Learn about Rolex Oyster

One of the signature design features of Rolex watches is the screw-down crown and water tight cases. It was the development of the screw-down crown by Rolex in 1926, which gave them the final solution to the problem of leaky watch cases. The first ever water and dust resistant case was made by Rolex and named Oyster. As the Rolex Oyster was a sensational watchmaking achievement, the company publicised this feature in advertisements and the watch was worn by Mercedes Gteitz whilst breaking the record for swimming the English Channel. In 1931, Rolex took the next step in the advancement of its watches with the development of a self winding movement that would eliminate the need for manual daily winding. This style of movement would also eliminate the problem of crowns not being resealed in a moment of forgetfulness when winding. Rolex patented this automatic rotary winding mechanism which it named 'The Rolex Oyster Perpetual'. Only after 1948, when the original patent came to an end were other competitors permitted to introduce their own automatic systems.

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Rolex, Stainless Steel Explorer Wristwatch, Ref. 14270, Case U940963, c. 1998, automatic movement with officially certified chronometer, fully jewelled, black dial with luminous baton, dagger and Arabic numerals, with stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet,

Rolex, Stainless Steel Explorer II Wristwatch, Ref. 216570, Case 42Q060V4, c. 2013, automatic movement with officially certified chronometer, fully jewelled, black dial with luminous dots, baton and dagger numerals, luminous hands, 24-hour orange arrow han

Rolex an 18ct gold, stainless steel and diamond-set wristwatch with bracelet and date ref 16200 mvt 6879944 Datejust circa 1994, Cal. 3135 automatic winding movement, 31 jewels, computer dial with diamond-set indexes, centre seconds, magnified aperture for

Rolex a stainless steel, gold and diamond-set automatic wristwatch with date and bracelet ref 16200 mvt 5019977 Datejust, Cal. 3135 automatic winding movement, fully jewelled, gilt dial, diamond-set indexes, sweep centre seconds, magnified aperture at 3, d

Rolex a fine lady's 18ct white gold and diamond-set automatic wristwatch with date and bracelet ref 179179 mvt 2037931 no Z576349 circa 2007, Cal. 2235 automatic winding movement, 31 jewels, silvered dial with round diamond-set numerals, magnified aper

A lady's two-tone Datejust wristwatch, Rolex, circa 2011. Automatic. 26mm. Ref: 179161. Serial number. D904036. Tourneau-shaped case with circular black dial and applied rose gold Roman numerals, centre sweep seconds and date aperture. Case, dial and m

A lady's gold capped lady Dudley wristwatch, Rolex, circa 1940's. Manual. 23mm. Ref: 3640. Case number: 207306. Circular silvered dial with painted black Arabic numerals, signed Rolex Oyster. Centre sweep seconds. Unsigned movement. Case signed R.W

A vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual wristwatch, automatic movement, circular white dial with gold baton numerals, signed case, dial and movement, stainless steel case with black leather bands, calibre 1030, case reference 6580, movement number 457817, 34mm di

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air King wristwatch, automatic movement, circular silvered dial with baton numerals, signed case, dial and movement, stainless steel case with matching bracelet bands, case number 5500, movement number 94042, calibre 1530, 34mm dia

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust diamond wristwatch, automatic movement, circular blue dial with after market diamond numerals, date aperture at three, sweep seconds hand, signed case, dial and movement, gold and stainless steel case with conforming brace

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust gold and diamond wristwatch, automatic movement, circular golden dial with after market diamond numerals, date aperture at three, sweep seconds hand, signed case, dial and movement, 18ct gold case with after market diamond

A ladies Rolex Oyster Perpetual date wristwatch, automatic movement, circular silvered dial with baton numerals, date aperture at three, signed case, dial and movement, reference number 6517 / 11/1970, calibre 1161, movement number 61784, case number 24610

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II wristwatch, automatic movement, circular white dial with illuminated baton numerals, date aperture at three, sweep seconds hand, signed case, dial and movement, stainless steel case with conforming bracelet bands, calib

Mid 20th century all stainless steel Rolex Oyster Royal Precision gents wrist watch circular white dial with gold batons, integral bracelet strap

Rolex, stainless steel Sea-Dweller Diver's wristwatch, Ref. 16600, case M124947, c. 2008, automatic movement with helium escape valve and officially certified chronometer, fully jewelled, black dial with luminous dots, baton and dagger numerals, sweep cent

Rolex, stainless steel and gold GMT-master II wristwatch, Ref. 116713LN, case Z455861, c. 2007, automatic movement with officially certified chronometer, fully jewelled, black gloss dial with luminous dots, baton and dagger numerals, GMT hand, sweep centre

Rolex, stainless steel and gold Daytona Cosmograph chronograph wristwatch, Ref. 116523, case Y249242, c. 2004, automatic movement with officially certified chronometer, fully jewelled, champagne dial with gold luminous baton markers and luminous hands, thr

Rolex, gold Daytona Cosmograph wristwatch, Ref. 116528, case K932066, c. 2002, automatic movement with officially certified chronometer, fully jewelled, 18ct yellow gold, black dial with gold luminous baton markers and luminous hands, three subsidiary dial

Rolex, stainless steel chronograph Cosmograph Daytona wristwatch, Ref. 116520, case F922096, c. 2005, automatic movement with officially certified chronometer, fully jewelled, black dial with luminous baton markers and luminous hands, three subsidiary dial

