We carry a wide selection of Men's used Rolex watches that can satisfy almost any budget or style. Just click on a model to see availability and pricing. All of our pre-owned Rolex watches have been cleaned and polished to restore them back to like-new condition. If you are looking to buy a Rolex you won't find a more trusted marketplace.
So what is it that makes the Rolex brand so appealing to men? The names of the brand's most famous and enduring watch designs provide a clue. The Submariner conjures thoughts of a brave and bold adventurer working beneath the waves, uncovering the secrets of the deep and battling untold terrors found on the ocean floor. The Explorer recalls pioneering mountaineers and daring men willing to risk everything in the name of discovery. For those that adore air travel and being the master of their own life's path, the GMT Master collections provide a link to that lifestyle. Racecar enthusiasts, petrol heads, speed demons all go after the Daytona, named after a famous race track and made immeasurably famous by the wrist of Paul Newman. For the avid professional that takes his effects as seriously as he does his job, the Datejust. And for the aspiring (or serving) commander in chief, the presidential Day-Date.
Power. Wealth. Heroism. The Rolex brand is built on pillars of traditional masculinity. And while many things in the world have changed since the brand's foundation and will continue to change forevermore, it is hard to imagine a world where romanticized notions cease to be relevant to aspirational men looking to own and wear the very best.
There is a tremendous amount of Submariner references to choose from, but the one that sticks out as the quintessential diver is the 1680 with black dial. By this point in the model's evolution, the Sub had adopted the mid-size crown, protected by the classic crown guards that were absent on the earliest models. Here we have all the benefits of vintage Submariners (such as slimmer, drilled lugs, creamy tritium lume, and the lighter, more flexible bracelets) with tons of modern aesthetic appeal. Some 1680s feature a single line of red text (known as "Red Subs") on the dial. These models have a real pop, a great character, and are sure to appeal to dive watch fanatics whether they generally prefer modern or vintage pieces.
For many, the bicolor Datejusts of the early 1980s offer the perfect balance between classical style and technical performance. In this era, sapphire crystal was yet to be used as the standard in Rolex watches, so you get a nice warmth from a Plexiglass lens.
There are many different dial configurations available under reference 16013, with perhaps the most enduring the champagne sunburst with baton markers and an open minute track. But, for fans of Roman numerals, such options exist. With plenty of this reference on the market for a reasonable amount of money, a Rolex Datejust reference 16013 for men is a great place to start a collection.
The Rolex GMT Master 1675 is a nice balance between the old and new. Over its run, there were occasional (minor) aesthetic tweaks, but perhaps the most exciting thing about GMT Masters of this era is the massive difference in the way they age.
Modern Rolex timepieces, colorfast ceramics, paints with improved UV resistance, and Super-LumiNova (as opposed to the formerly used tritium or radium) will not age in the same, characterful way vintage pieces have done. As such, it is possible to find red and blue "Pepsi" bezels that began life identically colored now having faded to grey, pink, purple, pale or dark blue, light or deep red, and many other shades and hues in between. Coupling this unique aging with the patination of the lume and dial (and the wear-and-tear of the housing and bracelet) and you have something that only time and use could birth. If owning that kind of personal history appeals to you, then the 1675 GMT Master is a great choice.
Simply put, division breeds obsession. Dials that split opinion often find themselves winding up on the right side of history (or, at least, the history anyone bothers recording). Controversial aesthetics are a bonus when it comes to watch design. Often, these designs do not sell well upon release — not well enough to justify their long-term inclusion in the catalog, at least. Occasionally, tastes catch up with the trends that hit the market a shade too soon. When that happens, hold onto your hats — prices have been known to skyrocket.
The Rolex Explorer II 1655 is one of the most desirable vintage Rolexes in the world. Its complex dial and high functionality make it a favorite of collectors, and while you're unlikely to find one for sale without a stay on a waiting list and a whole lot of luck, the beautiful balance of this 40mm classic on the wrist will make that all worthwhile.
And Rolex has not stopped developing and improving its technology in male specific watches. In recent years, vast improvements have been made to the bracelets with more advanced finishing techniques and evermore accurate machining resulting in a better fit and finish than before. And that's not all! Rolex has upgraded the application of its Super-LumiNova and dubbed the result Chromalight, which is one of the brightest and longest-lasting luminous compounds on the market today.
