Rolex Nicknames Ultimate Guide

rolex gmt-master II root beer 126711 chnr

Aside from their excellent craftsmanship and iconic designs, Rolex watches have become world-famous for their nickname-based taxonomy. While other brands do have their own nicknamed models as well, the Crown’s watches – and avid collectors – have taken it to the mainstream. Even non-collectors would be familiar with a Pepsi or a Batman.

Of course, only a few of these monikers are part of official Rolex literature. They’re simply the work of very passionate watch aficionados. If you’re looking to join this community, or consider yourself part of it, here are 40 Rolex nicknames you need to know.


Rolex GMT Master II Pepsi Bezel 126710, Batman Blue Black Bezel 116710, Sprite Bezel 126720
Rolex GMT Master II Pepsi Bezel 126710, Batman Blue
Black Bezel 116710, Sprite Bezel 126720



The Rolex GMT-Master II ref 116710 BLNR. The “Batman” was the first watch to come with a single, solid ceramic bezel in a two-color finish – a feat once thought of as impossible. Released in 2013, the watch got its Dark Knight-inspired nickname because of its blue and black colorway. This particular model comes with an Oyster bracelet. In 2018, Rolex updated the blue-black GMT-Master II with a new movement and a Jubilee bracelet, and this model was christened the “Batgirl” by watch collectors.



Bao Dai

The “Bao Dai” was the most expensive Rolex ever sold at an auction before the “Paul Newman” Daytona broke its record when it was sold for $17.8 million in 2017. This watch is a yellow gold ref. 6062 with a black lacquer dial, a moonphase indicator, and diamond indices that belonged to the last emperor of Vietnam, Bảo Đại, hence its nickname.



Bart Simpson

This moniker relates to the mid-1960s Submariner ref. 5513s, which had flat points on the coronet on their dial, akin to the Simpsons cartoon character’s head design.




This nickname is used today for all Rolex Submariners in steel and yellow gold finish, with blue dials and bezels. It was originally coined for the steel and gold Rolex Submariner ref. 16613 LB, outfitted with a Rolesor bracelet, blue dial with gold accents, and matching blue aluminum insert bezel. Introduced in 1983, the “Bluesy” was the first two-tone Sub produced by Rolex.


Rolex Submariner Steel Yellow Gold Blue Dial 116613
Rolex Submariner Steel Yellow Gold Blue Dial 16613 and 116613




The “Blueberry” refers to rare GMT-Master ref. 1675 watches that were equipped with all-blue bezel inlays. Some collectors believe that Rolex never made this type of bezel because they were not offered in the catalog.




The Rolex “Bombay’s” nickname is from the French word “bombée,” which translates to round. It was used to describe a unique type of nearly twisted lug case shape found on several Oyster Perpetual models from the 1950s.




Introduced in 1933, and produced until twenty years after, the “Bubbleback” is nicknamed for its protruding case that resembles a bubble. Its thick movement and rotor made it necessary to create this domed design. Bubblebacks reflect a crucial period in Rolex’s history when the brand was initially refining its self-winding movements.




The Cameron is a special edition of the Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea, crafted in honor of Canadian filmmaker, James Cameron, who manned a successful exploration to the deepest section of the Mariana Trench. Rolex played a key part in the expedition as they supplied a specially-designed timepiece built to withstand the elements at the bottom of the ocean. Released in 2014, the Cameron’s key features include a gradient dial that fades from deep blue to black and a “Deepsea” inscription in bright green.


Rolex Seadweller Deepsea Cameron D-Blue Steel 116660
Rolex Seadweller Deepsea Cameron D-Blue Steel 116660



Clint Eastwood

The GMT-Master ref. 16753 with a two-tone finish, brown dial, and Root Beer bezel. Its nickname came about when famed Hollywood star Clint Eastwood was spotted wearing the watch in several of his movies.




Rolex GMT-Master II watches with red and black aluminum bezel inserts are called ‘Coke’. This nickname was inspired by the resemblance of the watch’s color combination to a Coke bottle. It follows the soda-themed nicknames of the Pepsi and the Root Beer.


GMT Master II Black Red Coke Bezel Steel 16710 /  GMT Master Vintage Red and Blue Pepsi Bezel 1675
GMT Master II Black Red Coke Bezel Steel 16710 /
GMT Master Vintage Red and Blue Pepsi Bezel 1675



El Cornino

A ref. 1675 GMT-Master with curved and pointed crown guards, which was introduced in the late 1950s. It earned its “El Cornino” nickname because of the horn-like appearance of its crown guards.



Fat Lady

When the GMT-Master II appeared in 1983 as ref. 16760, it had a 0.5 mm thicker casing than its predecessor to accommodate a new movement. This model is now known as the “Fat Lady” or, alternatively, the “Sophia Loren” in reference to the Italian actress’s curves.



