Rising to the task is a way of touching the very essence of strength and courage. These values have been shared for decades by Rolex and the world of mountaineering.
Scaling summits, daring to take uncharted paths, reaching the rooftop of the world. What could be more exhilarating ?
Each climb is the fruit of extensive research and intense physical preparation. High mountain areas are a harsh, extreme universe : a magical environment coupled with conditions that are often merciless, where the notion of time becomes vital above 6,000 metres. High mountains attract to their summits uncommon adventurers, in search of achievements and confrontation with the elements. Rolex understood early on that here was a vast territory to be explored, an ideal natural laboratory for testing the performance of its watches. As of 1933, Rolex supplied Oyster models to Himalayan expeditions that set out to conquer Everest. And in 1953, the expedition that climbed for
Rolex and the Himalayas : Key dates
Upon their return from missions, great mountaineers have given specific details on the performance of the watches they wore. This has allowed Rolex, through changes and technical advancements, to attain higher degrees of reliability. Resistance to shocks, precision, waterproofness, day and night legibility are absolutely essential qualities for these instruments, integral tools for those scaling the highest peaks and participating in other such exploits.
* 1933 : The British Everest Expedition reached an altitude of 28,150 feet (over 8,300 metres).
* 1947 : The Swiss expedition led by André Roch explored the Garhwal region for five months and conquered several peaks.
* 1952 : The Swiss Everest expedition led by René Dittert reached a point less than 250 metres from the top, an altitude of nearly 8,600 metres.
* 1953 : The expedition led by Sir John Hunt allowed Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay to reach the summit of Everest for the first time.
* 1975 : Japanese climber Junko Tabei, a Rolex Testimonee since 2000, was the first woman to reach the summit of Everest.
* 2002 : The Swiss expedition led by Yves Lambert and Jean Troilletcommemorated the 1952 ascent. Tashi Tenzing, grandson of Tenzing Norgay, was a member of the expedition.
* 2005 : American Ed Viesturs, a Rolex Testimonee since 1995, climbed Annapurna, his 14th 8,000, without the use of oxygen.