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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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  • 18ct white gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 116509

    Rolex

    Daytona 116509

    March 2006 £16,500.00
  • Rolex bi-metal Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 116523

    Rolex

    Daytona 116523

    September 2012 £10,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 116520

    Rolex

    Daytona 116520

    January 2017 £9,250.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer Ref 214270

    Rolex

    Explorer 214270

    February 2011 £3,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 79173

    Rolex

    Datejust 79173

    July 2000 £3,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea Dweller DEEPSEA 116660 D-Blue

    Rolex

    Sea-Dweller 116660

    November 2016 £12,250.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 116500LN

    Rolex

    Daytona 116500LN

    Pre-owned UNUSED £15,500.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 116610LV

    Rolex

    Submariner 116610LV

    December 2016 £6,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss Anniversary Edition 116400GV

    Rolex

    Milgauss 116400GV

    August 2011 £4,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 16234. Automatic chronometer movement

    Rolex

    Datejust 16234

    April 2001 £3,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea Dweller DEEPSEA 116660 Deep Blue

    Rolex

    Deepsea 116660

    Pre-owned UNUSED £12,450.00
  • Bi metal Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 28 279171

    Rolex

    Datejust 279171

    Pre-owned UNUSED £5,750.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 116520

    Rolex

    Daytona 116520

    May 2016 £12,950.00
  • Oyster Perpetual Datejust 116201

    Rolex

    Datejust Bi-metal 116201

    Pre-owned UNUSED £8,000.00
  • Bi-metal Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 116203

    Rolex

    Datejust Bi-metal 116203

    Pre-owned UNUSED £7,250.00
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Previously in stock

  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master. Model 16700

    Rolex

    GMT-Master 16700

    December 1998 £5,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona Zenith movement 16520

    Rolex

    Daytona 16520

    Circa 1996/98 £14,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II model reference 116710BLNR

    Rolex

    GMT-Master II 116710BLNR

    Pre-owned UNUSED £7,750.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Non Date114060

    Rolex

    Submariner 114060

    November 2016 £5,450.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual 76030

    Rolex

    Oyster Perpetual 76030

    March 2004 £2,350.00
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