Rolex 'Oyster Perpetual' wristwatch, 1931.
3 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

Rolex 'Oyster Perpetual' wristwatch, 1931.

Richardson, Claire

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


The Rolex Oyster Perpetual rotor self-winding wristwatch, introduced in 1931, incorporated a self-winding mechanism which became the standard form for all subsequent automatic wristwatches. The Perpetual movement transforms each movement of the wrist into a reserve of power which keeps the mainspring at optimum tension, thereby ensuring greater accuracy and reliability.



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