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1910 - Rolex obtine primul certificat Oficial de Cronometru pentru un ceas de mana.

1914 – Rolex obtine primul certificat de Clasa “A” acordat vreodata pentru un ceas de mana de catre renumitul Observator Kew

1926 – Rolex dezvolta si obtine patentul pentru primul ceas antiacvatic din lume cunoscut sub numele de Rolex Oyster

1931 – Rolex dezvolta, patenteaza si introduce mecanismul automatic cu rotor cunoscut sub numele de Perpetual, precursorul mecanismele automatice moderne

1945 – Rolex introduce Datejust, primul ceas de mana antiacvatic, automatic, certificat cronometru care afiseaza data intr-o apertura a cadranului

1953 – Edmund Hillary si Tenzing Norgay, membri ai expeditiei Britanice in Himalaya condusa de catre Sir John Hunt, sunt primii care ajung pe varful Everest. Expeditia a fost echipata cu ceasuri Rolex Oyster Perpetual Chronometer care au functionat perfect in timpul expeditiei in ciuda temperaturilor extreme

1953 – Rolex introduce primul ceas de mana produs special pentru scufundatori, “Submariner” care este garantat pana la o adancime de 330 picioare (feet)/ 100 metri

1954 – Rolex produce primul Rolex Oyster Perpetual Chronometer de dama

1954 – Rolex introduce primul ceas cronometru cu calendar destinat pilotilor si care permitea urmarirea simultana a doua fusuri orare. Este cunoscut sub numele de “GMT-Master”

1956 – Rolex introduce “Oyster Perpetual Day-Date” un ceas automatic certificat cronometru care indica data si ziua saptamanii (scrisa in totalitate)

1960 – Un Rolex Oyster special fixat de partea exterioara a batiscafului “Trieste” s-a scufundat pana la o adancime de 35798 de picioare, unde presiunea este de sapte tone pe un inch patrat. Dupa iesirea la suprafata Jaques Piccard a constatat ca ceasul Rolex era perfect functional

1965 - Rolex introduce in productie faimosul calibru 1570

1971 – Rolex introduce Rolex Oyster “Sea-Dweller” care este garantat antiacvatic pana la o adancime de 2000 de picioare/ 610 m. Un patent este acordat pentru primul ceas de scufundari care incorporeaza o valva de eliberare a gazului acumulat in timpul scufundarilor. Rolex Sea-Dweller devine garantat pana la 4000 picioare/ 1220 m.

1977 – Rolex introduce calibrul 3035

1978 - Rolex introduce “Oysterquartz” care este garantat antiacvatic pana la 165 picioare (50 m). Acest ceas analog cu calendar combina un mecanism cu unsprezece rubine si un motor quartz. Poate opera in mod normal in campuri magnetic de pana la 1000 Oersted.

1988 – Rolex introduce calibrul 3135

1992 – Rolex introduce “Yacht-Master” un ceas certificat cronometru care combina toate calitatile care au contribuit la prestigiul neegalat al Rolex Oyster-ului

2002 – Numarul de certificate cronometru obtinute de catre Rolex pana in acel an, reprezinta mai mult de jumatate din productia de cronometre certificate din Elvetia

2003 – Rolex introduce modelul Aniversar Submariner “Lunette Verte”

2005 – Rolex introduce varianta aniversara si restilizata a modelului GMT-Master (luneta de ceramica)

2008 – Rolex lanseaza modelul Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Sea Dweller Deep Sea un ceas care este garantat antiacvatic pana la o adancime de 12800 picioare/ 3900 m

2010 – Rolex prezinta la Basel noile variante ale modelelor Submariner (cu luneta de ceramica) si Explorer (diametru 39 mm)

Sursa: Your Rolex Oyster, August 2004, disponibila la: http://movements.dk/doc_your_rolex_oyster_08-04.php


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Rolex Oyster Perpetual (1931)...
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La acel moment s-a scris istoria Rolex !


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Scurta istorie. Un articol frumos. Cu poze! Enjoy!

Rolex PAN AM Ad
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INSIDE ROLEX
Brand-New Rolex Manufacturing
Facility in Bienne, Switzerland Inaugurated

Rolex is one of the most secretive, successful and most recognized brands in the world. Earlier this week Rolex did something very unusual.

Rolex opened up the doors to showcase a set of new Rolex movement manufacturing buildings in Bienne, Switzerland, so I thought I would take you on a tour of the new facility, but first I thought I would begin with an overview of all the major Rolex buildings in Switzerland.


ROLEX WORLD HEADQUARTERS
Geneva, Switzerland

Today, Rolex is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland but this was not always so. As a matter of fact, Hans Wilsdorf founded Rolex headquarters in London, England in 1908, and moved it to Geneva in 1919.

Rolex headquarters is the epicenter of all things Rolex. This Rolex facility houses all the senior executives, as well as the international marketing department, and the Rolex R&D design center.

