ROLEX

Rolex Speedking


By the time WWII broke out Rolex had already cemented its position as a premier tool watch manufacturer. Its reputation was so strong that British soldiers would often discard their government issued wristwatches in order to purchase Rolexes. POW's (prisoners of war) were also given the rare opportunity to order their own watch through the "buy now and pay whenever" plan implemented by Hans Wilsdorf. This plan was handled personally by the Rolex founder because as a WWI veteran he understood the vitality of having a reliable watch at all times. Rolex watches delivered to POW's were deemed the SpeedKing's. They were small in diameter and reliable. Rolex also played a major role during the famed Great Escape. It is believed that a Rolex 3525 Chronograph was specifically ordered by an RAF pilot to help coordinate and organize the escape plan. Although the SpeedKing here dates back to 1970 it is important to know about its role in WWII history.      

About the Brand

Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis founded Rolex in London in 1905. The company started as a timepiece distribution company. But it soon became a wristwatch manufacturer after Wilsdorf realized he could manufacture movements that could be worn on the wrist, something unheard of at the time. In 1910 Rolex is awarded the worlds first Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision. In 1914 it is awarded the Precision Certificate for its new movements. These awards turned Rolex into a symbol of precision and elegance. A status it maintains to this day.

Technical Specs  

Rolex Speedking 6430

Movement: Caliber 1210

Year: 1970

Case Size:  34mm

Case Material:  Steel

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