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Rolex Rolex Yachtmaster ROL 702

Rolex Yachtmaster Mid Size

Good condition Rolex Yachtmaster model reference 168623. It was returned to Rolex in 2007 for a full service and comes with the service warranty card. It also comes complete with all boxes and papers including the chronometer certificate indicating that it was purchased from authorised Rolex dealers, Goldsmiths in the UK in 1997. It has all of the correct papers and booklets including the hang tag with the serial number o the hang tag. It is a mid size, so unisex watch in steel and gold. Mid Size model. Dimensions are 35 mm excluding the crown 38 mm including the crown, 40 mm lug to lug and 11mm thick.

SERIES Yacht-Master
MOVEMENT Automatic Calibre 2235
CASE stainless steel solid back
BEZEL uni directional gold divers bezel
BRACELET Stainless Steel and 18kt Yellow Gold Oyster
CLASP Oysterlock
CROWN Screw Down
CALENDAR Date display at the 3 o clock position
FUNCTIONS Date, Hour, Minute, Second, Chronometer
CRYSTAL Scratch Resistant Sapphire
HANDS Yellow Gold Tone
DIAL MARKERS Luminous Dots
LUMINISCENCE Hands and Dial Markers
YEAR 1997

Key Characteristics

Brand: Rolex
Band: Steel & Gold Bracelet
Case Material: Steel & Gold
Condition: Good
Movement: Automatic
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Additional Product Details

Rolex SA was founded in 1905 by the German Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis. Contrary to popular belief, Hans Wilsdorf was neither Swiss, nor a watchmaker. Wilsdorf & Davis was the original name of what later became the Rolex Watch Company. They originally imported Hermann Aegler's Swiss movements to England and placed them in quality cases made by Dennison and others. These early wristwatches were then sold to jewellers, who then put their own names on the dial. The earliest watches from the firm of Wilsdorf and Davis are usually marked "W&D" – inside the caseback only. Hans Wilsdorf registered the trademark name "Rolex" in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland during 1908. The word was made up, but its origin is obscure. One story, which was never confirmed by Wilsdorf, is that the word "Rolex" came from the French phrase horlogerie exquise, meaning exquisite watch industry. The Wilsdorf & Davis company moved out of Great Britain in 1912. Wilsdorf wanted his watches to be affordable, but taxes and export duties on the case metals (silver and gold) were driving costs up. From that time to the present, Rolex has been headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, though the company owns facilities in other cities (Bienne, etc) and continents (North America, Asia, Australia, etc). The company name Rolex was officially registered on 15 November 1915. It is thought this change was part of a drive to popularize wristwatches, which at the time were still considered a novelty largely for women (pocket watches were more common). Wilsdorf was said to desire his watch brand's name to be easily pronounceable in any language. The company name was officially changed to the Rolex Watch Company during 1919. It was later changed to Montres Rolex, SA and finally Rolex, SA. Rolex SA is a foundation initiated and originally funded by Hans Wilsdorf and the Aegler family. According to foundation documentation, the Rolex SA company can never be sold, nor traded on any stock market.