Are you looking for a watch from Rolex? Then a pre-owned Rolex could be the right choice for you! Rolex watches are known to last for generations and there are plenty of pre-owned models on the market to choose from. Here we guide you to the best-dressed Rolex watches we have to offer at Fredmans.
Pre-Owned Rolex and Vintage Rolex Watches
A pre-owned Rolex watch is among the safest things you can buy when it comes to pre-owned watches. They are known to hold their value through time and last forever. Among Rolex's various models from the 1960s onwards, there are several models on the market of various kinds that are worth a closer look.
If you buy a used Rolex from a reputable watch shop, you can trust that the watch will continue to run for a long time. At Fredmans, we have a handpicked and unique selection of Rolex watches both in our store and online.
The Rolex Datejust or 'Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust' was released on the market in 1945. The model was created to celebrate Rolex's 40th anniversary and has become the company's most iconic model. The Rolex Datejust is characterized by a so-called 'Oyster case' which is waterproof with a movement that is automatic and as precise as a chronometer. The dial has a date window with a cyclops/magnifying glass on the glass which in 1945 was an innovative way of presenting the date, hence the name of the model.
The Rolex Datejust was first released in gold, but in the 1950s it came in two-tone gold/steel and steel models. Many of the Rolex Datejust sizes are unisex and from the 1960s you can find several used models in good condition and quality with prices that are significantly lower than a new Rolex Datejust.
The Rolex Explorer came out in 1953 and is the model from the Rolex catalog that in many ways has the most interesting history. The year before the Explorer came out, Rolex had some expeditions with mountain climbers to test Rolex watches. The mountaineers attempting to climb Mount Everest tested prototypes of what would become the Rolex Explorer. It was a version of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual that they tested and the name 'Explorer' was born only after the trials were successful. The exploits of the mountain climbers together with Rolex's durable watch laid the foundation for an iconic creation story of the Rolex Explorer, which today is a cult watch.
Since timekeeping was considered important to mountain climbers, the watch was generally a chronometer. In the mid-1950s, Rolex's first in-house movement came onto the market, caliber 1030, which was used in the Rolex Explorer. Over the years, the Explorer model has been available in sizes 36 mm, which is an excellent unisex watch, and 39 mm, which came out much later and is a suitable size for a men's watch. The Explorer is one of Rolex's most elegant and versatile models. From the 1990s onwards, it is possible to find used copies in good condition and at relatively good prices.
Rolex Air King
The Rolex Air King is one of the Rolex models that, for various reasons, has fallen out of the limelight compared to the other more famous models that Rolex manufactures. The Air King came out in 1945, the same year as the Rolex Datejust, but earlier models had already been created under the name 'Air'. The model name that received the addition 'King' was then chosen for the new model which had a size of 34 mm, which was considered a large watch at the time, hence the name 'Air King'.
There have been other variations of 'Rolex Air' over the years, but none that have managed to remain in the Rolex range like the Rolex Air King has. In 2016, the modern version of the Air King came out with the reference 116900 with a lot of nice changes in appearance including an enlargement of the diameter to 40 mm, along with a modern movement.
The Rolex Air King is a perfect entry-level model, especially if you look at the vintage models from the 1950s onwards where you can find watches in good condition at really good prices.