The cheapest Rolex available to buy new has a $5,800 Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP.) It is the Rolex Oyster Perpetual. It’s really not appropriate to call it cheap or, for that matter, to call any Rolex cheap. Even an entry level Rolex like the Oyster Perpetual is a remarkable feat of timekeeping engineering and stylistic design. Here is some information about the most affordable men’s Rolex.
For years, it was quite easy to get an Oyster Perpetual. In fact, it would be safe to say this model was the easiest Rolex to purchase at an authorized dealer anywhere. However, that all changed when Rolex added color to the dials, specifically pastel colors. Now, it’s near to impossible to find men’s Rolexes with color dials on display for sale whether in 36mm or in the larger, 41mm size.
This means that the Oyster Perpetual model is appreciating in value in the secondary market for pre-owned Rolexes. In some cases, waitlists for this Rolex in some dial colors are up to twenty-four months. Some are just not available at all. The end result is that some Oyster perpetuals are sold on the pre-owned market for up to twice as much as the MSRP.
All Oyster Perpetual 36mm watches are stainless steel models and come with the Rolex Oyster bracelet. There are eight references (essentially, a particular variation on a model.)
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Tiffany Dial
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Black Dial
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Blue Dial
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Coral Dial
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Green Dial
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Pink Dial
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Silver Dial
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yellow Dial
Keep in mind this post discusses Rolex Oyster Perpetual men’s watches only, as that model is the most affordable or, if you insist, the cheapest Rolex you can buy. If you decide to pick one up on the secondary market, be prepared to pay more than retail and be sure to deal with a trustworthy Rolex seller.