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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 Datejust 31 178341

    Rolex

    Datejust 31 178341

    July 2013 £8,550.00
  • gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 179171.

    Rolex

    Datejust 179171

    £4,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 16234

    Rolex

    Datejust 16234

    September 2001 £3,950.00
  • 18ct Rose Gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller Ref 326935

    Rolex

    Sky-Dweller 326935

    Pre-owned UNUSED £31,500.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King 116900

    Rolex

    Air-King 116900

    September 2017 £4,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King 116900

    Rolex

    Air-King 116900

    July 2016 £4,450.00
  • Rolex Steel Submariner Date 116610LN

    Rolex

    Submariner Date 116610LN

    August 2010 £6,150.00
  • 18ct Pink Gold (Everose) Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Model 116505

    Rolex

    Daytona 116505

    Pre-owned UNUSED £23,950.00
  • Rolex 18ct White Gold Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 116519LN

    Rolex

    Daytona 116519LN

    Pre-owned UNUSED £22,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller Ref 326934

    Rolex

    Sky-Dweller 326934

    £14,750.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller Ref 326934

    Rolex

    Sky-Dweller 326934

    Pre-owned UNWORN £14,750.00
  • Rolex Steel Datejust 116234

    Rolex

    Datejust 116234

    2007 £5,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 116500LN

    Rolex

    Daytona 116500LN

    July 2016 £14,950.00
  • 18ct Everose Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yachtmaster 116655

    Rolex

    Yacht Master 116655

    Pre-owned UNUSED £16,750.00
  • Rolex Vintage Oyster 6082

    Rolex

    Oyster 6082

    £1,850.00
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Previously in stock

  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 116610LV

    Rolex

    Submariner Date 116610LV

    Circa 2013 £6,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 116520

    Rolex

    Daytona 116520

    October 2010 £11,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II Ref 116710LN

    Rolex

    GMT-Master II 116710LN

    Pre-owned UNUSED £6,850.00
  • 18ct Everose Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yachtmaster 116655

    Rolex

    Yacht-Master 116655

    October 2017 £16,500.00
  • Rolex Submariner Date 116610LN

    Rolex

    Submariner 116610LN

    Pre-owned UNUSED £7,450.00
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