Rolex Oyster Perpetual Two Tone

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Two Tone

Why We Love It

Rolex Oysters come in a myriad of shapes and sizes, and metals. But perhaps some of the most overlooked watches of late have been those combining yellow gold and steel. 

This particular example, a Reference 14233, features an attractive Two Tone case and Oyster bracelet, and is fitted with a gold sunburst dial and fluted yellow gold bezel, providing that perfect balance between dress and casual wear. Slightly smaller than your average 1600/0 Series Datejust, the 14233 is sized at 35mm, making it comfortably wearable for ladies and gents alike - or for the young and smaller-wristed collectors.

Rolexes of this era are the last to feature Tritium luminescent elements, meaning that the plots of lume on the dial will age and develop that rich character that we all lust after. 

There was a time in recent memory when Two Toned watches were overlooked or even dismissed. Those days are rapidly coming to an end (and so are the lower price points.)

You heard it here first- Two Tone is back!

The Story

While the name Rolex Oyster Perpetual doesn't designate a particular model or line, it does signify a couple of things. First, that the watch will have the trademark Rolex Oyster case. Second, that the movement beating inside that Oyster case will be Rolex's famed Perpetual movement.

Rolex first patented the Oyster case in 1925, but the quest for a waterproof and dust-proof case began shortly before the First World War. The cases of the Great War and the early 1920s came in two or three pieces with an inner case that shielded the movement (then a manual-wind movement) from the wet, dusty conditions of the battlefield. The Oyster case of 1925 represented the culmination of ten years of development. It gained notoriety in 1927, when Mercedes Gleitze became the first British woman to swim across the English Channel, wearing - you guessed it - a Rolex. A series of advertisements followed, featuring smiling flappers holding their Rolexes in fishtanks.

As with the Oyster case, the Perpetual movement saw many iterations before finally being perfected in the 1930s. Rolex's first automatic movement quietly debuted in 1931, without the fanfare that followed the introduction of the Oyster case. The movement was met with some consternation from purists who decried the "extreme novelty" of a self-winding watch. Nevertheless, Rolex could see that they had struck gold with the Perpetual movement. They continued to develop and improve it over the years, establishing a line of watches that would stand as an alternative to Rolex's sportier models. 



SKU: AS03313

Two-tone steel and yellow gold Oyster case is approximately 35mm (excluding the crown). Rolex Reference 14233. Circa 1995.

Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition overall showing minimal signs of wear from age and use. Luminous gold sunburst dial is in near mint condition with applied stick markers and tritium lume plots and matching handset. Signed crown.

Includes two tone steel and yellow gold Oyster Bracelet (78353/457B) with signed clasp.

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