One of the most powerful and influential watch brands in history is Rolex. Founders Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis had their headquarters in Switzerland. Since the beginning of their production Rolex created beautiful design watches with great resistance, endurance and functionality. Their collections were created for extreme conditions such as deep-sea diving, hiking and aviation among other extremes. During the course of time the models changed from different materials and different styles. When one talks about pricing it can vary from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars depending on the watch model.
The company was founded in 1905 as a London Branch and the original name of the company was Wilsdorf & Davis which later became the Rolex Watch Company.
Back in time close to World War II there was a period in which Rolex started creating a specimen of watches in a more elegant manner. One of its greatest is Rolex Prince Elegante, one of the inspirational art deco watches of the 1940s. At the time it had a price of 1850 GB Pounds, it is a duo-dialed watch because of the separated second register, and it is so exact that even doctors used it to count the patient's heartbeats. It was at this time that the watches took a rectangular shape, unregularly seen in a Rolex because of its iconic circular shape that include diamond decoration, quartz movements and other aspects that helped the multibillion dollar company Rolex SA to get its name on the top of the greatest manufacturing watch company in the whole world. Even today the duo-dial Prince is one of the most emblematic vintage Rolex watches in the market if it is well preserved and in good condition.
Rolex is a renowned wristwatches and accessories brand, known for their quality, exclusivity and cost. During the long history of the brand it became a status symbol.
The early wristwatches were sold by the company to jewelers in Great Britain, the dial was marked then with their names and appeared on the counter. The earliest watches from the company of Wilsdorf and Davis were usually marked
W&D inside the caseback.
The trademark name
Rolex was registered in 1908 by Hans Wilsdor in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland during 1908. The Wilsdorf &Davis company moved out of Great Britain in 1912 due to taxes and export duties on silver and gold metals which increased the price.
The collection of Exceptionally Beautiful Diamond pieces was made by Rolex in the period of 1920s and 1930s. The items were with hand-wound mechanism and fitted with Silk Moire straps for the evening. The pieces made during that period are very special and reflect all the glamour of the Art Deco Period.
You can find pieces on auctions from that period for £10,000 to £18,000 and you can be lucky to get it for £ 8,000 - £14,000. You can find more expensive items from later periods, but the price depends on the decoration and material it's made of.