Oyster Perpetual

The quintessential Oyster

The Oyster Perpetual is the purest expression of the Oyster concept, providing a clear and accurate time display.
This watch is the direct descendant of the original Oyster launched in 1926, the first waterproof wristwatch in the world and the foundation on which Rolex has built its reputation.

Oyster perpetual


Oyster in
its purest

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.

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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.

Another core component in the watertight structure is the winding crown fitted with the patented Twinlock double waterproofness system, which screws down securely against the case. The Oyster case provides the high-precision Rolex movement with optimal protection from water, dust, pressure and shocks.

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. Oystersteel is extremely resistant, offers an exceptional finish once polished and maintains its beauty even in the harshest environments.

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.

The self-winding mechanism consists of a half-moon-shaped oscillating weight, which pivots freely on its central axle, in one direction, then the other with the natural movements of the wrist. It transmits uninterrupted natural energy to the watch.



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.

The Oyster then became the Oyster Perpetual, and this designation has also appeared ever since on the dials of all models in the collection — with the exception of certain decorated and gem-set dials — to indicate that they are waterproof and feature a self‑winding movement.

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. Sir Malcolm broke the world speed record nine times between 1924 and 1935, including five times at Daytona Beach in Florida.


the Oyster Perpetual

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