Few brands manage to carry both luxury and practical cachet. Across the world, Rolex has perhaps more clout and status than any other watch brand—hell, its products are sometimes even used as currency—while maintaining the credibility of a Craftsman tool.
Made well enough to typically outlast their owners, Rolexes usually appreciate in value with age—a rarity for just about anything. But while you've seen plenty of its watches strapped to the most fashionable wrists, you might not know that much about Rolex's storied history.
Below are 17 things you probably didn't know about the most iconic watch brand of all time.
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16. Hans Wildorf supplied the watches used in the Great Escape.
Corporal Clive Nutting ordered a 3525 Oyster chronograph, which timed guard shifts.
17. The police once solved a murder because of a Rolex.
Since it had special servicing markings on it, the authorities could track down its owner. Furthermore, the watch had stopped winding, of course, when the man died, so they counted back from the 40 hour power reserve and found the time of death, which proved to vital to the case.
Ethan Wolff-Mann is an editor at Supercompressor. He owns zero Rolexes, because they cost many months rent. Follow him on Instagram.