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10 Most Expensive Rolex Watches That Money Can Buy

Watches are pretty cool in general, but nothing can compare to owning a Rolex watch. There are lots of things that make the Rolex brand so special, such as the fact that they use a type of steel that no one else typically uses.

That type of steel is hard to work with, but it is used to make Rolex watches because it looks nicer. That is part of what makes Rolex watches so amazing. When it comes to watch brands, nearly everyone respects and admires Rolex because of the amount of care they put into every single watch they create.

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10 Rolex Pearlmaster Collection - $87,000 And Up

The Rolex Pearlmaster Collection is actually a line of different watches, and the cheapest one is $87,000. These watches come in 39mm and 34mm cases, and they come in a few different colors.

Those who wish to buy one of these watches can choose to purchase one that is white gold or yellow gold. These watches are also available in rose gold, which is called Everose.

As far as the bracelet goes, there are three different options to choose from. Two of those options have gemstones in them, and the other one does not. Another cool fact is that these watches are waterproof.

9 Steve McQueen’s Rolex Submariner - $234,000

Actor Steve McQueen’s Rolex Submariner was sold for $234,000 at an auction in 2009. At the time, that was the highest price anyone had ever paid for an older Rolex watch. The watch is very nice, but that is not the only reason why it was sold for such a high price. It seems likely that McQueen’s popularity had a lot to do with it as well.

A fun little tidbit is that another watch that was owned by the actor was supposed to be auctioned off in 2018. But there were some issues with the provenance of the watch, and it was eventually withdrawn from auction.

8 Rolex Platinum Diamond Pearlmaster - $277,850

In 2011, the Rolex Platinum Diamond Pearlmaster went on sale for the whopping price of $277,850, which makes it the eighth most expensive watch the company has ever sold. One of the reasons why this watch looks so cool is the fact that there are forty-two diamonds in its bezel, which is a type of ring that all watches have.

This model is a limited-edition watch, which only makes it even more intriguing. This particular type of watch is based on the Day-Date collection, and it has a very sleek, stylish, and unique look to it. Just the appearance of this watch is a great indicator of how much it costs, since it looks very expensive.

7 James Bond’s 1972 Rolex Submariner - $365,000

This watch was sold for $365,000 at an auction a few years ago. As amazing as this watch is, it is not famous just because it looks nice.

This watch made an appearance in the film Live And Let Die in the 1970s. It was worn by Sir Roger Moore when he played James Bond in the movie. Fans of the film will probably remember that he uses the watch to cut a rope at one point.

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This watch was changed a lot in order to be used in the film, so it doesn’t work anymore. But it does have Moore’s signature on the back of it, which is probably why it is one of the most expensive watches Rolex has ever sold.

6 Rolex GMT Master II Ice - $485, 350

There are expensive watches, and then there is the Rolex GMT Master II Ice watch, which was sold for a staggering $485,350 in 2014. Part of the reason why this watch has such a high price tag is because it is basically covered in diamonds.

The case of the watch is waterproof. The Rolex GMT Master Ice II can be submerged in up to 330 feet of water without being damaged, which definitely adds to the appeal it has. This watch comes in white gold. It also has a second hand so that users can set it to a second time zone.

5 Eric Clapton’s Rolex “Oyster Albino” Cosmograph Daytona - $1.4 Million

Singer Eric Clapton once owned this watch, which was sold for $1.4 million. An interesting fact about it is that this watch was actually sold for a large sum of money two times.

The first time this watch was sold was back in 2003, and someone paid $505,000 for it. It was sold again approximately twelve years later.

There are lots of things that make this watch a very special one other than the fact that it was owned by Clapton. Most versions of this watch feature multiple colors on the dial, but there are four of them that only feature a single color on it.

4 Antimagnetique Reference 4113 - $2.5 Million

This watch might look simple in comparison to other Rolex’s, but it sold for $2.5 million during an auction in 2016, which makes it the fourth most expensive watch to be sold by Rolex. One of the many things that makes this watch so cool is the fact that it was created in 1942, which explains the old-fashioned design it has.

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The Antimagnetique Reference 4113 has the largest case that was ever built by Rolex. This watch’s case is 44 mm, which was rather unique during the year this model was released. This watch was originally made as a gift, and there are 12 in existence today.

3 Rolex Bao Dai - $5.1 Million

The Rolex Bao Dai was sold for $5.1 million in 2017. This watch is actually a small piece of history, since it was owned by the last emperor of the Nguyen dynasty.

Another fun fact about this particular model is that it was the most expensive Rolex watch in 1954. This watch has a black dial, which is apparently a very rare thing.

There are some people who consider this watch to be the most valuable Rolex watch that is on the market. When this watch was sold, there lots of people who wanted it, which caused an eight-minute bidding war.

2 Rolex Daytona Reference 6265 - $5.9 Million

This watch is pretty rare, and it doesn’t look like many other watches, so that is probably why it was sold for $5.9 million in 2018. This particular model is the only one that is available in 18-karat gold, and that is why it was nicknamed “the Unicorn.”

This watch is the second most expensive Rolex watch, and it is easy to see why. It used to be owned by a collector named John Goldberger. He originally did not want to sell the watch due to how rare it is, but he ended up changing his mind. The proceeds from the sale went to a charity.

1 Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona - $17.8 Million

This watch was given to actor Paul Newman when he was working on the film Winning, which is probably part of the reason why it was sold for $17.8 million. This Rolex Daytona is the most expensive Rolex watch, and it is also the most expensive watch that has ever been sold in general.

Previously, the most expensive watch ever sold was a 1943 Patek Philippe perpetual calendar chronograph, which managed to rake in $11 million a few years ago. This watch is not very unique. It seems likely that the only reason it has managed to get this much attention is because it was once owned by Newman, thus making an interesting little piece of history.

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