Best 3 Entry Level Rolex Watch for Men in 2022
Few brands can claim to be as famous as Rolex in the world of watches: elegance, status, power are just some of the feelings that these pieces evoke.
Many dream of owning a Rolex, including long time collectors and people who are just entering the world of watches.
But, especially for the latter, often it's difficult to understand which are the most popular models of the moment, both in terms of possible investments and in terms of pure "moda".
So here comes the first big question: are you thinking to buy a Rolex and you can't decide wheter or not it's a good idea?
Many says that, when you buy Rolex, you are transferring cash into a reliable asset that has proven to appreciate and/or at least hold its value during time.
It's a decision that requires time, efforts and money: it is well-known marketing concept that people buy emotionally, then justify logically.
With your first Rolex though you have to try to keep yourself as logical as possible, without sacrificing your taste.
You will have to investigate a bit before deciding the best option for you.
So if you want to have made up your mind and decided to invest in a Rolex, this is the article for you: we want to share our opinion on the top 3 entry-level Rolex watches for men in 2022.
We will base our judgment on different values such as appearance, wearability, re-sale possibility (at same or higher cost), how easy is to service it.
All the info shared are based on our business experience, collection of data from partners/third party/historical sources and personal opinions.
1) Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 1601
First introduced in 1945 as a means to commemorate the company’s 40th anniversary, the Datejust is one of Rolex’s oldest lines of watches that still remain in production today. Classic, prestigious, and instantly recognizable.
It has a design that has barely changed in 60 years and is a familiar sight even to non-enthusiasts. Often cited as the most counterfeited watch in the world, it’s comfortable to wear with it's 36mm case.
Based on our data the Rolex 1600 increase in price in the last 5 years is of 32% (from 3285€ to 4860€ average).
As of today (beginning of 2022) the price for this model is around 4800€.
Investment long term: ⭐⭐⭐
2) Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 1500/1501
The 34mm Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date ref. 1500 is the perfect vintage Rolex watch for daily wear.
The ref. 15XX family arrived in 1962 with the Date ref. 1500, and a year later it was joined by the ref. 1501. Fitted with an uncommon style of bezel, one no longer produced by Rolex, it was produced in lower numbers, making an already relatively rare watch even rarer.
But it still stands as a highly affordable vintage purchase and a stable investment.
Based on our data the Rolex 1500 increase in price in the last 5 years is of 23% (from 2580€ to 3350€ average).
As of today (beginning of 2022) the price for this model is around 3350€.
Investment long term: ⭐⭐⭐
3) Rolex Air-King 14000
The tale tells us that The Air-King name dates back to the darkest days of the Second World War: the Air-King debuted in 1945 and was so named to celebrate the brave and victorious WW2 British RAF pilots.
Until modern times (and new models) the Air-King has always been a 34mm piece. However, the 11.2mm thick Oyster case gives the ref. 14000 more wrist presence than its numbers would suggest.
Based on our data the Rolex Air-King 14000 increase in price in the last 5 years is of 27.4% (from 3120€ to 4300€ average).
As of today (beginning of 2022) the price for this model is around 4300€.
Investment long term: ⭐
There are many Rolex in the world, for every taste and made with different materials.
Once you have found your best match, it arises the problem of how to get hold of this piece without spending a fortune on authorized dealers (AD) or without being defrauded by strange internet sellers.
We are resellers and obviously we suggest to proceed in this way, which is the easiest and fastest way. However, the AD option remains valid if you have a higher budget and are willing to wait a little longer.
If you want to have a look at our collection of Rolex you can find it here.