The archetype of the clas­sic watch, the is one of the most iconic time­pieces in the Rolex fam­ily, epit­o­mis­ing the watch­maker’s com­mit­ment to in­no­va­tion, de­sign, re­li­a­bil­ity and tech­ni­cal ex­cel­lence of the high­est or­der.

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When it rst ap­peared in 1945, the

was Rolex’s most tech­ni­cally ac­com­plished time­piece up to that time. It em­ployed the watch­maker’s in­no­va­tive Oys­ter case, the very rst wa­ter­proof wrist­watch case, as well as Rolex’s Per­pet­ual ro­tor, which au­to­mat­i­cally winds the move­ment. Rolex, which was then cel­e­brat­ing its 40th an­niver­sary, took a step fur­ther, how­ever, by in­tro­duc­ing the world’s rst wrist­watch with a date dis­play.

While it is ubiq­ui­tous to­day, Rolex’s tiny aper­ture at 3 o’clock was a game-changer back in 1945. As in­ter­me­di­ate gears and a spring mech­a­nism within en­sured that the date disc makes an au­to­matic leap at mid­night, the changed the very face of watch­mak­ing, set­ting the stan­dard for what has be­come the clas­si­cally recog­nised look of time­pieces. Even now, just over six decades later, the re­mains faith­ful to its orig­i­nal over­all look. De­spite in­cor­po­rat­ing new de­signs – in­clud­ing the Cy­clops lens that magni ed the date, an­other Rolex rst, in­tro­duced in 1955 – new dials and im­proved move­ments, it re­tains the same con­cept of a three-hand watch with the date win­dow at 3 o’clock.

Ear­lier this year at Basel­world 2016, Rolex in­tro­duced two up­dates to the fam­ily – the


. The is Rolex’s clas­sic fem­i­nine watch, time­lessly el­e­gant yet im­pec­ca­ble func­tional, while its 28mm size sits com­fort­ably on a lady’s wrist. The

is pow­ered by the cal­i­bre 2236, a new self-wind­ing me­chan­i­cal move­ment en­tirely de­vel­oped and man­u­fac­tured by Rolex. Its patented Sy­loxi hair­spring in sil­i­con is in­sen­si­tive to mag­netic elds, and re­mains up to 10 times more pre­cise than a tra­di­tional hair­spring in case of shocks. Equipped with a self-wind­ing mod­ule via a Per­pet­ual ro­tor, the cal­i­bre 2236 of­fers a power re­serve of ap­prox­i­mately 55 hours.

The is the new gen­er­a­tion of the clas­sic orig­i­nal, fea­tur­ing an up­dated de­sign in a 41mm case and pow­ered by Rolex’s cal­i­bre 3235, which in­cor­po­rates the new Chronergy es­cape­ment made of nickel-phos­pho­rus, and com­bines high­en­ergy ef ciency with great de­pend­abil­ity. An op­ti­mised blue Parachrom hair­spring

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