Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ladies
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ladies

Why We Love It

It is perhaps one of the greatest injustices in horology that women's wristwatches have not historically received the same respect as their larger cased counterparts, resulting in far fewer executions worth collecting. 

This is truly a shame - but fortunately, Rolex got the memo long before most, and have been producing outstanding ladies watches for over 50 years. And we're talking about the real thing - not those that utilize faux-gold, not-so-precious stones and batteries - Rolex's offerings are mechanical, functional, wearable art.

Fortunately there are things like this to soften the blow: A 25mm Oyster Perpetual.

This particular example, a Reference 76193, dates to circa 2001 and features a two-tone stainless steel and yellow gold case, a fluted 18k yellow gold bezel, and an outstanding sunburst champagne dial with diamond indices. It comes fitted on a solid link two-tone Jubilee bracelet and remains in excellent condition throughout.

Checking all of the boxes as its larger brothers, this lovely piece can easily be worn as a dress watch or a demure daily driver for the lady who knows what proper watches are all about.

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: AS05024

18K Yellow gold and stainless steel two-tone Oyster case is approximately 25mm (excluding the crown). Automatic-winding Quickset movement by Rolex. Rolex Reference 76193. Circa 2001.

Overall Condition: The professionally refinished case is in outstanding condition overall showing only light wear from handling. Sunburst ‘champagne’ dial is in as-new condition with diamond-set indices and matching handset. Signed crown.

Includes solid link two-tone Jubilee bracelet with signed clasp.

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