Rolex Caliber 3135

Rolex Caliber 3135

Rolex Caliber 3135

Manufacturer Rolex
Caliber Number 3135
Movement Type Automatic, self-winding mechanical
In-House?
Yes
Lignes
12.5”’
Overall Diameter
28.5mm
Casing Diameter
28.1mm
Height
6mm
Jewels 31
Power Reserve 48 hours
Beat Rate 28,800 vph, 4Hz
Lift Angle
52 degrees
Balance Glucydur
Anti-Shock System KIF
Hairspring Nivarox or Parachom Blue
Escapement
Swiss lever
Rotor Type
Axle style, 2 piece
Rotor Winding Direction
Bi-directional
Hacking Seconds?
Yes
Quickset Date?
Yes (rapid corrector as Rolex calls it)
Features Central hours; central minutes; central sweeping seconds; date at 3:00
Finishing
Rhodium plates, beveled edges, polished and chamfered screws
Country of Manufacture Switzerland, Swiss made
Known Models Submariner, Sea-Dweller, Deepsea, Yacht-Master, Datejust

The Rolex caliber 3135 is an in-house automatic movement with 31 jewels. It is a Certified Chronometer (COSC) and is adjusted for five positions and temperature. It was originally announced in 1988, and has been used in many Rolex models since then.

Rolex Caliber 3135

The calibre 3135 one of the most recognizable and widely known Rolex movements ever made. It is also a favorite amongst many technicians in the industry, including WOSTEP certified watchmakers.

Crown Functions:

  • Position 1 (unscrewed but not pulled out) – manual winding
  • Position 2 (pulled out one click) – clockwise > date setting / counterclockwise > nothing
  • Position 3 (pulled out two clicks) – clockwise and counterclockwise > time setting with hacked seconds (seconds hand stops for precise time setting)

Accuracy:

The Rolex 3135 is a chronometer movement certified by COSC. This means that the average rate of accuracy falls between -4/+6 seconds per day. You will get better results from a fully wound watch.

There isn’t a +/- screw so how can you adjust or regulate the timing?

The regulator on the 3135 wasn’t designed for noobs. In order to adjust the timing nuts (there are two pairs of nuts/four in total, located on the inside of the balance wheel), you will want what is called a Microstella key (looks like this). This tool can be found online (the official part number is ref: 2019). Again, it is not recommended to do this without knowing what you’re doing – but then again, we all have to start somewhere. Just be sure to make the same adjustment on both Microstella nuts that are opposite each other to avoid unbalancing the balance! The range of adjustment is +/-150 seconds per day.

Power Reserve:

The 3135 has approximately 48 hour power reserve, however, some specs listings online have been known to incorrectly round this number up to 50 hours. If you have a watch powered by this movement, please comment below with your power reserve experience.

What are the red gears for?

The purplish red gears that make the 3135 and other Rolex calibers so recognizable reversing wheels (part# 32135-540).

Rolex Models with Caliber 3135:

The 3135 was found in several Rolex watches including the Submariner, Sea-Dweller, DSSD, Yacht-Master, Datejust, etc.

Note: Despite incorrect information on many sites, the Datejust II does not have a 3135 inside. DJII is powered by a larger version of the 3135 known as the caliber 3136.

Parachom Blue Hairspring or Nah?

The paramagnetic Parachrom Blue hairpspring started showing up in 3135 movements around 2007/2008 (Deepsea Sea-Dweller and ceramic bezel Submariners aka Sub C). As with all things Rolex, there is not a definitive date for this and it depends on the watch. If your watch was produced after 2011, it most likely has a Parachom Bleu hairspring inside. If you have more information about this, please comment below.

How can I tell if my watch has the Parachrom Blue spring?

You can’t really tell unless you open your watch or know based on what the AD or service center told you. A Parachrom Blue 3135 doesn’t act differently than a Nivarox (owned by SWATCH Group) 3135, it’s just more resistant to magnetism.

But I heard that X serial number watches from X year have the Parachrom Blue hairpspring?

Despite what you read online, there is not such thing as a definitive cutoff for anything Rolex related. It’s not uncommon for them to change things in the middle of a series with no warning or advertising. It depends on the watch. You have to open your watch to be sure.

I opened my watch and it doesn’t have the blue spring. Should I be depressed and trade it in at a loss to get one with a blue spring?

No. Enjoy your watch the way it is. There is no huge performance increase with the Parachrom Blue spring that would make it worth it to upgrade your watch. Also, there is a chance you could trade up and your new watch also doesn’t have it.

Does Rolex still use the caliber 3135?

After being the flagship movement of the Rolex line for almost 30 years, the brand finally made some changes to their core calibers and started phasing out the Cal. 3135 around 2015. Since then, watches began using calibers such as the 3235.

What was the last model to be produced with the 3135?

Submariner Date. But that doesn’t mean other models with the 3135 weren’t still being shipped to ADs late into the transition period.

Examples of the 3135:

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Christopher
Christopher
7 years ago

Most popular Rolex movement.

Ben
Ben
5 years ago

Are they still using this movement in Rolex watches?

Rickrolled
Rickrolled
3 months ago
Reply to  Ben

When you wrote this, yes. Now, no.

Watchnoob
Watchnoob
5 years ago

Is the gear red or purple?

chris cartel
chris cartel
5 years ago

If you don’t own the watch then you will never understand why the price of this movement is very expensive, but for those that are the Real Rolex owners first of all congrats on your success, rewarding yourself after achieving 80% of your life goals is a great thing, but sometimes its not as easy as it sounds most of the purchases loose their value by 50% the minute you swipe that black AMEX card… Read more »

home.ge
home.ge
5 years ago

While I appreciate the craftsmanship going into a beautifully finished movement as much as the next watch enthusiast, no amount of engraving can be a substitute for accuracy and reliability.

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tienda erotica online
4 years ago

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i am reading this enormous informative paragraph here at my house.

Justin
Justin
2 years ago

google translate much?

Guest
Guest
3 years ago

is rolex movement parts are made with pure gold or rhodium or platinum?

Otis
Otis
3 years ago

Does anyone knows where I can get some of these bits and pieces am trying to build a submariner on the cheap being as I can’t afford to buy one right now any ideas

Christopher
Christopher
3 years ago
Reply to  Otis

You can’t get Rolex parts unless you have a parts account. You can try to find a watch for repair or look for individual parts on ebay and other sites. Do you already have a genuine Rolex Submariner case? If you are just building an ‘homage’ watch to look like a Sub, then use a different movement like a Miyota.

Justin
Justin
2 years ago
Reply to  Christopher

or you can be like Invicta and just use a seiko movement. but i would use a Miyota or a Selita

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RC
RC
2 months ago

How many parts in the 3135?

Lt Col Marriott
Lt Col Marriott
24 days ago

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