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Rolex Watches 101 – Classic Oyster Perpetual

Rolex Watches 101 - Classic Oyster Perpetual blog

Rolex Classic Oyster Perpetual is a proven, reliable, and straightforward Rolex model launched in 1923. It features a timeless style that is devoid of any extra ornamentation. Thus, it has remained contemporary during the last 90 years. The market performance of the original version motivated the brand to opt for the latest generation of Oyster Perpetual watches, including the Oyster Perpetual 41 and a color-dialed variant of the Oyster Perpetual 36. The light reflections on the case speak volumes of the fantastic profile built with the complete Oyster-Steel. Oyster Perpetual timepiece, measuring 41 mm or 36 mm in diameter, features a domed bezel. The Oyster Perpetual Rolex collection features the world’s first hydrophobic wristwatch, the direct ancestors of the primary Oyster timepiece with which the brand brags about since 1926. The Oyster Perpetual collection also has exceptional chronometric accuracy, a watertight Oyster casing, and an auto mechanism integrated with the Perpetual rotor. These collections are chronometer wristwatches in their primary forms as they display hours, minutes, and seconds finely finished with oyster steel. On the current Oyster Perpetual generation, the anti-reflective coating applied to the rear of the sapphire crystal guarantees maximum dial readability.

History Of Oyster Perpetual Story

The Rolex Oyster, the world’s first watertight timepiece introduced in 1926, was patented with a perpetual automated winding technology in 1931. Afterward, the Rolex Oyster collection included the first watertight automatic Rolex Oyster Perpetual. Until the release of Oyster Perpetual, it only required you to wind the watch on and off manually. Rolex’s innovative movement winds itself during the wearer’s wrist movement due to the brand’s automated hammer. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual classic represents simplicity, outstanding, and innovative heritage. It’s noteworthy that the first successful flying adventure over Mount Everest began at the launch of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual. It seemed as if flying over the mountain was unachievable until that point. But, today, all pilots who took part in mountain overflight wore the exceptional wristwatch.

Today, all Rolex watches include the Oyster Perpetual technology. The inscription is located just underneath the eye-catching Rolex emblem. It means that any Rolex watch with this symbol is both waterproof and dustproof, besides being automatic. The architecture of this revolutionary watch has stayed relatively unaltered since its introduction; only the material has been modified over the years, making them look even more sturdy. To maintain the integrity of the original design, the Oyster Perpetual is still made entirely of stainless steel.

Price of Rolex Oyster Perpetual

The existing model has a traditional stainless steel band of oyster steel and various dial colors ranging from basic black or white to green and burgundy. Thus, despite the simplicity of the design, the user can add embellishments. Because this series is one of Rolex’s cheapest, the Oyster Perpetual is an appropriate entry-level model. The steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual (Ref. 116000) features a grey dial and the caliber 3130. As a unisex watch with a 36 mm case size, it is suitable for both ladies and gentlemen, and its pristine condition sold for 4,890 euros from 2018. The Oyster Perpetual (Ref. 114300) is more abundant with its crimson and purple dial and white indexes. It is a unisex watch that is water-resistant to 100 meters. You could buy it for 4,990 euros in its pristine condition as of 2019. In the same vein, Oyster Perpetual (Ref. 6332) is a genuine antique timepiece. It features a black dial and a leather band and is a classic men’s watch, but with a slightly smaller 33 mm size, sold for 4,040 €.

Features Of Rolex Oyster Perpetual

The Oyster Perpetual models are ubiquitous and iconic emblems of style while still providing the user with practical day-to-day functions like hours, minutes, and seconds. The new Oyster Perpetual 41 features a unique layout, with a silver sunray polished dial and 18 ct yellow gold hands and hour makers.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Movement

The Oyster Perpetual collections feature varying prices and thus run on distinct movements. Yet, their different calibers offer almost the same performance with an exceptional standard of +/-2 seconds per day accuracy. The Calibre 3230 movement, features 70-power reserve and Blue Parachrom hairspring, powers both 41mm and 36mm Oyster Perpetual while the 34mm, 28mm, and 31mm versions of the timepiece are run by Cal. 2232, which is capable of 55 hours of power reserve and featured Syloxi hairspring.

Waterproof Oyster Case

The name of the timepiece comes from Molluscs, which depicts the protective ability of its shell. The watch showed excellent capability and high performance when the swimmer Mercedes Gleitze became the maiden woman who swam the English Channel for 15 hours in the cold. After the swim, the watch was in perfect condition, thus cementing the brand’s reputation for making a waterproof timepiece powered by proven in-house movement and excellent materials. Therefore, Rolex was the maiden watchmaker to build a waterproof watch in 1926. The model’s collections feature a Twinlock Crown system with a sealed gaskets zone which protects the device from water entrance. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual is ideal for those seeking a classic and modest timepiece. It is unobtrusive on the wrist but still wows with its classic style. Also, the Oyster Perpetual is one of Rolex’s affordable timepieces without sacrificing its reputation. The Oyster Perpetual is a beautiful and inconspicuous timepiece that features three hands in the classic Rolex design and a stainless steel casing.

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