Rolex Watches from the GDR

Traces of a Rolex sales agent at the Grand Hotel East Berlin

Rolex and the GDR–for most people, these terms do not really fit together, they are more mutually exclusive. It is hardly conceivable that in selected places in real socialism there was indeed the possibility of acquiring a luxury of the Rolex brand. Little is known about the background of this unusual “agent story”. Of Rolex itself there is no official information. And yet there are Rolex watches from the GDR.

Collectors became attentive when the first Rolex watches appeared with the stamp of the Grand Hotel in the Easter Berlin Friedrichstrasse. So the public was told by an unknown Rolex sales agent. All the watches found are marked with the country code 301. In the watch scene, this initially led to great confusion, coupled with the usual suspicion of counterfeiting. But the country code 301 for the GDR really existed; There are now several secured finds that prove it.

Rolex watches as a means of foreign exchange procurement

The trail leads to the aforementioned Berlin Grand Hotel – now known as the Westin Grand. For all documented models, the stamps of this hotel are well visible in the papers. The corresponding Rolex sales agent was on the road and officially belonged to the 1965-based DDR-interhotels. They preferred to accommodate guests–as was said in the GDR jargon–”non-socialist economic areas”. These hotels were part of the foreign exchange procurement that was so important for the GDR. All services had to be paid in hard currency. On August 1, 1987, on time for the 750 year celebration of Berlin, the Grand Hotel was officially opened by General Secretary Erich Honecker after two years of construction. A suite cost the gigantic sum of 3,600 D-mark per night. The neoclassical hotel building is reminiscent of the Kaiser Gallery, which was previously on the premises. This was bombed out in the Second World War and then completely demolished in the 1950s.

The double role of the East Grand Hotel

The GDR was 1987 in a precarious political and above all economic situation. With luxurious houses like the Grand Hotel, one tried to show the West that socialism can also create luxury. On the other hand, and above all, it had to do with the coveted foreign exchange of the cash-rich customers. This also explains the gigantic dimensions: only the gastronomic wing of the Grand Hotel was able to host 900 guests at the same time at the opening. It was also a formal opportunity to offer high-quality accessories such as jewellery and luxury watches. A brand like Rolex was the epitome of western luxury and fit well into the hotel’s upscale repertoire. Under what circumstances this unusual “exchange” of currencies took place against luxury and what prices were called remains in the dark. In any case, he did not take place in one of the usual discreet places like the Glienicke Bridge, but in the heart of East Berlin.

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