Rolex

It’s no surprise that Rolex ranks as the most recognisable watch brand in the world today. For more than a hundred years, Rolex has produced models that have often become genre-defining timepieces. Founded as Wilsdorf and Davis in London in 1905 by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis, the company registered Rolex as the brand name in 1908. At the end of World War I, the company moved out of London and registered itself as Montres Rolex SA in Geneva. It has been owned by a private family trust, the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation, since 1960.

Some of the most important milestones in watchmaking are attributed to Rolex. In 1926, Rolex introduced the Oyster case, the first waterproof wristwatch case that was fitted with a screw-down crown to keep moisture and dust from damaging the movement. Five years later in 1931, the brand introduced the first self-winding rotor on its Perpetual line, which ensured that the mainspring barrel was consistently wound. In 1945, the Datejust became the first chronometer wristwatch with an automatically changing date function.

However, it’s the ‘tool watches’ Rolex produced (purpose-built watches for diving, motorsport or tracking different time zones) in the 1950s that have helped forge its reputation among the watch cognoscenti. It all began with the Oyster Perpetual Submariner Ref. 6204 in 1953, a wristwatch water-resistant up to 100 metres and aimed at helping divers measure elapsed dive time via a rotatable bezel. Rolex then introduced what is arguably the most famous dual time wristwatch in the world, the Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 6542 in 1954, and an anti-magnetic wristwatch made for scientists and engineers, the Ref. 6451 Milgauss, in 1956.

Eight years later in 1963, Rolex introduced a chronograph intended for use by the motorsport community capable of measuring elapsed time and calculating average speed. The Daytona, as this chronograph was eventually christened, is today among the most desirable sports watches. Early examples in gold regularly breach the million dollar mark at auction.


Rolex. An Extremely Fine, Rare and Attractive 18k Gold Automatic Triple Calendar Wristwatch with Star Dial and Moon Phases

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED CHRONOMETER, REF. 6062, CASE NO. 916'321, CIRCA 1952

ROLEX. AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT 18K GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH 'TROPICAL LEMON PAUL NEWMAN' DIAL AND BRACELET

SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, PAUL NEWMAN MODEL, REF. 6264, CASE NO. 2'357'384, CIRCA 1970

Rolex. An extremely fine, rare and unique 18K gold automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, star numerals and cloisonné enamel dial

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL MODEL, MOVEMENT NO. G94451, CASE NO. 654'202, REF. 5029/5028, MANUFACTURED IN 1949

Rolex. An extraordinarily rare, oversized stainless steel split seconds chronograph wristwatch

SIGNED ROLEX, CHRONOGRAPHE, ANTIMAGNETIQUE, REF. 4113, CASE NO. 051318, MANUFACTURED IN 1942

Rolex. An extraordinarily rare, oversized stainless steel split seconds chronograph wristwatch

SIGNED ROLEX, CHRONOGRAPHE, ANTIMAGNETIQUE, REF. 4113, CASE NO. 051314, MANUFACTURED IN 1942

Rolex. An Extremely Rare and Important Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet and Black "Paul Newman Mark 1 Oyster Sotto Daytona" Dial

SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH, OYSTER, DAYTONA, REF. 6263, PAUL NEWMAN MODEL, CASE NO. 2'085'552, CIRCA 1969

Rolex. A Very Fine, Extraordinarily Rare and Early Stainless Steel Automatic Wristwatch with Center Seconds and Gilt 'Explorer Dial'

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, 200/660, SUBMARINER, REF. 6538, CASE NO. 140'480, CIRCA 1956

ROLEX. AN EXCESSIVELY RARE AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE FOR THE SULTANATE OF OMAN

SIGNED ROLEX, DAYTONA MODEL, RETAILED BY ASPREY, REF. 6263, CASE NO. 3'655'344, CIRCA 1974

Rolex. An extremely rare and important stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with pulsation dial and bracelet

SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, REF. 6239, CASE NO. 1'695'328, MANUFACTURED IN 1967

ROLEX. AN EXCESSIVELY RARE AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT 18K GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE FOR THE SULTANATE OF OMAN

SIGNED ROLEX, DAYTONA MODEL, RETAILED BY ASPREY, REF. 6265, CASE NO. 5'060'040, CIRCA 1978

Rolex. An exceptionally rare and highly attractive 18K gold chronograph wristwatch with black “John Player Special Paul Newman” dial

SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, PAUL NEWMAN JOHN PLAYER SPECIAL MODEL, REF. 6241, CASE NO. 1’947’369, MANUFACTURED IN 1969

Rolex. A Very Rare and Extremely Attractive Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with Paul Newman Mark 1 Panda Dial and Bracelet

