Rolex Oyster Perpetual
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual

Why We Love It

Sometimes a great watch can be more than just a great watch. 

It's no secret that we are suckers for a great story and the case back engraving on this stunning Oyster Perpetual Reference 1002 is a doozy! Reading "Hasselblad Winner", this Rolex was presented as an award watch by the famous camera manufacturer in 1982. In their repertoire of accolades, Hasselblad famously produced the cameras that were onboard the Apollo missions back in 1969 (and rumor has it the bodies of those cameras are still on the moon). Although we do not know who the lucky recipient of this watch wasback in 1982, it is safe to assume they were a talented photographer!

Beyond the awesome engraving, this watch features a crisp silver sunburst dial with even, puffy cream toned patina throughout.

Absolutely beautiful

The Oyster Perpetual Story

In Rolex's impressive history, the brand has released a veritable arsenal of models that have become classics.

Many of these bear the moniker "Oyster Perpetual." While this name is used on a particular model line, it also finds itself used widely across Rolex’s varied collections. This signifies two things: first, that the watch will have the trademark waterproof Rolex Oyster case. And secondly, that the movement beating inside that Oyster case will be one of Rolex's famed Perpetual (automatic winding) movements.

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 on the battlefield. The Oyster case of 1925 represented the culmination of ten years of development.

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, and was met with some consternation from purists who decried the "extreme novelty" of a self-winding watch. Nevertheless, Rolex could see that the future lay in the Perpetual movement. They continued to develop and improve it over the years, establishing a line of dressier watches bearing the “Oyster Perpetual” nomenclature that would stand as an alternative to Rolex's sportier models.  

These models run the gamut of size, casing material and dial design, and offer a tremendous value for buyers. Meant to be worn every day, the Oyster Perpetual combines elegant looks with rugged dependability, and are very much the backbone of the Rolex brand.

Details

SKU: AS03788

Stainless Steel Oyster case is approximately 35mm (excluding the crown). Rolex automatic winding movement. Reference 1002. Circa 1981.

Overall Condition: The case is in exceptional condition overall showing only light signs of wear from gentle use and no signs or prior polish. Luminous silver sunburst dial is excellent condition with applied baton indices, richly patinated Tritium plots and matching handset. Case back is engraved "Hasselblad Winner 1982". Signed crown.

Includes 19mm Stainless Steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with signed clasp (78350/557).

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