Fratello is here for almost 14 years, so you bet that we covered a lot of Rolex watches. We thought it would be nice to give you a Top 10 Rolex watches overview of the most favoured models by our readers, based on their click and reading behaviour on Fratello.
It is a combination of modern and vintage Rolex, which also always remain the discussion among enthusiasts. There are pros and cons on either side and in our articles, we try to give you a couple of our thoughts on both accounts. We have a slight preference for vintage models ourselves, at least most of the Fratello editors, but as you could read in our recent Baselworld coverage on Rolex, the new models are very impressive. Especially the Rolex GMT-Master II Everose and the bi-colour model swept us from our feet completely.
Little out there beats a vintage Submariner, we hear you. The 5513 is the Rolex with a very long production run, but especially the 5513 in this article performed very (very!) well in the last years.
You can also find the Submariner and the 5513 in our historical overview of these Rolex diving watches, here.
We stick a bit longer with the Submariner for the 2nd position in this Top 10 Rolex watches with this 4-liner version of reference 14060M. This discontinued model is sought-after and prices are ever increasing. The last ‘real’ Rolex Submariner as people tend to call them, with their aluminium bezel and sleek lugs. Here’s a story Michael did on this Rolex Submariner 14060M watch with 4-liner dial.
The Rolex GMT-Master 1675 holds a special place in this Top 10 Rolex watches overview but also with us, as a team. Most of us have or had a GMT-Master 1675 and it is just a classic. For a long time, it was a bit underrated compared to the Submariner, but the GMT-Master – and especially the 1675 – has definitely conquered a fair spot.
To be honest, we did not see this one coming in our Top 10 Rolex watches, but hey, it is your list. This 114300 was introduced during Baselworld 2015 and is the 39mm successor of (or addition to) the Oyster Perpetual 36mm watch. You can read here about this Oyster Perpetual in 39mm.
In 2014, after about 5 years of complete absence of a 40mm Sea-Dweller in the Rolex collection, this reference 116600 was introduced. A similar watch to the 16600 reference, but with a ceramic bezel, wide lugs, Chromalight lume and new bracelet. A step forward from the previous model. However, this 116600 was discontinued after 3 years again, in 2017, to make way for the new 43mm Red Sea-Dweller. A lot of people quickly jumped on the 116600 and tried to order one, just to make sure. This could also be the reason for the high ranking in our Top 10 Rolex watches for this model.
You already wondered where it was, the Rolex Daytona. It seems you prefer reading about this new Rolex Daytona reference 116500 that we covered here and again here. We love it too and prefer it over the previous 116520 and Zenith powered 16520. What a cool watch, and what a bummer these can’t be delivered properly. Even though we covered some vintage Daytonas as well, the 116500 popped up in our analysis of the Top 10 Rolex watches that were favoured by our readers.
There is little not to like about this Rolex Explorer reference 1016, despite the relatively small size of the case (36mm). This vintage reference won in this Top 10 Rolex watches overview from the more modern reference 14270 and the later 39mm version. To be brutally honest, we love all of them. If resources don’t allow you to buy a reference 1016, the 14270 is also a very cool alternative. As is the 39mm 214270, especially if you have big wrists. You can’t go wrong with a Rolex Explorer, never!
We have a lot of love for the Day-Date and you do as well. Whether it is the vintage reference 1803, or one of the newer references like the 18238 or this more recent Day-Date 40, referring to its 40mm diameter, the Day-Date is a dream to many. The President bracelet is one of the most comfortable bracelets ever (as we wrote here), but you can also rock it on a leather strap of course. This is simply a classic and if you can deal with the weight and the colour (and vale) of gold, you should aim for one. At least at some point. Here’s our article on this particular Day-Date 40 model.
The Rolex GMT-Master II might have ended up higher if we would have combined all views on this model. But we didn’t, as it would also include the white gold, steel with aluminium bezel, steel with ceramic bezel, bi-colour, the recently added Everose and so on. You catch our drift. What an incredibly cool watch, but unfortunately Rolex is not able to properly deliver these watches. Especially the all stainless steel models are a pain to get. Our team was super enthusiastic about the new Root Beer and full Everose gold models. The new “Pepsi” with Jubilee bracelet is definitely a winner too, but we give the advantage to the precious metal models. This doesn’t happen often though.
When this Sky-Dweller reference 326934 came out last year, 5 years after the introduction of the first Sky-Dweller, we were happy to see it in full steel. Actually, it was one of the pleasant surprises by Rolex for 2017. An annual calendar, in stainless steel with white gold bezel, for about 13.00o Euro (at the time of introduction). For a complication like this, and the built quality of a Rolex, that isn’t too bad. With this Sky-Dweller, we end our Top 10 Rolex watches based on the read articles here on Fratello.
Where possible we used references in our Top 10 Rolex watches overview, but in some cases, it was a bit difficult to separate.
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