Maybe the most important Rolex ...to Rolex

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Maybe the most important Rolex ...to Rolex

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January 21st, 2012, 2:56 pm #1

Hans Wilsdorf celebrated his 75th birthday on march 22 1953 in the drawing rooms of Hotel des Bergues at Geneva. For this event a retrospectife exibition (that later became part of the Rolex museum) was held illustrating the development of Rolex from its foundation to the present day.



Visitors could see one of the most important Rolex document ever, a letter that Wilsdorf wrote in 1912 asking his manufacturer, Aegler, at Bienne to produce for him at any price wristwatches capable of gaining an Oservatory timekeeping certificate. Aegler accepted the challenge and 2 years later in 1914 Rolex gained the first class A certificate which had ever been awarded by an Observatory to a wrist-watch of this calibre.
At the dinner that followed the reception, several personalities in the name of the State and of the City of Geneva expressed their admiration for the work accomplished by Wilsdorf.
The intense moment is when, at the end of the dinner, the Stick-O-Matic (an automatic watch sealed in a walking stick) was presented by the Directors to Wilsdorf at the occasion of this anniversary.

A unique piece!


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January 21st, 2012, 3:40 pm #2

Great post (and stick), thanks!
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January 21st, 2012, 3:59 pm #3

Hans Wilsdorf celebrated his 75th birthday on march 22 1953 in the drawing rooms of Hotel des Bergues at Geneva. For this event a retrospectife exibition (that later became part of the Rolex museum) was held illustrating the development of Rolex from its foundation to the present day.



Visitors could see one of the most important Rolex document ever, a letter that Wilsdorf wrote in 1912 asking his manufacturer, Aegler, at Bienne to produce for him at any price wristwatches capable of gaining an Oservatory timekeeping certificate. Aegler accepted the challenge and 2 years later in 1914 Rolex gained the first class A certificate which had ever been awarded by an Observatory to a wrist-watch of this calibre.
At the dinner that followed the reception, several personalities in the name of the State and of the City of Geneva expressed their admiration for the work accomplished by Wilsdorf.
The intense moment is when, at the end of the dinner, the Stick-O-Matic (an automatic watch sealed in a walking stick) was presented by the Directors to Wilsdorf at the occasion of this anniversary.

A unique piece!


... and such an amazing piece!!

Thanks for sharing this!

Do you have any idea of what happened to this "Stick O Matic" Philip?



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January 21st, 2012, 4:21 pm #4

Hans Wilsdorf celebrated his 75th birthday on march 22 1953 in the drawing rooms of Hotel des Bergues at Geneva. For this event a retrospectife exibition (that later became part of the Rolex museum) was held illustrating the development of Rolex from its foundation to the present day.



Visitors could see one of the most important Rolex document ever, a letter that Wilsdorf wrote in 1912 asking his manufacturer, Aegler, at Bienne to produce for him at any price wristwatches capable of gaining an Oservatory timekeeping certificate. Aegler accepted the challenge and 2 years later in 1914 Rolex gained the first class A certificate which had ever been awarded by an Observatory to a wrist-watch of this calibre.
At the dinner that followed the reception, several personalities in the name of the State and of the City of Geneva expressed their admiration for the work accomplished by Wilsdorf.
The intense moment is when, at the end of the dinner, the Stick-O-Matic (an automatic watch sealed in a walking stick) was presented by the Directors to Wilsdorf at the occasion of this anniversary.

A unique piece!


I wonder how often the cane has to move to fully wind the watch!
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January 21st, 2012, 5:54 pm #5

Hans Wilsdorf celebrated his 75th birthday on march 22 1953 in the drawing rooms of Hotel des Bergues at Geneva. For this event a retrospectife exibition (that later became part of the Rolex museum) was held illustrating the development of Rolex from its foundation to the present day.



Visitors could see one of the most important Rolex document ever, a letter that Wilsdorf wrote in 1912 asking his manufacturer, Aegler, at Bienne to produce for him at any price wristwatches capable of gaining an Oservatory timekeeping certificate. Aegler accepted the challenge and 2 years later in 1914 Rolex gained the first class A certificate which had ever been awarded by an Observatory to a wrist-watch of this calibre.
At the dinner that followed the reception, several personalities in the name of the State and of the City of Geneva expressed their admiration for the work accomplished by Wilsdorf.
The intense moment is when, at the end of the dinner, the Stick-O-Matic (an automatic watch sealed in a walking stick) was presented by the Directors to Wilsdorf at the occasion of this anniversary.

A unique piece!


Very cool!! Thanks for sharing *Philip* <nt>
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January 21st, 2012, 6:07 pm #6

Hans Wilsdorf celebrated his 75th birthday on march 22 1953 in the drawing rooms of Hotel des Bergues at Geneva. For this event a retrospectife exibition (that later became part of the Rolex museum) was held illustrating the development of Rolex from its foundation to the present day.



Visitors could see one of the most important Rolex document ever, a letter that Wilsdorf wrote in 1912 asking his manufacturer, Aegler, at Bienne to produce for him at any price wristwatches capable of gaining an Oservatory timekeeping certificate. Aegler accepted the challenge and 2 years later in 1914 Rolex gained the first class A certificate which had ever been awarded by an Observatory to a wrist-watch of this calibre.
At the dinner that followed the reception, several personalities in the name of the State and of the City of Geneva expressed their admiration for the work accomplished by Wilsdorf.
The intense moment is when, at the end of the dinner, the Stick-O-Matic (an automatic watch sealed in a walking stick) was presented by the Directors to Wilsdorf at the occasion of this anniversary.

A unique piece!


So cool! Thanks for sharing Philip! [nt]
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January 21st, 2012, 9:53 pm #7

Hans Wilsdorf celebrated his 75th birthday on march 22 1953 in the drawing rooms of Hotel des Bergues at Geneva. For this event a retrospectife exibition (that later became part of the Rolex museum) was held illustrating the development of Rolex from its foundation to the present day.



Visitors could see one of the most important Rolex document ever, a letter that Wilsdorf wrote in 1912 asking his manufacturer, Aegler, at Bienne to produce for him at any price wristwatches capable of gaining an Oservatory timekeeping certificate. Aegler accepted the challenge and 2 years later in 1914 Rolex gained the first class A certificate which had ever been awarded by an Observatory to a wrist-watch of this calibre.
At the dinner that followed the reception, several personalities in the name of the State and of the City of Geneva expressed their admiration for the work accomplished by Wilsdorf.
The intense moment is when, at the end of the dinner, the Stick-O-Matic (an automatic watch sealed in a walking stick) was presented by the Directors to Wilsdorf at the occasion of this anniversary.

A unique piece!


Stick-o-matic? I wonder if they marketed any??
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January 22nd, 2012, 12:37 am #8

... and such an amazing piece!!

Thanks for sharing this!

Do you have any idea of what happened to this "Stick O Matic" Philip?



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January 22nd, 2012, 12:38 am #9

Stick-o-matic? I wonder if they marketed any??
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