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Rolex Gold/Steel 31mm Automatic 6748 pre-owned
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31mm Ref.6748 Steel/gold 14k
1 799 
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184
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Rolex Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic 116523 pre-owned
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Rolex Daytona Blu Racing Ref.116523 Box&paper
12 999 
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184
IT
Rolex Gold/Steel 43mm Automatic 126603 new
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Rolex Sea-Dweller 43mm Gold/Stahl 126603 2019 EU
16 500 
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Rolex Yellow gold 36mm Automatic 118348 new
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Rolex Day-Date 118348 - Diamond Bezel & Dial - Unworn 2018
39 191 
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85
UK
Rolex Steel 41mm Automatic 116334 pre-owned
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Rolex 41mm Stainless Steel Datejust II Watch #116334 White Dial
8 101 
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9
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Rolex White gold 26mm Automatic 69179BIC pre-owned
Rolex ロレックス ROLEX 時計 K18WG無垢 純正ダイヤ デイトジャスト 69179BIC トリドール E番...
9 368 
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8
JP
Rolex Steel 31mm Automatic Datejust new
Rolex Datejust 31mm Stainless Steel 178274 Rhodium Roman Jubilee
6 889 
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411
US
Rolex 40mm Automatic 116610 LV pre-owned
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Rolex 2012 Rolex Submariner Date Hulk 116610 LV Black Custom...
11 553 
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287
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Rolex Yellow gold 26mm Automatic 6917 SERVICE 09.2018 pre-owned
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Rolex Lady Date Datejust Gold Gelbgold Automatic Service 09/2018
2 490 
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373
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Rolex 24mm Manual winding 1866 pre-owned
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Rolex Cellini 18k (0,750) Gelbgold Handaufzug Damenuhr Ref. 1866
1 860 
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1805
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Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 116710BLNR new Finland, Espoo
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Rolex GMT-Master II
15 900 
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Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 116520 pre-owned
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Rolex Daytona 116520 New Service Top Condition No Stretch
14 699 
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174
DE
Rolex Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic 6917 pre-owned
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Rolex Lady-Datejust Silver Diamond Dial Lugs Bezel 26mm Watch
3 574 
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11
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Rolex Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic 116333 pre-owned
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Rolex 41mm 18k Yellow Gold and Stainless Steel Datejust II Watch
11 236 
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9
US
Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 14060 pre-owned
Rolex Submariner 14060 Watch with Stainless Steel Bracelet and...
7 121 
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403
US
Rolex Steel 41mm Automatic 126334 new
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Rolex Datejust 41 Jubilee ''NEW 2019'' Ref. 126334
11 900 
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251
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Rolex Steel 42mm Automatic 326934 new
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Rolex Sky-Dweller White 326934 New Full Stickers
15 750 
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341
ES
Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 116520 new
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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116520 Black Venom - Rainbow -...
25 235 
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28
IT
Rolex Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic 69173 pre-owned
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Rolex Lady Datejust Stahl / Gold Automatik Damenuhr Ref. 69173
2 760 
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1805
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Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 116520 pre-owned Finland, Kauniainen
Rolex Daytona
16 900 
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Rolex Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic 116334 pre-owned
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Rolex Datejust 41, factory Diamond Dial, perfect condition,
8 499 
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174
DE
Rolex Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic 69173 pre-owned
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Rolex Lady-Datejust White MOP Diamond Dial Diamond Bezel-QUIC...
3 696 
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11
US
Rolex Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic 16613 pre-owned
Rolex Submariner Date, Bi-Metal Blue, 2006 16613
8 497 
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129
UK
Rolex Yellow gold 36mm Quartz 19018 pre-owned
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Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz quadrante brillanti
10 300 
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30
IT
Rolex Steel 31mm 178240 sro new
Rolex Domed Bezel - Oyster Bracelet
5 729 
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58
US
Rolex Steel 44mm Automatic 126660-0001 new
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 44mm black new 126660 unworn
Price on request
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132
FR
Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 116520 new
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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116520 Black Venom - Limited edition...
