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BREAKING NEWS: Rolex Prices Increase 7.4%

January 2, 2020

BY Paul Altieri

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When is time actually money?

Just a couple of weeks ago, we announced that Rolex would be increasing its retail prices in the UK for 2020. At the time, it was stated that the reasons for the scheduled price increase had to do with the struggling British Pound and the ability for travelers to claim back the 20% VAT (Value Added Tax); however, we still couldn’t help wonder if price increases for the rest of the world would be next. Well, it turns out that we were right, and as of January 1, 2020, the world’s most famous luxury brand has increased U.S. retail prices for the vast majority of Rolex watches.

Rolex may have already increased their prices for 2020, but we haven’t yet- so don’t wait! Be sure to buy now while our prices are still low and before these new price increases take effect.

BREAKING NEWS Rolex Prices Increase 7.4% Daytona

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Rolex Prices for 2020

Rolex’s new 2020 prices represent an average increase of 7.4%; however, the price hike is not symmetrical across the board for all models. For several years now, I have said that Rolex watches are undervalued (at retail), citing the multi-year waitlists that exist at dealers for many of the brand’s most popular models. Moreover, Rolex has not raised prices for several years now, so this increase was long overdue. Additionally, these same highly-desirable models trade hands for significantly more than their original retail prices on the secondary market, proving that the actual ‘value’ of these watches is greater than the retail prices that Rolex charges for them.

GMT-Master Pepsi Rolex Price Increases Price 7.4%

Buyers that have patiently sat on the waiting list for the opportunity to purchase their favorite model will find the 2020 price increase particularly irritating, as they will be charged the new 2020 prices should their name come up on the waiting list this year. Minor annoyances aside, the vast majority of these buyers will still be eager to pay the new 2020 retail prices for their dream watch, as even with the increase, retail prices sit well-below market value for many of Rolex’s top models, particularly their stainless steel sports watches.

As a point of reference, a stainless steel Rolex Daytona ref. 116500LN had a retail price of $12,400 in 2019. Although that exact same watch in 2020 will now be accompanied by an official retail price of $13,150, this is still significantly below the open-market value for the watch, which is currently sitting just above $20k.

Although the 2020 price increase will certainly not be popular among retail customers, it is highly unlikely that it will deter buyers in the slightest. For those individuals out there that have waited several years for the opportunity to purchase their favorite model, a price difference of several hundred dollars is hardly going to be the factor that makes them abandon their planned purchase. If anything, this increase only further supports the ability of Rolex watches to serve as investments, as secondary market prices are likely to also increase throughout the year in response to the new 2020 prices.

Model # and New Retail Price Old Price New Price % Increase
Rolex Submariner
114060  $   7,500.00  $         7,900 5.33%
116610LN  $   8,550.00  $         8,950 4.68%
116610LV  $   9,050.00  $         9,350 3.31%
116613  $ 13,000.00  $      14,100 8.46%
116618  $ 34,250.00  $ 35,750.00 4.38%
Rolex GMT-Master II
126710  $         9,250  $         9,700 4.86%
126711  $      14,050  $      14,800 5.34%
126715  $      36,750  $      38,250 4.08%
126719 (meteorite dial)  $      38,400  $      39,900 3.91%
Rolex Daytona
116500LN  $      12,400  $      13,150 6.05%
116503  $      16,900  $      17,400 2.96%
116519LN  $      28,800  $      29,700 3.13%
Explorer
214270  $         6,550  $         6,550 0.00%
216570  $         8,350  $         8,100 2.99%
Sea-Dweller
126600  $      11,350  $      11,700 3.08%
126603  $      16,050  $      16,600 3.43%
126660 (D-Blue dial)  $      12,550  $      12,900 2.79%
Milgauss
116400GV  $         8,200  $         8,300 1.22%
Air-King
116900  $         6,200  $         6,450 4.03%
Sky-Dweller
326934  $      14,400  $      14,800 2.78%
326933  $      17,150  $      17,650 2.92%
326138  $      38,150  $      38,850 1.83%
Yacht-Master
226659  $      27,800  $      28,900 3.96%
126655  $      24,950  $      27,300 9.42%
268655  $      22,000  $      23,250 5.68%

Below is an updated list with the new 2020 retail prices for many of Rolex’s top models.

