The Rolex Caliber 5035

You can forgive the Swiss watchmaking industry for dragging its feet when the quartz era dawned. An industry centuries in the making, they had brought mechanical timepieces to an unheard of level of sophistication. They forged movements that were both at the cutting edge of technology and a highly expressive art form. By comparison, the […]

The Rolex Caliber 3155

While it may have the reputation for never letting the grass grow under its feet in terms of technical development, Rolex could never be accused of tinkering with its designs just for the sake of it. If they develop a significantly improved process or system or material that will genuinely add something to one of […]

The Rolex Caliber 2230/2235

In 1999, Rolex began the transition from their highly successful Caliber 2130 series of calibers, the second generation of movements crafted specifically for the ladies’ watch range, and started the role out of its replacement, the Caliber 2230. Although the earlier series, from its launch in 1983, had gained the distinction of the highest first […]

The Rolex Caliber 3185

What’s in a wobble? Well, according to the most diehard of luxury watch collectors, it is whether or not the 24-hour hand on a vintage Rolex GMT model twitches slightly when the time is adjusted. This is a very big deal. It is the quickest way to identify whether an Explorer II ref. 16570 or GMT-Master […]

The Grail Watch Series: Sea-Dweller

There are a number of pieces in the Rolex stable that have earned the epithet ‘iconic’ over the years—timeless examples of design and engineering virtuosity that have lifted the brand far above the status of mere watchmakers. Models such as the Submariner and the Daytona can easily lay claim to being in such exclusive company. […]

The Most Popular Rolex Watches of the 2010s

When marketing executives face looming deadlines, calling their newest charge ‘the Rolls Royce of…’ is an easy and dependable fallback to successfully demonstrate a product of unassailable quality. The Silver Cross pram is the ‘Rolls Royce of baby strollers’. Chef and professional potty mouth Gordon Ramsey cooks the ‘Rolls Royce of beef Wellingtons’ at the […]

A Short History of Men’s Wristwatches

Following on from our post documenting the origins of the wristwatch for women, here we chart what could be easily described as ‘The Much Shorter History of the Men’s Wristwatch’. Depending on what version of events you believe, the invention of the wristwatch can be credited to Abraham Louis-Breguet, he of the Breguet overcoil fame, […]

The Most Popular Rolex Watches of the 2000’s

Fortunately, or perhaps unfortunately for a mechanical watchmaker, the world wasn’t plunged back into the pre-technological dark ages at the stroke of midnight on Dec 31st 1999. While a real Y2K bug might well have seen Rolex’s customer base grow even more, at the dawning of the new millennium, it was difficult to see how […]

The Rolex Caliber 3000

One of the Simplest Movements The Rolex Caliber 3000 family started to appear in 1977. The movement phased out the first of the brand’s entirely in-house manufactured range of movements, the 1500 series. It was an extended process, with the two groups running simultaneously for a number of years. It wasn’t until 1990, for example, […]