Rolex has traditionally been regarded as the gentlemens choice within the horological world. Founded in 1905 in the UK by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis, this master watchmaker is now based in Geneva where it continues to produce luxurious watches each year.
Last month, Christies brought to auction a rare Rolex chronograph made in 1942, which sold and set a new record of $1.16 million. The oversized stainless steel split seconds chronograph has a nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, silver matte dials, applied pink gold Arabic and baton numerals. The particular Rolex watch is one of only 12 models created, of which only eight are known to be in existence. Reports say that the 12 watches were made as gifts to famous race drivers and team owners during the early 1940s.
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