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How To Choose Your First Rolex

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Rolex is unquestionably one of the most known and respected watch brands in the world. Their Timepieces are a product of class, sophistication, and boldness, regardless of what you’re buying it for.  

Owning a Rolex is a goal and a dream for many people, but if that desire becomes a reality, how do you choose which Rolex watch to buy? 

There are hundreds of different Rolex models to select from, so how can you possibly choose just one? A first-time buyer may find it difficult to choose from such a large selection of Rolex watches. It’s fine to take as much time as you need to choose a model before making a purchase. 

You don’t have to be a custom luxury watch connoisseur to buy or own a Rolex.

Ask Yourself 3 Important Questions

Am I Buying for the Right Reasons?

First and foremost, consider why you want to buy a Rolex watch. Do you want to be able to show off your watch and tell people about it, or are you drawn to the brand’s reputation for quality? It’s also worth considering how important it is for you to be able to identify your watch as a Rolex.

If brand recognition is important to you, keep in mind that most casual observers will only recognize Rolex sports watches like the Submariner, GMT-Master II, or Daytona. Even without flashy materials, these models are large and visible, but a full gold sports Rolex will attract the most attention, especially with a diamond afterset.

Can I afford a Rolex?

This is the most important question to ask before purchasing a high-end timepiece such as a Rolex. Rolex watch collectors are well aware of how costly and sophisticated a Rolex is. We recommend determining your budget as well as the model you want. A little forethought can go a long way.

In general, the price of a Rolex is determined by the complexity of the watch’s functions. In terms of functions, an Oyster Perpetual is one of the most basic timepieces in the Rolex catalog, as well as one of the most affordable. 

Datejust models are more expensive because they not only show the time but also the date. The Day-Date goes a step further by displaying the date as well as the day of the week, and these models are even more expensive.

How do I wear my Rolex?

You don’t need a dress watch for business because almost any Rolex, including sports watches, will look good with a suit. Similarly, most Rolex dress watches are equally at home in a casual sports setting.

The most popular sports models come to mind when thinking of a Rolex to flaunt, but a yellow gold and steel Datejust 41 with a fluted bezel is also a good option. Choose an Oyster Perpetual or a Datejust 41 with a smooth bezel if you prefer a more understated look. At the same time, the Explorer I is a high-quality sports model that won’t draw too much attention or stand out.

There are a plethora of ways to purchase Rolexes, but for such an important purchase with so many highly accurate counterfeits on the market, you should go with a reputable dealer of new, certified, pre-owned, and vintage Rolexes.

Vintage Rolexes can be purchased from reputable online retailers. You want to deal with a Rolex volume dealer with a good reputation who wants to keep doing business and selling Rolex. Otherwise, you might end up with a fake because it’s very likely, and if you’re new to this, you might not even notice it and believe you have the genuine article.

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