The Rolex Legends

Updated: 2016-04-04



World Land Speed Record Driver,

Sir Malcolm Campbell

Rolex's alliance with and great appreciation for motor sport dates back to the 1930s when Sir Malcolm Campbell, one of the fastest drivers in the world, broke the 300 mile per hour barrier at the wheel of his World Land Speed Record car, Bluebird, with a Rolex on his wrist. He also broke the world speed record nine times between 1924 and 1935, including five times at Daytona Beach in Florida.


1935 Sir Malcolm Campbell's car "Bluebird" (Daytona Beach, Florida, US)

Since then Rolex's presence in motor sport has grown steadily, paving the way for esteemed partnerships with some of the most celebrated drivers of the last fifty years: three-time FIA Formula One Drivers' World Champion, Sir Jackie Stewart and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, Tom Kristensen.



Rolex Testimonee, Sir Jackie Stewart

Born in Scotland in 1939, Sir Jackie Stewart's achievements make him one of the most celebrated Formula 1 drivers of the last 50 years. His determined commitment to driver safety has significantly changed the face of motor sport and contributed to making him a legend. Nicknamed the "Flying Scot", he won three FIA Formula One World Championships in 1969, 1971 and 1973, as well as 27 of his 99 Formula 1 Grand Prix races, finishing on the podium 43 times. Sir Jackie Stewart's enduring success in Formula 1, the pinnacle of motor sport, reflects Rolex's quest for excellence and top performance, making him a perfect addition to the Rolex family of Testimonees in 1968.

"Having worked with Rolex for nearly 50 years and given my ongoing involvement in Formula 1 and motor sports as a whole, I am delighted to continue my support for the brand's speed, endurance and heritage events," Sir Jackie Stewart says.


2015, Sir Jackie Stewart in his 1965 BRM P261 at the 2015 FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO D’ITALIA (Italy)

"There is a love of technology within the world of motor sport, which naturally leads to an interest in watches. This then translates into great partnerships and innovation. For instance, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona symbolizes motor sport through its name and offers functions designed for the world's greatest racing drivers. The timepiece and its constant technological development over the last fifty years is a fine indication of Rolex's unerring commitment to performance and the brand's timeless values."



Rolex Testimonee, Tom Kristensen

As the only driver to have won the 24 Hours of Le Mans nine times, Tom Kristensen is an emblematic figure in the world of motor sport and is one of the most successful motor racing drivers of all time. He clocked up a record number of victories in Europe's oldest and most prestigious endurance race, and his successes at Le Mans include six consecutive wins from 2000 to 2005. The Danish racing driver and 2013 FIA World Endurance Champion also triumphed six times at the 12 Hours of Sebring, staged annually in Florida, a feat unmatched by any other driver in the race's lengthy history. In 2010, Tom Kristensen became a Rolex Testimonee and will act as Grand Marshal for the Rolex 24 At Daytona® in 2016.

"Motor sport is all about getting the best out of your machine through optimization and technology and anyone who is interested in this, is also interested in mechanical watches that demonstrate precision and endurance," says Tom Kristensen.

"Rolex's involvement in motor racing is second to none and throughout my career I have witnessed Rolex's presence and support continue to grow and evolve. Ask anyone in the motor sport world to name the first watch that springs to mind and it is bound to be the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona. The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona has a history and class around it that everyone in motor sport understands and respects. Every driver wants to win 'his' Rolex – it is still the ultimate watch."

  • 2015 Lewis Hamilton (MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS)
  • 2014 Lewis Hamilton (MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS )
  • 2013 Sebastian Vettel (SCUDERIA FERRARI)
  • 2012 Sebastian Vettel (SCUDERIA FERRARI)
  • 2011 Sebastian Vettel (SCUDERIA FERRARI)
  • 2010 Sebastian Vettel (SCUDERIA FERRARI)