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.

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

Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea - submerged

In another installment in our series on the basics of divers' watches, explains why some dive watches have  built-in helium-release valves and why others don’t. We also explain … [Read more...]

Expert Advice: Are You Buying Authentic Watches?

Fake Rolex Datejust - German writing on dial

I begin this article with a small confession. It's not something I'm proud of, but it is an example of how easy it is to be tricked. It was probably around 2003 when I started searching for an Oyster … [Read more...]

Dive Watches 101: What Did Divers Use Before Dive Watches?

Hard Hat Pocket Watch Case for divers

When Rolex and Blancpain launched their first wristwatches for divers in the early 1950s they did, in fact, create the archetype of the modern dive watch, thanks to the development of the … [Read more...]

First Watch: U.S. Presidents and Their Timepieces

John F. Kennedy with Omega Ultra Thin

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5 Affordable Rolex Watches for New Collectors

Rolex Submariner

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 … [Read more...]

The Watches of James Bond

Doctor No

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Officine Panerai — Milestone Watches From the First Panerai Radiomir to the Panerai Luminor “L’Astronomo”

WT Spotlight Panerai

Download this FREE article and expand your knowledge of 25 watches from Officine Panerai! Officine Panerai has a colorful history and many interesting watch models. WatchTime’s FREE Download, … [Read more...]

If You’ve Got a Boat, Regatta Watch: 5 Yachting Watches

Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio

The 2015 America's Cup begins in a few weeks, with British watch manufacturer Bremont as official timing partner and other brands sponsoring teams. In addition to sponsorships, some brands have … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: Discover 100 Years of Rolex Chronometers and Rolex Oyster Watches

First Rolex Datejust from 1945

Just over one hundred years ago, in 1914, the Kew Observatory in Great Britain granted a “Class A” chronometer certificate to a wristwatch for the very first time. This was a major achievement for … [Read more...]

Dive Watches 101: Bracelet Extensions vs. Flexible Straps

Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 submerged

Depending on where you plan on diving, chances are that you will wear a wetsuit or, in some cases, even a dry suit. Both increase your wrist size substantially, which is why a dive watch usually … [Read more...]

8 Celebrity-Owned Watches That Rocked the Auction Block

Elvis Presley's Omega Constellation Calendar

Few factors can increases the value of a vintage watch quite like its once having belonged to a celebrity. Whenever a watch owned by a famous or historic figure goes on the block at auction houses … [Read more...]

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy, Part 6: IWC Portugieser

IWC Portuguese Anniversary - gold

Last week we covered the Rolex Day-Date; this week we come to a watch my grandfather owns, a piece he wears intermittently between his favorite orange Toy Watch and an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. (Is … [Read more...]

Feeling Blue: 21 Watches With Blue Dials and Blue Straps

TAG Heuer 1887 Carrera Chronograph

Blue watches are one of the growing style trends seen in the watch world in the past few years — and on display at the watch shows in Switzerland and in the U.S.A. —, with blue-on-blue dial-strap … [Read more...]

Antimagnetic Attraction: Testing the Rolex Milgauss

Rolex Milgauss

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 … [Read more...]

Advice for Collectors: How to Buy Pre-Owned Watches

Omega Speedmaster Professional Snoopy

The market for pre-owned items is huge. The success of websites like Craigslist, AutoTrader and so on are a testimonial. And the wristwatch market is no exception. Although a wristwatch is often a … [Read more...]

On Sale Now: WatchTime September-October 2015 Issue

WatchTime Sept-Oct 2015 Cover - Rolex

The September-October 2015 issue of WatchTime is on newsstands now (and also in the WatchTime online shop), featuring our test of the Rolex Cellini Time, a tour through Breguet's most historic … [Read more...]

Dive Watches 101: The Basics of the Rotating Divers’ Watch Bezel

Citizen Promaster 1000 bezel - submerged

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Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy, Part 5: Rolex Day-Date

Rolex Day-Date - White gold Blue

For this fifth edition of Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy (you can check out part 4 here), we’re diving deep into what is, undoubtedly, one of the most iconic wristwatches of all time. This single … [Read more...]

Tudor Watches: Getting to Know the “Other” Rolex

Numerals on the dial are hand-painted.

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Advice for Collectors: Buying New vs. Vintage Rolex Watches

Rolex GMT-master - vintage

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The Climber’s Timer: Testing the Rolex Explorer I (With Video)

Rolex Explorer I

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Close-Up: Rolex Yacht-Master II in Stainless Steel (with Video)

Rolex Yacht-Master II - steel

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Opening Acts: Testing Entry-Level Watches from Rolex, IWC, and Panerai

Rolex-IWC-Panerai trio

In this triple-feature watch test our writer Alexander Krupp and photographer Nik Schölzel test a trio of entry-level timepieces from Rolex, IWC and Panerai that offer an entrance into the … [Read more...]

Buyer Beware: The Rise of Counterfeit Luxury Watches on the Internet

Confiscated Counterfeit Watches

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Watch Insider Asks: Which of These 5 Watches Would You Take to a Desert Island?


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Need for Speed: 13 Watches Inspired by Auto Racing

Chopard Superfast Chrono - front

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The Rolex Deepsea and 6 Other Extreme Dive Watches

Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea D-Blue

All divers' watches share certain characteristics that make them divers' watches: unidirectional rotating bezels, secure screw-down crowns, higher-than-typical water resistance. Some of these divers' … [Read more...]

Watches With Diamonds? Here Are Five That Men Can Actually Wear

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 5402B

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10 Watch Brands That Make Their Own Metals

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona - Platinum - angle

We're all familiar with the most popular materials for watch cases — steel, rose gold, titanium, et cetera. But what about Rolesium, Ceragold, and Powerlite? While many watch brand take great pride … [Read more...]

10 Things to Know About Rolex

10 Things to Know About Rolex

Rolex is the world’s most widely recognized luxury watch brand. That global recognition is the product of decades of success in a range of fields, from early timekeeping records to a string of … [Read more...]