While a watch tells you the time, a Rolex shows you your time. It is not simply a watch, but a style statement in itself. Not everyone can don a Rolex; you need to have the style and the charisma to show off a watch worth its price. Some take years to buy a Rolex watch while some a lifetime, but everyone does have the dream to own at least one Rolex in this lifetime. Here is the list of some of the most expensive Rolex watches which you cannot even afford to dream about, common now let’s face it.
1. 1942 Rolex Chronograph
A single piece of this watch costs around $1.16 million and rightly so because only twelve of these pieces were made. The watch was sold at an auction at Christie’s and the original price was set for $680 thousand. This watch has a nickel finish and silver matte dials. Along with time hands, it also has outer minute divisions, blue telemeter, two subsidiary dials for constant seconds, black tachymeter scales and a unique thing about this watch is that it features 17 jewels and Arabic and Baton numerical on pink gold. It also has a 30-minute register and a split second chronograph mechanism which gives the watch its name.
2. Eric Clapton’s 1971 Rolex Daytona
This watch becomes even more precious after the famous guitarist Eric Clapton wore it himself. The original price of the watch was a hundred thousand dollars, but after Eric’s touch, the price increased to almost five times to $505,000. The watch has a silver monochrome dial which is very different to the usual designs of Rolex, which is also the reason why this watch is also nicknamed as Albino.
3. Rolex GMT 116769 TBR
This is the most expensive watch rated by Rolex directly, unlike others that have gained more value after some celebrities wore it. This watch has luminous hands even though they are black in color. Also, the bracelet is made of white gold weighing 18 carats and the sides are filled with diamonds. The dial has diamonds in it and the case and locks also have 76 brightly shining diamonds in it. It can bear up to 100 meters of water resistance. The price of this watch is $485,350
4. James Bond 1973 Rolex 5513
The cost of this watch is $450,000 and was used in the James Bond series, ‘Live and Let Die,’ which features Roger Moore as James Bond. The watch has a white on black dial with a stainless steel body and strapping. It is through this watch that Bond takes off the clothes of a woman through the razor disc and dodges a bullet through the magnetic field created in the watch. Yes, they still exist in the watch and it would be advisable not to use the magnetic field to dodge a real bullet.
5. Rajendra Prasad’s Gold Rolex Oyster
First watch on our list of expensive Rolex watches that features the map of a country. This watch had a 1950 India map and was gifted to the then president, who was also the first president of free India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, during the first republic day event on 26 January 1950. The watch features an 18 carat gold dial which represents the map of India. The price of this watch is $440,000.
6. Rolex Platinum Pearlmaster 18956
The watch is a limited and special edition watch which has baguette diamond bezel and bracelet. This watch comes along with Rolex books, tags and a leather wallet. It was released in 2011 and costs $276,000. The dial is exceptionally extraordinary as it is made of meteorite diamond. Sapphire crystal is used to make the double quick set and it also has a hidden clasp.
7. Paul Newman Ferrari Red Rolex Daytona 6565
This watch costs around $267, 203 and was worn by Paul Newman in the movie‘Winning’ and hence the name. The watch apparently shares some features of the movie, for example, the blood red color of the watch in based on the famous red-colored Ferrari in the movie. The watch was later also featured in the book about the actor who was seen wearing that watch in one of the images in the book. The watch is coated with stainless steel and titanium and has a fat There is red enamel in the dial which is 37 millimeters wide. It needs to be winded manually and has 17 jewels.
8. Steve McQueen 1967 Rolex Submariner
Just as the name reveals this watch is great for those who love living under waters, for divers and other water sports. It is made of stainless steel and works perfectly well up to 200 meters below water too. It was also sported in the 1971 movie Le Mans by Steve McQueen. The watch has a COSC-certified chronometer and an automatic movement at its center. The price of this watch is set to $234,000 or higher.
9. Paul Newman Rolex Daytona
Another watch from our beloved Newman. This watch costs $106, 273 and is one of the signatures and expensive Rolex watches. Only 200 pieces of this watch were ever made. The dial and the 38 millimeter round casing of the watch are made from 14 carat champagne gold. The features of the dial include seconds, minutes and hours hands which are luminous. The tachometer outside and the three sub dials which are inside are colored in black to create a contrast. The watch also has 17 jewels and a nickel finished lever movement.
10. Rolex Submariner for Cartier
A watch exclusively made for New Yorkers. This price of this watch is set at $100,000 or more and you can find one only at Cartier’s Fifth Avenue Shop at New York. The first such watch which was sold exclusively by Cartier was the $19 thousand Double Red Sea Dweller and the second one is this one. You even get a matching red box and matching archive papers by Cartier which indicate the date when the watch was sold.