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This guy had wealthy help, great ethics. Smart business tactics.
But a bad time to be a German during WW2. Should've stayed in England....
His true genius was the Wilsdorf foundation and given them 100% ownership of Rolex. Now they never have to pay taxes again. Incredibly smart and what a legacy to his wife and to himself.
tax in your dream 🤡
@Louis Brandt You might want to revise your view on taxes. What you believe isnt really the reality.
@Yar Ly sound personal, get some help for that.
Rolex has to pay taxes like everyone else. Everyone getting robbed wearing this douchebag brand...it's your own fault (any imbecile robber will know you're wearing something deemed valuable). 😉
Very well written script and overall a nicely put together video. Look forward to seeing more good content like this.
Yes, this is top, everything was done correctly)
@Emanuel Monte Yes the dedication, time and quality they put in. I also can't afford it but I can't crucify them it. I afford the Chinese.
@Emanuel Monte ??? get some positivity for your life.
What an innovator, and a brilliant businessman! This is one of the best entrepreneurial stories I've ever heard.
Good for Hans, passion, patience and creativity all served him well, then to leave it all to a charitable foundation. This was a man of high integrity.
@Tolo Tonga Exactly. Screw these bullshit "charities".
With the amount of money donated to all the charities company there shouldn't be any hungry people out there yet they hold that money for there profit
Meh,Rolex doesn't pay taxes though
Don't stop Doing inspirational videos like this thanks
Really inspiring story, hats off to the narrator who done his job well
@ian1856 The irony of you commenting about proper grammar while simultaneously spelling your second “your” when technically it should be “you’re” is pretty hilarious. Just saying🤔
Excellent channel. Great content👍👍👍
Holy crap, have heard of this company of course all my life. But had no idea of its humble beginnings. Stumbled across this video in my main feed. Pretty cool.
Why? Why? Do these interesting stories pop up for no reason? So glad.
Rolex is as much a marketing company as it is a watch company.
The man was a genius well ahead of his time.
I love this , and the one about Henry Ford.
Poirot Love Song Tom Burke & Jaime Winstone https://youtu.be/vxltvfUabsU
From ground zero to legendary status. Love stories like this, against all odds.
"Follow Your Passion" One of the hardest steps in doing this is not letting the ones that You Love change Your mind...
can't say the same about some girls wanting to tell you how to think and cordinate your own thoughts, leave those behind.
Jesus said it is very hard for the rich to enter heaven. balance is key
turn Dreams into a vision then to the goal
Yeah, good luck with this statement in these days, this statement is probably as stupid as "money doesn't make you happy". How many of these big people followed their dream/passion? 0.001%? Most of the success men had a big spark at the right time in the right place and they took advantage of that, which is better than dreaming. This is the key to success, to think, not to dream.
Every generation has it's own Steve Jobses. People who disrupt an entire industry with new ways of building products. Hans was one of them.
Yep. Musk is making this kind of history right before our eyes
Amazing true story! Passion, determination, discipline and hard work. Love it.
I absolutely love & admire this man…I also love & enjoy Rolex wrist watches too! I have had a really rough upbringing myself but was able to turn my life around for the better. I was addicted to alcohol & drugs for the majority of my teenage years & spent alot of time behind bars because of my addiction & I also experienced homelessness for a few year’s & I never want to experience that ever again. I have found a better way of living by helping others become alcohol & drug free, I have been clean & sober since 2008’ I'm very fortunate to have changed my life around...Everything I have today is a direct result of me helping somebody else 🙏😇🙌I get to enjoy my Rolex's now 🙂
What did you do? I could use the inspiration
what were your parents upto 🙄
Well done sir!
You mean like how Joel Osteen helps other people? 💲👼
I have heard many successful stories Of two people meeting at the right time and creating something....TIMELESS What a designer 👏 😍
@Tom Boyle Thankyou Wonderful Cinema in historical places.
I have so much respect for Rolex after this. I will own one me and my kids
Very inspiring, but it seems that life hasn't thrown him a single bone. He really had to create his own happiness, which is a bit sad at the same time.
I've actually always been curious myself and an admirer of his work. But never knew his or their story. Thanks for this upload. Very interesting. But great rags to riches story. That's the best earned wealth a person can find financially.
Hans is one of the few people who can make me spend over $10,000 on a wristwatch.
Every watch cheal or expensive tell the same time
@Jon David 100
10000 dollars 😂😂 what entry level rolex are you buying ?
@Steve Kindness changes everything!
