It takes 13 hours to build a Toyota and Six months to build a Rolls-Royce.”🤓

I am back!

Why was I gone so long…… well I was undertaking my six sigma classes. Secondly I have a change of Padrino(Mentors) and setting up my Promotion, Retail & Distribution Company and Cementing my Management Company which has not less than 6local brands and franchising several multinationals into the local market more of it soon. 

Today’s article is quite interesting as my new Padrino taught me; take a 90dag break and re-invent become someone of not only value but Immense Value. Rolex has a heritage because it has consistently been delivering value. 🤔

One statement that we hear often goes something like, “Whenever you get frustrated with yourself remember that it takes 13 hours to build a Toyota and six months to build a Rolls-Royce.”


The implication is that if you want to achieve big goals and develop yourself in significant ways, it will take time.

It’s a good sentiment. The world would be a better place if we were all more patient, and it’s important to know how to be self-disciplined.

However, it also makes a lot of people wonder: how long does it really take to build a Rolls-Royce? Although I don’t have the same authority as Rolls-Royce headquarters in Goodwood, England to answer this, I do have some knowledge that people might be interested in hearing.

Why Does It Take So Long To Build a Rolls-Royce?

The short answer is that nearly every task is completed by hand. The one exception we can think of off the top of our heads is painting the exterior. For that operation, the mechanized skill of a robot is preferable because evenness is the goal.

The vast majority of tasks, however, from polishing the painted exterior, to buffing it, to inserting sound-deadening materials, to “marquetry,” the production and embellishment of all wooden trim, are human operations.

For each of these skills, the average length of time to become an expert is three years. That means that you would have to practice for about 1,000 days to at, say, inserting audio vents before you could become an expert.

How Long Does It Actually Take?

As with many questions, the answer is that it varies. This especially applies to Rolls-Royce because we are a brand that embraces a high-level of customization. We call this “bespoke.” The more bespoke options a customer selects, the longer it will take to produce the desired vehicle.

In general, the baseline for a Rolls-Royce model with a minimum of bespoke details is around three and a half months. Once you add 7-10 days for transatlantic shipping, another week for quality testing by the dealer, and a few days to transfer from the regional office to your home or office, you could be looking at four months.

The additional week for quality testing is in addition to a week of quality testing in Goodwood. Products that are built by hand have a variability that makes them desirable. This variability, however, can also allow for defects that are harder to detect.

If a robot makes a mistake, it will be present in the 10,000 products a robot touched. If a person makes a mistake, it might only be present in one product in 10,000. Rolls-Royce goes to great lengths to ensure that its vehicles are not only one of a kind—they must also be thoroughly guarded from any imperfections

In addition an in depth look at another of the world’s most respected brand: Rolex Watches known for the term “Oyster Perpetual”

Rolex only uses the most expensive steel because it produces a superior look. The grade of steel Rolex uses for its watches is called 904L steel, and almost no other watchmakers use it. Why? Because it’s difficult to work with and requires special tools and expertise. It also produces a flat-out superior watch with a great tactile feel and weight, which you will notice immediately when handling a Rolex watch.

Rolex created its own science lab. From testing new technologies, experimenting with various metals, to meticulously refining their already precise manufacturing process, Rolex uses a multitude of science labs for its watchmaking process.

Rolex assembles all movements, and tests them by hand. Machines don’t build Rolex watches; human hands do. Yes, machines are used to assist in the process, but for the most part a highly-skilled technician does most of the work by hand.

Rolex has an in-house foundry. Incredibly, Rolex manufactures its own gold and platinum. They are believed to be the only watchmaker to do this, which also ensures tight controls on the quality of the metals they produce.

Rolex is very pragmatic when it comes to technology. In a nutshell, their philosophy is this: If a human does this thing better, then let a human do it. If a machine is better served handling this part of the process, then the machine will do just that. Rolex has a stable of expensive robotic machinery, and are able to delegate tasks to either human or machine as they see fit, which gives them an advantage over other watchmakers.

Rolex is obsessive about security. To put it mildly, gaining access to the various areas of a Rolex facility is like something out of a James Bond movie. There are fingerprint scans, security guards, armored trucks, steel vaults, and iris scanners everywhere on the Rolex campus.

All dive watches are tested in pressurized tanks. The undersea watches Rolex makes fall under the Oyster category, and they not only get special treatments that help them withstand pressure, but they are thoroughly tested in special pressurized tanks to ensure their functionality and water resistance.

Rolex has their own in-house gemologists. Rolex has high standards for every part of its manufacturing process, and that includes the diamonds and emeralds that adorn their timepieces. To that end, they employ their own gemologists who are charged with testing, examining, and vetting each stone before it ever gets set in a Rolex watch.

It takes one year to make a single Rolex watch. Astounding. Absolutely no shortcuts are allowed in the long and laborious process of making the world’s finest wristwatch.

Rolex outsources few things, preferring to fabricate in-house. As is obvious by now, Rolex prefers the “hands-on” approach. They make their own movements, bezels, gold, metal, etc. The only thing they outsource are synthetic sapphire crystals and dial hands.

Take a chill pill and build your “Rolls-Royce // Rolex with dedication and flawlessnes”

Yours Truly

C.W

Executive Consultant

ManSys Limited

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