Rolex Watches thickness - Complete Resource Guide

Rolex Watches thickness - Complete Resource Guide

We have earlier discussed the lug-to-lug of Rolex watches, but another important measurement about Rolex watches (and any other watch for that matter) is its thickness.

The thickness of a watch greatly affects how it feels on the wrist and how well it sits. With that said, the thickness is something you want to take into consideration when buying your next Rolex watch. Some watches are thicker, making it rather difficult to slide them under a cuff, whilst others are extremely slim which means you barely feel them on the wrist.

Most people only look at the diameter of a watch when deciding its size, but there are more factors that need to be taken into consideration in order to decide how a watch sits on the wrist. Two of those are lug-to-lug and thickness. The latter is what we are going to look closer at in this article.

In this resource guide, we have compiled the thickness of the most common Rolex watches which you can use as a reference guide. Worth noting is that watches that have different versions but are the same model, for example, the stainless steel Datejust 36 or the same model in yellow gold and steel, naturally have the same thickness. What may vary, however, is if the models are from different eras and generations, as Rolex is constantly making small tweaks and upgrades to its models. So, for example, if you have a Rolex Submariner gold and steel reference 116613, it will have the same thickness as a full steel version from the same era, reference 116610LN - this is why not all models are included in this list.

Also, worth noting is that the measurements may vary slightly since the thickness is actually not a dimension that Rolex specifies in its product specifications, hence variations such as how it is measured and what tool is used may have slight variations.

Rolex Watches thickness

Rolex Submariner thickness:

  • Rolex Submariner 124060 thickness: 12.5mm
  • Rolex Submariner 126610LN thickness: 12.5mm
  • Rolex Submariner 126613LB thickness: 12.5mm
  • Rolex Submariner 126613LN thickness: 12.5mm
  • Rolex Submariner 126618LN thickness: 12.5mm
  • Rolex Submariner 126619LB thickness: 12.5mm
  • Rolex Submariner 116610LN thickness: 12.5mm
  • Rolex Submariner 114060 thickness: 12.5mm
  • Rolex Submariner 16610 thickness: 12mm
  • Rolex Submariner 5513 thickness: 13mm
  • Rolex Submariner 5512 thickness: 15mm

Rolex Daytona thickness:

  • Rolex Daytona 116500LN thickness: 12.5mm
  • Rolex Daytona 116518LN thickness: 12.2mm
  • Rolex Daytona 116518LN thickness: 12.2mm
  • Rolex Daytona 116515LN thickness: 12.2mm
  • Rolex Daytona 16520 thickness: 12.2mm
  • Rolex Daytona 116520 thickness: 12.2mm

Rolex Explorer thickness:

  • Rolex Explorer 214270 thickness: 11mm
  • Rolex Explorer 124270 thickness: 11.6mm
  • Rolex Explorer 114270 thickness: 11.5mm
  • Rolex Explorer 14270 thickness: 11.5mm
  • Rolex Explorer II 16570 thickness: 12.3mm
  • Rolex Explorer II 216570 thickness: 12.5mm
  • Rolex Explorer II 226570 thickness: 12.5mm

Rolex Sea-Dweller thickness:

  • Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600 thickness: 15mm
  • Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller 126660 thickness: 17.7mm
  • Rolex Sea-Dweller 116600 thickness: 15mm
  • Rolex Sea-Dweller 16600 thickness: 14.5mm

Rolex Milgauss & Air-King thickness:

  • Rolex Milgauss 116400 thickness: 13mm
  • Rolex Air-King 116900 thickness: 13mm

Rolex Datejust thickness:

  • Rolex Datejust 41 thickness: 12mm
  • Rolex Datejust 36 (1262XX) thickness: 12mm
  • Rolex Datejust 36 1601 thickness: 12mm

Rolex GMT-Master thickness:

  • Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO thickness: 12mm
  • Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLNR thickness: 12mm
  • Rolex GMT-Master 116710 thickness: 12mm
  • Rolex GMT-Master II 16710 thickness: 12mm

Rolex Sky-Dweller thickness:

  • Rolex Sky-Dweller thickness: 14.1mm

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Thickness:

  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 114300 thickness: 11mm
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 124300 thickness: 12mm
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 126000 thickness: 11.8mm
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 116000 thickness: 12mm

Rolex Yacht-Master thickness:

  • Rolex Yacht-Master 1166655 thickness: 11.5mm
  • Rolex Yacht-Master 116622 thickness: 11.5mm
  • Rolex Yacht-Master 126622 thickness: 11.5mm
  • Rolex Yacht-Master II thickness: 14mm

Rolex Day-Date thickness:

  • Rolex Day-Date 40 228238 thickness: 12mm
  • Rolex Day-Date 40 228239 thickness: 12mm
  • Rolex Day-Date 40 228235 thickness: 12mm
  • Rolex Day-Date 36 128238 thickness: 12mm
  • Rolex Day-Date 36 128239 thickness: 12mm
  • Rolex Day-Date 36 128235 thickness: 12mm
  • Rolex Day-Date 36 1803 thickness: 12mm
  • Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 thickness: 12mm

About Rolex thickness

A word about Rolex thickness: Most manufacturers specify only the diameter when it comes to the dimensions of their timepieces. This is actually quite strange considering the fact that, as mentioned, there are other factors that affect how a watch wears, including the lug-to-lug and the thickness. Why Rolex (and other brands) do not specify the thickness of their timepieces in their product specifications still remains a mystery to us and is something that all manufacturers should present, in our opinion to help guide customers and give them a better understanding of the product sizings. But for now, many manufacturers neglect this, but we hope that this list can be helpful in regards to the thickness of the most common Rolex watches.

Also, thickness plays an important part in the nature of a watch. Thinner/slimmer does not always mean better. For dress watches where you want the watch to slide under a cuff and sit slim and discreet on the wrist, a low thickness is suitable. However, for sports watches, it is more appropriate with a thicker size due to the nature of the timepieces and the increased ruggedness and robustness it offers. With that said, always consider the purpose of the watch you are buying and how you will wear it.


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