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Rolex Steel 41mm Automatic 126610LN new United States of America, Pennsylvania, Moosic
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Rolex Submariner Date
NEW 2022 Submariner Date 41mm IN STOCK
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Rolex White gold 40mm Automatic 116519LN new United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Daytona
White Gold Oysterflex Meteorite Dial 116519LN Unworn 2021
$102,745
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Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 116900 new United States of America, New York, New York
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116900 Unworn 2020 DISCONTINUED
$9,345
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Rolex Rose gold 40mm Automatic 228235 new United States of America, Pennsylvania, Moosic
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Rolex Day-Date 40
NEW 2022 Day-Date 40 SUNDUST 228235
$46,999
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Rolex Datejust 41
126334 NEW 2022 NOVEMBER Dark Rhodium Oyster Steel 41 mm
$12,985
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Rolex White gold 42mm Automatic 226659 new United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Yacht-Master 42
White Gold Yacht-Master 42 Watch - Falcon’S Eye Dial - Oysterflex Strap 226659
$65,000
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Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 116500LN new United States of America, New York, New York
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40mm Ceramic Bezel White Dial 116500LN 2021 New
$31,895
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Rolex Yellow gold 40mm Automatic 116508 new United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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116508 Cosmograph Daytona 18k Yellow Gold Oyster Bracelet 40mm Green Dial
$78,325
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Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 116610LV new United States of America, New York, Massapequa
Rolex Submariner Date
NEW Submariner Date 40mm 116610LV Stainless Steel Hulk Green Dial Green Bezel
$28,000
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Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 16610 pre-owned United States of America, California, Newport Beach
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Rolex Submariner Date
16610 Stainless Steel
$9,975
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Rolex White gold 41mm Automatic 126334-0015 new United States of America, New York, New York City
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Rolex Datejust 41
126334 Fluted Blue Index - Jubilee Bracelet - Unworn 2022
$13,995
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Rolex Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic 116503 pre-owned United States of America, Florida, Orlando
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Rolex Daytona
Cosmograph Daytona Two Tone Champagne Dial Yellow Gold 116503
$21,495
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Rolex Yellow gold 36mm Automatic 128238 new United States of America, Pennsylvania, Moosic
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Rolex Day-Date 36
NEW 2022 Day-Date 36 GREEN OMBRE
$48,500
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Rolex Steel 41mm Automatic 126610LN new United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
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Rolex Submariner Date
126610LN NEW 2022 DECEMBER Black 41 mm
$14,785
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Rolex Platinum 40mm Automatic 116506 new United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Daytona
Platinum Ceramic Arabic Dial 116506
$220,000
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Rolex White gold 36mm Automatic 126234-0017 new United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Datejust 36
36mm Blue Dial Fluted Bezel Jubilee 126234 NEW 2021
$12,605
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Rolex Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic 116503 new United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Rolex Daytona
116503 Black Mother of Pearl (MOP) Diamond Tahitian Dial Two Tone Yellow Gold
$41,325
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Rolex White gold 36mm Automatic 118139 pre-owned United States of America, New York, Massapequa
Rolex Day-Date 36
118139 White Gold Blue Dial
$21,000
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Rolex Yellow gold 36mm Automatic 18038 pre-owned United States of America, California, Newport Beach, Orange County, CA
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Rolex Day-Date 36
Champagne Dial 18K Yellow Gold President 18038
$14,650
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Rolex Steel 31mm Automatic 78274 pre-owned United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Datejust 31
Midsize 31mm Steel and 18K Gold Datejust Watch 78274 MOP Arabic Dial
$6,426
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Rolex Steel 42mm Automatic 326934 pre-owned United States of America, Florida, Orlando
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Rolex Sky-Dweller
Black Dial Oyster Bracelet 326934
$19,995
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Rolex Rose gold 40mm Automatic 116515ln new United States of America, Pennsylvania, Moosic
