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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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    -18kt yellow gold case ( diameter 36mm )-18kt yellow gold President bracelet-Automatic movement caliber 3055-Black dial-With day and date-Sapphire glass-Reference 18038-Serial number 752xxxx-Made in 1982-Very nice conditions

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    -Steel case ( diameter 40mm )-Steel Oyster bracelet-Automatic movement caliber 1570-Wonderful and rare original 'Long E' dial!-With date-With GMT-Plexi glass-Reference 1675-Serial number 198xxxx-Made in 1969-Wonderful conditions

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    -Steel case ( diameter 38mm )-Steel Oyster bracelet-Automatic movement caliber 1580-Argentee dial-Plexi glass-Reference 1019-Serial number 613xxxx-Made in 1980-Wonderful conditions-With its rare original full set!

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    -18kt pink gold case ( diameter 32mm )-Automatic movement caliber 9 3/4-Brown crocodile strap-Wonderful and rare Dragon cloisonné dial!-Plexi glass-Reference 3131-Serial number 472xxx-Made in 1946-Rare model-Very nice conditions!

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    -18kt yellow gold case ( diameter 36mm )-Automatic movement caliber 1556-Black leather strap-Original gold buckle-Rare 'Wide Boy' dial-With day and date-Plexi glass-Reference 1803-Serial number 308xxxx-Made in 1972-Wonderful conditions

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    -Steel case ( diameter 40mm )-Original steel bracelet-Automatic movement caliber 1570-Beautiful original red written Mark IV dial!-With date-Plexi glass-Reference 1680-Serial number 267xxxx-Made in 1971-Wonderful conditions-With its rare original box, a second brown bezel, a leather strap with original buckle and two service booklets from the '70s!

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    -Steel case ( diameter 40mm )-Steel Oyster bracelet-Automatic movement caliber 1570-Wonderful original black dial with patina-With date-Plexi glass-Reference 1680-Serial number 583xxxx-Made in 1978-Very nice conditions-With its rare original box and papers!

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    -Steel case ( diameter 40mm )-Original steel bracelet-Automatic movement caliber 1570-Wonderful and very rare original 'Radial Dial'!-Extremely rare all red gmt hand-Plexi glass-Reference 1675-Serial number 530xxxx-Made in 1977-Wonderful conditions

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    -Steel case ( diameter 36mm )-Automatic movement caliber A296-Brown leather strap-Wonderful and extremely rare original dial with depth!-Plexi glass-Reference 6298-Serial number 172xxx-Made in 1956-Rare model-Wonderful conditions!

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    -Steel case ( diameter 36mm )-Automatic movement caliber 1530-Brown leather strap-Original steel buckle-Wonderful and rare original dial with patina!-Plexi glass-Reference 5504-Serial number 370xxx-Made in 1958-Very rare model!-Wonderful conditions

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    -18kt yellow gold case ( diameter 32mm )-Hand winding movement caliber 69-Brown crocodile leather strap-Beautiful original champagne dial-With chronograph-Plexi glass-Reference 3834-Serial number 62xxx-Made in 1940-Extremely rare model!-Wonderful conditions

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    -Steel case ( diameter 36mm )-Original steel bracelet-Automatic movement caliber A260-Beautiful original Radium dial-Plexi glass-Reference 6202-Serial number 950xxx-Made in 1953-Very rare first serie with its particular Lollipop seconds hand!-Very nice conditions!-With an extremely rare guarantee from 1953 not filled

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