Rolex caliber 3235

Rolex Caliber 3235

Rolex caliber 3235

BrandRolex
Caliber Number3235
Based On3035 -> 3135
Movement TypeAutomatic, self-winding
In-HouseYes
Diameter28.5mm
Jewels31
Total Parts201
Power Reserve~70 hours
Vibrations Per Hour28,800
Hacking?Yes
Rotor DirectionBidirectional
Balance
Paramagnetic Oscillator
EscapementChronergy
Shock SystemParaflex
HairspringParachrom Blue
FeaturesHours, minutes, central sweeping seconds, date at 3:00
Country of ManufactureSwitzerland
Known ModelsDatejust 36 (ref: 126234, 126281), Datejust 41 (ref: 126301), Sea-Dweller 50th Anniversary (ref: 126603), Deepsea Sea-Dweller (ref: 126660), D-Blue dial “James Cameron” DSSD (ref: 126660), Yacht-Master 40 (ref: 126655, 126621, 126622), Yachtmaster 42 (ref: 226659), Pearlmaster 39 (ref: 86409RBR, 86405RBR, 86285, 86289)

The Rolex caliber 3235 is in in-house automatic movement that was originally announced at Baselworld 2017. This caliber contains technology that is protected by 14 patents acquired by “The Crown”. One of the patents includes the Paramagnetic Oscillator with new balance staff that offers enhanced resistance to magnetism.

Accuracy:

Rolex claims the new caliber 3235 is two times more precise than an officially certified chronometer with an accuracy of -2/+2 seconds per day “after casing”.

In Rolex’s Own Words:

The Sea-Dweller is equipped with calibre 3235, a new-generation movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. This self-winding mechanical movement is at the forefront of the art of watchmaking. A consummate demonstration of Rolex technology, with 14 patents, it offers fundamental gains in terms of precision, power reserve, resistance to shocks and magnetic fields, convenience and reliability. It incorporates the new Chronergy escapement patented by Rolex, which combines high energy efficiency with great dependability. Made of nickel-phosphorus, it is also insensitive to magnetic interference. -Rolex

Manual Winding:

Manually wind the movement by turning the crown clockwise. The Rolex manual states that it takes at least 25 turns for partial winding. For a full list of Rolex crown time setting directions click here.

Which models have the 3235?

The Rolex 3235 is used in the larger Datejust 41, red Sea-Dweller 43mm watches, as well as the newer Deepsea (including the James Cameron D-Blue version). When this caliber was released, it was thought that the larger diameter cases allowed for a larger barrel offering the 70 hour power reserve, however, this movement is also found in the Yacht-Master 40 and even the newer Datejust 36 models.

As of March 2020, the Rolex Submariner is still powered by the classic caliber 3135 and not the 3235. Many Rolex enthusiasts have been anticipating Rolex announcing a new style Sub with the 3235 inside, but with Baselworld 2020 cancelled, the wait continues.

Examples of watches with the 3235:

Additional Resources:

  • Rolex Sea-Dweller user manual here
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Jim
Jim
3 years ago

So Rolex got rid of the purple gears?

Ben
Ben
3 years ago

I’m not sure this 32xx has any basis on 30xx or 31xx movements – even the main plate is larger, hence being in larger cases; DJ41, 2017 SD, and 3255 in DD40…

Fabio Pascua
Fabio Pascua
3 years ago

It also powers the new SD50 Anniversary.

Fabio Pascua
Fabio Pascua
3 years ago
Reply to  Fabio Pascua

The above comment it’s intended for the tech data sheet only.

Ryan Green
Ryan Green
3 years ago

Don’t forget that there’s a gem-set model with the 3255 called the Pearlmaster 39, too.

Nate
Nate
3 years ago

Can anyone confirm/verify that the time adjustment on the 3235 is “unconventional”, i.e., turning the crown counter-clockwise advances the minute/hour hands forwards. I was quite surprised to see this when viewing a Datejust 41mm, everose (Ref. 126331) at a reputable AD.

Dan
Dan
3 years ago
Reply to  Nate

If it was at a reputable AD why are you even questioning it?

Nate
Nate
3 years ago
Reply to  Dan

Not so much questioning it, but in my experience with Rolex movements, the time adjustment almost always (except for few older models) advances forward while turning the crown clockwise. It was just a bit strange/counter intuitive to see this in the new 3235 movement.

