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Rolex Rare Date Automatic Steel 1530
Rolex Rare Date Automatic Steel 1530
NZ$ 14,349
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
244
UK
Rolex Datejust
Rolex Datejust
NZ$ 8,874
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
319
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39mm Rhodium
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39mm Rhodium
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SORELLE RONCO
876
IT
Rolex MINT 2016 Rolex Oyster Perpetual 116000 36mm Gray...
Rolex MINT 2016 Rolex Oyster Perpetual 116000 36mm Gray...
NZ$ 6,545
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry of Smithtown
14
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 114300
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 114300
NZ$ 7,481
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Chronoshop s.r.o.
35
CZ
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31 Roestvrij Staal 67480 - W5040
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31 Roestvrij Staal 67480 - W5040
NZ$ 6,252
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Xupes.nl
 
NL
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
TOP
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
NZ$ 7,268
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8TIME
5
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Medium Ref. 67488
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Medium Ref. 67488
NZ$ 14,350
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Henry´s Auktionshaus AG
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 115200 Stainless Steel
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 115200 Stainless Steel
NZ$ 8,164
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OCWG Inc.
91
US
Rolex Date Vintage 6627
Rolex Date Vintage 6627
NZ$ 14,827
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
244
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
NZ$ 7,015
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A. Grimmeissen Uhren An- und Verkauf
319
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Red Grape Purple Index
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Red Grape Purple Index
NZ$ 6,930
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SORELLE RONCO
876
IT
Rolex Vintage Rolex Date 1500 Two-Tone 14K Gold Stainless...
Rolex Vintage Rolex Date 1500 Two-Tone 14K Gold Stainless...
NZ$ 4,906
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry of Smithtown
14
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
NZ$ 4,733
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VintagetimeNL
 
NL
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 Roestvrij Staal 116000 - W5091
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 Roestvrij Staal 116000 - W5091
NZ$ 7,605
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Xupes.nl
 
NL
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
NZ$ 5,409
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Mercanti D'Oro srl
12
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date unworn 18k gold case gent's...
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date unworn 18k gold case gent's...
NZ$ 8,957
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Watch Flair e. K.
75
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 114300 Stainless Steel
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 114300 Stainless Steel
NZ$ 9,244
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OCWG Inc.
91
US
Rolex Vintage Date 1503
Rolex Vintage Date 1503
NZ$ 12,436
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
244
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15238
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15238
NZ$ 14,078
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Phil Abrams Fine Jewelry
8
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual No Date
Rolex Oyster Perpetual No Date
Price on request
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SORELLE RONCO
876
IT
Rolex MINT Ladies Rolex Date 69190 White Roman 26mm Stainless...
Rolex MINT Ladies Rolex Date 69190 White Roman 26mm Stainless...
NZ$ 3,566
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Collectors Coins & Jewelry of Smithtown
14
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
NZ$ 3,043
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COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 18K Geel Goud 1005 - W4145
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 18K Geel Goud 1005 - W4145
NZ$ 17,493
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Xupes.nl
 
NL
Rolex Date Oro Giallo Ref. 1500
Rolex Date Oro Giallo Ref. 1500
NZ$ 11,494
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Mercanti D'Oro srl
12
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
NZ$ 8,790
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CHRONO 10:10 s.r.o.
5
CZ
Rolex Date 115234 Stainless Steel
Rolex Date 115234 Stainless Steel
NZ$ 9,089
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OCWG Inc.
91
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Rare Florentine 6551
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Rare Florentine 6551
NZ$ 16,262
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
244
UK
Rolex Vintage Oyster Date 1530 Quartz Case 96660 Bracelet RARE
Rolex Vintage Oyster Date 1530 Quartz Case 96660 Bracelet RARE
NZ$ 11,173
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Phil Abrams Fine Jewelry
8
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 116000
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 116000
NZ$ 7,184
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Mall of the Watch
907
MC
Rolex Date Edelstahl / Gelbgold Oysterband Automatic Service 2018
Rolex Date Edelstahl / Gelbgold Oysterband Automatic Service 2018
NZ$ 5,561
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Timeless Watches GmbH
262
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
NZ$ 3,381
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COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 34 Roestvrij Staal 15200 - W4933
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 34 Roestvrij Staal 15200 - W4933
NZ$ 6,810
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Xupes.nl
 
