Which is the Best Rolex for Me?

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With Baselworld 2017 around the corner, many watch enthusiasts wonder if they should wait until after the international trade show to make their next wristwatch purchase. While the excitement of new Rolex configurations is palpable, it will be a while before anyone will get their hands on a 2017 model. When it comes to choosing the best Rolex model for you, taking a look at model introductions of years past will help you figure out which models to look out for in the new model year. 

2016 Rolex Explorer (photo: Rolex)
A model that received a subtle update in 2016 is the Explorer (Reference #214270), an often overlooked stainless steel professional model. The update included extending the minute hand and adding luminescence to the Arabic numerals at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock. What people love about this model is that it combines understated elegance with a sporty spirit at a reasonable price. The symmetry of the dial makes it a pleasure to look at on a daily basis and the 904l stainless steel used guarantees the longevity of the timepiece should you decide to wear it daily.

2015 White Gold Rolex Day-Date
If you are looking for a more prestigious wristwatch made of gold or platinum, look no further than the 2015 Day-Date 40 (Reference #228239). Shown above in white gold, this classic model is often referred to as the 'President's Watch' because many powerful figures have chosen to wear it since its introduction in the 1950s. This model is favorite amongst popular music's elite, including Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars. Opera legend and Rolex Arts Testimonee Plácido Domingo wears this model in platinum, adding to its legacy of excellence.

2016 Rolex Cosmograph Daytona (photo: Rolex)
The hottest wristwatch model to be released by Rolex in the past few years, the stainless steel Cosmograph Daytona (Reference #116500LN) features a black Cerachrom bezel insert that gives the new configuration a classic look. Similar in aesthetic to the coveted vintage Paul Newman Daytona models, it is hard to come by, with waiting lists around the world at Rolex Authorized Dealers. If you are willing to wait and pay a premium, this Daytona will surely retain its value over time due to its popularity.

Rolex 2015 Oyster Perpetual Collection (photo: Rolex)
Finally, for those who value simplicity over complications, Rolex offers their Oyster Perpetual model in a variety of sizes and colors. With case sizes that range from 26 millimeters to 39 millimeters, they are suitable for both men and women. Their dials range in colors from blue to green, with red grape and champagne for those who prefer a bit of flair. These are their most reasonably priced models in addition to their versatility.

There are many more Rolex models to choose form on their official website. I have profiled many of them, including vintage models, on my Rolex Models page. If you are on the market for a Rolex at the moment, check out my Shopping Guide with information on pricing and model selection.

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