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Rolex Watches

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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  • Sky-Dweller Ref 326135


    Sky-Dweller 326135

    August 2013 £19,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 4I 126301


    Datejust 41 126301

    Pre-owned UNUSED £9,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual 116000


    Oyster Perpetual 116000

    December 2015 £3,250.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Tridor


    Datejust 69179B

    Circa 1985 £6,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual 177200


    Oyster Perpetual 177200

    Pre-owned UNUSED £3,470.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 Mid-size 178274


    Datejust 31 178274

    Pre-owned UNUSED £5,175.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 16030


    Datejust 16030

    1987 £3,250.00
  • Rolex Oyster Date Precision 6694


    Oyster Date 6694

    Circa 1971 £2,650.00
  • 18ct Yellow Gold Rolex Pearlmaster 34 81158


    Pearlmaster 34 81158

    November 2015 £27,750.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller 4000 126600


    Seadweller 126600

    February 2018 £11,500.00
  • Rolex Submariner Date 116610LN


    Submariner 116610LN

    November 2017 £7,750.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date1680/0. Circa 1977/1978


    Submariner 1680/0

    Circa 1977/78 £7,450.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King 116900


    Air-King 116900

    January 2017 £4,750.00
  • 18ct White Gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller Ref 326139


    Sky-Dweller 326139

    December 2015 £21,950.00
  • 18ct Everose Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust mid-size 178245


    Datejust 178245

    June 2013 £16,950.00
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Previously in stock

  • 18ct Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master 2 116718LN


    GMT-Master II 116718LN

    November 2012 £18,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Non Date 114060


    Submariner 114060

    June 2017 £6,450.00
  • Rolex 18ct White Gold Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 116519LN


    Daytona 116519LN

    October 2017 £21,500.00
  • Rolex GMT-Master II model reference 116710BLNR


    GMT Master II 116710BLNR

    December 2017 £8,450.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yachtmaster Rolesium 116622


    Yacht Master 116622

    January 2017 £7,850.00
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