“Men who guide the destinies of the world wear Rolex watches.” –Rolex advertisement c. 1957
The world of horology is a complicated and passionate one, but for many people, the standard bearer of a wristwatch is still a Rolex. If you wanted to walk into a certified retailer today and pick yourself up an “entry-level” Rollie, which is currently their 36mm Oyster Perpetual in stainless steel, it would set you back about $5,500 all said and done. But for that same amount of money, or even less, you can get some incredible vintage Rolexes on eBay. Here’re seven of our favorites.