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Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in London in 1905, Rolex is renowned for creating functional, high-tech, and high-performance professional timepieces. Each Rolex timepiece is equipped with small, precise movements manufactured by a Swiss watchmaking company in Bienne. In 1910, a Rolex watch was the first wristwatch in the world to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision. Thus the Rolex timepiece is synonymous with precision.
When buying a Rolex watch, it's always positive if the watch is accompanied by its original papers. The documentation will have the serial number printed, and if you can match the serial number on the Rolex papers with the box, it will likely be an authentic watch. However, even Rolex papers can be faked. The very best way to authenticate a Rolex watch is to have it examined by an official Rolex retailer.
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Identifiable features may include a Rolex crown at 12 o'clock, Arabic and Roman numerals, or classic hour markers in geometric shapes. On all current date models, except for the Sea-Dweller, the crystal will have a glass bubble or 'cyclops' attached and positioned over the date, with the purpose of magnifying. Rolex is responsible for inventing the world's first waterproof timepiece, known as the Oyster, in 1926. Whether crafted in 904L steel, 18 ct gold, or 950 platinum, the Oyster case remains a symbol of strength and durability. The winding crown seals the case while enabling one to adjust the watch's essential functions, such as time and date. Several other iconic Rolex models include the Perpetual watch of 1936, the Datejust of 1945, and the Daytona in 1963.
Together with Patek Philippe, Rolex is often the highest watchmaker on high-end watch auctions. There are many remarkable Rolex watches sold at auction; below is a top 3 list of the most expensive ever sold.
1. Rolex Daytona, ref. 6329 "Exotic", personally owned by Paul Newman. Sold in 2017 for $17.8 million.
2. Rolex Daytona, ref. 6265 "Unicorn". Sold in 2018 for $5.9 million.
3. Rolex Daytona, ref. 6329 "Big Red", personally owned by Paul Newman. Sold in 2020 for $5.5 million.
The easiest and most reliable way to check the serial number of a Rolex watch is simply to go to a Rolex retailer. All official Rolex retailers have complete data on Rolex serial numbers, and they can very accurately tell you the year when the watch was produced by checking the serial number in their database. Another way is by doing an online search of Rolex serial numbers. If you already know the serial number of the watch, then there are several sites online that can help you find information about the watch by typing in the serial number. This could, in some rare cases, be incorrect. Hence, the most reliable alternative is to talk with a Rolex retailer.
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Our Watch specialist graduated from Columbia with a degree in Fine Arts and has been a collector of watches for over 40 years. He is a distinguished writer and has published various horological articles in The Bulletin of The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors been a featured writer in various collections of books. Throughout the past twenty years he has practiced as an appraiser and a curator of horological exhibitions.