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18k Yellow gold
Original plated buckle
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 6285
A classic ‘bubble back’
Reference 6285 is maybe not as flashy as other models, but because of the more ‘clean’ look, it is a classic and timeless model. However, it offers some exciting intricacies such as the cross on the crown, which is called ‘Brevet’ or sometimes referred to as ‘Brevette’. This means ‘made in’ and the cross are technically patent crosses. It’s a common rumour that it’s a ‘Swiss cross’ – it’s not. However, it’s understandable how the rumour arose – it’s because the Swiss government had voiced objection due to potential confusion that it was somehow endorsing Rolex. After that, the + is not used again.
The one we are showing you here is made of 18-carat gold, executed with a light champagne sunburst dial with a 34mm case diameter. This specific watch dates back to 1954 and comes with the original 18k yellow gold buckle.
Looking for a classic timepiece, easy to adjust to any style? Come and try this on your wrist. Feel free to drop by our store at the Reestraat 3 Amsterdam. Coffee will be ready.
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The Oyster Perpetual models by Rolex offer the purest, distilled form of Rolex magic. No complications, no frills. Just that superb quality we know and love from the house in simple, three-hand wristwatches.
The name Oyster Perpetual refers to two important Rolex technologies present in the watch. Oyster indicates the presence of several water-proofing technologies such as a screw-down crown and a screw-in case back. (Of course, any vintage watch should be treated as not water-resistant). Perpetual refers to a rotor-powered self-winding movement, which will be perpetually wound when worn. The nomenclature is a strong nod to Rolex history, as the Oyster case was patented in 1926 and their perpetual movement in 1931.
Note how many Rolex model names start with Oyster Perpetual and follow with a third specification, such as Datejust or Submariner. The lack of such additional labels indicate we are dealing with a no-complications, time-only Rolex.
A popular OP reference is the 1002. A clean, minimalist every day watch in a 34mm case. Its smooth bezel and Oyster bracelet, combined with a nice silver dial make it pretty much the most timeless and versatile watch you could dream of. A non-chronometer version with a different dial was sold as the Ref. 5500 Air-King.
Up until today, a whole range of different dial colors and sizes are available in the Oyster Perpetual range, so there is likely something to suit you. If it is a timeless, simple watch, made to the absolute highest standards you are after, the OP should not be underestimated.
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