When thinking about buying a watch, many people would go for Rolex. The question is, however, which Rolex watch to buy, especially if this is your first Rolex purchase. There are other considerations, such as the best Rolex to buy for investment.
There are lots of models to choose from, and having so many choices can make it confusing. Here is a comparison between a few of the more popular models, hoping to bring you one step closer to reaching the big decision.
Sports vs. Dress watches
Historically speaking, you wouldn’t wear a sports watch with a tuxedo. That all went out the window when James Bond flashed a Rolex Submariner at a high-profile black-tie event. As their names suggest, the main difference between a sports and a dress watch is that the former is designed to look ruggedly at home at sports events and other casual occasions, whereas the latter is considered a bit more formal.
Sports watches generally have a larger case and bracelet or strap, while dress watches are generally smaller and thinner, probably to be easier to slip underneath the shirt cuffs.
Additionally, dress watches often have few complications, while sports watches will normally have some complications such as the chronograph, timer, stopwatch and time zone.
Sports Rolex watches
Rolex sports watches as now considered just as versatile as dress watches. The extra functions make monitoring physical activities and sporting events easier to manage. Many of them are built to be diver’s watches. Because they hold up in challenging conditions, they are popular with dynamic individuals from Maine to Florida, Montana to Texas, and Boston to San Diego. You can wear them with any variety of active wear such as hiking gear, wet suits, tennis togs, or just jeans. Let’s check out the crowning jewels in the Rolex sports watch selection.
Rolex Submariner is considered the original James Bond watch, and nothing screams tough manly style as loudly as Bond. James Bond. The universally loved character penned by Ian Fleming is often thought of as ‘’the Rolex man,’’ and his sophisticated yet rugged look is what many men around the world try to emulate.
For many Rolex sports watch lovers, the basic stainless steel Submariner with black dial and bezel is the go-to choice. It makes a masculine statement whether paired with a casual T-shirt or a smart tux. You just need some of the good ol’ Bond charm to pull it off.
Due in part to its 300 meters water resistance, unidirectional ratcheting dive bezel, and fliplock buckle, the Submariner is also one of the most sought-after dive watches.
The Submariner is a wristwatch coveted by many, so you are unlikely to be the only one wearing it at various gatherings. If you crave exclusivity, the Submariner may not be your ideal choice, although it will definitely give you that virile look.
Rolex GMT-Master II
The GMT-Master was created with flying in mind, having resulted from collaboration with Pan American Airway for crews to wear on long flights. Its 24-hour hand and bezel allow a second time zone to be tracked separately from the standard 12-hour hand. The newer model called the GMT-Master II comes with a quickset hour hand, making it easy to change time zones on the fly. The case and bracelet are the same tough stainless steel as in the Submariner, to stand up to whatever inclement weather lies along your path.
Newest innovations include the Cerachrom bezel, made of extremely durable ceramic that is virtually scratchproof, fade-resistant, and uniquely lustrous.
Dress Rolex watches
Although Rolex is well known for its sports watches, nothing combines a good name with classic style like Rolex dress watches. Their sleeker profile but iconic design will truly suit the style of a contemporary buyer. Vintage models are real testaments to the timeless appeal of Rolex watches.
The Datejust marked a significant first in the watchmaking industry. Namely, it was the first wristwatch with an automatically changing date function. It was worn by two US presidents while in office, and it was also the choice of the infamous Patrick Bateman in the movie American Psycho, known for its insatiable craving for all things fashionable.
Available in various precious metals, with a Jubilee or Oyster bracelet, several variations of bezel designs, and countless dial colors, there is truly a Datejust to suit almost every palette. Or take the glamor up a notch by adding a diamond dial and bezel.
Classic yet very modern in size, the Rolex Cellini line shows a more luxurious side to Rolex. For watch lovers who crave a dressier style timepiece, the Cellini may be just the thing. With date, dual time, or even moonphase functions, the Cellini is anything but ordinary. Cellini has a unique appeal and attracts lovers of classic and modern wristwatches alike.
Browse the ultimate collection of premier pre-owned Rolex watches
Whatever style you prefer, buying a pre-owned Rolex is always a great idea. These exquisite wristwatches stand the test of time in terms of the movement and craftsmanship, which not all brands can boast. Built to last a lifetime, and expertly reconditioned by our CW21-certified watchmaker using original Rolex parts, a pre-owned Rolex watch gives you the same prestige as a new watch but at a much better price. At Leo’s, our modern pre-owned reconditioned Rolex watches look just like new! Only you will know that you didn’t pay the full price.
The best way to decide which Rolex watch suits your personal style is to come in and try them on. Don’t waste another minute – your first (or fifth) Rolex awaits you at Leo Hamel’s on San Diego Avenue!