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UK Specialist Watches are an independent rolex watch supplier based in the heart of North Wales, North West of the UK. We specialise in luxury watches including Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Cartier, IWC, Patek Phillipe and Panerai. We will also buy your unworn and pre-owned Rolex watch and other prestige brands including Vintage watches. Please view our Stocklist for our current selection of prestige and Rolex watches for sale. We have no affiliation with Rolex or any other watch brand.
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Rolex: a brief history
Rolex watches are universally renowned as status symbols they have a long history of craftsmanship and precision and are the very essence of glamour, wealth and sportsmanship.
With humble beginnings in London, England in 1905, Rolex began as Wilsdorf and Davies, a family business who imported Swiss watch movements and placed them in quality watch cases before distributing them to jewelers. In 1908 the name Rolex was born, most likely a made up name chosen for its uniform letters and legibility in any language. Hans Wilsdorf wanted a name that was short, easy to say in any language and which looked good on watch movements and dials.
The longevity of the Rolex brand as a luxury watch is undoubtedly due to the company’s relentless quest for chronometric precision. In 1910 Rolex was the first wristwatch in the world to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision from the Official Watch Rating Centre in Bienne. This acclamation was followed in 1914 by a certificate from the Kew Observatory that was normally awarded to marine chronometers. This set the standard and the reputation that the Rolex wristwatch was synonymous with precision.
Following the rise of wartime taxes that were levied on luxury imports and the rising costs of export duties on the silver and gold used for the watch cases the Rolex watch company moved to Geneva, Switzerland.
Key Rolex models
Oyster: first produced in 1926, this was the first ever waterproof wristwatch. Its name comes from the hermetically sealed case which protects the movement. The success of this model was reinforced by testimonials from some of finest sports personalities who relied on the performance of the Rolex Oyster to accompany them in the world of sport, aviation, motor racing and expeditions.
Datejust: The first self winding wrist chronometer which showed the date on the dial. Introduced in 1945 it had a specially created Jubilee bracelet and a fluted bezel. Originally produced for men with women’s watches becoming available later.
Oyster Perpetual Explorer: launched in 1953 to celebrate the victorious ascent of Everest this was watch was an instant success.
The Rolex Submariner: Launched in 1953, was the first divers watch waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet). Its rotatable bezel allows divers to read their immersion time.
GMT Master: during the 1950 aviation travel became increasingly popular. This watch was developed to meet the specific needs of airline pilots. The official was of Pan AM airways this watch is distinguishable by its two tone bezel depicting daytime and nighttime hours.
The Oyster Perpetual Day-Date: This watch was originally only available in 18ct Gold or Platinum instantly giving it appeal to the more select clientele. It was introduced in 1956 with the President bracelet created especially for it. It was the first wristwatch to display the date and day of the week, spelt out in a full window on the dial.
The Oyster Perpetual Milgauss: 1956 “the perfect magnetic shield” designed to meet the demands of the scientific community. The major innovation at the heart of the Milgauss’ incredible resistance to magnetic interferences is the shied protecting the movement.
The Lady-Datejust: This was the first ladies’ version of the Rolex date chronometer, carrying its heritage of timeless elegance and functionality in a smaller size perfectly suited to a lady’s wrist. Introduced in 1957
Rolex Deep Sea Special: in 1960 this experimental watch stood the ultimate deep sea challenge during a dive to the depths of the ocean.
The Cosmograph Daytona: named after the Florida beach where the speed legends of the world would break land speed records. The sand was replaced by a speedway and the legendary and most prestigious car race was born, the Rolex 24 Daytona. Launched in 1963 as a new-generation chronograph, the Cosmograph soon gained the name that became the mark of an icon: Daytona. Designed as the ultimate tool for endurance racing drivers, the Cosmograph Daytona was robust, waterproof and featured a tachymetric scale on the bezel for calculating average speed.
The Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller: waterproof to a depth of 610 meters to meet the needs of professional deep-sea divers (1967)
Oyster Perpetual Explorer II: 1971, a watch dedicated to world explorers, featuring a 24 hour hand, useful in continents where night is indistinguishable from day.
Rolex Sea Dweller 4000: introduced in 1978 and as the name suggests is water proof to a depth of 4000 feet (1,220 meters)
In 1985 Rolex became the first watch making brand to pioneer the use of 904L for the cases of all its steel watches. It is most commonly used in high technical industries having excellent anti-corrosion properties that are comparable to precious metals and offers a final polish of excellent sheen. Pearlmaster: 1992 an updated representation of the Lady-Datejust.
The Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master: The first watch in the Professional Oyster collection to be available in three sizes – 29, 35 and 40 mm. This new member of the Oyster family reinforced the ties between Rolex and the sailing world. (1992)
The Rolex Deepsea 2008: built to challenge extreme underwater exploration, the Ringlock System, allows the case to withstand water pressure equivalent to a weight of three tonnes on the crystal. The Rolex Deepsea can go deeper than all but a few purpose-built research submersibles, and more than 100 times beyond the depth that any human could physically survive.
The Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller 2012 with its impressive 42 mm case was engineered for world travelers its has a user friendly dual time zone and annual calendar.
UK-Specialist-Watches are a leading prestige watch supplier based in the United Kingdom. We have an extensive selection of unworn and used watches including Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Cartier, IWC, Patek Phillipe, Panerai and Omega.
If you are looking for a high quality time piece then UK Specialist Watches is the perfect place to begin.
Our Stocklist showcases our latest selection of pre owned gents and ladies Rolex watches and other high quality luxury models. Our pre owned watch selection varies frequently and we often have prestige vintage models in stock.
We endeavour to offer only the finest quality pre owned watches supplied with original boxes and paperwork wherever possible. The most popular Rolex models including the Rolex Daytona, Submariner, Yacht-Master, Deep Sea and Lady Datejust are often in high demand. We update our Stockist with all the latest watches that we have in stock on a regular basis ensuring that our most recent additions are available straight away.
If you don’t see what you are looking for then please don’t hesitate to contact us.
With over 15 years experience we take care to source the finest examples of pre owned luxury watches and pre owned Rolex watches. We give a personal service ensuring that the customer is completely confident about their purchase and the authenticity of our products. We tailor our service to the individual requirements of our clients meaning that your purchase from UK Specialist Watches is the beginning of a long acquaintanceship.
We buy, sell and part exchange most models of luxury watches including pre owned and unworn Rolex watches. If you currently own a Rolex or other luxury watch that you wish to sell, UK-Specialist-Watches will provide a professional estimation service to determine its value. The process is simple please use our online form to send us your details and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Sell my watch
We offer guaranteed assurance of our service, if you are trying to find the best possible price for your Rolex, whether it is unworn or pre-owned, you can trust UK-Specialist-Watches as one of the UK’s most reputable independent watch suppliers to provide you with an expert evaluation and prompt payment. We pride ourselves on the level of our service and promise you an experience second to none.
It is commonly known that all Rolex watches retain their value very well, some models being much more expensive than others. The rarer your Rolex watch, the greater the value we are prepared to offer you for it, whether you choose to part exchange it for another watch or if you decide to sell it to us outright.
If you are trying to find the best possible price for your Rolex, whether it be unworn or pre-owned, you can trust UK-Specialist-Watches one of the UK’s most reputable independent watch suppliers to provide you with an expert evaluation and prompt payment. We have simplified the process of which you can sell us your watch through the means of a form that you will need to complete. You are able to fill this form out on our website and sent it to us electronically so that we can clearly see everything in detail. Sell My Watch.
As many prestige watch owners will most likely tell you, the entire experience of dealing with UK-Specialist-Watches is nothing but satisfactory. Please remember, we have no affiliation with Rolex or any other watch brand. We are independent watch specialists that are able to buy and sell all brands and models of men watches and ladies rolex watches, regardless of age.