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5 Things you didn't know about Rolex

Saturday 15th November, 2014 by Daniel Johnson

Owning a pre-owned Rolex is becomoing ever more popular, there's an old cliche that you should 'own a rolex from the year of your birth'. The younger you are the cheaper this gets because as the saying goes 'the old ones are the best'. We all know Rolex watches are pornography for the wealthy and succesful but here's a couple of things you might not have known;

● Rolex was actually founded in London (in 1905) Hans Wildorf  was trying to flog watches to the British Empire, but Hans moved the business to Geneva, Switzerland in 1919.

● The most popular vintage Rolex, and actually the rarest is the Paul Newman Oyster Cosmograph Daytona, which was produced in 1979. Named after the famed actor, the Paul Newman models feature acrylic domed crystals.

 Paul Newman Daytona Rolex

● Why does every watch need 'water resistant' or 'waterproof on it? Basically it's snobbery, but in the past it was for practical reasons. The first real waterproof watch, the Rolex Oyster, was produced in 1926, ever the clever marketer Mr Rolex used British swimmer Miss Mercedes Gleitze model the watch whilst attempting to swim the English channel. She failed. But the watch didn't. You'll see the image of the pre-production watch in the banner up the top of this article - notice no crown logo? - It wasn't created until after that was made (early 1930's).

● Some things on watches are just there for marketing and flash appeal...unlike it being necessary for a watch to keep water out and not seize up, the Rolex day date has less humble and practical beginings. So every one makes great watches, right? Yeah? "Well look at my watch it has the date AND the day" - oooooh. Snob appeal, the Rolex Day Date.

● Ever heardf of a The Rolex Comex 1680? You probably won't have, and if you see one in granddads drawer - get it.- the last one sold for around $250,000.  It was created in 1978 for French deep-sea diving company Comex S.A. Only 50 of these watches were made, and many of the “surviving” models have been altered.

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