A Rolex timepiece is a work of art. Its weight is balanced, its detail is meticulous, and it has a comfortable feel, class, and distinction. It is assembled by hand with the utmost care in order to ensure exceptional quality.
Rolex believes in maintaining long-standing commitments with organizations, exceptional individuals, events, and institutions. It does this in domains as varied as exploration sports arts and culture, science, and education.
They are manufactured using the choicest raw materials and built with meticulous detail. Every component of the Rolex is designed, engineered and produced to the most exacting standards.
What you wear often distinguishes you from the person beside you and from the crowd. Most times, it will give you access to places you would not ordinarily be allowed to enter. Such a fact can prevail when one wears a watch such as Rolex.
In this post, we will look at the cost of Rolex watches in South Africa. We will also consider the history of the company and what the name means.
Prices of Rolex in South Africa
These are the prices of Rolex in South Africa.
- Rolex Submariner Men’s Watch Model – R542 900.00
- Rolex Submariner Date Blue Dial Steel & Gold Men’s Watch – R230 000.00
- ROLEX Submariner Automatic Black Dial Men’s – R32 999.00
- Rolex Submariner Date 40mm Steel & Gold Men’s Watch – R230 900.00
- Rolex Datejust Gold And Steel Gold Automatic Men’s Watch – R212 900.00
The History of Rolex
The Rolex story started when its founder Hans Wilsdorf created the first waterproof wristwatch. It was known as the Oyster. Consequently, it developed into a trend of timepieces that have become representations of watchmaking.
Since then Rolex has attained an enviable position on the wrists of artists, athletes, and visionaries. It also traveled along with mighty men to the highest heights and to the deepest part of the oceans.
In 1905, Hans Wilsdorf’s visionary spirits, at the age of 24 founded a London company. His company dealt with the distribution of timepieces usually worn around the neck by a chain or held in a pocket.
He had a dream of a watch that could be worn on the wrist, used for elegant dressing, and more precise timing. During this time timepieces were not so reliable because of the lack of precision. Hans Wilsdorf won the heart of the public. He did this by equipping his timepieces with very precise movements that were then manufactured by a Swiss watchmaking company.
The Name Rolex
In 1908, Hans Wilsdorf combined the letters of the alphabet in every possible way. According to him, this gave him about a hundred names that did not have anyone that sounded quite right.
“One morning, while riding on the upper deck of a horse-drawn omnibus along Cheapside in the City of London, a genie whispered ‘Rolex’ in my ear.” There was a need for Hans Wilsdorf to christen his watches a name that was short and easy to say and remember in any language. A name that looked good on watch movements and the house, was satisfied.
In 1910, the Rolex watch was awarded the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision. It was granted by the Official Watch Rating Centre in Bienne – the first in the world. This was the success of relentless research and experiment for chronometric precision.
Four years later, in 1914, a Rolex wristwatch was awarded a class “A” precision certificate by Kew Observatory. Until this time, such assertive was reserved exclusively for marine chronometers. This word skyrocketed the reputation of the Rolex wristwatch, making it synonymous with precision.
Rolex later moved to Geneva in 1919 and was registered there as Montres Rolex S. A., A city known internationally for watchmaking.
In 1926, Rolex marked a major milestone by creating the first waterproof and dustproof wristwatch. It was named “Oyster,” and in 1927 the Oyster, worn by a young English swimmer – Mercedes Gleitze, while crossing the English Channel. At the end of the 10-hour swim, the watch remained in perfect working condition.
In 1931, Rolex invented the world’s first-ever self-winding mechanism with the Perpetual rotor. This technology ran on the activity of the wrist which caused the rotor to rotate back-and-forth. The result was the winding of the mainspring that powers the watch. Every modern automatic watch only exists today because of the ingenuity and inventiveness of Rolex.
Over and over, Rolex recognized formidable opportunities to test, fine-tune, and showcase the technical capability of the Oyster in different arenas. One such opportunities was that of flying over Mount Everest. All crewmembers were satisfied with the performance of the watches. Also in the world of sports, evasion, motor racing and expeditions, Rolex found an opportunity to showcase its watches’ countless technical attributes.
In September 1935, Sir Malcolm Cambell was at the wheel of Bluebird wearing a Rolex watch. The “king of speed” set a record speed of over 300 mph at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
After he broke the world speed record nine times between 1924 and 1935, Sir Malcolm Cambell made a declaration. He stated his satisfaction at the performance of his Rolex that had gone through strenuous conditions.
The Datejust was birthed in the year 1945. It was the first self-winding wrist chronometer to indicate the dates in the window of the dial. It was a watch from class. This pillar of Oyster collection was equipped with a custom created Jubilee bracelet.
This design made it immediately recognizable as a Rolex. It was immediately available for men and was available for women after a decade.
In 1953, professional watches that were not only meant for time telling began to be developed by Rolex. These pioneering watches were meant for activities such as deep-sea diving, aviation, mountain climbing, and scientific exploration.
Over time the lasting enthusiasm of Rolex users made it the watch for achievers. In the same year, Rolex also launched the Submariner which was the first divers watch. It was waterproof to a depth of 100 meters, and also allows divers to read their immersion time.
How can I buy a Rolex?
Moving on from the numerous milestones that Rolex has surmounted, let’s look at how one can buy a Rolex.
A new and genuine Rolex wristwatch is exclusively sold by an official Rolex Retailer. These official Rolex retailers have the technological know-how and scale to warrant the authenticity of your Rolex. They also ensure that the customer of the Rolex enjoys a five-year international guarantee.
With these pieces of information, you know how much a Rolex costs in South Africa. You also know the origin of the company and how these classic timepieces came about.