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Here Are the 5 Models To Buy If You Are Starting a Rolex Collection

Here are the five models to buy if you are starting a Rolex Collection. Getting your hands on the right crown as a starter might not be so easy. Below are some of the top picks we suggest you buy:

Submariner 116610

Rolex Submariner Ref. 116610
Rolex Submariner Ref. 116610

The Submariner 116610 is a good a way to start if you are just dipping your toes into the journey of Rolex watch collection.

It is a classic in the Rolex roster and one that has been gaining popularity even in the midst of Daytona mania.

The Submariner 116610 retails for a relatively reasonable $8,550, but like all covetable Rolex models you likely can’t walk into your local retailer and buy one. The good news is it is possible to buy one under $10,000.

Pepsi GMT-Master II

Pepsi GMT-Master II

The Pepsi GMT-Master II was the hottest watch in 2018. For those who are just in on it,it is a hot watch to have. The watch currently sells in secondary markets for double its original $9,250 retail price. The Pepsi earned its nickname for its blue and red bezel. Developed in 1955 to help Pan Am pilots keep track of time during transatlantic flights, the fourth hand can be set with the 24-hour bezel to set the second time zone. 

Daytona Ref. 116500

Daytona Ref. 116500

The Rolex Daytona Ref. 116500, introduced in 2016, was the first Daytona to feature a Cerachrom bezel—a patented Rolex ceramic material that is resistant to both scratches and ultraviolet rays. Prior to this Daytona release, the model had not received a major update since 2000, when Rolex began equipping it with its first in-house movement, the caliber 4130. It had previously come with a Zenith-made El Primero movement, which the watchmaker had used since 1988.

The model from the ’70s sold for around $1,100 to $2,000 and now sells for between $85,000 and $110,000. The Ref. 116500 at retail is $12,400 (the same price for the white dial or the black dial), but is commanding prices as high as $25,000.

Rolex Skydweller with Blue Dial

The Skydweller Ref. 326934 is a watch that has picked up in demand over time and believe it or not, Altieri says it’s harder to get than the Pepsi GMT-Master II. It’s also selling for double its original $14,000 retail price, and there’s fewer of them popping up in the secondary market because clients are holding onto them.

Vintage Daytona Gold 6263 Paul Newman

In certain circles, this Rolex is considered a grail watch. 

The Ref. 6241 Daytona is known as the John Player Special because of its black-and-gold coloring that looks like the livery of a 1972 Formula One car sponsored by cigarette maker John Player & Sons. The 6241 was manufactured prior to the ’70s between 1966 and 1969 and less than 300 examples of the model in 18-karat yellow gold were ever produced.

If you are new to the hobby of watch collecting, just be prepared that, like most watch collectors, your interest may develop into full-blown obsession.

On the eve of the 90th Monaco Grand Prix, Bob’s Watches has partnered with Sotheby’s to offer 12 references dating from as early as 1937 to 2016 and ranging in price from $11,000 to $75,000 in a sale on now through May 30th.

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