History of Rolex Watches

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Rolex is a worldwide known name that inspires perfection. Rolex watches are a status symbol for the rich and fabulous and with two thousands items produced each day, it doesn’t seem like they are slowing down. It is a Swiss manufacturer which was founded over a hundred years ago and it has impressed the public ever since. There are many models that have caught the attention of the entire world over this long tradition of making high quality luxury watches and here are some that should be considered if you plan on buying a luxury Rolex watch.

black rolex airking

Air-king: this steal finished watch with a sapphire crystal represents what Rolex is all about, creating watches that are good looking and stylish but also timeless. The Rolex Air-king is a beautiful combination of long traditions and modern technology and the result is truly superb. This model can go great with a nice suit and it is usually for men that like having quality things but not too flashy. It is very subtle and although it may appear simple, it is far from common; at the end of the day it is still a Rolex and it remains the status symbol we all know it to be. The blue dial adds a bit of color to this model and it actually makes it very fashionable. The Rolex Air-king is waterproof and self-winding, so it would be a great addition to every man’s collection.

Black rolex daydate watch

Daydate: Rolex is actually the first manufacturer that introduced a watch with an automatically changing day and date on the dial. Nowadays the Rolex Day-Date is the best of the best when it comes to quality. With valuable materials such as platinum, the Day-Date has come a long way from the first model but it still has the same innovative feel about it, something special that can be seen right away. The day is displayed on the top of the dial, just above the royal Rolex logo and the date is where the III should have been. It is very classy and elegant and some consider it to be the ultimate representation of luxury watches, the best in a league of perfection. Don’t worry about the 4 being displayed as IIII as that is not a design mistake, but an improvement to keep the overall balance of the display.

gold diamond datejust watch

Datejust: In 1945, Rolex introduced the first watch with an automatically changing date, the Rolex Datejust. The first Datejust was something revolutionary, a watch ahead of all the others, design and technology wise. Fast-forward a few decades and we have the new Rolex Datejust which resembles its predecessor in many ways. It is something unique and special and it brings a whole new concept of elegance to the luxury watch industry. With a perfect combination of steel 18 ct gold it is more than just a watch, it represents Rolex and it also represents the owner. The magnifying circle on top of the date was added a few years later than the initial model and it quickly became a standard for Rolex watches.

black rolex explorer 1 watch

Explorer: Although most people know Rolex as being exclusive and fashionable, the Rolex Explorer targets a new public, people that have to resist in rough terrain and harsh climate. The Explorer was the choice Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay for their Mount Everest expedition. This choice wasn’t just for the great style but most important for the precision that the Rolex Explorer has in some of the most extreme conditions. The new Explorer still has a Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers to make sure that it never falls behind no matter where you are and what you are doing, not even for a millisecond. It is made of steel for a better resistance but it still maintains that Rolex beauty we are used to. The Rolex Explorer is the perfect example of functionality meeting style, it can be worn at special events and it can withstand the sub-zero temperatures of the highest place on Earth, it is truly a masterpiece that could have only be achieved by Rolex.

stainless steel rolex explorer watch

Explorer II: The Rolex Explorer II has the same legacy as the Explorer, being the choice of explorers and collectors alike and as far as the styles goes, there have been some changes. The first thing you notice is the fixed bezel with the 24 hours markings. The trained eye will also notice an increase in size, of 1 mm, and also the hour, minute and second hands which are now a bit bigger and easier to see. The Explorer II also has an automatically changing date displayed on the left side of the dial. It is an evolution in style and functionality without taking away from the style of the former models in the Rolex Explorer series.

