Diving Watches: From Sports Watches to Certified Icons
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We tend to think that Rolex watches are expensive and, therefore, unattainable for your average person. While this might be the case for certain models, there are plenty of Rolexes that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Take the Oyster Perpetual ref. 116000, for example. This wonderful timepiece sells for around $4,500—a rather modest price for a modern Rolex. Its 36-mm case is the same size as those of vintage Datejusts, which themselves have experienced a bit of a comeback in recent years, but with a contemporary design and movement. Paired with a thicker case and bezel, large numerals at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock, and a modern bracelet, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual is an exceptionally wearable, high-quality timepiece. Don’t let the smaller size fool you: This watch wears much larger than its 36 mm. The final result is an understated modern dress watch that serves as an attractive alternative from one of the most prestigious Swiss industry powerhouses. What more could you need?
We’re so used to Submariners, Explorers, and other Rolex sports models dominating the headlines that we sometimes forget that Rolex produces beautiful dress watches as well. However, that doesn’t make these watches any less deserving of our attention. The Rolex Cellini received a lukewarm reception from the watch press when it debuted, as it was (and still is) very different than most contemporary models. Truth be told, Rolex hasn’t made many moon phase watches in recent decades. However, if you take a look at their vintage catalog, you’ll find a wide variety of timepieces with this complication. One of the first examples to come to mind is the Bao Dao, which held the title of the most expensive Rolex ever sold at auction for quite a while. This new Cellini (ref. 50535) is a beautiful dress watch with one classic and one useful complication. First, there’s the classic moon phase. While it may be rather pretty to look at, if we’re being honest, it’s pretty useless nowadays. Then there’s the date display. Even though there are various ways to check the date, including on your phone’s screen, I still find it a useful thing to have on a watch. The Rolex Cellini places these two beautiful features in a perfectly-sized, 18-karat gold case.
The Rolex Explorer II has been on the market for many years now. However, it hadn’t been getting much love from the watch community until the last few years. This was especially the case with the Explorer II, ref. 16570. This model launched over 30 years ago, in 1988. It came with an updated design and movement and was to replace the older ref. 1655. While it sold well, its popularity was nowhere near that of the other sports models like the Submariner or Sea Dweller. Still, the Explorer is a solid watch with a 40-mm case that fits well on wrists both large and small. While the steel bezel is not everyone’s favorite, it does give this timepiece a distinctive look. Then you have the GMT function. This feature makes the Rolex Explorer II a great and useful tool watch and a proper travel companion. Collectors are slowly coming to recognize it for the icon it is, and it’s about time, especially considering that prices for these marvelous watches have yet to reach astronomical levels.