Great White

“Great White” pertains to Sea-Dweller ref. 1665 models with all-white text on the dial. What makes it special is that it was the last Sea-Dweller to use a plexiglass crystal and the final ref. 1665 watch made by Rolex.




The Submariner ref. 116610LV. This watch earned its nickname the “Hulk” due to its all-green look and Super Case design which are reminscent of Marvel Comics’ green superhero. Although Rolex has utilized green on the Submariner before with the Kermit, the “Hulk” is the first model to feature the brand’s signature hue on both the dial and bezel.


Rolex Submariner Kermit Pointed and Flat 4 Green 16610LV,  Hulk 116610LV, and Starbucks Cerarchrom 126610LV
Rolex Submariner Kermit Pointed and Flat 4 Green 16610LV,
Hulk 116610, and Starbucks Cerarchrom 126610LV



James Bond

The Submariner ref. 6538, worn by Sean Connery in the inaugural James Bond film Dr. No. While this nickname gets incorrectly used to denote crown guard-less Sub vintage references, only the ref. 6538 is known as the original “James Bond” Submariner.



Jean Claude-Killy

The Dato-Compax line of triple calendar chronographs. Jean-Claude Killy is a former Olympian, who later became a Rolex ambassador and board member. Collectors have tied his name with the watch because he was rumored to own one and enjoyed wearing it.



John Mayer

A yellow gold Rolex Daytona ref. 116508 with a green anniversary dial, released in 2016. Its moniker arose after the singer doted on it in a video detailing his watch collection. Mayer called it a “sleeper hit” because it did not generate buzz at first, but today, it’s seen on many Hollywood stars and is particularly sought-after by collectors.


Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold Green Dial 116508
Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold Green Dial 116508



John Player Special

A Daytona ref. 6264 or 6241 in solid gold with a black exotic dial, nicknamed after John Player & Sons, a UK-based tobacco company and Formula 1 sponsor. The association stems from the firm’s cigarette boxes, which were black with gold lettering.




The ref. 16610LV Submariner, introduced in 2003 to celebrate the collection’s 50th anniversary. This was the first Sub and Rolex watch to feature a green bezel insert, which lent it its Muppet-themed nickname. The “Kermit” was discontinued in 2010 but Rolex brought back the iconic colorway in the ref. 126610LV with a Cerachrom bezel, also known as the “Starbucks.”


Rolex Submariner Kermit Pointed and Flat 4 Green  16610LV, and Starbucks Cerarchrom 126610LV
Rolex Submariner Kermit Pointed and Flat 4 Green
16610LV, and Starbucks Cerarchrom 126610LV




Patrizzi is a type of dial found on some steel Zenith Daytona ref. 16520 models. They are characterized by silver counters that have already turned brown due to the organic varnish used known as Zapon. These dials got their name from the first man to recognize the color changing phenomenon, auctioneer Osvaldo Patrizzi.


Rolex Daytona Black Patrizzi Dial Steel 16520
Rolex Daytona Black Patrizzi Dial Steel 16520



Paul Newman

The Paul Newman is characterized by its exotic dial with blocky indices in the sub-registers, eccentric Arabic numerals, and vibrant flashes of color. The watch got the nickname because the legendary actor wore at least two Daytonas with these dials.




The “Pepsi” GMT-Master is another Rolex with a moniker derived from a beverage. The red and blue color combo originally came about as a tribute to the Pan-American emblem but it’s now referred to as “Pepsi” due to its resemblance to the soda company’s logo.


Rolex GMT Master II Pepsi Bezel 126710
Rolex GMT Master II Pepsi Bezel 126710




The “Polar” is used by collectors to reference any Rolex Explorer II with a white dial. This could be a ref. 16550, 16570, 216570, or the newly-released 226570.




Though the Rolex Day-Date has become known informally as the “President”, due to the number of US Presidents that have worn it, this is a designation used by Rolex to refer to the watch’s bracelet. The President band was exclusively made for the Day-Date line and is available only in precious metals.



Pussy Galore

“Pussy Galore” refers to GMT-Master ref. 6542 models with a red and blue, Bakelite bezel insert. It got its nickname after actress Honor Blackman wore it while playing Pussy Galore in the 1964 Bond film Goldfinger.



Rainbow Daytona

This moniker applies to limited-edition yellow, white, or Everose gold Rolex Daytonas ref. 116595 watches that have a bezel set with gradient-colored sapphires that form a rainbow effect. These are ultra-rare and not part of Rolex’s standard production.



Root Beer

“Root Beer” are GMT-Master and GMT-Master II watches with half-brown and half-gold bezel inserts. First introduced in the 1970s, this is the second of the Rolex GMT-Masters with soda-themed nicknames, right after the Pepsi. Some collectors also use this name for GMT-Masters with solid brown inserts and gold text, as well as the modern steel and Everose gold edition with a brown and black Ceramic bezel (ref 126711).


