The world of vintage Rolex watches is like no other, and there is nothing quite like the uniqueness of a vintage Rolex. This brand is famous for not only the design and quality of their watches but also the versatility and revolutionary technology. Vintage Rolex watches truly tell a story and most age beautifully due to care that was put into making them. It is no surprise that these days, a vintage Rolex is just as popular, if not more so, than the new models that are being created.
When deciding to purchase a vintage Rolex watch you will soon discover that the market can be difficult to navigate. Realising that small details such as extra lines of text or colours of the dial can make such a big difference in price can make purchasing quite daunting. To help anyone looking to invest in a vintage Rolex, Bonds Of Brentwood have looked into the most popular makes and models.
Vintage Rolex Submariner
Since being released in 1954 it is safe to say that the Submariner is one of the most recognised Rolex in the world. Many say that the Submariner is both practical and flexible, it can be worn with a t-shirt or a tuxedo making it desirable to all.
As far as vintage Submariners are concerned, some of the most popular models include the 5513, 5517, 6200, and 6538. Both the 6200 and 6538 are some of the original vintage models produced in 1954 and James Bond made the 5513 famous. However, one of the most sort after vintage Submariners is the 5517, they are often referred to as the ‘MilSubs’. This model was issued exclusively to enlisted members of the British military so it is incredibly difficult to get hold of.
Vintage Rolex Datejust
This particular watch was manufactured to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary. Because it was the first automatic watch to indicate the date in a window on the dial it quickly became the height of sophistication and a symbol of wealth and success.
When looking at vintage Datejust watches, while it may seem commonplace compared to its sports watch siblings, it is the timeless and instantly recognisable aesthetic is popular with collectors. Among the all-time great models is the 1601, 4467 and the 16014. In general, the prices of the pre-owned Datejust models have increased over the past few years, so almost any model is now a great vintage investment.
Vintage Rolex Explorer
The Rolex Explorer was first designed to meet the needs of Rolex’s more adventurous customers and was aimed at the mountaineering world. The explorer is described as simple and understated, but it still possesses all of the quality elements that make up a Rolex.
One of the most popular vintage models is the 6098, this was the prototype that made a famous journey up Everest in 1953. In general, when looking at vintage Explorer watches, you want to find one with a white face, it is said that there was a flaw in the paint that Rolex used which caused discolouration to a creamy colour. Models such as the 16550 or 16570 are very sort after by collectors and can set you back much more than their black-dial versions.
Vintage Rolex Daytona
This watch was initially designed for race car drivers and they always look luxurious. Lots of people say that the vintage models are better than the newer designs, so in every important watch collection, you’re bound to find at least one Rolex Daytona.
When choosing the best one to purchase, it goes without saying that the ‘Paul Newman’ Daytona 6239 is the way to go. Be careful when looking for this model though, experts say that there are more counterfeit in circulation than genuine ones. Another great Daytona to keep an eye out for is the 6241, the ‘John Player Special’. Its black-and-gold colouring makes this watch famous, and less than 300 of the models in 18-karat yellow gold were ever produced.
Investing in a vintage Rolex
All in all, when deciding which vintage Rolex watch to purchase ensure that you do your research, purchase from a trusted seller and always try to view the watch in person before you hand over any money.
If you’re searching for a reliable seller that you can buy a vintage Rolex in the UK from, visit the Bonds Of Brentwood website today. Browse their huge selection of Rolex watches and if you can’t find the exact watch you’re looking for, simply get in touch and they will endeavour to source the vintage watch from their international supply network. If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to ask.