Hans Wilsdorf

Hans Wilsdorf (March 22, 1881 – July 6, 1960) was the founder of noted watch brands Rolex and Tudor.wikipedia
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Hans Wilsdorf (March 22, 1881 – July 6, 1960) was the founder of noted watch brands Rolex and Tudor.
Originally founded as Wilsdorf and Davis by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis in London in 1905, the company registered Rolex as the brand name of its watches in 1908.

Kulmbach

Hans Wilsdorf was born in Kulmbach, Germany, to Protestant parents, Anna and Johan Daniel Ferdinand Wilsdorf and was the second son of a family of three children.
Hans Wilsdorf (born 22 March 1881; died 6 July 1960 in Geneva); businessman, founder of Rolex

La Chaux-de-Fonds

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In 1900 Hans began his career in Swiss watchmaking when he moved to La Chaux-de-Fonds to work as an English correspondent and clerk with the influential watch firm of Messrs.
Rolex trademark, registered by Hans Wilsdorf, in 1908. His company, Wilsdorf and Davis, London, was later renamed Rolex Watch Company, Geneva and Biel/Bienne

Germany

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Hans Wilsdorf was born in Kulmbach, Germany, to Protestant parents, Anna and Johan Daniel Ferdinand Wilsdorf and was the second son of a family of three children.

World War I

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In 1914, a decade after Wilsdorf moved to London, World War I broke out, at which time Wilsdorf changed the name of Wilsdorf & Davis to The Rolex Watch Company Ltd. Fourteen days before World War I began, On July 14, 1914, Rolex was the first wristwatch in history to be awarded a Class "A" certificate from the famous Kew Observatory.

Royal Air Force

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By the start of World War II Royal Air Force pilots were buying Rolex watches to replace their inferior standard-issue watches.

Prisoner of war

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However, when captured and sent to POW camps, their watches were confiscated.

Geneva

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Hans Wilsdorf died in Geneva, Switzerland on July 6, 1960.

Switzerland

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Hans Wilsdorf died in Geneva, Switzerland on July 6, 1960.

Tudor Watches

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Registered in 1926 at the request of Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex SA, it was positioned as a more affordable alternative.

La Châtaigneraie (school)

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In 2007, the old Swimming Pool (built in 1930) and the inflated "Bubble" Sports Hall were taken down to allow for the construction of a new sports hall, which was opened in October 2008, which was financed by the Hans Wilsdorf foundation.

International School of Geneva

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This was achieved with the financial help of the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation.

Watch

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Hans Wilsdorf moved to London in 1905 and set up his own business, Wilsdorf & Davis, with his brother-in-law Alfred Davis, providing quality timepieces at affordable prices; the company later became Rolex.

Gruen Watch Co.

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Some of their finest movements were made by Jean Aegler (who became a business partner of Hans Wilsdorf, Rolex).

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March 22 – Hans Wilsdorf, German-Swiss watchmaker, founder of Rolex (d. 1960)

History of watches

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Hans Wilsdorf moved to London in 1905 and set up his own business with his brother-in-law Alfred Davis, Wilsdorf & Davis, providing quality timepieces at affordable prices – the company later became Rolex.

Wilsdorf

Hans Wilsdorf (1881-1960), German watchmaker and founder of Rolex

History of timekeeping devices

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Hans Wilsdorf moved to London in 1905 and set up his own business with his brother-in-law Alfred Davis, Wilsdorf & Davis, providing quality timepieces at affordable prices – the company later became Rolex.

Rolex Datejust

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, was awarded the 100,000th officially certified chronometer by Rolex's founder, Hans Wilsdorf - a 36mm Datejust with a fluted white gold bezel & stainless-steel Jubilee bracelet while in office during World War II.