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Oyster Perpetual

The Quintessential Oyster

  • The Oyster in
    its purest form


  • Universal symbols
    The aesthetics of the Oyster Perpetual models set them apart as symbols of universal and classic style. They embody timeless form and function, firmly rooted in the pioneering origins of Rolex. The simplicity of an original.

  • Oyster Perpetual
    26 mm, Oystersteel
  • The Rolex Oyster Perpetual versions stand out with eye-catching dials in elegant and sporty colours, creating an entire family of different sizes and attractive dial colours.

  • Oyster Perpetual
    31 mm, Oystersteel
  • Oyster Perpetual
    34 mm, Oystersteel
  • Oyster Perpetual
    39 mm, Oystersteel
  • The Red Grape colour is available in each of the sizes — 26, 31, 34, 36 and 39 mm, providing a common thread throughout the family.

  • Solidity
    and Simplicity


  • Optimal protection
    The Oyster case is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet). Its middle case is crafted exclusively from a solid block of particularly corrosion‑resistant Oystersteel. The fluted case back is hermetically screwed down with a special tool exclusive to Rolex watchmakers.

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  • Oystersteel
    Rolex uses Oystersteel for its steel watch cases. Specially developed by the brand, Oystersteel belongs to the 904L steel family, superalloys most commonly used in high-technology and in the aerospace and chemical industries, where maximum resistance to corrosion is essential. 

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  • Uninterrupted natural energy
    In 1931, Rolex invented and patented a self-winding mechanism with a free rotor, called the Perpetual rotor, based on a principle that would later be adopted by the whole watchmaking industry.

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  • The quintessential


  • 1926 - Rolex Oyster
    The first waterproof wristwatch in the world
  • 1927 - The birth of the Testimonee concept
    The success of the Oyster published in the Daily Mail
  • The Oyster collection was built on the success of the original Oyster model invented and patented by Rolex in 1926. As the first waterproof wristwatch in the world, it played a pioneering role in the development of the modern wristwatch.

  • 1927 - Mercedes Gleitze
    Rolex Oyster crossed the English Channel
  • Over the years, the Oyster became the proud bearer of many other innovations — such as self-winding by means of the Perpetual rotor — that defined the identity of the different models, forged Rolex’s reputation for excellence and often went on to set watchmaking standards.

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  • 1935 - Sir Malcolm Campbell
    One of the fastest drivers in the world
  • In the 1930s, Rolex and one of the fastest drivers in the world, Sir Malcolm Campbell, became united by the quest for speed. On 4 September 1935, at the wheel of Bluebird  — and wearing a Rolex watch — this “king of speed” set a land speed record of over 300 miles per hour (approximately 485 km/h) at Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

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Only Official Rolex Retailers are allowed to sell Rolex watches. With the necessary skills and technical know-how, they will help you make the choice that will last a lifetime.

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