A brief history of Rolex Watches

Rolex is one of the most famous names in thenicewatch.co.uk. The company’s iconic crown logo enjoys ubiquitous brand awareness. The Genevan maison can trace its routes back to 1905, when Hans Wilsdorf established a company in London, distributing timepieces.

Rolex is the leading name in luxury watches for over a century. With headquarters based in Geneva Switzerland, Rolex prides itself with its distribution in over 100 countries.

Having always been a brand associated with sporting excellence – the credentials of these achievements began in 1927 when Mercedes Gleitze swam across the channel. Rolex today is a supporter and partner of top sporting and cultural events across the world.

Goldsmiths has unrivalled distribution of Rolex stock in the UK and whilst not available online we have a number of stockists throughout the UK. To find your nearest stockist please click on the Rolex image above.

OMEGA WATCHES

Omega replica watches have provided the world with several progressively advanced timepieces since 1885, and their accuracy has earned them the reputation as official timekeeper of the Olympic Games. Omega watches are renowned for durability and precision, and celebrated for their elegant yet sporty design. Sponsored by actors, actresses, models, and athletes such as George Clooney, Nicole Kidman, Cindy Crawford, Ian Thorpe, Michael Shumacher, and olympian Michael Phelps, Omega appeals to a variety of individuals with its broad selection of functionality and style. Omega is among the leaders in the industry for mens, ladies, automatic, and quartz timepieces. Omega watches have been worn on the surface of the moon and the bottom of the ocean. Most recently, Omega has revolutionized the automatic watch with the advent of the coaxial mechanism. AuthenticWatches.com is proud to offer the largest selection of Omega authentic watches including the Planet Ocean, Seamaster, Speedmaster, Constellation, Aqua Terra, Deville, Double Eagle, Aqua Terra Railmaster, Quadra, Quadrella, Omegamania.

THE OMEGA SEAMASTER RANGE

THE OMEGA SEAMASTER RANGEThe Omega Seamaster range of watches was introduced in 1948, and ever since then, the Seamaster collection has been the reference point for divers’ watches. A combination of innovative design, technology and style has assured the Omega Seamaster is the most desirable timepiece for any diving enthusiast.

THE OMEGA SPEEDMASTER RANGE

THE OMEGA SPEEDMASTER RANGEThe Omega Speedmaster range includes the first watch to be worn on the moon, a mission that had absolutely zero margin for error. Adding to the collection’s impeccable feat is the Speedmaster Racing Collection which is widely used by motorsport professionals worldwide. You can be confident a speedmaster is one of the most precise watches around.

THE OMEGA CONSTELLATION RANGE

THE OMEGA CONSTELLATION RANGEThe Omega Constellation range of ladies and gents Swiss replica watches blends contemporary style with Omega’s precision and beauty. This desirable range of watches exudes class and sophistication. Each Omega Constellation watch is characterised by the unique star symbol located at the 6 o’clock position.

THE OMEGA DE VILLE RANGE

THE OMEGA DE VILLE RANGEOmega De Ville watches are elegant, sophisticated and opulent, yet still contain the precise technology that earned Omega their reputation as one of the leading Swiss watch manufacturers. The De Ville range includes the De Ville Co-Axial the first Omega to have an in house Co-Axial mechanical movement.

ROLEX REPLICA OYSTER PERPETUAL ROLEX DEEPSEA (REFERENCE 116660)

Rolex replicaIn 1998 I purchased my first quality wristwatch, a Rolex Replica Submariner Date (reference 116610) in stainless steel with a black dial and corresponding black bezel.The watch cost £2120 and was purchased from Mappin & Webb, Manchester. I felt at the time, the purchase was the culmination of my professional achievement and a worthy reward for my efforts.The Submariner provided faithful service for many years without mishap or protest, reliably performing its duties.

In 2009, I saw the new Oyster Perpetual Rolex Replica Deepsea (model 116660) with a resplendent ceramic bezel. The seduction was instant and I had to have it!In the heat of the horological passion that ensued, I foolishly tried to mitigate my financial exposure and decided that I should part with my beloved, faithful Submariner Date. My rationale at the time was that it was aesthetically similar to the Deepsea.

This decision making process was flawed as I later learnt. To part with any Rolex Replica sports model of yesteryear is foolhardy as values seem only to increase with time. This poor decision was further compounded by other collectors informing me of my mistake.

