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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 40mm ) Automatic movement caliber 1570 Brown leather vintage style strap Original gold buckle Beautiful original black dial With date Plexi glass Reference 1680/8 Serial number 572xxxx Made in the 1978 Nice conditions!

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    Steel case ( diameter 36mm ) Original Oyster steel bracelet Automatic movement caliber 1570 Wonderful and rare original glossy gilt dial Plexi glass Reference 1016 Serial number 138xxxx Made in the 1966 Wonderful conditions!

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    Steel case ( diameter 32mm ) Beautiful steel anonymous bracelet Hand winding movement caliber 710 Beautiful original dial Plexi glass Reference 4127 Serial number 258xxx Made in the 1943 Rare model! Very nice conditions

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    18kt pink gold case ( diameter 37mm ) Automatic movement caliber 9 3/4 Brown crocodile strap Original pink dial With small seconds Plexi glass Reference 4134 Serial number 253xxx Made in the 1943 Extremely rare model! Very nice conditions!

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    18kt yellow gold/steel case ( diameter 36mm ) Rare 18kt yellow gold/steel original elastic bracelet Hand winding movement caliber V.23 Wonderful original dial With chronograph Plexi glass Reference 4500 Serial number 616xxx Made in the 1948 Extremely rare model Wonderful conditions!

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    Steel case ( diameter 35mm ) Original steel Oyster bracelet Hand winding movement caliber 1211 Rare UAE dial Plexi glass Reference 6426 Serial number 353xxxx Made in the 1973 Very nice conditions!

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    Steel case ( diameter 31mm ) Beautiful original elastic steel bracelet Hand winding movement caliber 10.5' Wonderful original dial With small seconds Plexi glass Reference 2280 Serial number 769xx Made in the 1936 Very nice conditions

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    Steel case ( diameter 34mm ) Original steel bracelet Automatic movement caliber 1030 Wonderful original 3-6-9 honeycomb dial Plexi glass Reference 6564 Serial number 250xxx Made in the 1956 Wonderful conditions

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    Steel case ( diameter 40mm ) Steel Oyster bracelet Automatic movement caliber 3085 Wonderful and extremely rare cream dial ( rail ) With date With date GMT Sapphire glass Reference 16550 Serial number R27xxxx Made in the 1988 Wonderful conditions With its original box and papers!

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    Steel case ( diameter 40mm ) Steel Oyster bracelet Automatic movement caliber 1575 Wonderful original maxi dial With date Rotating bezel Plexi glass Reference 1680 Serial number 342xxxx Made in the 1973 Wonderful conditions

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    Steel case ( diameter 40mm ) Rare american Jubilee Bracelet Automatic movement caliber 1560 Wonderful original dial With date With GMT Rotating bezel Plexi glass With its original small seconds hand Reference 1675 Serial number 101xxxx Made in the 1964 Very nice conditions!

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    Steel case ( diameter 37mm ) Hand winding movement caliber 722 Brown leather strap Argentee dial With chronograph Push button Plexi glass Reference 6239 Serial number 165xxxx Made in the 1967 Very nice conditions!

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