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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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    18kt yellow gold case ( diameter 36mm ) Automatic movement caliber 1556 Brown leather vintage style strap Wonderful original light blue enamel dial With Day-Date Plexi glass Reference 1803 Serial number 277xxxx Made in the 1971 Very nice conditions!

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    Steel case ( diameter 36mm ) Steel Jubilee bracelet Automatic movement caliber A296 Wonderful original black dial Rotating bezel Plexi glass Reference 6202 Serial number 950xxx Made in the 1953 Rare model Wonderful conditions!

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    Steel/18kt yellow gold case ( diameter 40mm ) Steel/18kt yellow gold bracelet Automatic movement caliber 3035 Black dial With date Rotating bezel Sapphire glass Reference 16803 It is the first model of sapphire glass Submariner, done for a few years! Serial number 963xxxx Made in the 1986 With its original box and papers!

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    18kt rose gold case ( diameter 36mm ) Automatic movement caliber A296 Brown crocodile strap Wonderful and rare dial with 'hearth' indexes and red 'Datejust'! With date With its rare crown with the '+' Plexi glass Reference 6305/1 Serial number 748xx Made in the 1955 Rare reference Very nice conditions!

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    18kt yellow gold case ( diameter 40mm ) Automatic movement caliber 3035 Blue NATO strap The dial is changing color becoming what it is called 'Ghost Dial'! With date Sapphire glass Reference 16808 Serial number 655xxxx Made in the 1981 Very nice conditions!

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    Steel case ( diameter 40mm ) Steel Oyster bracelet Automatic movement caliber 1570 Beautiful original dial With date Rotating bezel Plexi glass Reference 1665 Serial number 622xxxx Made in the 1980 Nice conditions

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    Steel case ( diameter 38mm ) Automatic movement caliber 1030 Vintage style brown leather strap Wonderful original black dial Rotating bezel Plexi glass Reference 6536/1 Serial number 229xxx Made in the 1956 It is one of the models called 'James Bond' Very nice conditions!

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    Steel case ( diameter 36,5mm ) Steel Oyster bracelet Hand winding movement caliber 13'' Wonderful original dial With chronograph Plexi glass Reference 6234 Serial number 130xxx Made in the 1955 Very nice conditions!

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    18kt yellow gold case ( diameter 36mm ) 18kt yellow gold President bracelet Quartz movement caliber 5055 Beautiful black dial With day-date Sapphire glass Reference 19018 Serial number 650xxxx Made in the 1980 Rare model with quartz movement! Very nice conditions!

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    Steel case ( diameter 36mm ) Original steel bracelet Automatic movement caliber A296 Wonderful original honeycomb dial Plexi glass Reference 6428 Serial number 411xxx Made in the 1958 Extremely rare reference Very nice conditions!

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    18kt grey gold case ( diameter 36mm ) 18kt grey gold President bracelet Automatic movement caliber 1556 Beautiful original black dial With day-date Plexi glass Reference 1803 Serial number 368xxxx Made in the 1974 Very nice conditions!

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    Steel case ( diameter 40mm ) Original steel Oyster bracelet Automatic movement caliber 1570 Wonderful and rare original 'Rail Dial' With GMT With date Plexi glass Reference 1655 Serial number 382xxxx Made in the 1974 Very nice conditions!

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