Rolex is the Official Timekeeper of the five Majors in women’s golf: The Evian Championship (France), the ANA Inspiration (USA), the U.S. Women’s Open, the Ricoh Women’s British Open and the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (USA). The brand is also a partner of the leading team tournament in women’s golf, the Solheim Cup, between the best European and US players.
As a committed partner of the sport, Rolex was named, in 2006, the Title Sponsor of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, the first-ever comprehensive world rankings system for women players.
Women have been at the heart of Rolex’s success since the company first opened its doors. When Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf created the accurate, reliable and robust wristwatch to suit the active lifestyles of the 20th century, he set out to design the modern timepiece for both genders.
His recognition of pioneering women was typified by the swimmer Mercedes Gleitze. She effectively became the first Rolex Testimonee in 1927 when she swam the English Channel wearing the new Oyster, the world’s first waterproof wristwatch and a foundation stone for Rolex's success.
Every woman who wears a Rolex has a story. One of passion and adventure. A story of a pioneering spirit who has pushed back the limits of performance. These women epitomize the essence of Rolex since its very beginnings and what the Swiss luxury watchmaker stands for. Among them are the brand’s Testimonees – athletes, artists and explorers who have each created history, becoming role models for millions of women around the globe. Their quest for excellence is symbolized by the Rolex they proudly wear, an emblem that helps to define their impressive achievements and inspiring contribution to the world.
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