NL
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady
NZ$ 4,885
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L'horlogiste
46
FR
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Silver Dial
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Silver Dial
Price on request
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SORELLE RONCO
876
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady 31 Red Grape Dial 177200 NEW
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady 31 Red Grape Dial 177200 NEW
NZ$ 7,367
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Kara's Watches
170
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Vintage Gents
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Vintage Gents
NZ$ 7,557
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
244
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady Date
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady Date
NZ$ 4,226
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Compraventa Santoro
 
ES
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
NZ$ 5,409
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Wrist Icons
 
NL
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 18K Gold  Automatic
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 18K Gold Automatic
NZ$ 7,589
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Timeless Watches GmbH
262
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
NZ$ 4,564
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COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 26 Roestvrij Staal 79190 - W4927
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 26 Roestvrij Staal 79190 - W4927
NZ$ 4,900
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Xupes.nl
 
NL
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ovettone
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ovettone
NZ$ 5,916
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Gioielleria Frollo di Simone Frollo
 
IT
Rolex Watch Oyster Perpetual 116000
Rolex Watch Oyster Perpetual 116000
NZ$ 6,218
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex DATE Ref. 15210
Rolex DATE Ref. 15210
NZ$ 6,085
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Mercanti D'Oro srl
12
IT
Rolex Date 15238
Rolex Date 15238
NZ$ 13,296
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
244
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 34mm
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 34mm
Price on request
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SORELLE RONCO
876
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 1002 - Fully Serviced
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 1002 - Fully Serviced
NZ$ 4,685
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Time Rediscovered Ltd
22
UK
Rolex Medium Rose 31mm Edelstahl Automatik Damenuhr
Rolex Medium Rose 31mm Edelstahl Automatik Damenuhr
NZ$ 5,730
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Timeless Watches GmbH
262
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
NZ$ 4,733
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COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 26 Roestvrij Staal 6716 - W5023
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 26 Roestvrij Staal 6716 - W5023
NZ$ 5,661
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Xupes.nl
 
NL
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
NZ$ 4,817
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Gioielleria Frollo di Simone Frollo
 
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady Date
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady Date
NZ$ 3,871
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L'horlogiste
46
FR
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady 31 Azzurro Blue Dial 177200 NEW
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady 31 Azzurro Blue Dial 177200 NEW
NZ$ 6,696
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Kara's Watches
170
US
Rolex Datejust Vintage 6627
Rolex Datejust Vintage 6627
NZ$ 14,827
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
244
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual black 36mm
Rolex Oyster Perpetual black 36mm
Price on request
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SORELLE RONCO
876
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 177200 Stainless Steel
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 177200 Stainless Steel
NZ$ 6,930
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OCWG Inc.
91
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Edelstahl Automatic Service 08.2017
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Edelstahl Automatic Service 08.2017
NZ$ 4,885
Seller
Timeless Watches GmbH
262
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
NZ$ 4,226
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COMPRA-VENTA JAVIER CALVO
ES
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 Roestvrij Staal 6564 - COM1862
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 Roestvrij Staal 6564 - COM1862
NZ$ 7,993
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Xupes.nl
 
NL
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The Oyster Perpetual: The Cornerstone of Rolex's Success

The Oyster Perpetual formed the foundation for Rolex's success and still remains one of the most popular luxury watches worldwide. This streamlined stainless steel watch united a waterproof case and an automatic movement with a rotor for the first time.

