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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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  • 18ct Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master 2 116718LN18ct Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master 2 116718LN

    Rolex

    GMT-Master II 116718LN

    Pre-owned UNUSED £22,950.00
  • 18ct Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 116618LB18ct Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 116618LB

    Rolex

    Submariner 116618LB

    Pre-owned UNUSED £23,500.00
  • 18ct white gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 11650918ct white gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 116509

    Rolex

    Daytona 116509

    November 2017 £23,500.00
  • 18ct Rose Gold Rolex Day-Date 40 22823518ct Rose Gold Rolex Day-Date 40 228235

    Rolex

    Day-Date 228235

    June 2018 £22,950.00
  • 18ct Rose Gold Rolex Day-Date 40 22823518ct Rose Gold Rolex Day-Date 40 228235

    Rolex

    Day-Date 228235

    August 2016 £22,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 116500LNRolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 116500LN

    Rolex

    Daytona 116500LN

    April 2017 £16,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II Regatta Chronograph 116680Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II Regatta Chronograph 116680

    Rolex

    Yacht-Master II 116680

    July 2018 £12,950.00
  • 18ct white gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 11650918ct white gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 116509

    Rolex

    Daytona 116509

    June 2017 £22,750.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 4I 126334Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 4I 126334

    Rolex

    Datejust 126334

    July 2018 £6,750.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 Mid-size 178274Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 31 Mid-size 178274

    Rolex

    Datejust 178274

    July 2016 £5,150.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 178240Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 178240

    Rolex

    Datejust 178240

    October 2017 £4,450.00
  • 18ct Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 116618LN18ct Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 116618LN

    Rolex

    Submariner Date 116618LN

    October 2012 £19,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 50th Anniversary 16610LVRolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 50th Anniversary 16610LV

    Rolex

    Submariner 16610LV

    June 2007 £12,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 16610Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 16610

    Rolex

    Submariner Date 16610

    March 2009 £6,595.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King 116900Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King 116900

    Rolex

    Air-King 116900

    May 2018 £4,750.00
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Previously in stock

  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II 16710Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II 16710

    Rolex

    GMT-Master II 16710

    October 2001 £8,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller 4000 126600Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller 4000 126600

    Rolex

    Sea-Dweller 122660

    August 2018 £11,550.00
  • GMT-Master II model reference 126710 BLROGMT-Master II model reference 126710 BLRO

    Rolex

    GMT-Master II 126710BLRO

    Pre-owned UNUSED £15,950.00
  • webwatches266-10485webwatches266-10486

    Rolex

    Cosmograph 116506

    2014 £42,500.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller 126600Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller 126600

    Rolex

    Sea-Dweller 126600

    August 2018 £11,550.00
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