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Rolex

A brief history of Rolex Watches

Rolex is one of the most famous names in watchmaking. The company’s iconic crown logo enjoys ubiquitous brand awareness. The Genevan maison can trace its routes back to 1905, when Hans Wilsdorf established a company in London, distributing timepieces.

Wilsdorf, clearly a visionary, saw the potential of the wristwatch at a time when pocket watches were de rigueur and subsequently created the Rolex brand.

Rolex produced the first waterproof watch. In a stroke of marketing genius, a young swimmer, Mercedes Gleitze, wore a Rolex Oyster on her wrist whilst swimming the English channel. The ability of the watch to continue functioning faultlessly, despite exposure to the harsh sea, led to the birth of the Oyster case. This case has evolved over the years with the brand gently enhancing its form and improving its water resistance.

In 1931, Rolex also invented, and patented, the world’s first self-winding mechanism. This user-friendly attribute is common to most of the brand’s models, albeit there are some exceptions, such as some of the early Daytona models. The self-winding aspect is often referenced on the dial with the word “Perpetual”, short for perpetual movement and not to be confused with a perpetual calendar.

A key benefit of Rolex watches is their robustness. The cases of today’s steel models are constructed of a high-grade steel, 904L. Recent models include a blue Parachrom hairspring which is said to be unaffected by magnetic fields and 10 times more resistant to shocks. The research and development of Rolex timepieces is unrelenting and each new reference technically usurps its forebears.

Several illustrious Rolex models

Rolex has produced a myriad of different models over the years. The Datejust, Day-Date, Explorer, GMT-Master and Yachtmaster are all held in highest esteem. However, there are two watches which deserve further comment, the Cosmograph Daytona and the Submariner. Every watch brand dreams of producing an iconic watch, but few can truly say they have produced two models that are as legendary as these two sports watches.

While Rolex offers some watches in gold and even platinum, without question the most sought after models are its steel sports watches, especially if they are rare vintage examples.

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  • Rolex Steel Submariner Date 116610LNRolex Steel Submariner Date 116610LN

    Rolex

    Submariner 116610LN

    Pre-owned UNUSED £7,950.00
  • S2226818ct white gold Rolex Cellini Dual Time 50529

    Rolex

    Cellini Dual Time

    Pre-owned UNUSED £11,950.00
  • 18ct white gold Rolex Cellini Time 5050918ct white gold Rolex Cellini Time 50509

    Rolex

    Cellini Time 50509

    Pre-owned UNUSED £9,250.00
  • Rolex Steel Submariner Date 116610LNRolex Steel Submariner Date 116610LN

    Rolex

    Submariner 116610LN

    Pre-owned UNUSED £7,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II Ref 116710LNRolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II Ref 116710LN

    Rolex

    GMT-Master II 116710LN

    October 2011 £5,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yachtmaster Rolesium 116622Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yachtmaster Rolesium 116622

    Rolex

    Yacht-Master 116622

    April 2017 £7,750.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea Dweller DEEPSEA 116660Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea Dweller DEEPSEA 116660

    Rolex

    Deepsea Deep Blue 116660

    Pre-owned UNUSED £12,950.00
  • A1777A1777-6

    Rolex

    GMT-Master II 116710BLNR

    Pre-owned UNUSED £8,450.00
  • Rolex Steel Submariner Date 116610LNRolex Steel Submariner Date 116610LN

    Rolex

    Submariner 116610LN

    Pre-owned UNUSED £7,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust II 116334Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust II 116334

    Rolex

    Datejust 41 116334

    May 2013 £5,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Model Ref 178243Bi-metal mid size Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Model Ref 178243

    Rolex

    Datejust 178243

    Pre-owned UNUSED £6,450.00
  • 18ct White Gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day Date 228239S22265-2

    Rolex

    Day-Date 228239

    March 2017 £22,950.00
  • S2224718ct Everose Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 116655

    Rolex

    Yacht-Master 116655

    Pre-owned UNUSED £16,250.00
  • 18ct yellow gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II18ct yellow gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II

    Rolex

    Yacht-Master II 116688

    December 2016 £25,450.00
  • 18ct Everose Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 11665518ct Everose Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master 116655

    Rolex

    Yacht-Master II 116655

    August 2015 £15,450.00
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  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller Ref 326934Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller Ref 326934

    Rolex

    Sky-Dweller 326934

    Pre-owned UNUSED £15,450.00
  • A1779A1779

    Rolex

    Submariner 114060

    Pre-owned UNUSED £6,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller 4000 126600S22259-2

    Rolex

    Sea-Dweller 126600

    Pre-owned UNUSED £10,950.00
  • Rolex Steel Submariner Date 116610LNRolex Steel Submariner Date 116610LN

    Rolex

    Submariner 116610LN

    Pre-owned UNUSED £7,750.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II Ref. 216570.Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II Ref. 216570.

    Rolex

    Explorer II 216570

    November 2016 £5,450.00
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