Rolex

Rolex is one of the world's largest luxury watch brands. Rolex was founded in 1905 in London by Hans Wilsdorf, eventually Rolex moved to Switzerland in 1919. The Tudor watch brand is a subsidiary of Rolex. In 1914 Rolex obtained a chronometer certificate (Class A precision certificate) and thus became the first manufacturer of a chronometer wristwatch. By obtaining the first chronometer certificate, Rolex demonstrated that, in terms of precision, a small wristwatch could rival that of the best timepieces, including pocketwatches, which were the norm at the time. This proof of performance would contribute significantly to the rise of the wristwatch in popularity. On the strength of this achievement, Rolex would eventually become the world’s largest manufacturer of chronometer-certified wristwatches. The Geneva-based brand perfected the concept of the modern watch in 1926 by inventing the waterproof “Oyster” case to protect the movement inside and then, in 1931, by developing the self-winding “Perpetual” rotor movement. Today, all Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches are officially certified chronometers, carrying on the heritage of the pioneering role the brand played in bringing precision to the wristwatch. That milestone feat of miniaturized precision. Rolex went on to innovate constantly and several times brought new technologies to the market that eventually set standards for the whole industry; among them are (according to Wikipedia) the first waterproof wristwatch Rolex "Oyster", 1926; the first wristwatch with an automatically changing date on the dial (Rolex Datejust ref.4467, 1945); 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 wristwatch with an automatically changing day and date on the dial (Rolex Day-Date, 1956). Rolex uses only in-house calibers and many automatic movements but also deployed Quartz movements in the 1970s. Notable models today are Rolex Air-King, Rolex Date, Rolex Oyster Perpetual, Rolex Datejust, Rolex Datejust II, Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph, Rolex Lady Datejust Pearlmaster, Rolex Daytona, Rolex Paul Newman Daytona, Rolex Day-Date, Rolex Day-Date II, Rolex Day-Date Oyster Perpetual, Rolex Explorer, Rolex Explorer II, Rolex GMT Master II, Rolex Masterpiece, Rolex Milgauss, Rolex Oysterquartz, Rolex Sea Dweller, Rolex Sea Dweller DeepSea, Rolex Sky-Dweller, Rolex Submariner, Rolex Turn-O-Graph, Rolex Yacht-Master, Rolex Yacht-Master II. Rolex is the timekeeper of Wimbledon and many other prestigious sports events. Explorers, aviators, military groups, celebrities and royals regularly purchase Rolex watches. Fake Rolex watches and Rolex replica watches are sought after by bargain hunters but can easily identified by Rolex serial numbers and by comparing the fake prices with the original Rolex prices on the internet and the Rolex price list in every brand boutique. Collectors exchange Rolex tidbits and trivia in their favorite Rolex forum, where they often also find Rolex watches for sale and used Rolex watches. A Rolex mens watch and Rolex womens watch is considerd a great gift and in the Rolex watch history the brand has always been a favorite by both genders. While young collectors search for 'Rolex watch ebay' or 'Rolex watch Amazon' it is not recommended to buy the watches there. WatchTimes watch database hase the official Rolex watch prices and can be a good platform to research for Rolex watch infos. WatchTime covers all Rolex watches with Rolex prices, we publish in-depth Rolex watch reviews and tests of Rolex watches, Rolex ladies watches are equally important to us as men's Rolex watches. Get the latest on the Rolex Datejust, Rolex Submariner, Rolex Explorer, Rolex Daytona, Rolex Air King, Air King Rolex, other Rolex Datejusts plus Rolex 2. With gold Rolex watches, diamond Rolex watch infos and Rolex Bienne details to learn more what headquarters is planning. Rolex fans are usually very active on Rolex forums. WatchTime is your authority on Rolex watches for men and Rolex for women.

5 Watch Brands We’ve Seen on “Mad Men”

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When AMC's hit drama series "Mad Men" kicked off its seventh and final season this year, we've decided to re-present our list of five iconic watch brands that we've identified on the wrists of the show's characters. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: Which Watch Brands Are Most Likely to Increase in Value?

Patek Philippe Nautilus

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Close-Up: The New-Look Rolex Submariner (with Video)

Rolex Submariner 2012

Subtle but significant redesign is the hallmark of the recently redesigned Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner. The watch retains the Submariner's immediately recognizable look but dispenses with the date window of previous models and incorporates several new technical innovations exclusive to Rolex. … [Read more...]


WatchTime Exclusive: Inside Rolex Bienne

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On a rare tour of Rolex’s movement-manufacturing complex in Bienne, Switzerland, WatchTime's Joe Thompson and Norma Buchanan witnessed the making of the Cosmograph Daytona Caliber 4130. We reported on it in this feature from our March-April 2010 issue. … [Read more...]


5 Affordable Rolex Watches for New Collectors

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Rolex is the most recognizable and most coveted watch brand in the world. Here are five popular Rolex watch models that are in stores now and that offer accessible (for Rolex, that is) prices for collectors of all ages.   … [Read more...]


