If you know anything about luxury watches then you will know and understand the Rolex brand. Rolex is the most widely recognised luxury watch throughout the world and owning a Rolex watch is not just a status symbol but it is an excellent investment. Since the time of their invention, Rolex have been recognised worldwide for their perfect timekeeping, beautiful style, classic design and extraordinary mechanics. Nothing has changed since then.
Here are a few interesting facts about Rolex, some of which you may not know.
Rolex watches are over 100 years old
The first Rolex watch was designed in 1905. Rolex was founded by Hans Wilsdorf and his partner Alfred David, under the name Wilsdorf & Davis Ltd. It was in 1908 that Wilsdorf registered the trademark ‘Rolex’ and the company changed it’s name from Wilsdorf to Rolex in 1915.
The name Rolex
Think about the name Rolex. It is synonymous with luxury. It is also a name that is unforgettable; it rolls so easily off the tongue. The story is that Hans Wilsdorf chose a brand name that could be pronounced easily, no matter what language was spoken. Rolex sounds like a watch being wound. Think about it. R - O - L - E - X. It’s a smart name, one that stays with you, makes you think of a watch, makes you think of style and elegance, and no matter what your nationality, it is easy to say.
Rolex have been ground making luxury watch makers.
Rolex started a trend with luxury watches. They have ensured, from day one, that every single part of the watch is top quality. Rolex never take short cuts and never have. While the style of their watches have changed over the last one hundred and thirty years, the quality has remained one hundred percent perfect. Of course Rolex also keep up with technology and new metals and precious stones, meaning their luxury watches will always stay as one of the most highly sought after.
Rolex and the deep blue sea
Rolex launched the first Rolex Submariner luxury timepiece in 1953 and it was the first luxury watch that was waterproof and could go down to a depth of 100 meters. Since then, there has been the Oyster Perpetual Sew Dweller, the Sea Dweller 4000, Rolex Yachtmaster, Rolex Pearlmaster and Rolex Oyster. Several other luxury watchmakers have taken on the sea and diving theme, but none the way that Rolex has. Rolex has been credited with a lot of firsts and a lot of patents. Remember Rolex sent a watch down to the bottom of Challenger Deep in the Maraiana Trench, to depths never reached before.
Rolex and Adventures
Rolex watches are not just worn by fantasy adventures, such as James Bond 007. They are also worn, and have been worn, by mountain climbers, Olympic athletes, astronauts, racing drivers and deep sea divers. Rolex watches have been to the top of Mount Everest and have won many gold medals at the Olympics. They are watches that are designed with perfection and are used by adventurers and explorers because they will not lose time. Their mechanics are perfect in every single way.
Rolex and the Stars
Celebrities love a good Rolex watch. This is for a number of reasons. Rolex are stylish and they are classic. Although Rolex watches are now coming up for 130 years old, their design has remained classic and luxurious all the way through. They’re also a status symbol. Rolex watches are often seen on the wrists of celebrities - male and female - including Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks, David Beckham, Daniel Craig, Robert Downey Junior and many more. And then of course they are often featured in action movies.
Vintage Rolex watches
Rolex watches are collector’s items. Some are more valuable than others, of course, depending on the edition, the age and who has worn the watch. But Rolex watches have reached some top prices at auctions are known to stand head and shoulders above the other luxury watch brands. Christie’s sales in Geneva have seen many a Rolex go for top dollar. It’s not just the vintage Rolex watches that are worth a small fortune though, so if you are able to get into the luxury watch market, buy a Rolex. They are good investments.
Rolex and Philanthropy
Rolex are not just about money, status and style. They are part of two global charity programs where they support science and technology and people working in these fields. The Rolex Awards for Enterprise offer scholarships for people working in science and medicine, as well as technology, innovation, discovery, exploration and the environment. These are the things that Rolex is all about, actually. The Young Laureates Program is all a bout innovation and making sure that the next generation has the funding and resources to be innovative and to allow people to pursue their dreams of innovation, science and technology. There is also a Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative that brings together new and upcoming artists with established artists, in a mentorship program.
Rolex watches are beautiful, elegant timepieces. They are made to look good, using the best possible materials, and they are made to work precisely. They are Swiss after all!