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Rolex Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic M126333-0006 new
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Rolex M126333-0006 Datejust
AED 50,395
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Rolex White gold 12mm Manual winding pre-owned
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Rolex Vintage 1960 18 Karat Gold Double Rope & Knot Bracelet...
AED 13,112
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Rolex Yellow gold 41mm Automatic 218238 pre-owned
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Rolex Day-Date II / President II
AED 326,458
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Rolex Rose gold 40mm Automatic 325881 new UAE, dubai
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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Rose Gold Rainbow Factory Set
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Rolex Rose gold 41mm Automatic 289188 new UAE, dubai
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Rolex Daytona Rose Gold Rainbow Factory
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Rolex Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic 116234 pre-owned
Rolex Datejust 36 Ref. 116234
AED 25,827
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Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 116500LN pre-owned
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN
AED 97,213
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622
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Rolex Steel 34mm Manual winding pre-owned
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Rolex OYSTER DRESS WATCH 6082 1952
AED 10,744
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Rolex Yellow gold 39mm Automatic 18948 pre-owned UAE, Dubai
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Rolex Day-Date
AED 137,858
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115
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Rolex Yellow gold 36mm Automatic 118238 pre-owned UAE, Dubai
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Rolex Day-Date 36
AED 250,000
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Rolex Steel 36mm Automatic 16200 pre-owned
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust
AED 16,116
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288
DE
Rolex Steel 28mm Automatic 279383RBR new
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 28, closing sale - official price 15.800 CHF
AED 41,384
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28
CH
Rolex White gold 36mm Automatic 116139 new
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Rolex Datejust 36mm white gold blue dial crocodile 116139
AED 41,282
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778
BE
Rolex Yellow gold 36mm Automatic 221219 new UAE, dubai
Rolex Day-Date President 18k Yellow Gold 36mm-Brown Diamond...
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Rolex White gold 42mm Automatic 226659 new UAE, Dubai
Rolex Yacht-Master 42
AED 104,705
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Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 16610-Yserial-2004-UNP-BNP pre-owned
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Rolex Unpolished 2004 SS Submariner Date w/ box & papers 16610
AED 32,947
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322
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Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 116520 new
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Rolex Daytona Black Dial NOS 116520
AED 107,235
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622
NL
Rolex Steel 34mm Automatic 14000 pre-owned
Rolex Air-King Stainless Steel 34mm Blue Stick Dial Automatic...
AED 13,857
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86
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Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 116500LN new UAE, Dubai
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Rolex Daytona
AED 91,739
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Rolex Gold/Steel 36mm Quartz 17013 pre-owned
Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz rare MK1 mit neuem Service aus 1979
AED 17,728
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62
DE
Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 116520 pre-owned
Rolex Daytona 116520 Black Dial Stainless Steel Box Partial...
AED 58,047
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94
US
Rolex Steel 41mm Automatic 126300 new
Rolex Datejust 41 Ref. 126300 Edelstahl Rhodium Röm Oyster-Band
AED 29,340
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456
DE
Rolex Rose gold 40mm Automatic 751689 new UAE, dubai
Rolex Rose Gold GMT-Master II - Sapphire Ruby Diamond Bezel -...
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Rolex Yellow gold 44mm Automatic 116688 new
Rolex Yacht-Master II 116688 UNWORN 2019 B&P
AED 135,798
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22
US
Rolex Rose gold Automatic 126231-0025 new
Rolex Datejust 36 - 126231-0025
AED 49,820
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1366
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Rolex White gold 36mm Automatic 18239B pre-owned UAE, Abu Dhabi
Rolex Day-Date 1990 18KT GOLD 36mm Black Computer Diamond Dial
AED 56,099
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117
AE
Rolex Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic 16253 pre-owned
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Rolex Serviced Now 36mm Gold Datejust Turn-O-Graph Oyster...
AED 11,963
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386
ES
Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 16610LV pre-owned UAE
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Rolex Submariner Date
AED 60,824
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Rolex Steel 34mm Automatic 16220 pre-owned
Rolex DateJust 16220 - Mens 1990 - ?R9~MC
AED 14,067
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609
UK
Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 114060 pre-owned
Rolex Submariner 114060 Black Ceramic Stainless Steel Box &...
AED 33,697
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94
