The Best Rolex Watches
Rolex is the world’s largest high-end watch brand, famous for creating some of the most iconic watch models, such as the Rolex Datejust and Daytona.
Originally founded in London in 1905 by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis, Rolex are a luxury Swiss watchmaker that do not need an introduction. An iconic name in the watch making industry, Rolex has stood the test of time. With their unique designs using the finest raw materials, pre-owned Rolex watches are a worthy investment guaranteed to last you a lifetime. Each model has a rich and unique history, and we have delved into the heritage of Rolex to compile a list of the very best Rolex watches.
One of the most recognisable Rolex watches, launched in 1945 to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary, the Datejust gives a modern nod to the classic watch. Featuring the traditional Rolex self-winding feature, the Datejust is available with two luxury classic Rolex bracelets: the Jubilee and the Oyster.
As one of the most iconic Rolex watches, the Datejust has featured in pop culture films, such as Lost in Translation, and has adorned the wrists of the likes of Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, and Winston Churchill.
Best for: modern fans of the classic watch
2. Rolex Daytona
Launched in 1963 and originally designed for pro racing drivers, the Rolex Daytona is an impressive sports watch that can measure speeds of up to 300 mph. The Daytona’s features are an integral asset to any motorsport enthusiast, with details such as the manual winding mechanism, which is essential to allow for the increased winds experienced in motor sports.
Best for: racing car drivers and enthusiasts
3. Rolex Yacht-Master
Introduced in 1992 and designed specifically for yachting competitions, the Rolex Yacht-Master embodies the spirit of the sailor with its revered waterproof features. The casual yet high-end blend of style and functionality allows the Yacht-Master to feel at home in a number of settings, from sailing the open sea to lounging on the land at an exclusive yachting club.
Best for: those who feel most at home on the waves
4. Rolex Submariner
A specialised sports watch designed for diving, the Rolex Submariner launched in 1953, popular with divers due to its waterproofing feature of up to a generous 300m, alongside a unique triplock system to allow for further waterproofing.
The impressive features of the Submariner allowed French diving company COMEX to issue the Rolex Submariner as standard to all of their saturation divers in the late 60s. Not just for divers, James Bond propelled the Submariner out of the water and into the world of film as an iconic feature of the James Bond series.
Notably, this iconic design has also famously been worn by Adam Levine, Sharon Stone, and Steve McQueen.
Best for: divers and James Bond superfans
5. Rolex GMT-Master
The Rolex GMT-Master came from unique beginnings, launching in 1954 as a collaboration between Rolex and Pan American Airways, designed for their pilots and navigators.
Displaying different time zones is what makes the GMT-Master the perfect watch for pilots or those who are always on-the-go. Originally designed in stainless steel for functional workwear, the GMT-Master was later upgraded with optional luxury versions available in a steel-gold mix or pure gold for a more high-end feel.
Best for: professionals
6. Rolex Milgauss
The first of its kind, the Rolex Milgauss was launched in 1956 and created with scientists in mind. Rolex noted that ordinary mechanical watches were affected by magnetic fields of 50-100 gauss and aimed to further the strength of watches against magnetic fields specifically for the use of scientists. Thus, Milgauss was born, revolutionising the industry.
Milgauss’ unique name comes from ‘mille’, the French word for one thousand, to cement the unique Rolex stamp into the science field.
Best for: scientists
There really is a Rolex for everyone, whether you are looking for an iconic classic timepiece or more of a specialised sports watch. Rolex are renowned for quality, making pre-owned Rolex watches a staple in any professional’s wardrobe.