Buying a Rolex watch can be a huge milestone for people who have succeeded in numerous things in life. Some people look to buy a Rolex simply because they’re familiar with a certain model or series. Some are simply looking for the least expensive model or be recognized for wearing the brand’s name.
Regardless of what you’re buying the watch for, a Rolex watch is a product of class, sophistication, and boldness. However, a first-timer can find it really difficult to choose from an enormous library of Rolex watches. It’s okay to take as much time as you need to decide on a model before buying. After all, you don’t need to be a watch aficionado to buy or own a Rolex.
In this article, we’re going to show you what you need to do before buying your first Rolex watch.
1: Ask Yourself Three Important Questions
Q.1 Will I Be Able to Afford a Rolex?
This is the most important question before buying a luxury watch like a Rolex. Watch enthusiasts are fully aware of how expensive and sophisticated a Rolex really is. We recommend figuring out your budget, as well as figuring out which model you’d want. A little bit of planning can go a long way.
Q.2 Am I Buying a Rolex for the Right Reason(s)?
Do you intend to buy a Rolex simply for yourself or for someone else? Are you buying it simply because it looks good or to elevate your own social status? Whatever the reason is, you should only buy something that you’re going to wear because you genuinely like it and not because it’s some sort of novelty item.
Q.3 How Should I Wear It?
How often are you going to wear it? Is your dress style casual or fancy?
You should know that Rolex got popular for being a professional or sports type of watch. This means that not all Rolex watches are meant to be worn with formal outfits and suits, despite many people doing so. But of course, you can. As a matter of fact, lots of people these days wear stainless steel GMT Masters, Datejust, or Submariners with their suits.
2: Go for Vintage, Pre-Owned, or New
Buying a new Rolex watch is quite straightforward. A full price is paid before you get your authentic product, including the papers, the boxes, and everything else. While buying a new Rolex may give you some semblance of peace, a hefty amount of money is also being given.
Then, there are the vintage Rolex pieces. You might be into something that looks a bit worn or you prefer the old leather strap and style. Vintage Rolex is defined by something that is at least 20 or 30 years old. An antique Rolex, on the other hand, is at least 100 years old.
Another option is the pre-owned Rolex watches which are classified as watches less than 20 years old. These watches are more affordable because the rates for vintage sometimes go up due to some are sought-after or rare.
3: Look into the Details
You may think that there’s only one type of size when you talk about watches, but you’ll be surprised to learn the variety. When it comes to size, a particular model should be in response to the size of the wrist. For example, if your wrist is slim, a smaller watch will do for you. Likewise, if you have a big wrist, then a bigger model will do.
Material and Band
The next on the list is choosing the right band and material. For this, we recommend you go for a stainless-steel bracelet and watch case as it is more in line with the watch’s sporty streak. It’s also the most in-demand material due to it retaining the most value and can brilliantly stand the test of time. If you prefer the two-tone of gold and stainless steel, then you’re within your rights to go for it.
Dial and Bezel
And lastly, the dial and bezel. Since this is your first-ever Rolex, we would advise you to avoid bold details or flashy colors as it would only make your timepiece less versatile and you won’t be able to wear it often. But if you like colors and it relates to your personality or if you’re an artist, then go for it.
4: Picking the Right Model
Now comes the best part: the watch itself. When thinking about buying a watch, you should already know that Rolex has plenty of brothers and sisters in the family tree. In other words, different models. If you’re getting your first Rolex, you can’t go wrong with a classic sports watch. In this case, a Submariner, Datejust, Daytona, GMT Master, or even a Sea-Dweller.
Some Rolex collections like the GMT Master, Submariner, and Datejust are classics. It doesn’t matter whether you buy them new or find vintage pieces because they will look identical to those from 20 years earlier. These types of watches are better known as evergreen. They never seem to wear out in terms of fashion no matter what timeline or generation they are from.
If you like wearing something sports-like for your office along with your suit, then the Datejust may be your best bet. Maybe you don’t like the Cyclops magnifying glass that comes with this model? Then the Oyster Perpetual might be more of your style. If you like bigger watches, then the Explorer series will fill the void, and they’re also pretty sporty too. Whatever you’re style is, Rolex has something to offer.