The father of a friend of mine used to be a biker. Many years ago he was at a biker meeting and a man came up to him and wanted to buy his bike (im not gonna lie don’t know how much) and said he would add a watch to the money for his bike. The watch was a Rolex but back then they werent as prestigious as they are today at least when it comes to switzerland. The man who came up to him was the brother of Hans which created rolex. Hans made 3 watches where the rolex symbol was red. One he kept for himself, the other he gave to his brother and the other one idk. However his brother traded the watch and money for my friends father his bike. Today this watch can’t be found anywhere and no matter where he takes it, no one takes their eyes of the watch. I tried find anything about it which I did however there is no price known for this watch and no one at a jewelry can give him a price on that and they all just stand there stunned. Its pretty funny how big and yet so small the world is.
Cool story, but most likely BS.
reminds me of one such theory that connects people through 7 points or something similar. Now through you, I can tell I know someone who has a friend whose father met the brother of the man who created Rolex.
Thiers till not prestigious just a lot of money for Chinese workings. I used a 1,000 dollar's Casio watch from 1992 till 2011 , It stopped after 2 day`s of my wrist. Still operational to day, That watch was my work watch i worked underground, its had 1 ton of chemical bolts fall on it, shot crete, explosive's residue ,dust , the vibrations from a SIG 24 and 29 ( air operated drill), had water pour over it from the telfer mine that was at time 24 times saltier than sea if my memory serves me, We used to come out from underground and before got to the shift bosses office our work gear would stiff as cardboard. Compared to my casio, Rolex`s are not worth my shit let alone my money.
@StackingNFT Im sorry to inform you but its true. I dont care what wether you believe it or not to be honest. Besides a picture I found on the internet a long time ago I've never seen the watch in person so if it is a lie then surely not told by me because Im only the messenger.
As mentioned in the video, WWI made wristwatches popular, in part because of Rolex itself. Horatio Alger rags to riches story, nicely done.
Someone gave it a gift to me. I never put on such expensive watches and I dont mind if it is Rolex. Usually I dont use watches at all but people can buy one if it is for a charitable org. They'll like the feel of it. The story of this is super! Tragedy struck success all the time.
3 P's : Passion, perserverance and patience.Thanks for this upload. Very interesting insights. He overcame so many obstacles. He is so so wise. He even takes steps to set up a foundation and legally ensures "greed" will never ever destroy his hard work. Another MOVER and SHAKER
You forgot to talk about “Tudor Watches” which is part of the Rolex brand also setup by Han’s, is now classed as a sister company of Rolex and also owned by the foundation.
Nobody cares about Tudor
Just as beautiful and less 'obvious' to allow for every day wear in London
I always wanted one and was very proud when I was able to purchase one. A watch for life.
A great story thank you for doing just a good a job putting this video together as Rolex makes it watch. I really like how he said screw the British when they tried to impose a 33% tax.
9:39 It was Kew Observatory, nothing to do with James Bond's gadget man. Another point worth mentioning: until Rolex hit the big time, watches were more often branded by their retailers, the actual makers were just backroom boys beavering away somewhere. Rolex spent lots of efforts on building the brand's reputation, and the brand was reputable enough to get the retailers to sell them without the usual rebranding, and this gradually became the norm in the industry.
Exactly, lots of watch brands have the Swiss made movement and many of them are even better made and with better design. Rolex just spent energy on building a brand. And boom inflated prices
A marvelous inventor who overcame all disadvantage and became a legend by sheer effort and dedication.
I have 1972 oysters perpetual that originally belonged to my father,He passed onto to me as hi-school graduation present in 81. Even since it is on my wrist every day, I was fortunate enough to buy couple of another one later in life but ‘72 is very special to me. I’m wearing every single day with amazement that 50 years old watch never skip the ticking, still accurate enough ( gets behind 2~3min a month), jubilee band fits so snugly yet securely, it reminds me of my youth and fantastic father I had. I miss him…
Never sell it, pass it down! Maybe its due for service ;)
Great story about a great watch, I just wish the people who put together this video use other visual clips and not bit and pieces from movies that has nothing to do with Rolex.
To be fair, he didn't really start from nothing. He did attend that expensive boarding school after all, which is definitely a big privilege.
@J B how exactly?
@J B Obviously
Your woke envy is blatantly obvious
That’s amazing. Never knew Rolex was owned by a foundation. That is a very cool bit of new knowledge for me. Thank you!! 👍🏻😎👍🏻
What a great story! Good for his brother-in-law on taking that investment opportunity. Never would have thought they started off in London. Always thought it was a Swiss found company.
