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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 Yellow Gold Rolex Oyster perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 116528

    Rolex

    Daytona 116528

    March 2015 £20,500.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 116520

    Rolex

    Daytona 116520

    July 2015 £13,750.00
  • Platinum Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date II 218206

    Rolex

    Day-Date II 218206

    February 2014 £34,500.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller Ref 326934

    Rolex

    Sky-Dweller 326934

    December 2017 £13,450.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 116500LN

    Rolex

    Daytona 116500LN

    April 2017 £15,450.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea Dweller DEEPSEA 116660

    Rolex

    Deepsea 116660

    January 2015 £10,250.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II model reference 116710LN

    Rolex

    GMT-Master II 116710LN

    May 2017 £6,850.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer 214270

    Rolex

    Explorer 214270

    November 2012 £4,550.00
  • Rolex Datejust 116234

    Rolex

    Datejust 116234

    March 2018 £5,450.00
  • Rolex bi-metal Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 116523

    Rolex

    Daytona 116523

    February 2015 £12,250.00
  • Bi-Metal Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 16613

    Rolex

    Submariner 16613

    January 2007 £7,450.00
  • Rolex bi-metal Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II 116713LN

    Rolex

    GMT-Master II 116713LN

    December 2007 £8,350.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ladies Datejust 279174

    Rolex

    Datejust 279174

    December 2017 £4,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 16610

    Rolex

    Submariner Date 16610

    December 1994 £5,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller 4000 126600

    Rolex

    Sea-Dweller 126600

    September 2017 £10,750.00
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Previously in stock

  • 18ct white gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 116509

    Rolex

    Daytona 116509

    2006 £17,450.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II model reference 116710LN

    Rolex

    GMT-Master II 116710LN

    January 2010 £5,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller 116600

    Rolex

    Sea-Dweller 116600

    August 2014 £8,500.00
  • Rolex bi-metal Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 116523

    Rolex

    Daytona 116523

    January 2016 £10,500.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 16610

    Rolex

    Submariner Date 16610

    April 2018 £5,950.00
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