US
Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 116610LV new UAE, Dubai
Rolex Submariner Date
AED 57,129
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115
AE
Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 281912 new UAE, dubai
Rolex GMT-Master II Ceramic Black and Blue Bezel Batman
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Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 16550 pre-owned
Rolex Vintage Explorer II White Polar Creamy Patina Transitional
AED 37,274
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84
US
Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 116520 pre-owned
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Rolex Daytona steel P5 series Box & Papers white dial 116520
AED 89,673
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41
BE
Rolex Steel 39mm Automatic 114300 pre-owned UAE, Abu Dhabi
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 STEEL 2016 Automatic Purple Red Grape
AED 17,982
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117
AE
Rolex Yellow gold Automatic Rolex Champagne Dial 18K Yellow Gold Datejust Diamond pre-owned UAE, DUBAI
Rolex Datejust
AED 49,247
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Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 16610LV new UAE, Abu Dhabi
Rolex Submariner Kermit Green 50th Anniversary Steel 16610 LV...
AED 57,691
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Rolex 34mm Manual winding pre-owned
Rolex OysterDate 6694 Silver Dial Manual WInd Vintage 1980's...
AED 8,972
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31
US
Rolex Yellow gold 36mm Automatic 18038 pre-owned
Rolex President Day Date 18038 18k Yellow Gold Champagne Dial...
AED 41,189
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94
US
Rolex Platinum 39mm Automatic 18946 pre-owned UAE, Dubai
Rolex Day-Date
AED 153,592
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115
AE
Rolex White gold 42mm Automatic 169841 new UAE, dubai
Rolex GMT-Master II Ceramic Blue and Red Pepsi White Gold Blue...
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Rolex Steel 36mm Automatic 126231 pre-owned UAE, Dubai
Rolex Datejust Dark Rhodium Dial 36mm Steel & Rose Gold
AED 32,640
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34
AE
Rolex Rose gold 39mm Automatic 50605 new
Rolex Cellini 18k Rose Gold Automatic Men's Watch 50605
AED 54,282
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55
US
Rolex Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic 126333 pre-owned UAE, Abu Dhabi
Rolex Datejust II 41mm Automatic STEEL GOLD FACTORY DIAMOND BLACK
AED 43,643
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117
AE
Rolex Steel Automatic Rolex Champagne 18K Yellow Gold and Stainless Steel Datejust pre-owned UAE, DUBAI
Rolex Datejust
AED 22,323
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AE
Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 116622 pre-owned UAE, Dubai
Rolex Yacht-Master 40
AED 34,090
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AE
Rolex Yellow gold 36mm Automatic 68628 pre-owned
Rolex Yacht Master 68628- Mens 1995 - 98QTL~
AED 44,596
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609
UK
Rolex Yellow gold 36mm Automatic 18248 Excellent Condition pre-owned
Rolex President Day Date Double Quick 18248 18k Yellow Gold...
AED 46,808
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94
US
Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 126710BLRO new UAE, Dubai
Rolex GMT-Master II
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115
AE
Rolex Gold/Steel 42mm Automatic 477771 new UAE, dubai
Rolex Submariner Blue dial Steel and Gold Bracelet
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Rolex Yellow gold 29mm Automatic 169628 pre-owned
Rolex Yacht-master 169628 Womens Automatic Watch Blue Dial 18k...
AED 43,077
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92
US
Rolex Yellow gold 36mm Automatic 18238 pre-owned
Rolex Day-Date (W Serial) 18k Yellow Gold Automatic Men's...
AED 73,013
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55
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Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic Submariner pre-owned UAE, Abu Dhabi
Rolex Submariner Diamond Dial
AED 37,274
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117
AE
Rolex Steel Automatic pre-owned UAE, DUBAI
Rolex 69160
AED 13,276
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Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 1675 pre-owned UAE, Dubai
Rolex Vintage GMT-Master Pepsi Jubilee - Full Set
AED 98,760
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Rolex White gold 36mm Automatic 116139 pre-owned UAE, DUBAI
Rolex Datejust
AED 52,446
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Rolex Gold/Steel 34mm Automatic 6564 pre-owned
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 6564 Stainless Steel & 14k Yellow Gold
AED 12,718
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94
US
Rolex Rose gold 40mm Automatic 228235 new UAE, Dubai
Rolex Day-Date 40
AED 132,988
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115
AE
Rolex Steel 44mm Automatic 855898 pre-owned UAE, dubai
Rolex Yacht-Master II Steel 18K Rose Gold
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Rolex Rose gold 28mm Automatic 279135RBR chorp new
Rolex Pink Gold - Diamond Bezel - President
AED 113,040
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58
US
Rolex 26mm Automatic 69173 pre-owned
Rolex Datejust 2-tone Steel & Gold Ladies Watch 69173
AED 12,550
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125
US
Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 16610LV pre-owned UAE, Abu Dhabi
Rolex Submariner Date 2007 STEEL Automatic Date Green Bezel Black
AED 56,192
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117
AE
Rolex Steel Automatic Rolex Black Stainless Steel Oyster Perpetual pre-owned UAE, DUBAI
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
AED 13,284
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Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 116900 pre-owned UAE, ajman
Rolex Air King
AED 21,282
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Rolex: World-Renowned Luxury and Precision

