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Rolex Oyster
Precision 6282 Cream Dial Cal. 710
£2,018
+ £82 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
Centregraph - 1942 - WW2 Era - Serviced
£1,500
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Rolex Oyster
Precision 36mm Ref 6424 from 1965. Watch + Box. NICE CONDITION. Serviced
£3,595
+ £39 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
6244
£2,225
Excl. shipping
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Rolex Oyster
'Blank Dial Commando'
£35,175
+ £43 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
Vintage Oyster Precision Manual Ref. 6427 Rolex Box
£2,883
+ £206 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
Precision 36mm BIG size
£2,381
+ £124 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
Certified
Precision Date 6066
£1,800
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Rolex Oyster
6480 Precision
£1,771
Excl. shipping
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Rolex Oyster
Speedking 30 mm Precision new Service
£1,843
+ £127 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
Royal
£1,500
Excl. shipping
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Rolex Oyster
2081
£1,850
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Rolex Oyster
Precision 6410 Manual 25mm ladies c.1970
£1,359
Excl. shipping
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Rolex Oyster
Precision
£2,490
Excl. shipping
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Rolex Oyster
Precision 36mm neuwertig
£3,173
Excl. shipping
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Rolex Oyster
Royal Shock Resisting
£4,078
+ £124 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
Precision Turtle - Time
£2,194
+ £52 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
Certified
Vintage Rolex Oyster Precision Steel Manual 36mm Head Only Watch 6424 Circa 1966
£2,492
+ £82 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
Elegante precision 4270 Good condition stahl steel CV.A
£1,842
+ £104 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
Precision 6480 Chevron Dial Stainless Steel Vintage Wristwatch
£3,172
+ £206 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
Royal - Ref 4444 - 32mm - Serviced
£1,750
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Rolex Oyster
36 mm Oyster Precision Ref. 6424 Handaufzug 1963 oversized ETUI no hole
£2,589
+ £122 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
Royal Super Precision
£1,999
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Rolex Oyster
Speedking
£3,075
Excl. shipping
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Rolex Oyster
Precision
£2,677
+ £82 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
Vintage 36mm Silver Dial Stick OYSTER QUARTZ NO-DATE Watch Head Ref 6424
£2,718
+ £82 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
Royal Watch
£2,495
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Rolex Oyster
Vintage Oyster Precision White Honeycomb Dial S/Steel 34mm 6480 (1954)
£2,571
+ £86 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
SPEEDKING 6220 40's
£2,624
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Rolex Oyster
Royal - 32mm - Dial Patina - Serviced
£1,750
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Rolex Oyster
Serviced Vintage Oyster ROYAL Precision 6427 Patina Manual 34mm Men Watch c.1962 #1183
£1,599
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Rolex Oyster
Royal
£3,195
+ £43 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
Vintage Rolex Oyster Precision Speedking
£2,380
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Rolex Oyster
Precision
£938
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Rolex Oyster
speedking precision
£2,760
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Rolex Oyster
Shock Resisting Ref No. 6282 Manual Winding Cal No. 710
£1,579
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Rolex Oyster
Precision
£2,058
+ £43 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
Precision
£2,169
+ £107 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
WW2 Era - 1941 - Dial Patina - Recent Service
£1,550
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Rolex Oyster
Certified
Speedking 6420 / Silver Grey Dial / 30mm / 1959
£2,014
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Rolex Oyster
Vintage Oyster Royal Auto. White Dial S/Steel 32mm 4444 (1958)
£2,571
+ £86 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
Precision Jumbo Fully Serviced
£3,115
+ £32 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
Certified
Speedking 6056 Bubbleback 30mm Vintage 1952
£2,388
+ £106 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
Royal Precision
£2,106
Excl. shipping
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Rolex Oyster
オイスター Ref.6427 アンティーク品 メンズ 腕時計
£1,732
+ £266 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
Vintage Oyster Precision Manual Ref. 6223 Circa 1950's
£3,295
+ £206 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
Precision Speedking
£1,755
Excl. shipping
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Rolex Oyster
Royal 1947 Rare Gents Ref 4444 Vintage Watch 32mm Serviced
£1,850
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Rolex Oyster
Veriflat Big Coronet
£4,284
Excl. shipping
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Rolex Oyster
Royal Ref. 6427
£2,760
Excl. shipping
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Rolex Oyster
34 mm Oyster Precision Handaufzug Ref. 6427 vintage 1970 Stahlband ETUI
£2,589
+ £122 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
6424 Jumbo
£3,044
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Rolex Oyster
Precision
£1,316
Excl. shipping
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Rolex Oyster
オイスター Ref.6282 アンティーク品 メンズ 腕時計
£1,588
+ £266 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
Date
£1,876
+ £107 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
Precision 1952
£2,150
Excl. shipping
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Rolex Oyster
Speedking
£6,395
+ £43 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
Precision ref. 6427 - steel bezel - Oyster bracelet
£2,887
+ £113 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
Certified
VICEROY RWC LTD Ref. 2784 Vintage Swiss wind-up watch 1939 (circa). TROPICALIZED DIAL
£2,659
+ £121 for shipping
Rolex Oyster
6480
£1,755
Excl. shipping
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Rolex Oyster - The OG of All Modern Rolex Watches

