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Rolex Oyster Perpetual: 5 Things to Know | SwissWatchExpo

Rolex Oyster Perpetual: 5 Things to Know | SwissWatchExpo


From SwissWatchExpo…
Spotlight on: The Rolex Oyster Perpetual. 5 Things to know about the purest Rolex watch. While watch lovers find joy in collecting,
there is merit to having that watch that one could wear at every occasion. And the Oyster
Perpetual, Rolex’s most basic watch, fits the bill. Intentionally, and almost defiantly simplistic,
the Rolex Oyster Perpetual offers a variety of styles, and is a storied watch through
and through. Here are 5 things to know about the Rolex Oyster Perpetual. The Oyster Perpetual is a direct descendant
of the first water proof watch, the Rolex Oyster. Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex,
saw that a more active future was beckoning, and always strived to make watches that people
can rely on – from the seas to mountains. In 1926, he led the company in creating the
world’s first water-and-dust proof wristwatch. The hermetically sealed watch protected the
movement from elements and marked a milestone in horology. Christened the “Oyster Perpetual”, the
watch became Rolex’s standard 100m water resistant watch. So what’s in a name? The word Oyster is derived from the original
1926 Oyster case, whose name Hans Wilsdorf got from sealed Oysters. It was meant to provide
optimal protection for the movement and to be opened only by professional tools. The word Perpetual, meanwhile, comes from
Rolex’s Perpetual self-winding movement, introduced in 1931. The mechanism keeps the
watch’s mainspring under continuous tension, thus giving it a stable source of energy. This is why every watch that Rolex manufactures
today – except for the Cellini – has the words “Oyster Perpetual” on its
dial. It certifies that the watch has a screw-down caseback, and is running on the perpetual
self-winding movement. As the simplest expression of the Oyster,
the design of the Oyster Perpetual, until today, is distilled to the most important
elements. All models have just three hands – hours,
minutes and center seconds. It’s wound using the Twinlock screw-down crown, is paired with
the Oyster bracelet and Oysterclasp fastener, and has Chromalight for lume. This is what makes the Oyster Perpetual so
wearable. It’s neither a dress watch, nor a sport watch – and while the steel on steel
construction makes it look casual, it’s still appropriate to wear with a suit and
tie. Despite the simplistic design, the Oyster
Perpetual is available in about 30 iterations, and more sizes than any other Rolex watch. The Oyster Perpetual comes in varying colors,
bezels, and sizes. Until recently, it was available in 26-31-34 and 36 mm sizes. This
made the Oyster Perpetual a “vintage sized” watch for men. In 2015, Rolex launched a 39 mm size. Aside
from the larger case, Rolex also added new colorways for the Oyster Perpetual – a classic
black and white dial across all five sizes. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual is Rolex’s most
accessible watch, and one that’s often touted as the best “one-and-only watch”, if the
wearer prefers. At about half the price of the Rolex Cosmograph
Daytona and around $1,000-$2,000 less than the Rolex GMT-Master and Submariner, the Oyster
Perpetual is an excellent entry to the Rolex brand. With a rich history that paved the way for
today’s watches, and a design that’s both contemporary and timeless, the Rolex Oyster
Perpetual earns a rightful spot in every watch collection. —
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