Rolex’s history is closely linked to that of its founder Hans Wilsdorf.
Hans Wilsdorf was a visionary who foresaw a century of change. Convinced that water resistance would turn the wristwatch into a must-have for everyone, he launched the Oyster in 1926. Aware of the importance of records and discoveries, he tested his watches under extreme conditions in the company of sportspeople and explorers of the 20th century. Rolex’s innovations have indelibly marked the history of global watchmaking and bear witness to its founder’s unending quest for excellence.