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About Rolex Watches

Through a combination of world-class design, outstanding watchmaking ingenuity, and luxury positioning, they have become the market leaders by quite some distance. The defining face of the luxury watch industry.

Style, durability, innovation, broad appeal, and history are the first things that spring to mind, not to mention the unwavering charisma afforded by a Rolex watch. It is these characteristics and more that have ensured Rolex is the world's number-one luxury watch brand.

Renowned for their design and craftsmanship, Rolex creates watches that typify reliable durability and profound elegance. Engineered with superior materials including fine metals and gemstones, they have established a legacy of producing timepieces that are not only visually striking but also exceptionally precise and reliable.

Models like the used Rolex Submariner, Daytona, and GMT are in huge demand among collectors of high-end watches, although virtually all certified pre-owned Rolex watches are highly sought after and dominate the used luxury watch market.

Rolex Key Features

  • Prestigious Heritage: A legacy brand in luxury watchmaking.
  • Innovative Designs: Groundbreaking iconic styles.
  • Precision Engineering: Exceptional accuracy and reliability.
  • Luxury Materials: Fine metals and gemstones.
  • Versatility in Collections: Diverse range from sporty to elegant.
  • Investment Value: Rolex usually holds or appreciates in value.

Rolex Collections

While the brand generally remains loyal to specific design features, there is a broad range of Rolex styles to choose from depending of course on your personal preferences.

Rolex Submariner

Available with or without a date complication and in 40 and 41-mm sizes, the Submariner has the distinction of being the first wristwatch waterproof to 100 meters. While vintage models like the 6536 and 5512 are highly notable, more recent desirable references such as the 126610LN and the 116610LV have also garnered significant attention.

Rolex Submariner Key Features

  • Case Size: 40mm & 41mm
  • Bracelet: Oystersteel
  • Dial: Chromalight display for readability in darkness
  • Bezel: Unidirectional rotatable with Cerachrom insert
  • Water Resistance: 300m

Rolex Daytona

The 40mm Daytona, specifically designed for professional racing, is Rolex’s chronograph offering. Considered a ‘grail’ watch for many, it is known for precision and style and is a favorite among collectors and enthusiasts. The ref. 116500LN is especially sought after for its blend of functionality and elegance.

Rolex Daytona Key Features

  • Case Size: 40mm
  • Bracelet: Oystersteel, two-tone, gold, or platinum
  • Dial: Various color options with snailed counters
  • Bezel: Fixed with engraved tachymetric scale
  • Special Feature: Chronograph complication

Rolex Datejust

The Datejust was the first self-winding waterproof chronometer wristwatch. Renowned for its versatility, the Datejust is one of Rolex’s most iconic and adaptable timepieces. Popular models in the 36mm range include the 126234 and 126233, while the 41mm favorites are the 126333 and 126334. Previous generation's models (such as the 116233, 116234, 16234, and 16233) continue to be highly sought after.

Rolex Datejust Key Features

  • Case Size: Ranges from 31mm to 41mm
  • Bracelet: Jubilee or Oyster
  • Dial: Wide variety of colors with date display
  • Bezel: Fluted, domed, or gem-set
  • Special Feature: Cyclops lens over the date

Rolex GMT-Master II

With its 40mm case, the GMT-Master II is a solid, dependable, and precise pilot's watch merging functionality with an iconic design. Our top sellers include the 126710BLNR and the 116710BLNR, famously known as the 'Batman' for their distinctive blue and black bezels. The vintage classic 16710, available with both 'Coke' and 'Pepsi' bezels, is a perennial favorite. Additionally, the 126711CHNR with its rose gold two-tone finish adds a touch of luxury.

Rolex GMT-Master II Key Features

  • Case Size: 40mm
  • Bracelet: Oyster or Jubilee
  • Dial: Luminous with distinct GMT hand
  • Bezel: Bidirectional rotatable with 24-hour graduated Cerachrom insert
  • Special Feature: Dual time zone

Rolex Oyster Perpetual

Ranging historically from 24mm to 41mm, the Oyster Perpetual represents the purest expression of Rolex's pioneering Oyster design. This innovative concept combines a waterproof case - similar to that of a tightly sealed oyster shell - with a self-winding movement. The result is a watch that not only marks a significant milestone in horology but also resonates with a wide audience for its simplicity and elegance. Today, the Oyster Perpetual is considered one of the brand's top performers in the pre-owned market, with the 41mm reference number 124300 being particularly popular among enthusiasts.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Key Features

  • Case Size: Current model ranges from 28mm to 41mm
  • Bracelet: Oystersteel
  • Dial: Various colors available
  • Bezel: Domed
  • Water Resistance: 100m

Rolex Sea-Dweller

The Sea-Dweller is one of Rolex's most advanced dive watches and an exceptional choice for serious divers, while also being versatile enough for everyday wear, switching from a professional diving watch to a casual but sophisticated daily watch. Popular reference numbers include the "red letter" 126600 and all the D-Blue dial Deepsea models nicknamed "James Cameron" including 136660, 126660, and 116660.

