The Future Grail Series: The Oysterquartz Datejust

Rolex’s reluctant flirtation with the world of quartz technology was not as short lived as the number of pieces it produced would suggest. Starting with the special edition ref. 5100 Beta-21 in the early 70s, a more or less prototype model powered by a consortium-built movement, the brand soon split from the syndicate known as […]

Future Classics: The Rolex 5100 Beta-21

There are a number of experts in all things horology who are drawing a direct comparison between the modern threat to fine mechanical watchmaking posed by the massive Smartwatch invasion, and that of the 1970s quartz crisis. Although those dark days of the past were relatively short-lived, the damage they wrought decimated the Swiss industry […]

The Rolex Caliber 4030

The story of the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is a story almost dominated by its movements. The original Daytona was Launched in 1963 and powered by a manually wound caliber from Swiss ébauche manufacturer Valjoux. This was possibly the closest Rolex had ever come to experiencing failure. The buying public was well used to the convenience […]