Starting Right: Why Your First Watch Should be a Rolex

With the “Watch Renaissance” in full swing, it can be increasingly difficult for a new enthusiast to choose their first nice watch, let alone know where to take their collection as a whole. In a recent article on the topic of “Watch Snobbery,” I suggested taking your collection journey slow, and learn instead of buying when you are new to the hobby. The watch renaissance has ushered in a wealth of available knowledge on the internet, and the logical decision would be to learn while saving up for something truly special. However, it can be difficult to resist the urge to buy a first watch, so what is a safe bet?

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If you are looking for a sure bet, buy a Rolex. Your first watch should preferably a Rolex steel sports watch, 5 digit reference number, and it should be bought preowned from a reputable dealer like Watchbox. You can’t go wrong with a nice Rolex, and you can sleep very well at night knowing you haven’t squandered your money. Your first watch, in my opinion, should set a precedent for your entire collection. It will serve you well if you get something that is worth repairing and worth keeping. Every new collector needs a watch that sets a standard for quality. You’d be doing yourself a disservice by buying an “entry-level” timepiece when you start and then never knowing the experience of true quality, prestige, and design. Right off the bat, if you buy something amazing, you won't look back and you’ll be right in the sweet spot. My recommendation: set a standard, make a statement, and never look back.

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