Round-UpBest Of Rolex: The 10 Most Popular Rolex Watches
Ten stunning timepieces from one of the most valuable brands of the watch world
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Rolex, the mere mention of the name takes us to the world of luxurious and dependable watches. Touted to be one of the most valuable brands in the world, Rolex was founded in 1905 by Alfred Davis and Hans Wilsdorf. Driven totally by their passion, the brand has set a benchmark in the world of horology. The Oyster wristwatch, the Datejust, the Submariner, the Day-Date are some of the most popular and revolutionary watches of all time. A favourite amongst entrepreneurs, celebrities and the most influential people in the world, Rolex is the only watch brand that produces 2,000 watches every day. The company is now owned by the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation.
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The exclusivity offered by Rolex makes the brand all the more prestigious. The Reader’s Digest once published an interesting story about Rolex that left many in awe. Back in the mid-90s, a murdered “John Doe” was recognised and brought to justice, all thanks to his Rolex. Each Rolex comes with an exclusive serial number and it was his Rolex that eventually helped the police to zero in on the owner’s identity and helped solve his case. Pretty darn amazing!
The Watch Guide brings to you the top 10 watches from the brand:
1. Rolex Submariner (Ref 116610LV)
As the name suggests, the Submariner is a diver’s watch. Ever since its inception in 1953, it has remained a classic favourite among Rolex lovers. A part of the Oyster Perpetual line, the Submariner Date easily catches one’s eye given its robust and functional looks.
The oyster case is designed with a distinctive green dial and luminescent hour markers with a Chromalight display that provides luminosity up to eight hours. The 40mm unidirectional rotatable bezel with 60-minute graduations coated in platinum is the key functionality of the watch. Made exclusively by Rolex and known as the Cerachrom bezel, it’s crafted out of a hard, corrosion resistant ceramic. If you take a closer look, you’ll realise that the bezel is knurled on the edges. This helps provide excellent grip under water, even if you are wearing gloves while diving. The movement of the watch is another feather in the cap of Rolex. The Calibre 3135, a self-winding mechanical movement is developed and created entirely by Rolex and is a certified Superlative Chronometer. Fitted with a Parachrom hairspring and offering great resistance to shocks and temperature variations, the Calibre 3135 movement provides accuracy in timekeeping.
Wrapped in Rolex’s signature oyster bracelet made of 904L steel, the Submariner is equipped with an Oysterlock clasp (to prevent accidental opening) and Glidelock technology (to allow adjustments without using any tools). With umpteen useful features and a Triplock winding crown that ensures water resistance to the depths of 1,o00 feet, this is truly a watch lover’s treasure.
2. Rolex Datejust (Ref 116233)
If the words classic and aesthetic define your tastes then the Rolex Datejust would be the ideal watch for you. Launched in 1945, this classic timepiece was the first wristwatch to be produced with an automatic date changing function. This 36mm steel and yellow gold stellar watch comes in a champagne dial and hour markers that have been fashioned from 18 carat gold. A part of the Oyster Perpetual line, the Datejust displays the date and is adorned with an Oyster case. The exceptional part about the oyster case is that it was the world’s first waterproof case with a patented system of screwing down the bezel, caseback and winding crown against the monobloc middle case, which is why the Datejust comes with a water resistance of 330 feet. Even the winding crown comes with a Twinlock double waterproof system.
The Oyster Bracelet adds a sophisticated charm to the watch along with comfort that is exclusive to Rolex. Equipped with an Oysterclasp and the Easylink comfort extension link, the bracelet length can be extended to 5mm which allows the wearer extra room to adjust the watch. So whatever be your dress code for the night, the Datejust is your companion. As if the looks weren’t enough, the Superlative Chronometer Calibre 3135 mechanical, self-winding movement works wonders when it comes to accurate time telling. A power reserve of 48 hours speaks volumes about this. The fluted bezel adds the finishing trademark touch to the Rolex. The case is the most outstanding feature of the watch given its Cyclops lens that covers the date aperture and magnifies the date providing easy legibility. The next time you have trouble picking out a classic understated watch for yourself, let the Rolex Datejust come to your rescue.
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3. Rolex Explorer (Ref 214270)
Rolex is pretty straightforward in its messaging and everything about the brand, including the names of the watches. The inception story of the Explorer is legendary. Launched to commemorate the ascend of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay as they were accompanied by Rolex Oyster Perpetual chronometers, the Explorer is a sturdy and sleek timepiece.
