Rolex Oyster Perpetual
The Oyster Perpetual is one of Rolex’s best-known models and has been in production since 1926. It is Rolex’s first waterproof watch and was even worn by swimmer Mercedes Gleitze when she swam across the English Channel. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual has a timeless shape and is one of the most recognizable watches in the world.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual has a simple design with a classic style, often with a case made of stainless steel or gold. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual is water resistant to 100 meters and is currently powered by Rolex’s caliber 3135 movement. Often Oyster Perpetual models have a black dial, however, they can come in multiple colors. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual is an excellent choice for those looking for a simple, reliable, and stylish watch that will last a lifetime.
History of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual
First introduced in 1926, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual was the first watch made waterproof by Rolex. The waterproofness of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual was tested and demonstrated by Rolex when swimmer Mercedes Gleitze crossed the English Channel with the Rolex Oyster Perpetual on her wrist. When she reached the other side after several hours of swimming, her Oyster Perpetual watch was still working perfectly. Besides the swimmer’s extraordinary achievement, this stunt was great marketing for Rolex watches.
Where does “Oyster Perpetual” come from?
When Rolex patented the self-winding movement they had developed in 1931, Perpetual (translation: continuous) became a standard text on the dial of many Rolex watches. However, it was not until 1945 that the famous Oyster case and selfwinding movement were combined and the Rolex Oyster Perpetual was officially born. Today, the Oyster Perpetual name can be found on every Rolex model except the Cellini line. Despite being on every watch, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual is also its own line.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual line then and now
When the Rolex Oyster Perpetual first hit the market in 1926, it was a huge success. Today, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual is still one of the most popular watches available and is known for its classic design and classic style. Although the design of the watch has remained relatively unchanged over the years, Rolex has continually improved the water resistance and accuracy of the Oyster Perpetual.
Other Rolex Oyster Perpetual lines
In addition to the standard line, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual line also has a Lady Oyster Perpetual line and a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date line. These Oyster Perpetual models are versions of the standard line but with a smaller size for women, and the same size for men but with a date. These Oyster Perpetual watches complete the Oyster Perpetual collection.