Rolex Sports Models

This comprehensive and detailed reference guide to Rolexs sports model Rolex watches is an indispensable asset to watch collectors and dealers. The only work of its kind, it covers the history of the Submariner, Explorer, GMT-Master, Turn-O-Graph, Milgauss, and Cosmograph Rolex Sports Models watches, from 1952 to 1990. The history of more than a hundred and forty vintage models is described in detail, with the watches shown in chronological order. Color photographs illustrate every watch model, with hundreds of diagrams providing clear and useful information. Twenty-two rare Rolex brochures from private collections are shown, in addition to numerous catalog photographs and the sale prices of sports models sold at Christies and Sothebys over the last four years. Also included is a current price guide for every model shown in the book. At a time when Rolex watches dominate the collecting market, this authoritative volume is an essential and timely addition to the library of the Rolex collector and dealer.

Rolex Datejusts

Introduced in 1945, the Oyster Perpetual rolex Datejust was the first wristwatch to feature a date display, clearly visible with a special magnifying Cyclops lens. It is self-winding and waterproof to 100 metres/330 feet.
Exclusive Feature:

Date calendar with Cyclops magnifier
Certification:Chronometer
Size:36 mm
Material:Steel
Bezel:Domed
Dial:Blue concentric
Bracelet:Jubilee
Movement:Self-winding
Water-Resistance:Waterproof to 100 metres/330 feet
Crystal:Sapphire
Model Number:116200

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Among the company’s innovations are:
  •The first waterproof wristwatch “Oyster”, 1923
  •The first wristwatch with an automatically changing date on the dial (Rolex Datejust ref.4467, 1945)
  •The first wristwatch with an automatically changing day and date on the dial (Rolex Day-Date)
  •The first wristwatch case waterproof to 100 m (330 ft) (Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner ref.6204,              1953)
  •The first wristwatch to show two time zones at once (Rolex GMT Master ref.6542 , 1954)
  •The first watchmaker to earn chronometer certification for a wristwatch
 
Automatic movements
 
              The first self-winding Rolex wristwatch was offered to the public in 1931 (so-called the “bubbleback” due to the large caseback), preceded to the market by Harwood which patented the design in 1923 and produced the first self-winding watch in 1928, powered by an internal mechanism that used the movement of the wearer’s arm. This not only made watch-winding unnecessary, but kept the power from the mainspring more consistent resulting in more reliable time keeping.
 
Quartz movements
 
               Rolex participated in the development of the original quartz watch movements. Although Rolex has made very few quartz models for its Oyster line, the company’s engineers were instrumental in design and implementation of the technology during the late 1960s and early 1970s. In 1968, Rolex collaborated with a consortium of 16 Swiss watch manufacturers to develop the Beta 21 quartz movement used in their Rolex Quartz Date 5100.[12] Within about five years of research, design, and development, Rolex created the “clean-slate” 5035/5055 movement that would eventually power the Rolex Oysterquartz.[13]
 
Water-resistant cases
 
               Rolex was also the first watch company to create a water resistant wristwatch that could withstand pressure up to 100 m (330 ft).[14] Wilsdorf even had a specially made Rolex watch attached to the side of the (the watch was called the “DeepSea”)Trieste bathyscaphe, which went to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. The watch survived and tested as having kept perfect time during its descent and ascent. This was confirmed by a telegram sent to Rolex the following day saying “Am happy to confirm that even at 11,000 metres your watch is as precise as on the surface. Best regards, Jacques Piccard”.[10]
 
Collections
 
               Rolex produced specific models suitable for the extremes of deep-sea diving, mountain climbing and aviation. Early sports models included the Rolex Submariner and the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Sea Dweller. The latter watch has a helium release valve, co-invented with Swiss watchmaker Doxa, to release helium gas build-up during decompression. The Explorer and Explorer II were developed specifically for explorers who would navigate rough terrain, such as the world famous Mount Everest expeditions. Another iconic model is the Rolex GMT Master, which was originally developed in 1954 at the request of Pan Am Airways to assist its pilots with the problem of crossing multiple time zones when on transcontinental flights (GMT standing for Greenwich Mean Time).[10]
Certified chronometers
Rolex is the largest manufacturer of Swiss made certified chronometers. In 2005 more than half the annual production of COSC certified watches were Rolexes.[15] To date, Rolex still holds the record for the most certified chronometer movements in the category of wristwatches.[10]
 
Ceramic bezels
 
                  The company is now starting to introduce ceramic bezels across the range of professional sports watches. They are available on the Submariner, Sea Dweller-Deepsea, GMT Master II and Daytona models. The ceramic bezel is not influenced by UV-light and is very scratch resistant.
 
