The Birth of the Oyster Perpetual
In 1926, Rolex introduced the Oyster case, a patented design that revolutionized watchmaking. The case was made of a single block of metal and featured a screw-down crown and bezel, making it waterproof and dustproof. The Oyster case was tested in extreme conditions, including a swim across the English Channel, and proved to be incredibly durable.
In 1931, Rolex introduced the Perpetual movement, which used a rotor to automatically wind the watch's mainspring as the wearer moved their wrist. This eliminated the need for manual winding, and made the watch more convenient to use. Rolex combined the Oyster case and Perpetual movement to create the Oyster Perpetual, which became one of the most successful watches in the company's history.
The Oyster Perpetual's Popularity
Over the years, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual has become an icon in the watch industry. Its timeless design, durability, and accuracy have made it a favorite among collectors and enthusiasts. The watch has been worn by some of the most influential people in history, including Sir Edmund Hillary, who wore a Rolex Oyster Perpetual when he climbed Mount Everest in 1953.
Rolex has continuously updated the Oyster Perpetual to keep up with changing styles and technology. In 1945, Rolex introduced the Datejust, which added a date function to the Oyster Perpetual. In 1953, the company introduced the Submariner, a diver's watch that was waterproof to 100 meters. In 1956, Rolex introduced the Day-Date, which displayed the day of the week in addition to the date.
The Oyster Perpetual Today
Today, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual remains one of the most popular and respected watches in the world. It is available in a wide range of sizes, materials, and colors, making it suitable for any occasion. The watch is made with the highest quality materials and is assembled by skilled craftsmen. Rolex continues to innovate and improve the Oyster Perpetual, while staying true to its timeless design and heritage.
In 2020, Rolex introduced a new generation of Oyster Perpetual watches, featuring updated designs and new colors. The watches are available in 28mm, 31mm, 34mm, 36mm, and 41mm sizes, and are made of Oystersteel, 18k yellow gold, white gold, or Everose gold. The watches are powered by the Calibre 3230 or 2232, which feature Rolex's patented Chronergy escapement and offer increased accuracy and reliability.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual has a rich history that spans over a century. From its humble beginnings in London to its status as a global icon, the watch has become a symbol of luxury, durability, and precision. Rolex's commitment to innovation and quality has made the Oyster Perpetual a timeless classic that will continue to be admired and appreciated for generations to come.