Rolex History

Rolex Information below:

1881, Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex is born in Bavaria, Germany.

1905, Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis form Wilsdorf & Davis in Hatton Garden, England. Importing Swiss Movements, sources dials and manufactures watches and watchcases.

1908, The Rolex Watch Co. is registered as a company.

1910, A Rolex becomes the 1st wristwatch to obtain First Class Chronometer Certificate from the Horology Society, Switzerland.

1912, The Rolex Watch Co. begins manufacturing watches in Bienne, Switzerland.

1915, The company names is officially changed from Wilsdorf & Davis to The Rolex Watch Co.

1919, Wilsdorf returns to live in Switzerland.

1920, Founds Montres Geneva, Alfred Davis is no longer part of Rolex watch company.

1925, The Rolex crown logo is registered as a trademark.

1926, Rolex patents the screw down crown known as the Oyster

1927, Mercedes Gleitze becomes the first British women to swim the English Channel on October 21, whilst wearing a Rolex watch. One month later the new Oyster is launched on front page newspaper advertisements in the London Daily Mail.

1931, Rolex patents an automatic rotary winding mechanism, the Oyster Perpetual.

1935, whilst wearing a Rolex watch Sir Malcolm Campbell sets a new land speed record in his Bluebird.

1945, The Oyster Perpetual Datejust watch is launched, the 1st automatic, waterproof Chronometer with the date visible through a window in the dial.

1952, The 1st explorer prototype watch, model 6098 is launched. In May 1953 Sir John Hunts Mount Everest team are issued with prototype Explorers.

1953, A large test watch known as the Deep Sea Special is attached to the exterior of Prof. Auguste Piccard's bathyscaphe, FNRS-2 which reaches a depth of 3131.80 meters. The Watch remains waterproof, also this year The Turn-O-graph watch model 6202 is introduced.

1954, The Milgauss watch & GMT-Master watch are introduced.

1959, The Submariner 5512 watch with protective crown guards is introduced.

1960, Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf Dies, The 1st Cosmograph watch is launched model 6239.

1966, The Sea dweller watch 1665 is introduced, with a helium Gas escape valve making it the first commercially available watch for use by saturation divers, The Submariner watch 1680  featuring a Date is launched.

1971, The Explorer II watch is launched.

1990, Rolex produces its 10,000,000 chronometer certified watches.

2003, Rolex celebrates the Submariners 50th anniversary by launching the 16610LV model with a green bezel at the 2003 Basel watch fair.