Truly amazing. Would love to own a Rolex after hearing the beginning of Rolex. But to expensive for me
Tremendous man..! My Rolex Sea Dweller DRSD 1974 is 50 years old and is like new...works perfectly. it changed colour from white to Pumpkin by the years. Beautifull vintage collector example
What an inspirational story, great story telling
Excelente história ... Fascinantes máquinas ...
Absolutely amazing , what a story & how many brands today which were started or invented and they would never see the real success of there inventions and Brands ,
A truly strong and very intelligent man Hans was! I had no clue about Rolex as a company, just how expensive there watches are. After watching this video, I have the utmost respect and admiration to this most brilliant company formed by the excellence of Hans Wilsdorf.
We'll take that as an 'undecided' then!
sweet documentary with a lot of things I never knew. I carry a cell phone so its like a pocket watch all over again! Has the time right on the front!
Very interesting story and great work to the founders but still I think paying >= 10000 $ for a watch is exaggerated ... regardless of the advantages it has like durable steel, waterproof, etc etc. You can change many 100$ watches during your life and still costs will be 20 time less while having super accurate time still. I think is more a collectionist hobby
I’ve just bought my wife a day datejust beautiful watch love seeing the history
very great work, keep at it with your style of documentary, and what an amazing story
Hard work, patience, timing & publicity are the key
I have mixed feelings about Hans. I would want to see what charities the foundation supports before I call him a good man and support the company being tax free. I understand that it supports watchmaking schools and what not but it's hard to think about school when you are starving, homeless, wearing rags, and have no access to clean drinking water. I apologize if I am being too liberal for some of you viewers but I care about all people, not just those who are fortunate financially and well. educated. This was a very well produced video with content. I enjoyed it. Thank you so much. Have a good one!✌🏻💙🐾🌍🇺🇸
wow! That was quite some history. The real grit, determination and belief in self! And clever business sense.
I have collected Rolex watches for over 10 years.I love them all and their value has increased over the years.Not meant as an investment but they make bank interest look like crap.
give one to me 🙋
Could not agree more! All of mine will go to my children.
Que LINDO corazon r n p.
Especially the Tiffany! Crazy market ! I was fortunate to get it at almost original SRP before it went to 35K now!..no bank interest or property would top that!
Some people already talk about the help he had, the advantages he had. So many people with wealth went the other way as well. In the end, it is the path you choose that takes you where you want to go. You will attract the right energy and connections. People notice, people see what you are doing, people will want what you are bringing if it is right to them.
"Some people already talk about the help he had, the advantages he had. So many people with wealth went the other way as well." I think the issue is that this type of video can, often unintentionally, be used as a means of bashing the poor by effectively saying "look what other poor people did" and ignore the element of luck altogether. It isn't about taking away people's achievements it is more about placing things in the correct context.
There is always a success story somewhere in the world
Rolex was definitely a good brand once
He was very much concern about all the situation of his life made him to find a great Solution of Great Brand 👍👏👌
They give them free to famous athletes to advertise them. In 1960's, my dad and I could see the brand displayed in stores just like any other brand. There was nothing attached to it as to the prestige that it has now. Essentially a watch tells the time. If it is mechanical, then it is less accurate. For anything more than that, then they use gold and diamonds and... to elevate the price. Of course, now it becomes a piece of jewelry. The billionaires and millionaires buy them for the status symbol, something to show off. Why does a watch cost close to a million dollar? Just like cars they make. You cannot possibly drive them at 200 miles an hour. These are toys. Maybe they belong to a museum. A man is like a spider, the smaller the man, the bigger the web. A large spider has no web and catches its prey by bouncing on it. The point is that an insecure person ( a man or a woman ) needs lots of fancy objects around to feel important because we are small creatures physically. Of course, these people are small inside as well.
So what you saying is you can’t afford a Rolex? That’s ok me too
some people buy these watches, artwork etc for the investment value...
Good for him.He did not use his intelligence to create weapons of wars to destroy mankind. May he rest in peace.
I heard that Rolex amassed a lot of gold years ago, to use for many of their watch models. The price they paid was very attractive, and has helped them dramatically increase their profit margin. Is this true?
