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The History of Rolex (Part 3)

27th May 2020

If you haven't checked out already, here are the previous two parts of Rolex's incredulous history:
-The History of Rolex Part 1
-The History of Rolex Part 2

As we know now, Rolex was the pioneer alongside many scientific accomplishments throughout history. We will just continue the list of how these watches, used as the most reliable tools, would continue to grow and prosper in its own right.

The Explorer II was created to streamline the work of even more specialized professionals such as speleologists, polar explorers and all of those that were pushing the boundaries of exploration. The watch featured a 24 hour hand which was invaluable in telling the time beneath the earth where no sun could shine or when you were in a part of the world where you could not tell night from day such as the extreme poles.

COMEX also known as Compagnie Maritime d'Expertises, established a preferential relationship with Rolex, whose divers wore Rolex Sea Dwellers while working in great depths. The company headed by Henri-Germain Delauze was a pioneer to deep sea diving and remains a world renowned specialist in underwater work and hyberbaric engineering. To this day, Rolex and COMEX retain a strong relationship, as demonstrated by the hyperbaric tank developed especially by the Marseille company for the testing of Rolex Deep Sea watches.

The celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Oyster perpetuated an Awards for Enterprise. It was launched to honor extraordinary individuals that possessed conviction and courage to take on major challenges, much in the spirit of Rolex's foundational beliefs.

Each award is given for an ongoing project in the world that deserves support for its purpose to protect the natural and cultural heritage, and improve lives.

Rolex launched the Sea-Dweller 4000, which would have a waterproof depth to of 1,220 meters (4,000 feet).

Rolex's steel watches are manufactured with its own alloy called 904L also called "Oystersteel" from 2018. This alloy is most commonly used in aerospace, chemical industries, and other high technology fields. 904L is comparable to precious metals because of their anti-corrosion properties and acquire an exceptional sheen when it is polished. Rolex was the first to use this steel from 904L to make its cases.

The Pearlmaster is born, a new interpretation of the Lady Datejust.

The same year, the Yachtmaster is manifested and fittingly with its name, reinforced its ties with the world of sailing.