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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 red gold case ( diameter 34mm ) -Hand winding movement  -Black crocodile strap -Beautiful original dial -Small seconds -Plexi glass -Reference 3540 -Serial number 415xxx -Made in 1945 -Rare model -Very nice conditions!

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    -18kt yellow gold case ( diameter 36mm )-Automatic movement caliber A295-Black crocodile strap-Original yellow gold deployant-Wonderful original dial with patina-With date-Plexi glass-Reference 6075-Serial number 685xxx-Made in 1950-Very rare model-Wonderful conditions!

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    -Steel case ( diameter 40mm )-Steel Oyster bracelet-Automatic movement caliber 1570-Beautiful original gilt dial-With date-With GMT-Plexi glass-Reference 1675-Serial number 140xxxx-Made in 1966-Rare model-Very nice conditions!

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    -18kt yellow gold case ( diameter 36mm )-Hand winding movement caliber 1215-Brown crocodile strap-Original buckle-Argentee dial-Plexi glass-Reference 9919-Serial number 172xxxx-Made in 1967-Very rare model-Wonderful conditions!

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    -Steel case ( diameter 34mm )-Hand winding movement caliber 1210-Brown crocodile strap-Original steel buckle-Extremely rare textured, divided in four and 3-6-9 dial!-Plexi glass-Reference 6422-Serial number 273xxx-Made in 1957-Very nice conditions!

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    -Steel case ( diameter 34mm )-Automatic movement caliber 1030-Brown leather strap-Wonderful original dial with patina-Roulette date-Plexi glass-Reference 6534-Serial number 226xxx-Made in 1957-Rare model-Very nice conditions

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    -Steel case ( diameter 36mm )-Jubilee steel bracelet-Automatic movement caliber 3035-Argentee dial-With date-Plexi glass-Reference 16000-Serial number 927xxxx-Made in 1986-Very rare model made for Chevrolet, it has its emblem engraved on the back and its name on the guarantee!-Very nice conditions-With its original box and papers

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    -18kt yellow gold case ( diameter 35mm )-Hand winding movement caliber 088-Brown crocodile strap-Original buckle-White dial-Plexi glass-Reference 8952-Serial number 147xxx-Made in 1955-Rare model-Very nice conditions

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    -Steel case ( diameter 35mm )-Hand winding movement caliber 700-Black leather strap -Original steel buckle-Beautiful original dial-Plexi glass-Reference 4498-Serial number 601xxx-Made in 1948-Rare model!-Nice conditions

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    -18kt white gold case ( diameter 36mm )-Original 18kt white gold bracelet-Quartz movement caliber 5055-Argentee dial-With day and date-Sapphire glass-Reference 19019-Serial number 580xxxx-Made in 1978-Very rare model-Wonderful conditions-With its extremely rare original box!

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    -18kt pink gold case ( diameter 36mm )-Automatic movement caliber A296-Black crocodile strap-Original buckle-Rare and beautiful original black dial-With red date-Plexi glass-Reference 6105-Serial number 755xxx-Made in 1951-Rare model!-Very nice conditions

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    -18kt pink gold/steel case ( diameter 36mm )-Automatic movement caliber 1065-Brown crocodile strap-Original steel/pink gold deployant-Wonderful and rare original black dial-Roulette date-Plexi glass-Reference 6604-Serial number 355xxx-Made in 1957-Rare model-Very nice conditions

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