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Rolex Headquarters today in Geneva Switzerland


ROLEX PLAN-LES-SITE
Geneva, Switzerland
Rolex Foundry, Case & Bracelet Making Facility

Today, Rolex is a vertically integrated company, which means they produce and manufacture 100% of the components used in their watches. Rolex is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, but has facilities located all over Switzerland.

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The photo above shows the Rolex Plan-Les-Quates facility which contains the Rolex foundry where Rolex melts gold, platinum and steel to use in the production of their watches. The photo below shows liquified gold being poured at the Rolex foundry.


Rolex also builds and assembles Oyster cases and bracelets at the Plan-Les-Quates facility.
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ROLEX DIAL AND BEZEL FACILITY
Chêne-Bourg, Switzerland

The Rolex facility in Chêne-Bourg, Switzerland specializes in dial making as well as making watch hands, bezels and crystals.

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Rolex watch cases and bracelets, as well as all parts are made with CNC machines, but all parts are still hand assembled by Rolex trained master watchmakers.

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The Rolex facility in Chêne-Bourg workshops also specialize is inserting precious stones onto dials and on bezels as seen below.

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ROLEX MOVEMENT MAKING FACILITY
Bienne, Switzerland

This last week, Rolex completed a new manufacturing facility in Bienne, Switzerland that specializes in making all movements for their watches.

Rolex cases, bracelets and dials have always been made in Geneva, Switzerland, as well as final assembly. Rolex movements have always been made in Bienne, Switzerland. The founder of Rolex, Hans Wilsdorf wrote in his memoirs:

"We want to leave to our factory in Bienne exclusively the production of watch movements, while we ourselves create in Geneva, case models adapted to the refined taste of the Genevans."

Many years ago, Hans Wilsdorf made a partial investment in Aegler, and in 2004 Rolex completely bought-out the Aegeler/Borer family to obtain 100% ownership in Aegler S.A. For more than a century Rolex made all movements in Bienne, and then transported them to Geneva for installation into the final casing.

Rolex is one of the most secretive companies in the world, and today we are in for a real treat, because for the first time in history, Rolex is giving us a glimpse of their world-class facility where all their watch movements are made.

The first photo below shows the extension of the new Rolex manufacturing facility in Bienne, Switzerland, which now consists of over 250,000 cubic meters of space.

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HANS WILSDORF
Founder of Rolex

Hans Wilsdorf (pictured below) founded Rolex in 1908 in London, England. If you are not familiar with The Hans Wilsdorf Story, you are in for a real treat.

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Hans Hilsdorf, Founder of Rolex pictured above in 1905

Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex originally partnered with Aegler (in 1905). Aegler S.A. was located in Bienne, Switzerland, which specialized in making high-quality watch movements. Jean Aegler, founder of Aegler S.A. is pictured below. He passed away in 1891, at which time his son Hermann Aegler took over the family business.

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Jean Aegler, Founder of Aegler S.A. is pictured above


Aegler S.A. original movement making headquarters were erected in 1878 and located in Bienne, Switzerland on a hillside that overlooked Bienne's Old Town. The old Aegler manufacturing facility is pictured below in this 1955 photo.

Notice the Rolex signs on the two buildings pictured on the right side of the photos below. The Rolex extension was erected in 1914 by Hermann Aegler. Today these buildings are are officially a Bienne landmark, which represents a significant chapter of Bienne's watchmaking history.

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Aegler S.A. was founded in 1878 by Jean and Anna Maria Aegler at a time when Bienne was becoming a significant watchmaking capital.

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Aegler was renowned for making very precise, small watch movements, which is exactly what Hans Wildforf was looking for to place into his Rolex wrist watches.

In the photo below we see a Rolex draftsmen in 1955 at the Aegler facility working on designing the first true "in-house" Rolex movement, known as the Caliber 1500, which was formally introduced in 1957.

The Rolex Caliber 1500 ended up being a work horse movement and was used by Rolex in watches up until 1990. It is fascinating to see that the draftsman had to stand up and draw a movement. The Rolex Caliber 1500 was the first Rolex movement that instantly changed the date. Rolex began replacing the Caliber 1500 in 1977 with the Caliber 3035. The Caliber 3135 Rolex movement eventually began replacing the Caliber 3035 in 1988.

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The Aegler/Rolex Bienne Factory is picture above in 1955


For many decades, Aegler grew as Rolex grew and they continued as the primary supplier for Rolex movements. This next rare vintage photo shows Aegler watchmakers making Rolex movements in the Aegler facility in Bienne, Switzeraland.

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The Aegler/Rolex Bienne Factory is picture above in 1955


The First Waterproof Self-Winding Watch

The Development of the Rolex Oyster in 1926 was an incredible horological achievement, but the challenge was it made it more difficult to manually wind the watch because you had to unscrew it first, then wind it, then re-screw the Oyster crown.

After Hans Wilsdorf successfully brought the Rolex Oyster to market, he turned his attention to the other Achilles' heel of wrist-watches, and that was the lack of their ability to self-wind themselves.

Inventing the automatic, or perhaps auto-magic, wristwatch which could wind itself represented the dream of the ages in the horological world. For centuries, many famous watchmakers tried to perfect the automatic or self-winding watch, but none were successful.

