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A Comprehensive Guide to the Oyster Perpetual

Join us in this blog as we discover all you need to know about the Rolex Oyster Perpetual! 

Brief history

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual was introduced in 1931; it was the first Rolex watch to house a perpetual movement. The word Oyster refers to the strong and reliable dustproof and waterproof case. Although Oyster isn't just referencing the case, it is also synonymous with other Rolex components such as Oyster steel, Oyster bracelet, Oyster clasp and Oyster Flex. The Oyster cases are crafted from a block of metal, and they are known for their superb and practical design. Every Rolex model in the current catalogue features an oyster case besides the newly released 1908. Perpetual refers to the watch's self-winding movement. You can read more about movements by clicking here! 

Popular models

When the 41mm Oyster perpetual was released in 2020, Rolex added a vibrant range of brightly coloured dials such as red, yellow, and Tiffany blue to the entire collection. Since their release, these brightly-coloured dials have been particularly sought after and hard to find due to the high demand. Rolex typically sticks to classic colours and designs, but this range was revamped with a youthful and bold hostile takeover.


In March of 2023, Rolex released the celebration dial, a dial exclusive to the Oyster Perpetual that combines all of the 2020 dials into one painted dial. Since the release of this model, it has risen to the top of the market; a watch equipped with this dial will easily have at least double the retail value.

What is the best entry-level Rolex?

The Oyster Perpetual has a classic, refined and simple design. The model is widely regarded as one of the best entry-level Rolexes due to the relatively low retail price, and it is much easier to purchase from an authorised dealer. The range may have some of the cheapest and easiest Rolexes, but don't let that fool you. Have a look at the Rolex configurator website and see for yourself.

How can I sell my Rolex Oyster Perpetual?

We buy Oyster Perpetuals all the time, so get in touch now. We offer same-day quotes, fair market value and instant payment. Click here for a quote.

How to Buy a Rolex Oyster Perpetual 

If you are interested in purchasing an Oyster Perpetual, look no further. We always stock a range of popular Oyster Perpetauls available for viewing and purchase at our central London location. If we do not have the watch you are looking for in stock, contact us, and we can promptly source one using our extensive network. 



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