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- By ANiceGuy Date 2005-01-02 02:13
So many experts here --- avid readers too.  Lots of knowledge.  Which of all the Rolex models would retain the highest percentage of original MSRP from today's models ("F" series or beyond)?  Just wondering which model I should consider for my next Rolex.  Right now I am happy (real happy) with my GMT Master II.  But the same with cars, I like a change every now and then.

This might be a hard question to answer as perhaps many factors to consider.  But using say, for example, the models that were present in the year 2001, which hold the highest resale value compared to MSRP?
Parent - By Manatee Date 2005-01-02 02:15
1. Steel Daytona
2. Anniversary Submariner
Parent - By Stryke Date 2005-01-02 02:22
For more common models the 16610 hold best value. :-)
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Parent - By ANiceGuy Date 2005-01-02 02:32
Which of these holds the best % value?  1) steel; 2) steel and gold; or 18k gold?
Parent - By RandyS Date 2005-01-02 02:47
1) steel
Parent - By ANiceGuy Date 2005-01-02 02:53
Steel, in spite of the fact that the price of gold is going up every quarter?  Or, is it steel because it's the most affordable Rolex?
Parent By bentleyboy Date 2005-01-02 23:48
"Ones good two is Better" my dad
Parent - By ANiceGuy Date 2005-01-02 02:35
Also, does the brand Rolex hold a higher % of value than any other brand out there?  Is Rolex the most conveted watch?  Biggest status symbol?
Parent - By Bond007 Date 2005-01-02 02:51
i consider the rolex more of a sex symbol for obvious reasons
Parent - By bentleyboy Date 2005-01-02 23:15
The AD can be sexy.
"Ones good two is Better" my dad
Parent By Manatee Date 2005-01-02 23:44
For the first time, it occurred to me that there might be a ladies-only model, like the Tudor mini-Sub, with the unfortunate abbreviation VD. ;-)
Parent By Ayjay (Forum Administrator) Date 2005-01-02 11:14 Edited 2005-01-02 11:53
Historically, Rolex and Cartier are considered to be the two brands that generally hold their resale value the best......but it greatly depends on the model.
And, of course, there are specific models from other brands that hold their resale as good or better.

But what you shouldn't do is to buy a watch just for its hoped-for resale value....a watch (with very few exceptions like the SS Daytona) is not an investment and will usually always lose you money, in real terms. And besides, you would only be buying a watch because you want to sell it on later, rather than the one you really desire.

No...Rolex is not, by a long way, the most "coveted" watch with knowledgable people or are the greatest "status symbols".  There are a whole host of other far more exclusive brands that hold those accolades, such as Patek Philippe (just for example). 

Remember that Rolex manufacture by far the most "prestige" watches.....some 800,000+ per year.  No other similar brand comes even close to the volume that Rolex produce; most other high-end brands manufacture a lot less than 40,000 a exclusivity is certainly not one of Rolex's virtues as there are literally tens of millions of them being worn on tens of millions of peoples wrists every day.

But, as I said, you should not be buying a watch for the perceived status or whatever.  Only buy a watch that you fall in love with and really want to wear....not one that you think will impress, as you will only be greatly disappointed at the general lack of interest in your watch, by others.
I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my Grandfather did......not screaming & shouting like his passengers.
Parent - By Daytona18K Date 2005-01-02 13:14
What are you looking for an investment or a watch you can wear and enjoy like stated in the post above. I think thats the question you need to ask yourself first. Your talking nickels and dimes here.
Parent - By ANiceGuy Date 2005-01-02 14:41 Edited 2005-01-02 14:44
I was merely asking a question out of curiosity.  Certainly I know that if I was making an investment a Rolex is the last thing I would buy.  However, in that I keep a watch for about 4 or 5 years it would be nice to get a higher percentage of my cost out of it. That is why I am driving my 4th Lexus instead of the German cars I previously drove.  The LS430 has a much higher resale or trade percentage than its two top competitors.  The Lexus sedan is a better quality vehicle anyway.  Hope I don't start an argument! LOL

Some of you are in this forum because you are resellers, but in spite of my current Ebay ad for a Rolex, I am a consumer.  For high ticket items I look down the road 4 or 5 years and determine which of my "toys" can be turned over for the least amount of percentage depreciation.  I don't think you can count on the weakness of the dollar being a factor every year.   I think Rolex's marketing strategy and strict policies on how their products are sold by jewelers is a big part of why prices are strong in the secondary market.

My next Rolex will likely be a Daytona Steel.  White face or black?  I like both.  Does anyone ever use all the features of that watch or is is mostly for show?
Parent - By Roger Date 2005-01-02 18:29
The Daytona is the best rolex period... :-)
Another point.  If you buy 18k rolex models preowned you will most likely be able to resale 2 to 5 years for little or no loss.  TT models I think do not hold value as less people are interested in them.   

Parent By EXshark Date 2005-01-03 00:15
daytona might be the "best", but too bad so many people can't read the time w/ them or after people get them find that the hype was just that, hype and they sell it to buy what they had in the first place =) 

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Parent - By rkammer Date 2005-01-03 06:25
My Rolex watchmaker would disagree with that in a big way.  He told me before Christmas that the TTs are the first to sell out at holiday time along with the SS subs.  He says he could sell twice the amount he is able to obtain.  He was referring to pre owned watches so I don't know about the new ones.
Ray K
Orlando, Florida
Parent - By hammer (Moderator) Date 2005-01-03 07:03
He may have meant TT ladies Rolex models which are and always will be very popular.

Judging by a recent TURF poll the TT mens models are not so Hot in 2005.
Parent By rkammer Date 2005-01-03 14:27
Well, the poll notwithstanding, he was referring to the men's TTs as I called him to inquire if he had any for sale.  Maybe they are more popular here in Central Florida than in other parts of the country/world.
Ray K
Orlando, Florida
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