The Iconic Oyster Perpetual
In 1926, Rolex released the world’s first waterproof watch, the Rolex Oyster, featuring an hermetically sealed “Oyster case.” Then in 1931, they released their first self-winding perpetual movement—soon after, the remarkable Rolex Oyster Perpetual was born. Shaping the brand’s reputation and subsequent collections for years to come, this model is a fascinating descendant of two of the brand’s most captivating innovations. But, what exactly makes it so special? Its impressive winding crown is made of about 10 parts and is screwed hermetically onto the watch case. Additionally, it features a robust metal Oyster bracelet which has flat three-link pieces. If you love this bracelet style, you can also find it on a number of other classic Rolex models like the Datejust, Day-Date, and Sky-Dweller.
Its timeless style and hours, minutes, and seconds functionality is suited well for the everyday, making it a dream for many collectors. Whether you’re trying to find a men’s or woman’s timepiece, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual collection has a style and dial color that suits a range of tastes.
Meet The Modern Oyster Perpetual 41 & 36
Joining the ranks of this collection, the latest releases like the Oyster Perpetual 41 and 36, showcase breathtaking dial colors and vibrant designs, finished with anti-reflective coating that’s applied to the back of the sapphire crystal. These new iterations are also equipped with the caliber 3230 which was developed and manufactured in-house, leading to several patents and advancements in precision, power reserve, shock-resistance, and anti-magnetism. If the 70-hour power reserve isn’t enough to blow you away, the sunray polished dials on the black, blue, and silver iterations surely will—this finishing technique achieves a pure metallic color. Interested in seeing one of these pieces up close? Check out this pre-owned Oyster Perpetual 41 ref. 124300 with a striking green dial.
How Much is a Rolex Oyster Perpetual?
While an Oyster Perpetual is considered to be a more affordable option in the Rolex catalog, pre-owned prices vary depending on the demand for a particular reference, its age, and other factors like official boxes and paperwork. For instance, some vintage references in gold are typically more expensive, as are the newer brightly colored models. Currently, our inventory ranges in price from $3,340 to $11,450.
Purchasing a Pre-Owned Rolex Oyster Perpetual
As the leading platform for buying, selling, and trading pre-owned luxury watches, we pride ourselves in curating a collection that represents the breadth of Oyster Perpetual offerings. Each piece is authenticated and inspected by our in-house team of Swiss-trained watchmakers and refinishers. Interested in learning more about the Rolex brand? Read about their impressive proprietary materials, or watch this Beach to Tux video round-up for top style recommendations.
Explore Oyster Perpetual Models
If you’ve ever come across another Rolex model with the prefix “Oyster Perpetual,” you may have experienced some initial confusion. To clarify, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual is its own model and is categorized as such due to its Oyster case and Perpetual movement, displaying the time with running seconds—this model has no other features like a date display, for example. However, some other Rolex collections feature this prefix, including the Oyster Perpetual Explorer, Oyster Perpetual Datejust, and Oyster Perpetual Submariner. This means that the watch features an Oyster case and a Perpetual movement alongside the other functionality elements that align with the specific collection. Interested in discovering some of the collection’s most compelling references? Check out some of these top models from our pre-owned suite.