Rolex Watches – A Brief History

There’s a reason why Rolex watches are the creme de la creme of the watch world. This iconic luxury timepiece is the ultimate statement of wealth and success.

Every year 1 million Rolex watches are sold, but they can be hard to come by, usually scooped up by collectors alike.

This article will dive into some interesting facts about this luxurious watch, and why it’s the envy of many.

It’s crazy to think that the founder of Rolex, Hans Wilsdorf, was actually an orphan. First, his mother passed away and shortly after her death his father died; leaving Hans an orphan at only 12 years old.

But luckily all was not lost, he was left in the hands of his uncle who sold the family’s successful iron tools business. Because of this Hans and his siblings were placed in only the finest boarding schools and he received an excellent education.

Hans started off his career as an apprentice for an influential pearl exporting company and this was the beginning of his extraordinary journey as the founder of Rolex.

In 1900 Hans then took on a position at the Swiss Watchmaking firm of Messrs and was made the English correspondent and clerk. He worked with all grades of watches and ensured that all watches were accurate.

He also had to wind hundreds of pocket watches on a daily basis.

This is where he gained expert knowledge on how watches were produced.

In 1905, Hans Wilsdorf set up a business with Alfred Davis and they began to produce luxury timepieces at an affordable rate.

Funnily enough, this is what Hans had to say about coming up with the name Rolex:

“I tried combining the letters of the alphabet in every possible way. This gave some hundred names, but none of them felt quite right. It was one morning when I was sitting on the upper level of a double-decker powered at that time by horses, driving along Cheapside in London, that a good genie whispered in my ear: “Rolex.”

And that’s how the name Rolex was born; it was officially branded in Switzerland by Wilsdorf and Davis.

Back then pocket watches were all the rage, and wristwatches were frowned upon, but Wilsdorf made it his determination to make wristwatches popular.

Did he succeed?


In 1905 Wilsdorf received the biggest-ever order for wristwatches with Hermann Aegler.

From here on Rolex just grew from strength to strength.

Hans Wilsdorf died on July 6th 1960. To this day the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation owns and controls Rolex.


Why buy a Rolex?

Rolex is a brand that has stood the test of time. Not only are these watches expertly crafted, but they are a status symbol of wealth, class and success.

Rolex offers a variety of opulent pieces that cater to the fussiest of buyers’ needs. It’s truly a luxury piece that never goes out of style.

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