The Rolex Caliber 1520 / 1530

The Next Generation In 1957, Rolex set about replacing their 1000 series of calibers. These were the first family of movements created entirely in-house by the manufacturer. It also introduced the next generation. Rather than launching the 1500 series in a great sweeping confusion across the board, they phased them in gradually over a number of years. […]

The Rolex Caliber 1160/1161

In The Beginning The Rolex 1160 Caliber ran alongside the various iterations of the hugely popular 1500 series for a number of years. Rolex have always preferred to gradually phase in replacements for their calibers, rather than with a sudden, jarring leap. In the seventies, the 1500 series went through a similar process itself when Rolex superseded […]

The Most Popular Rolex Watches of the 1990s

By the start of the nineties, the name Rolex had become inextricably linked with notions of success and achievement. While there are some that give the company’s marketing department the lion’s share of the credit, the brand’s faultless public image had been established first and foremost on the back of an exceptional range of products. […]

Iconic Rolex Sports Watches

There are two very distinct sides to the Rolex lineup: the Rolex dress watches and the Rolex sports watches. Whereas by nature, dress watches are designed to look great, but Rolex sports watches are designed to look great and to serve a specific purpose. In fact, all Rolex sports watches began as a purpose-built tool […]

The Most Popular Rolex Watches of the 1980s

A Decade of Redemption Between the rise of the yuppie, the larger than life cultures in music and fashion, and the general ‘greed is good’ mentality of wanton excess, the 1980s can seem like the decade subtlety forgot. After the relative drabness and austerity that characterized the 70s, the 80s were all about color and […]

The Rolex Caliber 1555/1556

It will seem strange to anyone with even a passing acquaintance with Rolex that the fiercely self-sufficient Swiss watchmaking giant didn’t start manufacturing its own calibers until 1957. Until then, the movements in its ever expanding and increasingly popular catalog had been sourced from the likes of long-term partner Aegler. That all changed with the […]

The Most Popular Rolex Watches of the 1970s

As the 1970s began, Switzerland’s almost total dominance of the watchmaking industry was suddenly faced with its biggest challenge to date. Since the end of WWII, they had been enjoying a virtual monopoly, producing mechanical wristwatches that were so far in front of any other nation in terms of style, innovation and accuracy that they […]

The Rolex Caliber 3055

Modern Rolex movements are variations on the theme of a handful of base calibers, with the company systematically upgrading components as technology progresses or adding functionality where needed. For a brand that produces as many watches as Rolex, it makes sense not to have to reinvent the wheel every time a new model is launched. […]

The Most Popular Rolex Watches of the 1960s

Aspirational Vintage Rolex Timepieces The 1950s had been a decade of incredible inventiveness and creativity for Rolex. It saw the Swiss giants bring us a series of watches that would become benchmarks. Not just for the brand itself, but for watchmaking in general. Names such as the Submariner, the President, and the GMT-Master represented the […]

Don’t do Counterfeit Rolex

Two Types of Buyers of Fake Rolex Watches As we have covered here before, counterfeit watches are big business with the Swiss watchmaking industry. It is estimated that tens of millions of counterfeit (a.k.a. knock-off) watches flood the market every year creating billions dollars in revenue. There are two types of buyers for fake Rolex watches: Those […]

The Rolex Caliber 2130/2135

Rolex’s second generation of their in-house 2000 series calibers first appeared in 1983. As scaled down versions of some of their most trusted and widely-used movements, specially engineered to power their range of women’s watches, the Cal. 2130 and 2135 replaced the initial Cal. 2030/35 that had found success inside the Ladies Oyster Perpetual, as […]