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Watch Movement - Automatic - Rolex 620

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Watch Movement - Automatic - Rolex 620
Name Rolex 620
Manufacturer Rolex (Details)
Type Automatic
Jewel Count 17
Year(s) of Production 1931 - 1945
Diameter (mm) 7.4
Height (mm) 26.0
Frequency (vph) 18,000
Power Reserve 41
Chronometer Yes
Hacking No
Date No
Hand Winding No
Quickset No

History: The 620 was Rolex's first automatic mechanism. Rolex introduced it in 1931. The Self-winding movement features a unidirectional winding rotor, 18,000 A/h, 17 jewels, small seconds. The world's first self-winding movement with rotor winding (Perpetual). These mechanisms seem to be chronometer certified (COSC), but I am not 100% sure that all of them are.

Rolex designed this mechanism in response to other watchmakers' self-winding innovations. Hence, the 620 was not, by any stretch of the imagination, the first automatic design. However, it was better than its competitors' similarly priced models by a good margin, and hence rapidily propelled Rolex forward in market share.

As most Rolex fans know, Rolex did not make its own movements until 2004. Until that time, they contracted Aegler watchmaking to produce all their mechanisms. However, the Aegler factory was completely integrated with the Rolex company and starting in 1936 exclusively produced movements for Rolex. Hence the design of the 620 was credited to Emil Borer (one of th Aegler partners) and Hans Wilsdorf (Rolex founder) jointly. The new automatic design was not very revolutionary. They simply took the very successful Hunter 10 1/2 design and put it inside a ring that allowed it to rotated inside the watch case. The rotations then effectively 'wound' the 10 1/2. That being said, some of the simplest ideas can be some of the biggest game-changers and this idea certainly was.

Rolex SA (/ˈroʊlɛks/) is a Swiss luxury watchmaker. The company and its subsidiary Montres Tudor SA design, manufacture, distribute and service wristwatches sold under the Rolex and Tudor brands. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis in London, England in 1905 as Wilsdorf and Davis, Rolex moved its base of operations to Geneva, Switzerland in 1919. Forbes ranked Rolex 64th on its 2016 list of the world's most powerful global brands.[Rolex is the largest single high end watch brand. The company is owned by the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation, a private family trust.

Alfred Davis and his brother-in-law Hans Wilsdorf founded Wilsdorf and Davis, the company that would eventually become Rolex SA, in London, England in 1905. Wilsdorf and Davis' main commercial activity at the time involved importing Hermann Aegler's Swiss movements to England and placing them in high-quality watch cases made by Dennison and others. These early wristwatches were sold to jewellers, who then put their own names on the dial. The earliest watches from Wilsdorf and Davis were usually hallmarked "W&D" inside the caseback.

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Item created by: gdm on 2018-09-29 20:14:32. Last edited by gdm on 2018-10-16 22:26:05

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