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The 10 Most Expensive Rolex Watches Money Can Buy

Cosmograph Daytona

One of the most famous watch manufacturers in the world is Rolex. The London based company was founded in 1905, and today the Rolex name is synonymous with sophistication, class, and luxury. It's the largest single watch brand in existence and has created a number of stunning timepieces in its more than 100 year history. Because they're made with such masterful craftsmanship and exquisite materials, Rolex watches are pricey. Here are the ten of the most expensive Rolexes that you can buy.

10. Milgauss with DLC Coating (116400GV) - $11,950

Rolex Milgauss

One of the most recognizable timepieces produced by Rolex is the Milgauss. It first went onto the market in 1956, and has remained in production ever since. The timepiece gets its name because it can withstand a magnetic field of up to 1,000 gauss units, making it an excellent watch for scientists and researchers. The Milgauss is heavy on function but it also looks great as well. The iteration with a blue dial and DLC coating is modern luxury at its finest.

9. Cellini Date - $17,800

Cellini Date

Rolex's Cellini Date watch displays seconds, minutes, hours, and the date in high style. The black and Everose gold iteration of the watch is sleek, smooth, and highly versatile -- it's the type of watch that will upgrade just about any type of attire. Equally handsome is the 18 carat white gold and black version of the Cellini Date. Each has a perpetual mechanical movement, leather strap, and a subtly textured dial.

8. Cellini Dual Time - $19,400

Cellini Dual Time

The Cellini Dual Time flawlessly pays homage to classic watchmaking traditions while retaining a look of upscale refinement. The unique thing about this model is that it has a marker on the dial to distinguish between night and day hours. Stylized hour markers surround the dial, as does a golden Rolex logo. The self-winding movement in the Cellini Dual Time is a house made chronometer that's highly precise and reliable.

7. Limited Edition Black Explorer II (16750) - $20,000


The original Rolex Explorer watch is a true classic, and in 1971 the company released the Explorer II, which is still produced today. The watch is not only attractive in style and design, it's a scientific tool that became popular with explorers, volcanologists, and scientists who study caves. A limited edition of this model that sports a PVD carbon coating costs significantly more than the standard Explorer II.

904L stainless steel on the standard version of the watch gives its strap and case a tough exterior that protects its components from corrosion in harsh environments. Having a white dial improves the Explorer II's readability, but it also serves as the perfect background to highlight the subtle details of the hands and markers. The Calibre 3187 movement in this timepiece allows it to display conventional seconds, minutes, and hours along with a second time zone.

6. Lady-Datejust 28 -$35,500

Lady Datejust

One of the most alluring women's watches made by Rolex is the Lady-Datejust 28, which features a gorgeous mix of elegance and simplicity, yet isn't light on function. Diamonds surround the bezel and also serve as hour markers along with indexes made of gold and more diamonds. The Everose gold iteration of the Lady-Datejust 28 is exclusive to Rolex and is made to last longer than standard rose gold. The chocolate colored dial on this model highlights the unique hue of the watch's bracelet, case, and accents.

5. GMT Master II (116719BKSO) - $38,250

GMT Master II

The GMT Master II watch is one of the more rugged models made by Rolex, but it's still incredibly good looking. Built to be a companion for professionals and travelers, the GMT Master II can display different time zones and has a dial with unique indexes, markers, and hands. The movement inside, a Calibre 3186 mechanical movement, is a certified Swiss chronometer that is highly resistant to shock and temperature changes. The version of the watch with a black dial, red and blue lacquer around the bezel, and a case made of 18 carat white gold is the most pricey in the GMT Master II collection.

4. Sky Dweller Everose Gold - $39,550

Sky Dweller Overose Gold

The Sky Dweller in Everose Gold has a timeless style, impeccable function, and is a joy to look at. It's sophisticated inside and out and contains a highly readable Rolex Sundust dial, 18 carat gold hour markers, and a bracelet that's skillfully made, aesthetically pleasing, and built to last. The Sky Dweller Everose Gold features the Calibre 9001 movement, which is self-winding and made entirely in house.

3. Day-Date 40 (228206) -$50,580.14

Day Date 40

Rolex's platinum Day-Date 40 is a cool combination of style and practicality. It's the type of luxury watch that's all about understated details and quality as opposed to grand displays of opulence. When the Day-Date 40 first premiered in 1956, it was the world's first watch to have a window on the dial that clearly displayed the day of the week and date. Today, this model is as popular as ever and has a perpetual self-winding movement, water resistance up to 100 meters, and a power reserve of 70 hours.

2. Cosmograph Daytona - $86,621.28

Cosmograph Daytona

The Cosmograph Daytona is available in a number of stunning iterations, including a gorgeous gold, bronze, and deep brown combo. This sporty 40 mm watch was designed specifically to meet the demands of professional race car drivers, but it's also become a favorite of non-professionals as well. The Cosmograph Daytona has a tachymetric scale and allows for the precise measurement of time, which comes in handy on the race track. Inside is a self-wound mechanical chronograph movement that's made in-house by Rolex.

1. Pearlmaster 34 -$87,250

Pearlmaster 34

This Rolex watch has a wealth of rich details, including polished gold, sapphires, rubies, and diamonds. The exquisitely crafted Pearlmaster 34 has diamonds running throughout its strap and a ring of diamonds encircle the bezel. As if that wasn't enough sparkle, instead of numerals or traditional indexes, 11 diamonds mark the hours on its dial and a gold Rolex logo sits at 12 o'clock. The 34 mm watch is waterproof up to 100 meters, has a 48 hour power reserve, and displays seconds, minutes, hours, and the date.

Garrett Parker

Written by Garrett Parker

Garrett by trade is a personal finance freelance writer and journalist. With over 10 years experience he's covered businesses, CEOs, and investments. However he does like to take on other topics involving some of his personal interests like automobiles, future technologies, and anything else that could change the world.

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