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Some Rolex History - a Look at When Major Changes in Rolex Watches Happened

We here at Everest Horology study when certain changes to the Rolex case, movement, bracelet and other features changed. Amazingly, Rolex created such a perfect set of parts that over 100 years the watch(es) have evolved very slowly - most notably the oyster case design. One thing that has always made us here at Everest so intrigued is when Rolex makes a change to their watches, it is usually a huge change. For example, the change of the previous aluminum bezel inert to a ceramic version. This change was an enormous undertaking by Rolex. Rolex did not look for a good substitute, it went for the absolute best!   At Everest, we strive to follow in Rolex's footsteps and be a trailblazer in our own right. Below, you will see a timeline over the last ninety years of Rolex's history:   When were changes and brilliant Rolex innovations Introduced?
  • 1926 Oyster Case
  • 1927 Serial Number On Oyster Case
  • 1931 Oyster Perpetual
  • 1938 Bubble Back
  • 1938 Oyster Bracelet
  • 1945 Jubilee Bracelet
  • 1945 Datejust
  • 1950 "Mercedes" Hands
  • 1953 Submariner 100m/330ft
  • 1953 Explorer 1954 GMT-Master
  • 1954 Submariner 200m / 660ft
  • 1954 Cyclops (aka Magnifying bump on Crystal)
  • 1954 Lady's Oyster Perpetual
  • 1956 Day-Date
  • 1956 President Bracelet
  • 1959 Submariner gets Crown Guards and 40mm Case
  • 1960 DeepSea Special
  • 1961 Oyster Cosmograph
  • 1962 Cosmograph Daytona
  • 1965 Submariner Date
  • 1965 Submariner Date 18 k YG
  • 1967 Sea-Dweller
  • 1971 Explorer II
  • 1972 Hacking Movement
  • 1974 Sapphire Crystal
  • 1976 Oysterquartz
  • 1977 Oysterquartz Day-Date
  • 1977 Quick Set Date Feature
  • 1978 Sea-Dweller 4000
  • 1979 Submariner 300m/1000ft with Sapphire Crystal
  • 1983 GMT-Master II
  • 1983 Submariner Rolesor (aka Sub TT)
  • 1988 Cosmograph Daytona (Zenith Movement aka Cal. 4030)
  • 1992 Yachtmaster
  • 1994 Yachtmaster Lady & Mid-Sized aka Boys Size
  • 2000 Cosmograph Daytona with new in-house Mvt (Cal. 4130)
  • 2001 Laser Etched Hologram In Crystal
  • 2003 "Green" Submariner Date (aka Anniversary Model with Maxi Dial)
  • 2002 end of Y series
  • early 2003 Non lugs holes started to make there appearence on most models
  • 2004 Serial F/D on some models the Rolex Rolex Rolex On the Rehaut ring
  • 2004 New Datejust Case
  • 2005 New GMT-Master YG (Cal. 3186)
  • 2006 New GMT-Master Rolesor (Cal. 3186)
  • 2008 Ceramic Bezel on GMT
  • 2008 Change the entire Sea-Dweller to the Deepsea, and the release of the Glidelock Clasp
  • 2010 New Submariner Case
  • 2011 New Explorer II Case
  • 2011 Re-release of a new Space Dweller Rolex
  • 2012 Case change to Submariner No-date and Yachtmaster
Obviously we are excited to see what happens to Rolex in 2013 at Baselworld. There are rumors of Rolex coming out with a Thermoplastic Rubber watch strap....hmmm....obviously we may have given them a few good ideas!

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