This fascinating Rolex ad from the 1950s tells the story about how Rolex's brilliant chief technical director, M. Emile (Emil) Borer figured out how to perfect Abraham-Louis Perrelet's self-winding watch he invented centuries prior in 1770.

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Emile Borer
Chief Technical Director
Aegler Workshop. Beil, Switzerland
1898-1967

Emile Borer, (pictured below) the Chief Technical Director of Rolex was mentioned in the ad above, as having been the person at Rolex who is credited with figuring out how to make the automatic movement work correctly by inventing and perfecting the modern rotor system.

Emile was the son-in-law of Jean Aegler. Jean Aegler was the founder of Aegler Workshop, who provided Rolex with all their movements. Emile Borer joined Aegler Workshop as an engineer during World War I, and he soon become responsible for developing new technology. In 1944, Emile Borer became the General Manager of the Aegler Workshop, which remained the primary supplier of Rolex movements until Rolex purchased Aegler Workshop in 2004.

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In 1931 Rolex patented the Perpetual rotor which automatically wound the watch, thus eliminating the need to ever wind it again!!! This not only made it more convenient but also more accurate because the wrist watch would never stop automatically winding itself, so long as you wore it.

For those too young to remember, manual-wind wrist watches, required you wind them daily which was an inconvenience for most people, although some people, like train conductors liked it .

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The watch pictured pictured above and below was made in 1931, and Rolex put an exhibition caseback on it to easily show potential consumers how it worked.

As you can see in the photo below there is a rotor that says "Rolex Auto Rotor" which automatically spins clockwise or counter-clockwise just from the movement of your wrist, thus "Automatically" winding the mainspring. In other words, even the slightest movement of your wrist (using gravity) will wind the watch, thus keeping the mainspring at optimum tension.

Rolex based the design of their perpetual rotor system on one that Abraham Louis Perelet developed in 1770, and in the years before Rolex perfected their methodology, there was a company named Harwood that created a self-winding rotor system that only moved clockwise, but had many challenges.

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By creating an auto-winding or self-winding wristwatch, Rolex once again revolutionized the watch–and again, Rolex was not the first to explore creating a self-winding watch, but Hans Wilsdorf and Rolex were the first to perfect it, patent, and mass market it successfully.

The patent on the Rolex perpetual eventually ran out in 1948 at which time everybody was free to develop their own automatic rotor systems that used gravity to wind their movements–and they did...

ROLEX MOVEMENT MAKING FACILITY
Bienne, Switzerland

Earlier this week, Rolex showcased their all-new expansion to the press.

Here is a fascinating video tour or the new Rolex movement factory located in Bienne, Switzerland. The Journal has a fascinating article about the all-new Rolex movement factory.

This following photos were all taken on site at Rolex's all-new Building 7 located in Bienne, Switzerland where all the Rolex movements are made.

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This all-new structure began construction in 2009. It was designed to be extremely efficient and comfortable. The two photos below show how the skylights flood the building with natural light all-day long.

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This next photo (below) shows a super, state-of-the-art robotized storage system, which allows Rolex to store and later recall watch movement parts.

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Superba prezentare, multumim Bonheur!
Odata ce cunosti istoria acestei celebre firme de horologerie, a purta un Rolex te face intradevar sa te simti special...


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Articolul nu-mi apartine, doar l-am copiat. Am vrut sa traduc in romana, nu tot, decat esentialul dar mi-ar fi luat mult si nu am avut timp prea mult cand l-am postat. Ma bucur ca va place!

Probabil posesorii de Rolex il parcurg intr-o maniera mai personala decat ceilalti, cu mai multa placere si pasiune, asa si trebuie - au motive!


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Placuta prezentare. Recunosc ca mi-am schimbat parerea despre Rolex.


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Articolul nu-mi apartine, doar l-am copiat.

Parca totusi ar fi frumos sa scrii si care este sursa, nu?

http://rolexblog.blogspot.ro/2012/10/in ... uring.html


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Da, am omis din greseala detaliul asta. Oricum nu era vreun secret, orice fraza copiata din text si pusa pe Google si sursa se va arata!


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Placuta prezentare. Recunosc ca mi-am schimbat parerea despre Rolex.

Exact asa s-a intamplat si cu mine, Raul!
Initial am avut convingerea ca un Rolex, mai ales de aur, este imaginea comerciantului burduhanos si parvenit din Hong-Kong sau Singapore, a arabilor petrodolariti , etc. si chiar mi-am exprimat acesta parere mai demult, intr-o conversatie particulara cu Zaytsuca iar el mi-a aratat o foto cu un Cellini pe care-l vedeam pentru prima oara(pana atunci credeam ca Rolex este sinonim cu Oyster) si mi-a trezit interesul.
Am inceput sa citesc despre Rolex si atunci am realizat importanta acestui brand in istoria horologeriei si mai ales in cea a ceasurilor diver automatice. Si de aici...


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Despre Cal.3135:
http://www.chronometrie.com/rolex3135/rolex3135.html


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