Imagine: way back in the early 20th century, pocket watches were the order of the Edwardian day. Wristwatches? Unheard of. But then came Hans Wilsdorf, a young Swiss watchmaker with an admirable visionary spirit, who was determined (along with his brother in law Alfred) to create and manufacture classic, reliable and aesthetically pleasing wristwatches.
And create he did. Today, Rolex has 28 affiliates worldwide, relies on roughly 4000 watchmakers in over 100 countries, and produces about 2000 watches per day, granting it the prestigious title of the world's largest single luxury watch brand. Rolex Watches, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, include a huge number of innovative designs such as the waterproof wristwatch (Rolex Oyster), wristwatches with a changing date (Roley Datejust), and the first wristwatch to show two time zones at the same time (Rolex GMT Master)...all three of which, by the way, are Rolex watches for men and women.
The leading watchmaking manufacturer even created a watch which stayed completely precise on a journey to the bottom of the Mariana Trench! Are there any cons to this fabulous brand, we hear you ask? Well, maybe, uh, the price. Though Rolex Watches prices vary depending on the model and material used, Antiques Roadshow's very own Reyne Haines estimated that Rolex Watches range from roughly ₤400 to a whopping ₤46, 500. If your budget stretches that far, Rolex Watches are without a doubt the brand to go for if you're after a timeless, reliable and classic piece, destined to travel through generations. Why not opt for the famous Rolex Daytona? Or perhaps you'd prefer a member of the Quartz range?
And for those of you hoping to save on the spending (you're definitely not alone!), there's no need you walk away empty-handed. Since 1946, a much less expensive range has been on offer under the Tudor brand name and makes a great, cheaper alternative to other full-range Rolex watches.