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Rolex Desk Accessories

ROLEX (SWITZERLAND)

Ask anyone, anywhere, to name a luxury watch brand, and the answer will probably be “Rolex.” This enviable worldwide recognition can be credited in part to the genius of company founder Hans Wilsdorf. When the German-born watch dealer and his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis, set up their London enterprise, in 1905, they called it Wilsdorf & Davis, according to the traditional formula.


But Wilsdorf was determined to come up with another name that was short, would look good on a watch dial and was easy to say and remember in several languages. In 1908, he trademarked the name Rolex, and by 1920, he had moved the company to Geneva and redubbed it as Montres Rolex S.A.


But the main reasons for the brand’s success are its commitment to precision and unflagging pursuit of innovation. In 1926, the company introduced the aptly named Oyster model. With a screw-down crown and case back, both fitted with rubber gaskets, this was the first truly waterproof watch.


Five years later, Rolex upped the ante with the Oyster Perpetual. That model’s patented Perpetual movement contained a rotor mechanism enabling it to self-wind. In another trendsetting move, in 1945, the brand debuted the Datejust, with a date window prominently displayed on the dial.


The company’s two most iconic models are sports watches. Although the Submariner, which debuted in 1953, was developed as a dive watch, its waterproof case, solid construction and good looks made it a favorite of adventurers and urbanites alike, including James Bond, who wore it in classics like Dr. No and Goldfinger. The Daytona, the racing chronograph made famous by Paul Newman, is especially sought after by collectors. Newman’s personal Daytona, which hit the auction block in 2017, sold for $17.8 million.


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Vintage Rolex Grey Marble Watch Display, 1970
By Rolex
Located in Munich, DE
Marble watch display marked with golden letters by Rolex, 1970s.
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1970s Swiss Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rolex Desk Accessories

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Marble

100th Birthday Rolex Gold Coin Set Hans Wilsdorf, 1881-1981
By Rolex
Located in CH
Rolex gold coin Hans Wilsdorf Was coined for the 100th birthday of the Rolex founder in 1981 Full set incl. Lead pencil (probably 14 carat gold, 3 grams) Set comprising: 10 ...
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1980s Swiss Art Deco Vintage Rolex Desk Accessories

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Vintage Rolex Grey Marble Desk Accessory, 1970
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Marble bowl marked with golden letters by Rolex , 1970.
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