Replica Rolex Explorer | Designer Luxury at Affordable Prices Watches
It's no secret that Rollie's have a real ROI, but getting your hands on the right crown can be like capturing the Iron Throne. Unless you're one of Rolex Explorer Replica Watches most loyal customers that means buying multiple pieces a year, and not entry-level DateJusts you will probably have to pick yours up on the secondary market. Enter Paul Altieri, founder of the new and pre-owned timepiece e-tail portal Bob's Watches, who is known for being a trusted Rolex dealer as well as a collector in his own right.
We asked Altieri for his recommendations on the best Rolex models to collect, from a beginner's piece to the reference that will affirm your status as a collecting king. You can find at least one of each at Bob's Watches except, of course, the one that belongs in Altieri's own vault.
If you're just dipping your toes into Rolex collecting, you may want to dive into your horological journey in a more attainable realm. Here we have a Submariner Ref. 116610 a classic in the Rolex roster and one that has been gaining in popularity even in the midst of Daytona mania.
It's the iconic model, it's still what Rolex is known for, even with the Daytona, the GMT and all the other models they've got, the Submariner is still the quintessential Rolex, says Altieri. Several months ago you couldn't even buy one the local dealers were completely sold out of them. Even in the secondary market, they were selling for over retail.
The Ref. 116610 retails for a relatively reasonable $8,550, but like all covetable Rolex models you likely can't walk into your local retailer and buy one. The good new is you can still buy one under $10,000 for now.
For hardcore watch enthusiasts, the very mention of the Pepsi GMT-Master II Ref. 126710 might elicit a long yawn. Thanks to Instagram, this was easily the hottest watch of 2018. But for those of you just dialing in, it's still on fire the watch currently sells in secondary markets for double its original $9,250 retail price. The Pepsi earned its nickname for its blue and red bezel. Developed in 1955 to help Pan Am pilots keep track of time during transatlantic flights, the fourth hand can be set with the 24-hour bezel to set the second time zone. Prior to 2018, the latest Pepsi was released in white gold on an Oyster bracelet, but when the new steel version with the Jubilee bracelet came out at a more affordable price, they sold so fast they had an instant and significant return on investment.
It's been completely oversold now in all the local Rolex stores, says Altieri. There's long waiting lists and it's still selling for a significant premium over retail. So how can you get your hands on one? You probably can't unless you're willing to pay top dollar. Here's the thing: If you're a loyal customer and you've bought a bunch of watches from a Rolex store and you have a good relationship with your local AD (authorized dealer) and you want to put your name in and you're willing to wait for a long time, then yes, you can get one, says Altieri. One of Altieri's clients from the Midwest was able to purchase both the Pepsi and the new Daytona Ref. 116500 but he had a 20-year-long relationship with his AD and has probably bought more than 50 Rolex watches over the course of those two decades.