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History of Rolex Oyster Professional Wristwatches

4 Oct

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Rolex Oyster Professional watches were introduced with the original Rolex Oyster watch from 1926. You will e find in thesReplica Rolex Reviews about the History of Rolex Oyster Professional watches. Majority of Rolex watches that are produced today use the brand’s Oyster case. With the introduction of Rolex Oyster watch in 1926, Rolex also pioneered the very first watch case that featured screw down crown, caseback and bezel which offered dust protection and water resistance. But the Professional collection was born in 1953.

The idea of the Rolex Oyster Professional today is the preservation of watch models that were initially made for professional use. That included timepiece for people engaged in flying, diving, automotive and sport racing, industrial and science work and also general planetary exploration. Rolex Oyster professional timepieces are more durable and utilitarian design in nature and also they have in various instances additional production or test procedure added to the manufacturing before they came out of the Rolex and reach to the consumer. In simple words, Royal Oyster Professional watch today are based on a historic model meant for professional usage and are manufactured with extra reliability and safety features as compared to Rolex’s more dress or casual models. In 1953 tow of the Rolex’s basic Oyster Professional timepiece were produced which were the Submariner and Explorer. The very same year Rolex experienced one of the most significant social achievements that marked how the brand would be perceived in future. Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary were the part of British expedition to successfully climb the Mount Everest for the very first time in history. No doubt it was one of the most amazing feats of human endurance and both leader Norgay and Edmund wore the Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch. The model is now familiar as iconic Rolex Explorer which was released in 1953. It was a message to the public was simply that the new Rolex Explorer was a special wristwatch for those people who are adventure lovers or involved in extreme lengths activities.

In 1953, Rolex also introduced the very first Submariner wristwatch which was the first ever timepiece in the world with water resistance up to 100 meters (330 feet). The Rolex Submariner was the evolution of the Rolex Oyster case in many ways and additionally it was further refined for water resistance. However the Oyster Professional term was not present in 1953 and the Explorer and Submariner were two watch designed for and mostly used by professional versus merely the common public. In-fact it was a golden age in the world of modern exploration as the pre-space race reign was about to explore extreme heights and great depths. After the release of models for deep diving and scientific exploration, Rolex decided to focus on wristwatches for physicist and pilots too. Aviations professionals are always lucky enough to enjoy the special attention of watch developers since the beginning of the fight in early twentieth century. However Rolex was late in this game with the introduction of first aviation themed watch in 1955 named Rolex GMT-Master. Rolex worked hard with commercial Pan American World Airways to produce a watch for their professional pilots. Rolex worked out on a successful formula in various ways. The reason for which many Rolex Oyster Professional watches look alike is that Rolex never tried to reinvent the wheel with every new timepiece but added new additional or different feature to their earlier generation wheel. Also this was the prime reason that GMT Master was very similar to the Submariner which was produce two years before it. Interestingly Submariner itself adopted the hands for the legendary Explorer. 24 hour scale bezel and 24 hour GMT hand made it different from other Rolex watches. The two tone blue and red bezel was also another unique feature of Rolex GMT-Master meant for AM/PM indicator. The feature was then known as the “Pepsi bezel” due the similarity of colors tones with the soft drink brand. Though there were some minor but significant changes, the Rolex GMT Master was similar to the Submariner in many ways. The situation was not so different in 1956 when Rolex produced its first scientific watch the Rolex Milgauss with the collaboration of CERN laboratory in Switzerland. The physicists desperately needed a magnetically shielded watch that was not exposed to the magnetic fields created around the particle accelerators. Rolex produced a timepiece for professional scientists the Milgauss with the resistance up to 1,000 Gauss due to the soft iron core which secured the movement. Rolex Tried something slightly more refined, yet still a professional timepiece. Though Milgauss had more or less existing Oyster case but the dial was mostly inspired from the original Rolex Oyster Perpetual models along with a lightning bolt seconds hand.

In 1963 Rolex introduced the Oyster Cosmograph which then became popular as Rolex Oyster Cosmograph Daytona. Though Rolex had been successfully producing the chronograph models for more than 30 years but this was the first genuine racing world-inspired chronograph timepiece. In-fact no one knows from where the name “Cosmograph” came from. Rolex added Daytona for more serious involvement in racing world and named the watch family after the popular racing in Florida. Daytona is different from other Rolex Oyster Perpetual collection due to the adoption of partially different case design of chronograph pushers. Screw-down pushers were not present in the original Daytona models but the collection became famous after the addition of features by Rolex like increased durability and water and dust resistance. In 1960 Rolex introduced the Deep Sea Special with a non-commercial concept specially for extreme diving. The watch had an extreme thick steel case with almost comical bulbous crystal. This was very useful for Rolex because it brought them most valuable knowledge about intense water resistance and the watch successfully travelled to 37, 800 feet. The production of Rolex Deep Sea Special allowed the Swiss Master to develop even more reliable version of the Rolex Submariner known as Sea-Dweller released in 1967. The watch was water resistant to 630 meter which was increased after sometime. In-fact it was Rolex Sea-Dweller that help Rolex to produce modern Deep-Sea and Submariner watches of today. In 1960s, Rolex had successfully released many prime models that would fall under the modern Rolex Oyster Professional umbrella. Though additional models would come later but each of these existed to build on timepieces and concepts that were released by Rolex from between 1953 and 1967. Rolex Yacht-Master released in 1992 and the Sky-Dweller from 2012 is the most recent models of Rolex Oyster Professional. GMT-Master ll and Explorer ll are pretty much the updated versions of existing collection.