Background to my purchase

I purchased the Oyster Perpetual Rolex Replica Deepsea in 2009 from an authorised Rolex Replica retailer in North West England for the list price at the time of £5,760 including VAT.The Submariner is an icon that has always seemed applicable to the era it finds itself in. Whilst fashion has rendered other watches old-fashioned or sometimes kitsch, the Submariner has a timeless quality like the Porsche 911 or the Montblanc Meisterstuck 149 Fountain Pen.The Deepsea at first glance looks like a larger cased version of the Submariner, however, closer examination reveals subtle differences which delight me.

The case

The case is 44mm in diameter in contrast to the smaller Submariner (40mm), suiting my large physical frame.Rolex Replica manufactures the case from a high grade of stainless steel, 904L, typically reserved for the chemical industry where corrosion resistance is critical.The Oyster case is unique to Rolex Replica and in combination with a “Triplock winding-crown”, is legendary for its ability to prevent ingress of water and dust.

When diving at great depths, divers will acclimatise within a diving bell to increase their tolerance to the pressures at the working depth.On returning to the surface, great pressure within the watch case could result in the watch glass popping out as the pressure returns to atmospheric levels, hence a helium valve is fitted to release the pressure and prevent damage.

The combination of the Oyster case (with patented Ringlock system) and helium valve ensure the watch is waterproof to 3,900 metres (12,800 feet).“Shoulders” adjacent to the crown provide it with protection from impact.The bezel is ceramic, a new development for Rolex Replica in 2009, it has subsequently been adopted on the Submariner in 2010 too. The ceramic disc within the bezel is referred to by Rolex Replica as “Cerachrom”. This material provides great legibility and the unidirectional bezel adjusts (turning counter-clockwise only).The upper surfaces are brushed stainless steel whilst the sides are highly polished stainless steel. The case back is made of titanium alloy.

The movement

The Chronometer has COSC certification and the dial confirms this with those lovely words; “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified”.The automatic movement has proved equally accurate when compared with my faithful Submariner.The date changes precisely at midnight unlike some other brands where the date change process is more protracted.

The dial

The dial shares its appearance with the classic Submariner with a black dial and contrasting white text and indices. The bezel too is black with similar contrasting white detail.
The Deepsea has additional text on the circumference of the dial stating “Original Gas Escape Valve” (at the top of the dial) and “Ring Lock System” (at the base of the dial). This is a major area of differentiation with the Submariner model.

The Deepsea does not have the “Cyclops” above the date but the date is still easily read.The luminous indices, hands and zero marker on the bezel, glow a wondrous aquamarine colour as the ambient light diminishes into darkness.

The bracelet

The bracelet features a stainless deployant but with the additional feature of a “Fliplock” which is an extension link that folds into the clasp, aiding divers who wish to wear the watch over a diving suit.

The level and ease of adjusting the bracelet is breathtaking, allowing the owner to size it perfectly for comfortable wearing on the wrist.

The “Glidelock” is a relatively recent invention by Rolex Replica which allows fine adjustment using a centre panel on the clasp in combination with small teeth.The bracelet looks even better than my old Submariner bracelet and that looked like new when we parted company after an 11 year relationship without a cross word.

Conclusion

Frank Sinatra famously sang “Regrets, I have a few”; and I share this sentiment when I think of my 1998 Submariner which I sold in haste and have regretted parting with since.To own both would have been an indulgence but a joy.

The Deepsea is a superb watch and a worthy purchase. I love the practical nature of the watch and the comfortable way it sits on my wrist.The ability to wear the watch in the most extreme environments is unlikely to ever be challenged by this wearer, but I admire the engineering integrity that is intrinsic to this watch.

The Deepsea is for keeps. No rash decisions will be made again. I have learnt my lesson. However, the happy ending that is Deepsea ownership, is to move from Sinatra’s “Regrets” to Piaf’s positive, “Non, je ne regrette rien”. No, I’m not sorry for anything.

HOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR ROLEX


Once you’ve purchased a Rolex replica watches, or any mechanical timepiece, have you thought about what the next steps are? Are there simple things that you can be doing to ensure the watch functions at its optimum level? We asked our in-house Rolex by The Watch Gallery watchmaker Jamie Hardes, who is based at the One Hyde Park boutique in London, to talk us through his key tips to looking after your Rolex…

STEP 1: BRACELET FIT

Before you even leave the store, ensure your bracelet is fitted correctly. An automatic movement needs the motion of the wrist to work. If it’s hanging off the wrist, it won’t work properly.