Rolex has been the world's quintessential luxury watchmaker for over 100 years. The timepieces from this independent Swiss manufacturer are visually in a class of their own and synonymous with top performance, prestige, and precision.

Highlights: Luxury Watches from Rolex

  • Most famous luxury watch manufacturer in the world
  • High quality in-house calibers
  • First choice of celebrities, CEOs, and heads of state
  • Outstanding value – suitable as an investment
  • Legendary models: Submariner, Daytona, Explorer
  • Rolex Submariner

    Rolex Submariner

  • Rolex Daytona

    Rolex Daytona

  • Rolex Day Date

    Rolex Day Date

  • Rolex Datejust

    Rolex Datejust

  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual

    Rolex Oyster Perpetual

Rolex: A Status Symbol Since 1905

Rolex watches are icons of luxury like a Porsche, Chanel dress, or Louis Vuitton bag. The secret to this manufacturer's success lies in their consistency: The design of the Rolex Oyster series has barely changed over the decades. Improvements to minute details are often only noticeable upon second glance. This strategy has allowed the watches to become classics, making them easily recognizable and raising their collector's value. These watches retain their value in large part due to this timeless and consistent design. The situation is similar for other well-known Rolex models such as the Daytona, Day-Date, Datejust, and Submariner.

Rumor has it that the Geneva-based manufacturer sells approximately one million watches each year, meaning they turn over almost two and a half billion USD. They also introduce more gold into circulation than any other watch manufacturer.

Rolex's reputation is also supported by the fact that they've remained independent and their watches are almost fully crafted in-house. Many other well-known watch manufacturers belong to large concerns. Another secret to their success is their discreet company policy: Tours of their factory workshop are rare, the CEOs seldom give interviews, and their annual profits are kept private.

  • Rolex Day Date 18038

    Rolex Day Date 18038

  • Rolex Daytona Paul Newman

    Rolex Daytona Paul Newman

Record Setters: Up to 17.75 Million USD

If you view luxury watches as an investment, Rolex is the right brand for you. The Genevan manufacturer sits as the pinnacle of the Swiss luxury watch industry and embodies power and prestige like no other manufacturer. A Rolex is a safe bet. Well-kept models only increase in value over time. Rare, vintage models go for five, six, or even seven figures at auction. In 2017, Paul Newman's own Daytona sold for a record price of 17.75 million USD, or about 15.3 million EUR, at an auction in New York. Even though it was not in the best condition, it is still one of the most important collector's watches from the last century.

How much does a Rolex cost?

Model Reference number Price (approx.) Type
Day-Date Ref. 228238 29,000 USD Sporty dress watch
Daytona Ref. 116500LN 20,500 USD Chronograph
Cellini Date Ref. 50515 15,500 USD Dress watch
Sea-Dweller Ref. 126600 14,700 USD Diving watch
GMT-Master II Ref. 116710BLNR 10,700 USD GMT watch
Submariner Date Ref. 116610LN 9,300 USD Diving watch
Submariner Ref. 114060 7,900 USD Diving watch
Milgauss Ref. 116400GV 7,800 USD Anti-magnetic tool watch
Datejust Ref. 12630 7,300 USD Sporty dress watch
Air-King Ref. 116900 6,500 USD Pilot's watch
Explorer Ref. 214270 6,400 USD Tool watch
Oyster Perpetual 39 Ref. 114300 5,400 USD Sports watch

How much does a Rolex Submariner cost?

The Rolex Submariner ref. 114060 is one of the most famous watches in the world. The three-hand model without a date display costs around 7,900 USD in mint condition. Pre-owned pieces cost about 500 USD less. A never-worn Submariner Date with a date display and the reference number 116610LN comes in at around 9,300 USD. Pre-owned models cost about 8,600 USD. The "Red Sub" with the reference number 1680 is a highly-coveted vintage Submariner and demands prices of about 18,500 USD pre-owned. The COMEX Version, developed by Rolex for the French company Compagnie martitime d'expertises, is also sought-after. Prices for this model often reach sums of 37,000 USD.

