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Since its release in 1926, the Oyster Perpetual has been an integral part of Rolex’s wide catalogue. The watches feature a timeless design and are admired by all for their minimal yet significant elements. This is a major reason why the watches look fresh and young past 90 years. The Oyster Perpetual’s affordability makes it perfect for beginners and is equally popular among men and women.
With different case sizes (26, 28, 31, 34, 39, and 41mm), the watches come with candy-coloured dials without any date, diamonds or other decorations. The Oyster Perpetual watches exhibit all the essential features, including a waterproof Oyster case, excellent chronometric accuracy, a self-winding movement, and featuring the hours, minutes, and seconds. These are chronometer timepieces in their purest form.…
If you’re looking for a trusted source to purchase your first-ever Rolex Oyster Perpetual wristwatch in the UK, look no further than The Luxury Hut. Our online inventory hosts a wide selection of pre-owned luxury watches, including pre-owned, vintage and rare Oyster Perpetual watches, that we’re sure would immediately appeal to your style and taste.
We also have a Hatton Garden store where you can visit and try on the amazing pre-owned Rolex watches in person. All our watches are thoroughly evaluated to ensure authenticity and are in excellent condition. When you’re just starting out in the world of Rolex, the Oyster Perpetual is certainly a great start, and we also offer 0% APR finance over six months to make the purchase even more convenient for you.
Rolex’s ‘Oyster Perpetual’ combines the Swiss brand’s two most prominent innovations- the ‘Oyster’ waterproof case and the self-winding ‘Perpetual’ movement. Often referred to as the ‘one and only’, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual holds exclusive merit, i.e., you could wear the watch on every occasion. Enclosing the essence of the Oyster and an unmatched technical prowess, the Oyster Perpetual is a little masterpiece that helped Rolex establish its reputation.
The modern iterations of the OP watches are beautiful to look at while remaining sturdy enough to withstand anything and everything the world could possibly throw at them. If not anything, the bright and lively dial colours, including Coral Red, Turquoise Blue, Green, Yellow, Candy Pink, Bright Black, Pink, Silver, and Bright Blue, is sure to lure you. The design philosophy of the OP watches aims to make the watches appear sporty and elegant when at home, office or while simply relaxing.
If you’ve chosen your model, you can visit our online shop and easily buy it in a few clicks. We will ship your watch via RoyalMail for next-day UK delivery and via FedEx for worldwide delivery. Both are Free!
The Rolex Oyster is the world’s first waterproof watch, released in 1926. Two years later, in 1931, Rolex expanded the series with the Rolex Oyster Perpetual, the first waterproof automatic watch. Until then, the wearer had to wind the timepiece manually, but now the new movement could wind itself using the hammer automatic.
The Oyster Perpetual was one of Rolex’s biggest achievements which other watch manufacturers soon adapted. Since its debut, the OP watch’s design has remained unchanged; only the material has been refined over the years, making the watches even more robust and stable.
All the watches in the Rolex Oyster Perpetual range are made of 904L stainless steel to withstand corrosion or any other scratch or damage. This makes it the perfect wrist piece to wear in almost any situation. Rolex uses the same material for the bracelet, which sits comfortably on the wrist, exuding a classic aesthetic.
Putting another feather of excellence to the cap, Wilsdorf wanted the Oyster Perpetual to go beyond the traditional Swiss watch manufacturing style and to offer the collectors something more desirable. He understood that pulling the crown out daily to wind the movement would compromise the timepiece’s water resistance and, hence, launched the new Oyster Perpetual automatic winding rotor mechanism.
The new automatic movement winds the timepiece automatically and doesn’t require the wearer to unscrew the crown every other day. This ingenious system fetched Rolex’s iconic watch brand status in the 20th century.
You could often find the term ‘Oyster Perpetual’ associated with many other Rolex models like the Daytona, Submariner, GMT-Master, and others. In Rolex, ‘Oyster’ refers to the technical part where the case back screws down for improved water resistance, and the term ‘Perpetual’ refers to the fact that the movement is self-winding.
Therefore, all Rolex watches virtually follow the technical structure of the Oyster Perpetual, making almost all the modern Rolex timepieces part of the OP range.
