There are many reasons to buy a Rolex watch. Perhaps you’re celebrating a milestone in your life, or you’re in the market for a fine timepiece that will hold its value well. Or, perhaps, you want a timepiece on your wrist that exudes a certain level of class or accomplishment. Whatever your reason, we’re here to help you pick out the perfect Rolex for 2022.
Rolex Logitech 16233
Originally released in the late 1980’s, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust reference 16223 represented the first two tone Datejust 36 watch with a sapphire crystal. In addition, the Logbook 16233 is the best men’s Rolex watch and the last 36mm model to offer the classic case and proportions of the line before Rolex updated the Logbook to feature thicker lugs and a fully polished finish. Not as shiny as its six-figure successor, the Rolex Logbook 16233 has recently soared in popularity as it offers classic styling paired with modern, carefree amenities such as a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and the reliable caliber 3135 movement.
Rolex GMT-Master II
When Pan Am ruled the transatlantic skies in the 1950s, Rolex designed the GMT Master for pilots who needed to track multiple time zones simultaneously. In 1982, the Crown was upgraded to the GMT Master II – the new movement and independently adjustable local hour hand were a big hit, as the steel and gold models showcased the perfect jet-setting attitude. Many knew to shake the Rolex Submariner for maximum panache, but shaking the GMT Master II was a cunning fashion move that showcased the owner’s uniqueness. To this day, the GMT Master II exudes an introspective eccentricity.
Often favored by the Submariner, the GMT-Master or any of its more flamboyant cousins, the Air-King is a brilliant watch. It is also one of Rolex’s more revered collections, having been introduced in 1945 as an entry-level model for less than £100, about a third of the price of the Logbook. One of the many “Air” watches produced during World War II in honor of RAF pilots – see also the long-forgotten Air-Lion, Air-Giant and Air-Tiger- – its “King” model was a great example of the “King” watch. -Its “King” name relates to its size, which at the time weighed 34 mm – small by today’s standards. The unusual mix of 3, 6 and 9 large numerals and striking minute markers isn’t for everyone (Rolex is known for its “classic” designs, weep the critics, it’s not) but we’re still big fans of the Esquire. The Air-King was relaunched in 2022 and now comes with a redesigned bracelet, Rolex’s latest 3230 movement and a more efficient gear train, offering a 70-hour power reserve. Extra trivia: it is the only Rolex to use the brand’s gold and green color scheme.
Rolex Explorer II 226570
Decades ago Rolex was popular because they made the best tool watches. Outside of the Submariner, one could argue that the Rolex Explorer II is the next best tool watch and is part of an exclusive club of the best Rolex watches for men.
Rolex Black No Date Sub 114060
The Rolex Submariner “No Date” has made its way to the list of best Rolex watches as it is very rare to find a Rolex Submariner watch without a date display, thus adding to its provenance. From an aesthetic point of view, a dial without a date is pleasing: it looks more symmetrical and refined. The Black ‘No Date’ Sub (ref. 114060) currently retails for over £9,500 on the secondary market and its rarity means that this figure will only increase in the future, meaning it could be a great investment.
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