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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 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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    -Steel case ( diameter 36mm )-Jubilee steel bracelet-Automatic movement caliber 1570-Original argentee dial-With date-Plexi glass-Reference 1601-Serial number 249xxxx-Made in 1970-Rare model made only for the Japanese market in which the dial is without tritium and the tritium on the hands is blacked!-Nice conditions

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    -18kt red gold case ( diameter 34mm )-Automatic movement caliber 1560-Blue crocodile strap-Original buckle-Wonderful original dial with long indexes-With date-Plexi glass-Reference 1503-Serial number 978xxx-Made in 1963-Stunning conditions

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    -Steel case ( diameter 40mm )-Steel Oyster bracelet-Automatic movement caliber 1520-Wonderful and rare original 'Pre-Comex' dial!-Plexi glass-Reference 5513-Serial number 522xxxx-Made in 1977-Rare model!-Wonderful conditions

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    -18kt yellow gold case ( diameter 36mm )-Automatic movement caliber 3035-Brown crocodile strap-Original gold buckle-White dial-With date-Sapphire glass-Reference 16008-Serial number 804xxxx-Made in 1989-Very rare reference!-Like new-With its original box and papers!

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    -18kt yellow gold case ( diameter 36mm )-Automatic movement caliber 1570-Brown leather strap-Original gold buckle-Wonderful original grey dial-With date-Plexi glass-Reference 1601-Serial number 372xxxx-Made in 1974-Very nice conditions!-With its original full set!

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    -Steel case ( diameter 34mm )-Automatic movement caliber A260-Brown leather strap-Wonderful original honeycomb dial with patina!-Rare original '+' crown-Plexi glass-Reference 6085-Serial number 766xxx-Made in 1951-Rare model-Wonderful conditions!

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    -Steel case ( diameter 38mm )-Steel Oyster bracelet-Automatic movement caliber 1580-Wonderful and extremely rare dial with blacked tritium ( Cern Dial )-Plexi glass-Reference 1019-Serial number 163xxxx-Made in 1967-Stunning conditions-With its original box, COSC and guarantee!!!

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    -Steel case ( diameter 40mm )-Steel Oyster bracelet-Automatic movement caliber 1570-Wonderful original MkIV dial with patina!-With date-Plexi glass-Reference 1665-Serial number 501xxxx-Made in 1977-Wonderful conditions! 

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    -Steel case ( diameter 35mm )-Steel original Oyster bracelet-Automatic movement caliber 645-Wonderful and rare original black Underline dial!-Plexi glass-Reference 6107-Serial number 825xxx-Made in 1962-Very rare reference!-Wonderful conditions

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    -18kt pink gold case ( diameter 36mm )-Automatic movement caliber A.295-Brown crocodile strap-Original pink gold buckle-Wonderful original dial-With date-Plexi glass-Reference 4467-Serial number 460xxx-Made in 1946!-Extremely rare reference!-It's the first Datejust ever made-Museum conditions!!!

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