Affordable Rolex Watches for New Collectors
Rolex Watches for New Collectors
One of the most famous brands in all of luxury, not just watches, is Rolex. The prestige of the watch brand is matched by their exuberant price tags, which can make it inaccessible to more modest collectors. However, there are some Rolex models which can be attainable for collectors spending less than $10,000.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Defined as the definitive Oyster, the perpetual is a representation of the Oyster concept. It provides owners with select features and significant technical enhancements. These consist of a 36 mm 904L stainless steel case, water resistance of up to 100 meters or 133 feet, steel-supported case, a sapphire crystal, and the patented Twinlock system.
Rolex uses the self-manufactured caliber 3130 to power the watch. It carries an official Swiss chronometer certification and exerts an emphasis on precision and consistency. Collectors value the free-sprung balance that gives the watch its precise time-keeping capabilities. The 36 mm Oyster Perpetual is available at $5,400.
An iconic part of the Rolex development line, the Explorer was worn by Sir Edmund Hillary as he and Tenzing Norgay became the first pair of hikers to reach the summit of Mt. Everest in May, 1953. While many summit trips were to follow, the tale provided significance to the legacy of the Rolex Explorer and the human milestones it as been a part of.
The Explorer made its re-debut in 2010, and it stayed to the original heritage of the watch line started in 1953. It carries hour markers and hands for perfect visibility in diverse conditions. It has a 39-mm Oyster case, Twinlock crown, and sapphire crystal for security against external damage. It uses the Caliber 3132 self-winding movement and is an officially certified chronometer. The free-sprung balance is achieved by being fitted between two Paraflex shock absorbers. The bracelet also provides enhanced comfort with Oysterlock clasp and Easylink comfort system. The Explorer is available for $6,550.
Rolex Datejust II
The Datejust brand is summarized in one statement: “goes everywhere, does everything”. It is a watch that can be worn in both a casual or formal setting. It is the definition of versatility within the wider scope of the watch collecting world. Re-launched in 2009, the Datejust II carried a 41 mm diameter size that truly gives the wearer a bold presence.
The Datejust II continues to evolve with additional technological enhancements as the war progressed. A Cyclops lens above the date allows text to be magnified 2.5 times. The 904L stainless steel Oyster case also comes with the fluted bezel. This provided the crown to be fitted and held down to allow the watch be fully sealed. Finally, it uses a Caliber 3136 movement that was awarded the “Chronometer” designation by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).
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