Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Rolex Watches

...but were afraid to ask.

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The status and power of the Rolex brand are larger than life. You wouldn't be alone in feeling its charismatic pull — or in being a little intimidated by the high prices, the hype, the plethora of models and information.

And who could blame you? Rolex sometimes seems like a world unto itself: Experts speaking in reference numbers about why tiny red lettering on a dial makes one particular model so sublime, why scratched-up old cases are superior, or why you often have to pay above retail for new Rolexes...What does it all mean? And how the hell do I get one on my wrist?

All your burning questions shall be answered, and more. Here, we've gathered every Rolex sub-topic that you've ever wondered about (but were perhaps afraid to ask), from a comprehensive overview of the brand and its current offerings to more in-depth looks at history, iconic models and specific topics like navigating your watch purchase. Dive in below.

The Complete Rolex Buying Guide: Every Current Model Explained

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We distill down the world of modern Rolex to something easily decipherable to help give you a leg up for your next purchase.

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How to Buy a Rolex Watch

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Buying a Rolex may sound simple, but that's not always the case.

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Everything You Need to Know About Rolex’s Most Popular Watch

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From languishing on shelves to becoming the hottest watch in the world, Rolex’s Cosmograph Daytona has had a wild ride, indeed.

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Want a Rolex Daytona? Here Are Three Worthy Alternatives That Won’t Cost as Much

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These three handsome chronograph watches offer attractive alternatives to the Rolex Daytona experience, with versatile appeal and strong value.

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6 Questions With the Man Who Sold the Holy Grail of Vintage Watches

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James Cox shares how he got Newman’s Rolex Daytona, his own history with the watch and his feelings on its sale.

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Why Do People Go Crazy for Vintage Rolexes?

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Making sense of the rapidly growing market for old Rolexes.

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What Makes Rolex's GMT-Master The Best Travel Watch Ever?

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This two-timer from the jet age is technically and aesthetically the mother of all GMT watches.

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Everything You Need to Know to Buy a Rolex Datejust

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The Rolex Datejust, in continuous production since 1945, is one of the most popular watches in the world.

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How Rolex and the Date Window Changed the Face of Watches

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The common 3 o’clock date display window originates from none other than the Rolex Datejust introduced in 1945.

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3 Ways to Get a Modern Rolex on Your Wrist for Less Than You Think

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Rolex's overlooked models offer a ton of value and a (relatively) accessible entry point to the iconic brand.

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Here Are Some of the Crazy Nicknames Given to 10 Famous Rolex Watches

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"Kermit," "Snowflake," "Hulk" — what is this, a Guy Ritchie film?

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History of the Rolex Submariner: How the Dive Watch Has Changed Over Time

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We take a look at how the world's most famous watch has evolved over the past three generations.

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Three Cheaper Alternatives to the Rolex Submariner

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These three handsome dive watches offer attractive alternatives to the Rolex Submariner experience, with high quality, versatile appeal and strong value.

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Sean Connery Put the Rolex Submariner on the Map

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The legendary Scottish actor, who passed away at 90, will forever be remembered as the first — and best — James Bond.

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Rolex's New Oyster Perpetual Is Already Generating Controversy Among Watch Fans

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The new Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 — available in a range of colors — replaces the 39mm version, which was a fan favorite.

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Why Is There a Domino’s Pizza Logo on This Rolex?

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How did one of the world’s foremost watchmakers end up producing a watch for the official pizza of high-school pizza parties?

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This Is the Most Important Rolex Watch You've Never Heard of

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The Rolex Submariner and Daytona can both trace their roots to a single innovative — and largely unknown — watch.

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Add This Vintage Rolex Book To Your Library Right Now

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Vintage Rolex Field Manual

The Vintage Rolex Field Manual: Chevalier Edition is required reading for any serious Rolex enthusiast.

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