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Rolex oyster Perpetual Ref. 1018 Tropical Gilt

Oyster Perpetual with an amazing dial!

The dial is a crucial factor in determining the value and appeal of vintage watches. In a minimalist piece like the Ref. 1018 Oyster Perpetual, the dial becomes even more significant. And this one truly exceeds all expectations.

This is a tropical gilt dial, not just gilt-printed like many modern watches inspired by vintage styles. This is genuine gilt, created from a brass dial that has its text and minute markers printed in transparent lacquer before being black galvanized. The result is exposed brass for the text and markers, surrounded by black. This dial style, popular in the sixties, is both attractive and highly sought after.

Over time, this particular dial has developed a beautiful patina, transitioning from coffee brown to caramel. Tropical dials can vary greatly, but this one is exceptionally stunning. Seeing it in person is a must; it’s well worth the effort.

€ 8.800

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Details
Brand Rolex
Movement Automatic
Model Oyster Perpetual
Diameter 36 mm
Reference 1018
Bracelet/strap: Steel
Year of production (circa) 1964
Lug Width 20 mm
Material Steel
Set Content Watch only
Crystal Acrylic
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Dial color Tropical
Backstory

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.

Shipping

At AWCo we put the safety of our shipments upfront at all times. Therefore, we ship all our packages insured.

We strive to promptly handle packages to minimize delays. Delivery times begin from the day of dispatch. While we make every effort to ensure smooth delivery, we cannot be held responsible for delays caused by destination customs, local duties, taxes, or lost items during transit.

Certainly, we understand that overloaded mail-order companies can also contribute to potential delays in the delivery process. Despite our best efforts, external factors beyond our control may affect shipping times. Rest assured, we remain committed to providing timely service and will work diligently to ensure your order reaches you as promptly as possible. For any inquiries or updates, feel free to reach out to us at info@awco.nl. Your satisfaction is our priority.

Brand

Rolex

Model

Reference

1018

Year of production (circa)

1964

Material

Steel

Crystal

Acrylic

Dial color

Tropical

Movement

Automatic

Diameter

36 mm

Bracelet/strap:

Steel

Lug Width

20 mm

Set Content

Watch only