Hans Wilsdorf, a founder of the Rolex watch company, launched the Rolex Oyster in 1926 and asked Gleitze to wear the waterproof Rolex on her well-publicized vindication swim as proof of the reliability of the watch. Gleitz later provided a testimonial of the Oyster.
Gleitze Testimonial to Wilsdorf
You will like to hear that the Rolex Oyster watch I carried on my Channel swim proved itself a reliable and accurate timekeeping companion even though it was subjected to complete immersion for hours in sea water at a temp of not more than 58 and often as low as 51. This is to say nothing about the sustained buffeting it must have received. . . . The newspaper man was astonished and I, of course, am delighted with it.
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