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The History of Rolex

  • Hans Wilsdorf founds London branch
  • 1908
  • The Name Rolex was born
  • Hans Wilsdorf wanted his watches to bear a name that was short, easy to say and remember in any language, and which looked good on watch movements and dials. The Name Rolex was born.
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  • The Name Rolex was born
  • 3041
  • 3042
  • 3043
  • Geneva
  • 1920
  • 1920s Deco Diamond Rolex
  • During the 1920s and 1930s Rolex made some Exceptionally Beautiful Diamond pieces, hand wound and fitted with Silk Moiré straps for the evening. These pieces are very special and Rare and evoke all the glamour and craftsmanship of the Deco Period.
  • View Our Collection of Diamond Rolex
  • 2932
  • 2431
  • 2213
  • 2933
  • The First Waterproof Watch
  • 3045
  • 3054
  • 3055
  • 3044
  • 3175
  • Mercedes Gleitze Swims The Channel
  • The Rolex Prince
  • 3048
  • 3051
  • 3052
  • The First Self-Winding Automatic Mechanism
  • The First Datejust
  • 1952
  • Elizabeth II Became Queen In 1952
  • Queen Elizabeth II became Queen in 1952 at the age of 21, she is recognised as the longest reigning monarch in English history. Vintage Watch Company wishes to congratulate the Queen on this auspicious occasion.
  • Queen Image
  • Everest
  • 1953
  • Everest
  • In 1953, Sir John Hunt’s expedition, in which Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest, was equipped
 with Oyster Perpetuals.
  • View Our Collection of Vintage Rolex Everest
  • 1953
  • The Explorer
  • The Explorer, launched in 1953 to celebrate the victorious ascent of Everest, immediately acquired iconic status.
  • The Explorer
  • The Submariner
  • 1953
  • The Submariner
  • Launched in 1953, the Submariner was the first divers’ watch waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet).  Its rotatable bezel allows divers to read their immersion time.
  • 1955
  • The GMT-Master
  • The GMT-Master was developed to meet the specific needs of airline pilots. It became the official watch of several airlines, among them 
the famous Pan American World Airways, better known as Pan Am. 
Its most distinguishing visual feature was the two-tone bezel which marked daytime from nighttime hours.
  • View Our Collection of Vintage Rolex GMT Master
  • The GMT-Master
  • The Day-Date
  • 3069
  • 3070
  • 3124
  • 3201
  • 3204
  • 3205
  • 3206
  • 3207
  • 3211
  • 1956
  • Milgauss
  • The Milgauss, introduced in 1956, was designed to meet the demands
of the scientific community and is capable of withstanding magnetic fields of up to 1,000 gauss.
  • Milgauss
  • The Cosmograph Daytona
  • 1963
  • The Cosmograph Daytona
  • Launched in 1963 as a new-generation chronograph, the Cosmograph soon gained the name that became the mark of an icon: Daytona. Designed as the ultimate tool for endurance racing drivers, the Cosmograph Daytona was robust, waterproof and featured a 
tachymetric scale on the bezel for calculating average speed.
  • View Our Collection of Vintage Rolex Daytona
  • 1966
  • The 1st Submariner With Date
  • The 1st Submariner With Date
  • The Sea-Dweller
  • 1967
  • The Sea-Dweller
  • 1967 saw the launch of the Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller, waterproof to a depth of 610 metres. To meet the needs of professional deep-sea divers, the case was equipped with a helium escape valve.
  • View Our Collection of Vintage Rolex Sea Dweller
  • 1971
  • The Explorer II
  • Rolex presented the Oyster Perpetual Explorer II. The watch featured a distinctive 24-hour hand, an invaluable aid around the poles and beneath ground when you can't tell night from day.
  • The Explorer II
  • Stella Dial Rolex
  • 3074
  • 3075
  • 3076
  • 3077
  • 3078
  • 3080
  • 3081
  • 3203
  • 3214
  • 1970s
  • Stella Dial Rolex
  • In the 1970s Rolex Introduced a Collection of Day Date and Datejust Models with Highly Unusual Lacquer and Stone Dials. Originally designed for the Middle East Market they have now grown in popularity the World Over. We showcase a Unique Collection of these so called "Stella" Dial Rolexes. We match them to their identical coloured Alligator Skin Strap enhancing the wearability of these Unique Pieces.
  • View Our Collection of Vintage Rolex Stella Dials
  • Late 1970s
  • Rolex Crown Collection
  • Each Highly jewelled piece was made with Unique Reference Numbers relating to the Precious Stones used. Most pieces were made to order allowing the client to experiment with choice of Unique Dial, Bezel and Bracelet culminating in truly unique and Now highly sort after pieces. To own a RolexCrownCollection piece is to own a magnificent work of art
  • Rolex Introduced The Crown Collection
  • 3545
  • 3581
  • 3555
  • 3552
  • 3556
  • 3553
  • 3550