Rolex Price Increases Price 7.4% Submariner Date

Submariner

  • 114060 = $7,900
  • 116610LN = $8,950
  • 116610LV = $9,350
  • 116613 = $14,100
  • 116618 = $35,750
  • 116619 = $38,350

GMT-Master II

  • 126710 = $9,700
  • 126711 = $14,800
  • 126715 = $38,250
  • 126719 = $38,250
    • $39,900 w/ Meteorite Dial

Explorer

  • 214270 = $6,550

Explorer II

  • 216570 = $8,350

Rolex Price Increases Price 7.4% Daytona

Daytona

  • 116500LN = $13,100
  • 116503 = $17,400
    • $19,350 w/ Diamond Dial
  • 116508 = $36,650
    • $38,600 w/ Diamond Dial
  • 116509 = $39,350
    • $41,300 w/ Diamond Dial
  • 116505 = $39,350
    • $45,600 w/ Diamond Dial (Baguette Diamonds)
  • 116518LN = $28,500
    • $30,450 w/ Diamond Dial
  • 116519LN = $29,700
    • $31,650 w/ Diamond Dial
  • 116515LN = $29,700
    • $35,950 w/ Diamond Dial (Baguette Diamonds)
  • 116506 = Price Upon Request

Air-King

  • 116900 = $6,450

Milgauss

  • 116400GV = $8,300

Rolex Price Increases Price 7.4% Yacht-Master II

Yacht-Master 

  • 226659 = $28,900
  • 126622 = $12,000
  • 268022 = $11,250
  • 126621 = $14,500
  • 268621 = $13,150
  • 126655 = $27,300
    • $47,150 w/ Diamond Dial
  • 268655 = $23,250
    • $41,000 w/ Diamond Dial

Yacht-Master II

  • 116680 = $18,750
  • 116681 = $25,350
  • 116688 = $43,550
  • 116689 = $48,150

Sea-Dweller

  • 126600 = $11,700
  • 126603 = $16,600

Deepsea

  • 126660 = $12,600
    • $12,900 w/ D-Blue Dial

Rolex Price Increases Price 7.4% Day-Date President

Day-Date

  • 228238 = $36,550
    • $41,000 w/ Diamond Dial
  • 228348 = $51,950
  • 228239 = $39,250
    • $43,700 w/ Diamond Dial
  • 228349 = $56,650
  • 228235 = $39,250
    • $43,700 w/ Diamond Dial
  • 228345 = $56,650
  • 128238 = $33,150
    • $36,150 w/ Diamond Dial
  • 128348 = $46,250
  • 128239 = $35,850
    • $38,850 w/ Diamond Dial
  • 128349 = $48,950
  • 128235 = $38,850 w/ Diamond Dial
  • 128345 = $51,950 w/ Diamond Dial and Diamond Bezel

Datejust

  • Datejust 41 (Oystersteel)
    • starting at $7,650
  • Datejust 41 (White Rolesor)
    • starting at $9,650
  • Datejust 41 (Yellow Rolesor)
    • starting at $12,500
  • Datejust 41 (Everose Rolesor)
    • starting at $12,800
  • Datejust 36 (Oystersteel)
    • starting at $7,050
  • Datejust 36 (White Rolesor)
    • starting at $8,300
  • Datejust 36 (Yellow Rolesor)
    • starting at $10,950
  • Datejust 36 (Everose Rolesor)
    • starting at $11,250
  • Date 34 (Oystersteel)
    • starting at $6,500
  • Date 34 (White Rolesor)
    • starting at $7,650
  • Datejust 31 (Oystersteel)
    • starting at $6,400
  • Datejust 31 (White Rolesor)
    • starting at $7,550
  • Datejust 31 (Yellow Rolesor)
    • starting at $9,650
  • Datejust 31 (Everose Rolesor)
    • starting at $10,000
  • Datejust 31 (Yellow Gold)
    • starting at $26,850
  • Datejust 31 (Everose Gold)
    • starting at $29,350
  • Lady-Datejust (Oystersteel)
    • starting at $6,500
  • Lady-Datejust (White Rolesor)
    • starting at $7,550
  • Lady-Datejust (Yellow Rolesor)
    • starting at $8,850
  • Lady-Datejust (Everose Rolesor)
    • starting at $9,150

BREAKING NEWS Rolex Prices Increase 7.4% for 2020 Sky-Dweller

Sky-Dweller

  • 326934 = $14,800
  • 326933 = $17,650
  • 326938 = $46,650
  • 326935 = $49,450
  • 326138 = $38,850
  • 326135 = $40,350

Oyster Perpetual

  • 114300 = $5,700
  • 116000 = $5,400
  • 114200 = $5,100
  • 177200 = $5,000
  • 176200 = $4,850

Cellini 

  • 50535 = $26,750
  • 50529 = $19,400
  • 50525 = $19,400
  • 50519 = $17,900
  • 50515 = $17,900
  • 50509 = $15,200
  • 50505 = $15,200

Pearlmaster

  • Prices start at $37,000; however, most are listed as ‘Price Upon Request’ on the official Rolex website.

Rolex Price Increases Price 7.4% Datejust

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