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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 1002
We have made the case for base model watches before. This Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 1002 justifies to dive into it once more…
Sometimes simpler can be better. It can be tempting to go for highly exclusive complicated and decorated versions of a watch, but there is a good reason to go for a base model: it is where the design often originated.
It shows here. This is the Oyster case without any frills. But take a look at the dial, purple! How cool is that? We went pot of the box with the green suede leather strap, but if it is too much for you then you can pick another color that you prefer.
This watch then is a large gesture in design. Rolex distilled to its purest essence. And it just works!
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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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