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Rolex Daytona
NEW 2022 Daytona Sundust 116515
$42,750
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Rolex Steel 42mm Automatic 226570 new United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
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Rolex Explorer II
226570 NEW 2022 NOVEMBER White Polar Oyster Steel 42 mm
$13,100
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Rolex White gold 40mm Automatic 116509 new United States of America, New York, New York
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White Gold Daytona 40mm Meteorite Dial Steel and Black Oyster 116509
$125,000
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Rolex Steel 41mm Automatic 126300 new United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Datejust 41
41mm Mint Green Index Dial Smooth Bezel Oyster 126300 2022 New
$11,445
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Rolex Gold/Steel 42mm Automatic 326933-0001 new United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Rolex Sky-Dweller
2022 Sky-Dweller 326933 Oyster Bracelet 42mm Champagne Dial Two Tone Yellow Gold
$21,425
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Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 116520 pre-owned United States of America, New York, Massapequa
Rolex Daytona
Cosmograph Chrono 116520 Black Stainless Automatic 40mm
$30,000
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Rolex Yellow gold 36mm Automatic 18348 pre-owned United States of America, California, Newport Beach
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Rolex Day-Date 36
Factory Black Diamond Dial Bezel Box amp; Papers
$22,795
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Rolex Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic 116613LN pre-owned United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Submariner Date
116613LN
$15,900
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Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 16710 new United States of America, Pennsylvania, HARRISBURG
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Rolex GMT-Master II
2005 GMT-Master II UN-WORN Boxes Papers Pepsi Blue/Red Bezel Black Dial Steel 16710
$19,968
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Rolex Steel 42mm Automatic 326934 new United States of America, Pennsylvania, Moosic
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Rolex Sky-Dweller
NEW 2022 Sky-Dweller BLUE OYSTER 326934
$24,750
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Rolex Steel 41mm Automatic 126334 new United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
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Rolex Datejust 41
126334 NEW 2022 NOVEMBER Wimbledon Slate Roman Oyster Steel 41 mm
$13,885
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Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 116610LV new United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Submariner Date
Stainless Steel #34;The Hulk" Green Dial Cerachrom Bezel 116610LV
$24,000
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Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 126900 new United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Air King
126900 Oyster New 2022
$9,705
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Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 116520 pre-owned United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Rolex Daytona
116520 #34;APH" Dial Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona Stainless Steel Black Dial COMPLETE
$29,425
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Rolex Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic 116243 new United States of America, New York, Massapequa
Rolex Datejust 36
116243
$18,500
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Rolex Steel 44mm Automatic 116660 pre-owned United States of America, California, Newport Beach
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Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea
D-Blue Cameron
$13,995
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Rolex Steel 36mm Automatic 16234 pre-owned United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Datejust 36
16234
$6,300
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Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 16610 pre-owned United States of America, Pennsylvania, HARRISBURG
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Rolex Submariner Date
2002 Submariner Date Boxes Papers Black Dial Black Bezel Stainless Steel 16610
$10,989
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Rolex Steel 41mm Automatic 126334 new United States of America, Pennsylvania, Moosic
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Rolex Datejust 41
NEW 2022 Datejust 41 BLACK DIAL JUBILEE
$13,999
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Rolex Yellow gold 36mm Automatic 18038 pre-owned United States of America, Massachusetts, West Boylston
Rolex Day-Date 36
PRESIDENT 18K GOLD Ref# 18038 service papers 1982 Stunning Dial
$17,995
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Rolex White gold 41mm Automatic 126334 new United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Datejust 41
18k White Gold amp; Steel Black Diamond Dial Jubilee (126334)
$15,500
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Rolex Steel 36mm Automatic 126234 new United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Datejust 36
36mm Silver Dial Fluted Bezel Jubilee 126234 2021 NEW
