Everyone with even a passing interest in watches knows that Rolex has a storied history of innovation and firsts. But what are the three most important watches the company has ever made?
In order of release, we chose the following three below. Yes, the Everest Explorer (1953) that accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay to the top of the world didn't make the cut. But if we expanded this list to four, it would be the next one in.
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Date released: 1926
Signature features: the combination of a hermetically sealed case, protective crystal, and screw-down crown made it the first waterproof watch.
Fun fact: Rolex provided retailers with aquariums to display the watches.
Date released: 1945
Signature features: automatic winding system with perpetual motion powered by the movement of the wearer's hand, chonometer certification, and date calendar at 3 o'clock position.
Fun fact: The dial didn't feature Rolex's trademark cyclops magnifier because it wouldn't be invented until 1954.
Date released: 1954
Signature features: matte black dial, luminous hands, rotating bezel, water resistant to 100 meters (330 feet).
Fun fact: The Submariner is the most copied and counterfeited watch in the world.