We have compiled the ten most important facts about Rolex for you.
The beginnings In 1905 Hans Wilsdorf and his brother Alfred Davis founded the Wilsdorf & Davis Ltd.
Three years later Wilsdorf reported the trademark “Rolex” and opened an office in La Chaux-de-Fonds.
1915 “Rolex” was officially elected as the company name.
Hans Wilsdorf wanted his watches wear a short name that is easy to pronounce in all languages and makes good on the dials.
Records and innovations There’s always a first time.
In the Rolex watch industry tops the list of first-time innovations, inventions and records to clear.
Here are some (few) examples: – In 1910, a Bieler Testing Institute awarded the first time a chronometer certification for a wristwatch.
Of course it was a Rolex.
– 1926 was Rolex patented the first waterproof and dustproof watch with the name “Oyster”.
Its case was hermetically sealed and offered the best protection movement.
– In 1945, the Datejust was launched, the first bracelet chronometer self-winding, which indicated the date through a window in the dial.
Originally created as men’s watch, there are now also women’s models from the collection.
– In 1953, a Rolex reached the highest peak on earth: Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were fitted in their expedition to Mount Everest with Oyster Perpetual watches.
– In the same year, the Submariner was launched until today one of the most popular diving watches.
She was the first diver’s watch that guaranteed a water resistance to 100 meters.
– 1967 Rolex succeeded to surpass this record: The Rolex Sea-Dweller a professional diver’s watch was created, which was to a depth of 610 meters waterproof.
This was made possible by a patented helium valve, which provided the necessary pressure compensation.
– 1985 Rolex was used the first clock mark, the 904L stainless steel for its housing, which is mainly used in high technology sectors and shows a excellent corrosion resistance and polishing ability, a material.
Rolex – synonymous with precision Absolute precision was one of the highest goals of Rolex has always been.
In 1914 the British Kew Observatory awarded a Rolex watch as the first one precision gear glow of Class A.
Prior had only marine chronometers receive this award.
Rolex and James Bond One of the most important men of Rolex is undoubtedly James Bond.
Already in the original 14 Bond books was author Ian Fleming’s fictional character 007 wearing a Rolex.
Soon after, Rolex managed the leap to the big screen.
In the following movies wearing a Rolex 007: Dr.
No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Live and Let Die, The Man With the Golden Gun and License to Kill.
Paul Newman The James Bond Submariner is a coveted collector’s item whose popularity is second only to the “Paul Newman” -Daytona.
These are particularly rare at Daytona with unusual dials, which were produced from the 1960s.
The dials of the “Paul Newman” -Daytona are decorated in black and white, some still red accents are added (Ref.
6239, 6241,6262,6264, 6265 and 6263).
Steve McQueen Another famous actor and race car driver who is often associated with Rolex in conjunction Steve McQueen.
McQueen wore a Submariner, Ref several occasions.
2009 it was sold for 234,000 US dollars Antiquorum in New York auction house.
Rolex on the canvas How many movies can you think of where a Rolex up? Here before a few examples: – Air Force One – Apocalypse Now – The usual suspects – Easy Rider – Eyes Wide Shut – Leaving Las Vegas – Lord of War Complete our list you about the comment function! 8 Rolex for a good cause Rolex is known including for his charity work, the two global projects: the “Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative” is an initiative that promising young artists with mentors and masters brings together their field and, therefore, makes a significant contribution to world culture.
The “Rolex Awards for Enterprise” has been around since 1976.
Funded be individuals who serve their projects the knowledge and the good of the people.
Top Auction Prices When it comes to collecting rare and exclusive watches, two brands lead clearly the list: Patek Philippe and Rolex.
In May 2011, the first time a Rolex watch broke the one-million mark at auction: The Rolex Ref 4113 was at Christie’s in Geneva for 1,035,000 – 1,163,746 Swiss francs or, – selling dollars.
It was recently at the auction house Dr.
Crott a “Paul Newman” -Daytona with the reference 6263 for 305.
000, – Euro auctioned.
The deepest dive In 1960, a project of the US Navy took place in the Mariana Trench.
Under this project emerged a Rolex, attached to the deep-sea submersible Trieste, to a depth of 10,916 meters.
The Rolex Deep Sea Special holding pressure ratios stood where no man could survive, reaching previously unexplored depths.
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