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Our Top 5 Men’s Rolexes to Gift This Holiday Season

Paul Altieri

The greatest Rolex gifts to add to Santa’s list as recommended by Bob’s Watches

With less than 20 days left until the end of the year, it’s time to give some serious thought to what gifts you’ll be giving this holiday season. For the men in your life – whether a husband, father, brother or son – there’s no better gift than a Rolex watch. A Rolex is not only a gift that will last a lifetime, but it’s one with plenty of meaning too. Each time the receiver glances at the time, they will think of you – the person that was thoughtful enough to give them a prestigious Rolex. With so many men’s Rolex watches to choose from, we’ve taken the guesswork out for you and rounded up our top five picks that would truly make for a fantastic gift this season.

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Rolex Daytona ref. 116500

1. Rolex Oyster Perpetual

The perfect entry-level Rolex, the Oyster Perpetual features everything you need and nothing you don’t. Furthermore, as one of the newer models from Rolex, the ref. 114300 includes plenty of advancements that’ll be appreciated by the wearer. For instance, the Rolex Caliber 3132 automatic movement within boasts a precision rate of -2/+2 seconds per day—more than twice the parameters set out to be considered an official chronometer. Aside from its technical capabilities, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual ref. 114300 is exceptionally attractive.

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual ref. 114300

The 39mm Oyster case is a very wearable size that is neither too large nor too small. In addition to the case, the dial provides fantastic visual interest to the Rolex. Its vibrant blue color accented with green squares along the outer perimeter adds youthful appeal, while the lack of date window maintains the watch’s sublime symmetry. The Oyster Perpetual ref. 114300 is presented on the sporty and robust stainless steel Oyster bracelet. The ideal timepiece for a first-time Rolex owner, gifting the Oyster Perpetual will warmly welcome the recipient to the coveted Rolex club.

2. Rolex Datejust II

The most versatile dress watch in any watch box, the Rolex Datejust II is a luxury timepiece that can be enjoyed anytime and anywhere. Absolutely iconic in style, the Datejust II is particularly recognizable in a two-tone construction. Not only is the mix of robust steel and precious gold oh-so-Rolex, but its enduring appeal and ability to match almost anything will never go out of style. Although the Rolex Datejust II ref. 116333 sports a classic silhouette, it’s 41mm Oyster case size is also very contemporary. Moreover, while the yellow gold fluted bezel is a traditional design trait, the ivory dial with sleek baton style indexes is solidly modern.

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Rolex Datejust ref. 116333

The yellow gold and stainless steel combination is especially apparent on the great looking and supremely comfortable Oyster bracelet. And of course, this being a Datejust, the ref. 116333 bears the signature date window at 3 o’clock enhanced by the Cyclops affixed to the sapphire crystal. The instantaneous date feature-meaning that the date “jumps” to the next day at midnight rather than a gradual change—and the center hands are powered by the famous Rolex Caliber 3136. This automatic movement, often referred to as Rolex’s workhorse, is ever so reliable and will almost never let the wearer down. The Rolex Datejust II is a gift that will last forever in both style and functionality.

3. Rolex Submariner

One of the most coveted and iconic luxury sports watches out there, the Rolex Submariner is a must-have for any watch fan. Though there are plenty versions of the Rolex diver’s watch including gold Submariners, two-tone Submariners, green or blue dial Submariners, there’s something utterly enchanting about the most understated Submariner—the no-date Submariner. This stainless steel beauty comes with the classic black dial and black bezel combo. And because the Submariner ref. 114060 is the newest no-date Submariner reference from Rolex, it’s furnished with the very popular Cerachrom ceramic bezel. Ceramic is the go-to material for most of Rolex’s newer sports models due to its resistance to scratching and fading, as well as its good looks.

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Rolex Submariner No Date ref. 114060

The main feature of the Submariner ref. 114060 that distinguishes it from other Rolex Subs is the lack of a date indicator. Many people are willing to give up the practicality of the date function for the alluring symmetry of a clutter-free dial—and we couldn’t agree more. This gives all the attention to the large luminescent hour markers and center Mercedes-style hands. The watch that was good enough for James Bond himself is an ultra special gift to give indeed.

4. Rolex Daytona

What watch do you give a passionate Rolex fan? The one that’s almost impossible to get of course! Released earlier this year at Baselworld 2016 and eventually rolled out just this summer, the Rolex Daytona ref. 116500 continues to cause great sensation among watch collecting circles. The waitlists to purchase the stainless steel Daytona with the black Cerachrom ceramic bezel is years-long at authorized dealers around the world. And one look at this incredible Rolex chronograph and it’s easy to see why. Flaunting all the design hallmarks of the popular Daytona, the ref. 116500 also has the benefits of having features of a super new Rolex, such as the ceramic bezel.

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Rolex Daytona ref. 116500

The black ceramic bezel matches the black dial for a sleek look, while the trio of silver registers coordinates with the stainless steel construction. To say that the Rolex Daytona ref. 116500 is highly-coveted is an understatement and any Rolex aficionado would be ever so grateful to find this timepiece under the tree.

5. Rolex Day-Date

We’ve saved the best for last. The Rolex President is for the man who appreciates the finest things in life. A powerful symbol of prestige and excellence, few luxury dress watches come close to making a statement as strong as the Rolex Day-Date. Nicknamed the President for its association with the most powerful leaders in the world, the Day-Date has been the it watch among elite circles since its debut in the 1950s.

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Rolex President Day Date 118235 Everose Gold

And it doesn’t get more classic than the Day-Date ref. 118238 in yellow gold with an ivory white dial subtly accented with fine vertical lines. While there is the Day-Date 40 in platinum the 118235 is a bit easier on the wallet. Yet another classic touch is the fluted bezel which pairs beautifully with the elegant stick indexes. And not to forget the feature that made this watch so famous—the duo of windows to indicate the day of the week and the date of the month. For a gift that will genuinely impress this holiday season, you can not go wrong with this Rolex President.

Paul Altieri