The Most Popular Rolex Watches

Picture this: A well-aged man is relaxing in his bedroom, and contemplates his next luxurious adventure.

He’s surrounded by the best offerings: high thread count sheets, various artwork, and bespoke pieces of furniture. One glance at this man will give anyone the idea of having… everything.

He’s sitting in a custom-made lounge chair and as he scans his surroundings, he absorbs the sight of blessings his wardrobe is carrying. The wardrobe door, ajar, provides him a peek of what is behind the sartorial gates. The aura of opulence gracing his presence was inspiring.

His hard work, his struggles, were being rewarded by the pieces he has acquired during his storied career.

ManAs he sits up from his lounge chair, he opens the wardrobe door and exposes his earnings into the light. He grazes his hand on the fabrics that are hung: cashmere, Super 180, Vicuña… The various textures, the softness, the subtlety of each thread brings emotions which justifies the cost.

He gets ready for a lovely date with his significant other and all that was said to him was…

“Look your best as everything is a surprise 😉

– xoxo“

As he looks to complete his outfit, one thing bemused him: which watch should he choose?

He gazed at the various Rolex watches that he owned but how should he pick?

No matter which one he chooses, he can’t go wrong… but let’s see where the most popular Rolex watches available will take him.

His options…

Rolex Explorer Rolex Daytona

Rolex GMT Master II Rolex Submariner

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Explorer


Rolex Explorer
Maybe his significant other loves mountaineering, nature-inspired adventures… So their escapade revolves around a lovely hike, to perhaps ice climbing. Whatever adventure they have in store, the Explorer would be a great choice for the man who loves to be exposed to the elements.

As he picked up the Explorer, he contemplated how it was a low-key piece of Rolex, and certain models have been hogging the spotlight as the Rolex sports watch, but no more!

The Explorer has the history and the backstory to be an excellent choice for the risky adventurer. In the 1950s, Rolex sent a prototype Rolex Oyster to Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay for them to gather data based on field testing.

On 29 May 1953, the pair were the first to reach Mt. Everest’s summit, exposing the Rolex to harsh conditions which included polar temperatures of -40c or lower, high-speed windchill, and oxygen starvation. Exposing a normal wristwatch to arctic conditions will cause components to contract, which will compromise the integrity and functionality of your wristwatch, so trusted gear is essential for these types of activities.

Thanks to this expedition, Rolex was able to gather data and feedback from the field test and created the Explorer. The Explorer had a corrosion-resistant all-steel construction, new Twinlock winding crown with a double waterproofness system up to 100m.

The design has also been focused on comfort and legibility. The iconic large numerals at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock provide a quick indication for the wearer, accompanied with broad, longer hands for easy readability. The Chromalight display provides a distinct blue glow that will be legible in various low-light conditions and covered by a scratch-proof sapphire crystal.

From the tallest peaks to the flattest plains, the Explorer would be a great companion for the adventurous one. But maybe he and his significant other is a different type of thrill-seeker. Perhaps the next watch could be the one?…

Rolex
Daytona


Rolex Daytona

He puts the Explorer back down and picks up the next icon: The Daytona. Maybe it’s a day at the track where he can finally out this new supercar he’s been eyeing for, or perhaps a Formula One weekend in Monaco!

If it’s that type of adrenaline rush that awaits him, the Daytona is a superb companion. If you need to track lap times, average speed, the Daytona Cosmograph could more than do the job.

Starting out as a “Rolex Chronograph” in 1955, it had a rough start with no gain of traction in the market. It was seen as a black sheep within the Rolex model lineup, and various iterations came of the chronograph design, taking the ‘Cosmograph’ name in 1963, before finally being known as the ‘Daytona’ in 1965.

Blessed with the race track in Florida that screams ‘speed’, the Daytona Cosmograph became a popular item amongst car enthusiasts. The most famous supporter of the Daytona was Paul Newman, who wore the Daytona as much he can, as many times as he could. The Daytona became associated with him so much that the ‘Paul Newman’ type of Daytona watch, which had a Valjoux movement, contrasting markers, distinct outer tracks, and a red contrast lettering of ‘Daytona’.

The Daytona provides three screw-down pushers to start, stop, and reset the timing functionality. They’re screw-down to provide the wearer with 100m water resistance and provides a clear, satisfying click to anyone that uses it. A driver-centric instrument, to say the least, the Daytona is focused on tracking lap times, down to ⅛ of a second.