An icon of all sorts, the watch comes in a black dial and has large Arabic numerals at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock and distinctive hour and minute hands. Because it’s inspired by explorers, luminescence is an essential feature. A sturdy body of 904L stainless steel, which provides high resistance to corrosion, equips it to bear the extremes. The Calibre 3132 self-winding mechanical movement comes with a Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers, which make sure that the watch is highly operational under extreme conditions. It’s been certified a superlative chronometer for a reason. Rough and tough on the inside, this timepiece is spectacular to look at. The 39mm steel oyster case has a smooth bezel that is robust yet elegant.
Inspired by the Himalayas and the spirit of adventure, the Explorer has a power reserve of 48 hours and a water resistance of 330 feet. Pack your bags and plan your next adventure with the Rolex Explorer!
A Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers make the watch highly operational under extreme conditions and a certified superlative chronometer
4. Rolex GMT-Master II (Ref 116710BLNR)
Whether you are an avid traveller, a globe-trotting entrepreneur or both, the Rolex GMT-Master II is an absolute delight for you. Sporty, sturdy and stylish, the watch helps you keep pace with changing times. Always helping you to be on the go, the watch is crafted out of 904L stainless steel. Adding an oomph of style is the two-colour blue and black Cerachom ceramic bi-directional rotatable 24-hour bezel.
Apart from the basic hour, minutes and seconds function, the watch also tells time for a second time-zone. The watch comes with an additional arrow-tipped hand, which along with the bezel helps travellers adapt to their new time zone without affecting the precision of their timekeeping. Click here to know how to keep a track of your time with this watch.
Because it’s a travellers watch, it has to be strong to be able to stand the test of time. This 40mm watch comes in an oyster case with a winding crown that has the Triplock triple waterproofness system. Equipped with a self-winding mechanical Calibre 3186 movement, which apart from telling time for two time-zones, is, well you guessed that right, a superlative chronometer.
Made to thrive in different environments, the watch has a power reserve of 48 hours and a water resistance up to 330 feet. The black dial ensures absolute legibility and the oyster bracelet provides comfort. An out and out versatile watch, this one is fit for globetrotting and actually every other occasion.
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5. Rolex Day-Date (Ref 228238)
This iconic watch has numerous lovers out there, one of them being Warren Buffett, the second wealthiest man of The United States. The Oyster Perpetual Day-Date made its debut in 1956 bringing about a revolution in the world of watchmaking. It was the first watch that actually displayed date and day (spelt out in full in a window) on the dial. A favourite among the who’s who around the globe, this is one of the most sought-after watches from Rolex.
Sitting royally at 40mm, the watch is made of precious elements available in 18 carat yellow, pink, white gold and platinum. The champagne dial of the watch along with the yellow gold oyster case stands out. The dial, just like in every Rolex, is distinct. The hour markers are also fashioned from 18 carat gold to prevent tarnishing. Another USP of the watch is the President bracelet. Created in 1956 with its semi-circular three-piece links, for the launch of this watch, the bracelet is a symbol of refinement and exclusivity that only Rolex can provide.
Everything about this Rolex is sensational, including the Calibre 3255 self-winding mechanical movement. A superlative chronometer as a movement is the ultimate representation of the technological expertise that Rolex has to offer. With 14 patents, the movement offers precision, a power reserve of 70 hours and a water resistance of 100 metres. The fluted bezel and the concealed Crown clasp add the finishing touches of royalty to the watch. The Day-Date is also available with the day display in a wide choice of languages.
Created in 1956 with its semi-circular three-piece links, for the launch of this watch, the President bracelet is a symbol of refinement and exclusivity that only Rolex can provide
6. Rolex Cosmograph Daytona (Ref 116515LN)
A chronograph designed for professional racing drivers in 1963, this watch is also known as the ultimate chronograph. A reliable chronograph and an easy to operate tachymetric scale are the most essential tools for every racer. The solid Everose gold oyster 40mm case of the Cosmograph Daytona is surrounded by a black monobloc Cerachrom bezel with engraved tachymetric scale.
The chocolate dial looks gorgeous combined with the Everose gold case. Sophisticated to the T, the luxurious black leather alligator strap with an Oysterlock clasp, which elegantly conceals the strap fitting, provides comfort along with good looks. The Cosmograph Daytona is equipped with calibre 4130, a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement. The movement is designed in such a way that it provides uncompromised precision while fulfilling the functions of a chronograph. The chronograph is accurate to within 1/8 of a second with the 12 hour counter at 9 o’ clock, 30 minute counter at 3 0′ clock and small seconds at 6 o’ clock.
A watch that combines high-performance functionalities with smouldering good looks, it is perfect for your golfing escapades, a night out with the boys and the awards night. The Cosmograph Daytona is built to be your partner in success!
