Rolex is a world-renowned brand, and perhaps one of the most famous brands that humanity has ever witnessed. However, how many of these facts about it do you know?
1. The origin of the name Rolex is still unknown
There are many versions of how the company changed the name from Wilsdorf & Davis Ltd. to Rolex. Some said that the brand name is a portmanteau of the French phrase horlogerie exquise. Some said there is no fancy explication behind the name of the watch, Hans Wildrof chose Rolex because it sounded good and luxurious in any languages. Whatever the story is, the name definitely caught on.
2. Time Travel
Wait, time travel? Well not actually time travel but close! According to Rolex, the way you leave your watch at night can cause the watch to run a few seconds faster or slower depending on if the dial is facing up or down. If you leave it with the dial facing up, it can gain up to a few seconds per day as opposed to running a few seconds slower each day if you leave it face down.
3. Justice was served because of Rolex
On July 20th, 1996 an Englishman Ronald Joseph Platt was murdered by Albert Johnson Walker during a fishing trip. Albert then proceeds to dump his body into the water with an anchor. A few weeks later, a fisherman discovered the body, with the wristwatch (a Rolex watch) on the corpse being the only identifiable object. Since each Rolex movement had a serial number and was engraved with special markings every time it was serviced, the police traced the serial number and were able to identify Mr. Platt as the owner of the watch, and also the victim of the murder.
Here is the amazing part, the police were able to determine the date of death by examining the date on the watch calendar. Since the Rolex movement had a reserve of two to three days of operation when inactive and it was fully waterproof, they were able to determine the time of death with a small margin of error. Walker was apprehended shortly after.
A rather grim but interesting fact.
4. The Rolex Deep Sea traveling to the deepest part of the sea
The deepest spot in the world’s oceans is the Mariana Trench, and the deepest part of the trench is the Challenger Deep, where the bottom lies about 35,800 feet below the surface.
In 1960, Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh decided to test the human limit by traveling to the Challenger Deep with the help of bathyscaphe Trieste. On the outside of the Trieste, they strapped a Rolex Deep Sea to it.
To many’s surprises, the Deep Sea was still running smoothly after going to one of the deepest parts of the ocean. After another success in 2012 with James Cameron’s expedition, Rolex released the Deepsea D-Blue Dial watch based on the Sea-Dweller Deepsea, commemorating Cameron’s dive.
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