EXCLUSIVE: More than one in ten wealthy citizens want to buy a Rolex this year


A survey by investment bank RBC Capital Markets has found that 12.3% of affluent Americans intend to buy a Rolex watch this year.

The survey asked for purchasing intentions for 720 affluent US consumers with an annual household income in excess of $100,000 in December last year. 61% of respondents had household income of over $150,000. 46% were male and 54% female.

Unsurprisingly, Rolex is comfortably the most likely watch to be bought in 2019, wanted by 12.3% of the sample, followed by TAG Heuer, which 8.6% intend to buy this year.


Cartier came third with 7.9% intending to buy, a reflection perhaps of the slight weighting towards females in the sample of 720 people who took the survey.



Omega, Breitling and Patek Philippe all made the top 10, but major brands including Audemars Piguet, IWC, Panerai and Hublot ranked lower.

The survey also examined brand awareness for 12 leading luxury brands: Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Rolex, Hermes, Cartier, Prada, Burberry, Omega, Bvlgari, Ferragamo and Tod’s, and found that Rolex is perceived as the most exclusive brand, followed by Cartier, Prada and Louis Vuitton. Burberry, Ferragamo, Omega and Tod’s are perceived as less exclusive.

Rolex and Cartier are the stand out brands when people were asked about the perception of superior quality.

Rolex leads on four out of seven core brand attributes, coming top for being ‘exclusive’, ‘innovative’, ‘superior quality’ and ‘distinctive’. Cartier is considered the most ‘beautiful’.


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