1926 — Oyster Case
1931 — Oyster Perpetual
1945 — Datejust
1953 — Explorer
1953 — Submariner
1955 — GMT-Master
1956 — Day-Date
1956 — Milgauss
1958 - Rolex Air King
1960 — Deep Sea Special
1963 — Daytona
1967 — Sea-Dweller
1971 — Rolex Explorer II
1982 — GMT-Master II
1992 — Yacht-Master
2007 — Yacht-Master II
2008 — Deepsea
2009 — Datejust II
2012 — Sky-Dweller
We carry a wide selection of Men's used Rolex watches that can satisfy almost any budget or style. Just click on a model to see availability, pricing, and metal types such as the 18k yellow gold, white gold, or stainless steel models. All of our pre-owned Rolex watches have been cleaned and polished to restore them back to like-new condition. Even the hour markers, movement, and dial are inspected. We carry one of the best selections of previously owned Rolex watches like the Men's used Submariner, the Pre-owned Rolex Daytona, and the Rolex Yachtmaster. You can also view our collection of Ladies Rolex watches as well.
Ever since Mercedes Gleitz attempted to swim the English Channel with a Rolex Oyster dangling from her neck, the brand many refer to as "the Crown"has never been far from celebrity endorsement. While other brands refer to these cultural icons as ambassadors, Rolex prefers the term "testimonee"and has put a great deal of effort into building established relationships with these Rolex-wearing luminaries in varying fields. Also, it is not uncommon to see entirely unaffiliated stars sporting very special Rolexes (with two of the most recognizable featuring at the end of this list).
The eight-time Wimbledon champion and 20-time Grand Slam victor is regarded by many as the greatest tennis player ever to walk the Earth. Records aside, Federer's brilliance has always been defined by his grace on and off the court. While other players (including longtime rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal) may catch him in the Grand Slam stakes, they will never be able to hold a candle to his poise and elegance. Federer and Rolex have forever seemed like a perfect match, and it seems a relationship destined to continue long after the Swiss Maestro hangs up his racket for good.
As one of the world's most renowned and celebrated film directors, you could be forgiven for imagining James Cameron would spend his free time basking in the glory of his many masterpieces, awards, and accolades. Instead, however, Cameron prefers adventure. His deep-sea dives are legendary, and his commitment to exploring the Mariana Trench remarkable.
Perhaps the most famous Rolex testimonee is one of the most unwitting. Unlike many of the brand's "official"supporters, Newman didn't even buy the watch that came to be associated with his name himself. Instead, his wife purchased him a widely unpopular Daytona reference. After the watch was seen on Newman's wrist, its legend began to grow. Decades later, its unusual aesthetic is now regarded as trailblazing.
The lead singer of American rock band Maroon 5 may not be the first Rolex customer that jumps to mind. Still, Levine made headlines around the world during the halftime show of Super Bowl LIII by rocking the Rainbow Rolex Daytona reference 116595RBOW in Everose gold. That particular reference is seen by many as the very definition of luxury extravagance. On a world-famous rockstar's wrist, it looks right at home.
Truth be told, it is hard to go wrong. The name on the dial says it all. It is wise to get an idea of what size watches you generally prefer wearing and, if possible, try on some new and old Rolexes before pulling the trigger. Really, the choice comes down to aesthetic preference. Many people choose to go after a "birth year"Rolex when making their first purchase from the Crown. This can add a bit of emotional significance to the watch, especially if you are purchasing it to celebrate a milestone birthday.
One piece of advice that you will hear collectors offer freely is to buy the very best you can afford. There is no substitute for the condition. At Bob's Watches, we pride ourselves in sourcing and selling only the very best examples of Rolex's output over the past 115 years. That means you can be sure you'll end up with a fine-looking vintage timepiece on your wrist that will offer years of satisfaction.
Rolex watches are known to hold their value as effectively as (and usually better than) most other watch brands. There is a considerable demand for Rolex-made products and a significant shortage of supply for newer pieces. While this does make vintage or pre-loved pieces more expensive than you would expect second-hand models from other brands to be, it looks likely that those prices will remain high for the foreseeable future. For that to change, Rolex would have to alter its supply strategy and flood the market with new pieces available at retail price.
Currently, however, Rolex enjoys a huge credibility boost by the increasing value of its pre-owned models, which makes any such action contrary to reputational gains.
Rolex is one of the most valuable brands in the world and its watches have been cherished by many for 100 years. If you're looking to buy a used men's Rolex you have made the right decision. A Rolex is considered by a number of people as one of the best made watches you can purchase. It is more than just a timepiece. It stands for luxury, quality, style, style, and grace.
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