The watch brand name ‘Rolex’ is synonymous with quality and luxury. The company was originally established in London 1905 before moving its base to Geneva, Switzerland in 1919. Their watches have long been recognized as the best there are available. It is for this reason that many people collect vintage Rolex watches. It is also why many people covet just one of these watches and will save to achieve this dream. Regardless of whether you want just one of these watches or you are a collector of vintage Rolexes, it is important you make the right choice with your purchase. Here are five of the best vintage Rolex watches your money can buy.
1. ‘Paul Newman’ Daytona
Originally, this watch was simply called Ref. 6239. However, it later became known as the ‘Paul Newman’ Daytona. This was because the actor wore this watch in a photograph and it was noticed by Italian collectors. The celebrity influence certainly had an impact on the desirability of this watch. Other reasons why so many collectors desire this watch are the visual appeal and the many interesting features it boasts.
2. Ref. 6541 Milgauss
The first Milgauss was introduced in 1956 and was designed by Rolex to prove they could create watches for every professional field. It was the scientific community they were targeting with this particular model. The key feature of the watch was the internal Faraday cage. The purpose of this is that it protects the watches movement from strong magnetic fields. In addition to the practical features of the watch, it is also aesthetically pleasing.
3. Ref. 6542 GMT Master
Of all the sports models that Rolex have produced, this is one of their finest models. Rolex introduced this model in 1954 and it was initially designed for pilots. It appealed to many other professionals because of its vibrant design in red and blue. It also featured bakelite bezel in a ‘Pepsi’ color. Buyers had the option of an Oyster or Jubilee bracelet, giving an element of personalization to purchasing this watch.
4. ‘Stella’ Dial Day-Date
The main characteristics of this watch are the bold design and the brightly colored dials. It is the Italian collectors who have influenced the way this particular Rolex is perceived on a global level. They earned the nickname ‘Stella’ because they glitter in the dark and this word is the Italian for ‘star’. You can choose this vintage watch in your favorite color as some of the colors it was made in include yellow, pink, orange, blue, and green.
5. Military Submariner
One of the best ways to describe these watches is that they possess a certain rugged charm. There are several different models of this vintage watch to choose between but, without a doubt, the best are Ref.5517 and 5513/5517. These were exclusively issued to members of the British military and it is this that makes them so desirable. Military Submariners are fixed bar dive watches and not only are they some of the rarest Submariners ever made, they are also regarded by many as the ultimate tool watches.