$12,215
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Rolex Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic 126613lb pre-owned United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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Rolex Submariner Date
126613LB 41mm Date Steel/Yellow Gold Two Tone Blue Bezel Blue Dial
$16,525
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Rolex Steel 44mm Automatic 126660 new United States of America, New York, Massapequa
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea
126660 Black Blue James Cameron Stainless Steel NEW
$17,800
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Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 16570 new United States of America, California, Newport Beach
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Rolex Explorer II
16570 Stainless Steel Black Dial 40mm
$13,475
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Rolex Steel 36mm Automatic 126234 new United States of America, Florida, Fort Lauderdale
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Rolex Datejust 36
2022 Datejust 36 Mint Green Dial 126234 Jubilee Bracelet In Stock
$13,795
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Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 16622 new United States of America, Pennsylvania, HARRISBURG
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Rolex Yacht-Master 40
2004 Yacht-Master 40 NOS w STICKERS Boxes Papers Platinum Dial Steel 16622
$14,887
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Rolex Gold/Steel 42mm Automatic 326933 new United States of America, Pennsylvania, Moosic
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Rolex Sky-Dweller
NEW 2022 Sky-Dweller BLACK Dial Jubilee
$21,999
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Rolex White gold 40mm Automatic 116509 pre-owned United States of America, Massachusetts, West Boylston
Rolex Daytona
Ref. 116509 Blue Dial 18K White Gold 2021. FULL SET
$49,900
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Rolex Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic 126331 new United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Datejust 41
II Two Tone Rose Gold Stainless Steel 41mm Fluted Chocolate Index Dial Jubilee
$17,000
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Rolex Steel 44mm Automatic 126660 new United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea
44mm Black 126660 2022 New
$15,305
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Rolex Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic 116503 new United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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2022 Daytona 116503 40mm Two Tone Yellow Gold Black Diamond Dial UNWORN
$30,425
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Rolex Steel 41mm Automatic 126610LN new United States of America, New York, Massapequa
Rolex Submariner Date
41MM
$15,200
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Rolex Rose gold 34mm Automatic 81315 pre-owned United States of America, California, Newport Beach, Orange County, CA
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Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster
Mother Of Pearl Dial 18K Everose Gold 81315 Complete Set
$32,995
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Rolex Steel 36mm Automatic 126234 pre-owned United States of America, Florida, Fort Lauderdale
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Rolex Datejust 36
2022 Datejust 36 Wimbledon Dial 126234 Jubilee Bracelet In Stock
$10,995
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Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 16610 new United States of America, Pennsylvania, HARRISBURG
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Rolex Submariner Date
2006 Submariner Date UN-WORN Boxes Papers Black Dial Stainless Steel 16610
$14,994
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Rolex White gold 40mm Automatic 116509 new United States of America, Pennsylvania, Moosic
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NEW 2022 Daytona 116509 Silver Panda Dial
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Rolex Steel 34mm Automatic 1500 pre-owned United States of America, Massachusetts, West Boylston
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
Stainless Steel SILVER DIAL Running Ref# 1500
$3,995
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Rolex White gold 40mm Automatic 228239 new United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Day-Date 40
White Gold Olive Green Roman Dial Fluted
$50,000
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Rolex Steel 41mm Automatic 124300 new United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41
41mm Coral Red Dial 124300 New 2021
$16,725
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Rolex Steel 40mm Automatic 116520 pre-owned United States of America, New York, NEW YORK
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116520 #34;APH" Dial Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona Stainless Steel White Dial COMPLETE
$29,625
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Rolex Steel 41mm Automatic 126334 new United States of America, New York, Massapequa
Rolex Datejust 41
2022 Datejust 41mm 126334 Fluted Bezel Blue Diamond Dial Jubilee Stainless Steel Bracelet
$15,800
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Rolex: The King of Luxury and Great Investments

