The Rolex Oyster Professional Collection

The Rolex Oyster Professional Collection is the definitive collection of watches dedicated to the world of sport and exploration. Rolex’s association with sport is based on common values; the pursuit of excellence, timing, precision and grace.

Like many of history’s great explorers, Rolex view the world as a laboratory for testing the limits of what is possible. The highest mountains and deepest seas attract the most exceptional men and women. Rolex view these conditions as arena’s within which to test their exceptional watches.

The Oyster Professional Collection includes watches that have been to the top of the world and the bottom of the deepest seas. Rolex is the choice of world’s top sportsmen and women including Roger Federer, known as the greatest tennis player of all time, and Olympic Medallist Zara Phillips.

In 1953, Sir Edmund Hilary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay took their first steps at the top of Mount Everest accompanied by their Rolex Oyster. To celebrate this historic feat the Rolex Explorer was officially launched in the same year. In 1971 Rolex broke new ground in precision, durability and legibility with the release of the Explorer II.

The Oyster Perpetual Deepsea is the ultimate professional divers watch and an essential tool for those seeking new frontiers in ocean exploration. With an intricate three-piece case design, the Ringlock system, it is able to withstand the pressure at a depth of 3,900 metres. The Deepsea bezel is inlaid with a Cerachrom disc and it features a titanium caseback.

The movement in each Oyster Professional model is the height of precision; the self-winding Rolex Oyster Perpetual. Entirely engineered and manufactured by Rolex, each movement is an officially certified Swiss chronometer that guarantee’s high performance and reliability.

Where conventional watch movements are made using ferromagnetic alloys, Rolex have spent five years researching and developing the blue Parachrom hairspring. Built using a paramagnetic alloy, it is completely resistant to magnetic fields and up to 10 times more shock resistant guaranteeing the accuracy of each Rolex

The watch of choice for those with a passion for science and discovery is the Rolex Milgauss. It was introduced in 1956 as a solution to the problem of magnetic fields causing havoc with the accuracy of timepieces worn by scientists in research labs. Capable of withstanding fields of up to 1,000 gauss, it is known as a perfect magnetic shield.

The Milgauss is presented in 904L steel with a unique green sapphire crystal. 904L steel is more often used in the chemical industry as it offers maximum resistance against corrosion. The highly scratch resistant 904L steel is a supper alloy that is exceptionally polishable and is used on all Rolex steel watches.

A feature of some of the Oyster Professional models is the Cerachrom bezel. Normal watch bezels can deteriorate through sunlight damage and scratching. This special Rolex bezel is inlaid with an extremely hard ceramic disc with graduations that are filled with either platinum or 18-carat gold. It is designed to maintain its colour and is virtually scratch-proof.

Perhaps the most recognisable Rolex model is the Submariner. The 40mm steel diver’s watch is equipped with a black Cerachrom bezel giving it a smooth finish. There are individual minute graduations between the 0 – 15 minute markers on the bezel used to measure elapsed time when making a dive. The Submariner date is graced with a blue, black or green Cerachrom insert.

For the serious traveller the GMT-Master II has become an invaluable tool. With a GMT hand and a rotatable 24-hour graduated bezel it fulfils its function of being able to tell the time in a third time zone. The original GMT-Master was developed in 1955 to meet the requirements of international pilots and became the official watch of Pan Am following the first intercontinental flights.

Oyster Professional watches are not only for men. The Yacht-Master has all the sporty elegance of a Rolex professional in 35mm and 29mm models. In steel and platinum the 29mm uses a distinctive red seconds hand which contrasts with the light grey platinum dial providing perfect legibility.

The men’s version of the Yacht-Master comes in a 40mm version. The exceptional professional piece in this range is the Yacht-Master II. The joint largest Rolex model in terms of diameter, it comes in a 44mm case and features a Regatta Timer Chronograph.

Rolex is active in the world of competitive Yachting, the Rolex Farr® 40 Worlds turns the Tasman Sea into a sporting arena, where a mere split second can be the difference between winning and losing.

The most famous sports chronograph in history is without doubt the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. Introduced in 1963 the chronograph features a bezel with a tachymetric scale, designed to meet the requirements of professional race car drivers.

Time is essential in motor racing as each fraction of a second can make or break your race. With 24 straight hours racing at the Rolex 24 at Daytona professionalism and reliability are of paramount importance. The same principle is used when crafting any Professional Rolex watch.

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