Forever testing the functionality and accuracy of their watches under extreme conditions, Rolex sent a pair of OP timepieces to the peak of Mount Everest in 1953. When Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary reached the summit of Mt. Everest, they were carrying Rolex OP watches. The direct feedback from real-time conditions generated trust for the watches.
In 1926, Rolex created the first Oyster Perpetual wristwatch featuring a hermetically sealed case providing optimal protection to the movement. The watch was missing the trademark Rolex crown logo then, and the fluted bezel, case back and crown were all screwed down to protect the dial and the movement.
Rolex proved the reliability of the first water-resistant timepiece by attaching it to the wrist of swimmer Mercedes Gleitze. She wore one of the earliest Rolex Oyster watches while attempting to swim across the English Channel. After 10 hours of swim, the watch was still dry inside.
Here are some features you’ll find in almost every OP model.
Material: Oystersteel (904L stainless steel) / some vintage OP models are available in gold
Size: 26mm, 28mm, 31mm, 34mm, 36mm, 39mm, and 41mm
Dial: Multiple dial colours with or without luminous hour markers
Bezel: Fixed/ Smooth in stainless steel
Movement: Accurate automatic
Bracelet: Oyster (stainless steel)
1926: Rolex introduces the world’s first waterproof and dust-proof watch
1931: Rolex creates the first self-winding movement
1964: Introduction of the first Ladies Oyster Perpetual timepiece
1986: For the first time, Rolex integrated sapphire crystal into the OP collection and added mid-size OP watch models
2014: Rolex added multiple sizes to the OP collection in 26mm, 31mm, 34mm, and 36mm.
2015: Introduction of the Oyster Perpetual watches in 39mm.
2020: Rolex updates the entire OP range and replaces the 26mm with 28mm and the 39mm with a more significant 41mm version.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches are available in various sizes and dial colours. While you can buy any, here are the top OP models you can consider.
Ref. 116000 – It’s a nice stainless steel model with a 36mm case size and a grey dial, integrated into a stainless steel Oyster bracelet. The timelessness of OP is at its peak in Ref. 116000,making it a perfect unisex timepiece.
Ref. 114300 – Another unisex watch to pick is the Ref. 114300, with an extravagant red or purple dial with striking white indices. This quintessential Rolex provides a charismatic appeal with no date and three white gold hands.
Ref. 276200 – The aesthetic of these 28mm Oyster Perpetual timepieces is unlike any other model. Coming in a wide variety of bright dial options like silver, pink, bright blue, and silver, the Ref. 276200 has gained a lot of attention for the metallic Sunray dial pattern.
Ref. 277200 – The Rolex OP Ref. 277200 lineup comprises 31mm models with nine stunning dial colour options. It’s a visual treat for anyone who fancies brightly coloured Oyster Perpetual watches with a compact and more elegant profile.
Ref. 124300 – The largest Oyster Perpetual range comes in a 41mm stainless steel case with seven vibrant dial colour options. One of the most striking features of the 41m OP models is the double baton hour markers at the 3/6/9 o’clock, which gracefully fills in the larger space of the dials.
Are you ready to buy your favourite Oyster Perpetual timepiece? At The Luxury Hut, we’ll make the watch-buying process speedy, smooth and convenient. You can rest assured that the watches are 100% authentic and in excellent condition. We sell pre-owned Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches for both men and women, including vintage and rare models. All our watches come with a Certificate of Authenticity, a 12-month Comprehensive Guarantee and a 14day Easy Return Policy.
Whether you want a 26mm or a 39mm Oyster Perpetual timepiece, we have various sizes to fit your wrist. If you’re unsure where to start, come visit us at our Hatton Garden store with a prior appointment and our watch experts will be more than happy to assist you from start to finish. We promise to help you pick the best watch that matches your personality and style perfectly.
Whether you want to sell your Oyster Perpetual, buy a pre-owned model, part exchange it with any other watch from our collection or simply want to appraise it, at The Luxury Hut, we can help you with any service you need quickly & securely.
Our 40 years of combined experience in the industry allows us to answer all your questions effortlessly so you can make your purchase with full confidence. Our online inventory constantly evolves with the best pre-owned watches at the best prices.
Alternatively, call us on 0207 242 9160 to book an appointment at our store, where we can help you find the right watch.