In my opinion, there are 2 types of watches that you can ever buy- one is Rolex watches and one is the other watches on the market. Everyone, even someone who doesn’t care about watch, knows about Rolex. Also no one can deny the symbol and rich heritage of Rolex. It is a kind of watch that tells you about the status and characteristics of the wearer. In addition, it is a valuable gift that many people choose as a legacy to pass down to their next generation.
Along its own development over the course of history, Rolex has developed a wide variety of styles and designs with different materials, colors and designs. There are some models which are more outstanding than the other. Scroll down for our pick of the best among the best.
First, let me tell you more about Rolex
Rolex is one of the most popular and reputational luxury watch band worldwide. The company that makes Rolex watch was established in the 1900s by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis in London under the name of Wilsdorf and Davis Ltd. It was changed to officially Rolex in 1915 when the company moved to Switzerland.
Over the time, the company developed many trademark watches showing innovations and uniqueness well ahead of the time. In 1910, Rolex registered their Oyster, which is their first waterproof watch. Then came the Submariner, a diver watch under the depth of 100 meters. There are also other trademark materials and crowns systems such as the Everose 18k rose gold or the Triplock crown system, to name just a few. All of their movements are assembled by hand and tested carefully. While here are about 1 million unit of Rolex watches produced every year, it takes at least 1 year for a watch to go from the production process to the retailer market.
Rolex offers you all of the things that you might want in a watch. If you want a watch which is rich in history and full of fancy detail, Rolex is the one. If you want an item to showcase your high level status, Rolex is the one. And if you want a functional watch, Rolex never fails to deliver.
Here is our pick for the best Rolex watches for men in 2017.
1. Rolex Sky Dweller Sundust Dial 18kt Everose Gold Mens Watch 326935
Main Features: Its dial window material type is sapphire with fold over clasp. The diameters of the case are 42 x 14 while the width of the band is 20 mm. The color of the band is 18k Rose gold complementing the Sundust sunray dial.
- This watch offers the ability to deliver 2 different time zones so that you don’t have to do the calculation for time zone yourself. There are also other time functions including a date function and annual calendar.
- It is water resistant as well. Keep in mind that though this watch is not a sports or diver watch, but with this ability of the watch, you can enjoy wearing it all day long, even when you have to wash your hands.
- The strap of this watch comes with high quality leather. Hence, this strap feels soft and smooth on the hand and you don’t feel uncomfortable at all wearing it all day long.
- Last but not least, you can’t deny its shining beauty with its 18 k Everose gold and sapphire crystal case.
- It is only available in gold. There is no model of this Rolex Sky Dweller made in platinum.
Verdict: Provided that you are looking for a high quality gold watch, this one is definitely worth considering. Also with the highly functional dual time zone, this watch is made for world travelers who have to enter different time zones occasionally.
2. Rolex Men’s 118238 Day-Date Analog Automatic 18kt Yellow Gold Watch
Main Features: Like the Rolex Sky Dweller, this Rolex Day date watch comes with fluted bezel and great power reserve. The diameter of the case is 36 mm.
- There are many variations of this Role Day Date for you to choose from. And if you want to add extra dressiness with sparkling diamonds, this watch can offer you with such option. You can also opt for higher end watches that would make you stand out from the crown.
- The leather strap of this watch comes with different colors as well.
- Moreover, this watch comes with high performance Paraflex shock absorbers to help protect your valuable watch from normal tear and wear, drops and bumps.
- It comes in models for women so if you want to buy a matching pair of Rolex watch, you can consider this option.
- This watch is not as complicated as the Rolex Sky Dweller. While the latter has a date function, an annual calendar and a dual time zone, the former only has a day date function.
- In addition, it comes with a fixed flute bezel, which might not be as functional as other Rolex watches.
Verdict: This gold watch is for anyone who wants some sparkles in the watch. if you have to consider between the Rolex Sky Dweller and the Rolex Day date, keep in mind that the Day Date watch has a smaller case diameter.
3. Rolex Submariner Black Dial Ceramic Bezel Steel Mens Watch 116610
Main Features: If you are looking for a Rolex sports watch, the Rolex Submariner one should be on top of the list. It is made with sapphire dial window with stainless steel case and fold over clasp. The diameter of the case is 40 mm and the width of the band is 20 mm.
- The colors and design of the watch makes it easy for you to pair it with other pieces of your clothing, styles and occasions. From your dress suit to your t-shirt.