Rolex is the ultimate luxury watch brand. These classic timepieces define the watch industry, and are renowned the world over. Moreover, many models are experiencing eye-popping value appreciation, and have thus become profitable investments.

By Chrono24

Timeless Designs With Investment Potential

Many consider Rolex to be the epitome of luxury watches, and not without reason. Rolex's models are iconic in the watch industry, often serving as the blueprint for entire watch categories. Take for example the Rolex Submariner; although it was by no means the first of its kind, this model is deemed the quintessential diving watch. The GMT-Master was just as influential, radicalizing GMT watches with its two-tone 24-hour ring.

Prestige, excellent quality, and timeless designs are all synonymous with Rolex, and demand for timepieces produced by the Swiss giant has been reaching new heights as a result. However, high demand coupled with limited availability leads to one thing: ever-increasing prices. This means that Rolex watches are very likely to appreciate and can, therefore, make for profitable investments.

Over the last two years, virtually every model in the current catalog has increased in value. Top performers include watches from the Daytona, Submariner, and GMT-Master II collections, which have more than doubled in value in some cases. But they're by no means an exception: even exotic models like the Milgauss, Sky-Dweller, and Air-King have appreciated by 50–80% lately. Vintage watches sing the same tune; they, too, are valuable collector's items and make for worthwhile investments with eye-watering returns.

Reasons to Buy a Rolex Watch

  • High investment potential
  • Ultimate luxury and status symbol
  • Timeless designs with outstanding in-house movements
  • Top models: Daytona, Submariner, GMT-Master, Datejust
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Prices at a Glance: Rolex Watches

Model, reference number Price (approx.) Value appreciation (2020–2022)
Submariner "COMEX," 5514 154,000 USD +166%
Day-Date 40, 228396TBR 225,000 USD +134%
Submariner "Hulk," 116610LV 33,500 USD +127%
Daytona "Rainbow," 116595RBOW 771,500 USD +124%
Daytona, 116500LN 46,000 USD +101%
Milgauss, 116400GV 15,500 USD +89%
Day-Date 40, 228238 53,000 USD +72%
Submariner No Date, 114060 15,500 USD +63%
Yacht-Master II, 116688 57,000 USD +54%
Explorer II, 216570 14,000 USD +51%
Daytona "Paul Newman," 6241 243,000 USD +50%
Datejust 36, 116200 10,000 USD +50%
Yacht-Master 42, 226659 40,500 USD +39%
GMT-Master II "Pepsi," 126710BLRO 30,000 USD +38%
Lady-Datejust, 69173 5,500 USD +37%
Cellini Moonphase, 50535 29,000 USD +36%
Oyster Perpetual 28, 276200 6,300 USD +16%

Best Rolex Watches for Under 8,000 USD

If you take a look at the current Rolex catalog, you'll find an array of watches with list prices below 7,500 EUR (approx. 8,000 USD). But there's a catch: It's virtually impossible to buy a Rolex from your local authorized dealer. You can easily spend months or even years on a waiting list. It's much easier to get your chosen watch on the free market, once you don't mind a high mark-up. Luckily, there are still plenty of Rolex watches for under 8,000 USD listed on Chrono24.

One interesting timepiece from the current Rolex catalog is the Oyster Perpetual 28 ref. 276200. This model has a 28-mm stainless steel case, and is thus primarily a women's watch. It is outfitted with the state-of-the-art caliber 2232 and comes in several dial variations. Shortly after its debut at the end of 2020, this reference was selling for around 5,500 USD on Chrono24. Today, however, you'll need to invest closer to 6,300 USD. In other words, this watch has appreciated 16% in two years. Rolex lists this model for around 5,100 USD.

The Lady-Datejust ref. 279160, the women's edition of the famous Rolex Datejust, promises an even better return on investment. Similar to the Oyster Perpetual 28, this timepiece is a 28-mm stainless model with a number of different dial variations to choose from. On account of the caliber 2236, the watch features a date display and the characteristic Datejust Cyclops lens at 3 o'clock. In the two-year period between April 2020 and April 2022, the Lady Datejust appreciated 27%. Listings for this reference on Chrono24 come in at around 7,800 USD, while Rolex demands about 6,700 USD for this women's watch.

Chrono24 also has men's watches for under 8,000 USD. One example is the Oyster Perpetual 36 ref. 116000. The value of this 36-mm stainless steel watch increased from close to 5,000 USD to around 7,500 USD during the same period as the Lady-Datejust – some 50%.

