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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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  • Rolex bi-metal Oyster perpetual Datejust 16233

    Rolex

    Datejust

    £3,750.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Mid-size 178274

    Rolex

    Datejust 31 178274

    Pre-owned UNUSED £7,950.00
  • Vintage Steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller 2000 Ref: 1665/0

    Rolex

    Sea-Dweller 2000 1665

    Circa 1979 £13,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Non Date 114060

    Rolex

    Submariner 114060

    May 2018 £6,750.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Mid Size Datejust 178273

    Rolex

    Datejust 178273

    January 2017 £7,250.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea Dweller DEEPSEA 116660

    Rolex

    Deepsea 116660

    August 2016 £8,950.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II Regatta Chronograph 116680

    Rolex

    Yacht-Master II 116680

    September 2013 £10,950.00
  • Rolex Steel Submariner Date 116610LN

    Rolex

    Submariner Date 116610LN

    September 2014 £7,250.00
  • Rolex Bi-Metal Submariner Date 116613LN

    Rolex

    Submariner Date 116613LN

    June 2018 £9,750.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Explorer 2 16570

    Rolex

    Explorer II 16570

    April 2013 £5,750.00
  • Bi-Metal Ladies Rolex Oyster Perpetual 76193

    Rolex

    Oyster Perpetual 76193

    March 2006 £3,450.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual 116000

    Rolex

    Oyster Perpetual

    December 2016 £3,950.00
  • 18ct white gold Rolex Cellini 5115/9

    Rolex

    Cellini 5115/9

    May 2015 £4,250.00
  • Rolex Bi-Metal Submariner Date 116613LB

    Rolex

    Submariner Date 116613LB

    December 2010 £8,750.00
  • Rolex Steel Submariner Date 116610LN

    Rolex

    Submariner Date 116610LN

    Pre-owned UNWORN £7,750.00
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Previously in stock

  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date 116610LV

    Rolex

    Submariner Date 116610LV

    March 2012 £9,350.00
  • Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller 126600

    Rolex

    Sea-Dweller 126600

    March 2018 £11,250.00
  • Rolex Oyster Precision Perpetual Airking Date 5700

    Rolex

    Air-King Precision 5700

    May 1972 £2,950.00
  • 18ct Rose Gold Rolex Day-Date 40 228235

    Rolex

    Day-Date

    May 2018 £23,500.00
  • GMT-Master II 116710BLNR

    Rolex

    Rolex GMT II BLNR

    April 2018 £9,350.00
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