Rolex is a Swiss luxury watchmaker. The company and its subsidiary Montres Tudor SA design, manufacture, distribute and service wristwatches sold under the Rolex and Tudor brands. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis in London, England in 1905 as Wilsdorf and Davis, Rolex moved its base of operations to Geneva, Switzerland in 1919.
Among the company's innovations are:
The first waterproof wristwatch "Oyster" in 1926
The first wristwatch with an automatically changing date on the dial in 1945
The first wristwatch case waterproof to 100 m (330 ft) in 1953
The first wristwatch to show two time zones at once in 1954
The first wristwatch with an automatically changing day and date on the dial in 1956
Rolex engineers were instrumental in design and implementation of quartz movement technology during the late 1960s and early 1970s
Rolex was also the second watch company to create a water resistant wristwatch that could withstand pressure to a depth of 330 feet (100 m)
The first self-winding Rolex wristwatch was offered to the public in 1931
Rolex have produced specific models suitable for the extremes of deep-sea diving, caving, mountain climbing, polar exploration and aviation.
Below are some of the recent Rolex models on offer across the internet:
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