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Farewell to Icons: Discontinued Rolex Models in 2023

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The illustrious Watches and Wonders 2023 in Geneva unveiled a spectacular array of timepieces, capturing the hearts of Rolex enthusiasts worldwide. Amid the excitement, a bittersweet moment emerged as we bid farewell to some exceptional discontinued Rolex models in 2023. These iconic watches left the stage, securing their places in the chronicles of horological history. 


Among the discontinued Rolex models in 2023, the venerated Milgauss, a symbol of anti-magnetic prowess, took its final bow with elegance and poise. Simultaneously, the stylish Daytona John Mayer edition, adorned in its signature "John Mayer Green," played its concluding serenade, resonating with watch aficionados across the globe. These distinguished models joined the ranks of other retired Rolex watches, elevating their status as highly coveted collectibles. 


In this captivating article, we delve into the realm of Rolex watches that have been discontinued without any upgraded counterparts. 

Discontinued Rolex Models in 2023 - Rolex Daytona 'John Mayer' 116508

Discontinued Rolex Models in 2023 - Rolex Daytona
Discontinued Rolex Models in 2023 - Rolex Daytona 'John Mayer' 116508​​

The Rolex Daytona John Mayer edition, a captivating timepiece that has captured the hearts of watch enthusiasts and music lovers alike, has officially been discontinued. This remarkable edition of the iconic Daytona series was a creative collaboration with the renowned musician John Mayer, resulting in a unique blend of artistic expression and horological mastery.


Dressed in its signature "John Mayer Green," the watch exuded a distinctive charm that resonated with collectors and fans. The combination of its bold color and the legendary reliability of the Daytona series created an irresistible allure. As the Daytona John Mayer edition bows out from the Rolex lineup, it leaves behind a legacy of innovation, style, and creative partnership.

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Discontinued Rolex Models in 2023 - Rolex Daytona with a Bright Blue Dial 116509

Discontinued Rolex Models in 2023 - Rolex Daytona with a Bright Blue Dial 116509
Discontinued Rolex Models in 2023 - Rolex Daytona with a Bright Blue Dial 116509​​

The Rolex Daytona is an iconic timepiece that has captivated the hearts of watch enthusiasts for decades. Among its many different iterations, the Rolex Daytona 116509 with a bright blue dial stands out as a unique and highly sought-after model. Discontinued from the production line, this watch remains a coveted piece for collectors and admirers alike. 


Looking at this model reminds me of a picture of a Hollywood actor with an insane watch game, Mark Wahlberg.

Discontinued Rolex Models in 2023 - Rolex Milgauss 116400GV

Discontinued Rolex Models in 2023 - Rolex Milgauss 116400GV
Discontinued Rolex Models in 2023 - Rolex Milgauss 116400GV​​

In a surprising twist this year, we're parting ways with the Milgauss, Rolex's unique anti-magnetic masterpiece tailored for the scientific community. Not only was it a standout among Rolex sports models due to its wild appearance, but it also boasted an impressive track record as one of the longest-running modern references since 2007. Yet, just like that, it has disappeared – snap – scrubbed from the Rolex website. 


So, adieu, orange lightning bold second hand! 

Discontinued Rolex Models in 2023 - Rolex Cellini Moonphase 50535

Discontinued Rolex Models in 2023 - Rolex Cellini Moonphase 50535
Discontinued Rolex Models in 2023 - Rolex Cellini Moonphase 50535​​

The Rolex Cellini Moonphase, a sophisticated and elegant timepiece, was a remarkable addition to the Cellini collection. Known for its classic dress watches, the collection exudes timeless elegance and impeccable craftsmanship. However, the Cellini Moonphase was discontinued, making it even more sought-after among collectors. 


The distinct moon phase complication set the Cellini Moonphase apart from other models. The beautiful lunar phase display, 18-karat Everose gold case, and alligator leather strap added to its refinement and sophistication. 


I think, the Rolex Cellini line was discontinued to make way for the new Rolex 1908. As we await its impact on the dress watches lineup, the allure of the discontinued Cellini Moonphase continues to grow. 

Discontinued Rolex Models in 2023 - Rolex Daytona with a Meteorite Dial

Discontinued Rolex Models in 2023 - Rolex Daytona with a Meteorite Dial
Discontinued Rolex Models in 2023 - Rolex Daytona with a Meteorite Dial​​

Bye-bye, Daytona with a meteorite dial. Yes, these models are part of discontinued Rolex models in 2023.


Among its various models, the Rolex Daytona has captured the imagination of watch enthusiasts and collectors for decades. One particularly alluring feature of certain Daytona models is the meteorite dial, which has since been discontinued, adding to their rarity and desirability. 


Meteorite dials are a unique offering from Rolex, crafted from the remnants of disintegrated asteroids. Through a complex procedure, the asteroid core is gradually cooled, resulting in the formation of a metallic pattern on the final dials. However, the meteorite dial has been discontinued for the Cosmograph Daytona models. For those captivated by this extraordinary dial, it can still be found on the Day-Date 40 and the GMT-Master II models. 


The six meteorite dial Daytonas that have been discontinued are (from upper left to bottom right): 116505, 116508, 116509, 116515LN, 116518LN, and 116519LN.

Discontinued Rolex Models in 2023 - Rolex Datejust 41 with a Mother of Pearl Dial

Discontinued Rolex Models in 2023 - Rolex Datejust 41 with a Mother of Pearl Dial
Discontinued Rolex Models in 2023 - Rolex Datejust 41 with a Mother of Pearl Dial​​

Rolex announced the discontinuation of the Datejust model with a mother-of-pearl dial. Interestingly, ONLY in the 41mm line.

This fact has left watch enthusiasts curious about the reasons behind this decision and its implications on the market.


Reference number from upper left to bottom right:

1st row: 126301, 126301, 126331, 126331, 126334

2nd row: 126303, 126303, 126333, 126333, 126334

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Heath Fitzgerald

Fantastic article thank you

Heath Fitzgerald