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A history of the Rolex company and its most successful models

The history of the Rolex company, its success and its fame are based on the sporty watches being a cornerstone of this famous brand. These watches are reliable, sturdy and feature an unmistakable design.

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Therefore, it may now be useful to offer an overview of some of these watch models. Everybody loving Rolex watches, be they pre owned Rolex or brand new, may find here some information on the most successful models made available by the Geneva-based company:

Oyster case, 40 mm, steel and platinum
The Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master is an elegant, classy and sporty watch model, symbolizing the special bond existing between the Rolex company and the sailing world since the 1950s. This is the only Professional model within the Oyster collection to be available in three sizes: 40, 35 and 29 mm respectively.


Submariner Date
Oyster case, 40 mm, steel
The Oyster Perpetual Submariner model is the underwater watch par excellence and an absolute benchmark in the field. It was presented in 1953, when underwater sports were in their infancy and it was the first watch model to be water resistant up to 100 meters underwater. This historical timepiece was further perfected through a series of innovations patented by the Rolex company, warranting its trustworthiness and precision up to 300 meters underwater. Being vital underwater, where it remains an essential instrument, the Submariner model conquered the mainland as well, becoming the essential watch for active people and a symbol of solidity and elegance.

GMT-Master II
Oyster case, 40 mm, steel
The GMT-Master model, presented in 1955, was developed to answer the needs of those airline pilots being active on international routes. The GMT-Master II, made available in 2005, is a further evolution of this model and is focused on the needs of everybody moving over long distance in his or her line of work. This model features a graduated two-direction bezel featuring a 24-hour scale and an independent 24-hour hand allow travellers to read the time in three different time zones, two of which can be consulted simultaneously.


Sea-Dweller 4000
Oyster case, 40 mm, steel
How Rolex conquered the depths.
When, in 1988, the Hydra VIII mission of the Comex (Compagnie Maritime d’Expertises) company established the world record in scuba diving on the high seas, reaching a depth of 534 meters, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller Chronometer model was the official watch for the expedition and a part of the official standard equipment of the Comex company, a world leader in underwater engineering.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller Chronometer model is the only one the scuba divers of the company trust during their ultra-deep saturation dives, when the timing of each stage is of the essence. This is the watch the divers have carried out thousand of underwater missions in extreme conditions with. This legendary model, which became an instrument to conquer the depths thanks to its helium discharge valve patented by the Rolex company, is proposed in its new version nowadays, benefiting from the most advanced technical innovations the Rolex company employs, while keeping the iconic aesthetics of the original model.


Cosmograph Daytona
Oyster case, 40 mm, steel
The Cosmograph Daytona model, made available on the market in 1963, was designed to answer the needs of professional drivers. Its patented chronographic movement and its bezel featuring a graduated speedometer allow drivers to gauge their average speed up to 400 kilometres per hour (or in miles per hour, at their discretion). This model is iconic, and both its name and functions connect it with the worlds of sports and high performance since its design and creation.



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  1. phu nu channel
    January 30, 2019 / 2:13 am

    Amazing Article. I will wating for your next article in the next time.

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