If you really want to enjoy watch collecting, forget Rolex. Go out and find yourself one of these watches. These vintage watches made by Hamilton, Elgin and Waltham and a few Gruen models are plentiful and most can still be found in running condition. Also, parts for these watches are in good supply.
The other aspect of these vintage watches is their style. Rolex in my opinion has no style at all. They have produced the same run-of-the-mill styles for years. So if you want something different, look for some vintage watch that has a design and shape other than what we call the RR or Rolex Round.