Rolex has been producing exceptional wristwatches since 1905, and the brand remain one of the top names in both the contemporary luxury market and the second-hand and vintage market. Rolex is a name synonymous with fine craftsmanship and style, but what is the appeal for collectors?
Rolex were the leading name in the development of technical wristwatches and are best known for the models produced for key moments of exploration in the middle of the 20th century. The Explorer was developed for mountaineering expeditions, the Submariner for underwater exploration and the GMT-Master for Pilots and Air Crew, and it is these associations which add to the desirability of a Rolex. These classic models have been produced since the 1950s with a myriad of subtle alterations and variations which never detract from the recognisable and iconic styling, meaning there is an extraordinarily varied range of watches for collectors to choose from across a range of price points. Specialist collectors are passionate buyers, with each looking for a different set of specific features, rare variations and original patina, leading to competitive and sometimes surprising bidding in the saleroom.