Watch Buying Guide: 5 valuable Rolex Watches under $10,000

You don’t have to spend a fortune to own a nice Rolex watch, scout wisely and do your homework.

The common belief about Rolex watches is that they are expensive and hard to get. Sure, you need to spend some money when you decide to buy a Rolex watch, however Rolex watches tend to keep their value very good over time. If you really know which model to get, you will most likely end up buying a watch that will appreciate in value over time.

I’ll be listing a couple of my favorite choices below, these watches are all below $10,000 and will most likely appreciate in value. Service them every 5-10 years and take good care of them.

Please note, the prices is an estimation of how the market looks like right now. As always there are plenty of different factors that weigh in when you are about to value a watch. Does it come with the original box and papers? Early or late series? Is the case over polished? Documented service history? and the list can go on.
So before you head off to buy yourself a Rolex, please do your homework! 

My five picks for valuable Rolex Watches under $10,000

The Datejust is a classic icon. You can never go wrong with it. It’s a favourite amongst the people that want to buy their first Rolex. 
If you want your Rolex Datejust to come with box and papers you’ll have to add some more money.
(If vintage is not your cup of tea, then you have the references 116200/116234)

The Rolex Datejust ref. 1601 Priced around $2000-2500

The Rolex Datejust ref. 1601 Priced around $2000-2500

Another popular choice. The Explorer II is a lot more sporty than the Datejust. For a long time you could buy this particular model for ~$3500-4000 in Sweden but the prices has begun to rise. For around $4000 you’ll get a decent example of the Explorer but if you want a mint one you’ll have to add some more cash.
(If you want to buy a brand new one, then check out the reference 214270)

The Rolex Explorer II ref. 16570 Priced around $4000-6000 depending on box/papers.

The Rolex Explorer II ref. 16570 Priced around $4000-6000 depending on box/papers.

Sporty yet elegant. Perfect with a suit and equally perfect with jeans and a t-shirt.
The model got an upgrade during last years BaselWorld and now have the SuperLuminova applied to the indices 3-6-9.
(Prefer it in it’s smaller size, 36mm? Check out the references 14270/114270)

The Rolex Explorer ref. 214270 $6400

The Rolex Explorer ref. 214270 priced around $6400

I don’t think this model needs further introduction. A modern classic. They retail around ~$7350.
If you prefer this model with the date complication, the reference 116610 is the one for you. 
(Too pricey but still a fan of the Submariner? Check out the older models 14060/16610)

The Rolex Submariner ref. 114060 Priced around $7350

The Rolex Submariner ref. 114060 Priced around $7350

If you are a fan of golden watches (as myself) this is one of the most affordable watches you can get considering it comes with the Presidents bracelet in 18k gold aswell. 
If you don’t prefer the golden look and want to be more subtle, you can buy a Day-Date “head only” (without the braclet) for around $6000.

The Rolex Day-Date ref. 18038 Priced around $10000

The Rolex Day-Date ref. 18038 Priced around $10000

Which other Rolex watch would you add to the mixture? Let me know in the comments below!

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