The Rolex Oyster Perpetual is one of the most iconic watches within the luxury watches industry. Due to its hermetically sealed case, the timepiece is recognized as the world’s first waterproof watch. This classic design has been worn by numerous personalities throughout time and it a true symbol of extreme performances and unmatched elegance.
It all started in 1927 when the 24 years old swimmer Mercedes Gleitze wore a Rolex watch on her wrist during her 10 hours swimming marathon across the English Channel. The public was amazed by the fact that when she reached Dover, the watch was working perfectly. To show her appreciation for these outstanding functional qualities, Gleitze sent a letter to Rolex declaring that when she carried her Channel swim with her Rolex Oyster, the watch proved itself to be a very accurate and reliable timekeeping device even after it was completely submerged under sea water for countless hours at a temperature varying between 51 and 58 degrees.
Even if now the Submariner is considerably more famous and popular than the Rolex Oyster Perpetual line, the Oyster was actually the predecessor of the Submariner. This was the first divers watch ever produced by Rolex. The Submariner followed shortly after. Even movie stars and politicians couldn’t stay away from its appeal. Sean Connery and Che Guevara are just a few of the important personalities who chose to wear this remarkable watch. Experts claim that the first Rolex watches were influential elements for the history and evolution of modern timepieces as they were the ones who determined manufacturers and customers to focus on extremely accurate, waterproof and self-winding watches.
Rolex sure isn’t afraid of a challenge. To confirm this, in 1960 it designed a special Rolex Oyster watch that was submerged in the Marina Trench by Auguste Piccard at a depth of 10,916 meters. The pressure didn’t affect the structure or functionality of the watch. To make it obvious to everyone that Rolex watches are extremely resistant to water diving, all Rolex watches are now engraved with the “Oyster” word on the dial.
This year, Rolex has launched its newest design at the Baselworld show. The company has introduced his latest Rolex Oyster Perpetual version in a 39 mm case diameter at a retail price of $5,700. Considering this price tag, I think it is safe to say that the new Oyster Perpetual is an entry level Rolex, one of the most affordable watch line offered by this brand. The best part about the newest Oyster version is that it is available in five different case sizes and the 39 mm one is the largest one available. And let’s not forget about the fact that the new 39 mm OP offers very modern color combination for its dials, such as the stunning dark rhodium with a sunray finish. Last, but not least, the Oyster Perpetual series has a sans-fluted bezel and an Oyster bracelet instead of the classic Jubilee one.
Rolex has manufactured the Oyster Perpetual watches with a large range of different movements depending on the case size, one more precise and durable than the other. Obviously, all of them are COSC-certified. These special automatic movements were developed and designed in house as to provide the unique and invaluable Rolex quality.
I am sure that every watch aficionado agrees that the Oyster Perpetual line is one of the most attractive and versatile series of watches designed by Rolex. This collection of modern and simple timepieces offers a little bit of something for everybody. Their design is understated and refined without costing a fortune. It is ideal for men who want to send a clear message about their social status, style and class.
Another great addition to the Rolex Oyster Perpetual line is the 36 mm case diameter version which has very nice curves and dresses the wrist beautifully without over-doing it. The size is simply perfect. The watch is not too big, not too small. It goes beautifully either with a casual wear or with formal attire. Like the majority of contemporary Rolex watches, the case of the OP is sealed for diving up to depths of 100 meters.
Everything about its design is in a complete harmony- the simple dial, the lack of complications, the plain case and bracelet, and even the flat and shiny bezel. For this 26 mm Rolex Oyster Perpetual, the brand offers a few very interesting color options, like the white grape, red grape, white lacquer with Roman numerals, steel and Azzuro blue with Roman numerals. This series bases its aesthetic on sleek simple dials with refined hour markers, and at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock positions the indexes are slightly oversized.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual is an iconic watch that has shaped the modern waterproof watch as we know it. Known as the first watch that was completely water sealed, this classic timepiece continues to fascinate watch fans across the planet due to its extraordinary design and amazing functionality.