Rolex has three watch lines: Oyster Perpetual, Professional and Cellini (the Cellini line is Rolex’s line of ‘dressy’ watches) and the primary bracelets for the Oyster line are named Jubilee, Oyster and President.
 
 
Modern models

• Air-King
• Date
• Datejust
• Datejust II
• Datejust Turn-O-Graph
• Lady Datejust Pearlmaster
• Daytona 
or Paul Newman Daytona
• Day-Date
• Day-Date II
• Day-Date Oyster Perpetual
• Explorer
• Explorer II
• GMT Master II
• Masterpiece
• Milgauss
• Oysterquartz
• Sea Dweller
• Sea Dweller DeepSea
• Submariner
• Yacht-Master
• Yacht-Master II
 
Cellini models

• Quartz Ladies
• Quartz Mens
• Cellinium
• Cestello Ladies
• Cestello Mens
• Danaos Mens
• Prince
 
Tudor


Rolex sells less expensive watches under the Tudor brand name, which was introduced by Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf in 1946. Tudor is actively marketed and sold in most countries around the world including Australia, Canada, most of Europe, India, Mexico, and in South Asia, the Middle East, South Africa and most countries in South America (Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela in particular). Sales of the Tudor line were discontinued in the United States in 2004
 
Pricing

 Rolex watches vary in price according to the model and the materials used. In the UK, the retail price for the highly sought-after stainless steel ‘Pilots’ range (such as the GMT Master II) starts from GBP £5,250. Diamond inlay watches go for considerably more. The book “Vintage Wristwatches” by Antiques Roadshow’s Reyne Haines listed a price estimate of Rolex watches that ranged between $650 and $75,000, while listing Tudors between $250 and $9,000.[17] A Forbes Magazine article on the Swiss watch industry compared the retail value of Rolexes to that of competing brands Corum, Universal Genève and IWC

Testimonials

RolexSince its humble beginnings, Rolex has become synonymous with luxury and achievement in horology. In 1910, Rolex became the first wristwatch to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision. In 1926, the Oyster watch, an enduring part of the Rolex collection, became the world’s first waterproof and dustproof watch. The first automatic winding watch is also a Rolex creation, debuting in 1931. Today, Rolex is the single largest luxury watch company, retailing in over 100 countries and producing an average of 2,000 watches per day.

About Us

The ultimate horological status symbol, Rolex is synonymous with luxury watches. Rolex started out in London in 1905, named W&D after its founders, Wilsdorf and Davis who married into the same family. Practically an eponym in its own right, the trademark name was born in 1908. Symmetrical and short, ‘Rolex’ fitted perfectly on the face of their watches, and the name purportedly reminded Wilsdorf of the sound of winding a watch. By 1914, the Kew Observatory had awarded Rolex with the prestigious Class A certification for precision, historically reserved only for marine chronographs. Since then, Rolex watches have been worn by pilots and soldiers throughout the history due to their superior precision. Instantly recognisable, Rolex continues to be renowned for its innovation, aesthetic appeal and rich heritage.

ĐỒNG HỒ ROLEX & GOLDSMITHS: MỘT LỊCH SỬ

  • Goldsmiths là nhà bán lẻ ủy quyền lớn nhất của đồng hồ Rolex trên thế giới.
  • Một sự hợp tác thành lập hơn 50 năm trước đây.

24-carat vàng đồng hồ Rolex bên ngoài các cửa hàng Bắc Goldsmiths tại Newcastle và ăn sâu vào bản sắc của thành phố, phục vụ như là một điểm gặp gỡ lãng mạn trong suốt thế kỷ qua và một lời nhắc nhở biểu tượng của Goldsmiths lịch sử cổ phần phong phú với các thương hiệu Rolex. Tôn tạo kiến trúc đẹp với niềm tự hào, các chữ Rolex là một tảng đen của trung tâm thành phố.

Một bước ngoặt thực sự cho người dân của Newcastle, các cửa hàng mở cửa vào năm 1778, và sau này trở thành stockist bao giờ đầu tiên của đồng hồ Rolex ở Anh.

Hôm nay, Goldsmiths tự hào là nhà phân phối lớn nhất của Vương quốc Anh của đồng hồ Rolex, có chuyên môn và hiểu biết về thương hiệu này nổi tiếng thế giới phục vụ như là một nền tảng cho việc cung cấp sản phẩm tốt nhất tuyệt đối trong thị trường cho Rolex của chúng tôi.

Để biết thêm thông tin về hồ Rolex, xin vui lòng xem Mappin & Webb.

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