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Rolex is a brand synonymous with opulence, precision, and class. Combining timeless elegance with intricate design elements, Rolex watches are much more than just time-telling devices; they serve as powerful markers of success. Among Rolex’s vast catalogue, a few models stand out, defined by their popularity, iconic status, and the innovations they bring to watchmaking.

Here, we’re exploring some of the most famous Rolex models, their unique features, and the stories behind them.

  1. Rolex Datejust

The Rolex Datejust, first introduced in 1945 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Rolex, is one of the brand’s most recognisable models. The Datejust was the first automatic, waterproof wristwatch to display the date in a window at 3 o’clock. Its iconic design includes a “cyclops” magnifying lens that amplifies the view of the date by 2.5 times, making it easier to read. The Datejust, with its Oyster case, is available in various sizes, designs, and materials, making it suitable for any wrist and occasion.

Notable Wearers: Martin Luther King Jr. and President Ronald Reagan.

  1. Rolex Submariner

The Rolex Submariner, first introduced in 1953, can easily be defined as iconic. Designed as a tool watch for divers, the Submariner’s selling point is its waterproof properties, maintaining its integrity up to a depth of 300 meters. The rotating bezel allows divers to track how long they have been underwater, which is vital to decompress safely. Over the years, this model has evolved and is now more of a ‘wear-anywhere’ watch but still retains its original professional diver’s aesthetics.

Notable Wearers: James Bond famously wore the Submariner in the first four films, making it a pop culture icon.

  1. Rolex Daytona

Introduced in 1963, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is one of the most sought-after Rolex models to date. The Daytona, named after Daytona Beach in Florida, a hub for motorsport racing, was developed for professional racers who require highly accurate timekeeping. It features a chronograph and tachymetric scale on the bezel, two features that help measure elapsed time and speeds, respectively.

Notable Wearers: The Daytona gained significant fame post-1986 when a model was auctioned that once belonged to actor Paul Newman. The exotic dial variant is popularly referred to as the “Paul Newman Daytona” in his honour.

  1. Rolex GMT-Master

When Pan American Airways approached Rolex in the mid-1950s to develop a watch that could track time in different time zones simultaneously, the Rolex GMT-Master was born. Equipped with an additional 24-hour hand and a rotating bezel with 24-hour markers, it could simultaneously display the time in two different time zones. The bright red and blue bezel option is often hailed as the ‘Pepsi’ bezel for its resemblance to Pepsi’s traditional colours.

Notable Wearers: The GMT-Master and its successor, the GMT-Master II, have been worn by many, including pilots and even NASA astronauts.

  1. Rolex Explorer 

Designed and released in honour of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s historic Mt. Everest climb in 1953, the Rolex Explorer is another Rolex powerhouse. It was built to withstand the most extreme conditions and optimised for durability and readability in low-light situations. The unpretentious design of the Explorer, featuring luminous hour markers and a smooth bezel, makes it an unassuming hero of the Rolex line, with a timeless style that appeals to explorers of all sorts.

Notable Wearers: Steve McQueen, Prince Harry & Tom Hanks

  1. Rolex Oyster Perpetual 

Every Rolex has an Oyster case, making them waterproof, but the Rolex Oyster Perpetual has been the brand’s classic, foundational model since 1931. When Rolex invented the self-winding mechanism, the Perpetual rotor, this was the first model to house it, hence the name ‘Oyster Perpetual.’ Known for its simplicity, durability, and versatility, this sophisticated timepiece is a great entry-level watch for those new to Rolex.

Notable Wearers: Sporting legends Roger Federer, Lebron James and Tom Brady.

Choosing the right Rolex for you

Each Rolex model carries a piece of horological history, a combination of innovation, craftsmanship, and style that has cemented Rolex in the world of luxury watches. While these are some of the most famous Rolex models, it’s worth mentioning that the Rolex catalogue is vast, diverse, and continually evolving, with a myriad of variations in size, materials, colours, and functions available. Choosing a Rolex is a deeply personal experience, so finding the right model ultimately comes down to personal preference and what each watch represents to its wearer.

At Kettle Club, we can help you find the perfect pre-owned Rolex to suit your lifestyle. With an array of luxurious models to choose from, our team is ready to answer any questions you have about this iconic brand.