A quick Google search will produce countless, must-have Rolex lists. That doesn’t come as much of a surprise as Rolex is one of the most iconic luxury brands in the world. This Top 5 style guide aims to highlight newer model Rolex watches for men that will appeal to the modern collector.
In a perfect world, a well-rounded collection would have at least one dress watch and maybe a few tool watches, so let’s take a closer look at a few trending Rolex watches for men to consider for your next purchase.
Rolex Explorer II 216570 – Polar Dial
The first ‘Polar’ dial Rolex Explorer II graced us with its presence during the 1980s. What makes it so special is the addition of luminous plots set against a stark white dial. Black surrounds distinguish the hour markers and hands from the rest of the dial, earning it the “Polar” nickname. While Rolex does offer other white dial watches, this particular option is unique to the Explorer II collection and attracts collectors of all lifestyles and budgets.
The newest edition of the Polar Explorer II turned heads when it came to market in 2011 with a larger 42mm case and a bold Maxi dial. It also brought back the iconic orange arrow hand that was featured on first the very first model, the ref. 1655 that many refer to as the “Freccione” or the Steve McQueen. Some see it as a tribute watch, others don’t. Regardless, there’s no denying that the ref. 216570 is one of the hottest Rolex watches for men and a worthwhile addition to any luxury watch collection.
Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO ‘Pepsi’
The Pepsi bezel has been one of the most defining features of the Rolex GMT collection since its release in the 1950s, and there have been numerous editions released since then. However, in recent years, none has been as widely sought-after as the ref. 126710BLRO. Before its 2018 release, the ceramic Pepsi bezel was only offered in white gold, which is why so many were anxiously awaiting the release of this stainless steel (aka Oystersteel) model.
The ref. 126710 also utilizes Rolex’s iconic Jubilee bracelet, which is now secured by a 5mm Oysterlock clasp. Pair that with a more refined Super Case and a larger Maxi dial filled with Chromalight, and you have a stunning professional series watch that is both classic and modern. If you come across the ceramic Pepsi GMT-Master II, we highly recommend investing in it.
Rolex Datejust 41 126300
The Oyster Perpetual Datejust was released a little over a decade ago in 41mm and has since become one of the most popular Rolex watches for men on the secondary market. It made history at the time for being the largest non-sports watch in Rolex’s catalog. Since then, many versions have been released to offer different metal options, bezel styles, bracelet types, and dial colors.
The ref. 126300 is one of the most subtle and sporty models, being crafted entirely from 904L-grade Oystersteel. The resilient stainless steel alloy is produced in-house by Rolex and it is virtually resistant to corrosion and able to take on an exceptional shine when polished. The Datejust 126300 features a satin and high-polish finish that, when paired with the smooth bezel, elegant lines of the case, and sleek Oyster bracelet, creates a contemporary masterpiece.
Rolex Yacht-Master 116622
The Yacht-Master is a top choice among anyone who seeks a tool watch with a slightly more luxurious feature set. The model was developed for sailing and includes a design that mirrors the luxurious lifestyle associated with the sport. The stainless steel and platinum edition (known as Rolesium) is one of the most iconic and beloved variations of the watch.
Although the Rolesium Yacht-Master has been produced with a few different dial options, many would consider the Yacht-Master 116622 with rhodium sunburst dial an absolute must-have for its cool color profile with bright icy blue accents. The ref. 116622 is also powered by Rolex’s tried-and-true Cal. 3135 movement to ensure years of reliable readings, whether you purchase at retail or secondhand.
Rolex Submariner 114060
The ref. 114060 is the classic Submariner from the 1950s in its most modern and technologically advanced form. When the revolutionary dive watch entered the market decades ago, it didn’t have a date mechanism on the dial. After the date was introduced in the 1960s, it became a staple of the collection.
Although the date-displaying model is the most popular, Rolex still offers a classic no-date model in the form of the ref. 114060, which includes a ceramic bezel, higher-grade 904L Oystersteel, and a larger luminous display on the dial. It earns a place on our list for its tough exterior (it offers water-resistance up to 300 meters) and timeless aesthetic. It’s also readily available on the secondary market for significantly less than many of the other stainless steel and ceramic bezel Rolex watches that are currently available.