Rolex Sea-Dweller Key Features

  • Case Size: 43mm, 44mm, & 50mm
  • Bracelet: Oystersteel with Oysterlock safety clasp
  • Dial: Black & D-blue with Chromalight display
  • Bezel: Unidirectional rotatable with Cerachrom insert
  • Water Resistance: 1,220m (4,000 feet)+

Rolex Day-Date

Available in 36, 40, and 41mm (Day-Date II) sizes, the Day-Date was the first self-winding waterproof chronometer to feature a calendar with the full day on the dial. Often referred to as the "President," this model holds a special place in history, famously worn by President Lyndon B. Johnson and symbolizing Rolex's rise in the luxury watch segment. Exclusively crafted in precious metals like gold and platinum, the Day-Date epitomizes the very essence of a flagship dress watch. Our most sought-after references include the 128238, 228238, 118238, and 18238.

Rolex Day-Date Key Features

  • Case Size: 36mm and 40mm
  • Bracelet: President bracelet
  • Dial: Wide variety, often with diamonds
  • Bezel: Fluted, smooth, or gem-set
  • Special Feature: Day and date display

Rolex Yacht-Master

The Yacht-Master, available in 37, 40, and 42mm sizes, and the now-discontinued Lady Yacht-Master in 35mm, are celebrated for their elegance and robustness. Featuring a bidirectional bezel, this collection includes some of the most refined seaborn timepieces from Rolex. Popular models in the certified pre-owned market include the Yacht-Master 42 ref. 226658, the Yacht-Master 40 ref. 116622, and the Lady Yacht-Master 35mm refs. 168623 and 168622. Additionally, the Yacht-Master II models, specifically refs. 116680 and 116688, are also highly sought after for their unique functionalities and design.

Rolex Yacht-Master Key Features

  • Case Size: 37mm, 40mm and 44mm
  • Bracelet: Oysterflex or Oyster bracelet
  • Features: Date display (Yacht-Master) and Chronograph regatta countdown (Yacht-Master II)
  • Bezel: Bidirectional rotatable with raised numerals (Yacht-Master) and Rotatable Ring-command (Yacht-Master II)
  • Water Resistance: 100m

Rolex Air-King

The Air-King pays homage to the aviation exploration of the 1900s, while its current 40mm model is known for a distinctive black dial and oversized numerals designed for improved pilot legibility. The best-selling reference 116900 has become a desirable, sought-after timepiece in the collection.

Rolex Air-King Key Features

  • Case Size: 40mm
  • Bracelet: Oystersteel
  • Dial: Black with large 3, 6, and 9 numerals
  • Bezel: Smooth
  • Water Resistance: 100m

Rolex Explorer

Available in 36, 39, and 40 sizes, the Explorer is crafted for durability and legibility. Developed in 1953, this watch was designed for field and expedition use. Built to withstand extreme conditions, the Explorer is an ideal companion for adventurers and those who value a watch that balances ruggedness with a classic, understated style.

Rolex Explorer Key Features

  • Case Size: 36mm, 39mm, and 40mm
  • Bracelet: Oystersteel
  • Dial: Black with luminous indices
  • Bezel: Smooth
  • Water Resistance: 100m

Rolex Explorer II

The Rolex Explorer II offers a 40mm or 42mm case size, date function, and an additional 24-hour hand GMT complication ideal for distinguishing day from night. It also features a fixed graduated bezel, enhancing its utility for tracking a second time zone or determining AM/PM in areas with no natural light.

Rolex Explorer II Key Features

  • Case Size: 40mm and 42mm
  • Bracelet: Oystersteel
  • Dial: White or black with an 24-hour hand
  • Bezel: Fixed with 24-hour graduated scale
  • Special Feature: Dual time zone

Rolex Milgauss

The Milgauss, produced from 1956 to 1988, then reintroduced in 2007 and discontinued again in 2023, was designed to withstand magnetic fields up to 1000 gauss. It catered to scientific professionals frequently exposed to high magnetic environments. Known for its green crystal and lightning bolt second hand that pays homage to its electrical-influenced design.

Rolex Milgauss Key Features

  • Case Size: 40mm
  • Bracelet: Oystersteel
  • Dial: Various colors with unique orange lightning bolt second hand
  • Bezel: Smooth
  • Special Feature: Resistant to magnetic fields

Rolex Oysterquartz

The 36mm Oysterquartz, first launched in 1977, is Rolex’s first and only luxury quartz watch. This unique collection, which was in production for 25 years until 2001, is a notable part of Rolex’s history.

Rolex Oysterquartz Key Features

  • Case Size: Typically 36mm
  • Bracelet: Integrated Oyster or Jubilee
  • Dial: Various options, often with date
  • Bezel: Fluted or smooth
  • Movement: Quartz

Rolex Pearlmaster

The Rolex Pearlmaster is famed for its unique Pearlmaster bracelet, a hallmark of luxury and identity. This collection is celebrated for integrating diamonds and precious stones into its designs, combining refined aesthetics with Rolex's precision engineering. Available in various sizes, the Pearlmaster appeals to those who value the exquisite combination of opulent details and meticulous craftsmanship.

