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Rolex: A History

May 30, 2009 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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Rolex is one watchmaker that needs no introduction. The Swiss watch manufacturer is the largest single luxury watch brand in the world, producing about 2,000 watches per day. The company’s estimated revenues are around 3 billion US dollars.

Founded in the early 1900s by Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law Alfred Davis, Rolex has always been a leader. Among the company’s innovations are the first waterproof watch case; the first wristwatch with a date on the dial; the first watch to show two time zones at once; and the first watchmakers to earn chronometer certification for a wristwatch. Rolex still holds the record for the most certified chronometer movements in the category of wristwatches.

Rolex participated in the development of the original quartz watch movements, and in 1968, collaborated with a consortium of 16 Swiss watch manufacturers to develop the Beta 21 quartz movement used in their Rolex Quartz Date 5100. The first self-winding Rolex watch debuted in 1931. This not only made watch-winding unnecessary, but eliminated the problem of over-winding a watch and harming its mechanism. Rolex was also the first watch company to create the first water resistant watch to 330 feet.

Rolex has also made a reputation in watches suitable for the extremes of deep-sea diving, aviation and mountain climbing. Early sports models included the Rolex submariner and the Oyster Perpetual Sea Dweller 2000 (in 1971). Another sports model is the Rolex GMT Master II, originally developed at the request of Pan Am Airways to assist pilots in transcontinental flights. The Explorer and Explorer II were developed specifically for explorers who would navigate rough terrain—such as the world famous Everest Expeditions.

Today Rolex operates stores in many urban centers of the world, including: Toronto, Paris, London, New York, Mexico City, São Paulo, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Sydney, Tokyo, Dubai, and Wellington, among others.

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Over $6.7m at Auction

April 26, 2009 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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National Jeweler reports that Patrizzi and Co.’s April 19 horological auction brought in more than $6.7 million. Three commemorative-edition Patek Philippes earned the top prices.

An 18-karat yellow gold Patek Philippe minute repeater with perpetual calendar and moon phases was the star of the show, selling for about $349,787. The wristwatch was produced in a small series in 1989 to celebrate Patek’s 150th anniversary.

A Patek “Officer’s style” minute repeater chronometer wristwatch, sold for about $332,724. The timepiece was made in 1997 as one of 10 watches in 18-karat yellow gold to commemorate the new company headquarters just outside of Geneva.

Finally, a Patek Philippe minute repeater wristwatch produced in 2004 as one of five to mark the 50th anniversary of George Pragnell Jewellers in London, sold for about $315,718.

Patrizzi and Co. said in a media release that in addition to the enthusiasm for Patek Philippe, bidding was competitive for several Vacheron Constantin and Panerai wristwatches, as well as for a Hublot “Big Bang Tourbillon Solo Bang,” which nearly doubled its estimate.

Also selling well were a Breguet “souscription” watch in 18-karat gold that was originally sold to Prince Ferdinand in 1812; a Louis Audemars No. 12131 circa 1875; and a Patek Philippe and Cie yellow gold keyless “World Time” gentleman’s dress watch with a cloisonne enamel map of North America. The timepieces sold for about $36,142, $77,457 and $79,178, respectively.

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