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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watches Online

The term oyster is widely used by Rolex to denote many different models of luxury wristwatches. However, it should be noted that the Oyster Perpetual is a model of watch made by Rolex in its own right. In fact, to reflect its iconic status in the history of horology, it has been named as the watch of the twentieth century by experts in the industry. When Rolex first unveiled the Oyster Perpetual back in 1926, it was marketed as a global innovation in watchmaking. Indeed, Rolex said, with some justification, that it was the first ever dustproof and waterproof watch case to have ever entered production. Just five years later Rolex updated the model with its first-ever self-winding movement, another remarkable innovation that makes Oyster Perpetuals of this vintage much sought-after.

By the mid-1960s, Rolex was looking to expand its market for Oyster Perpetual wristwatches. Therefore, at this time, the first version designed to appeal to ladies was introduced. Very little changed to the design standard until the 1980s when sapphire crystal was used for the first time and a mid-sized model variant was marketed. In 2014, the Swiss watchmaker overhauled the entire product range, introducing four case sizes from 26mm to 36mm. A year later, a 39mm Oyster Perpetual was added to the range. Newer Oyster Perpetuals are designed for both a sporting and a dressy appearance. No numerals appear on the dial and there is no date present either, something that makes these watches distinctive looking.