Rolex Pearlmaster Key Features

  • Case Size: Ranges from 29mm, 34mm, & 39mm
  • Bracelet: Pearlmaster bracelet
  • Dial: Various, often adorned with diamonds
  • Bezel: Set with diamonds
  • Special Feature: Elegant and jewelry-oriented design

Rolex Cellini

Named after the renowned Italian artist Benvenuto Cellini, this collection represents Rolex's dedication to classical watchmaking. The Cellini watches, primarily available in a sleek 39mm case, are known for their elegance, offering a range of styles including date and dual time functions.

Rolex Cellini Key Features

  • Case Size: Varies, typically around 39mm
  • Bracelet: Leather strap
  • Dial: Simple and elegant
  • Bezel: Smooth or fluted
  • Water Resistance: 50m - Light splashes or brief immersion in water

Rolex 1908

Marking the year Rolex was formally recognized, the 1908 models are seen are the Cellini successor and honor the brand's early history. These watches showcase the foundational designs that have shaped Rolex's status as a leading watchmaker.

Rolex 1908 Key Features

  • Case Size: 39mm
  • Bracelet: Leather straps
  • Dial: Classic rice grain motif, featuring Arabic numerals
  • Bezel: Fluted and smooth combination
  • Movement: Self-winding, caliber 7140

Rolex Sky-Dweller

The Sky-Dweller is an advanced model that offers a dual time zone display and an annual calendar. Available in a 42mm case, it is designed for ease of use and functionality, catering to global travelers who value sophisticated and practical timepieces.

Rolex Sky-Dweller Key Features

  • Case Size: 42mm
  • Bracelet: Available in Oystersteel, gold, or two-tone options
  • Dial: Selection of colors featuring an off-center 24-hour disc and an annual calendar
  • Bezel: Fluted bidirectional rotatable Ring Command
  • Water Resistance: 100m
  • Special Feature: Dual time zone display and Saros annual calendar with date and month display

Rolex Bracelets

  • Oyster - Dating back to the late 1930s, the Oyster bracelet features sturdy flat three-piece interlinks and is a common sight on Rolex Professional models.
  • Jubilee - The Jubilee bracelet was designed alongside the Oyster Perpetual Datejust in 1945, offering flexibility and comfort through five-piece links.
  • President - Known for its semi-circular three-piece links, the President bracelet debuted in 1956 with the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date.
  • Pearlmaster - Introduced in 1992, the Pearlmaster bracelet is presented with rounded five-piece links for an elegant appeal exclusive to the Pearlmaster collection.
  • Oysterflex Rubber - A more recent inclusion, the Oysterflex Rubber bracelet combines a metal blade's durability with a rubber strap's comfort, introduced as a novel Rolex design.

Rolex Clasps

  • Oysterclasp - The Oysterclasp is the standard closure for Oyster bracelets, predominantly found on Rolex’s classic timepieces.
  • Oysterlock - Designed for Rolex’s Professional series, the Oysterlock clasp features a secure locking mechanism essential for sports watches.
  • Crownclasp - The Crownclasp (also known as a ‘hidden clasp’), marked by a subtle crown-shaped lever, is Rolex's most discreet clasp design featured on both Jubilee and President bracelets.

Used Rolex Watches - Price Trends

The market for pre-owned Rolex watches has seen notable growth in recent years. Demand has steadily increased due to several factors. The limited availability of certain models, especially vintage Rolex or highly sought-after references, contributes to this trend. While market fluctuations can occur, the long-term outlook for Rolex watches remains encouraging with prices trending upward for many of the desirable models.

Rolex Expert Repair and Servicing

In addition to selling pre-owned Rolex watches, we also provide skilled repair services. Led by our master watchmaker Glenn Rutledge, we make certain that every watch is beautifully restored, repaired, and expertly serviced.

Our full servicing detail includes all components along with diligent polishing of the case and bracelet. Each restored watch is returned to its prime condition, ready for long-lasting wear with a full 1-year warranty.

Why Buy a Used Rolex Watch From Watch Chest?

We are passionate about this wonderful brand and have spent years accumulating international sources and contacts to secure pre-owned Rolexes at favorable prices, ensuring that we can offer these prestigious timepieces for value on the pre-owned Rolex market.

As one of the leading destinations for trading used Rolex watches, our in-house experts ensure the quality of each piece, evaluating every pre-owned Rolex watch for authenticity and condition.

Every watch is certified authentic and carefully chosen with a multi-point inspection along with a two-year warranty and a seven-day return policy.

Seeking a specific model? Our luxury watch-sourcing service will assist you in finding your grail second-hand Rolex watch if it's not currently in our inventory.

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