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.


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.


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.


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…


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.

Salvation Army Swiss Replica Rolex donor: ‘I feel guilty wearing this watch’


An anonymous good Samaritan made a special Christmas donation to the Salvation Army yesterday: a gold Swiss Replica Rolex right off his wrist.

“I feel guilty wearing this watch when there are so many people in need,” the donor told Major Todd Hughes when he walked into The Salvation Army Corps Community Center in Newburyport, according to Salvation Army officials.

The donor then handed the watch to Hughes and asked that it be used to help poor people in the area. He asked to remain anonymous.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in all my years serving with The Salvation Army,” Hughes said in a statement. “To look someone in the eye and then watch him take a Swiss Replica Rolex watch off his wrist to help the people we serve, it’s humbling. This gift is particularly meaningful in this community because our red kettle campaign is projected to raise $30,000 less than it did last year. We need all the help we can get.”

Salvation Army staff and volunteers also have found precious gifts donated anonymously in their red kettles in recent weeks: Diamond rings were donated in Boston, New Bedford and Plymouth and a 14k gold bracelet was donated in Brockton. In all, 15 pieces of jewelry and rare items have been donated this holiday season, starting with a wedding band and a diamond engagement ring dropped into a red kettle outside of a Billerica Market Basket on November 30.

“The people of Massachusetts continue to amaze and inspire us by giving these precious, personal gifts,” said Major David B. Davis, Divisional Commander of the Massachusetts Salvation Army. “The money that will be raised for the Red Kettle Campaign from these precious gifts will provide toys to children in need, coats and warm meals to families, and important programming to help in our cities and towns. We’re blessed that Massachusetts residents are moved to give at this important time of year.”

Last year, an anonymous widow placed her wedding and diamond engagement rings in a red kettle outside of Boston’s North Station — touching off a spree of jewelry donations across the region.

DePrisco Diamond Jewelers in Boston has offered to appraise all of the items donated.

The Salvation Army has set a statewide Red Kettle campaign goal of $3.4 million this year. Collections to date stand at $2.59 million, leaving approximately $800,000 to raise with just two days left in the campaign, which ends tomorrow, on Christmas Eve.

Donations are used to serve hundreds of thousands of children, families and seniors across Massachusetts throughout the year, including providing meals, toys and other holiday support, along with funding for food pantries, soup kitchens, social services, and education programs throughout the year.

Bamford Rolex Watch Department Creates Custom Rolex For BAPE’s High-End Black Line

bamford-watch-department-rolex-bape-black-line-01This season, A Bathing Ape has aligned with custom watchmaker Bamford Rolex Watch Department to create some special edition Rolex timepieces. The release coincides with BAPE Black Line’s FW15 offerings and arrives in the form of four bespoke 44mm Rolex Deepsea watches, which we imagine will not be cheap.

The Swiss replica watches feature A Bathing Ape’s signature camouflage pattern on the dial, complemented by the brand’s instantly recognizable ape head logo. The batons on the dial have been filled with a gold luminous powder, ensuring that the watch can be read in dim conditions, while the bezel has been treated with a smooth matte finish.

Limited to just four pieces, the Bamford Rolex Watch Department x BAPE x Rolex Deepsea watches will be dropping on December 19 at A Bathing Ape stores in Harajuki and New York, as well as very select I.T locations.

rolex-bamford-boon-star-wars-01-1350x900These Rolex Rolex Watches Are a ‘Star Wars’ Fan’s Dream

In adding to the ever-intensifying Star Wars hoopla, leading up to the release of The Force Awakens, BOON THE SHOP and Bamford Rolex Watch Department come together for a collection of limited edition Rolex replica watches. Upon getting a preview, we see four entries being presented, each boasting a Star Wars theme. The styles of choice are the Submariner and Daytona from the luxury watchmaker, as each comes packaged in a customized, collectible box.

Look for the collaborative lineup to release on November 27 through BOON THE SHOP.

bamford-watch-department-polar-rolex-watches-01Bamford Rolex Watch Department Launches “Polar” Edition Rolex Rolex Watches

Bamford Rolex Watch Department has released a trio of “Polar” edition watches based on the Rolex Daytona, Explorer and Milgauss timepieces. The same Graphite Particle Coating (GPC) technology used to create the BWD Commando line is rekindled, allowing the watches to achieve a pure white finish. While the greater part of each piece is draped in this all-new colorway, black dial text, hands and minute markers not only offer a bit of variation, but make for easy reading.

As with all Bamford Rolex Watches Department offerings, these customized pieces are available in limited quantities. They can be found at select retailers and online.

Also, be sure to check out the jointly conceived Bamford x Dr. Romanelli “Popeye” Rolex.