Very nice content, thank you for your work! Subscribed
Excellent video. The marketing quote is something I can relate to. 👌
I posted the link to my Instagram stories for others to watch
Great story ! And yes he didn't come from a poor country and yes he was an orphan. ( only means he didn't have parents) . his struggle was long and hard . he had a dream and a plan and followed it through. H also gave back from where he took . he has schools all around to teach watch making . there is one in Lancaster pa. check it out
Watching this video makes me want to buy Rolex, Kind of the BEST Rolex Ad i've ever seen. Excellent video, thumbs up 👍
Now I can see why my 1983 DateJust is indestructible from digging up the garden to off road cycling, attending a garden party, Rolex is a very trusted companion, albeit hijacked by Rolex zombies who wear the brand for bragging rights.
there needs to be a movie about this man
You are right
mr. wilsdorf would be blown away by todays technology and the emerging time keeping systems available on our cell phones.
What a wonderful uplifting story! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼💙💎
Thanks for sharing the Rolex story. Excellent production except for one particular element. The historical stock footage brought the story to life but the modern movie footage took the viewer on an uncomfortable ride between eras. Other than this time period distraction, I found your production to be of very high quality. I hope you appreciate my feedback.
The world was smaller and much simpler back then. Inspiring video.
During WW2, Rolex, through the red cross sold watches to officers who were prisoners in Europe. Payment was postponed . The prestige of Rolex was much enhanced when those officers returned home with gratitude that was not kept private.
You can also get a Rolex if you manage a Domino's pizza store.
Wow, the innovator of the modern watch, I never knew this.
Good old days.... 25 years ago, as a (good) student at the Geneva music Conservatory I received some 6.000 swiss francs from Rolex (Hans Wilsdorf Foundation). I Will allways remember that with gratitude!
Wow only wealthy people can buy Rolex..even in my dreams I can't afford to buy it.i just looking on the display shop everytine I passed by🥰🥰
I love how when he was portrayed as being in "London" he was shown as a character from the 1960s ...so that would have made him around 80 years old, given that he was born in the 1880s!!! Lol!!
So after the genius created a watch for everybody, after he passed in 1960 they decided to add diamonds to it and only wealthy people were able to afford them. He must be tossing and turning in his grave…greed took over!!!
Omega utilised 904L stainless or 'Uranus Steel' on their PloProf watch in 1971-72. Thirteen years before Rolex.
I love how Rolex became known for accurate time keeping...... however, nowadays they are known for NOT keeping time very well!!! My Datejust II goes one minute out every day or so, even when constantly kept wound up.
@Kyra Right. But the point is the digital watch is far cheaper than the Rolex or Breitling. You're essentially paying for the name and the mechanical nature. Same thing with cars. 30 years from now an ICE sports car will cost even more than today because an electric corolla will be faster 0-60 with better range than an ICE. You'll just be paying for legacy and mechanical/hand construction.
Maybe they haven’t changed so much, but the rest of our technology has. The clock app on your iphone has the second hand move in sync with the exact time. Compared to a sundial, with a watch—give or take one minute—that’s still pretty accurate. All the digital gadgets and computers they didn’t have back then
The don't need annual servicing. Lol. I'm a watchmaker, what your watch needs is to be regulated. I rarely get a Rolex that is within chronometer standards, sadly enough. Take it to a watchmaker and tell them it's not keeping correct time and off a minute or more each day. They will put it on a timegrapher and get it where it needs to go.
Unfortunately all these vintage brands that made their name on building amazing products (Rolex, Mercedes, Omega, etc.) now sadly make crap products. Both my Omega and Breitling actually don't tell time very well and jump ahead plenty like your Rolex. So much for fine engineering. Dont even get me started on the cheap plastic cars Mercedes makes these days. They survive on the lineage.
It's probably overwound. Let it rest. I only wind mine maybe once a month. Just do the wrist shake to keep it wound.
Mr Hans was a very smart man
I can certainly appreciate any wrist watch.
Here I still dream of buying a Rolex one day, even if it's a used one!
You're better off getting on the list and buying new. It's cheaper than buying a used one.
9:38 It's not the 'Q' Observatory, it's 'Kew,' the same place the National Archives are. 10:40 You mention the Crown logo being on the 'dial' of their watches, however, the part you are showing, while it does have the Crown logo, is in fact called the crown (on all watches)--not the dial. The dial is the main face on the obverse of the watch. In Rolex's case, the crown has the Crown logo impressed on it.
Very inspiring story hard work never goes off!
According to the history of Heinz I'll call him the watchmaker the Rolex brand that was created by him perhaps was never intended to be priced out of the pockets of the ordinary people because it's the ordinary people who made his brand famous such as soldiers in the second world war.
My first introduction to Rolex was when the Rock gave a few to most of the Nation of Domination. He gave Farooq a painting of The Rock.
Wow wow wow,what a great story.Being a poor man almost all my life,i never own a Rolex.I wish i could now.
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