In our second part of our two-part series, we now take a look at our top stainless steel Rolex watches from the dress watch category. If you haven’t done so already, we encourage you to read Part I here, where we focused on Rolex’s sports models.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 ref. 114300 is a popular watch with two other iterations.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 ref. 114300
If you’re just getting into the Rolex game or are looking for a minimal take on a luxury dress watch, then it doesn’t get better than the Oyster Perpetual 39 ref. 114300. Introduced in 2015, the Oyster Perpetual 39 is a modern approach to one of the brand’s longest running collections.
As its name suggests, it retains two of the features that make it an Oyster Perpetual—the waterproof Oyster case and the self-winding perpetual movement. However, Rolex revamped their entry-level offering to now include a more contemporary 39mm size along with vibrant dial colors. The blue dial edition with small lime green accents is especially fresh.
Because the OP 39 offers classic Rolex styling, top-notch quality, a straightforward three-hander dial, and an accessible price point, it deserves its spot as one of the top stainless steel Rolex watches.
The Rolex Datejust 36 ref. 116200 is a simple watch that is perfect for any occasion.
Rolex Datejust 36 ref. 116200
Rolex’s signature dress watch, the Datejust collection is incredibly varied with a slew of material choices, size options, style variations, and dial selections to comb through. Yet, among those, we love the understated vibe of the steel Datejust 36 ref. 116200.
Sporting the traditional 36mm size, full stainless steel construction, and a crisp white dial with classic Roman numerals, this Datejust 36 ref. 116200 is a great contender for a one-watch collection.
Easy to wear, always appropriate, and practical thanks to its characteristic date window at 3 o’clock magnified by the iconic Cyclops lens, the contemporary Datejust 36 ref. 116200 was an easy choice as one of our top stainless steel Rolex watches.
The Rolex Milgauss ref. 116400 is a beautiful scientist’s watch.
Rolex Milgauss ref. 116400
For an offbeat Rolex dress watch, we recommend the current Milgauss ref. 116400. The Milgauss’ unique selling point is its resistance to 1,000 gauss of magnetism due in part to an iron shield protecting the automatic movement within.
Aside from functionality however, why we consider the Milgauss ref. 116400 as one of the top stainless steel Rolex watches is its design. From its crisp white dial to its orange baton hour makers to its orange lightning bolt seconds hand, this is a Rolex watch that stands out from the crowd.
Yet, contrasting with the quirky dial of the Milgauss ref. 116400 is an archetypical 40mm Oyster case with an unfussy smooth bezel and the sporty Oyster bracelet, which all come together for a very wearable everyday Rolex watch.
There you have it, between Part 1 of the series and Part 2, we examined eight of our top stainless steel Rolex watches. What do you think of our selection? What are some of your top stainless steel Rolex watches? Leave us your thoughts, pictures, and suggestions in the comments section below!