23 175 
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28
IT
Rolex Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic 6917 pre-owned
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Rolex Lady Date Stahl / Gold Automatik Damenuhr Ref. 6917
2 650 
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1805
DE
Rolex Steel 34mm Manual winding 6426 new Finland, Tampere
Rolex Oyster Precision
2 700 
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FI
Rolex Steel 41mm Automatic 116300 pre-owned
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Rolex Datejust II New Service Silver Blue Arabic Dial
5 599 
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174
DE
Rolex Automatic Lady-Datejust pre-owned
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Rolex Lady Datejust White MOP Diamond Dial Diamond Bezel
3 694 
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11
US
Rolex Steel 36mm Automatic 6610 pre-owned Finland, HELSINKI
Rolex Explorer 36mm 6610 1956 Box/Papers
13 900 
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93
FI
Rolex Steel 40,00mm Automatic 16520 pre-owned
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Rolex Daytona Zenith Inverted 6 Black MK4 Dial Serial E
22 500 
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90
IT
Rolex Steel 36mm 116200 ssj new
Rolex Domed Bezel - Jubilee Bracelet
6 196 
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58
US
Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 116710BLNR new
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Rolex GMT-Master II BLNR BATMAN PELLICOLELLICOLE
15 900 
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11
IT
Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 116710 new
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116710 Black Venom - joker - Limited...
15 347 
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28
IT
Rolex Gold/Steel 25mm Automatic 6719 pre-owned
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Stahl / Weissgold Automatik Damenuhr...
2 360 
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1805
DE
Rolex Steel 34mm Manual winding 6694 pre-owned Finland, Tampere
Rolex Oyster Precision
2 000 
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FI
Rolex Steel 41mm Automatic 116300 pre-owned
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Rolex Datejust II New Service Perfect Condition blue roman dial
5 649 
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174
DE
Rolex Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic 16013 pre-owned
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Rolex Datejust White MOP Diamond Dial Diamond Bezel 36mm-Quick
4 900 
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11
US
Rolex Yellow gold 40mm Automatic 116518 pre-owned Finland, HELSINKI
Rolex Daytona 18k 40mm 2005 116518
16 800 
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93
FI
Rolex Steel 44mm Automatic 116660 pre-owned
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Rolex Sea-dweller Full Set Like New Deepsea D Blue
12 700 
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112
IT
Rolex Steel 36mm 116234 bljdj new
Rolex Datejust 36mm - Steel Fluted Bezel - Jubilee Bracelet
8 972 
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58
US
Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 16750 pre-owned
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Rolex GMT-Master
12 900 
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ES
Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 116900 new
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Rolex Air-King 116900 Black Venom - Limited Edition /35
9 167 
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28
IT
Rolex Steel 25mm Automatic 76080 pre-owned
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual No Date Stahl Automatik Damenuhr 76080
2 560 
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1805
DE
Rolex Steel Manual winding Rolex oyster precision pre-owned
Rolex Oyster pre ovetto pre bubble acciaio steel
1 480 
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17
IT
Rolex Steel 36mm Automatic 16234 pre-owned
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Rolex Datejust Champanger, perfect condition, no holes
3 999 
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174
DE
Rolex Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic 6917 pre-owned
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Rolex Lady-Datejust White MOP Diamond Dial Diamond Bezel 26mm
3 306 
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11
US
Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 1675 pre-owned Finland, HELSINKI
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Cornino PCG 1960
17 900 
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93
FI
Rolex Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic 16013 pre-owned Finland, Espoo
Rolex Datejust
4 500 
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FI
Rolex Steel 36mm 116234 brwdao new
Rolex Datejust 36mm - Steel Fluted Bezel - Oyster Bracelet
9 380 
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58
US
Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 116710BLNR pre-owned
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Rolex GMT-Master II
15 800 
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ES
Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 116520 new
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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116520 Black Venom - Green & Gold -...
23 175 
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28
IT
Rolex Gold/Steel 34mm Automatic 15505 pre-owned
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Rolex Oyster Date Automatik Herrenuhr Ref. 15505 Seltener...
3 460 
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1805
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Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 16570 new
Rolex New Explorer II 16570 40mm Automatic Steel White...
12 590 
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34
US
Rolex White gold 40mm 116519LN new
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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116519ln New 2019
28 900 
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112
IT
Rolex Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic 69173 pre-owned
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Rolex Lady-Datejust Purple Vignette Diamond Dial/Bezel 26mm-Quick
4 068 
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11
US
Rolex Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic 1625 pre-owned Finland, HELSINKI
Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph 1973 Black Dial Rose Gold RARE
4 990 
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93
FI
Rolex Steel 39mm Automatic 114300 pre-owned
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Red Grape Stahl Automatik Armband...
5 095 
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1142
DE
Rolex Steel 42mm 216570 bk new
Rolex Explorer Explorer II
8 785 
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58
US
Rolex Steel 34mm Automatic 114210 pre-owned
Rolex Air King 114210 - Gents 2007 / 2008 - ?~YMP#
3 694 
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576
UK
Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 116710 new
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116710 Black Venom - Limited Edition /10
18 437 
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28
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Rolex 24.5mm Quartz 6229 pre-owned
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Rolex Cellini 18k Weissgold Gold Damenuhr Lady Ref. 6229...
2 380 
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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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