When we visit watch events, shows like WindUp, and local meetups, one question always seems to pop up: “what’s next on your buy list?”. We decided to ask the team here at Everest which Rolex is on their radar in 2024. Here are our picks, written in our own words.
Michael - Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000
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For years, I have had my eye on a Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 produced from 2014 to 2017. I am pretty confident that 2024 is going to be the year of the Sea-Dweller for me. I love the exaggerated solid end links that stick beyond the lugs. The case is semi-thick compared to other Rolex watches and I also think the transitional mid-case is super cool. The watch didn’t do very well in the retail market due to its hefty premium compared to the Submariner. At first glance, the watches look very similar, making the 35-40% price increase over the Sub not-so appealing to most consumers. For me, this is just an awesome piece of Rolex history and I am really looking forward to getting my hands on one.
Theresa - Rolex Day-Date II
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I have had my eye on a rather unique variant of the Rolex Day-Date: the Day-Date II. At the time of its production, this watch wasn’t very appreciated, but as a woman who loves oversized Rolex watches it really appeals to me. I like a piece of jewelry that has good flow on my wrist and I believe an all-gold 41mm President will fit perfectly with my bracelet stack. The exact metal and dial reference is 100% gold. Gold everywhere. I would love to make this a permanent fixture in 2024.
Skyler - Rolex Explorer Ref. 1016 (Matte Dial)
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As someone who writes about the best deals in used Rolex twice per month, I’m constantly scouring Rolex listings; my answer to this question is always changing. Right now, I’m slightly obsessed with the Rolex Explorer ref. 1016, specifically those with matte dials produced between 1966 and 1989. With a 36mm diameter, fat printed numerals, and iconic Mercedes hour hand, I’d have a hard time removing one of these time-only beauties from my wrist. While 1016 Explorers do cost a pretty penny, I feel that historically-significant Explorers (like some 1016s) are nowhere near as appreciated as historically-significant Submariners, Daytonas, etc. With that, I believe these watches still represent value in today’s market. Beyond value, I just love the way they look. Beauty and simplicity are hard to achieve at the same time. Rolex did it more than half a century ago with the Explorer.
As you can see, the team at Everest is all over the place with their hopeful Rolex purchase in 2024. What are you hoping for this year? Maybe you’ll go the vintage route, or maybe you want a fully-stickered Rolex fresh from Switzerland. We would love to know in the comments below!