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The Top Rolex Watches Every Man Should Own Before He Turns 40

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In 2019, Rolex is known as the king of watches among enthusiasts and for very good reason. Rolex is by far the largest Swiss watch manufacturer in the luxury market and has made itself fully vertically integrated – even smelting its gold alloys and producing its hairsprings in-house. The deep control Rolex has over its watch production is the very reason the brand has been able to maintain exceptional quality control and has the confidence to back all of its new watches with a five-year warranty from the date of purchase.

From the very beginning, Rolex has limited its offering to just a few product lines, making incremental improvements to each generation that culminate in a set of advances made over their predecessors.

Let’s take a look at the top Rolex watches every man should own before he turns 40…

Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea

The Deepsea is one of the most extreme watches the manufacturer has ever created and in 2018 it was updated heavily. A 44mm chronograph is home to Rolex’s latest Calibre 3235, which comes with slimmer lungs and a wider bracelet. This particular model tends to be overlooked by publications in favour of the more wearable – and useful – 40mm, multi-time zone, Pepsi-bezel GMT-Master II. However, the Deepsea demonstrates the very limits of what can be done with traditional watchmaking while still remaining a wearable timepiece.

Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona

The current generation of the Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is adorned by the brilliant Cerachrom bezels that Rolex developed and patented in 2005. All of the numbers and markers are engraved directly onto the ceramic material, while the bezel itself is heated to 1500 degrees Celsius so it can harden and purify the material. The bezels are surrounded by platinum or gold, depending on which model you choose, and it coats the numerals and graduations. In the production process, the excess platinum is polished off with diamond-polishing, resulting in a virtually scratch-proof and UV-resistant chronograph.

Rolex GMT-Master II

This may look like the 2014 model, but it’s actually had a few improvements made. The new 2018 edition of the GMT-Master II shares the same red and blue Cerachrom bezel but is now outfitted with steel and a jubilee bracelet. The biggest changer, however, is the brand new Calibre 3285 movement, which features Rolex’s Chronergy escapement that comes with 15 per cent efficiency gains and over 70 hours of power reserve.

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