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In Praise of the World's Most Collectible Watch

Wilsdorf was an obsessive character, and fascinated by Anglo-culture. After working for a watch export business in Switzerland, he moved to London, aiming to invent a wristwatch that could compete in accuracy with the predominant pocket watches. Early designs were submitted to the Official Rating Centre in Biel and to Kew Observatory, the latter known for conducting the most stringent time tests in the world and responsible for testing marine chronometers for the Royal Navy. In 1910, Wilsdorf's Rolex was the first wristwatch to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision. Four years later, Kew awarded it a class "A" precision certificate, a distinction which, until that point, had been reserved exclusively for marine chronometers. More From Esquire By 1920, Wilsdorf had moved Rolex to Geneva to be closer to suppliers and because he recognised the city held a sp...

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