The Most Popular Rolex Watches of the 2010s

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 […]

The Five Main Men’s Datejust Models

The Five Main Men’s Datejust Models

The Rolex Datejust is undoubtedly the brand’s signature model. With its round Oyster case, metal bracelet, and of course, date window at 3 o’clock with the accompanying Cyclops magnification lens, the design of the men’s Datejust is so iconic, it’s easy to spot. A part of the Rolex catalog since 1945, there have been countless […]

A Short History of Men’s Wristwatches

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

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 […]

Examining the Men’s Two-Tone Oyster Perpetual

Examining the Men’s Two-Tone Oyster Perpetual

While today, only stainless steel versions of the Oyster Perpetual are available, this wasn’t always the case. Take for instance the men’s two-tone Oyster Perpetual models. Although these particular two-tone Rolex watches are no longer in production, there are a few interesting examples in the secondary market. Let’s delve into some vintage and retro references […]

The Most Popular Rolex Watches of the 1990s

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. […]

The Rolex Caliber 1555/1556

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

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

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 Rolex Caliber 2130/2135

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 […]

The Most Popular Rolex Watches of the 1930s

The Most Popular Rolex Watches of the 1930s

With the dawn of the 1930s, the world suddenly found itself facing an almighty hangover following the carefree hedonism of the Roaring Twenties. The Wall Street crash of October 24th 1929 ushered in the era known now as the Great Depression, the longest and most severe economic slump ever suffered by the industrialized world. But […]

The Rolex Caliber 3035

The Rolex Caliber 3035

The 1960s was a golden age for Rolex and saw the company in full swing, launching a number of its most important and enduring creations—in both the watches themselves and in the movements that powered them. Of these, the 1500 series of calibers stand out as enduring classics and are still very much revered by […]