So, I went a got myself a Rolex. When my watch quest began, I knew I wanted several watches, and though Rolexes were among the watches under consideration - mainly b/c of the brand's reputation - I didn't think I would get one. Rolex Oyster models are plainer than I generally go for in jewelry.
All the same, I tried on several and something about them just clicked. The quiet styling has an elegance of it's own. Plus, the one I chose, the Explorer, wears like a much thinner watch than its case thickness suggests it would. That thinness adds an unexpected degree of elegance to what otherwise a fairly nondescript watch, & I love that.
Of course, it has all the design & build qualities for which Rolex is renowned. I suppose I will come to appreciate them in the years to come, although a few I noticed already.
For instance, the precision of the cut on the edges of the bezel bottom is razor sharp and yet not actually sharp enough to cut you. The beveled edge of the crystal appears as sort of a "chapter ring" in the dark, yet the bevel is sufficiently narrow that the ring isn't distracting. (My Ball has a similar effect, but its bevel kinda amplifies the light coming off the tritium tubes that are part of the baton markers.)
So, here I am w/a Rolex & I'm loving it.
Oh! Almost forgot. Another nifty thing about having a Rolex is that I no longer feel like I need to compare my other watches to a Rolex b/c I have a Rolex. Now my other watches can just be what they are rather than "as good as" or "as good as, except..." or "for the money" watches. I guess that's more about me than the watches, but somehow, getting the Rolex makes me like my other watches even more.