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Rolex Objets d'Art and Vertu

While the rise in popularity of vintage Rolex watches is of no surprise to aficionados, collectors and industry experts, when it comes to contemporary luxury wristwatches, Rolex is also often the first brand that springs to mind. Not only is the company revered for its precision timekeeping and impeccable craftsmanship, but its name was designed to be memorable.

Rolex's 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 aforementioned 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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Rolex Agenda with Green Leather Cover
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Agenda with Green Leather Cover - Green Saffiano leather Rolex agenda cover with tonal stitching throughout, 2 small slit pockets, embossed brand stamp at cover and elasticize...
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20th Century Rolex Objets d'Art and Vertu

Rolex Green Tablet Case for Ipad or Samsung Tab 4
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Green Tablet Case for Ipad or Samsung Tab 4 - Rolex green BaselWorld 2016 tablet case with adjustable size bar to fit iPad, iPad 2, or Samsung Tab 4. Includes box. Length: 11.2...
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21st Century and Contemporary Rolex Objets d'Art and Vertu

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Vintage Rolex 14k Yellow Gold Rolex Watch Ref. 8214
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Baguette Skeleton Clock "Pocket Watch" Ref 557
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Jorg Hysek Rollerball Grey Black Pen - . New- Old stock Black textured metal body pen. 5 inched long with a camel color leather case. Original Jorg Hysek black box.
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Jorg Hysek Rollerball Black Pen
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Jorg Hysek Rollerball Black Pen - . New- Old stock Black textured metal body pen. 5 inched long with a camel color leather case. Original Jorg Hysek black box.
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Beautiful Vintage Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos Black Fish Marina Clock 526
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Van Cleef & Arpels Travel Clock and Pen Set
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Rolex Ballpoint Push Pen
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Rolex Ballpoint Push Pen - Green/ Silver Rolex pen with blue ink. Pre-owned with Rolex box. Measures 5.5 inches. Beautiful novelty gift.
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Rolex Ballpoint Push Pen
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Rolex Ballpoint Push Pen - Green/ Silver Rolex pen with blue ink. Pre-owned with Rolex box. Measures 5.5 inches. Beautiful novelty gift.
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1980s Rolex yellow gold Bezel Wall Clock
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Authentic Rolex Leather Keychain
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Black Rolex Ball Point Pen
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Black Rolex Ball Point Pen - Slim black Rolex twist pen with gold accents. Blue ink. Total length 5.5 inches. Pre-Owned with DeMesy box.
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Rolex Ball Point Pen with Blue Ink
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Rolex objets d'art and vertu for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs has a range of Rolex objets d'art and vertu available. This collection contains 2 pieces as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 21st Century and Contemporary. Many customers also consider objets d'art and vertu by Vacheron Constantin, Montegrappa and Patek Philippe... Rolex objets d'art and vertu can vary in price depending on gemstone, time period, and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $590 and tops out at $1,050, while pieces like these can sell for $820 on average..

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