There are so many watches on the market nowadays. Dive watches, sports watches and even watches made for the military. Not all of these are attractive timepieces. My job today is to pick the BEST Rolex watch for everyday wear. As an avid Rolex watch owner and Rolex fanatic, I am more than fit for this review. The basis of a great “everyday” watch accounts for a few key aspects.
For one, a watch must be comfortable. It must also be durable, so it can handle everyday wear and tear. Lastly, if you are buying a Rolex, you want a stylish and reliable watch.
So, rather than keeping you at the edge of your seat throughout this whole review, I am going to outright tell you the best watch. (Sorry for the spoiler).
The ultimate winner for best everyday Rolex watch in 2018 is the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 114300!
Read on to find out why the Oyster Perpetual is the best for everyday wear!
|Top Rolex Watches||What Makes it Great||Rating|
|Rolex Oyster Perpetual 114300||Comfortable Bracelet, Color-Neutral (can be worn with anything), Very Reliable||★★★★★
|Rolex Air-King 116900||Bold-Black Dial, Exreme Durability, Immense History||★★★★★|
|Rolex Submariner||A True Classic, Signature Rolex “Cyclops”, Very Durable, Holds Value||★★★★★|
|Rolex GMT-Master II||24 hour rotable bezel, very precise 3186 mechanical movement, strong build||★★★★★|
|Rolex Daytona||Very Reliable, Unique/Beautiful Design, Not a Common Watch||★★★★★|
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 114300
The Oyster Perpetual Reference number 114300, is a sleek and simple watch by Rolex.
What makes the Rolex Oyster Perpetual so great, is ironically the simplicity of the timepiece. It is in every way, an everyday watch. It is a good size, very comfortable, durable, reasonably priced and matches with LITERALLY ANYTHING!
The case is a perfect size, 39 mm, to fit a wrist of any size. You also get a fully adjustable, oyster steel bracelet, that is very comfortable to wear and stays snug on the wrist. These oyster bracelets do not loosen up like Jubilee bracelets tend to do.
Certified “Everyday” Watch
You can rest assure that the Oyster Perpetual will look good with ANY outfit you choose; casual or formal. This is because of the beautiful dark rhodium dial paired with the stainless steel, silver case and bracelet. The movement is excellent; a 31 jewel, house-made Swiss automatic movement with a 48-hour power reserve. So not only will your watch have a clean look, but it will be very reliable as well.
- Classic design, dark rhodium dial
- Great value; low price for a Rolex watch
Rolex Air-King 116900
The Air King is a true king in the watch game. This is a watch for those who like a bit of history, good style, and durability.
Back in 1945, Rolex gifted the world with the fabulous Air series of watches. The Air King quickly became one of the top models and would later become a collector’s item for watch connoisseurs. While the newer models do not have the same collectors value as the originals; the 116900 is still considered a top-notch watch.
Other than wearing a collectible item on your wrist (which seems to contradict what an “everyday watch” really is) let me give you some reasons why the Air-King is in fact, a great watch for everyday wear.
A 40mm case, 19mm band with and a fold over clasp keep the watch looking good and makes for a great fit for most wrists. The bold black dial features the classic Air-King name (so you can show off) and is surrounded by a polished stainless steel bezel. Like the Oyster Perpetual, the Air-King features a full stainless steel, Rolex Oyster bracelet. Why the design does not steer away from the classic look of the 1950’s, a bit of color was added to the crown in the dial and the second hand. Giving the watch a bit of contrast, to really add more to your look.
A Piece Of History On Your Wrist
It is easy to tell why the Air-King is a great everyday watch. The watch can be worn with anything. It has a casual feel but can definitely be worn with a suit as well. The timepiece if comfortable, durable and reliable. Think of the Oyster Perpetual, just add a bit more history and you pretty much have the same watch! Which is why the history factor of this watch makes it a notable mention for today’s review!
- History of the Air-King (A collector’s item)
- The contrast of colors in the dial
- Reliability (This watch was and is still used by pilots for long flights)
Would this really be a true Rolex review if the classic Submariner was not included?
When many people think of Rolex. They immediately envision the classic dive watch, the Submariner (No, I’m not a mind reader, but ask anybody, this holds true). And for a very good reason. The Submariner is a beautiful watch by Rolex that is a great functional dive watch that is also worn for everyday wear. The flexibility of this watch is insane! Not many watches do you seen be worn in the ocean, to the mall, or even at an important business meeting.
