Ever since its founding in 1908, Rolex has created one classic watch after another. Although Rolex continues to bring out new models - most recently the Rolex Sky-Dweller - people will forever desire vintage Rolex watches. The first Rolex watch to receive such notoriety was the Rolex Oyster in 1926 as the first waterproof wristwatch. Next came the Prince in the 20's, the Oyster Perpetual in 1931, the bubble-backs in 1950's, and the Rolex Chronometer in 1953. The year 1945 saw the creation of the Datejust, then the Submariner in 1953, the GMT in 1954, and finally the Rolex Daytona in 1961. With all of these models, one would think that it would be quite easy to forget about some of the older Rolex watches. However, vintage Rolex watches continue to be held in high esteem and are desired by many watch collectors.
We have purchased several great vintage Rolex watches. Here are a few of our favorites:
This model was produced from 1971 to 1988. It used a caliber 727 with or without C.O.S.C. certification and had an Oyster Triplock 702 crown.
The significance of this watch is that it was the first Submariner to have a date function. The relationship with Rolex and Tiffany & Co. started in the 1950's and lasted until the late 1980's. When Rolex and Tiffany & Co. ended their partnership, watches with both the Rolex and Tiffany names became more rare, increasing the perceived value of the watches.
Introduced in 1962, the Rolex Submariner 5513 is one of the most collectable Submariners. This Submariner model was produced from 1962 through 1990, making it one of the longest continually-produced Rolex models. The Submariner ref. 5513 used both the caliber 1530 and 1520. The 5512 model, which also used the 1530 caliber, was C.O.S.C. certified, while the 5513 did not have this chronometer certification. Because this watch is still so widely collected, the market prices have almost doubled from 2003 to 2005.
In 1969, Paul Newman starred in the movie “Winning” where he wore a Rolex Daytona watch throughout the movie. Newman was a huge Rolex Daytona fan. He owned and wore at least five throughout his life. After the release of the movie, the Rolex Daytona models that Newman had worn picked up in popularity, allowing auction houses to charge premium prices for these specific models.
The “Paul Newman” Rolex Daytona 6239 has what is known as an "exotic dial." The dial itself is white and has a black outer track and sub-dials. Like the other “Paul Newman Daytona” watches, this one does not have screw-down pushers, but has distinctive block markers on the sub-dials and is a manual wind.