Rolex
In 1905 Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law Alfred Davis founded "Wilsdorf and Davis" in London.Their main business at the time was importing Hermann Aegler's Swiss movements to England and placing them in quality watch cases made by Dennison and others. These early wristwatches were sold to jewellers, who then put their own names on the dial. ...
In 1905 Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law Alfred Davis founded "Wilsdorf and Davis" in London.Their main business at the time was importing Hermann Aegler's Swiss movements to England and placing them in quality watch cases made by Dennison and others. These early wristwatches were sold to jewellers, who then put their own names on the dial. The earliest watches from Wilsdorf and Davis were usually hallmarked "W&D" inside the caseback. In 1908 Wilsdorf registered the trademark "Rolex" and opened an office in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.The company name "Rolex" was registered on 15 November 1915. The word was made up, but its origin is obscure. Wilsdorf was said to want his watch brand's name to be easily pronounceable in any language.He also thought that the name "Rolex" was onomatopoeic, sounding like a watch being wound. It was also short enough to fit on the face of a watch.One story, never confirmed by Wilsdorf, is that the name came from the French phrase horlogerie exquise, meaning "exquisite clockwork". The book The Best of Time: Rolex Wristwatches: An Unauthorized History by Jeffrey P. Hess and James Dowling says that the name was just made up. In 1914 Kew Observatory awarded a Rolex watch a Class A precision certificate, a distinction which was normally awarded exclusively to marine chronometers. In 1919 Wilsdorf moved the company to Geneva, Switzerland where it was established as the Rolex Watch Company. Its name was later changed to Montres Rolex, SA and finally Rolex, SA.The company moved out of the United Kingdom because taxes and export duties on the silver and gold used for the watch cases were driving costs too high. Upon the death of his wife in 1944, Wilsdorf established the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation in which he left all of his Rolex shares, making sure that some of the company's income would go to charity. The company is still owned by a private trust and shares are not traded on any stock exchange. In December 2008 the abrupt departure of Chief Executive Patrick Heiniger, for “personal reasons”, was followed by a denial by the company that it had lost SwFr1 billion (approx £574 million, $900 million) invested with Bernard Madoff, the American asset manager who pleaded guilty to an approximately £30 billion worldwide Ponzi scheme fraud.NB WE REMIND YOU THAT A LOT OF OUR WATCHES ARE SOLD BY US FOR OUR CUSTOMERS...THIS MEANS THAT IF YOU WANT TO COME IN OUR SHOP TO SEE ONE OF THEM YOU HAVE TO CONTACT US TWO OR THREE DAYS BEFORE IN ORDER TO LET US TO HAVE THE TIME TO BRING THERE THE WATCH!
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    Steel case ( diameter 34mm ) Automatic movement caliber 1530 Brown leather strap Wonderful and very rare 3-6-9 original aged dial ( Explorer face! ) Plexi glass Reference 5500 Serial number 369xxx Made in the 1958 Wonderful conditions!

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    Steel case ( diameter 32mm ) Automatic movement caliber 9 3/4" Brown leather strap Beautiful dial with the passing of time signs Plexi glass Reference 2940 Serial number 403xxx Made in the 1945 Nice conditions!

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    Steel/Yellow gold case ( diameter 32mm ) Automatic movement caliber 9 3/4"' Brown crocodile strap Rare 'Tropical' dial Plexi glass Reference 2940 Serial number 374xxx Made in the 1945 Nice conditions!

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    Steel/Red gold case ( diameter 34mm ) Hand winding movement caliber 1210 Brown crocodile strap Wonderful and rare original honeycomb dial! With its rare original crown with the '+' Plexi glass Reference 6023 Very rare model! Serial number 860xxx Made in the 1953 Wonderful conditions!

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    Steel case ( diameter 34mm ) Steel Oyster brecelet Automatic movement caliber A260 Wonderful and rare original honeycomb dial With its original 'Superoyster' crown Plexi glass Reference 6108 Serial number 826xxx Made in the 1951 Rare model! Very nice conditions!

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    Steel/Yellow gold case ( diameter 36mm ) 18kt yellow gold/steel brecelet  Quartz movement caliber 5035 Champagne dial With date Sapphire glass Reference 17013 Serial number E17xxxx Made in the 1990 Wonderful conditions! With box and papers!

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    Steel case ( diameter 36mm ) Automatic movement caliber A296 Vintage style brown leather strap Wonderful original aged dial with the rare red 'Datejust'! With date Plexi glass Reference 6305/2 Rare particoular bezel Serial number 790xx Made in the 1955 Very nice conditions!

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    Steel case ( diameter 34mm ) Hand winding movement caliber 9 3/4"' Beautiful brown leather vintage style strap Wonderful original aged dial Plexi glass Reference 6082 Serial number 828xxx Made in the 1951 Rare model! Very nice conditions!

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    Steel case ( diameter 36mm ) Elastic Oyster steel brecelet Hand winding movement caliber 72B Wonderful and rare original black dial With chronograph Plexi glass Reference 6238 Serial number 107xxxx Made in the 1964 Rare model Wonderful conditions!

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    Steel case ( diameter 35mm ) Automatic movement caliber A296 Vintage style brown leather strap Wonderful and rare original honeycomb dial Plexi glass Reference 6298 Serial number 930xxx Made in the 1953 Rare model Very nice conditions!

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    Steel case ( diameter 35mm ) Original steel Oyster brecelet  Hand winding movement caliber 1225 Black dial With date Plexi glass Reference 6694 Serial number 223xxxx Made in the 1969 Rare model, it has 'Fuerza Aerea del Perù' engraved in the back outside and the last three numbers of the serial code engraved in the inside! Wonderful conditions!

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    18kt rosè gold case ( diameter 34mm ) Automatic movement caliber A260 Brown leather strap Wonderful original white honeycomb dial Plexi glass Reference 6290 Serial number 998xxx Made in the 1954 Rare model Wonderful conditions!

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