Watch collectors aren't just enamored with vintage Rolexes, but also with the green Submariner models known as "Hulk" and "Kermit". The Hulk ref. 116610LV has a green bezel and green dial. It costs about 11,100 USD in mint condition and about 10,200 USD pre-owned. Only the bezel is green on the Kermit with the reference number 16610LV . The dial is black, which is in line with the standard Submariner dials. Set aside around 16,000 USD for a never-worn Kermit model. Pre-owned watches are markedly more affordable at about 11,000 USD, though this is still more expensive than the stainless steel Submariner Date with a black bezel.

Is the Rolex Daytona a good investment?

The stainless steel Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is one of the best investments you could make in the watch sector. Released in 2016, the model with the reference number 116500LN is so popular among watch fans that long wait times are par for the course when purchasing from offline retailers. Purchasing online is faster, though it is also more expensive. The official list price is 14,000 USD, whereas a never-worn stainless steel Daytona on Chrono24 demands around 20,500 USD. Pre-owned models are only slightly less expensive, making them a solid investment. The ref. 116500LN has a black Cerachrom ceramic bezel. Thanks to its use of the in-house caliber 4130, it also boasts a 72-hour power reserve.

Its predecessor ( ref. 116520) has a stainless steel bezel and is powered by the same in-house 4130 movement. Before the introduction of the new Daytona in 2016, it officially cost 13,500 USD. Only a few years after its production ended, this sports watch with a stopwatch function was already selling for 15,400 USD pre-owned. If you are looking for a never-worn model, plan to spend over 19,100 USD.

Prices for Vintage and Gold Daytonas

The model released in 1988 is also highly sought-after. It is powered by the caliber 4030, based on the Zenith El Primero. The price for a pre-owned Rolex Cosmograph Daytona with the reference number 16520 comes in at almost 23,400 USD. The so-called "Paul Newman" Daytona is especially rare. The only difference to other Daytonas from the 1960s and 1970s is the dial. In terms of technology, watches from this time period are all identical. You will need to have at least 123,400 USD on hand for a Paul Newman Daytona. If you're not particularly interested in the famous dial, you can get a Daytona from the 1960s starting at 55,500 USD.

Models with 18-karat yellow, white, or rose gold — also called Everose gold by Rolex — (ref. 116508) are generally more expensive than the stainless steel models due to their material value. That being said, they are significantly more affordable online than their list price. The official list price is around 42,500 USD, but you can get a mint-condition gold Rolex Daytona on Chrono24 for as little as 30,200 USD. The bicolor models in stainless steel and gold are a bit of an insider's tip. You can find pre-owned watches with the reference number 116503 starting at 14,700 USD, while those in mint condition cost around 15,800 USD. Older versions from the 1990s can even be purchased for under 11,200 USD.

What are the prices for a Rolex Sea-Dweller?

Anyone who bought a Rolex Sea-Dweller in the last few years can look forward to appreciating prices. This is due to the fact that certain reference numbers are no longer in production, thus making them harder to find. The ref. 16600 was manufactured for a relatively long period of time, from 1988 to 2008. It was then replaced by the much larger 44-mm Sea-Dweller Deepsea.

Over the last 10 years, prices for a ref. 16600 have consistently increased. A pre-owned model that demanded 4,900 USD in 2008 now goes for around 7,800 USD. New watches are even rarer and therefore cost about 11,500 USD. The Deepsea with the reference number 116660 is water resistant to 3,900 m (390 bar, 12,795 ft) and has a list price of 13,600 USD. However, the same watch only costs around 12,700 USD online. Even though this is less than the official list price, its value has still skyrocketed in the last five years.

In 2014, Rolex released yet another 40-mm model with the ref. 116600. It was only in production for three years before it was replaced by the 43-mm 50th anniversary model with the ref. 126600 in 2017. This resulted in an abrupt spike in prices for the former model. Never-worn models that had cost 10,500 USD prior to Baselworld 2017, quickly rose in price to around 13,200 USD in October 2017. The most recent Sea-Dweller now features the Cyclops lens over the date display, a characteristic of the Submariner, and costs almost 14,700 USD in mint condition. If you'd rather buy your watch online to avoid the long wait times in offline retailers, be prepared to spend a good 1,800 USD more.