Whats Makes the Oyster Perpetual Special

  • Point of entry to the world of Rolex
  • Includes COSC certificate
  • First waterproof watch
  • Timeless, simple design
  • Twinlock screw-down crown

Simple Unisex Model

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual serves as the perfect introduction into the world of the most well-known Swiss luxury watch manufacturer. At the same time, it's the ultimate classic Rolex, the mother of all Rolex watches. Robust and water resistant to 100 m (328 ft), halfway between sporty and elegant, the Oyster Perpetual is the perfect companion for every occasion. It looks just as great with a polo shirt as it does with an evening suit. The 26-mm and 31-mm models were designed with women in mind while the 34-mm, 36-mm, and 39-mm versions are geared more toward men.

Rolex brings together their most important inventions in the Oyster Perpetual. The manufacturer was a trailblazer in two areas of watchmaking: in their use of a sealed case and a winding rotor. Most other Rolex watch series are based on the Oyster Perpetual, whose base model is still a simple three-hand watch with central seconds. The name of each watch is completed by a number indicating its case diameter in millimeters.

How much does a Rolex Oyster Perpetual cost?

Reference number Size (in mm) Price (approx.)
114300 39 5,300 USD
116000 36 5,100 USD
114200 34 4,800 USD
177200 31 4,700 USD
176200 26 4,400 USD

Detailed Price Information

The highly coveted Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 with the reference number 114300 costs around 5,300 USD new and 5,200 USD pre-owned. This stainless steel watch comes with a rhodium, blue, or red grape dial. The 36-mm version with the reference number 116000 also comes in a variety of dial designs and colors. You can get a ref. 116000 in mint condition for 5,100 USD, while a pre-owned model goes for about 4,400 USD. The 34-mm editions with the reference number 114200 are even less expensive and sit around 4,800 USD new and 4,200 USD pre-owned. Unlike the Oyster Perpetual 39, which is powered by the in-house caliber 3132, the smaller unisex models are powered by the caliber 3130 and lack the Paraflex shock protection system.

You can find small 31- and 26-mm women's watches in the Rolex Oyster Perpetual series for as little as 4,700 USD and 4,400 USD, respectively. Pre-owned examples cost a few hundred dollars less. Regardless of whether it's a men's, women's, or unisex model: overall, Oyster Perpetual timepieces tend to retain their value.

Oyster Perpetual Date and Datejust with a Date Display

Those who appreciate the practicality of watches with a date display and cyclops lens should take a closer look at the Oyster Perpetual Date and the Datejust. A new, 34-mm stainless steel Oyster Perpetual Date ref. 115200 demands around 5,800 USD new and 4,900 USD pre-owned. The same luxury watch made of stainless steel and white gold costs about 7,700 USD new, though pre-owned models cost only 5,900 USD.

If 34 mm is too small for you, perhaps you would prefer the 41-mm Datejust 41 or the somewhat older Datejust II, which was still equipped with the caliber 3136 and is no longer in production. The caliber 3235 with a Chronergy escapement and a 70-hour power reserve ticks away inside the Datejust 41 from 2017. Plan to spend around 7,300 USD for a stainless steel model in mint condition. You can purchase a pre-owned stainless steel Datejust II for about 6,800 USD.

The Perpetual Rotor: A Revolutionary Automatic Caliber

In 1931, Rolex introduced a technological advancement: the perpetual rotor, from which the Oyster Perpetual gets the second half of its name. Rolex was the first to develop a self-winding wristwatch with a perpetual rotor. The mechanism is made up of an oscillating weight (the rotor) which has a delayed reaction to movements. This delay between the rotor and the rest of the watch winds the mainspring. The mechanism was patented in 1932, and not much has changed in the meantime. The first perpetual rotor, however, wound unidirectionally, while bidirectional self-winding movements have become the standard since the 1940s. Other manufacturers have long since begun using this technology from Rolex as well.

