Martin – Rolex 5 – Still design – Rolex Oyster Perpetual, the classic: design, features & prices

If you like high-quality and expensive watches, you simply have to love Rolex. Their models are considered a status symbol and are an absolute luxury item. There are probably only a handful of watch manufacturers that can keep up with the level of the traditional watch manufacturer Rolex. But what actually makes a Rolex so special and, above all, so expensive? We have taken a look at the most famous Rolex models and present them to you. In this case, the “Rolex for beginners” and an absolute classic: the Rolex Oyster Perpetual. Back to Rolex 1

Rolex: status symbol, investment & comparison

Choosing a particular watch model is not easy. After all, there are several different models in different price segments. The watches from Rolex, for example, are a status symbol for many people. The brand is internationally renowned and most people know how expensive a Rolex can be. Models of the Day-Date, for example, start at 32,950 euros.

The motives of buying a watch can also be quite different. Some people pay attention to the material when buying, others to the design. However, there are also people who buy a watch primarily to be able to use it as an investment.

But how does the Oyster Perpetual differ from Rolex’s Day-Date? The new watches in the Day-Date collection currently start at €32,950. In contrast, the models of the Oyster Perpetual collections start at 4,600€ and end with a price of 5,350€ for common models (special requests excluded). However, Rolex brand watches differ not only in price, but also in choice of materials and design, such as differently inscribed or colored dials, as well as shape and size.

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual: the Rolex for beginners

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual is now an absolute classic that impresses with its simple and timeless design. It is considered the perfect entry-level watch for Rolex “newbies”. According to Rolex, it is the epitome of the classic Oyster and is also quite affordable by Rolex standards, while still boasting many technical refinements. Since this model is available in different case sizes, the Oyster Perpetual is suitable for both men and women. this time Rolex 3 in the middle of it

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The wristwatches are in the direct tradition of the original Oyster, the world’s first water-resistant wristwatch, which established the reputation of the Rolex brand in 1926. They feature all the fundamental attributes of the Oyster Perpetual collection: chronometric precision, water-resistant Oyster case and automatic self-winding Perpetual rotor movement. With hour, minute and seconds displays and exclusively in stainless steel Oystersteel, they represent the wrist chronometer in its purest form. The anti-reflective coating on the back of the sapphire crystal of the new generation Oyster Perpetual ensures optimal readability of the dial.


The Oyster Perpetual from Rolex is one of the most affordable models in the family of Rolex models. As a rule, it ranges in price between €4,500 and €5,500. Special requests or custom designs can of course exceed this price range.

  • Oyster Perpetual 28mm Oystersteel: €4,600
  • Oyster Perpetual 31mm Oystersteel, yellow dial: €4,700
  • Oyster Perpetual 34mm Oystersteel, blue dial: €4,750
  • Oyster Perpetual 36mm Oystersteel, pink dial: €5,050
  • Oyster Perpetual 41mm Oystersteel, turquoise dial: €5,350


The Oyster Perpetual is considered a classic and the mother of Rolex watches. In contrast to younger models, such as the Daytona, the Oyster Perpetual is somewhat more limited in terms of design options. It is only available (except on special request) in Oystersteel stainless steel, alloys such as gold or platinum are not offered. However, the dial can be chosen in several colors and the case can have a size between 28-41mm, depending on your taste.


  • Case: 28mm, 31mm, 34mm, 36mm, 41mm
  • Dial: Light, dark, colored (yellow, blue, turquoise, pink, red, green)
  • Material: always Oystersteel
  • Bracelet: always Oyster strap

Classic style with individual details

The wristwatches of the Oyster Perpetual model line impress with a universal, classic style and offer useful functions for everyday life with their display of hours, minutes and seconds. The new version of the Oyster Perpetual 41 features an unusual configuration: Its silver dial with radial cut adorns hands and indices in 18-carat yellow gold.

Material: The famous Oystersteel

Rolex uses stainless steel Oystersteel for the cases of all its stainless steel watches. Specially developed by the company, stainless steel Oystersteel belongs to the steel grade “stainless steel 904L” – an alloy that is mostly used in high technology, the space industry or the chemical industry, where the highest corrosion resistance is required. Stainless steel Oystersteel is extremely resistant, has an exceptional shine after polishing and retains its beauty even under extreme conditions.

Rolex presents: The Oyster Perpetual

This model is an absolute classic. Here, Rolex presents you with the Oyster Perpetual in the relaunched Oyster Perpetual collection. This watch impresses with its classic yet modern design and the already typical day and night mode of the dial illumination.

Technical features

Chromalight display

The light reflections on the flanks of the middle section underscore the noble forms of the watch case made of stainless steel Oystersteel, which is equipped with a cambered bezel. The new generation of Oyster Perpetual wristwatches also features the Chromalight display, whose hands and indices – covered or filled with a blue, long-lasting luminescent material – are visible for longer even in the dark.

Novelty: Caliber 3230

The Oyster Perpetual 41 and the new versions of the Oyster Perpetual 36 are equipped with the calibre 3230 – a movement presented this year and entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. Several patents have been filed for this self-winding mechanical movement. It boasts major advances in terms of precision, power reserve, shock resistance, immunity to magnetic fields, ease of use and reliability. The Calibre 3230 is powered by the automatic self-winding perpetual rotor mechanism. Thanks to the construction of its barrel and the increased efficiency of its escapement, it now boasts a power reserve of approximately 70 hours.

Elevator crown

The winding crown, made from around ten different individual parts, is hermetically screwed to the case. This is the first time in the history of watchmaking that Rolex has created a water-resistant winding crown – a secure interface between the protected and sealed inner workings of the watch and the harmful influences of the outside world.

The radial grinding

The radial cut on Rolex dials is a preferred method in watchmaking for applying colour with an intense metallic tone to the dial, as is the case with silver grey, rhodium and ruthenium. In most cases, galvanic silvering serves as the base layer for the radial cut. Another color is then applied to the dials prepared in this way. Sometimes shades – like champagne – are created from several metals.

The Oyster Band

The Oyster bracelet, a particularly robust three-row metal bracelet with flat elements introduced at the end of the 1930s, remains the most common bracelet in the Oyster collection. It is fitted to all Professional models in particular, but is also used on some classic models such as the Datejust, the Day-Date and the Sky-Dweller. It can be fitted with all types of Rolex clasps (Oysterclasp, Oysterlock and Crownclasp) and is suitable for use with the convenient Easylink extension system.

Oscillator and coil spring

The combination of balance and balance spring is the rate-regulating mechanism that determines the precision of a wristwatch through the regularity of its oscillations. In the pursuit of extreme precision, Rolex introduced in 2000 a hairspring made of an exclusive alloy, a combination of niobium, zirconium and oxygen: the Parachrom hairspring.

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