Information on Buying Your Rolex Watch

  • Retains and possibly increases in value
  • Top investments: Rolex Daytona in stainless steel, Rolex Sea-Dweller ref. 116600
  • Five to six-figure asking prices for rare models (e.g., "Red Sub", "COMEX" Submariner, Paul Newman Daytona)
  • A more affordable Rolex watch: Oyster Perpetual starting at 5,400 USD

Rolex Oyster: Top Performance Under Extreme Conditions

A Rolex is more than just a piece of jewelry on your wrist. These watches represent a long tradition of technical developments. The history of this unique watch manufacturer reads more like an encyclopedia of horology. The original Oyster model was introduced in 1926 and was the world's first water-resistant and dustproof wristwatch. It remains the ultimate classic to this day.

The watch is water resistant thanks to a hermetically sealed case, screw-down crown, and synthetic watch glass that fits firmly in the case. To prove its water resistance, the manufacturer decided to display the Oyster ticking away in a fishbowl filled with goldfish. In 1927, another marketing opportunity presented itself: British swimmer Mercedes Gleitze swam for more than 10 hours through the English Channel with an Oyster. Although she failed to complete her swim, the watch survived.

Surviving the Mariana Trench: Water Resistant to 39,370 ft

On January 23rd, 1960, the deep-diving bathyscaphe Trieste reached the bottom of the Challenger Deep with a special passenger on board: Rolex's Deep Sea Special . The watch had been specially designed for the dive and was attached to the outside of the bathyscaphe. It handled the extreme conditions of the ocean floor impressively well, functioning perfectly even at a depth of 10,916 meters (35,814 ft) . This proved the Swiss watch manufacturer's capabilities. Rolex repeated this test in 2012, attaching the experimental Rolex Deepsea Challenge diving watch to the robotic arm of the Deepsea Challenger. It reached a depth of 10,908 meters (35,787 ft). This watch is water resistant up to 12,000 meters (39,370 ft) and can withstand up to 1,500 bar of pressure.

A Pioneer Among Diving Watches: the Rolex Submariner

Rolex's watch designers had already expressed their passion for the sea in 1953. That year, the company presented one of the first diving watches, the highly sought-after Submariner. The original watch, nicknamed "the diver's friend," was water resistant to 100 meters (328 ft) thanks to its Twinlock crown. It featured a black matte dial and a bi-directional rotating bezel. The bezel allowed divers to time their dives to the minute. At the time, Rolex was a pioneer in the field of diving watches, as recreational diving wasn't yet widespread.

Former Rolex director René-Paul Jeanneret was an avid recreational diver and gave valuable input regarding the design of the hands, dial, and case. The watch survived various tests and a total of 132 dives. Supposedly, the watch was even dropped from a height of two meters onto a concrete dock. The watch still functioned; the drop only caused a piece of the luminous material to fall off one of the hands. The successor to the first Submariner was water resistant to 200 meters (656 ft) and was made the official watch of the English, Canadian, and Australian marines.

Another milestone in Rolex's history occurred in the same year that the Submariner was introduced. Mountain climbers Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay struggled over rubble and ice to reach the top of Mt. Everest at a height of 8,848 meters (29,029 ft). According to reports, both climbers wore the Oyster Perpetual. Whether they had them on at the top or not is disputed. However, Rolex was one of the official sponsors of this Everest expedition led by Colonel Sir John Hunt. The manufacturer presented the Oyster Perpetual Explorer in 1953 in celebration of the undertaking and to honor the summiteers.

For Race Drivers and Actors: the Rolex Daytona

The Rolex Daytona quickly established itself as one of the manufacturer's most sought-after and successful automatic watches. However, the sports chronograph was a slow seller at the beginning of its career in the early 1960s. Actor and car racer Paul Newman and Formula One racing driver Jackie Stewart both helped transform the watch into an icon in no time at all. Versions with a contrasting second subdial received the nickname "Paul Newman" in the 1980s and are considered particularly valuable collector's items. The watch's name comes from the legendary Daytona Beach circuit in Florida. The city is the capital of record-breaking speeds: Between 1904 and 1935, 14 speed records were recorded there. Five of them were made by Sir Malcolm Campbell, who wore a Rolex on his wrist.

