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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 645 Brown leather strap Wonderful aged dial With its rare original 'Superoyster' crown Plexi glass Reference 6084 Serial number 709xxx Made in the 1950 Very rare! Wonderful conditions!

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    18kt yellow gold case ( diameter 32mm ) Automatic movement caliber 630 Brown leather strap Original gold buckle Wonderful original dial Plexi glass Reference 5011 Serial number 637xxx Made in 1948 Very nice conditions!

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    -Steel case ( diameter 36mm )-Automatic movement caliber 1570-Brown leather strap-Wonderful original dial with patina on indexes-Plexi glass-Reference 1016-Serial number 416xxxx-Made in 1976-Very nice conditions

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    -Silver and enamel case ( size 37mmx33mmx10mm )-Hand winding movement -Wonderful original two tones dial customized for 'Asprey'!-Plexi glass-Made in the '20s-Extremely rare model!-Very nice conditions

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    -Steel case ( diameter 36mm )-Automatic movement caliber 1030-Brown leather strap-Original steel buckle-Beautiful original gilt dial!-Plexi glass-Reference 6610-Serial number 168xxx-Made in 1956-Rare model!-Very nice conditions

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    -Steel case ( diameter 32mm )-Automatic movement caliber 9 3/4"'-Brown ostrich strap-Original steel buckle-Beautiful original dial with patina-Plexi glass-Reference 2940-Serial number 527xxx-Made in 1946-Nice conditions

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    -18kt yellow gold/steel case ( diameter 35mm )-Automatic movement caliber 1560-Brown crocodile strap-Original steel buckle-Rare black dial!-Plexi glass-Reference 1008-Serial number 774xxx-Made in 1961-Very nice conditions 

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    -Steel case ( diameter 34mm )-Automatic movement caliber 645-Brown leather strap-Original steel buckle-Extremely rare original two tones tapisserie dial!-Plexi glass-Reference 6084-Serial number 844xxx-Made in 1951-Very nice conditions

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    -Steel case ( diameter 36mm )-Original steel bracelet-Hand winding movement caliber 72B-Very rare original dark grey dial!-With chronograph-Plexi glass-Reference 6238-Serial number 964xxx-Made in 1963-Wonderful conditions

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    -Pink gold/steel case ( diameter 32mm )-Automatic movement caliber 9 3/4"'-Black crocodile strap-Original buckle-Wonderful and rare original radium dial!-Plexi glass-Reference 2940-Serial number 308xxx-Made in 1945-Rare model-Very nice conditions 

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    -Steel case ( diameter 34mm )-Automatic movement caliber 645-Black leather strap-Original steel buckle-Beautiful and rare original dial with patina!-Plexi glass-Reference 6084-Serial number 876xxx-Made in 1952-Rare model!-Nice conditions

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    -18kt yellow gold/steel case ( diameter 36mm )-18kt yellow gold/steel Oyster bracelet-Automatic movement caliber 1570-Beautiful and rare original black dial!-With date-Plexi glass-Reference 1601-Serial number 328xxxx-Made in 1973-Nice conditions

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