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History & Watchmaking

About Rolex Watches

Wearing a Rolex watch enables entry into a world of unlimited possibilities.

Rolex’s story began when founder Hans Wilsdorf created the first waterproof wristwatch – the Oyster – and developed into a range of timepieces that have become icons of watchmaking. Discover Rolex watches on the wrists of pioneers, artists, athletes and visionaries and journey to the very highest summits and the deepest part of the oceans.

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Rolex watches are designed and built to last thanks to the dedicated watchmakers, designers and engineers whose skills and knowledge are transferred into each and every Rolex timepiece. Rolex is proud to present the work of these outstanding specialists.

Pioneer in the development of the wristwatch, the brand is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations.

Rolex has registered over 500 patents in the course of its history. Few companies have been so consistently identified with the pursuit of excellence, the quest for the absolute, the discovery of original approaches and innovative solutions.

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