Everything To Know About Rolex Oyster

Years before the Rolex Oyster watch was created, its history began. The first water- and dustproof case in history was Rolex’s renowned “Oyster” casing, introduced in 1926. Less than ten years later, in 1931, Rolex unveiled its first “Oyster” movement—an automatic self-winding watch. The Rolex Oyster combined these two significant inventions and has been in continuous production for over 75 years. It has served as the model for almost every other Rolex watch that came after.

History Of Rolex Oyster:

The history and fine craftsmanship that Rolex has displayed over its many years in business must be considered to comprehend why it commands the level of respect it does. The most notable of its several successful inventions and developments for the watch business is the Rolex Oyster casing.

The world’s first practical waterproof and dustproof watch case, created in 1926 and given the moniker “Rolex Oyster” by the brand, was a game-changer for the watch business. It ensured that the watch changed from a delicate feminine piece to a strong men’s accessory and successfully became a representation of strength and water resistance. Most watches that leave the Rolex factory have “Oyster” printed on the dial, since this characteristic of the Oyster case has withstood the test of time.

Key Features & Innovations

The Oyster series now includes several new models that Rolex has added over the years. But this model’s classic style, robust build, and understated grace remain the same.

  • Materials: Rolex now only produces the Oyster series in stainless steel. All models—regardless of size or colour of the dial—are entirely made of stainless steel and come with matching Oyster bracelets and smooth steel bezels.
  • Case—As the name implies, The Rolex Oyster has an oyster case. Since its creation in 1926, the Oyster casing from Rolex has been recognized as the first watch case to be completely waterproof and dustproof. Even though not every Rolex watch has an oyster casing, this distinguishing characteristic has been a part of every model in the oyster line.
  • Sizing—Originally intended for men, Rolex Oyster watches were produced in a variety of case sizes to suit the tastes of both sexes, who were drawn to the timepiece’s elegant and straightforward appearance.


In addition to creating a monobloc ceramic bezel that debuted on the Cosmograph Daytona in 2013, Rolex has broadened the use of its Cerachrom bezel. The monobloc ceramic bezel, which comes in black or chestnut brown ceramic, is incredibly resistant, just like the Cerachrom bezel and bezel insert. After that, Rolex experimented with different colours for the ceramic bezel insert.

Every Rolex Oyster casing undergoes strict waterproofness testing. Each case is submerged in water and compressed 10% more than the pressure at the depth to which it is guaranteed, or 35% more for watches intended for divers.