Do Rolex Watches Have Batteries? Truth Revealed!

The Swiss watchmaker Rolex is known for its premium quality watches, and Rolex is a must-have for watch collectors due to its excellent craftsmanship and brand value. The brand has been around for over a hundred years, and its watches are popular among celebrities and politicians.

Do Rolex Watches Have Batteries

Due to its high price tag and luxurious reputation, people have many questions about the Rolex watches. One of the most asked questions is, “Do Rolex watches have batteries?“. Today, we will answer this question for you!

Do Rolex Watches Have Batteries?

No. Rolex watches do not have batteries except for the Oysterquartz models. Then how do Rolex watches work without a battery?

The answer is Rolex watches are kinetic powered, which means that Rolex watches use a Perpetual rotor to generate energy from the movement of your hand. When you move the hand while wearing the Rolex, the rotor inside the watch gently swings and produces energy to power the watch.

Rolex Watch Movement
Credit: Rolex

The phenomenon of generating energy by an object due to its movement is called kinetic or self-winding energy. The Rolex watch design allows a rotor to fit easily in a small space, making it an efficient energy generation tool. 

Rolex watches will stop working if you do not wear them for long. In order to keep your Rolex watch running, you should wear it at least once a week for 8 hours. Alternatively, you can manually wind your watch by turning the crown at least 25 times to fully wind the mainspring.

If you are unsure how to wind Rolex watches manually, please follow the steps below.

How to wind the Rolex watch manually?

1. Gently unscrew the winding crown on the right-hand side of the watch

2. Now turn the crown in the clockwise direction(at least 25 turms)

3. Once it is done, gently screw it back into the case to avoid water entry into the watch.

4. Done!

Still not sure? No worries, it is simple. Go through the detailed video guide below. 

Rolex Oyster Quartz: Only Rolex with Battery

The Oyster Quartz was first released in 1977and was the first Rolex watch to have a battery. At that time, most watchmakers, such as Patek Philippe and Patek Philippe, used Japanese quartz movements on their watches.

However, Rolex developed its own quartz movement called the Beta 21 Quartz Movement (reference 5100) to power the Oyster Quartz Series of watches. However, Rolex did not produce the Beta 21 Quartz Movement for long. When they stopped production of Rolex Oyster Quartz reference 5100 in 1980, only 1000 Oyster Quartz watches were made, making it one of the rarest Rolex watches.

In 2020, One of the Rolex Oyster Quartz with Beta 21 Quartz Movement limited editions auctioned for $243,750 in Geneve, setting a new world record for the most expensive Rolex watch ever sold an auction.

Final Words

Rolex watches are not battery-powered. However, the Oyster Quartz model is an exception as it uses a battery to power the watch. Instead of using batteries, Rolex watches use a Perpetual rotor to generate energy from the movement of your hand. I hope I have answered your question on “Do Rolex Watches Have Batteries?”.

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