There’s no doubt that a Rolex watch can be expensive but some models can make a £10,000 option look cheap. So, if you’re in search of a timepiece with a little more exclusivity, here are some of the most expensive Rolex watches in the world.
Before investing in any Rolex, you should be aware that no matter the price, some models hold their value more than others so you should always seek a watch that you either a. really want to wear yourself, or b. know that you’ll be able to make a solid return on investment or your money back should you wish to sell it. The good news is though, that usually if you find a rare model, you can sell it for a profit on consignment or through an auction.
Most Expensive Rolex Watches Sold at Auction
There are many Rolex watches that can make a good investment for any buyer meaning if you want to sell the watch in the future, you could make a very lucrative profit. Over the years, there’s been a lot of Rolex watches that have sold for incredibly large amounts at auction, usually, these are models that have been owned and worn by celebrities.
For example, back in October 2017, Paul Newman’s infamous Cosmograph Daytona watch sold for $17.8 million at an auction in New York.
Five of the Most Expensive Rolex Watches
So what if you’re not buying a watch at auction? And it’s not been draped on the arms of a celebrity? What kinds of prices are you going to be paying? Let’s take a look.
Submariner Automatic Chronometer Diamond Silver Dial
Submariners are rare but this one is exceptionally rare and is currently only available on consignment. This 18k white gold diamond and sapphire set watch can cost anything from £106,000 to £170,000 depending on the number of diamonds it’s set with and where you purchase it from; whether it’s an official authorized dealer or on consignment.
GMT II Master Ice
The GMT II is an iconic Rolex model designed for the traveller who wants to check on timezones in an instant and know if it’s a little too late to be calling home. It’s a fairly difficult watch to get your hands on. But the iced version is far rarer and more expensive. It’s extravagant, it’s almost entirely covered in diamond and hit the shelves for a whopping £349,000.
Pearlmaster 39 Everose Gold Diamond
Another completely diamond set watch from Rolex is the Everose Gold Pearlmaster 39. Its dial features a remarkable 713 diamonds which are set in an 18K Everose gold surface; a new patented precious metal from Rolex. Rolex advertises this model as a price on request, but based on research, dealers tend to sell this model for anything from £113,000 – £160,000. This watch is even part of Travis Scott’s famous luxury watch collection.
Day-Date 40 Platinum Diamond
The Day-Date 40 platinum with diamond bezel features 31 precision laid diamonds both in the bezel and on the signature ice-blue dial reserved solely for Rolex’s platinum watch collections. This watch will set you back as much as £120,000 and dates back to 1956 when it was the first watch of its kind that showed the date on the dial. Unlike other diamond-set watches from Rolex, this watch stands out from the rest as the diamonds are emerald cut rather than the more traditional round cut that Rolex usually opts for.
Platinum Cosmograph Daytona
The Cosmograph Daytona is somewhat of a unicorn in itself and near-impossible to purchase from a Rolex dealer without building a previous relationship (i.e. spending a lot of cash) and its gold counterpart will set you back over £60,000. But what about the platinum model? The coveted watch with ice-blue dial costs over £130,000 and there are other models too, such as the Arabic dial version which can sell for as much as £200,000 or more.
What are your thoughts on the Rolex watches we featured today? Would you be willing to part with this much money on a signature timepiece? Do you think it’s an investment? Let us know in the comments below.