Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watches
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual is always considered as the Rolex entry watch comparing to other signature Rolex models. Oyster Perpetual is the conbination of the two essence of Rolex watches.
The Oyster Perpetual is the purest distillation of everything the Rolex would ever want to achieve. It is the creation of the definitive Swiss-made wristwatch. The artistic taste which the Rolex Oyster Perpetual has acquired, set them apart as symbols of universal and classic style. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches are the epitome of timeless form and function which is firmly rooted in the pioneering origins of Rolex.
History of Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Rolex is not just a symbol which enhances a person's status, but it is one of the best watches someone can own. Now when we talk about the Oyster model of the Rolex, it is noteworthy for being simple as well as elegant. The Oyster Perpetual is the purest distillation of everything the Rolex would ever want to achieve. It is the creation of the definitive Swiss-made wristwatch. The artistic taste which the Rolex Oyster Perpetual has acquired, set them apart as symbols of universal and classic style. They are the epitome of timeless form and function which is firmly rooted in the pioneering origins of Rolex.
The Oyster Perpetual model of Rolex has no date display and the model which comes with the date is the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date, which is more popular.
The Rolex Oyster has been admired for its mechanism, the Oyster Perpetual Movement has a self-winding caliber which is entirely designed and manufactured by the masters of watchmaking at Rolex. It is certified as a chronometer by COSC, which is the institute that is charged with testing Swiss-made watches for its accuracy and precision. Furthermore, the Oyster Perpetual's movement is examined at the laboratories which are owned by Rolex. Here the movement of the watches are tested for various features including the optimal precision, its waterproofness, the self-winding capabilities, and power-reserve, and all of this is performed while housed in an Oyster case to mimic real-world scenarios. By the scrupulous testing of the watch is how it is granted with the caliber mark of being "Superlative Chronometer."
Now you might wonder how and why is it named as "Oyster" and "Perpetual". It got the name Oyster as in 1926 the watchmaker of Rolex named Hans Wilsdorf invented and released the first truly waterproof case. He was a Bavarian watchmaker who was determined to make a durable wristwatch and gave the title “Oyster,” after trying to pry open a really stubborn oyster shell, yes, that is a true story.
Whereas the title "Perpetual" came later in the year 1933. it happened when Rolex rolled out the first reliable self-winding watch and they called it the Oyster Perpetual. So the actual meaning of Perpetual is something which does not stop and goes on and on and on… So now you know what the name Oyster Perpetual means. And with the second half of the name, as the collection of Rolex expanded, the name terminated to refer to just one specific collection but instead, it became a prefix to the other Rolex watches including the Rolex Explorer, Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust, Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day Date, Rolex Daytona, Rolex Yacht Master and Rolex Milgauss.
So the "perpetual" in an Oyster Perpetual Movement is referred to the ability of this Rolex to run on the energy which is provided by the motion of the wearer's wrist rather than having to give it a manual winding. Now, this was invented by the Rolex in 1931, the perpetual rotor is the mechanism which drives this ability. The activity which is performed by the wrist causes the rotor's movement and rotates it back and forth, thus it winds the mainspring that powers the watch. The brand Rolex should be put on a pedestal and praised as all the automatic watches which exist today, are because of the ingenuity and inventiveness of Rolex.
Next, when we ponder upon the watch's definitiveness, it is totally dependent on the consistency of its movement's oscillator, which is comprised of two things, one is the hairspring and the other one is a balance wheel. So with the more steady the swings of the oscillator is, more precisely will a watch tell the time. So the manufactures always aim for coming up with new innovative ways which can enhance the components of this mechanism.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual was first launched in 1931 and it still carries the same looks and is markedly similar to what Rolex is producing today. The details about the watch that stood out then are still distinctive are the curved lines of the outer case hugging the round bezel, the slim lugs, the polished lines and brushed flat surfaces. Although the seconds subdial may have gone, but there are certainly more dial color and indices options than there were in available in 1931. And one more change in the Oyster Perpetual is that the and the leather bracelet has been replaced with steel, making them more elegant and enhancing its beauty.
Now the Rolex Oyster Perpetual lies somewhere right in the middle of two main types of watches, it is neither considered as a dress watch nor as a sports watch. Thus it is named as the casual watch and can be worn for all occasions.
Hence the Oyster Perpetual watch collection which consists of around 30 iterations of the Oyster Perpetual, and has a simple three-hand design, remains the most affordable and graceful watch in the Rolex collection.
Features of Rolex Watches
Rolex, since its inception in 1908, has brought various innovative technological revolution to the wristwatch industry and is still evolving. Rolex, which is popular as a mechanical watch also in Japan, has value, functional beauty and reliability supported by the high technical force of skilled technicians is not found in other brands.
As a Brand of quality, Rolex Company usually creates its watches using high-quality non-corrosion steel, 904L Stainless Steel, that no other brand uses. Unlike the 316L which is widely used by other brands, 904L steel is very durable and shinier.
Although it’s hidden by the impermeable case, Rolex watches have been equipped with perpetual movements for years. Of which have been greatly celebrated by the watch wearers following its Chronometric performance. Recently, anyhow, the renowned Swiss brand was able to introduce its new movement- Caliber 3255, which is believed to even surpass the set COSC level of Chronometric precision.
Recognized as the first impermeable case in the world, Oyster case is one of the largest milestones of Rolex which was invented in 1926. The Rolex Oyster diver watches are guaranteed to have a water resistance of up to 3,900 meters.
Triplock Crown Seal
Various Rolex sports watches have been fitted with a triplock winding crown seal which helps enhance the waterproofness of the watch. This system, natheless, is fitted in the winding crown’s tube, thus, is only visible after unscrewing the winding crown.