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How long do you have to wait for a new Rolex?

Rolex and its waiting lists. A tiresome topic for anyone who decides to acquire one of the most popular watch models directly from Rolex. You will find the most bizarre numbers and speculations on the internet, but we can tell you the actual waiting times and status of the waiting lists for Rolex watches. Furthermore, we will let you know how you can get the coveted watch models without having to wait so long.

The 5 most popular Rolex models of all time

1st and 2nd: The "Pepsi" 126710BLRO and Daytona 116500LN

It should hardly surprise anyone that the steel models of the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona are among the most sought-after watches of all time. One thing that actually is a bit surprising though, is the fact that the Daytona 116500LN apparently no longer sits alone on the throne of Rolex watches with the longest waiting times. The GMT-Master II Ref. 126710BLRO, which was introduced at the Baselworld in 2018, has not entirely surpassed the former king of sports watches, but is an equal opponent to the Daytona.

Rolex Daytona 116500LN stainless steel watch with white dial next to Rolex GMT-Master II 12670BLRO watch with blue and red bezel and Jubilee bracelet

Concessionaires and jewellers have started to close their waiting lists, as the GMT-Master II 126710BLRO, commonly referred to as "Pepsi", is now being ordered up to 20 years in advance. The same applies to steel Daytonas such as the Ref. 116500LN or the Ref. 116520. While about a year ago, it was still possible to be put on the ridiculously long waiting lists, these days concessionaires only offer to put you on so-called "prospect lists". But this is only done if someone really insists on being put on this list, as this is usually unsuccessful anyway.

3rd: The "Batman" 126710BLNR – lost in Gotham?

If you like the appearance and technical qualities of the Pepsi, but do not feel like waiting 20 years for your wristwatch, then you might want to consider the GMT-Master II 126710BLNR as an alternative. The new "Batman" with a Jubilee bracelet, originally launched at Baselworld 2019, has not gone missing in Gotham, but it is surely one of the most sought-after objects in the watch world and has a waiting list of 7 years already. Although this is still better than having to wait for 20 years to get a Pepsi, it is still quite a long time. Even if you are not the Joker, but still want to get your hands on the "Batman" right away, chances are good that you can buy a 126710BLNR second-hand without having to wait for years.

Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLNR Batman watch with black and blue bezel and Jubilee bracelet

4th: From 116610LV to 126610LV – the wait continues

The angry green giant from the Marvel comics was also chased by many people, but he was probably not as popular as the Rolex Submariner 116610LV which was named after him. As an absolute classic in the world of Haute Horlogerie, the green Submariner requires at least 3 to 4 years of patient waiting from its potential buyers. The Hulk has been discontinued in 2020, but its value and popularity are steadily increasing. Its place in the Rolex range and on the waiting lists has now been taken by the new Submariner 126612LV "Starbucks" or "Cermit". The 126610LV comes with a black dial, but also with a green bezel – and years of waiting. Here, too, the second-hand market is promising. Whether it's the Submariner 116610LV or the 126610LV – if you buy a used model, you can hold your favourite timepiece in your hands just a few days after you have ordered it.

Rolex Submariner 116610LV Hulk watch with green dial and green bezel

5th: The Deepsea 126660 – desired as a deep-sea treasure

You like the Rolex Submariner, but wish to push the limits of what this watch model can handle? Of course, the Swiss manufacturer with the crown also offers appropriate timepieces for even more challenging demands. With the Rolex Deepsea you can dive to depths of up to 3,900 metres. However, the massive Rolex Deepsea 126660 also enjoys great popularity among those who rarely or never go diving. As a natural consequence, this steel model comes with a waiting list time of up to 3 years. So here too, friends of fine horology will have to be patient.

Rolex Deepsea 126660 stainless steel watch with black and blue dial and black ceramic bezel

How can you avoid the long waiting time?

Is there a way to get the popular Rolex models without having to wait that long? The easiest way to avoid the long waiting periods is offered by Watchmaster. In the online shop you can find some of the aforementioned models or other luxury watches – refurbished by our experienced watchmakers and available immediately. We guarantee the authenticity of the watches listed on the website, their functionality and excellent condition. Take a moment and have a look at the assortment and quality for yourself.

Alternative watches that you can wear immediately

If you do not mind the waiting, but still want to enjoy the time wearing a new wristwatch, then you might also want to consider one of our alternatives. If you plan on travelling to other countries, for example, you can opt for the GMT-Master II 116710LN, which is no longer in production, or the popular Sky-Dweller 326934. If you are likely to stay in shallow waters, the sporty Submariner Date (Ref. 116610LN) and No Date (Ref. 114060) models are a good alternative to the previously mentioned watches with their endless waiting lists. Regardless of this, many of the watches offered by Watchmaster are ready to be shipped immediately and could soon be yours. But do not hesitate for too long, because all watches in the Watchmaster Shop are unique pieces and only available once.