Rolex Roulette Date Wheel Datejust

All About the Rolex Roulette Date Wheel

History of the Roulette Date:

The Rolex “Roulette Date” was found on the first Datejust model back in 1945. It gets its name from the alternating red and black numbers, similar to the casino game. Originally, even number were red and odd were black. The modern version is reverse of that: odd dates are red and even dates are black.

Official Rolex Name:

Rolex doesn’t officially refer to this style of date wheel as a Roulette date wheel. Instead, they simply call it a “two-colour date display.”

Rolex Roulette Date Wheel Datejust

Which References Have a Roulette Wheel Date?

You can get the Roulette style date on Rolex Datejust 36 models with the following reference numbers: 116200 / 116201 / 116203 / 116231 / 116233 / 116234 / 116238 / 116243 / 116244

Dial Color/Hour Markers Matter:

Getting a Datejust 36 with a Roulette Date may seem like luck of the draw, but Rolex isn’t the gambling type. Whether or not you get the red & black date has to do with the dial color of the watch. Here are your options:

Dials with white gold hour markers:

  • Black (stick markers)
  • Blue (stick markers)
  • White (stick markers)
  • Black Arabic Concentric (Arabic markers)

Dials with yellow gold hour markers:

  • Black (stick markers)
  • White (stick markers)
  • Bronze Arabic (Arabic markers)

Dials with pink gold hour markers:

  • Black (stick markers)
  • Black Arabic Concentric (Arabic markers)

Note: the roulette dial is not offered as a stock option on dials with Roman markers, diamond markers, floral motif, etc. Only on stick/baton dials and some Arabic dials.

Other Models:

The Roulette Date wheel is only available on the Datejust models with the dial options mentioned above, however, since the Datejust is powered by the Rolex caliber 3135 you can have it custom installed in other watches with the same movement. It makes for a fun mod on a Yacht-Master, Submariner, Sea-Dweller or Deepsea – it will also work on a GMT-Master II (Ref: 16710 caliber 3185/3186) which would look amazing with a Coke bezel!

The Roulette Datewheel can also be found in some 1950s vintage Rolex Oysterdate Precision watches such as reference 6294, 6494, 6694, etc. As well as some Oyster Perpetual Date models 6534, etc.

Interesting note: Some vintage Tudor Prince-Oysterdate watches also have Roulette style calendar wheels (for example 7965, 7966, etc).

Part Number:

The official reference number or part number for the Roulette Datewheel is: 3135-16206. The “3135” prefix is because it is a part for the caliber 3135. Unrelated, but if you happen to be looking for the all red datewheel (found on Turn-O-Graph models) the part number is: 3135-16205. Just like the Roulette style datewheel, the all red will work on the other models listed above as well. It is also an exchange only part, so it’s not easy to find!

Packaging:

UPDATE: We were able to get our hands on a brand new unopened Roulette Datewheel that came directly from Rolex! It is for a special project that will be updated here later when complete.

Here is what the packaging looks like when it is shipped to the Rolex AD:

The Roulette Datewheel is in a sealed in a Rolex signed plastic baggy with a yellow sticker that has the part number and quantity.

Rolex Roulette Date 3135 16206 New Rolex Roulette Date 3135 16206 New Back

Inside the baggy, the datewheel is in a wax paper envelope.

Rolex Roulette Date 3135 16206 Package

Here is the unboxing!

Rolex Roulette Date 3135 16206 Front

As with genuine Rolex aluminum bezel inserts, the Roulette Datewheel is not signed anywhere. Therefore, when purchasing a datewheel as a spare part, it may not be easy to determine the authenticity.

As for so-called Rolex perfection as a means to determine authenticity, look closely at the 7 in the video above. That example was from an authentic Datejust that had never been opened. Never use “Rolex perfection” as a gauge for authenticity in either direction.

Rolex Roulette Date 3135 16206 Front 2

The back of the datewheel is a brushed metal finish.

