The Best Entry-Level Watches to Rolex

Well, you’ve arrived. Whether it’s out of years of hard work or just good luck – you’re ready for a Rolex. Considered the king of watches, Rolex offers an extensive line-up of timepieces to suit any need. Their models have adorned the wrists of everyone from celebrities to senior executives. To own a Rolex is to purchase a piece of history. There is no doubt that you will love and enjoy it, probably for the rest of your life. However, it’s also something you can pass on to the next generation. Unlike a luxury shoe or suit, this watch has the ability to carry on your legacy on the wrist of someone you love. The Submariner is probably the most well-known piece in their catalog. However, replica Rolex offers many other great watches to get you started.
For those who prefer no-frills functional pieces, the Oyster Perpetual is the watch for you. Available in 36mm and 39mm, the Oyster Perpetual is the Porsche Cayman of horology. Often fitted with Rolex’s sporty Oyster bracelet, this watch is perfect for almost any occasion. The simple design of the traditional Oyster case and strap allows you to match anything. This watch can do it all and is perfect for a “one watch collection”. In addition to the traditional white and black dials, Rolex also offers a stylish gray dial. For those who want something a little more unique, they also have blue and purple dials. While these will be a little less versatile for everyday use, they offer something a little less serious.
Since its debut in 1945 for Rolex’s 40th anniversary, the Datejust has become some of the most iconic wrist pieces in the world. From presidents like JFK and Regan to movie stars like Paul Newman, the watch is synonymous with success. There are endless variations of the Datejust, the most iconic being the stainless steel and yellow gold duo on the Jubilee bracelet. While still suitable for most situations, it is less sporty than the Oyster Perpetual version. the Date just goes for a sporty and dressy look, but it really is more of a fake watch in my opinion. For those who want to maximize value, look into the vintage models. You can easily find them for under $4500 and they offer the most bang for your buck.
For those who travel, swim, and are generally active, the Explorer II is the watch for you. This watch is most similar in design to the Submariner series but offers the additional feature of a GMT hand. It allows you to track a second time zone using either an orange or red (depending on the model) hand. The biggest difference from the Submariner from a design perspective is the stainless steel 24-hour bezel. Although more prone to scratches, it gives the replica watch a more robust look. The modern version with orange hands is 42mm and has solid end links on the bracelet. For those who want something a little more modest, check out the previous version of this watch. It has a red GMT hand and the 40mm case is noticeably smaller on the wrist than the newer version. While similar in appearance, the earlier model has hollow end links on the Oyster bracelet, making it significantly lighter. For the dial, you’re a little more limited here than with the other two watches on this list. Rolex only offers the Explorer II in a white or black dial version.
At the end of the day, the most important decision in buying a Rolex, or any watch for that matter is getting the one you like. While trends and resale value can play a small role in this process, make sure you always follow your gut. The upfront cost of buying a Rolex may be a bit surprising at first. However, with Rolex, you are investing in something that is one of the top luxury brands in the world. If taken care of properly, Rolex can last for many generations, creating a common bond and something priceless.