The Five Most Affordable Rolex Watches
‘Rolex watches have proven themselves from the start in the most extreme conditions imaginable – from the depths of the deepest oceans to the summits of the highest mountains.’ Just the mention of Rolex resonates a luxurious, regal, and classic image. Undoubtedly, the most recognised watch brand comes with a heavy price tag, but we are here to acquaint you with the luxurious timepieces within your reach. We’ve curated five elegant wristwatches which boast of the exquisite Rolex ‘crown’ and won’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Rolex, without an iota of uncertainty, is the ‘king of watches’, but there is more to the Swiss watch brand. A Rolex watch is synonymous with a legacy that’s meant to be passed on. It instantly puts one on a higher social pedestal. There are vintage Rolex watches which have remained within a particular family for years on end because either they have a story that is too dear to the first owner or just the persona of the watch makes it worthy of being carried forward over generations.
The fact that most A-list Hollywood celebrities own at least one Rolex timepiece, and that Rolex is seen as a symbol of wealth, makes it illusory to imagine that the watches can be accessible for a layperson too. Diamonds are forever and same goes for a Rolex, so it’s high time you get yourself a signature Rolex. And if you thought Rolex was unreachable, think again. We’ll tell you which ones you can get without paying a bomb, staying below the 5 lakh bar!
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39
The aesthetics of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual sets it apart as an entry point into the luxe world of Rolex, and as Rolex’s flagship watch. The ‘Oyster’ case can be deemed as the force behind placing Rolex in the luxury watch segment. The term ‘Oyster’ comes from the hermetically sealed case, which is impenetrable like an oyster. The case, shut tight, protects precious Rolex movements from dust or water.
The 904 L Stainless Steel Case
The revolutionary case is nothing short of a technical marvel. It is built with 904L steel, which is widely used in the aerospace and chemical industries, where corrosion needs to be minimised. The shine on the super alloy is due to its high resistance to corrosion.
The case has the typical architecture of a patent Rolex Oyster ‘Monobloc middle case’, ie screwing the bezel, caseback and winding crown in the centre. At 39mm, the case is a little undersized, but sits comfortably on the wrist.
The watch is water resistant to 100m and the protection of the watch is further enhanced by the twin-lock, double-winding, screw-down crown that contributes to the waterproofness of the Oyster Perpetual.
The Sporty Blue Dial
The new-age heir to the original Oyster Perpetual, the watch comes in a sporty blue dial. As is the case with all Rolex watches, it rates high on readability. The real character of the watch is brought alive by placing 18-carat gold hour markers on the dial, as they prevent tarnishing. What makes the watch even more impressive is the fact that it is a complete in-house production, and is crafted to perfection by hand.
The Oyster Perpetual Bracelet
This watch comes with an Oyster bracelet instead of the commonly-used Jubilee bracelet. The Oyster bracelet debuted in 1930, and the three-link, robust bracelet remains as the ‘most universal bracelet in the Oyster collection’.
The Ingenious Rolex Movement
Rolex is renowned for developing its in-house ‘perpetual rotor’, a self-winding mechanism that is designed to rotate a complete 360 degrees when worn on the wrist. Equipped with a calibre 3132, mechanical movement, this watch is certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), which explains its spot-on precision. The best thing about the Rolex Oyster Perpetual? It can be yours without blowing up a fortune, as it’s priced at just ₹358,900.
How nice it would be to be able to wear the same watch as Andy Green, Michael Bublé and other well-known personalities. The Rolex Air-King gives you access to that league, and it’s affordable too! Rolex devised the Air-King as a tribute to the world of Aviation. The Air-King was launched in the 1930s, an era when the aviation world was expanding by leaps and bounds and conquering new horizons.
The pioneers in the field of aviation embraced the Air-King and gave the timepiece a big thumbs-up. Charles Douglas Barnard, an English aviation expert, even endorsed the functionality of the watch, stating, “The peculiar qualities of this Rolex watch render it eminently suitable for flying purposes, and I propose to use it on all my long-distance flights in the future.”
The Mighty 40mm Steel Case
The Air-King has the patent Rolex, 40 mm, 904L stainless steel case. The case has passed the harshest quality control which makes it all the more reliable and sturdy. Due to its strength, 904L steel isn’t cheap, and Rolex incorporating this steel alloy in their watches, yet keeping them affordable, is laudable.
The Deep Black Dial
The Air-King has a very well-built, straightforward dial. The distinctive dial has a unique pattern to showcase the hour marking stencil – a combination of large three, six, and nine Arabic numerals, along with double-digit numerals for time readings during navigation.
A beautiful polarity spills across the dial, courtesy the green ‘Air-King’ lettering, which has retained its originality since it was specially designed for this timepiece in 1950. The lush green second’s hand adds to the vibrancy of the Air-King and matches the hue of the ‘Rolex’ branding below 12 o’clock.
The Oyster bracelet has Rolex DNA etched all over. This one is an amalgamation of aesthetics and functionality. The bracelet comes with an Oysterclasp, but the highlight is the ‘Easylink comfort extension link’. The extension link allows a leverage of 5mm, which means the wearer is granted the ease to adjust the bracelet so that it sits comfortably on the wrist. The aforementioned technique is a Rolex exclusive, making it all the more special.