So, you don't necessarily have to spend big bucks to make a return on a Rolex watch. Even models in the entry-level segment have the potential to be sound investments, as the previous three examples have shown.

Which is the most affordable Rolex?

Listings for Rolex watches on Chrono24 start from around 1,000 USD. You will mostly find less popular vintage models in this price range, such as the square Precision models from the 1940s and 50s. These watches are mainly collector's items, and don't stand much chance of a significant value appreciation.

The most affordable Rolex models that hold their value start between 3,600 USD and 4,200 USD. Examples include the Rolex Precision ref. 4498 and the Rolex Cellini ref. 4112, both vintage models.

If you are interested in watches from the current lineup that won't break the bank, take a look at the unisex Oyster Perpetual 36 ref. 126000. Rolex lists this timepiece for approximately 5,600 USD. However, due to limited supply and the global delivery situation, this reference costs closer to 10,000 USD on the free market.


Best Rolex Watches for Under 20,000 USD

This price bracket appeals to both Rolex fans and those looking to make a profitable investment. Prices are reasonable, the appreciation potential is tremendous, and you can even get some classics from the Rolex lineup.

The Submariner is without a doubt a Rolex classic, and although certain watches like the Hulk, Kermit, and Smurf cost significantly more than 20,000 USD, you'll still find many Submariner models listed on Chrono24 at great prices. For example, you can buy the current Submariner No Date ref. 124060 for approx. 16,500 USD. Its predecessor, the ref. 114060, even comes in at around 1,000 USD less. If you're interested in a model with a date display, check out the ref. 126610LN, which changes hands for around 18,000 USD. All these models have appreciated on average by 29% in the last 12 months, and this trend is showing no signs of slowing down.

Explorer II: Alternative to the GMT-Master

The Rolex Explorer collection has recently risen to stardom. Fans have been flocking to the Explorer II as a more affordable alternative to the GMT-Master, since it displays two time zones. The ref. 226570 debuted in mid-2021 and sells for around 14,500 USD on Chrono24. Rolex lists this reference for around 9,200 USD, which translates to a value appreciation of just under 58%.

The Explorer I has also become a worthwhile investment, particularly the ref. 214270. The Swiss manufacturer discontinued this model in June 2021 and, like so many other Rolex watches before it, demand snowballed as a result. While you could have purchased this 39-mm watch for just under 8,500 USD in March 2021, you will now need to invest around 12,000 USD.

Milgauss: Will they or won't they?

Another interesting watch for under 20,000 USD is the Milgauss. This collection is often overshadowed by the Submariner, Datejust, and similar models, but unfairly so. First unveiled in 1956, the Milgauss collection has gone the distance in the Rolex catalog, and can thus look back on a history just as rich as its sister collections. The Milgauss also packs a punch with its unique design thanks to wide bar indices, orange accents on the dial, and orange lightning-bolt-shaped second hand. The ref. 116400GV is particularly striking, standing out from the crowd with its green-tinted sapphire crystal.

There is one specific reason why this watch makes for an interesting investment: It is one of the oldest Rolex models still in production. You might have heard rumors alluding to the possibility that Rolex will replace the Milgauss with another model, or simply discontinue it altogether. The watch has become an object of speculation, owing to the fact that prices for Rolex references soar once production stops. This has not gone unnoticed by investors, who have swarmed to the 116400GV. The asking price for this model has almost doubled in the last twelve months. Back in April 2021, the ref. 116400GV cost just over 9,000 USD, but you should now expect to pay closer to 15,500 USD. If the rumors prove true, prices will likely surge again.

We saw this recently with the Air-King. Rolex replaced the 2016 ref. 116900 with a new model in 2022. The watch had languished in the shadows of the more popular models, and was available on Chrono24 for well under 10,500 USD for years. Just over a month after the reference was discontinued, prices have risen to around 13,500 USD.


