Rolex takes the crown as UK’s number one consumer brand


Rolex has been named as the UK’s number one consumer brand, moving up four places from 2019 to take the crown on Superbrands UK’s annual list.

Lego, the previous winner meanwhile moved from first to fifth place, whilst Visa, Samsung and Andrex snuck in at second, third, and fourth consecutively.


All above brands trumped tech giant and smartwatch titan, Apple, which came in at sixth place this year compared to its previous ranking of second.

The news comes as latest figures show how Rolex UK sales soared to over £415m ahead of the covid-19 pandemic.

As WatchPro reported last month, thanks to accounting laws in the United Kingdom, Rolex Watch Company Ltd, the wholly-owned distributor for Rolex (and the founding company of Rolex when it emerged in London in 1915), has to publish its financial results every year.

Giving context to the results, the total value of all watches sold at all price points in 2019 — at retail prices — was £1.49 billion, down a whisker from £1.51 billion in 2018, according to analyst GfK.

Swiss watch export figures tell broadly the same story, with the UK rising from a market worth CHF 1.2 billion in 2018 to CHF 1.3 billion in 2019. This is a measure of wholesale value.

In short, the overall UK watch market was flat last year – a trend Rolex did not fellow.

Accounts published at the government-owned Companies House show revenue for Rolex, including Tudor, rising by 13%, from £367 million to £415 million. That amounts to around £700 million at retail prices.

Operating profit shot up by 27% to £70.2 million.

If Morgan Stanley’s estimate of Rolex global turnover estimate of CHF 5.2 billion (£4.4bn) is correct, that would mean just shy of 10% of Rolex global sales came from the UK.

Commenting on Rolex taking the top spot, Damon Segal, CEO and co-founder of The Academy of Chief Marketers, and Chief Executive Officer at Superbrands UK, said: “Huge congratulations to Rolex on achieving number one consumer Superbrand status, continuing its consistent and strong performance over the past few years.

“Whilst we have seen general steadiness in the last year, brands should not rest on their laurels, this year has seen momentous change in consumer behaviour, and this is likely to cause huge waves in terms of perceptions moving into 2021.”

Read more on Rolex UK’s sales performance here:

Rolex UK sales soar to over £415 million ahead of Covid-19 pandemic — and that’s a wholesale figure!

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  1. Great…but you cannot buy one you want…….authorised dealers make you feel stupid for even asking and after trying numerous outlets are actually on reflection quite rude.
    Unless you are spending thousands on models you don’t want you simply cannot buy a normal steel model. Been on various interest lists for years now given up…. screw Rolex they will never get my money.

  2. I went into an AD on October 9, 2020, and the representative took down a list of the Rolex models that I was interested in. She stated that people call and are told they have to come into the store to speak to a representative if they are interested in a Rolex. Number one on my list was the Explorer 1 (ref. 214270). She called me on October 30, 2020, telling me they just got the Explorer 1 in and wanted to know if I wanted it. Needless to say I am wearing it now. :). They aren’t impossible to get. Perhaps I was lucky…


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