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, a gold and stainless steel automatic wristwatch ref 1038 mvt 212140 Oyster Perpetual circa 1969, cal. 1570 automatic winding movement, 26 jewels, adjusted to 5 positions, sunburst champagne dial, applied dot hour markers, black outer minute division

Rolex, a stainless steel, gold and diamond-set automatic wristwatch with date and bracelet ref 16233 mvt 6591355 case X994231 Datejust circa 1995, cal. 3135 automatic winding movement, 31 jewels, sunburst champagne dial with diamond-set indexes, sweep cent

Rolex, a lady's stainless steel, gold and diamond-set automatic wristwatch with date and bracelet ref 69173 mvt 2528572 case S299263 Datejust circa 1987, cal. 2135 automatic winding movement, 29 jewels, sunburst champagne dial with diamond-set indexes,

A Lady's gold Oyster Perpetual Datejust wristwatch, Rolex, circa 2011. Automatic. 26mm. Ref: 69178. Serial number 92621133. Gold dial with applied diamond markers, centre sweep seconds and date aperture at 3 o'clock. Case, dial, movement and origin

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust automatic wristwatch, ref, 16233 in 18ct gold and stainless steel, white dial with applied Roman numerals, centre seconds, 31 jewel cal. 3135 movement no. 76255976, case no. 16200, Jubilee bracelet, C 1998 with box and all

Rolex steel cased Oyster Perpetual Datejust automatic ladies wrist watch with pave set diamond dial frame on integral steel and plated bracelet strap

Rolex steel cased Oyster Perpetual Datejust automatic gents wrist watch silvered dial on integral bracelet strap with Rolex box (wear to glass)

Ladies Oyster Perpetual Date Just Rolex Watch. Circa 1960s. Stainless steel. Approx 26mm case ex crown

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust automatic wristwatch, ref, 16233 in 18ct gold and stainless steel, white dial with applied Roman numerals, centre seconds, 31 jewel cal. 3135 movement no. 76255976, case no. 16200, Jubilee bracelet, C 1998 with box and all

A gentleman's two-tone Oyster Perpetual Daytona Cosmograph wristwatch, Rolex, circa 1990. Automatic. 36mm. Ref: 16523. Serial number E796597. White dial with applied gold baton numerals gold subdials, centre sweep seconds. Case, dial, movement and oyster b

A mid-size, two-tone date wristwatch, Rolex, circa 2000. Automatic. 34mm. Ref: 15223. Serial number P666865. Silver starburst dial with applied alternating Arabic numerals and luminious indexes, engine-turned bezel, centre sweep seconds, date aperture at 3

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual date Chronometer wristwatch, automatic movement, circular black dial with baton numerals, date aperture at three, signed case, dial and movement, stainless steel case and conforming oyster bracelet bands, case reference and serial

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Daytona Cosmograph wristwatch, automatic movement, circular black dial with baton numerals, signed case, dial and movement, 18ct gold and stainless steel case with conforming oyster bracelet bands, reference 116523, calibre 4130, m

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Daytona Cosmograph gold wristwatch, automatic movement, circular white dial with baton numerals, signed case, dial and movement, 18ct gold case and conforming oyster bracelet bands, reference 116528H, calibre 4130, movement number

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual day-date Chronometer diamond and gold wristwatch, automatic movement, circular golden dial with diamond numerals, day aperture at twelve, date aperture at three, signed case, dial and movement, 18ct gold case with conforming bracel

A mid-size Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust diamond wristwatch, automatic movement, circular dial with Roman numerals and feature diamond Roman numeral at six, signed case, dial and movement, stainless steel case with diamond set bezel, stainless steel brac

A ladies Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust diamond wristwatch, automatic movement, circular golden dial with diamond numerals, date aperture at three, signed case, dial and movement, stainless steel and gold case with diamond set bezel, having stainless stee

A ladies Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust diamond wristwatch, automatic movement, circular pink dial with diamond numerals, date aperture at three, signed case, dial and movement, stainless steel case with rose gold bezel and crown, having conforming bracel

18ct yellow gold Rolex President, Oyster Perpetual day-date, gents watch automatic movement with diamond set indices, day and date display 18ct yellow gold case and bracelet band diameter 35mm total weight: 145gms

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust diamond gents watch c.1990 manual movement, model number: 16233G with gold enamel diamond set dial and date display 18ct yellow gold bezel and stainless steel case 18ct yellow gold and stainless steel bracelet band diamete

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust diamond gents watch c.1990 manual movement, model number: 16233G with blue enamel diamond set dial and date display 18ct yellow gold bezel and stainless steel case 18ct yellow gold and stainless steel bracelet band diamete

A ladies Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust, diamond Jubilee watch 2011, automatic movement silvered dial with diamonds and date display rose gold fluted bezel two tone rose gold, stainless steel case and bracelet band diameter 26mm with box, papers and warra

Rolex a fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with registers and bracelet ref 6262 no 2416645 'Paul Newman' Daytona Cosmograph circa 1970, Cal.727 manual winding movement, 17 jewels, two-colour black and white dial, sunken engine turned blac

Rolex a stainless steel and gold automatic wristwatch with date ref 1601 case 1161983 Datejust circa 1960, Cal. 1560 automatic winding movement, fully jewelled, black dial, applied faceted baton indexes, centre seconds, magnified aperture for date, stainle

A gentleman's stainless steel Explorer wristwatch, Rolex, circa 1972. Automatic. 36mm. Ref: 1016. Serial number 2986217. Matte 3-6-9 black dial with luminous Arabic numerals and indexes. Flat polished bezel, centre sweep seconds. Case, dial, and movement s

A gentleman's two-tone Submariner wristwatch, Rolex, circa 1999. Automatic. 40mm. Ref: 16613. Cal. 3135. Serial number A548077. Black dial with applied luminous dots, uni-directional bezel, centre sweep seconds, date aperture at 3 o'clock. Case, di

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Bubbleback Gent's wristwatch, certified Chronometre ref: 6105 in stainless steel and 14ct gold, date indicator in red, centre seconds, screw down crown, engine turned bezel with hour indicators, automatic movement no. 31

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust, diamond Jubilee watch 2011, automatic movement silvered dial with diamonds and date display rose gold fluted bezel two tone rose gold, stainless steel case and bracelet band. Diameter 26mm, with box, papers and warrantee

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

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