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What’s Hot What’s Not

July 24, 2014

BY Paul Altieri

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Rolex Wristwatch Collection

Rolex Wristwatch Collection

Bob’s Watches is back with another addition of What’s Hot & What’s Not. Pre-owned Rolex watch sales have been strong but some wristwatch models have been selling faster than others. If you’re curious which timepieces have been flying off the shelves and which have gone soft read on.

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What’s Hot

Vintage Rolex President Gold Day Date 1803

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Vintage Rolex President Day Date 1803


The release of the Rolex Day Date in the 1950s revived the look and feel of the timepiece. With two new features, including two windows showing the day and date, the watch became more complex with a larger caliber. To hold calibers 1556 and later 3055, the case was also enlarged, measuring about 36mm in width and 12mm in thickness, giving the watch a greater presence on the wrist.

The Day Date was a very popular Rolex model, and came to represent accomplishment. This is best demonstrated by its popularity among US presidents, including Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Raegan. This affiliation has led to it fondly being nicknamed the “President.” The “President” gold Day Date has long been a popular Rolex timepiece, and continues to be so.

Buy a Day Date Reference 1803 here.

Men’s Rolex GMT Master II 16710 – Coke Bezel

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Rolex GMT Master ii 16710 with Coke Bezel


The Rolex GMT Master II was produced from 1989 until 2007, and popularly featured three colorful aluminum inlays for the rotating bezel which could be rotated out, continuously giving the watch a new and fresh look. Collectors have given these colorful bezels nicknames, including “Coke” for the red and black bezel and “Pepsi” for the blue and red bezel. The bezel is also marked with a scale, allowing the wearer to set a different time zone than the dial, thus reading two time zones at once. Both the visual appeal and the features of the GMT Master II make this watch a versatile and useful choice for any Rolex collector.

Buy a men’s Rolex GMT Master II 16710 with coke bezel here.

Rolex DateJust II 41MM with White Dial 116334

Rolex DateJust II 41MM with White Dial 116334

Rolex DateJust II 41MM with White Dial 116334


The Datejust II maintains the tradition of the original Oyster Perpetual Datejust of the 1940s, but with better technological innovations. Unlike the original Datejust, the Datejust II offers a perpetual self-winding caliber 3136 movement. To increase its resistance to shock, Rolex developed Paraflex. This highly efficient shock absorber protects the timepiece’s sensitive interior components, increasing its shock resistance by up to 50 percent.

The DateJust II is also a visually stunning piece, made of steel or white gold with a crisp white dial and fluted bezel. Because its architecture is very similar to the original DateJust, the DateJust II maintains its timeless appeal, while still offering the wearer the technological advances of the modern age.

Buy a Rolex DateJust II 41MM with white dial 116334 here.

What’s Not

Ladies Rolex Oyster Perpetual DateJust 69173

Ladies Rolex Oyster Perpetual DateJust 69173

Ladies Rolex Oyster Perpetual DateJust 69173


Interest in the Ladies DateJust 69173 has cooled recently. Offering some versatility, this watch is available in both stainless steel and 18 ct yellow gold. It features a caliber 2135, 29 jewels movement. This is a very simple watch, which offers no special advanced features. However, the Ladies DateJust 69173 still provides its wearer with the quality design and delivery one would expect from Rolex.

Buy a Ladies Rolex Oyster Perpetual DateJust 69173 >here.

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