezel models, excluding the old discontinued models), it is definitely a gold-cased model! (all gold or inter-gold). Of particular note, if you see a GMT that is metallic silver, but it’s an Oyster chain, don’t doubt that the GMT is Platinum (this refers to the new two-tone ring model, not the older discontinued model).

Among the Rolexes currently on sale, commemorative bracelets (five-bead bracelets) have gone from being used by DJs to now being used by the Sport Rolex GMT and have become The Rolex GMT is a symbol of identity. Compared to other brands of watches, Rolex has certain rules and delicacies in terms of watch heritage, identification and combination of various elements. The watch bracelet, after a few flashes, is now an important identifier and basis for judgment.