- This watch is definitely one of the most trademarks of Rolex. It is the first waterproof watch, it is the first watch with rotating bezel and it is the watch with first crown shoulders.
- All of its features including its green bezel, black bezel and luminous hands all contribute to a classy but still fresh and modern look.
- Last but not least, with its perfect design and high quality material, this watch can hold or even raise its value over time.
- It is not really a problem with this watch but it still might concern you to know that this watch is one of the most popular Rolex watches on the market. It means that there are many other people who wear the same watch as you. If you aim for uniqueness, this might not be a good choice for you.
Verdict: In case you want a diver watch which can resist water of up to 900 feet, this Rolex Submariner is worth considering. It is also for someone who needs a staple watch in the wardrobe.
4. Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ice Blue Dial Platinum Mens Watch
Main Features: This watch comes with fold over clasp. The material of the case is platinum and the band is made with platinum Rolex. The color of the band is platinum while the color of the dial is Ice blue. It is water resistant up to 100 meters.
- While other Rolex is capable of making subtle impressions, this watch shouts out in the middle of the crown with its uniqueness and bold appearance.
- This watch comes in different styles with different materials for you to choose from.
- The blue hands go well with the silver color of the band, bringing an interesting look. Who can think that 2 traditional colors- blue and silver- can combine for a modern look like the one you get from the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona.
- While some of the watches are more suitable for a man at different stages of their lives, this watch is seen to be worn nicely and properly by both young lad and middle aged men.
- In comparison with other Rolex watches, this watch is quite small. Keep in mind that Rolex watches tend to be in the middle range of sizes so you can say this watch is pretty small, especially when you put it in a big wrist.
Verdict: This watch is suitable for anyone who wants to have a fancy and dressy watch that would make him stand out from the crown. It is also a piece worth considering when you need a traditional Rolex watch.
5. Rolex Yacht-Master Ii Yellow Gold Watch 116688
Main Features: This watch comes with fold over clasp. The material of the case is yellow gold and the band is made with gold. The color of the band is gold while the color of the dial is white. It is water resistant up to 100 meters. The diameter of the case is 44mm.
- If you like two tone colors with nice subtle shades, you would love this watch with its tow tone rose gold and stainless steel watch strap.
- It is also a very versatile watch which you can wear in your business attire or casual clothes.
- The design and colors are made for you to easily read the numbers on the watch under the board day light.
- In case you love a classic sports watch such as the black Rolex Submariner but also prefer a dressier version, not the diver version only, this watch can offer you the best of both world.
- One of its biggest strengths is its unique regatta chronograph and programmable countdown. These features prove to be helpful in case of a yacht race.
Verdict: Like the name suggest, this watch is made from yacht racing. So if you are a serious yacht racers or full time sailors seeking for a sports watch, this Rolex is worth considering.
6. Rolex Submariner Black Dial Stainless Steel Automatic Mens Watch 114060
Main Features: This Rolex watch is brushed with polished stainless steel case and oyster bracelet. It also comes with scratch resistant sapphire crystal dial window. The diameter of the case is 40 mm and the width of the band is 20mm.
- With the sleekly and classy black color, this Rolex watch makes it easy for you to match with other colors from the clothes of your existing closet.
- Thanks to the high quality oyster case and band, it is dustproof so that it could remains its appealing appearance all of the time.
- It is shock proof, meaning that you don’t have to worry that it would break easily from daily wear and tear, drops and bumps; making the watch super durable.
- The watch has a water resistance of up to 300 meters so that you can generally wear it when you take part in any activity. This feature could be one of the most significant feature s of this watch as luxurious watches tend to be more fragile and sensitive.
- The thick and luminous hands allow you to see the time in the dark very well.
- In comparison with the overall part s of the watch, the dial and case of this Rolex Submariner are quite small. In case you are in a rush or menial activity, you might find it hard to look for the time quickly.
Verdict: If you like a black Rolex watch with a great ability to resist water, this one is for you. It is also a perfect choice for first time Rolex watch buyers.
Overall, different people would want a different watch for various purposes, styles and even the different time in their lives. That is the reason why it is impossible to say which Rolex watch is the best. I am sure that there would be a huge amount of different answers. Still, I hope that with the review above, you would be able to come up with the best Rolex watches that meet all of your needs and preferences in a high class and luxury watch.