Updated: Jun 20, 2019
2018 has been an incredible year for Rolex. In just a year, we have seen prices of Roles watches skyrocket. Nearly all Rolex models are sold out everywhere. And some models have long waitlist at Rolex boutiques around the world.
To narrow a list of 10 Rolex watches for 2018 is not an easy task. Since we are looking at Rolex new models and their predecessors, we need to learn about the history and the changes Rolex made with every newness they release.
Rolex has two big categories for their watches; classic and professional. Some argue that one is better than the other, but when it comes down to design and functions, they are totally different. Classic watches cater to elegance and professional watches cater to casual sporty look.
1. Rolex GMT-Master II 116710LN
In no particular order, let’s take a look at the first watch on our list, Rolex GMT-Master 2 in stainless steel and all black bezel. When Pan American World Airways made its first non-stop intercontinental flight between New York and Moscow in 1959, the watch used by the crew for navigation was a Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master Chronometer. It becomes the official watch of Pan Am, which is the most well-known airlines during that time. The GMT All Black is introduced in Baselworld 2007, and it captured the eyes of many watch lovers at that time.
2. Rolex GMT-Master II 116710BLNR
Our second watch is the GMT-Master “Batman”, which is an extension of the GMT-Master All Black. The GMT-Batman features a blue and black ceramic insert in the Cerachrom bezel. The new dual colored bezel is obtained by a unique process developed and patented by Rolex, which allow the ceramic component with 2 distinct colors, to be produced as a single piece. The blue color represents the day, and the black represents the night.
3. Rolex Submariner "Hulk" 116610LV
The third watch is the Rolex Submariner “Hulk”. This watch gets its nickname from its green dial and bezel. Introduced in 2010 to commemorate the 60th anniversary Rolex dive watch, the Hulk marks the first time in Rolex history that the Submariner is offered in a dial color other than blue or black. This exclusive bezel is said to maintain its brilliant color without any alteration over time despite the effects of sun rays, chlorine and sea water.
4. Rolex Submariner Black Dial 116610LN
Fourth on our list is the Rolex Submariner All Black on stainless steel. This model has been the longest running sport model for Rolex watch. The Rolex Submariner is originally launched in 1953, under the reference number 6204. Until today, it is the longest running professional watch produced from the Rolex factory. The submariner is the first divers’ wristwatch waterproof to a depth of 100 meters (330 feet). Until today, it sets the standard for divers’ watches.
5. Rolex Datejust Boysize 31mm 178271
The fifth watch is the Datejust 31mm in rose gold and stainless steel combination, references 178271. This size has been proven to be the most popular size for the ladies, because it is not too small and not too big. Its combination of rose gold and stainless steel color brings out the elegance in the lady. The 18 ct everose gold is introduced in 2005, and until today the color has withstand the test of time.
6. Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller 116660LN
7 h sixth on our list is the Rolex Deepsea, reference 116660. This watch is the essential diving watch, as it goes as deep as 3,900 meters. This watch even went to Mariana Trench, which is the deepest site in the ocean. Introduced in Baselworld 2008, collectors of the Rolex Deepsea finally saw the new model after last introduced in 1978. The two models are totally different due to 30 years of diving innovation; the Ringlock system. Upon its introduction in 2008, it became the most sought after Rolex professional watch
7. Rolex Explorer II 42mm 216570
Rolex Explorer II, referenced 216570, is the seventh watch in our list. Released in 2011 at Baselworld, this watch celebrated 40 years Explorer history since its launch in 1971. It is 2mm bigger than previous version which is released in 1989. It is available in black or white dial. The “24 hour” hand has the arrow and orange color, which is similar to its original 1971 watch.
8. Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116523
The year 2000 marks the second milenium; what an occasion for Rolex to introduce its new
Cosmograph Daytona! Referenced 116523, this watch comes in stainless steel and 18k (750) yellow gold. It is chronometers waterproof to 100m, with screw-down crowns and pushers, fixed bezel graduated for the measurement of speed. It has the 4 digit “2100” hallmarked inside the case back. This watch has many dials that you can choose from. For the dial color, you can choose black, silver, champagne, white, Mother of Pearls (MOP). You have the options of bar, romans, numeric or diamond for the index. Among the professional Rolex models, reference 116523 has the widest selection of dials available.
9. Rolex GMT-Master II 116713LN
The ninth watch on our list is the Rolex GMT-Master 2 Yellow Gold & Steel, referenced 116713LN. It is the first Rolex GMT-Master 2 ceramic watch to be released. Released a year prior to the steel GMT-Master 2, it features the green color “24 hour” hand. Green is very easy on the eye, and this is the color chosen by Rolex, to accommodate the pilots who are traveling on long flights.
10. Rolex Datejust 26mm 69178
Finally, we come to the end of our list. This information caters will provide an insight for the ladies in choosing their watch. The Rolex Datejust 69178 is an elegant watch that you can find on the market at exceptional price. It is an all gold watch that you can get at a price less than a new lady Rolex watch with stainless steel and gold. It has a 26 mm diameter, which will sit elegantly on any lady’s wrist, so this way you can share this watch with your mother, daughter or sister.
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