Owned by the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation, Rolex is indeed a registered charity and eventually, is not obligated to bring out anything in the way of sales figures. Thus, it needs a substantial amount of educated guesswork to compile a list of the top most popular watches. However, the interesting fact is that:
The most well-known Rolex watches typically possess a few common things. While they are consistently stylish and sleek, Rolex watches are built to last for generations. Here is a list of some of the most popular Rolex timepieces that are not only desirable in the retail market but also sought-after in the pre-owned luxury watch market. Take a look!
The Rolex Submariner
Ideally, the most popular and recognisable Rolex watch of all time is the Submariner. Introduced in 1953, the Rolex Submariner has been in a class and sphere of its own. The timepiece was initially devised keeping scuba divers in mind. Sporting the Rolex patent Oyster case, the Submariner indeed became the first timepiece to serve as a highly reliable tool watch, while remaining modish enough to suit any outfit and occasion.
However, while the earliest versions were water-resistant up to a depth of 330ft, the watches helped the divers in tracking their time underwater. The contemporary Rolex Submariner watches are waterproof to a depth of 1,000ft.
The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past 20years or so, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that:
The Rolex Daytona has been the world’s most coveted and iconic model for two decades now. The watch was originally produced for racecar drivers and named after the famous Daytona Florida – one of the car racing capitals of the world.
While it bears a masculine, bold aesthetic and exclusive sporty look, Rolex Daytona is one of the most famous and desirable men’s Rolex watches. However, the watch flaunts a reliable, accurate tachymeter and chronograph scale that helps car racers in measuring their speed up to an extraordinary 400kph.
The Rolex Datejust
The Rolex Datejust is among the most historical models that enjoyed one of the most extended production runs in the Rolex catalogue. Launched in 1945, the Rolex Datejust is the ever first watch to sport a self-winding and date complication. However, the watch comes with a proprietary Cyclops lens and available in a variety of finishes, metal colours and without or with diamonds.
The Rolex Datejust is equally popular among both men and women. Whether it is a vintage Rolex Datejust or a contemporary one, the Datejust can be a perfect everyday watch that can make you feel classy in any wardrobe.
The Rolex GMT-Master
Introduced in 1954, the Rolex GMT-Master was made especially for the use of Pan American Airways’ pilots and navigators. The original watch model featured a 24hour display with fourth-hand complication. This allowed the users to set their timepiece to Greenwich Mean Time or another time-zone, followed by setting the 24hour bezel to the second time-zone.
Although the production of the original model persisted till the late 1990s, Rolex introduced the GMT-Master II in the early 1980s. The Rolex GMT-Master II watch looks virtually identical to the original. However, the difference lies in their technology. The technology in the new GMT-Master version is updated and includes a quickset hour hand that wearers can adjust to set the local time without stopping the minutes and seconds-hand.
Moreover, the rotatable bezel helps the users to speculate the third time-zone easily.
The Rolex Yacht-Master
Rolex introduced the Yacht-Master in 1992 as a more lucrative alternative to the Rolex Submariner. The Rolex Yacht-Master was the first sports watch in Rolex collection to be available in three different sizes – 29mm, 35mm and 40mm. However, today’s Yacht-Master range includes a 37mm and 40mm version.
Both the Yacht-Master and Yacht-Master II are water-resistant and feature large hands along with legible numbers. The modern look and functionality of the models made them an instant favourite.