Rolex, a Swiss watch manufacture headquartered in Geneva, is recognized the world over for its expertise and the quality of its products.
Its Oyster and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige.
A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house every component of its watches. Through philanthropic programmes and a broad palette of sponsorship activities, Rolex is actively involved in supporting arts, sports, science and exploration, as well as the conservation of natural environments.
The origins of Rolex can be traced back to Britain. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in London 1905, the brand pioneered the development of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations. In 1914, the Kew Observatory granted Rolex a “Class A” precision certificate – the very first time this distinction, usually reserved for marine chronometers, was awarded to a wristwatch. In 1915 the Rolex Watch Company Ltd was incorporated in London before a move to Geneva in 1919 established the home of Rolex today. In 1926 an English secretary, Mercedes Gleitze, became the first Rolex Testimonee when she swam the English Channel wearing the world’s first waterproof wristwatch, the Rolex Oyster.
In the decades since, Rolex has continued to support the work of pioneering individuals, organisations, institutes and events in the pursuit of excellence. For more information please visit rolex.com and rolex.org.
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