blue rolex submariner watch with two tone band

Submariner: A revolutionary idea from Rolex is that they started using ceramic bezels for their sports watches and this includes the Submariner. The thing about ceramic bezel is that it is very resistant to scratches and damage and it also keeps out UV light. The Rolex Submariner appeared in 11 James Bond movies making it a star between stars like Sean Connery. It was the first watch ever to withstand depths of 100 meters and it was improved to be now water resistant for up to 300 meters deep. The Rolex Submariner is available in different combinations of steel, white gold and yellow gold but the overall design is the same no matter what materials you choose. It has a rotatable, Cerachrom disc and a magnifying part over the date display as we are used to with Rolex luxury watches. If you want something that can be water resistant for up to three hundred meters and also look classy, the Rolex Submariner is perfect, no matter if you choose to go diving or to a formal event.

black seadweller rolex watch

Sea Dweller: Along with the Submariner, Rolex also has the Sea Dweller, meant to withstand the pressure of deep-sea diving. The way a Rolex Sea Dweller works is quite interesting, it has a helium release valve that can help stabilize the pressure when under water. This way, the watch is precise even in extreme conditions; the concept was invented with the help Doxa, another watch manufacturer from Switzerland. The recent model can go as deep as 3900 meters and the double extension on the bracelets permits any diver to put it over his swimsuit. The style is pretty much the same as any luxury watch from Rolex, although the magnifying portion over the date is not available for this model and another difference is the text that indicates the existence of an original gas escape valve. The numbers on the rotatable bezel are a bit bigger than what you may be used to but this so for a better read underwater.

green dial rolex gmt-master watch

GMT-Master: The first Rolex GMT-Master was introduced in 1954 and it was the first watch to display two different time zones at the same time. It was actually designed in collaboration with a big airline to help their pilots keep track of GMT and another different time zone; a very important aspect if you consider the fact that there were no GPS gadgets. It quickly became very popular amongst business men that needed to travel and keeping two time zones helped them avoid jetlag. NASA has also shown interest in this model as well as soldiers that needed to have another time zone on their watch. The Rolex GMT-Master II was introduced in the 80s and as far as design goes, it is pretty much the same as the first one. One of the things that the second model has apart from the GMT-Master is the option to set the hour hand without having to change the second, minute or the GMT ones. This small feature is very useful when you need to change time zones and as this model maintains the rotatable bezel, you can now display three time zones. The GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) 24 hour hand is now something common and it has been adopted by other watch manufacturers but it was Rolex that set the terrain with the GMT-Master and the GMT-Master II. The first models were made of steel for a better resistance but Rolex started combing it with gold to create more fashionable watches, thus making the GMT-Master II more of a status symbol than a reliable time piece. But it is always ready to prove that it’s a great watch. It will remain one of the favorite amongst pilots and sailors.

black rolex daytona watch

Daytona: The first Rolex Daytona series was produced from 1960 to 1980 and the limited number made them an instant collectable for watch lovers all around the world. Every model had a distinct four digit number so that consumers could keep track and guarantee its originality. Due to the high demand, Rolex was forced to create a new series with a Zenith modified movement. Nowadays, the Rolex Daytona watches have a unique six digits number, each comes with a certificate and has the chronograph feature. The name comes from the Daytona 24 hours endurance race which takes place once a year and it is home to some of the most consuming racing events. The first models were made of steel but you can now buy one in different variations of white gold, yellow gold and Everose gold. The bezel maintains the style with the tachometric scale that allows racers to know exactly what their time is at any certain point. It is a very functional watch with pinpoint accuracy but it can easily be considered one of the most luxurious watches on the market today. Although Rolex Daytona watches are still produced today, the most valuable ones are the ones from the first series, the ones with the four digits number that only a hand full of consumers have managed to own.

When it comes to combining functionality with great style and class, no other watch manufacturer does it better than Rolex. Throughout history, we saw revolutionary ideas and amazing designs come together to satisfy costumers of all tastes. From the Datejust to the GMT-Master, watches that changed the industry forever, watches that will remain icons for every watch collector. The unique designs and rare metals used changed the way we think about a watch, and made Rolex what it is today, the biggest watch manufacturer in the world.