In a competition where every second counts, having a tool that will be dependable with you to the finish line is crucial.

The fact that the adventure is mysterious intrigues him even more, but is making the selection so difficult. Maybe it’s a weekend getaway of another type… Which calls for another type of Rolex.

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GMT Master II


Rolex GMT Master II
As he reminisces of the Daytona’s fuel-rich past, the GMT Master II was right there, calling his name. A weekend in San Tropez could be in the works, or dinner in London with a trip down Saville Row to get a bespoke suit. Even a stroll down Marrakech for a spice run isn’t out of the question!

If you need a worldly companion at your side, the GMT Master II would be a great tool to bring with you.

An innovation at its right, the GMT Master II provides the wearer with two distinct time zones to follow, with a quickset hour hand for usability of adjustment. Created out of necessity and requested by pilots everywhere, the GMT Master was part of the Transocean movement and was part of aviation history paving the way for the future.

Issued in 1954, in a land before Global Positioning Systems and digital tracking, the aviation landscape, and safe navigation were reliant on instrumentation and precise calculations. Designed for Pan American Airway pilots and crews for international flights, the GMT Master was a necessary instrument for the users. It had a third 24-hour arm corresponding to a rotating bezel to provide the user with two indications of time. The main watch could read Los Angeles time, while the rotating bezel could correspond to Tokyo time. The reception was positive as everyone in aviation loved the GMT Master so much, that not a lot changed than just subtle improvements like a crown guard and a metal bezel.

In 1983, GMT Master II was born with the quickset hour hand, which gives you the ability to independently adjust the hour hand, so you can set the local time without stopping the second, minute, or the 24-hour GMT hand. The update gave the wearer a quicker ability to set the local time and if required, the ability to calculate a third-time zone if need be. This subtle change was a mechanical marvel and required years of research and development to achieve the ask.

Thanks to this improved mechanism, aviation enthusiasts all over the world can now enjoy traveling without losing track of time, wherever they end up going.

However, the adventure could be either 20,000 feet in the air or perhaps, 20,000 leagues under the sea…

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Submariner


Rolex Submariner
The last watch in his collection is synonymous with ‘sport’. It would be perfect for a beach weekend to a scuba diving trip into The Great Barrier Reef. Known as the Submariner, it is the Rolex watch known by the majority of aficionados as the all-rounder Rolex.

While the last three watches have their niche, the Submariner is known to be the perfect daily wearer because it had charming good looks and unquestionable reliability.

Created primarily as a diver’s tool watch, it evolved into becoming a staple in the Rolex lineup, beloved by a subset of devoted Rolex fans. It’s not as flashy or busy as the GMT Master II or the Daytona, and with the lack of numerical markers, the Submariner is seen as cleaner looking than the Explorer (debatable, but I digress). Featuring an all-steel construction, a ceramic scratchproof bezel, and 300m water resistance, it became a diver’s friend the moment it debuted.

Debuting in 1953, the early models had simple, linear hour hand and was a no-frills watch but survived field testing when tested by Auguste Piccard and his son Jacques attempted a world diving record. It didn’t gain popularity until a certain English spy used it. Sported by Sean Connery on various James Bond films, the Submariner gained notoriety of being a watch for the stealthy, operative types and was mentioned in detail in Ian Fleming’s novels about having a Rolex watch.

Overall, the design was meant for ease of use for a diver, who typically wore a wetsuit and gloves, so the rotating bezel to track airtime when submerged have chunky ridges and can only be rotated one-way to minimize the chance of miscalculation. The bracelet and clasp are meant to fit and grip on wetsuits, with a clasp that prevents it from being unclasped by accident.

The Submariner evolved with crown guards, a ‘cathedral’ style hour marker for greater visibility, upgraded luminosity, sapphire crystal, and a helium escape valve to relieve the pressure caused by diving into great depths.

The Submariner would be a great ally when diving to swim with the turtles or to check out coral reefs, at a depth where tools are required to work their best for safety. The Submariner has been a trusted tool by many divers for countless years and would be a great fit for any oceanic journey. It is built to withstand the great pressure lying beneath the deep blue sea while looking outstanding at the cafe after that awesome dive session.

It looks good in the water as much as on the land, and that’s why it’s known as the Rolex for the everyman.

As we see him depart to meet his significant other with trepidation, we see one of the four Rolex watches have been chosen to accompany him. What do you think he chose to bring with him for the weekend? Do you think he should’ve bought another Rolex model other than the four he had? Let us know what you think!

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