Rolex Watches for Under 50,000 USD

A large portion of Rolex watches demand between 20,000 USD and 50,000 USD. This price bracket includes most models in the GMT-Master collection, and most notably the current "Pepsi" ref. 126710BLRO. The latter gets its name from its red and blue 24-hour bezel, a staple feature since the very first model in 1954.

Given its resemblance to the original, this watch is particularly popular among fans and collectors alike. Not surprisingly, the value of this reference increased by some 40% between its launch in the summer of 2021 and April 2022. What's more, we're also seeing similar trends for the watch's sister models, the ref. 126710BLNR – also known as the "Batman" because of its blue and black bezel – and the ref. 126711CHNR, the two-tone variant dubbed the "Root Beer."

Rolex Day-Date: The Presidential Watch

From politicians to business tycoons, the Rolex Day-Date has been the gold standard among the world's rich and powerful since its introduction in 1956. After all, there's a reason why it's nicknamed the "President." Let's take a closer look at the ref. 128238: This 36-mm timepiece is made of 18-karat yellow gold and can be found in the current Rolex catalog. The version with a white dial is listed on Chrono24 for around 43,000 USD. In late summer 2021, this watch cost around 30,000 USD, which translates to a 43% increase in value in a little over six months.

The performance of the 40-mm model with the reference number 228238 is similar, with prices climbing from just under 40,000 USD in September 2021 to 52,000 USD in April 2022. Prices are expected to rise even further.

Daytona: Rolex's Chronograph

The Cosmograph Daytona is one of the most popular watches in the Rolex lineup. Stainless steel models are particularly sought-after, such as the ref. 116500LN. You can choose between a black or white dial for this model. Both versions feature a black, ceramic bezel with a tachymeter scale.

Both models saw a value increase of more than 50% in the twelve months from April 2021 to April 2022. The ref. 116500LN with a black dial costs around 45,500 USD, while the model featuring a white dial demands closer to 51,500 USD.

You can still get a good deal on two-tone Daytona models such as the ref. 116503. You can buy one of these watches on Chrono24 for about 31,000 USD (as of April 2022). However, prices are steadily rising here too, which is evident when you consider that this watch cost significantly less one year prior – around 20,000 USD less to be exact.


Which is the most expensive Rolex watch?

The most expensive Rolex watch ever sold is the Cosmograph Daytona ref. 6239 once owned by the Hollywood legend himself, Paul Newman. In 2017, Phillips auction house sold this timepiece for a staggering 17.75 million USD after just 12 minutes. The watch features a rare "exotic dial." These dials have at least two colors, a contrasting minute track, and Art-Deco-style numerals on the subdials. Another remarkable detail on this watch is the small squares topping the indices on the subdials.

The auction had a knock-on effect: a run on Daytona models with exotic dials. Particularly popular models include the references 6239, 6241, and 6264. Asking prices for well-maintained timepieces start at around 240,000 USD and soar well above 310,000 USD.

But make no mistake, vintage Daytona references are not alone among the most expensive Rolex watches, even younger models have been raking in six-figure sums. Search for the platinum ref. 116506 on Chrono24 and you'll be greeted with prices floating around the 200,000 USD mark. When it comes to the Pavé editions under ref. 116576TBR, the dial and bezel of which are completely studded with diamonds, you'll need to dish out over 780,000 USD. The current Rainbow-Daytona ref. 116595RBOW demands a similar price. This gold watch's main attraction is the rainbow of baguette-cut sapphires that adorn its bezel.

There are many more interesting Rolex models to be found in the 100,000 USD to 250,000 USD price range. Other timepieces include the Submariner 5514 COMEX, the platinum Day-Date 228396TBR with a diamond bezel, and the GMT-Master II 126755SARU, which boasts a GMT bezel punctuated with blue sapphires and red rubies.


Rolex's 2022 Releases: Worth the investment?

