Starting at the year 1905, Rolex watches have revolutionized the market with their unique, sophisticated Swiss timepieces. In these early years, the first waterproof watch was designed by the owner Hans Wilsdorf. And since then the Rolex brand has created statement watches that are deluxe from its mechanism to its intricate designs. The Rolex Submariner, the Rolex GMT series, the Daytona, the Explorer are some of the most exquisite series of Rolex watches that the world has ever seen.
The Top 5 Vintage Rolex Models
1. Submariner 16610
The Rolex Submariner watches are one of the most popular Rolex models around the world that can withstand a depth of 1000 feet. The Rolex submariner 16610 was first introduced in 1989, with a bracelet of standard steel and an aluminum bezel. In 2010, the 16610 model was replaced by the Rolex Submariner 116610 with little tweaks in the design and manufacturing.
2. GMT Master II
This timepiece was first designed by Rolex in 1955 ideally designed for travelers. The Rolex GMT watches simultaneously show the time or two separate time zones including the local time and the reference time or the time from any different time zone. It has attracted especially tourists from around the world, through the years, for its dual timing, aesthetic design, efficient functionality, and robust build.
3. Rolex Day-Date
The Rolex Day-Date comes to mind when speaking of statement Rolex watches. This 1956 watch was the first self-winding and waterproof watch to reach the market that also came with a window displaying the date and day for its user. Needless to say, this is one of the most popular watches of its time and now.
4. Rolex Daytona 116588 TBR
The Rolex Daytona 11658 TBR is not one of the most conventional watch designs but certainly caught the attention of the crowd. The unique gem-set pattern on the dial has earned itself the nickname – eye of the tiger. It is also a self-winding watch that can withstand a depth of 100 meters.
5. Rolex Datejust
This 1945 watch easily earns itself the title of one of the classiest Rolex vintage designs. The extreme precision in design and manufacturing of this watch also made it extremely durable, featuring a 36 mm diameter dial, a date function, and a golden or silver dial with the trademark Rolex aesthetic.
If you are a fan of vintage timepieces and are planning to start a Rolex collection, these 5 luxurious designs are worth looking into.