Buying your first Rolex is a momentous occasion that few people are fortunate enough to experience, but that is not to say it is not often a daunting milestone to accomplish. With an impressive 111 year heritage of exquisite watchmaking behind them, it is easy to feel overwhelmed when purchasing your first Rolex as a myriad of collections, sizes and materials can catch your eye.
Should you be looking at a vintage Rolex or a modern one? Mid-size or large? Classic or sporty? This week, the BQW Blog will help potential first-time Rolex buyers simplify the process, as we present three impressive entry-level watches from the brand.
Having been introduced by Rolex in 1946, the Datejust has since cemented its place as one of the brand’s most famous and iconic timepieces. The Datejust collection is arguably the most varied collection, for both men and women, offered by Rolex.
Ranging from understated, discreet models in stainless steel to full gold editions encrusted with diamonds, the Rolex Datejust caters for every luxury watch aficionado’s taste.
Although the Datejust is slightly more expensive than the other Rolexes that will be appearing on this list, it presents the opportunity for first time Rolex buyers to own a watch with unmatched heritage, practicality, and lasting appeal.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual is a collection that celebrates the elegant simplicity of watchmaking, with the alluringly symmetrical dial only displaying the time.
Along with the refined simplicity, it is also the COSC-certified automatic mechanical movement and the classic Rolex shape that makes the Oyster Perpetual a standout candidate for a first Rolex purchase.
Furthermore, the Oyster Perpetual is renowned for its incredible versatility, which ensures that the Rolex is equally suited to both formal and casual occasions, as well as enduring daily wear.
It is these admirable characteristics that make the watch a favourite amongst first-time buyers.
Widely regarded as one of the more underappreciated Rolex watches, the Rolex Air-King initially came to market in 1946 along with the Datejust mentioned above.
Originally released as a tribute to the Royal Air Force pilots of World War II, the Air-King is the only model that remains in production from the Rolex “Air” series, which also included the Air-Lion, Air-Tiger, and Air-Giant. In fact, the Air-King itself was discontinued for some years, before a revamped model was unveiled at Baselworld 2016.
In a nod to the now vintage Air-King models, the dial bears the name “Air-King” in the same fashion as it was seen in the 1950s, a move that is sure to delight Rolex aficionados.
The timeless appeal and attractive price point are what makes the Air-King a popular choice for many first-time Rolex customers, and it has certainly been welcomed back to the brand’s current lineup with open arms.