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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 Oyster Perpetual Explorer II Ref. 216570

    Rolex

    Explorer II 216570

    December 2011 £4,650.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master 2 16710

    Rolex

    GMT Master II 16710

    July 2002 £6,250.00
  • Steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust II 116300

    Rolex

    Datejust II

    November 2016 £4,850.00
  • Gents 18ct Everose Gold Rolex Oyster perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 116515LN

    Rolex

    Daytona 116515LN

    December 2013 £17,500.00
  • Ladies 18ct white gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Pearlmaster 80299

    Rolex

    Pearlmaster 80299

    February 2017 £18,500.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Turn-O-Graph 116264

    Rolex

    Datejust Turn-O-Graph

    Circa 2005/06 £3,950.00
  • Deep-Sea D Blue 116660

    Rolex

    Deepsea D-Blue 116660

    Pre-owned UNUSED £11,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 116520

    Rolex

    Daytona 116520

    March 2005 £9,950.00
  • Rolex Cosmograph Zenith Daytona 16523

    Rolex

    Daytona Zenith 16523

    May 1998 £11,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 126333

    Rolex

    Datejust 41 126333

    Pre-owned UNUSED £8,880.00
  • 18ct yellow gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 116508

    Rolex

    Daytona 116508

    January 2017 £22,950.00
  • 18ct white gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 116509

    Rolex

    Daytona 116509

    Pre-owned UNUSED £26,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 116244

    Rolex

    Datejust 36 116244

    Pre-owned UNUSED £11,450.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 126331

    Rolex

    Datejust 41 126331

    Pre-owned UNUSED £9,250.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 126331

    Rolex

    Datejust 41 126331

    Pre-owned UNUSED £8,150.00
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Previously in stock

  • Rolex Steel Submariner Date 116610LN

    Rolex

    Submariner 116610LN

    October 2010 £6,250.00
  • 18ct Rose Gold Rolex Oyster perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 116515LN

    Rolex

    Daytona 116515LN

    Pre-owned UNUSED £18,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yachtmaster Rolesium 116622

    Rolex

    Yacht Master 116622

    Pre-owned UNUSED £8,500.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 179174

    Rolex

    Datejust 26 179174

    Pre-owned UNUSED £4,750.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master 1675

    Rolex

    GMT-Master

    Circa 1965-1966 £6,750.00
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