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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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 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)

Rolex A stainless steel automatic wristwatch with date and bracelet, ref 16622 no Z589438 Yachtmaster circa 2005, cal. 3135 automatic winding movement, fully jewelled, free-sprung mono-metallic balance, adjusted to 5 positions, matte silvered dial, applied

Rolex A lady's fine 18ct gold and diamond-set automatic wristwatch with date and bracelet ref 69298 no X481780 Datejust, cal. 2135 automatic winding movement, fully jewelled, gold dial, applied diamond-set indexes, sweep centre seconds, magnified apert

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust wristwatch, automatic movement, circular cream dial with Roman numerals, date aperture at three, signed case, dial and movement, stainless steel and gold case with conforming Jubilee bracelet bands, reference number 16200,

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust wristwatch, automatic movement, circular blue dial with baton numerals, date aperture at three, signed case, dial and movement, stainless steel and gold case with conforming Jubilee bracelet bands, reference number 16200,

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual 'Air King' wristwatch, automatic movement, circular silvered dial with Arabic and baton numerals, signed case, dial and movement, stainless steel case and conforming bracelet bands, 30mm diameter, accompanied by a Rolex box and cer

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual date gent's wrist watch, ref, 1500, s/n. 1129378 in stainless steel with centre seconds, applied markers, date on a 26 jewel automatic movement cal. 1560, on an Oyster band. Scratched plexi, circa 1978.

A ladies Oyster Perpetual Datejust wristwatch, automatic movement, circular white dial with baton numerals, date aperture at three, signed case dial and movement, stainless steel case and Jubilee bracelet bands, reference Z314977 179174, total length 180mm

A gentleman's Rolex Oyster Perpetual date wrist watch stainless steel case and band with silver dial, raised silver batons and hands, perpetual movement.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual mens wristwatch. 1970s S/steel case with original band. Running, unserviced. Crown does not screw onto tube.

A Tudor Prince Oysterdate wristwatch; ref: 7966, stainless steel Rolex oyster case no. 286310, discoloured dial with large rose, date, centre seconds on a 25 jewell self wind movement with screw down Crown and back. Fixio-Flex band. C - 1960's.

A Rolex Tudor Oyster with restored dial, manual wind movement, c.1950. Width 34mm.

A good steel Tudor Oyster Prince Submariner, 1967, model 7928 automatic, 17 jewel calibre 390 movement. Black dial meters 200 - 600ft. Case number SN 596004. Not original bracelet.

A Rolex gold Clad Oyster date wristwatch, 1979, model 1550 with automatic calibre 1570, 26 jewel movement. SN D853718 (Re gold plated bracelet) case number 5490997.

A rare early Rolex Submariner Oyster Perpetual (no Crown Guards), 1956, model 6536. 25 jewel automatic movement, calibre 1030, SN N574046. Case number 89377. Gilt dial with 100mtr/300 in Red.

A rare early steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner (no Crown Guards), 1958-9, model 5508 ('James Bond'). Calibre 1530 automatic movement 25 jewels, SN 04818. Case number 399687. White dial (later Rolex bracelet).

A ladies vintage Rolex Oyster gold wristwatch, c.1948, model 5004 with 14kt gold case. 17 jewel movement, manual wind.

A vintage Rolex / Tudor Oyster Prince wristwatch, c.1950, marked rotor self winding on champagne dial. Baton numerals. Gold clad on steel case.

A mid-size Rolex Oyster Perpetual wristwatch, automatic movement, circular white dial with baton numerals, date aperture at three, signed case, dial and movement, stainless steel case with gold bezel and conforming stainless steel and gold bracelet bands,

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust gent's automatic wrist watch; ref; 16620 with blue dial, Roman numerals, sapphire crystal in stainless steel. Id. A709773 with box and papers, retailed by the watch gallery 11/7/2000.

A gents Rolex bubbleback wristwatch. Stainless steel and rose gold, circa 1940's, marked to dial Rolex Oyster Perpetual Chronometer with automatic movement, the mid sized round case numbered to back 302005, black dial with luminous Arabic and baton markers

A lady's Oysterdate Precision wristwatch, Rolex, manual, silver dial with applied batons, centre sweep seconds and date aperture. Dial, oyster bracelet and crown signed. Stainless steel. 30mm

18ct yellow gold Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Datejust customised ladies diamond bracelet watch automatic movement superlative Chronometer, Officially certified. Diamond set blue enamel dial with date display 18ct yellow gold pave set diamond bezel 18ct yellow

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust gold ladies watch model 69178, 18ct yellow gold case and bracelet, with Rolex diamond dial and bezel, water resistant to 100 meters, automatic chronometer movement, with original box and papers

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