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Rolex watches every successful man should own before 40

Nothing quite heralds the arrival of a man like a Rolex timepiece on the wrist.

Rolex today is known among aficionados as the king, and for good reason – it is the single largest Swiss luxury-watch manufacture, and is almost completely vertically integrated, down to smelting its own gold alloys and producing its own hairsprings. This control over production has allowed the brand to maintain exceptionally high quality control, which it backs with a five-year warranty period for all its new watches.

Rolex has always limited its offerings to just a few product lines, but makes incremental improvements to new models to ensure that each is the culmination of the advances of its predecessors. Below, fine additions for your Rolex collection.

  • Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea

    One of the world’s most extreme watches, the Deepsea was recently updated for 2018. The 44mm timepiece now houses Rolex’s latest energy-efficient Calibre 3235, and has slimmer lugs, as well as a wider bracelet. It might not garner as much press as the much more wearable – and, well, probably much more useful – 40mm, multi-time zone, Pepsi-bezel GMT-Master II, but the Deepsea demonstrates how far traditional watchmaking can be pushed, while remaining (relatively) wearable.

(Related: 22 exceptional luxury watches of 2018 (Part I/III))