The Rolex 5100 Texano Beta 21 was introduced at the 1970 Basel Fair and was the biggest hit of the show. All 1,000 pcs were pre-sold before any were available to deliver. The watches were produced and delivered between 1970-1972. The buyers were part of an exclusive club and given an invitation to visit the Rolex factory to be given a tour.
The Rolex 5100 Texano marked only the second time in Rolex history that Rolex numbered each watch successively. The first time was on the original Datejust in 1945, which at the time was only available in 18K on a 18K Jubilee bracelet. The first 100 pieces were numbered 1-100.
The Rolex 5100 Texano, although extremely innovative and ahead of it’s time – first Rolex with Sapphire Crystal – and first with a hidden clasp – forced Rolex to do a few thing it did not want to do: depend on an outside manufacturer for movements, and to not be able to use their patented Oyster Case as the Beta 21 movement would not fit in existing Oyster cases. Rolex categorized this watch as water resistant, not waterproof.
Rolex pulled out of the project Beta 21 and over the next 5 years developed on their own what many believe to be the finest quartz movement ever made, which was first released in 1977 until being discontinued in 2001.
Harold Freeman Jewelers is an Official Rolex Jeweler. Visit www.rolex.com and proceed to store locator to see us listed there
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Harold Freeman Jewelers
100 Indian Rocks Rd NBelleair Bluffs, Florida33770