In 1926, Rolex made history with the invention of the Oyster case: a waterproof watch case that features a screw-down bezel, screw-down caseback, and screw-down crown. While multiple attempts at waterproof cases had been made to this point, Rolex knocked it out of the park. The Oyster case is truly waterproof and looks phenomenal. The next year, Rolex equipped British swimmer Mercedes Gleitze with an Oyster-encased Rolex during her attempt at swimming the English Channel. Gleitze came out of the water with a functioning Rolex – all thanks to the Oyster case. The Oyster case design is still used in Rolex watches today, and has become one of the most recognizable silhouettes in watchmaking.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual is, as Rolex puts it, “The Essence of the Oyster”. It combines two of Rolex’s flagship properties: the Oyster case and the “Perpetual” self-winding movement. The Oyster Perpetual name was first used in 1945 with the Rolex Datejust, but would soon become its own watch with the no-date Oyster Perpetual in 1959. The “Oyster Perpetual” name is still used on the dials of other Rolex watches, but the no-complication Oyster Perpetual has found its own identity. It is the obvious choice for anyone seeking an accurate, luxury, time-only watch.
What the Oyster Perpetual lacks in mechanical variety, it makes up for in aesthetic variety. In the 1960’s, Rolex released a 24.6mm Oyster Perpetual, which opened the floodgates for size, material, and color variety across the model. Today, the Oyster Perpetual is Rolex’s largest model collection, offering 20+ different configurations. Whether you want a 28mm, 31mm, 34mm, 36mm, or 41mm Oyster Perpetual, Rolex has you covered. But size isn’t the only variable – do you want a pink dial? Blue? Green? Black? Champagne? There’s a Rolex Oyster Perpetual out there for everyone, especially if you’re willing to look at older references.
Today, the design of the Oyster Perpetual stays true to its history without giving up modern finishing. The brushed bracelet and lugs are gorgeously contrasted by the mirror-polished smooth bezel. On the dial, the Oyster Perpetual keeps things simple with stick indices, the Rolex crown at 12 o’clock, and text that reads “Rolex Oyster Perpetual Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified”. Everything intentional, everything in its place. The proportions are exquisite – even in the wide variety of sizes. It’s hard to go wrong with an Oyster Perpetual. It’s one of the most versatile watches in existence. Because of its mechanical simplicity, the Oyster Perpetual is on the more affordable end of Rolex watches. Without sacrificing durability, waterproofing, or great looks, you can get a Rolex at a relatively affordable cost. Not only that, it will look good on every occasion.
One of the hallmarks of the Oyster Perpetual is its customizability. Again, it is Rolex’s largest model collection, offering a number of sizes and colors. To further personalize your Rolex Oyster Perpetual, try putting it on a new strap. Everest’s Curved End rubber, leather, and nylon straps are tailor fit to the dimensions of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39mm (Ref. 114300), seamlessly hugging the case and lugs. The Oyster Perpetual is somewhat of a blank canvas. Dress it up with leather, dress it down with rubber or nylon, or reduce the weight with either of the three – Everest has you covered. The Oyster Perpetual is an incredibly versatile watch – push it in one direction or another with the strap of your choice. If you’re looking for a strap for your Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39mm (Ref. 114300), Everest bands are your best bet.