The Rolex Oyster was the first watch from the Geneva-based manufacturer to feature the water-resistant Oyster case, and almost all modern Rolex classics are based on its design.

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As Waterproof as an Oyster

The Rolex Oyster celebrated its premiere in 1926 and owes its name to the special construction of its case, which consists of a middle section with a screw-down back and bezel, and a crown with a screw thread, all of which – just like the mollusk for which it was named – hermetically protects the watch against the ingress of water and dust.

To this day, Rolex equips almost all of its watches with an Oyster case. In this sense, all Rolex watches belong to the Oyster family, except for timepieces in the Cellini and 1908 collections.

Which models belong to the Rolex Oyster collection?

The Oyster collection includes the original Rolex Oyster, Oyster Royal, Oyster Speedking, and Oyster Precision. What all these watches have in common is that they are vintage timepieces powered by manual calibers. Another common feature is their relatively small size by today's standards, ranging from 22 to 36 mm, making them perfect unisex watches.

The differences between each series are subtle. The Rolex Oyster Royal, for example, was one of the first wristwatches to feature a central seconds hand, while the Oyster Speedking has a rather sportier look. The design of the Oyster Precision, on the other hand, is very similar to that of modern Rolex watches like the Oyster Perpetual, Datejust, and Day-Date.

What's the Rolex Oyster made of?

Older models of the Rolex Oyster from the 1930s and '40s are primarily made of yellow or rose gold, while more modern versions, especially the Oyster Precision, are usually made of stainless steel.

What's the difference between the Oyster and the Oyster Perpetual?

The Oyster Perpetual has been an independent collection since 1950. Its design is similar to that of the Oyster Precision, but Rolex equips the Oyster Perpetual with an automatic movement. Both watches are made of stainless steel and represent an excellent entry point into the world of Rolex.

The Oyster Perpetual is popular with Rolex fans because of its relatively low price. The watch comes in sizes ranging from 28 to 41 mm, which means there's a version to fit every wrist. Rolex also allows wearers to choose from a wide selection of dial options, with colors ranging from standard black, white, or silver to red, green, blue, pink, and turquoise. The line also offers the "Celebration Dial," which resembles colorful confetti.


How much does a Rolex Oyster cost?

Prices for a vintage Rolex Oyster range from about 1,000 to 4,400 USD. At the low end of this spectrum are stainless steel models such as the Oyster Precision ref. 6410, while older gold models like ref. 2081 sit at the high end.

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual is the modern alternative to these vintage models. Depending on the variant, plan to spend between 7,400 and 18,000 USD for a mint-condition timepiece from the current collection.


Rolex Oyster: Prices at a Glance

Model, reference number Price (approx.) Size, material
Oyster Precision, 6410 1,470 USD 24 mm, stainless steel
Oyster Speedking, 6056 1,650 USD 30 mm, stainless steel
Oyster Royal, 4444 2,700 USD 32 mm, stainless steel
Oyster, 2081 4,200 USD 32.5 mm, stainless steel, gold-plated
Oyster Perpetual 41, 124300 9,400 USD 41 mm, stainless steel

FAQs

What does "Oyster" mean?

The "Oyster" is a special case design developed by Rolex in the 1920s to make watches water- and dustproof. The main feature of these watches is that the case back, bezel, and crown are all screwed down to the case.

What's the wait time for a Rolex Oyster?

Since the Rolex Oyster is a vintage watch, models are only found on the secondary market. On Chrono24, more than 100 well-maintained specimens are always available for immediate purchase. Depending on the model, waiting times for modern successor collections such as the Oyster Perpetual can be several months in brick-and-mortar stores.