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Affordable Rolex Watches

Affordable Rolex Watches

While Rolex is known for its luxury and expensive watches, there are still some relatively more affordable models available for those looking to start their Rolex watch collection.

Keep in mind that the term "affordable" is subjective, and these watches can still be quite expensive compared to other brands.

In this article we have included what we believe are the top 5 most popular affordable Rolex watches, of which, we have included their prices, model/reference numbers, the years they were produced, dial color or variations, bezel and bracelet styles.

Affordable Rolex Prices

Estimated Prices for affordable Rolex watches range from $5,500 - $13,000 (depending on the models described below, availability and if the watch is sold as a complete set, ie: box and papers, full links and/or card). 

Please note that the prices mentioned here are approximate and may vary depending on factors such as condition, age, and market demand. 

Best Starter Rolex Watches On a Budget

Here are five Rolex models that are considered some of the best and most popular Rolex starter watches on a budget:

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36mm (Reference: 126000)

The Oyster Perpetual is considered the entry-level Rolex watch, offering a simple and elegant design. It is available in various sizes, and the prices can vary depending on the size, dial color, condition, or box and papers.

rolex oyster perpetual 126000

  • First introduced: 2020
  • Production years: 2020 - present
  • Dial color: Various options, including blue, candy pink, and black
  • Bracelet: Oyster bracelet in stainless steel (Oystersteel)
  • Bezel: Domed, stainless steel

Retail price: around $6,100

Pre-owned price: around $8,500-$10,200 (prices tend to be closer to $15,000 for colorful dials such as: green, tiffany, yellow or coral dials due to high demand and limited availability)

Rolex Datejust 41mm (Reference: 126334)

The Datejust is another classic Rolex model with a date function. It is available in a wide range of materials including a smooth bezel or a fluted bezel (more dressy), various dial colors, and either a Jubilee or an Oyster bracelet. Stainless Steel Rolex Datejust models tend to be the most affordable options coming with either a roman numeral or a stick dial for the hour markers. There are more expensive Datejust models, however these tend to come in 18K gold smooth or fluted bezels or two-tone oyster or jubilee bracelets. Of course, non-diamond dials are also the more affordable options here.

rolex datejust 126334

  • First introduced: 2016
  • Production years: 2016 - present
  • Dial color: Various options, including black, blue, and silver
  • Bracelet: Oyster or Jubilee bracelet in stainless steel (Oystersteel) and 18k white gold
  • Bezel: Fluted, 18k white gold

Retail price: $10,250

Pre-owned price: around $11,750-$13,000

Rolex Air-King (Reference: 116900)

The Air-King is a simple yet robust timepiece, designed with pilots in mind. It features a clean dial with Arabic numerals and a stainless-steel case and bracelet. Because this model was discontinued around est 2022, this model is only available via the pre-owned market.

  • First introduced: 2016 (the Air-King line dates back to 1945, but this specific reference was introduced in 2016)
  • Production years: 2016 – 2022 (estimate)
  • Dial color: Black
  • Bracelet: Oyster bracelet in stainless steel (Oystersteel)
  • Bezel: Smooth, stainless steel

Retail price: around $6,450 (ets. around this price at the time of production)

Pre-owned price: around $6,000 - $7,500 (est)

SHOP ROLEX AIR-KING 116900

Rolex Explorer (Reference: 214270)

The Explorer is a rugged sports watch designed for adventurers. It has a simple design with a stainless steel case and bracelet, and luminescent hour markers for increased legibility. Pre-owned models may be available at more budget-friendly prices.

  • First introduced: 2010 (the Explorer line dates back to 1953, but this specific reference with the 39mm case was introduced in 2010)
  • Production years: 2010 - 2021 (In 2021, Rolex introduced a new Explorer reference - 124270 - with a 36mm case)
  • Dial color: Black
  • Bracelet: Oyster bracelet in stainless steel (Oystersteel)
  • Bezel: Smooth, stainless steel

Retail price: around $6,550

Pre-owned price: around $5,500 - $7,000

SHOP ROLEX EXPLORER 214270

Rolex Submariner "No Date" (Reference: 14060)

The Submariner is an iconic dive watch, and the no-date version can be more affordable than the date version. Look for pre-owned or vintage models to find the best deals.

rolex submariner 124060

  • First introduced: 2010 (the Submariner line dates back to 1953, but this specific reference was first introduced in 2010)
  • Production years: 1990 – 2010 (estimate)
  • Dial color: Black
  • Bracelet: Oyster bracelet in stainless steel (Oystersteel)
  • Bezel: Unidirectional rotating, black Cerachrom insert

Retail price: around $5,450 (estimate)

Pre-owned price: around $8,500 - $10,750 (due to high demand and limited availability)

When shopping for an affordable Rolex, consider purchasing pre-owned or vintage models, as they often come at a lower price point. However, make sure to buy from reputable dealers and verify the authenticity of the watch to avoid counterfeit products.

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