Rolex is one of the world’s most famous luxury wrist watch brands that hold the 64th position on the ranking of Forbes. Since its introduction in 1905, the brand has dominated the market producing some of the most iconic watches that represent the ultimate luxury, precision and class. While Rolex watches are known for their top-notch design, high-end technology and eminent heritage, some of the vintage Rolex watches are indeed the most expensive and coveted luxury timepieces in the market.
Here are top five vintage Rolex watches that stand out from others for their superior grandeur and quality:
Considered as the archetype of classic divers’ watches, the Rolex Submariner 5513 is one of the most sought-after vintage Rolex watches of all time. The watch’s production started in 1962, but the Submariner 5513 was launched in 1984. Today, this particular Rolex model is considered as an intermediate watch because it featured the original acrylic dome crystal like its previous predecessors in replace of the sapphire crystal glass.
The Submariner 5513 also integrates the new Tritium gloss dial and white gold edgings. However, over the years the white gold edgings have been changing their colour to highlight a rich cream, thereby making it a discerning aspect for collectables.
The Rolex GMT Master is one of the most popular watches that expectedly enjoyed one of the most extended production runs in the brand’s history. While there are many variations of the Rolex GMT Master, the most famous model is the Rolex GMT Master 1675, especially the one that incorporates the red and blue bezel.
However, the pointed crown guards in the GMT Master 1675 offers a compact feel and look, but the most exceptional aspect is the Bakelite bezel. This bezel may not be as stable and rugged as a metal bezel; it is nonetheless highly coveted.
Although closely similar to the GMT Master, the Rolex Explorer II is unique and indeed, a collectable watch. The Rolex Explorer II 16550, in particular, underwent a profound update in its design and style. The timepiece featured an independent hour hand, a sapphire crystal glass, a quickset date component, chain wrist straps and a compact case, offering a rugged feel and look.
However, the most significant feature of the Explorer II 16550 was the dial. This model was introduced in two versions; one that has a black dial and the other with a white dial. But the fact is, today the ones with the white dials are reportedly more expensive than the black dials’ models. A chemical reaction is believed to have changed the dial’s ‘white’ colour to ivory or creamy colour, and most watch collectors consider it to be more alluring than the white dial.
Indeed, Rolex Datejust 1601 is one of the best and classiest vintage Rolex timepieces of all time. The watch comes in two versions; one made of gold and another is of stainless steel. In particular, this watch is designed to near-perfect and also, chronometer certified, featuring an efficient and complex movement.
Moreover, the Rolex Datejust 1601 is waterproof and possesses a compact yet sophisticated appearance. Unlike the Explorer II and Rolex GMT Master, the aesthetic appeal of this watch never fades or changes. The timepiece is expensive because of its smooth gold straps and case.
The Rolex Daytona is reportedly one of the best Rolex timepieces that yet influence some of the brand’s modern productions. The watch excelled at measuring speed precisely up to 400km/hr. The notable features of the Rolex Daytona include the intricate tachymeter and the detailed-dial that integrates the classic symbol of Rolex.
The straps and the case are built of high-quality material, thereby offering a sturdy look. The complex movement under the hood along with the classic Rolex appearance makes the Rolex Daytona a perfect luxury timepiece.
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A Rolex watch is one of the most delicate things to own that has a strong association with the history of exploration. The brand has been using the world as a laboratory since the late 1920s, for proving its watches’ excellence and precision under the real-life conditions. The leading spirit instigated the Rolex timepieces to pilot many Himalayan expeditions. For example, in 1953, the reliable Rolex Oyster Perpetual accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay to climb the Mount Everest. The observations in the harshest environments had an enormous impact on the quest for higher robustness, precision as well as reliability.
Over the years, the rugged watches of Rolex have been enticing to explorers and fanatics of extreme sports. Mercedes Gleitze, the British Swimmer, wore the futuristic Rolex Oyster watch on her wrist and crossed the British Channel in 1927. Not only in the water, but the Oyster also exhibited its excellence on other endeavours of endurance or explorations in the air and on the land. Rolex was also worn by Malcolm Campbell the ‘Speed King’ at the time of his speed record attempt in Bluebird. Rolex watches were favourite especially among the pilots, mountain climbers and deep-sea divers.
The journey from the Summit of Everest to Hollywood
With the support from the Royal Geographical Society and under John Hunt’s guidance in May 1953, the participants of the ninth British expedition to the peak of the Mount Everest assembled ahead of their voyage. With the first climbers’ team involuntarily retiring shortly before the top, Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first individuals in history to reach the peak. At the icy heights, Hillary was accompanied by the reliable Oyster Perpetual that was used for calculating the correct time to depart. If he had got the time wrong then, it could have been deadly.
One of the sponsors of the 1953 Everest Expedition was Rolex, and the Nepalese government allowed just one expedition every year. Rolex manufactured this watch in 1950, and as a part of the sponsorship, Hillary was provided with this watch, not as a gift, but rather a timepiece for him to wear at the time of the expedition. He returned the timepiece to the manufacturer for extensive testing after his successful descent.
Celebrating the success, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer was launched in the same year that quickly gained cult status. However, the manufacturer expanded its range for accommodating other explorations with timepieces like the Submariner in 1953. The updated Oyster Perpetual Explorer II version was launched in 1971, featuring a large, orange 24-hour hand. This unique attribute was easily noticeable even in the darkest conditions, making it perfect for people who explore caves or Polar Regions with no sunlight. However, the American racer and actor, Steve McQueen made this Explorer watch so desirable to the watch collectors today.