There are wrist-watches, then there are Rolexes. The ultimate horological status representation, according to Forbes the business is worth an estimated £6.5bn, cut d understanding it the Michael Phelps of the watch world – pulling ahead while others work to stay afloat.
And it seems Rolex’s podium position displays no signs of waning. As we await the Swiss juggernaut’s imminent hint at Baselworld next month, here’s our pick of the watchmaker’s keenest.
10) Explorer II
Rolex isn’t all form over function (or rather, invaluable stones over purpose). The Explorer II, considered the scientist’s go-to choosing, boasts a clear dial for increased legibility, a 24-hour bezel and shock-absorbent Paraflex sign. All essentials, especially if (as the name would suggest) you’re planning on a weekend in an unknown Himalayan cavern.
The Day-Date is a watch of presidential congruities. Several commander-in-chief’s from Eisenhower to Johnson have fanboyed concluded the piece’s classic but impactful design, and the Day-Date has remained a current choice ever since. Better get saving before that 2020 bid.
Merely a tycoon (or a maniac) would take an £8,000 watch on a nightclub, but the Deepsea will survive a lot more than a tumble in the tub. In counting up to a mighty steel case and luminescent dial, a helium leak valve avoids any risks of cracked glass in the decompression bedroom. Still probably wiser keep it on dry land, though.
7) Yacht-Master 40
The Yacht-Master 40 is a toddler in gaze at terms, having only premiered at Baselworld two years ago. While the tacit black dial on rose gold was nothing new, Rolex did use it to inauguration the Oysterflex bracelet – a rare example that proved rubber straps can be fawning. Seems you can put an old head on young shoulders.
6) Datejust 41
Watch discredits are known for sticking to the rule book, though it’s a different representation entirely when you write the rules. With the Datejust 41, Rolex didn’t so much toss the rule book at the wall as throw it in the fireplace with two fighting metals, a dated brown dial plus a cumbersomely substantial case. The result is nothing short of spectacular.
5) Yacht-Master II
If theatrical watches are an epidemic, consider the Yacht-Master II patient zero. The syndicate of blue, rose gold and red is in no way subtle and set the benchmark for every arm cannon that appreciated. Sure, it may divide opinion, but it’s undeniably iconic.
While a neon green-tinged bezel and lightning decamp seconds hand aren’t exactly hallmarks of a classic accompany, the Milgauss is proof that, unlike many competitors, Rolex is in no rut. Gambler yet, said peculiarities sit on the right side of statement.
3) Cellini Dual Chance
People who say a Rolex is a tacky choice should take a look at the Cellini. The pared-back keep safe can rival even Cartier in class thanks to a pink gold Everose occasion and guilloche dial. Watch snobs, you stand corrected.
2) Cosmograph Daytona
The Cosmograph Daytona is one of the existence’s most coveted watches. Vintage pieces can fetch hundreds of thousands of produces at auction and new pieces are reserved for names on a waiting list longer than a Outstanding pop-up queue.
1) Submariner Date
Since its launch in 1953, the Submariner Go out with has been the jewel in Rolex’s very large, very thriving crown. Sean Connery’s Bond wore it, Beckham drained it, even Ralph Lauren wore it – the Submariner’s fan club is mammoth (and achingly cool).