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Steel & gold
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 6719
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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.
A bicolor Lady Datejust can often be quite flashy. This one certainly is not!
The secret is in the alloy. Most gold Rolex watches are 18k, or 75% gold. This is 14k, or 57,5% gold. The result? A slightly paler, less yellow tone of gold. And you know what? It is beautiful in its own unique way!
The watch is distinctly delicate in aesthetic. From the finely fluted, almost reeded bezel, to the complication-less dial. It is all subtle, subdued and modest. Aesthetically that is. Technically, it is not modest at all. It is full-blown Rolex power under the hood.
If you are looking for a Lady-size Rolex that is a little more under-the-radar, this is a serious contender for you!