In 1971, Explorer ll was released by Rolex with combination of allure from original Explorer with the GMT-Master. The watch featured a fixes bezel rather than a rotating 24 hour bezel but with an advantage of second time zone. This feature was not only meant for the explorer’s timepiece but also for the more reliable explorer’s watch meant for tough conditions like underground or polar exploration. The purpose of 24 hour hand on timepiece was to gave ability to explorers to differentiate between day and night rather than GMT hand which was meant for second time-zone. This feature was very hand especially in places where sun didn’t go down or deep caves where sunlight was unable to reach. Rolex Yacht-Master is probably the oddest one of all timepieces as it was not meant for strictly professional use. You can call it the child of times because in 1990s the mechanical watch industry was seriously investing in moving up-market. Sports watches were popular at that time so Rolex intended to produce a high quality and durable sports watch which can be used in sailing sports or pleasure. Yacht-Master models today have platinum or gold bezel rather than a steel one. In 2007 Yacht Master ll was released and was not in large number but the watch had more complicated movements than the previous one. The new version features a programmable countdown timer chronograph which is slightly adjusted by turning the bezel. Rolex Professional watches today are more or less known as their sports models. Both men and women wear most models but the Yacht-Master has only specific version for women with smaller-sized cases. There is no special list of production techniques, features or any tests that apply to the Rolex Oyster Professional watches according to Rolex but the cases used and tests performed are more rigorous than other timepieces produced by Rolex. The production of Rolex Oyster Professional watches can be more complicated than that or Rolex Oyster Daydate/just. For instance Milgauss has a case surrounded by magnetic field and Dea Sea has additional features like the Ringlock system for massive level of water resistance. Talking about the design of Rolex Oyster Professional sports timepieces, they have beefier cases and functions like crown guard for the protection of crown. All professionals do not use mechanical watches today but Rolex has invested in manufacturing the top quality professional use wristwatch possible. All Rolex Oyster Professional watches are highly tested in terms of water resistance. First the Rolex dive watches are tested in air chamber and then in actual compression chamber full of water. Interestingly Rolex indicates that their dive timepieces are tested to be able of withstanding 25% more than their mentioned water resistance level. The Rolex Deep Sea watches has its own special water testing chamber which is developed by Rolex with Comex. It is due to the reason that it tests such immense water pressure the test takes almost over an hour to complete.

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Sports Watch Reviews

25 Aug

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Whether you are a professional businessman or athlete, wristwatch is basic requirement for your profession. These Replica watches reviews will help you to unveil the basic features of a quality sports timepiece. Sports watches have been produced from years to help athletes in keep accurate time without any problem in tough physical activities. For instance, a diver cannot use an ordinary timepiece while diving because only waterproof watch with special features can serve him well. Another advantage of sports watch is that it can be used as a high fashion statement. Here are some of the eye catching features of a quality sports watch.

1.    Water Proof

One of the prime features of every sports watch is to perfectly waterproof. Professional divers need to use a high quality waterproof watch like Rolex Submariner not only to avoid water from entering into the watch case but also to track depth of the water. Gas escape valve is an additional feature added by many watch manufacturers to their timepieces. The pressure is very intense below water which results in damaging watch case. A gas escape valve releases the pressure from inside the case and thus prevents the watch from any damage.

2.    Stop Watch

Stop watch is mostly used in racing sports like care racing, marathon and so on. Almost every sport watch have this features but some of them like Casio watches have special stop watch from all sort of racing athletes.

3.    Timer

Time is a useful tool used in many sports. A bright example of such watch feature is Adidas watches. Sports like basketball or football need such type of watch to keep the record of elapsed time. Countdown can be used to beat the previous record.

4.    Manufacturing

Perhaps the most important feature of any wrist watch is the way it is built. In most cases reliable material like stainless steel, hard plastic and many more are used to make a quality sport timepiece. A sports watch usually lasts for longtime as compared to ordinary watches. A wise watch maker is always aware about the need of the athletes and the atmosphere where the watch will be used, so he never compromise of the quality of the timepiece.

Watches are ideal for sportsmen of any type but the problem is most people don’t know about the features of a quality sport timepiece. Hopefully you will find a good sports timepiece with these replica watches reviews.

The Wristwatch Reviews- Rolex Submariner

24 Mar

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Professional diving watches such as Rolex Submariner are popular for their perfect time keeping ability in deep waters. In these Replica Rolex Reviews, we will share the reviews about the Rolex Submariner which will help to know about the perfect diving watch. The Rolex Submariner has the honor of first professional diving watch that was produced the Swiss master in 1953. The main designer of the watch Jacques Cousteau was a diving enthusiast and also served in the Navy before watch making. Being a professional diver, he was well aware about the necessities of a reliable diving watch. So the Rolex Submariner has following features:

Clear visibility in deep water with high contrast ratio black dial and big luminous hands.

