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Top Five Most Popular Rolex Watches

Updated: Apr 18

A Little About Rolex

The history of Rolex starts with a watch specialist store established by Hans Wilsdorf in London in 1905. At that time, watches were not that high-tech, but Wilsdorf started creating his own watches in 1908 after he started considering the level of practicality that customers would be expecting from watchmakers in the future. Wilsdorf sought out practical, high-performance watches through implementing small, high-precision movements created by watch makers in Bienne, Switzerland. In 1910, he received an official certification for the world’s first chronometer, and in 1914, he received the first A-grade certification for a watch from the Kew Observatory in the UK, leading to the increase of trust in the precision of the Rolex chronometer. Wilsdorf moved to Geneve, Switzerland in 1919 and claimed his place as a high-brand watchmaker through the development of his watchmaking craft.

In this blog, we will introduce five models of Rolex watches that we list in our auctions and what makes them special.


ROLEX Datejust

The Datejust is equipped with these three main functions that made Rolex the brand it is today: the waterproof “Oyster Case”, the self-winding “Perpetual Mechanism”, and the “Datejust Mechanism”, which changes the date instantly at the right time.


ROLEX Submariner

The Submariner is a waterproof watch that was developed for divers. This model utilizes the rotating bezel to measure the amount of time spent underwater. At the time of its creation in 1953, the waterproof function could only withstand going up to 100 meters underwater, but the current model is able to withstand 300 meters as of the 1980’s.

Explorer II

ROLEX Explorer II

The Explorer II is a model made for cave explorers. This model is an updated version of the Explorer I, which was created at the time of the exploring boom into unexplored areas. The 24-hour display on this watch is a function that makes this model stand out.

GMT Master II


The GMT Master II is a watch for world travelers that was designed to show the time in three countries. This model is an updated version of the GMT Master I. The various color options for its bezel makes it a unique model!


ROLEX Daytona

The Daytona was created as a sports watch for racers with its precision, practicality, and durability. This watch is special because it is equipped with a one-of-a-kind chronograph. The Daytona is called “The King of Rolex” and is becoming very popular even within the different Rolex watch types.

Thank you for reading our blog on the top five most popular Rolex watches!

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