Rolex Oyster Perpetual is considered as the purest form of a Rolex watch. Without date display, rotating bezel, chronograph or any fuss, it contains only the most classic features that define the brand. Its simplistic design is the one for purists.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual is the quintessential example of Rolex. While other collections, such as Rolex Submariner or Rolex Datejust contain the “Oyster Perpetual” phrase in their name, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual is the most simple, straight-forward Rolex watch.
Although it is less discussed, the Oyster Perpetual is the more accessible Rolex. Rolex Oyster Perpetual price is much more budget-friendly than other famous fellows. Many watch lovers see it as the entry watch to enjoy the heritage of Rolex. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust is also one of the best choices for beginners.
The Rolex OP watch offers various size and dial options to suit lots of different tastes. Here we are introducing some of the most popular models you can choose from.
History of Oyster Perpetual
The Oyster part is based on the 1926 Rolex Oyster, the very first waterproof watch in the world. Wilsdorf named it because this case design was as hard to open as the shell of Oyster and, similarly, needed special tools to do so. The Oyster Perpetual collection is directly descended from the 1926 original Oyster.
The “Perpetual” of the name refers to the self-winding movement Rolex invented in 1931. The movement was powered by the perpetual motion of the wrist. It provides the watch with a constant source of energy without manual winding. As Rolex’s collection expanded, the name has become a special term to represent Rolex’s technology and attached to other collections’ names as a prefix.
Until very recently in 2015, the Oyster Perpetual had long been considered as Rolex watches for women due to its smaller sizings – 26/31/34/36mm. Then, in 2015, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 mm was announced.
Oyster Perpetual 39
Oyster Perpetual 39 Black Steel 39mm 114300-0005
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39, introduced in 2015, is available with 5 dial color options. You can choose from the classic black or white, through grey, blue and purple.
Its fantastic size is correctly proportioned for almost every wrist. The simple and sportily elegant look goes well with every occasion naturally.
What replaced the Rolex OP 39 is the new Oyster Perpetual 41 mm. Instead of offering Oyster Perpetuals in sizes of 28, 31, 34, 36, and 39mm, there is now a jump of 5mm between the Oyster Perpetual 36mm and the 41mm one.
Oyster Perpetual 41
Oyster Perpetual 41 Automatic Silver Dial Men’s Watch 124300-0001
In 2020, Rolex introduced a new 41 mm version into the family to replace Oyster Perpetual 39. Despite the size, the new dial options are a huge part of what the OP 41 offers.
The new Oyster Perpetual 41 mm comes with 7 dial options. There are bright colors known as “Stella-inspired” and the classic dial options. The 2 classic dials are a new silver with sunburst finishing and a new black with sunburst finishing. The brighter options include turquoise, coral red, yellow, green, and sunburst blue color.
Underneath the surface, the Oyster Perpetual 41 houses the new in-house caliber 3230. This is the same movement used in the new Rolex Submariner no date 124060. It boasts more accuracy, stability, and power reserve than the old generation of the OP watch. The movement is Superlative Chronometer certified that ensures the promising performance for daily wear.
The Oyster Perpetual Models
Let’s assume that you are not interested in a 26mm OP watch, there are still many variations in the collection. So let’s check out some of the best Oyster Perpetual watches that both men and women would enjoy.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 116000 Blue Dial
Oyster Perpetual 36 Blue Explorer 116000
Although some OP enthusiasts will claim that 34 mm is the best since it inherits the size of the 1926 original one, it is still too small for some men. The 36mm Oyster Perpetual 116000 is more suitable for both ladies and the gentlemen with a small wrist.
First released in 2008, Rolex 116000 has been around for a while and various of dial options have been introduced. Many wearers would go for the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 blue dial. This model adds a more elegant accent to the subtle watch.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 114300 Dark Rhodium Dial
Oyster Perpetual 39 Dark Rhodium 114300
In 2015, Rolex 114300 was launched. The 39mm diameter of this OP watch can adapt to practically any wrist size. It immediately attracted the attention of male Rolex lovers and the ladies who like large watches.
The Oyster Perpetual 39 came with 3 options of dial colors. The one that got the most discussions is the rhodium grey 114300.
The rhodium grey shade adds a touch of elegance to such a sporty watch. This is perfect as an everyday watch for any occasion.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 114300 White Dial
Oyster Perpetual Automatic White Dial Men’s Watch 114300
If you prefer a classic, the Oyster Perpetual 39 while dial will always make a statement for you.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual 114300 also offers a white dial option on a stainless steel Oyster bracelet with folding buckle. The functions with the splendid “Rolex standard” of this Rolex OP 39 include a 100-meter depth of water resistance and the precision of COSC Swiss chronometer certification.
White dial Rolexes are rare – it provides additional value to this 39mm Oyster Perpetual. It is sometimes called “OP Polar” which is similar to the white Explorer Polar.
Oyster Perpetual 41 124300 Turquoise Blue Dial
The Oyster Perpetual 41 is introduced in 2020.
The “Stella-inspired” dial options have collected their own supporters. Within these gorgeous colors, many people like the turquoise dial that is similar to the “Tiffany color”.
As the simplest and purest of all Rolex watches, Rolex Oyster Perpetual is designed with the core concept of what a Rolex is. It is a fantastic watch that houses Rolex’s best elements in a relatively affordable package.