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Is It Smart to Buy a Rolex for Prestige?

Rolex Submariner 16681T 18K Yellow Gold Men's Watch
Rolex Submariner 16681T 18K Yellow Gold Men's Watch

There are many reasons why a person might buy a Rolex. In some cases, a luxury watch like a Rolex is part of a professional appearance that can make the difference between credibility or a lack of credibility. In America, a businessperson with a Rolex might be considered respectable or they might be considered extravagant. However, in parts of Asia, especially Japan, owning a Rolex or other luxury watch is expected of successful business people, making it an important part of the wardrobe for anyone who does business there. That can be said of several countries in Europe as well. If prestige is a requirement in your profession or if you just enjoy it, there is no smarter choice than a Rolex.

A Rolex watch is universally recognized as a symbol of status. This isn’t limited to a superficial or flighty kind of status or ostentatious showiness. On the contrary, in many parts of the world, such a symbol of status is necessary to enact meaningful business. This kind of status isn’t really about how other people see you, although it certainly impacts others’ perceptions. However, in some cultures, a Rolex on the wrist symbolizes the kind of person involved, a person who has earned a level of respect for actions taken rather than items displayed.

For many, this status is clear even if the Rolex is hidden beneath the cuff of a person’s shirt. Sight of the Rolex becomes confirmation rather than the indication of prestige. There is a level of confidence and excitement about wearing one, satisfaction that can also serve as a reminder to behave in the way expected of someone worthy of respect. Again, this is far more important when doing business in cultures that find the symbol very important but even if you never travel to those areas of Europe or the Far East, many people find the Rolex a wonderful reminder of the kind of person they would like to be.

There are many good reasons to buy a Rolex if the investment is within your budget. For those who do business where prestige matters, a fine gold watch is sometimes essential. For some, even when not required wear, the prestige a Rolex offers is highly valuable for them as individuals. Whatever reason, if prestige is important to you, and you can afford a Rolex, you’re entitled to enjoy what’s important to you and doing something important to you is always smart.

Remember, if you decide to buy a pre-owned Rolex because the model you like is difficult to get from an authorized dealer or if you want to buy one no longer in production; make sure you deal with a reputable pre-owned Rolex seller so you know you’re in good hands.


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