7. Rolex Air-King (Ref 116900)
A spitting image of the Rolex Explorer, the Air-King was designed as a homage to aviation. The most accessible oyster perpetual is now back with a bang! Launched at Baselworld this year, the new Rolex Air-King comes in a 40mm case in 904L stainless steel and a smooth steel bracelet. Bearing the name ‘Air-King’ on the black dial in the same manner that was designed especially for the models released in 1950, the watch dial also features a combination of large 3, 6 and 9 numerals, similar to the aviation watches of the 50s that assisted in navigational time readings. The Air-King has anti-magnetic properties making it fit to be a pure aviation instrument. The dial is highly legible with long-lasting blue luminescence, an essential feature in aviation watches.
A superlative chronometer, the perpetual Calibre 3131 is a self-winding mechanical movement developed by Rolex. Insensitive to magnetic fields, the movement provides up to 10 times precision as compared to traditional movements. Calibre 3131 is equipped with a self-winding module featuring a Perpetual rotor and offers a power reserve of approximately 48 hours and water resistance of 100 metres. Rolex never ceases to amaze and Rolex Air-King is a watch worth aspiring for and treasuring.
8. Rolex Lady Datejust (Ref 178271)
The Lady Datejust is an epitome of feminine grace and diversity. Precious and dainty, the watch sits pretty at 31mm in an oyster case made out of Everose gold and steel. The jubilee bracelet finally makes an appearance in the list. The five-piece link metal bracelet was designed and made especially for the launch of the Oyster Perpetual Datejust in 1945. What’s worth noting is that the Datejust was the first wristwatch to display the date through an aperture on the dial. A few years down the line the addition of the Cyclops lens on the date window made it a Rolex trademark.
The watch is a jewel in itself – Everose Rolesor (a combination of 18 carat Everose gold and 904L steel), mother of pearl dial with diamonds in 18 carat gold settings. Now who can resist that! Coming to the technical front, the Lady-Datejust comes with a superlative chronometer calibre 2235, a self-winding mechanical movement with a power reserve of 48 hours. A sparkling symphony of gems, precious metal and functionality, the watch is the perfect gift for her. You can thank us later!
9. Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II (Ref 116233)
Rolex enthusiasts are ecstatic and that is all thanks to a 2018 version of the ever-so-popular travel watch – the GMT-Master II. The popular ‘Pepsi’ bezel, which was first made popular on the white gold version of the watch back in 2015, has now come with refreshing changes, keeping the most admired features intact. From the metal to the calibre, the new 2018 GMT-Master II is visibly upgraded. The watch is an out-and-out winner as it satisfies the watch connoisseurs who were patiently waiting for a steel version of the watch. The functional watch, deemed perfect for frequent globetrotters, displays two time zones together.
The iconic watch comes with a distinctly recognisable two-toned, red and blue ‘Pepsi’ Cerachrom bezel. The bidirectional rotating bezel has 24 hour markings, which, when combined with a 24-hour hand, show a second time zone. Aesthetically the biggest and most welcome change is the five-link Jubilee bracelet, which makes a debut on the GMT-Master II. While the case retains a 40mm size, the lugs are slimmer and sleek giving it a sportive appeal. The sheen on the bracelet is accentuated as it is brushed and polished. The black dial is fairly similar to the previous model, infused with Chromalight display and blue luminescence.
Technically, the Rolex GMT Master II has become a whole lot more powerful in 2018 as it runs on the new generation solid and precise calibre 3285, which provides a magnanimous 70-hour power reserve. The robust movement ensures ‘high energy efficiency with great dependability’ and is insensitive to magnetic interference.
The Rolex GMT is extremely economical and definitely a first choice for an everyday watch in the high-end spectrum of the watch world.
10. Rolex Yacht-Master (Ref 116655)
Yes, the Yacht-Master is quite a favourite among Rolex lovers. Hence, the second Yacht-Master on the list! This one has some features similar to the aforementioned watch. The 40mm oyster case in Everose gold complemented with the black dial and 18 carat gold hour markers make a suave statement. The 3135 mechanical movement is a master performer.
The USP of the watch is the patented Rolex Oysterflex bracelet that offers a sporty alternative to metal bracelets without compromising robustness, waterproofness or reliability. Presenting the best of both worlds, the strap resembles the look of a rubber strap and offers the resistance of a metal bracelet. The bracelet is also fitted with an 18 carat Everose gold Oysterlock safety clasp in order to resist accidental opening.
Comfortable and suave, this Yacht-Master has swooned millions of hearts. The colour black makes it appropriate for all the important and everyday events of your life.
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