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 vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual 18ct yellow gold gents watch automatic movement silvered dial (AF) 18ct yellow gold case with leather band diameter 32mm

A vintage Rolex gent's wristwatch, the 1950's Oyster Precision stainless steel watch with seconds hand and gold toned batons to black enamel dial, Rolex crown instead of the number 12, marked Rolex Oyster Precision, later black leather strap, in wo

A vintage Rolex gent's wristwatch, the 1960's Oyster Precision gold plated watch, the champagne coloured enamel dial, with seconds hand and gold toned batons, marked Rolex Oyster Precision, later black leather strap, working order with manual wind

A Tudor Oyster stainless steel wristwatch, ref. 7934, applied markers centre seconds, screw down crown on a 17 jewell manual movement, case no. 215969, to leather band. C 1960's, working.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust lady's wristwatch, ref, Y351865 s/n 79173 in gold and stainless steel with mother of pearl dial, Roman numerals, date on a 31 jewell cal. 2235 automatic movement no. 1217589 case no. 2060 on Jubilee bracelet band. C 2003

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A gold and stainless-steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual datejust gent's wristwatch. In good working order complete with original purchase receipt dated 1984, guarantee, other paper work, tags and original box, in good working order

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust diamond wristwatch, automatic movement, circular silvered dial with diamond batons, sweep seconds hand, date apperture at three, signed case, dial and movement, stainless steel case with conforming bracelet bands, after ma

A Rolex Explorer Oyster Perpetual wristwatch, automatic movement, circular black dial with Arabic and baton numerals, sweep seconds hand, signed case, dial and movement, stainless steel case and conforming bracelet bands, calibre 3130, reference number 114

A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King wristwatch, automatic movement, circular silvered dial with Arabic and baton numerals, sweep seconds hand, signed case, dial and movement, stainless steel case and conforming bracelet bands, reference number Z962957, total

A mid-size Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust wristwatch, automatic movement, circular silvered dial with baton numerals, sweep seconds hand, date apperture ant three, signed case, dial and movement, stainless steel and 18ct gold case with conforming Jubilee

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

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