The History of Ladies' Watches
Rolex watches are not as old as some traditional watchmakers, but they have been around for over 100 years. Founded in 1905, the group began its life in a much less enlightened era, completely different from what it is today. The leaders of corporations and the military were men. which meant that women had little to no accountability for having enough capital to afford a luxury like a watch.
Therefore, the majority of watches produced by Rolex are aimed at men, as only they can afford to buy them.
In its early days, however, the brand still produced only a small number of women's models, extremely sophisticated models, little more than a decorative bracelet with a small recessed watch. . You can still find them for sale today if you search hard for beautiful jewelry with strong Art Deco influences.
Over the years, Rolex has developed a wider range, although if you look at the "Women's Watches" section of their current website, it is clear that it is still far behind the men's collection.
It's basically made up of smaller versions of some very famous names - pieces were originally made in full sizes for thinner wrists, usually with some sort of embossing jeweled, or rather elegant, soaked from head to toe.
But whether it is one of the most refined 26mm watches, down to the giant 44mm watches of recent times, the same honest commitment to quality pervades the entire Rolex portfolio. The brand has always been at the forefront of technical and technological advancement, producing the most recognisable, coveted and impressive timepieces available today.
|1905||Rolex starts life as Wilsdorf & Davis in London, fitting imported Swiss movements into cases and selling them through a network of high end jewelers. At the time, the majority of wristwatches are worn by women.|
|1920s and 1930s||
Now officially known as Rolex, the company produces a number of women's watches heavily influenced by the Art Deco school of design. But with the invention of both the waterproof Oyster case and the self-winding Perpetual movement, the image of wristwatches completely changed and Rolex began to focus their efforts on making timepieces. Males have special stamina and are strong. However, there are still some Oyster Perpetual models made in smaller sizes, some as small as 24mm.
|1957||The incredible success of the radical Datejust in 1945 leads Rolex to produce a women’s version, the Lady-Datejust. It will go on to become the highest selling watch the brand has ever produced.|
The YachtMaster and Pearlmaster series debuted this year. The Pearlmaster is entirely aimed at women and the smallest of each line comes in at 29mm. Also, the YachtMaster comes in 35mm and 40mm, while the Pearlmaster has 34mm.
|1998||The smallest of the Oyster Perpetual watches increase in size, up to 26mm.|
|2015||The Oyster Perpetual is made available in five variants; 26mm, 31mm, 34mm, 36mm and 39mm. Although all but the largest are featured on the Women’s Watches page of Rolex’s website, the same year also sees a 39mm Pearlmaster introduced, with that size now more than accepted as suitable for a ladies' watch.
The Lady-Datejust goes from 26mm to 28mm and continues to be the prototype Rolex for women.