Rolex Oyster Perpetual Women's Watches Price
Rolex watches are known around the world as a symbol of luxury and style. Rolex was founded in 1908 by Hans Wilsdorf of Germany. The company was initially named Wilsdorf & Davis (named for Wilsdorf and Alfred David, his partner and brother-in-law). At the time, Swiss watch manufacturers were mostly producing pocket watches because the science of producing accurate movements in miniature fittings (i.e. a wristwatch) had not been perfected. Wilsdorf was a perfectionist who improved the standards for watch making as he developed smaller, more accurate movements. These innovations eventually propelled the transition of style and fashion from bulky pocket watches to smaller, more practical timepieces that could be worn on the wrist. Rolex partnered with Aegler, a small Swiss company that supplied movements small enough to be worn on the wrist.
The Rolex Legacy
In 1910, the School of Horology in Switzerland awarded the company the world's first wristwatch chronometer rating. Wilsdorf had focused on accuracy and reliability when developing his watches. The Chronometer Award highlighted the accuracy of his time pieces, and so Wilsdorf began to focus on improving reliability. He developed a screw crown and casebook mechanism that revolutionized the watch industry. This innovation directly addressed the common problem of dust and moisture entering the watch case via the crown. Soon after, the company developed the world’s first waterproof watch, the Oyster, featuring a revolutionary double-locking crown that screwed down on the case like a submarine hatch. A skeptical public did not accept the innovation until aggressive advertising included watched submerged in shop window aquariums. The name was given further credibility when Mercedes Gleitze swam across the English Channel wearing a Rolex Oyster. When Gleitze completed her journey, the Oyster was shown to have kept perfect time while underwater.