Do Rolex Watches Have Batteries? How Do They Power Themselves?

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Are you wondering if Rolex watches have batteries in them? Do you want to know whether Rolex watches need batteries to run or not?

If yes, then you are reading the right article. In this article, I will tell you if Rolex watches like Cellini, Submariner, Oyster Perpetual, Datejust, etc. have a battery. And if they don’t have one then I will also tell you how do they work without batteries.

So keep reading!

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Does Rolex Have A Battery?

Does Rolex Have A Battery

No, Rolex watches do not have a battery. All the watches that Rolex makes today, be it Submariner, Oyster Perpetual, Datejust, or any other watch, have a mechanical movement.

The watch movements are of two types. One is Quartz movement and the other is Mechanical movement. Watches that have quartz movement require a battery to run. On the other hand, watches with mechanical movement do not require any battery to run.

All the watches made in the Rolex factory these days run on mechanical movements and most of them are automatic mechanical watches. However, Rolex used to make quartz watches. The first-ever quartz watch that Rolex made was Rolex Oysterquartz and the quartz movement that was used in this watch was COSC certified. It was first introduced in the year 1970 and is believed to be discontinued in the year 2001. And Rolex does not make any quartz watches these days.

However, there are a lot of copies of Rolex watches being sold on the market. These copies run on quartz movement and the tick of their second’s hand is clearly visible. On the other hand, ticking in Rolex watches is not visible to the naked eye. Therefore, if you are considering buying a Rolex watch then you should know how to tell if the Rolex is real or not before making a decision.

How Do Rolex Watches Work Without Batteries?

Now that we know Rolex watches do not need a battery to run, so the question that arises is how does a Rolex watch work without a battery?

To understand this, we will have to understand the working of mechanical watches a little bit. So let us look in brief at the working of these watches.

Every machine in the world requires some kind of energy to run, right? And a watch is nothing but a small machine, so it also requires some kind of energy to run. This energy is provided by a cell or battery in quartz watches. However, this job is done by a coil or spring in mechanical watches. This part of a watch in mechanical watches is known as the mainspring.

The mainspring is designed in such a way that whenever you wind the watch in the clockwise direction, it gets folded over and over again. But does it mean that it is bad to wind the watch backward? Think about it for a moment and if you want to find the answer then read the linked article.

So when the Rolex watch is fully wounded and you stop the winding, this mainspring starts to unfold. This unfolding process of the mainspring produces energy that runs the whole movement of the watch, which in turn keeps the Rolex watch ticking. So this is how Rolex watches work without a battery in short.

Does A Rolex Stop Working When You Take It Off?

Many Rolex watches these days come with an automatic mechanical movement. This type of watch movement does not require manual winding and they get winded when you move your wrist. But does it mean that a Rolex watch will stop working when you take it off?

No, a Rolex watch does not stop working when you take it off. Every Rolex watch comes with a power reserve which indicates the time that the mainspring will take to get unfolded once fully wounded. Therefore a Rolex watch will keep running even if you take it off.

How Long Will A Rolex Run Without Winding?

The next question that arises is how long a Rolex watch can run without winding? The answer to this question again lies in the power-reserve of a Rolex watch.

The longer the power reserve of a Rolex, the longer it will keep running even if you take it off or do not wind it.

For eg., if your Rolex watch has a power reserve of 40 hours then it will keep running for 40 hours long without the need for winding. Similarly, if your Rolex has a power reserve of 72 hours then it will keep running for 3 days even if you do not wear it.

If you own multiple Rolex watches, then you can make use of a watch winder box. It will keep your unused watches winded and running.

Can You Get Your Hands On Rolex Oysterquartz Watch?

Rolex Oysterquartz

As discussed earlier in this article, Rolex stopped manufacturing Oysterquartz watches in around 2001. And it is believed that the Rolex sold its last Oysterquartz watch in 2003. So you definitely cannot buy a brand new Oysterquartz watch but you can surely buy it on the websites that sell second-hand watches.

Having said that, if you really want to buy one then do not forget to check it thoroughly before finalizing.


How Do You Change A Battery In A Rolex?

You cannot change the battery in a Rolex watch because it does not have any battery. But if you have the Rolex Oysterquartz watch then you should take it to a watch repair center.

Does Rolex Oyster Perpetual Have Battery?

No, Rolex Oyster Perpetual does not have a battery.

Does Rolex Still Makes Quartz Watches?

No, Rolex does not make Quartz watches anymore.

Do Rolex Watches Stop Working?

Yes, Rolex watches will stop working if you do not wind them.

Does Rolex Submariner Have Batteries?

No, Rolex Submarines watches do not have batteries.

Tom Nielson

Tom's love for watches started when his grandfather gifted him his Rolex watch when he turned 18! Being a teenager it was a big deal for him. Later when he got his first job he bought Fossil Palm Pilot back in 2003 which was a smartwatch. Since then smartwatches have come a long way and so is Tom's love for them. His experience with watches inspired him to start Wearholic and share his knowledge of wearables including watches, smartwatches, smart glasses, & smart clothing.

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