Overview: Rolex Models

  • Air-King
  • Cellini Time, Cellini Date, Cellini Dual Time, and Cellini Moonphase
  • Cosmograph Daytona
  • Datejust, Datejust II, and Datejust 41
  • Day-Date
  • Explorer and Explorer II
  • GMT-Master and GMT-Master II
  • Lady-Datejust
  • Milgauss
  • Oyster Perpetual
  • Pearlmaster
  • Sea-Dweller, Sea-Dweller 4000, and Sea-Dweller Deepsea
  • Sky-Dweller
  • Submariner and Submariner Date
  • Yacht-Master and Yacht-Master II

A Unique Story: the Five-Point Crown

The history of this watch manufacturer began back in 1905. Hans Wilsdorf, a German, founded the watch wholesaler Wilsdorf & Davis in London together with Alfred Davis. Davis oversaw the production of watch cases, while Wilsdorf obtained the necessary movements from the Biel-based company Aegler. In 1908, they trademarked the name Rolex. The catchy name most likely comes from "rolling export," but there is no solid proof of this. Gradually, the company began to add their name to the dials — an unusual practice at the time. Instead, it was customary to only include the retailer's name on the dial, if anything at all. The short brand name allowed enough space for the name of the retailer, enabling Wilsdorf to bring more watches bearing their own company name into circulation. It would be 19 years before Rolex was the sole writing found on the dials, cases, and movements.

The five-point crown became a symbol of the brand in 1925. The story behind the development of the logo remains a secret. Experts suspect that the five-pointed crown stands for the five fingers of a watchmaker or the letters in Rolex. The crown logo and the name Rolex have appeared on every dial, crown, and clasp since 1939.

Revolutionaries Che Guevara and Fidel Castro also recognized and appreciated the qualities of Rolex. It's not known whether the robustness of the watch helped the Cuban Revolution of 1959, but Che and Fidel certainly contributed to the brand's myth. No other watch manufacturer has managed to appeal to such a wide variety of customers as Rolex. These range from the Dalai Lama to television host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres.

Certified Precision Since 1910

Rolex calibers made in-house are considered to be especially precise. Each watch comes with a certificate from the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). The COSC measures the precision of a movement in five different positions and three different temperatures based on a standardized testing method. The entire testing process lasts 15 days. In addition to the COSC tests, Rolex tests all of their watches in-house once the movement is in its case. A watch can only pass their test if it has a maximum deviation of +/- 2 seconds per day .

Rolex founder Wilsdorf also valued precision back at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1910, he sent a watch to a local watchmaking school in Biel so it could be evaluated. The movement was subjected to a 14-day test, which it passed. At the end of this two-week procedure, the testers issued the world's first wristwatch chronometer certificate and sent it to London.

The next sensation followed only four years later: Wilsdorf sent an Aegler movement to the National Physical Laboratory in London. The caliber passed their tests with flying colors. It was subjected to three different temperature conditions and five different positions: crown facing up, left, and right, and dial face down and face up. After 45 days, the watch, with its golden case and blue enamel bezel, was named the first wristwatch in history to receive a class A certification. This type of certification was previously only awarded to larger watches, such as navy chronometers.

Rolex's Robust Automatic Watches

By the beginning of the 1950s, Rolex had proven that robust movements and watch cases were part of their repertoire. An impressive example of this is the Milgauss from 1956. Like its name suggests, it can withstand magnetic fields up to 1,000 gauss. Its name is a combination of the abbreviation for the French word for a thousand, "mille," and the last name of the German physicist Carl Friedrich Gauss. The European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) officially confirmed this resistance on August 10th, 1970. Thanks to the automatic caliber 1065 M, with its soft iron inner case and other anti-magnetic components, the watch functioned well despite the presence of magnetic fields. The watch was a blessing for engineers, power plant operators, and many others who worked in close contact with magnetic fields. This highly coveted collector's watch features green shimmering sapphire glass, a red triangle on the bezel, and a distinctive lightning bolt-shaped second hand.

Rolex's Social Commitment

Whoever buys a Rolex is simultaneously doing a good deed. Wilsdorf never had any children of his own, and after his wife's death, he left all of his Rolex shares to the newly established Hans Wilsdorf Foundation. The foundation belongs to Rolex and receives a large part of their annual profits. This money is used to support social initiatives, environmental protection programs, and scientific, artistic, and cultural projects.

The Perfect Combination of Financial Investment, Prestige, and Technology

Whether new or vintage, whenever you buy a Rolex, you're buying more than just a watch. Rolex has been the undisputed number one in the world of luxury watches for decades and is among the most well-known brands. Rolex stands for top quality Swiss watchmaking, harmonious designs, and stable value – qualities that are highly valued in the watchmaking scene. Rolex has something for everyone's taste. Platinum, 18-karat solid gold, and an aesthetic design represent the prestige embodied by Rolex. The stainless steel models are perfect for those searching for robustness, simple functionality, and a companion for years to come.

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