Rolex GMT Master II Steel Rose Gold 126711 /  GMT Master II Rootbeer Yellow Gold Steel 16713
Rolex GMT Master II Steel Rose Gold 126711 /
GMT Master II Rootbeer Yellow Gold Steel 16713




This refers to the earlier versions of the Submariner Date ref. 1680, which was first released in 1969. It came with a red “SUBMARINER” text on a black dial, earning the “Red” nickname.




The “Smurf” refers to the ref 116619LB Rolex Submariner released in 2009. It was the first ever Rolex Submariner to be made in 18k white gold, and it features a lacquered blue dial and matching bezel. The Smurf gained its nickname because its bright white gold finish and the hue of its dial and bezel insert are reminiscent of the cartoon character. In 2020, the Smurf was discontinued to make way for the new 18k white gold Submariner (ref 126619LB) which fans have dubbed the “Cookie Monster” because of its blue bezel and black dial that remind one of the Sesame Street mascot.


Rolex Submariner Smurf White Gold Blue Dial Bezel 116619
Rolex Submariner Smurf White Gold Blue Dial Bezel 116619




Stella is another type of exotic dial found on Day-Date and Datejust models from the 1970s. They were manufactured by a Swiss company of the same name and were made from colored enamels ranging from pink and orange, to green and turquoise.




The 2022 GMT-Master II with a green and black Cerachrom bezel – a first in the GMT-Master collection and the entire Rolex lineup. The “Sprite” was also the first Rolex to offer a left-handed orientation, with its crown, crown guards, and date display on the left side.


Rolex GMT Master II Pepsi Bezel 126710, Batman Blue Black Bezel 116710, Sprite Bezel 126720
Rolex GMT Master II Pepsi Bezel 126710, Batman Blue
Black Bezel 116710, Sprite Bezel 126720



Steve McQueen

This is the earliest Explorer II, also known as the ref. 1655 or Il Freccione. The origins of the moniker can be traced back to a 1970s Rolex advertising campaign in which the Swiss manufacturer used McQueen’s image to drive sales of the watch. Although it was christened with McQueen’s name, there are no documented photographs of him wearing the ref. 1655.




A two-tone Submariner with 8 diamonds and 3 sapphires on the slate gray dial. This style is also known as the Serti, a French word that translates to “setting.”


Rolex Submariner Steel Gold Diamond Sapphire Serti Dial 16613 /  Submariner Yellow Gold Diamond Sapphire Serti Dial Watch 16618
Rolex Submariner Steel Gold Diamond Sapphire Serti Dial 16613 /
Submariner Yellow Gold Diamond Sapphire Serti Dial Watch 16618



Texas Timex

This moniker was given to solid gold Day-Dates because they were so popular in Texas that it was widely assumed that they were as widespread in the state as a Timex. Today, it covers all yellow-gold Rolex dress watches.




This name refers to Rolex Datejust Turn-o-Graph models with engine-turned bezels and 60-minute graduations. Introduced in 1953, it was the official watch of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbird squadron and the first Rolex to include a rotating bezel.



Triple Six

The second generation of the Sea-Dweller, following the “Double Red” and “Great White” refs. 1665. The “Triple Six” took its name from the three consecutive 6 digits in its “16660” reference number.




A white gold Daytona ref. 6265 that formerly belonged to seasoned collector John Goldberger. It is the second highest-selling Rolex sold at auction, fetching $5.9 million, and is thought to be the only known white gold, manual-winding Daytona ever manufactured.




A Rolex Datejust 41 with a slate gray dial and green-outlined Roman numerals. This nickname came about when Tennis legend Roger Federer hoisted his trophy wearing a steel and yellow gold Datejust 41 with the said dial. It also looks very similar to the Rolex clocks seen at Wimbledon’s famous fields.


Rolex Datejust 41 Steel Yellow Gold Wimbledon Dial 126333
Rolex Datejust 41 Steel Yellow Gold Wimbledon Dial 126333




This refers to the second-generation Daytona watches, which used modified Zenith El-Primero automatic movements. They were introduced in 1988 and are now considered collector’s items.




The latest edition of the Milgauss, released in 2014. The Z-Blue dial gives the watch vibrant appeal with its electric blue hue complementing its orange accents and green sapphire crystal.


Rolex Milgauss Blue Dial Green Crystal Steel 116400GV /  Milgauss Black Dial Green Crystal Steel 16400GV
Rolex Milgauss Blue Dial Green Crystal Steel 116400GV /
Milgauss Black Dial Green Crystal Steel 16400GV



These names were not officially sanctioned by Rolex, but they are universally acknowledged jargons that collectors use to refer to rare models, old favorites, or distinctive styles. Explore our collection of Rolex watches at


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