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The Essential Rolex Buying Guide – All Current Professional Models Explained

by Wrist Aficionado on

There are several Rolex watches available today when you are looking for current models. With each one having its own defining features, you may be unsure of which one would be best for you. That is why we have created this essential Rolex watch buying guide. It will make your decision-making process significantly easier once you know the differences between all of these.

There are three distinct categories Rolex watches fall into:

  • Oyster Perpetual Professional
  • Oyster Perpetual Classic
  • Cellini

Professional Models

Here are the current Rolex Oyster Perpetual Profession models available:

  • Cosmograph Daytona

The Rolex Daytona has a 40mm case that features a fixed bezel with a tachometer scale. There are several versions available, depending on what precious metal you would like it to be made out of. There are three sub-dials showing seconds, 30-minute, and 12-hour totals. The movement is a 4130 with a magnetic Parachrom hairspring, along with a vertical clutch. The water resistance is at 100 meters/330 feet.

  • Submariner

The Rolex Submariner is the go-to dive watch. It is also the most iconic watch the world over. The chances are high that you have seen this one quite a bit. As of 2020, it has a 41mm case size, which is a slight upgrade. It is also water-resistant up to 300 meters/1,000 feet. The watch features a 3235 movement on date models, while a 3230 on non-date ones. The unidirectional rotating 60-minute dive bezel has a Ceracrom insert. 

  • GMT Master II

This Rolex watch is geared towards world travelers and has such nicknames as Pepsi, Coke, and Rootbeer due to the various bezels it comes in. It has a 40mm case and is water-resistant up to 100 meters/330 feet. The watch features a 3186 movement, which includes a 24-hour hand and date complication. The rotation is bidirectional on a 24-hour bezel to keep track of timezones. 

  • Other Professional Models

There are several other professional models that are available from Rolex, which include:

  • Sea-Dweller
  • Explorer
  • Explorer II
  • Milgauss
  • Air-King
  • Yacht-Master
  • Yachtmaster II
  • Classic Models

Here are the current Rolex Oyster Perpetual Profession models available:

  • Oyster Perpetual

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual is perhaps the most barebones Rolex watch available today. You will find plenty of used Rolex watches that come in this model type, making it very easy (and affordable) to get a hold of. This timepiece is a descendant of the watch that put Rolex on the map. It's a classy look whose style is perpetual, staying true to its name. It comes in various case sizes, is water resistant up to 100 meters/330 feet, has either a 2232 or 3230 movement, and simply provides the time movement.

  • Other Class Models

There are a few other professional models that are available from Rolex, which include:

  • Datejust
  • Day-Date
  • Pearlmaster
  • Sky-Dweller
  • Cellini Models

Rolex also produces a dress watch line that is named Cellini. These models are quite refined and traditional, having a leather bracelet with traditional pin-buckles. The case size is 39mm for the precious metals models, and is water-resistant up to 50 meters/165 feet. You have your pick of 3132, 3165, or 3195 movements. The bezel itself is fluted and contains precious gems. The movement options you have for the Cellini models include time-only, date, dual-time, and moon phases.

Conclusion

Now that you know about the three major types of models Rolex offers, you probably have a good idea as to what type you would prefer. There are plenty of used Rolex watches available through Wrist Aficionado, so peruse our wide selection today and select the watch that calls out to you the most.

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