Dan
Dan
3 years ago
Reply to  Nate

Sorry, I must have read it too quickly. I see now that you happened to be at an AD and noticed this. Winding my 3135 definitely advanced the time forward when winding the crown clockwise. So that sounds really strange and would take me some time to get used to ha. Curious as to the answer now myself.

Dan
Dan
3 years ago
Reply to  Caliber Corner

Thanks for the link. Excellent info and great to know!

Nate
Nate
3 years ago
Reply to  Caliber Corner

Thanks for posting the reference chart. Very handy.

VINH NGUYEN
VINH NGUYEN
11 months ago
Reply to  Nate

It is counter-clockwise advances the minute/hour hands forward. This is to confirm

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3235 sucks
3235 sucks
2 years ago

I don’t like this 3235 calibre because this calibre has rotor noise problem. I bought a new datejust 41 equipped this 3235 calibre and there’s very annoying rotor noise when I shake my wrist. I’ve had other rolex watches (subc and oyster perpetual 36 equipped with 3135 and 3130) before and I’ve never heard any noise from movement. Even I shake the watches severely there was nothing noise. People say 3235 uses ball bearing instead… Read more »

3235 sucks
3235 sucks
2 years ago
Reply to  3235 sucks

The rotor noise problem happens not only me.
Google “rolex 3235 rotor sound”
Many people who have new Sea-Dweller and DJ41 eqipped 3235 have same problem.

Dirk
Dirk
2 years ago
Reply to  3235 sucks

Nobproblem in my datejust 41 !
Only noise is the bracelet clasp when you shake the watch

Dirk
Dirk
2 years ago
Reply to  3235 sucks

No problem in my datejust 41 !
Only noise is the bracelet clasp when you shake the watch

Agreed
Agreed
2 years ago
Reply to  3235 sucks

Another reason to stick with the Datejust II. So quiet can’t even tell it’s an automatic movement inside.

Cole
Cole
2 years ago
Reply to  Agreed

Exactly! My DJII is the quietest watch I ever owned.

Gary
Gary
1 year ago
Reply to  3235 sucks

Maybe a replica or needs attention

kevin.davis
kevin.davis
1 year ago
Reply to  3235 sucks

You must have some great hearing. Such a minor sound. Get a life…

joe
joe
2 years ago

i am looking for 3235 stem , do u know where can i find ? or witch # will fit.

Clinton Campbell
Clinton Campbell
2 years ago

I am still learning about Rolex, so please don’t be upset should I type something irrelevant. Reference the new 3235 movement, I recently purchased the gold day/date 2 , ‘’40’’ – just wanted to mention there is no noise at all with bracelet, or auto movement.

Joe
Joe
2 years ago

I am looking for rolex 3235 movent stem only .i will very grate full.

Joe
Joe
2 years ago

I sell lots rolex parts . if need one mail me

Joe
Joe
1 year ago

Hi. I am looking for rolex movement # 3235 stem .can u tell me where can i find ? Thanks

wayne silva
wayne silva
1 year ago

I just wish my 1967 GMT my dad gave me had the 3235.
I love my new DJ 41mm

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1 year ago

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VINH NGUYEN
VINH NGUYEN
11 months ago

My experience, 3235 caliber is newly developed, therefore, we are not familiar with it, especially when looking at or hearing sound of roto movement. The 3235 looks more attractive for every single part, the blue hairspring, the paraflex, the oyster roto with Rolex crow make it be more professional than its predecessor. Overall, 3235 is high advanced technology
Enjoy the Rolex

Andrea
Andrea
7 months ago

the 3235 in my 126234 is etremely precise, with an error less than 0.25 seconds per day!
I couldn’t be any happier with it.

Duong Dragon
Duong Dragon
7 months ago
Reply to  Andrea

i using Bulova Precision 362 khz with it’s second hand sweeping very very smoothy, and accuracy 5s/ 365 days. Now, It has no comparatives in the Switzerland and wide world. Its most precious!!!!

rictors
rictors
7 months ago
Reply to  Duong Dragon

wow buddy calm down. this is the rolex 3235 we’re taking about here not your battery powered bulova.

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1 month ago

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John Dvoracek
John Dvoracek
5 days ago

My Datejust 41 with this caliber lost 5 seconds the first 7 days I wore it – less than 1 second per day. I am hugely pleased.

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