Advice for Collectors: Buying New vs. Vintage Rolex Watches

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Just to warn everyone up front, this article concerns my personal opinions on buying and collecting Rolex watches. Whether one likes it or not, one cannot deny that Rolex still gets more attention from watch consumers than any other watch brand. I respect Rolex for what it is able to accomplish (producing high-quality watches in large numbers for reasonable prices) and I own and have owned my share of Rolex watches, both vintage and new. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: What If You Could Only Have One Watch? My Top 5 Choices

Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial

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Tough Timers: 10 Watches for Extreme Conditions

Breitling Emergency II Intrepid Orange dial

Mechanical watches are delicate pieces of machinery that can be thrown off kilter if the proper precautions aren't taken. Magnetic fields, extreme temperatures, and shocks are among the risks watches face. Below, in this list excerpted from a feature in WatchTime's November-December 2011 issue, we take a look at some watches designed to withstand these outside factors. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: My Top 10 Chronograph Watch Movements; What Are Yours?

Omega Caliber 9300

A while back, I wrote an article on my top 5 iconic chronograph watches. Some of you readers wondered why Zenith wasn’t in there. Quite simply, it didn't make my personal Top 5. However, I do love the Zenith El Primero movement, and think that its reputation as a great chronograph caliber is well-earned. So, to make it up for some of you fellow watch nerds out there, I've compiled a Fratello Friday article that focuses specifically on chronograph movements rather than watches. Here is my … [Read more...]


WatchTime.com’s Top 10 Watch Brand Videos

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We've added a lot more videos to Watchtime.com over the past year, and many of you have noticed. The videos — most created and provided by some of the top watch brands — have become one of the most popular features on the site. Below, we count down your current favorite watch videos, ranked by page views. Click on each to watch the full video. 10. Inside the HYT H2 HYT's H2 expands the timekeeping system of its debut model, the H1, which uses clear and green-tinted liquids indicate the … [Read more...]


Antimagnetic Attraction: Testing the Rolex Milgauss

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The updated version of the 1950s’ Rolex Milgauss is a hit among Rolex fans. Is this re-engineered classic, with its improved protection against magnetism, worth the wait? Writer Jens Koch and photographer Nik Schölzel find out in this watch test from our August 2008 issue. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: 5 Interesting Pre-Owned Watches Under $4,000

Rolex Datejust

I wrote a Fratello Friday article on the things you need to consider when buying a pre-owned or vintage timepiece. I suggest that if you are not familiar with buying pre-owned watches, you read that article first to familiarize with the things you need to consider before buying a pre-owned watch... which is the subject of this week's Fratello Friday. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: 5 Watches With Diamonds That Men Can Actually Wear

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Yes, we're talking men’s watches with diamonds. No, don’t click away from this post just yet.  I am aware that this is a bit of a tricky subject, since most men don’t like to wear diamonds. However, a lot of men who love watches do have respect for the work that goes into diamonds — the cutting, polishing, setting, et cetera. … [Read more...]


WatchTime’s Top 5 Most Popular Watches on Instagram

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch in black ceramic with moon bkgd

Did you know that WatchTime has an Instagram page, in which we regularly post a plethora of watch images, from "soldier' shots provided by the brands to original photography by WatchTime's own expert photojournalists to live "wristies" snapped at watch fairs and events? Here are, currently, the top five most "liked" Instagram photos on our page... … [Read more...]


Dive Watch Specials: My 5 Top Dive Watches from Baselworld and Beyond

Omega Seamaster 300

Every year, Diveintowatches.com tries to cope with the rather difficult task of creating something like a "best in show" list of the new dive watches presented at the Baselworld watch fair. Scroll down to compare my top five dive watches from this year's Baselworld to my final list of top five dive watches from all the new models introduced this year. … [Read more...]


Mastering the Rolex Sky Dweller (With Video)

Rolex Sky-Dweller white gold

In the past half-century, since it launched its GMT-Master, Rolex has brought out just two new complications: the Rolex Yacht-Master II, in 2007, with a countdown yacht timer, and the Rolex Sky-Dweller, equipped with both a second time zone and an annual calendar, in 2012. In this feature from our Baselworld 2012 issue, we explain how the Sky-Dweller, and its innovative movement, work. … [Read more...]


First Watch: U.S. Presidents and Their Timepieces

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As the U.S. enters a new year with a new divided government, we felt it was the perfect time to share this feature on presidents and their watches from the WatchTime archives (December 2008). Click here to find out what brands graced the wrists and waistcoasts of our chief executives. … [Read more...]


Fratello Classics: 5 Rolex Watches Introduced at Recent Baselworlds

Rolex Sky-Dweller

While SIHH is about to start, the watch industry is also getting ready for Baselworld. Every year, as soon as the doors of the exhibition open, there is a run (literally) on the Rolex booth to see what's new from Geneva's luxury-watch giant. Here's a look back at some of the recent Baselworld Rolex introductions. … [Read more...]


WatchTime.com’s Top 10 Watch Reviews and Tests

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Watch Tests and Watch Reviews, all taken from the print edition of WatchTime magazine, are among our most popular features on Watchtime.com, so as we begin a new year, we're looking back at the watches our readers were most excited to see us put to the test. Below we count down our most popular watch tests and watch reviews, ranked by page views. (Number One may surprise you.) Which was your favorite? … [Read more...]


Dive Watches 101: Saturation Diving, Helium Valves, and “Extreme” Dive Watches

Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea - submerged

In the latest installment in our series on the basics of divers' watches, Diveintowatches.com explains why some dive watches have  built-in helium-release valves and why others don’t. We also explain why each type is perfectly OK, depending on the type of diving you do. … [Read more...]