The look of the new Oyster Perpetual is characterized by stainless steel. Rolex uses type 904L, which is considered especially corrosion- and scratch-proof. Rolex uses this stainless steel for the case as well as the bracelet and its three-piece links. Oyster Perpetuals from earlier decades, however, are also available in gold. The watch features a screw-down Twinlock crown, which has two gaskets to prevent water leaking in and damaging the watch. Therefore, thanks to this special crown, the Oyster Perpetual is water resistant to 100 m (10 bar, 328 ft).

The Oyster's Journey Through the English Channel

In the 1920s, oysters served as the inspiration for the name of this Rolex series. Oysters seemed a perfect choice, as the underwater creatures' outer shells protect them and keep them dry. At the time, Rolex was a pioneer in the area of waterproof watches. The first version of the Oyster case premiered in 1926. On October 7th, 1927, English swimmer Mercedes Gleitze wore a Rolex Oyster as she became the first Englishwoman to swim the English Channel. The Oyster survived the conditions just fine, proving it to be the first waterproof watch. Gleitze had worn the watch for around fifteen hours in cold water.

The words "Oyster case" have become an established term in the watch world. It doesn't just signify this model, but rather all Rolex watches with a similar design. Distinctive characteristics include a solid Monobloc middle case and a screw-down case back. The back has a fluted edge, which allows watchmakers to open the case for repair and maintenance using a special tool.

A Variety of Sizes and Calibers

Due to the many different case sizes, Rolex uses various movements in the Oyster Perpetual collection. Caliber 3132 powers the 39-mm version with reference number 114300 ; the 3132 also ticks away inside the Explorer. The rotor winds bidirectionally and helps the movement achieve its power reserve of approximately 48 hours. One characteristic of the 3132 is its precision; according to Rolex, it deviates no more than two seconds a day from the reference time. Therefore, it easily passed all tests from the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute and is COSC-certified. By pulling out the crown, you can set the time to the exact second.

A defining feature of the 3132 is its Parachrom hairspring made from a non-magnetic zirconium-niobium alloy. This important component is ten times less affected by shocks than conventional hairsprings. Furthermore, Rolex's Paraflex shock protection system protects the movement in extreme conditions.

Rolex also uses a movement with a Parachrom spiral in the smallest Oyster Perpetual models. Caliber 2231 powers the 26-mm version; the movement barely differs from the larger 3132 movement in terms of precision and power reserve. The 2231 also powers the next size up, the 31-mm version. The 34-mm models are available with or without a date display. Rolex uses caliber 3135 in this watch, a very reliable, COSC-certified movement which also powers diving watches like the Sea Dweller 4000 or Deepsea. The versions without a date display are powered by the 3130.

A No-Nonsense Design

The optional date display with the typical Cyclops lens is not the only extra on the 34-mm Oyster Perpetual Date. The women's model with reference number 115234 has sparkling diamond index markers for odd hours and features a white gold and 904L stainless steel bracelet. For a further elegant touch to the watch, Rolex added the option of a fluted bezel.

Altogether, the watches in the Oyster Perpetual collection feature subtle, simple designs. The olive, red grape, and champagne dials stand out with their bold colors in comparison to the graphite, white, and dark blue dials. The thin, straight, no-frills hands are partially filled with luminous material, allowing you to read the time even in the dark. Hour markers are usually thin lines, although Arabic and Roman numerals are options as well. The 12 o'clock marker is represented by Rolex's logo, the five-pointed Rolex crown.

Even the bracelet has a name of its own: the Oyster bracelet. It has been in production since the late 1930s and consists of flat three-piece links. A series of these three-piece links are added together, building a full-length Oyster bracelet. However, using the patented Easylink rapid extension system, you can change the bracelet length so it's a comfortable fit for you.

Many of Rolex's most famous watches, such as the Submariner, Daytona, and Explorer, belong to the Oyster Perpetual family.

Case Material

  • Predominantly 904L stainless steel
  • Certain models feature white gold
  • Vintage models also feature yellow gold
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