The History of Rolex Watches

Rolex has been a name synonymous with luxurious, sophisticated, high-quality timepieces for over 100 years. Today, when we think of a Rolex watch, words such as durability, style, precision, and reliability all spring to mind. Here we explore the true history of Rolex watches, why this iconic brand remains so popular today, and where you can buy pre-owned Rolex watches for yourself or a loved one.

The Beginning of Rolex Wristwatches

The history of Rolex watches first began in 1905 when Hans Wilsdorf founded a company specializing in the distribution of elegant timepieces in London. Wilsdorf was born in Germany but spent much of his youth in Switzerland. He moved to England in his early 20s, where he began training in the watchmaking industry. His studious nature allowed him to learn all he could about the craft before launching his very own business.

Wilsdorf's vision was to combine precision and reliability with luxury and elegance in high-end wristwatches. This was a game-changer in a world where large pocket watches were still in use, and although a few wristwatches (or wristlets as they were once known) did exist, they were mainly worn as fashion statements rather than for their accuracy. They were also regarded as slightly effeminate. Rolex watches for men would change the perception of watches forever, making them a much sought-after accessory on a global scale.

Wilsdorf made it his mission to create wristwatches that were not only masculine and fashionable but also highly reliable too. His dream became a reality in 1909 when the Rolex brand we now know and love was born. The idea behind the name was that it was short, easy to remember, and simple to pronounce in any language. Indeed, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone in the world today who isn’t familiar with the Rolex brand. 

Wilsdorf equipped his classic yet masculine timepieces with small, accurate movements manufactured by a Swiss watchmaking company. This would cement Rolex wristwatches in the minds of his customers as a brand of style and sophistication, but most importantly, to his vision, accuracy, and precision. 

Rolex then opened an office in Geneva and another soon after in Switzerland, which became the headquarters of the company. In 1931, Rolex invented and patented the world’s first self-winding mechanism with a perpetual rotor. This inventive system is still at the heart of every modern automatic watch today!

Reinventing Rolex

The rich history of Rolex wristwatches has meant the brand is as highly sought-after today as it was over a century ago. Rolex wristwatches are crafted from the finest raw materials and made with meticulous attention to detail. The focus of Rolex watches has always been on quality every step of the way. In fact, most of the metal used in Rolex wristwatches is forged in Rolex’s own in-house foundry to ensure only the best quality materials are used for its products. 

Rolex also put its watches through rigorous checks to ensure quality. For example, the new generation Oysterlock bracelet and clasp used on Professional Rolex models underwent over 20 different types of drop tests during its development. It was also immersed in tanks of chlorine and salt water with added sand, where it was opened and closed thousands of times, proving that the mechanism could stand up to nature’s harshest conditions.

One of the reasons why Rolex wristwatches became so popular was due to their high quality and durability, and this is still the case today. With robust construction and no unnecessary complications, they are built to last. Features like waterproof housings, chronometer certifications, automatic winding mechanisms, and date windows mean a Rolex does everything you need it to, and it does it perfectly for decades, looking incredible as it does so.

The core design of Rolex wristwatches has changed little over the years, with any changes being extremely conservative. However, this is part of their appeal. There is no need to change something that is already perfect. Additions in the form of precious metals and stones have only strengthened the brand’s luxury and quality credentials. To that end, they are instantly recognizable all over the world. A Rolex today is as sturdy, reliable, and stylish as one made 100 years ago. In short, they are timeless, which is what makes them so desirable.

 Rolex Watches Today

Rolex wristwatches are not only seen as high-quality timepieces – but also an investment. Since the 1950s, the average price of a new Rolex has steadily increased year over year. The fact of the matter is people are prepared to pay for a real Rolex, which is why pre-owned Rolex watches hold great appeal, not only for their good looks and sleek design but for their market value.

Today, Rolex’s influence goes far beyond simply making high-quality wristwatches. Rolex’s philanthropic work shows that, as a brand, it recognizes the real need to look after our planet. Every year, the Rolex Awards for Enterprise awards individuals whose projects expand our knowledge of the world and improve the quality of life for everything that lives on the planet. With climate change and sustainability at the forefront of many people’s minds, this work will no doubt cement Relex’s reputation for future generations.

Rolex only sells a limited number of each new release, and with this scarcity comes greater popularity. Around the world, waiting lists are getting longer for those looking to own a new Rolex wristwatch. Tracking down a piece of Rolex history fresh off the production line can be a real challenge, which is where pre-owned Rolex watches come into their own. It allows you the chance to get your hands on rare or discontinued models. A discontinued model will almost certainly appreciate in value over time, so pre-owned Rolex watches are a worthy investment.

Where Can You Buy Pre-Owned Rolex Watches?

At Tyson’s Watch & Jewelry Exchange, we specialize in offering our customers the highest quality pre-owned Rolex watches for remarkably low prices. All of our pre-owned Rolex watches undergo a rigorous inspection process conducted by experienced authenticators, jewelers, and watchmakers. Contact us today for more information on men’s Rolex watches for sale.