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The First Rolex Oyster Watch From 1926

The First Rolex Oyster Watch From 1926

What you see are the two versions of the very first Rolex Oyster watch, in other words, the world's first water-resistant timepiece. It was proven on the wrist of a swimmer, and when it was released in 1926 it was a rather big deal. The origin of the Oyster name is rather straight-forward, borrowed from the sea-dwelling mollusk of the same name, and has been a hallmark of Rolex ever since. In fact, all Rolex watches produced today are technically in the Oyster collection, sharing the first Oyster watch's focus on durability and water-resistance. Rolex was a young brand when the original Oyster watch was released, but it was not until later in Rolex's history did the brand focus on the Oyster concept almost exclusively. Hans Wilsdorf, German born and living in London, entered the watch industry in 1905 doing timepiece distribution in Britain and the British Empire. He went ...

Full article: http://www.ablogtowatch.com/first-rolex-oyster-watch-1926/

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