Rolex watches have been the ultimate status symbol for generations. They might not be the most understated of brands, but if you want your wrist to make a statement, a Rolex watch is guaranteed to make a big one. Combining expert craftsmanship with premium materials, Rolex delivers both luxury and performance in one, neat package. If you want to take the glam to new heights, a diamond Rolex is the way forward. Here, we take a look at the 10 best diamond Rolex watches of all time.
10. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Pearlmaster 39
As luxe.digital notes, the Rolex Pearlmaster is one of the most expensive Rolex watches currently on the market, retailing for an average of $87,000. It comes in both 34mm and 39mm cases and is available in a choice of yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold, all of which are set with diamonds. The watch is waterproof up to 100 meters and features scratch-resistant sapphire for protection. Functions includes instantaneous date with rapid setting and stop-seconds for precise time setting. The power reserve is an impressive 70 hours.
9. Rolex White Gold Cosmograph Daytona 40
The chronograph was designed as the ultimate timing tool for racing drives. The bezel is set with 48 baguette diamonds and 12 sapphires. The end-piece is set with 48 diamonds. The Pave diamond dial features enamel Roman numerals. The blue leather strap features an 18K white gold deployable fliplock clasp. The case is made from 18k white gold. If all that sounds like your idea of the perfect watch, then prepare to flex your credit card to the tune of over $115,000... pretty it may be, but the Rolex White Gold Cosmograph Daytona 40 is every bit as expensive as it is lovely.
8. Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II
If you've got $71,766 going spare, you might want to point your wallet in the direction of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II, a watch that topteny.com has named as one of the most expensive diamond Rolex watches available. It may cost a fortune, but it's undeniably exquisite, with an 18k white gold case encrusted with 76 diamonds and a bezel set with 23 diamonds, 18 rubies, and 18 sapphires. Functionally, it's just as impressive. The dial displays the time in two different time zones simultaneously, making it a very handy piece of arm candy for globetrotters.
7. Rolex Day-Date Masterpiece MOP Ref. 18946
Described by diamondsbyraymondlee.com as a "watch for the ages," the Rolex Day-Date Masterpiece MOP Ref. 18946 is an exceptionally luxurious watch with softly curved lines, masterful engineering, and a Pearlmaster bracelet. The luminescent mother of pearl dial is fitted with diamond indices. The bezel is similarly bedazzled, featuring 40 factory set round brilliant diamonds. The diamond hour markers boast 2 baguette and 8 round diamonds. Produced in limited numbers during the early 2000s, the watch is extremely hard to find, but very much worth the search.
6. Rolex Lady Datejust Yellow Gold Diamond Pave
Designed with both style and technical performance in mind, the Rolex Lady Datejust was first unveiled in 1957. With its timeless elegance and masterful functionality, it still stands as one of the brand's most desired pieces. The Yellow Gold Diamond Pave is a particularly impressive example, featuring a champagne-hued, diamond-set dial and a diamond inlaid President bracelet. Refined, glamourous, and exquisitely crafted, it's a truly exceptional watch.
5. Rolex Sky-Dweller 18k Rose Gold 34ct Diamond Automatic
The Rolex Sky-Dweller 18k Rose Gold 34ct Diamond Automatic is a breathtaking watch. Its 18kt rose gold case is studded with diamonds, perfectly complementing the rose gold Roman numerals featured on the lustrous champagne brushed steel dial. Water resistance of up to 100 meters ensures you won't have to worry about any little splashes, while the power reserve is an impressive 48 hours.
4. Rolex Day-Date 36
Boasting a distinctive Eisenkiesel dial with 18 ct gold hour markers and Roman VI and IX numerals encrusted in 24 diamonds, along with an Everose gold and diamond case and diamond-set bezel, the Rolex Day-Date 36 is a thing of beauty. Completing the design is an 18 ct Everose gold President chain with semi-circular three-piece links and a concealed folding crown clasp. Powering the watch is a self-winding 3255 caliber. Functions include instantaneous day and date in apertures, unrestricted rapid-setting, and stop-seconds for precise time setting.
3. Rolex Submariner White Gold Pave
There's no denying that the Rolex Submariner White Gold Pave is a special watch. Its 40mm white gold case features diamond set end pieces and a crown protector. The bezel is set with 27 dark blue baguette-cut sapphires and 11 baguette-cut diamonds, while the case and crown are set with 92 brilliant-cut diamonds. A pave diamond dial with a date window, white gold Mercedes hands, and 8 sapphire index hour markers is paired with a white gold oyster bracelet with a fold-over clasp. Powering the watch is a self-winding 3135 caliber with date functionality. The power reserve is an impressive 48 hours.
2. Rolex Day-Date President Platinum DIA Bezel President
The Day-Date was the first Rolex to display the full date and day of the week in a window on the dial. Known for its reliability and precision, it's been the ultimate status watch for almost 70 years. Of all the Day-Dates ever made, the President Platinum DIA Bezel President is perhaps the most visually striking. Featuring a President bracelet, a platinum case, a glacier blue dial, and a bejeweled bezel fitted with 24 baguette diamonds, it's an arresting sight. The only thing it's not is cheap - expect to pay upwards of $115,000 if you want to get your hands on one.
1. Rolex GMT Master II Ice
If you happened to notice the watch footballer Cristiano Ronaldo wore during the 14th Dubai International Sports Conference, you'll already be aware of the Rolex GMT Master II Ice. You'll also be aware that it's outrageously luxurious... although with an average price of $485,350, you wouldn't expect it to be anything less. Made from white gold, covered in diamonds and other precious stones, and boasting a dial with a waved pattern of diamonds and gold, it's certainly not a watch for shrinking violets. If you like a watch that makes a statement, on the other hand, it fits the brief perfectly. Functionally, it delivers the same features as the standard Rolex GMT II, with a waterproof case that can withstand up to 100 meters and 50 hours of power reserve.
Written by Lily Wordsmith
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