FROM JAPAN Auction & Shopping Proxy Service


Japan Time: (JP)

Rolex > Women's > Oyster Perpetual

About Oyster Perpetual

Rolex Oyster Perpetual - The technology behind Rolex

The Oyster Perpetual is the prefix given to Rolex watches that have the Swiss watch company's waterproof Oyster Case and automatic movement functions. The Oyster case was first introduced by Rolex in 1926 with the Rolex Oyster which was the world's first commercially available waterproof watch. Rolex's self-winding "Perpetual" technology was invented in 1931 and was so named because it was powered by the constant motion of the wrist. The Oyster Perpetual name has come to be attached to the likes of some of Rolex's most iconic lines including the Explorer, the Datejust, the Day-Date, Daytona, and Yacht-Master. Own your very own piece of pioneering engineering with Oyster Perpetual Rolex watches.


Rolex > Women's > Oyster Perpetual Recommended Items

See more
Women's > Oyster Perpetual

Rolex first brought our their groundbreaking Oyster case in 1926 and made history as the world's first waterproof wristwatch. While the design and technology of the Oyster has evolved over time, Oyster watches by Rolex remain some of the most popular and recognized watches in existence, and has always been at the forefront of horological development. Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf believed that in order to convince the public that a wristwatch could be as reliable and indispensable as the pocket watch, it must be waterproof. In order to demonstrate this new invention, Waldorf had a young English swimmer to take the Oyster on her 10-hour swim across the English channel, which came out the other side in perfect working order. And in that moment, Rolex's Oyster became a legend.

The automatic movement Perpetual technology did not come until 1931, where Rolex introduced the world's first self-winding wristwatch with a date indicator and matching Jubilee bracelet. Modern versions of the Oyster Perpetual Date and Datejust models have the Rolex's 3135 movement which allows the wearer to adjust the date forward one day at a time without having to adjust the time. The first watch to combine both Rolex's Oyster and Perpetual technologies was in 1956 with the first version of the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date.

The Oyster Perpetual has graced the wrists of some of the 20th century's most influential people, including the pilot Sir Malcolm Campbell who wore the watch as he broke the sound barrier in 1947. The explorer and mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary wore the Oyster Perpetual Datejust on the first-ever summit of Everest in 1953. Due to its tried-and-tested reliability, the Oyster Perpetual technology has been fitted in some of Rolex's most enduring and famous lines including the Explorer, the Day-Date, the Daytona, and the Yacht-Master.