A quick search on Google yields countless lists of Rolex must-haves. This is not surprising as Rolex is one of the most iconic luxury brands in the world. This top five style guide aims to highlight the new Rolex watches for men that appeal to the modern collector.
In a perfect world, a well-rounded collection would have at least one official watch and maybe a few tool watches, so let’s take a closer look at a few popular Rolex watches for you to consider on your next purchase.
Rolex Explorer II 216570 – Polar Dial
The first “polar” dial of the Rolex Explorer II appeared in the 1980s to surprise us. What made it special was the addition of luminous blocks to the dull white dial. The black surround distinguished the hour markers and hands from the rest of the dial, earning it the nickname “Polar”. While Rolex offers other watches with white dials, this particular option is unique to the Explorer II collection and appeals to collectors of all lifestyles and budgets.
The latest version of the Polar Explorer II attracted attention with its larger 42mm case and bold Maxi dial when it was launched in 2011. It also brought back the iconic orange arrow hand that had appeared on the first model, the ref. 1655, known to many as the “Freccione” or Steve McQueen. some consider it a tribute watch, others do not. Regardless, there is no denying that the ref. 216570 is one of the most sought after Rolex watches for men and a worthy addition to any luxury watch collection.
Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO ‘Pepsi’
The Pepsi bezel has been one of the most defining features of the Rolex GMT collection since its release in the 1950s, and many versions have been released since then. However, in recent years, no version has been as widely sought after as ref. 126710BLRO. 126710BLRO. Prior to its release in 2018, the ceramic Pepsi bezel was only available in white gold, which is why so many people anxiously awaited the release of this stainless steel (aka Oyster steel) model.
The Ref. 126710 also features Rolex’s signature Jubilee bracelet, now secured by a 5mm Oyster locking clasp. Pair that with a more refined Super Case and a larger Chromalight-filled Maxi dial, and you have a stunning Professional Series watch that is both classic and modern. If you come across the ceramic Pepsi GMT-Master II, we highly recommend you invest in it.
Rolex Datejust 41 126300
The Oyster Perpetual Datejust was released over a decade ago in a 41mm size and has since become one of the most popular Rolex watches for men on the pre-owned market. It made history at the time by becoming the largest non-sports watch in the Rolex catalog. Since then, many versions have been released, offering different metal options, bezel styles, bracelet types and dial colors.
This model 126300 is one of the most refined sporty watches. 126300 is one of the most subtle sporty models, made entirely of 904L grade Oyster steel. Produced in-house by Rolex, this resilient stainless steel alloy is virtually corrosion-resistant and is capable of an exceptional shine when polished. the Datejust 126300 features a satin and high-polish finish that is paired with a smooth bezel, elegant case lines and a sleek Oyster bracelet to create a modern masterpiece.
Rolex Yacht-Master 116622
The Yacht-Master is the first choice for those seeking a tool watch with slightly more luxurious features. Developed specifically for sailing, the watch’s design reflects the luxury lifestyle associated with the sport. The stainless steel and platinum version (known as the Rolesium) is one of the most iconic and popular versions of this watch.
While the Rolesium Yacht-Master has been produced in a number of different dial options, many would consider the Yacht-Master 116622 with Rhodium Sunburst dial to be an absolute must-have because of its cool color profile with bright ice blue accents. Model 116622 is also powered by Rolex. 116622 is also powered by Rolex’s tried and true Cal. 3135 movement to ensure reliable readings for years to come, whether you buy it at retail or on the pre-owned market.
Rolex Submariner 114060
The ref. 114060 is the classic 1950s diver in its most modern and technologically advanced form. When this revolutionary diving watch entered the market decades ago, it did not have a date mechanism on its dial. After the introduction of the date in the 1960s, it became a staple of the collection.
Although the model showing the date was the most popular, Rolex still offered a classic dateless model, the ref. 114060, which included a ceramic bezel, the superior 904L Oyster steel, and a larger luminous display on the dial. It earns a place on our list for its tough exterior (offering water resistance up to 300 meters) and timeless aesthetics. It is also readily available on the secondary market for significantly less than many other stainless steel and ceramic bezel Rolex watches currently available.