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Rolex Vintage Collection

When Hans Wilsdorf founded Rolex in London in 1905 he wanted to coin a name that could be pronounced in any European language & one that would elegantly grace the dial of a watch. His plan worked, and what he created has risen to become arguably the most iconic and recognised timepiece brand in the world today.  But Rolex’s reputation does not stand, by any measure, on its name alone. It is a brand built by Wilsdorf on a principle of quality and excellence. 

In 1910 a Rolex wristwatch was the first to be granted the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision and four years later one was awarded a class “A” precision certificate by Kew Observatory in London. Never one to rest on his laurels, Wilsdorf continued to forge ahead with innovations. It is for these pioneering innovations that the company is celebrated both for its men’s watches and women’s watches.  Not for showy rebellions but quietly and meticulously creating mechanisms which, once created, have little changed or improved, only in areas which enhance the timepiece’s abilities and longevity such as material and manufacture techniques.

 In 1926, the ‘Oyster’ was launched as the first dust and waterproof watch. The following year, Wilsdorf sponsored the English Channel swim of Mercedes Gleitze and pinned an Oyster watch to her swimsuit, where it remained for the full 10 hour crossing, and still kept perfect time.  In 1931 came the Oyster Perpetual, the mechanism of which proved that Rolex had perfected the self-winding mechanism.  These watches, strapped to wrists of explorers and racing drivers, were given the toughest quality tests imaginable and still kept perfect time.  In 1945 came the Datejust, a self-winding watch with the first a separate date window, and with it the first Jubilee bracelet strap.

It was with Rolex that Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hilary’s team equipped themselves for their ascent of Everest and the iconic Oyster Perpetual Explorer was created in celebration.  This was also the year of The Submariner, a watch waterproof to a depth of 100 meters and with a numbered bezel to allow a diver to keep track of their immersion time.  This watch, admired by Ian Fleming, was worn by his most famous spy creation and is sometimes better known as the James Bond Submariner.  The 1950s also brought three of the most popular and collected Rolex models: the GMT-Master in 1955, designed for transcontinental pilots with a two-tone red and blue bezel for day and night time hours and known as the ‘Pepsi watch’,  and in 1956 the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date and the Oyster Perpetual Milgauss, the latter adopted by the scientific community at CERN for its ability to withstand strong magnetic fields and keep perfect time.

These classic pieces of the 1950s established the inimitable look of a Rolex watch and, continuing to chart man’s progression in science, sport and exploration the 1960’s brought further innovations. The 1963 Daytona Cosmograph was created for those speedway racing drivers with its a tachymetric scale on the bezel for calculating average speed. And the 1967 came the Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller, waterproof and tested to a depth of 600m.  Since this diving watch, Rolex has taken timepieces to deeper depths and their production is just one way that Rolex’s manufacturing methods prove their worth:  while most manufactures test by air pressure chambers, Rolex take sits watches through full water testing.  Other ways in which their manufacture, sets Rolex watches apart is in the fact that almost every piece of every watch is manufactured in house even down to the 18 carat yellow and white golds and their Everlast rose gold.  When it comes to their womens watches and mens watches embellished with diamonds, they test every single stone despite their estimation that only 2 in 20 million are discarded. It is the quality of production which means that a Rolex is a true investment.  From these classic models, to the more unusual and limited edition design such as the Kermit Submariner and the Hulk Submariner, there are plenty to chose from.  Take a look at the Open for Vintage Rolex collection to find your perfect timepiece and.
To find out more, read 5 facts you should know about this iconic brand on The Journal.

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Rolex Cellini White Gold & Pink Ladies Watch

Size : Frame H 2cm — W 2.5cm — Length 15-18.5cm(6 adjustment holes)
CHF 1 811.63 CHF 1 908.68

Rolex Oyster Precision Ref.6426 Silver Unisex Watch

Hand-winding, made in Switzerland S
CHF 1 902.21 CHF 1 999.26

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Just Ref.1601 Rare Model in Yellow Gold

Size: Case H 4.5cm × W 3.5cm × length 16cm
CHF 4 587.30 CHF 4 677.88

Rolex 16233 Datejust Stainless Steel Vintage Watch

Rolex 16233 Datejust watch with white face and stainless steel case and gold bezel
CHF 4 328.49 CHF 4 529.07

Rolex Chameleon Three Strap Mint Green Vintage Watch

Vintage Rolex Chameleon watch in mint green with two extra straps in red and black.
CHF 2 594.51 CHF 2 717.44

Rolex Date Just two tone ladies vintage watch

Diamonds on dial with smooth bezel
CHF 10 876.23

Rolex Yacht Master two tone vintage ladies watch

Mid Size ladies Rolex
CHF 9 828.08

Rolex Datejust stainless steel and yellow gold vintage mens watch

Jubilee bracelet and diamonds on face
CHF 12 131.43

Rolex Daytona two tone vintage mens watch

18k gold & stainless steel with Oyster bracelet
CHF 14 434.78

Rolex Explorer II stainless steel vintage mens watch

Stainless steel with black face
CHF 6 644.79

Rolex GMT master II 18k gold vintage mens watch

18K gold with black face
CHF 28 733.70

Rolex Daytona 18k gold vintage mens watch

Rolex Daytona 18k gold vintage mens watch
CHF 25 886.85

Rolex Datejust vintage ladies watch with diamond bezel

Rolex Datejust vintage ladies watch with diamond bezel
CHF 6 916.53

Rolex Explorer II after market black mens watch

Unusual Rolex Explorer II in after market matte black
CHF 9 420.46

Rolex Oyster perpetual date ladies watch

Vintage Rolex Oyster perpetual date ladies watch
CHF 3 390.33

Rolex Oyster perpetual date ladies watch

Rolex Oyster perpetual date ladies watch
CHF 4 406.14

Rolex ladies vintage watch

Rolex Date Just ladies watch
CHF 4 406.14

Rolex Oysterdate ladies vintage watch

Stainless steel Rolex Oysterdate ladies watch
CHF 3 733.25

Rolex Cellini gold vintage ladies watch

Rolex Geneve Cellini ladies watch
CHF 3 189.76

Rolex Oyster Petpetual stainless steel vintage ladies watch

Rolex vintage ladies watch set in diamonds with pink dial
CHF 5 079.03

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust vintage ladies watch

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust with Diamond Bezel
CHF 7 647.65

Rolex gold oval diamond set face ladies vintage watch

Rolex oval diamond set face and bezel ladies watch with gold strap
CHF 10 106.29

Rolex Oysterdate Precision vintage mens watch

Rolex stainless steel Oysterdate Precision date only
CHF 4 412.61

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