Founded in 1905, Rolex watches have been at the forefront of innovation for over a century. The first certified chronometer, the first self-winding wristwatch and the first effective water-resistant case are milestones of Rolex design. Today, the brand is instantly recognizable as a symbol of prestige, luxury, and innovation across the globe. Buying a Rolex watch means you’re purchasing a piece of horological history. Here, we have an extensive catalog of exceptional used Rolex watches for sale.
London, 1905. Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis, started their business by importing Swiss movements and putting them inside quality watch cases. In 1908, the company officially took on the name Rolex and, soon after, they relocated to Switzerland to begin designing their own watches. A Rolex timepiece became the first wristwatch in the world to receive chronometer certification in 1910, and, just four years later, they were awarded a Class A precision certificate. From that moment forward, Rolex established a reputation for its achievements in precision and accuracy. They patented the world’s first perpetual self-winding mechanism in 1931, a groundbreaking system found in each and every modern automatic watch.
Over the years, Rolex has carved its place in sports and pop culture by cultivating countless high-profile relationships across an array of industries. For decades, Rolex has been present at some of the most significant moments in tennis, golf, motor sport, sailing, and at equestrian races, serving as a sponsor and a strong supporter and partner to these industries. As part of this relationship, Rolex has also been able to make an impact in the areas of art and science.
With such a wide variety of distinct watches, Rolex has established a distinct reputation as of the most well-known and sought-after watch brands in the world. Today, the Rolex crown serves as an iconic symbol associated with unprecedented quality, innovation, and prestige. Above all, Rolex has engineered some of the highest caliber wristwatches for enthusiasts and collectors to pass down for generations to come.
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