Will Rolex Present a Sea-Dweller on Oysterflex Bracelet at Baselworld 2017?

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Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 on Oysterflex Bracelet Concept Design
Baselworld 2017 is days away and I will be updating this blog with photos of their new model configurations from the event on March 23rd. By then, all of the speculation about 2017 Rolex models will be replaced with questions about how soon we will be able to get our hands on them. In the meantime, I have been looking around online to check up on the most up-to-date rumors and predictions leading up to the event.

Earlier this year, rumors circulated that there would be a 50th Anniversary edition of the Sea-Dweller with its name and depth rating in blue. My prediction was that they would release a blacked-out Sea-Dweller with the name and depth rating in red. As the trade show approaches, I have come to consider that while watchmakers like Panerai have released blacked-out models this year, Rolex is less likely to follow current trends.

With their penchant for classic configurations and preference for technical innovations over design overhauls, I think it may be more likely that they release a 50th Anniversary Sea-Dweller 4000 in stainless steel with their Oysterflex bracelet as shown in the design concept above. This prediction errs on the side of practicality, something that falls in line with the company's past Baselworld presentations.

This configuration would still fit into their current collection while incorporating their latest material innovation, the rubber bracelet seen only on the Yacht-Master model as of yet. The red lettering is an homage to the 1967 Sea-Dweller model (Reference # 1665) known as the 'Double Red' by collectors. All of this is speculation, but if I had to put my money on one 2017 Rolex configuration, it would be this one.

To check out all of my posts about Baselworld 2017 rumors and predictions, visit the Rolex Models section of this blog. Click back on March 23rd for confirmation with photos from the Rolex stand at the international trade show taking place in Basel, Switzerland.

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