2 Aug, 2018 · Magazine Rolex facts and figures

A wristwatch that was both elegant and extremely precise – that was the dream of Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf when he established his first company in London in 1905. He pursued his goal, driven by a pioneering spirit and a passion for the art of fine watchmaking. In 1910, a Rolex watch was the first wristwatch ever in the world to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision.

Since that time, the company – which relocated to Geneva in 1919 – has continually developed revolutionary watches. Rolex has submitted more than 400 patents since its founding.