The Submariner is fit with a 40 mm, stainless steel case. The case looks larger and shiny, because of the black ceramic, bi-directional bezel. You also get the signature Rolex Cyclops to magnify the date. This is one of my personal favorite features on a Rolex because the 2.5 magnification really stands out and exemplifies what it is to be a Rolex.
A Durable Dive Watch
The final say on the Submariner is it is probably the most durable everyday watch that you can buy. Otherwise, you have a dark and bold black dial and shiny polished silver bracelet and case, that can fit any style that you choose. Since the Submariner is larger than some of the other watches today, it stands out and looks GREAT on the wrist of any big executive or businessman waiting to close a deal.
- Signature Rolex Cyclops (2.5 date magnification)
- Extreme Durability (300m water resistance, shockproof, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal)
- Beautiful black dial
Rolex GMT-Master II
The GMT-Master II is yet another great watch for everyday wear.
With the Rolex GMT-Master II, you get a combination of great technology, durability, and unique design. This is a GREAT watch; quite frankly one of my favorites. But when accounting for price relative to the other watches being reviewed today, it is a bit higher. Now if you are Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos, I would say this is the everyday watch for you. But not all of us can be as interesting (and rich) as Mr. Musk.
At first glance, the Master II is almost overwhelming. The large 40mm black dial is perfectly fitted with the black and blue ceramic bezel, the anti-reflective sapphire crystal and beautifully polished stainless steel bracelet.
A Watch With Some Special Features
The GMT-Master is not only attractive, it has some great features hidden inside. With the GMT, you can display multiple timezones on your watch while traveling abroad. A 3186 MOVEMENT keeps this watch running strong. This is one of the most robust and reliable mechanical movements that Rolex has created. The Bidirectional rotatable 24-hour graduated bezel is as beautiful as it is important. This is how you will switch between timezones easily and effectively.
- Black and Blue, 24 Hour Uni-directional, ceramic bezel
- Rolex Calibre 3186 Self-Winding Movement
- Multiple Timezones for Travel
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
Definitely a notable mention for our review today. The beautiful, the classy and the high valued Daytona had to have a place in today’s review. Although it is one of the most sought-after Rolex watches, due to price and mere pricelessness, the Daytona comes in LAST place today.
Some Rolex fanatics may call me insane for ranking the Daytona in last place. But please remember, this is an everyday wear review. The Daytona is not only priced on the higher side but also because the value behind the watch, it may be hard to pull it out of the box every single day.
The aesthetics on the Daytona are mind-bogglingly amazing. The shiny stainless steel matches perfectly with the clean, white dial. The three subdials give the watch a complex look and make it the perfect watch for any formal occasion. A wedding may be one of the best times to pull out your Daytona. But because of the Cosmograph functionality and durability of the watch, it also makes a good piece to match with casual outfits (just take care of your watch)!
The “High-Class” Everyday Watch
There is no doubt that the Daytona is a good watch for everyday wear. It is reliable, durable and has unique functions that make the watch one of a kind in the Rolex class. But the price can make some stray away from pulling it out every day. Let me say this now, if the price was not an issue, this watch may be listed as NUMBER ONE! Unfortunately, like many, I have bills to pay, so the Daytona will probably only be worn on special occasions for me. Don’t be surprised if you start to notice this watch, or any variation of the Rolex Daytona Platinum Watch Ice Blue Ceramic 116506 UnwornDaytona, being worn by wealthy, top-tier executives.
- 3 subdials with Chronograph features (stopwatch, timer)
- Beautiful white dial with silver hour markers
- Bulky Silver Ceramic Bezel
The Final Say
Like I mentioned in the beginning of the article. I am a Rolex FANATIC. I own many variations of Rolex and even have some vintage pieces passed down from my family. So this review was easy, but difficult at the same time. There are so many watches by Rolex that I love and there are plenty that was not mentioned today.
My results for the review today were based on price, comfortability, durability, value and neutral design that can match with any outfit. Because of this, I chose the Rolex Oyster Perpetual as the ultimate winner! It is very comfortable, easy to wear and read and a durable timepiece that can withstand everyday wear.
The Choice is Yours
At the end of the day, the choice is ALL YOURS! Every watch today is an EXCELLENT timepiece. There is no watch that I reviewed that I would not recommend to my best friend. So please, choose to your likeing and I hope I made your watch shopping experience easier. Happy shopping my friends!