Rolex Roulette Date 3135 16206 Back

Here are some close-ups of the edges:

Rolex Roulette Datewheel 3135 16206 Rolex Roulette Datewheel 3135 16206 3 Rolex Roulette Datewheel 3135 16206 2 Rolex Roulette Datewheel 3135 16206 Back

Wondering how big a datewheel from a caliber 3135 is? Here is the roulette date next to a quarter!

Rolex Roulette Date Wheel Quarter Size Rolex Roulette Date Wheel Quarter

Price:

The cost of a Roulette Date when ordered from the Rolex parts department is around $65.00 USD. Because of scarcity, this part is often sold for between $200-300 USD.

Good Luck!

This of course is if you can get your hands on one… it is not possible for an AD with an official Rolex parts account to simply order a new Roulette calendar wheel from the factory. To get the part itself, one would have to send in an original part for swap.

The watch featured in the video above is a Z serial Rolex Datejust 116203 with with a black dial, 18K gold smooth bezel, and a two tone Oyster bracelet.

Rolex 116203 Datejust Roulette Date D

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Petey
Petey
3 years ago

Omg I have to have one of these!

Subman
Subman
3 years ago

So I can have this put on my Sub? That would be sweet!

Dennis
Dennis
3 years ago

Ugly

Jerry Eyre
Jerry Eyre
2 years ago

Great article. Thank you for answering all my questions!

Ayad
Ayad
2 years ago

Bought lately an unusual GMT Ceramic 1st production with red GMT hand and Red dates markers 2007 year of production ,does this watch exist ,as sombody told me it’s a prototype piece or 1 of 5 only been produced , any solid clue please

Bobby A.
Bobby A.
2 years ago
Reply to  Ayad

There is no such thing as a “prototype piece 1 of 5 only been produced” Rolex watch. Rolex never releases limited editions or prototypes. Even if there’s some older vintage prototype that made it in the market, it would be worth over half a million dollars. Prototype from 2007? No.

Gregory
Gregory
1 year ago

Never realized I have a special date on my Datejust that isn’t available on all Rolex watches. This is awesome to learn. I appreciate my DJ even more now.

Lewis
Lewis
1 year ago

I was recently about to purchase a 2005 Datejust for £7000 with the belief that it had the “roulette” date wheel. The shop had made a mistake and it wasn’t in fact a “roulette” as all the numbers were red.

Would you agree that this would and should reduce the price?

LovemyDJ
LovemyDJ
1 year ago
Reply to  Lewis

Why? Getting a Datejust with the Roulette Datewheel itself doesn’t cost more. The part doesn’t cost more from Rolex. It’s just a different style. The only reason you should think the price should be reduced is because they said it had the Roulette Date and it didn’t, but if what you really wanted was the Roulette Date, then you should just wait for one that is exactly what you want, making any reduction in price… Read more »

BigJ
BigJ
1 year ago
Reply to  Lewis

This would add to the price. Much rarer to find the red only dw.

Steven
Steven
8 months ago

Does it work with a grey dial Datejust as well?

Haidar Husain
Haidar Husain
6 months ago

Hi there and many thanks for the valuable information. Question: I own 36 day just with roulette dates and a 40 yacht master 1. Can I swap the dates?
Regards,,,

San
San
6 months ago

Hey, are able to give details on how you went about ordering this directly from Rolex? really want to replace out mine with a Roulette but cannot find anyway of buying genuine!

Pls fix, thanks

dd
dd
1 month ago

hello, have it ever released without roulette date(or optional black date) in 116234 black,blue,white stick marker?
i heard after 2017, there was some 116234 with black date(black, blue, white face with stick markers). is that real?

Jason Collins
Jason Collins
1 month ago

My sons 2008 black dial turn o graph has on of these it looks amazing with red hand and red writing

Jimmy
Jimmy
25 days ago

Can this go on a new 2021 41 Datejust

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