Rolex, gold Submariner Diver's wristwatch, Ref. 16618, case L200595, c. 2010, automatic movement with officially certified chronometer, fully jewelled, the 18ct yellow gold, black dial with luminous dots, baton and dagger numerals, sweep centre seconds, lu

Rolex, stainless steel chronograph Cosmograph Daytona wristwatch, Ref. 116520, case P740994, cal. 4130 automatic movement, fully jewelled, white dial with luminous baton markers and luminous hands, outer fifths of a second divisions, three subsidiary dials

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust, mid-size ladies diamond Jubilee watch c.2002 automatic movement silvered dial with diamonds and date display stainless steel case and bracelet band. Diameter 30mm, with manufactures box and papers

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual, Datejust, mid-size ladies watch c.2012, automatic movement Serial: V789964 silvered dial with date display stainless steel case with gold bezel two tone stainless and gold bracelet band. Diameter 31mm, with box, spare links, warra

Ladies Rolex oyster perpetual datejust watch has been serviced by Rolex and is currently working

A lady's stainless steel and yellow gold Oyster Perpetual Datejust wristwatch, Rolex circa 1983. Automatic. 26mm. Ref: 69173. Cal.2135. Serial 8142360. Yellow gold dial with diamond numerals. Case, dial, movement and Jubilee bracelet signed. Original b

A mid-size stainless steel and yellow gold Oyster Perpetual Datejust wristwatch, Rolex circa 2012. Automatic. 31mm. Ref: 178273, Cal.2135, Serial L05518D2. Mother of pearl dial, gold Roman numerals, Case, dial, movement and Jubilee bracelet signed. Box and

A gentleman's stainless steel Oyster Perpetual Turn-o-graph Datejust wristwatch, circa 2005. Automatic. 36mm. Ref: 116264. Cal.3135. Serial DO56848. Blue dial, steel baton numerals. Case, dial, movement and oyster bracelet signed. Box and papers

A gentleman's stainless steel Oyster Perpetual GMT Master II wristwatch, Rolex, circa 2010. Automatic. 40mm. Ref: 116710LN, Cal.3186, Serial V820080. Bla ck dial, dot markers. Case, dial, movement and oyster bracelet signed. Box and papers

A gentleman's stainless steel Oyster Prince Day-Date wristwatch, Tudor, circa 1970's. Automatic. 40mm. Ref: 7020/0. Cal.AS1882, Serial 698509. Silver dial, baton numerals. Case, dial, and movement signed. Non-original leather brown leather strap

Rolex a stainless steel automatic wristwatch with date and bracelet ref 6605 Datejust 1956, Cal. 1065 automatic winding movement, 25 jewels, silvered matte dial, baton indexes, centre seconds, magnified aperture for date, stainless steel Oyster case, reede

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer, stainless steel, gents watch, automatic chronometer movement, black index dial, stainless steel case and bracelet band, Diameter35mm

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual date-just two tone ladies watch, automatic movement, date display, gold bezel, Twi tibe staubkess steek & gold case and band, diameter 25mm

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust wristwatch, model 16013 in 14ct gold and stainless steel, champagne dial, centre seconds, baton markers on a 27 jewell Cal. 3035 automati cmovement no. 0063248 to Jubilee bracelet band, size 36mm, with Rolex pouch.

Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Datejust Gent's watch, 18ct yellow gold and stainless steel, automatic nickel lever movement, fully jewelled, black dial with applied baton markers, magnified aperture for date at 3 o'clock, screw-down Crown, with 18ct yello

A mid-size Oyster Perpetual Datejust wristwatch, automatic movement, circular black dial with baton numerals, date aperture at three, signed case, dial and movement, stainless steel case with conforming Oyster bracelet bands, reference number 178240, seria

A gent's stainless steel Rolex Submariner Date wristwatch, 4 cm diameter case, waterproof to 300m/1000', black dial and bezel, mechanical self-winding movement, serial number V117410, on steel Oyster bracelet. As new, boxed, with original international gua

Rolex Oyster Datejust mens wristwatch. Stainless steel & gold plate two tone case & bracelet. Running, unserviced.

A Gentleman's gold Oyster Perpetual Ovettone wristwatch, Rolex, circa 1951. Automatic. 36mm. Ref:6105. Calibre A296. Case number 752981. Case, dial and movement signed. Jubilee bracelet. 18ct yellow gold. Chronometer certificate and Rolex guarantee pap

A Lady's two-tone Oyster Perpetual wristwatch, Rolex, circa 1991. Automatic. 26mm. Ref: 69173. Movement: E983249. Calibre 2135. Case number 62523D.18. Case, dial and movement signed. Jubilee bracelet. 18ct yellow gold and stainless steel. Original box.

A Gentleman's gold Oyster Perpetual Day-Date wristwatch, Rolex, circa 1978. Automatic. 36mm. Ref: 1803. Serial number: 568225. Cal. 1556. Case, dial and movement signed. Non-original mesh bracelet. 18ct yellow gold. (Dial re-finished)

A ladies diamond set Rolex wristwatch, 18ct yellow gold, automatic movement, marked to dial Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust, Chronometer certified, model 6917, circa: 1980's, made with classic round case, fluted bezel, gold dial, single diamonds set to eac

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