At Watches & Wonders 2022, Rolex unveiled their newest models: a new-generation Air-King, several new versions of the Day-Date in platinum, a Datejust with a floral dial motif, and a 42-mm Yacht-Master in 18-karat yellow gold on an Oysterflex strap, to name a few. While all these watches have a good chance of appreciating in value, they most likely won't experience the same glory as the GMT-Master II 126720VTNR.

For starters, this watch is a traditional GMT-Master II in stainless steel and features the current-generation caliber 3285. There are two elements which set this watch apart from its sister models, the first being the black and green bezel. This is the first GMT-Master to feature this color combination, and many nicknames are being thrown into the ring. The most promising are probably "Green Lantern," which was put forward by superhero fans, and "Sprite" from the soft drink devotees. The second distinctive characteristic is that this is Rolex's first left-handed watch. The crown is on the left of the case and the date display is positioned at 9 o'clock. The watch is one of a kind, and it's very likely we'll see the recommended retail price of 10,250 USD for the ref. 126720VTNR rapidly multiply on the secondary market. Initial listings on Chrono24 come in at around 60,000 USD. However, time will tell whether such prices are sustainable.


A Unique Logo: The Five-Pointed Crown

Rolex's history begins back in 1905, when German entrepreneurs Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis founded the watch wholesaler Wilsdorf & Davis in London. Davis oversaw the production of watch cases, while Wilsdorf obtained the necessary movements from the Swiss company Aegler. In 1908, they trademarked the name Rolex. The catchy name most likely comes from "rolling export," but there is no solid proof of the origin.

Gradually, the company began to add their name to the dials – an unusual practice at the time. It was customary to only include the retailer's name on the dial, if anything at all. The short brand name allowed enough space for the name of the retailer, enabling Wilsdorf to bring more watches bearing the company name into circulation. It would be 19 years before Rolex was the sole name featured on the dials, cases, and movements.

The five-point crown became a symbol of the brand in 1925. The story behind the development of the logo remains a secret. Experts suspect that the five-pointed crown stands for the five fingers of a watchmaker or the letters in Rolex. The crown logo and the name Rolex have appeared on every dial, crown, and clasp since 1939.

Revolutionaries Che Guevara and Fidel Castro also recognized and appreciated the qualities of Rolex. It's not known whether the robustness of the watch helped the Cuban Revolution of 1959, but Che and Fidel certainly contributed to the brand's myth. No other watch manufacturer has managed to appeal to such a wide variety of customers, including those in power, the Dalai Lama, and the model Elle Macpherson.

Chronometer Certification Since 1910

In-house Rolex calibers are considered especially precise. Each watch comes with a certificate from the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (Contrôle officiel suisse des chronomètres, or COSC). COSC measures the precision of a movement in five different positions and at three different temperatures based on a standardized testing method. The entire process lasts 15 days. In addition to COSC's tests, Rolex reexamines all of their watches in-house once the movement is in its case. Rolex has even stricter requirements that only allow for a maximum deviation of +/- 2 seconds per day.

Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf was already emphasizing the importance of precision back in the early 20th century. In 1910, he sent a watch to a local watchmaking school in Biel for evaluation. The movement was subjected to 14 days of testing, which it passed. At the end of this two-week procedure, the testers issued the world's first wristwatch chronometer certificate and sent it to London.

The next sensation followed only four years later: Wilsdorf sent an Aegler movement to the National Physical Laboratory in London. The caliber passed their tests with flying colors. It was subjected to three different temperature conditions and five different positions: crown facing up, left, and right, and dial face down and face up. After 45 days, the watch, with its golden case and blue enamel bezel, was named the first wristwatch in history to receive class A certification. This type of certification was previously only awarded to clocks such as navy chronometers.

Social Commitment: The Hans Wilsdorf Foundation

Whoever buys a Rolex is simultaneously doing a good deed. Wilsdorf never had any children of his own, and after his wife's death, he left all of his Rolex shares to the newly established Hans Wilsdorf Foundation. The foundation belongs to Rolex and receives a large proportion of their annual profits. This money is used to support social initiatives; environmental protection programs; and scientific, artistic, and cultural projects.