Rolex watches have long been considered a high-value investment, perfect for buyers seeking a luxurious new accessory and for those who want to channel and invest their money into the kind of physical product which retains and even increases its value over time.
With so many different Rolexes available, including smartwatches and the timeless classics, as well as models designed specifically for men, women, athletes, and more, identifying the best Rolex for you requires a deep dive into the features, uses, and benefits of each model.
In this blog, we’re looking at the Rolex Datejust 178296 – a watch which is at the ‘rare’ end of the market, and which is designed as an intricate and delicate accessory for women.
What model of Rolex Datejust is this watch?
Before we get into the heart of this deep dive, it is important to note that the Rolex Datejust collection is one of the biggest and most diverse, with this particular review looking specifically at the Premium 178296 model.
What makes this Rolex so special?
There are a number of luxury features that made the Datejust 178296 model stand out – namely the precious Platinum metal that it is made from, the complexity of the aesthetic and functional design, and the diamond accents which elevate this model beyond others.
The diamond hour markers, in addition to the President bracelet, which is explored later in this article, give this particular Datejust model its place as a coveted, high-value watch on the new and preloved market.
How does this Rolex differ from the other Datejust models?
Every Rolex watch boasts its own unique selling points, with varying features available depending on how you want your watch to compliment your lifestyle, look, and ideal use.
To compare this model with other Rolex Datejust watches you need to look at the key features, which include the diamond detailing on the face and the shoulders of the watch, and the fact that the metal used is an exclusive and premium platinum which renders the 178296 models almost twice the weight of a stainless steel Datejust watch.
The weight is, for buyers and sellers, a major difference between the Platinum Datejust 178296 and the standard Datejust (even the bigger models) – something which heightens the value and lifespan of the watch while also affecting the user experience while wearing the watch. In addition to the weight difference, the Rolex Datejust 178296 features the Rolex anniversary dial – a design feature whereby the Rolex brand name is embossed into the face of the watch over and over again in a very light and subtle way. This, in addition to the diamond detailing, makes this an intricate and ornate watch which really makes a statement.
How expensive is the Rolex Datejust 178296 model?
As one of the most coveted and rare timepieces on the market, to buy a Rolex Datejust 178296 in the UK you are looking at an investment of between £35,000 and £38,000.
What type of wrist bracelet does the Rolex Datejust 178296 have?
The bracelet on the Datejust 178296 is called the President bracelet, which is the same as can be seen on the Day-Date model and is characterised by the durable close link finish which is made entirely from precious metals. The President bracelet is popular across the high-investment Rolex watches because it is both elegant and long-lasting – available in a number of colours depending on your preferred metal.
This three-chain link bracelet type was first launched in 1956 although it was not referred to as the President’s bracelet until 1965 when it was seen on the wrist of President Lyndon Johnson – offering a little iconic and notable history to the Datejust 178296.
How rare is this Rolex Datejust model?
One of the rarer Rolexes that we have here at Love Luxury, the Rolex Datejust 178296 gets much of its status from its Platinum material base – a coveted material which is much harder to get hold of than the likes of gold and other precious metals.
Another indicator which highlights just how rare this model is; is the simple fact that you cannot select or choose to purchase a Platinum Datejust 178296 new from the Rolex website. Because of this, the premium and iconic features, and with the demand far-outweighing the options available on the market, those who want to get their hands on this specific model will likely need to source it from a preloved site where sellers have purchased the watch as an investment and are now looking to sell.
Celebrities who wear Rolex Datejust watches
Rolex is as much a status symbol as it is an aesthetic and functional accessory, with celebrities from all walks of life often being seen out and about with Rolex watches on their wrist. Some of the most famous faces who have been seen with Rolex Datejust watches include Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Garner, Bruce Willis, and Harrison Ford. Not only does this demonstrate the status that comes with owning a Rolex – but it also shows just how diverse the ownership of these watches is, and how they appeal to and suit any and all frames, builds, and individuals.
While some own just one statement watch, other celebrities are notorious for collecting and owning several Rolex watches. These include John Mayer, Mark Wahlberg, Offset and the Beckhams.
How to get a Rolex Datejust of your own
Whether you decide to purchase the Datejust 178296 or look into one of the other Datejust models, there are a number of options available to you for purchase. If the waitlist for a brand new watch is something you don’t want to wait for, buying a second-hand or preloved Rolex from a site like Love Luxury affords you the guarantee of a professional valuation and the assurance that your timepiece is not only authentic but high quality and timeless in its design.
For more information on buying or selling a Rolex Datejust watch, get in touch with our team at Love Luxury, or visit us at our Knightsbridge boutique.