Good water proof, antimagnetic and anti-collision structure.

Perfect corrosion resistance in different temperatures.

The first generation submariner with Ref. 6204 was slight different from 6202 and 6204 which was water resistant to 100m. The simple hand was changed with a “Mercedes-Benz” hand. During the same period, Rolex introduced 6205 models with a Submariner words on its dial. 6200 which was produced in 1954-1956 was the special edition of the Rolex Submariner. The difference between this model and other ones were the Roman numeral hour markers at 3, 6 and 9. The second generation came with the introduction of Ref. 6538 with same iconic “Mercedes-Benz” hand. The case diameter of 6538 model was increased to 38mm with Cal. 1030 Butterfly Rotor movement which had passed the COSC test and was the best movement at the time. “+” was changed into “BREVET” words below the “Crown” logo. The most notable aspect of the models was the water resistance to 200M.

Jean Piccard and Auguste made a new submarine diving record when they dived to 3150 meters in 1953. At the same time, Rolex Submariner was born and was used in a diving adventure in 600 meters. Casino Royale was broadcasted on 21 October 1954 which was the first time when 007 appeared on the screen. The main character Barry Nelson wore the Rolex Submariner which was released a year ago. Sean Connery also wore the watch in Dr.No but Rolex didn’t want to sponsor him. So the director had to lend its own NATO strap Submariner to the actor. It is due to this fact that people nowadays change the original Oyster bracelet of Submariner into a NATO cloth strap.

Ref 5508 (1958-1965) was the third generation Submariner with a Cal. 1530, 37mm diameter case and was water resistant to 100 meters. But the price was higher from the previous models and also had a red version “Submariner” words on the dial. The radioactivity increased due to the change of luminescent material. The 5510 was produced for only two years and was water resistant to 200 meters.

Rolex Submariner reached to its fourth generation with ref. 5512. The new models had various differences from the previous versions.

The bezel’s material was changed into solid steel from mixed rubber.

The bezel’s flutings were widened and were much bigger than previous models.

The crown of the Submariner was smashed in an accident in late 50’s, so guards on the both sides of the crown were added which is still in use.

A waterproof apron was added on the tube.

Beneath the “Crown” logo, there were three round points which were used as sports model sign.

Bracelet was prominently improved.

The case diameter was improved into a genuine sports watch size 39.5mm. The Cal. 1750 was used in 5512 which was the most advanced product of Rolex at that time. Due to its durability and accuracy, it has still a good reputation.

Ref. 5513 was a bit cheap version of 5512 with quite long lifeline and also with large production. The previous luminous markers were free from frames but later on they were equipped with frames but not metal ones. 1530 movement was used in 5513 model which was then switched to 1520 movement after few years. 5513’s military version was ref. 5517 that featured canvas military strap with much stronger sword hands but the price was very expensive. IOS (International Organization for Standardization made detailed requirements on the specifications of diving watch during the production of 5513. Here are the details which were published on July 1, 1981.

The watch must be readable in the dark from 25cm distance with proper time identification with time span on the bezel.

The timepiece must be DC anti-magnetic for more than 60 Gauss.

Even if it falls from 1 meter height on a hard word, it must not get any damage.

Plus 20kg resistance to external force.

The watch must work properly after immersing it in 3% salt water for at-least 24 hours.

The watch must have the ability to withstand 40 C -5 C -40 C temperature cycle.

1 and 5 graduation must be clear on the bezel

Can act properly under 30cm depth of water

Can withstand 12.5 atmospheric air pressure after testing for 20 minutes in water.

Added helium must be present in the watch to keep proper timing in the dark

A diving watch must have above requirements but watch such as Submariner is a professional and rare diving watch.

Ref. 1680 was one of the earliest models of Submariner with date function. Cal. 1570 movement was used in 1680 with water resistance to 200M and the production lasted from 1965 to 1980. Famous “Red Sub” was another model of 1680 that was loved worldwide by watch fans. Ref 16800 featured a sapphire crystal and was water resistant to 300 meters. The watch was equipped with 3035 movement and was also more stable and accurate than other models. In 1989, 168000 was produced but soon it was replaced with 16610 immediately.

Submariner was produced for the exploration of underwater world with special features. In-fact Submariner was not as spectacular as Daytona and also not had many functions but it was a gift for adventurers with powerful practical valve. 5513 was discontinued in 1989 and modern Submariner with ref 14060 emerged. Sapphire crystal was used to prevent the scratches and other damages that were caused in sports. But the hard brittle characteristic was not good enough to prevent collision. The new Rolex no date mechanism with Cal. 3030 was produced in 2001 that replaced 3000 and the previous model 14060 was renamed to 14060M. The newest Submariner Date with 300 meters waterproof was ref. 16610. 3135 new movement was used along with sapphire crystal. Rolex introduced 16610LV with green bezel as special anniversary edition on the 50th anniversary of Rolex in 2003. Rolex Submariner has been successfully retaining the top spot in the diving watches for over sixty years.

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