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER COSMOGRAPH, "PAUL NEWMAN" MODEL, REF. 6263, CASE NO. 2’197’828, CIRCA 1969

Rolex. A very fine and extremely rare 18K gold chronograph wristwatch with champagne "Paul Newman" dial, certificate and box

SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA, "PAUL NEWMAN" MODEL, REF. 6239, CASE NO. 2’056’763, CIRCA 1969

ROLEX. AN EXTREMELY RARE AND APPEALING STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET

DAYTONA MODEL, REF. 6263, “RCO” MARK 1.5 TROPICAL DIAL

Rolex. An extremely fine and attractive 18K gold automatic triple calendar wristwatch with moonphase, two-tone silvered dial and bracelet

SIGNED ROLEX, PERPETUAL, OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED CHRONOMETER, REF. 8171, NO. 042, MOVEMENT NOS. 10481 AND G4844, CASE NO. 791'039, CIRCA 1962

ROLEX. AN EXTREMELY RARE STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH TRIPLE CALENDAR WRISTWATCH

REF. 6036, “JEAN CLAUDE KILLY” MODEL WITH “RED DEPTH”, CIRCA 1953

Rolex. An Extremely Fine and Very Rare 14k Gold Chronograph Wristwatch with Black “John Player Special Paul Newman" Dial

SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, JOHN PLAYER SPECIAL PAUL NEWMAN MODEL, REF. 6241, CASE NO. 2'084'276, CIRCA 1968

Rolex. A Fine and Rare Stainless Steel Triple Calendar Chronograph Wristwatch with Bracelet

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER CHRONOGRAPH, ANTI-MAGNETIC, REF. 6236, CASE NO. 576'392, MANUFACTURED IN 1960

Rolex. A fine and very important 18K white gold automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, nipple dial, date and 18K white gold bracelet

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, SUBMARINER, 660FT=200M, REF. 1680, WITHOUT SERIAL NUMBER, CIRCA 1973

Rolex. A Very Fine and Extremely Rare 18k Pink Gold Triple Calendar Chronograph Wristwatch with Two-Tone Silvered Dial Made for the Italian Market

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER CHRONOGRAPH, ANTI-MAGNETIC, REF. 6036, CASE NO. 113'762, MANUFACTURED IN 1955

Rolex. A very fine and extremely rare 18K pink gold automatic triple calendar wristwatch with moon phases, bracelet and star dial

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED CHRONOMETER, REF. 6062, CASE NO. 788'637, MANUFACTURED IN 1950

Rolex. A Very Fine and Extremely Rare 18k Pink Gold Automatic Triple Calendar Wristwatch with Star Dial and Moon Phases

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, REF. 6062, CASE NO. 788'629, MANUFACTURED IN 1950

Rolex. An extremely fine, rare and large stainless steel automatic triple calendar wristwatch with moon phases

SIGNED ROLEX, PERPETUAL, PRECISION, REF. 8171, CASE NO. 1'977'074, CIRCA 1955

ROLEX. AN EXCESSIVELY RARE AND IMPORTANT 18K GOLD CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, MADE FOR THE SULTANATE OF OMAN

SIGNED ROLEX, DAYTONA MODEL, RETAILED BY ASPREY, REF. 6265, CASE NO. 3'752'034, CIRCA 1974

Rolex. A fine, extremely rare and attractive 14K gold chronograph wristwatch with black “John Player Special Paul Newman” dial

SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, PAUL NEWMAN JOHN PLAYER SPECIAL MODEL, REF. 6241, CASE NO. 1’697’092, CIRCA 1967

Rolex. An Extremely Fine and Very Rare 14k Gold Chronograph Wristwatch with Black "John Player Special Paul Newman" Dial and Bracelet

SIGNED ROLEX, COSMOGRAPH, DAYTONA, "JOHN PLAYER SPECIAL PAUL NEWMAN" MODEL, REF. 6241, CASE NO. 2'084'215, CIRCA 1968

Rolex. A Fine and Very Attractive Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch with "Tropical" Dial

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER CHRONOGRAPH, ANTI-MAGNETIC, REF. 6034, CASE NO. 847'235, CIRCA 1962

Rolex. An Extremely Fine And Rare 18k Gold Automatic Triple Calendar Wristwatch With Star Dial And Moon Phases

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, REF. 6062, CASE NO. 916'321, CIRCA 1952

ROLEX. A N EX CEEDINGLY RARE AND WELL PRESERVED 18K GOLD TRIPLE CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH, MADE FOR THE ENGLISH MARKET

SIGNED ROLEX, DATO-COMPAX 'JEAN CLAUDE KILLY', MODEL, REF. 6036, CASE NO. 685'525, CIRCA 1950