Before we get into the modern Rolex Oyster Perpetual models, it is important to look at the history. It all started with a movement in 1931 when Rolex patented the self-winding perpetual watch movement. In 1931, this new movement was put onto the new oyster case, but this movement needed room so along came the bubbleback.
The actual first Oyster Perpetual model was released in 1950 and was only available in a 36mm case size. Over the years, different size models were released, and today, we have five different sizes available. Each size has an oyster steel case with a screw-down, twinlock double waterproof winding crown that keeps the watch waterproof up to 100 meters. From the smallest 26mm case to the biggest 39mm case, we are going to take a closer look at all five sizes and their differences.
The Oyster Perpetual might not have a rotating bezel or a date, but this model is perfect for those just starting their Rolex collection or those with more classic taste. So, let's take a look!
Oyster Perpetual 26mm & 31mm
The 26mm and 31mm Oyster Perpetual models are great watches for ladies. Whether you like a smaller 26mm or slightly bigger 31mm case, the color options and sleek beauty of this model is sure to go with any outfit. Both sizes have a 2231 calibre and a power reserve of approximately 48 hours. The 26mm is available with a white, silver, olive green, pink, red grape or black dial. The 31mm is available with a white, silver, blue azzurro, red grape, dark grey or black dial. So ladies, which size and dial color would you choose?
Oyster Perpetual 34mm & 36mm
These two sizes are perfect for both men or women. The movement these models utilize is a 3130 calibre. Both of these sizes are also offered in multiple dial options. The 34mm Oyster perpetual is available with a black, red grape, blue, olive green, champagne, silver or white dial. The 36mm is available with a black, steel, red grape, blue, white grape or white dial.
Oyster Perpetual 39mm
The biggest and most recent model, released in 2015, is the Oyster Perpetual 39mm. This model shares the same case and movement with the Explorer I 214270. The movement in this model is a 3132 calibre. You can get this model with a dark rhodium, red grape, blue, white or black. The white and black dial option was most recently released in 2018. At Everest, we do offer straps to fit this model, you can find those straps here.
So, which size of Oyster Perpetual would you prefer?