STEP 2: CROWN SCREWED

After setting the time or changing the date, make sure the crown is screwed down securely. If it isn’t it can let in dust or water and potentially damage the movement.

STEP 3: SWIMMING OR WATER

If you’re swimming in the sea or pool on holiday, just remember to give your watch a quick rinse in cold water afterwards. Salt water or chlorine can be corrosive to a watch long term. Also, don’t forget to keep the crown screwed down tightly to keep it waterproof.

STEP 4: WATCH SURFACE

When laying down your replica watches after taking it off, remember to lay it down crown first. This ensures that the least amount of watch is touching the surface at any time. It also prevents the polished case from being scratched.

STEP 5: SERVICING

Rolex replica watches recommends you have your watch professionally serviced every 3-5 years, to ensure it continues to work effectively. During a servicing, the watchmaker will lubricate the movement and change the seels to ensure the timepiece stays waterproof.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Emily Seares is online editor of The Watch Gallery magazine and a freelance journalist. She regularly writes for leading international publications, specialising in luxury and fashion. You can follow Emily on Google+ and Twitter. Read more articles by Emily Seares.

Omega Speedy Tuesday – Replica Watches 2015-2016 Selects Speedmaster Professional As “Stars For a Lifetime” Winner

Speedmaster3570502-700x400After a long selection process in several categories, the Replica Watches 2015-2016 winners have just been announced. In the category “Stars for a Lifetime”, the jury selected the Omega Speedmaster Professional ‘Moonwatch’ as the winner amongst 10 watches on the shortlist, from A. Lange & Söhne to Zenith.

The Replica Watches, an initiative from Ebner and with over 60 jury members from the industry is the only watch award that is independent as it drives on media partnerships, not on watch brands. The Replica Watches consists of 5 categories (Classic Stars, Technical Stars, Design Stars, Stars for a Lifetime, New Stars). Omega won in another category (Classic Stars) with their Globemaster model that came out this year (we did a hands-on in-depth review of the Globemaster here). Other than the name ‘Classic Stars’ implies, it is the category for three-handed watches with no functions other than a date and/or power reserve indicator. All watches in the Classic Stars category must have mechanical movements and launched in 2015.

SP_Moonwatch_Prof_31130423001005_vueC_1600x900However, we focus on the “Stars for a Lifetime”-winner, the Replica Omega Speedmaster Professional. In this category, watches could be entered by the jury that could be described as timeless classics whose design and/or technical features give them an appeal that will last for decades. All watches were eligible regardless of when they were introduced.

Well, with an initial introduction of 1957 for the original Speedmaster, you could say it is one of the few timeless classics of that era that is still around and have been around non-stop. This watch doesn’t need much introduction, especially if you are a regular reader of our Speedy Tuesday feature, you (probably) know more about it then most of the Watchstars jury members. So to us fans, it is only logical that the watch won this award although last year’s (the first year of the Replica Watches) winner, the Royal Oak ‘Extra-Thin’ reference 15202, is definitely a Star for a Lifetime as well.

SP_Moonwatch_Prof_31130423001005_fuite_1600x900In the initial 44 models that were entered by the jury members for this category, the Omega Speedmaster First Omega in Space and White Side of the Moon (we did a hands-on review of the WSotM here) were also selected. I don’t get the White Side of the Moon nomination to be honest, with the other Dark Sides of the Moon models available as well. Perhaps I even don’t get the First Omega in Space nomination, as the classic model is clearly the regular Speedmaster Professional ‘Moonwatch’. Well, perhaps that is just ‘noise’ as anything could be entered by the jury members for the initial long list. Luckily, on the shortlist of 10 watches, the regular Speedmaster Professional ‘Moonwatch’ was selected.

I noticed some other odd choices on the list of the nominees in this category (click here), but that got straightened out in the shortlist (click here). I guess it has something to do with the diversity of jury members.

Replica Watches 2015-2016 is, as we are closing in on the end of this year, another proof that this was definitely the year of the Speedmaster for many collectors and enthusiasts. The other BIG thing will happen today, in New York City, where Christie’s will host the Speedmaster 50 auction that we discussed already in-depth (here and here). If all goes well, we will have some more “live” coverage about that auction later on. The demand for this watch (new and vintage) has grown quite a bit in recent years and I wouldn’t be surprised if prices for various Speedmaster models will sky-rocket in the months to come.