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Rolex 1970 Steel Oyster Perpetual Silver Dial Oyster Bracelet...
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Rolex 1970 Steel Oyster Perpetual Silver Dial Oyster Bracelet...
£2,456
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Austins Watches Inc.
167
US
Rolex DATE Ref. 15210
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Rolex DATE Ref. 15210
£3,192
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Mercanti D'Oro srl
5
IT
Rolex Watch Oyster Perpetual Date 15200
Rolex Watch Oyster Perpetual Date 15200
£3,250
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Rhodium Dial
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Rhodium Dial
£3,946
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Guardian Of Time
605
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Midsize 31mm Ref 77080 from 1999
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Midsize 31mm Ref 77080 from 1999
£2,650
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The Classic Watch Buyers Club Ltd.
10
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date - Beautiful Silver Zephyr Dial (1970)
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date - Beautiful Silver Zephyr Dial (1970)
£3,995
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Sanderson & Son Fine Watches Ltd
5
UK
Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL 67480
Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL 67480
£2,150
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Wilson Watches
10
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
£7,495
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Watches Of Distinction Ltd
12
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15200 34mm MOP Diamond Dial
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15200 34mm MOP Diamond Dial
£2,994
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Angel Timepieces Inc.
 
US
Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL 39MM
Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL 39MM
£4,534
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Chronostore
 
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 177200 - Midsize Watch - Silver Dial -...
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 177200 - Midsize Watch - Silver Dial -...
£2,850
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Miltons Diamonds
36
UK
Rolex Watch Oyster Perpetual 116034
Rolex Watch Oyster Perpetual 116034
£3,725
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 34
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 34
£4,390
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Guardian Of Time
605
UK
Rolex Oyster Date Ladies Watch Ref. 69160
Rolex Oyster Date Ladies Watch Ref. 69160
£2,650
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The Classic Watch Buyers Club Ltd.
10
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady Salmon dial 1996 T serial
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady Salmon dial 1996 T serial
£1,995
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Vintage & Prestige
18
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady
£2,200
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Calibre-Co
8
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 34 Vintage Watch
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 34 Vintage Watch
£2,113
Free shipping
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Avital & Co Jewelry
5
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady Date SS 26mm 79160 White Roman
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady Date SS 26mm 79160 White Roman
£2,379
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Angel Timepieces Inc.
 
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
£1,921
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Chronostore
 
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date - Silver Dial - 2008
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date - Silver Dial - 2008
£3,399
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Miltons Diamonds
36
UK
Rolex Watch Oyster Perpetual Date 15200
Rolex Watch Oyster Perpetual Date 15200
£3,450
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
£3,636
Seller
Guardian Of Time
605
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Stainless Steel Unisex 115210 - W4422
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Stainless Steel Unisex 115210 - W4422
£4,295
Seller
Xupes.com
127
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 34mm Black - 2018 Unworn
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 34mm Black - 2018 Unworn
£5,400
Seller
Mark Worthington Jewellers
84
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Pink Dial 31mm (Box Only)
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Pink Dial 31mm (Box Only)
£2,305
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Watch Center London
671
UK
Rolex 15210 Oyster Date – 1997 – Full Set
Rolex 15210 Oyster Date – 1997 – Full Set
£3,250
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Oakleigh Watches
46
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 1505 Champagne 34mm
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 1505 Champagne 34mm
£2,456
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Angel Timepieces Inc.
 
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Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL 39MM
Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL 39MM
£4,534
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Chronostore
 
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 176200 - Olive Green Dial - Unworn 2016
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 176200 - Olive Green Dial - Unworn 2016
£3,299
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Miltons Diamonds
36
UK
Rolex Watch Oyster Perpetual 116000
Rolex Watch Oyster Perpetual 116000
£3,725
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31 mm 904L steel
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31 mm 904L steel
£3,326
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Guardian Of Time
605
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 18K Yellow Gold Unisex 1013 - W4145
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 18K Yellow Gold Unisex 1013 - W4145
£8,095
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Xupes.com
127
UK
Rolex Date 15238
Rolex Date 15238
£6,950
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
169
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady
£1,063
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Watch Center London
671
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Salmon Dial, Ref: 77080
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Salmon Dial, Ref: 77080
£2,500
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Tempvs Ltd
99
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date  SS 15200 34mm
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date SS 15200 34mm
£3,439
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Angel Timepieces Inc.
 
US
Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL 39MM
Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL 39MM
£4,534
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Chronostore
 
US
Rolex Oyster 176200 - Ladies Watch - Red Grape Dial - Unworn 2017
Rolex Oyster 176200 - Ladies Watch - Red Grape Dial - Unworn 2017
£3,399
Seller
Miltons Diamonds
36
UK
Rolex Watch Oyster Perpetual 67480
Rolex Watch Oyster Perpetual 67480
£2,850
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 76183
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 76183
£3,395
Seller
Watches by Timepiece
43
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Stainless Steel Men's 1002 - W4345
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Stainless Steel Men's 1002 - W4345
£2,195
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Xupes.com
127
UK
Rolex Ladies Datejust SS & 18K White Gold Diamond Watch
Rolex Ladies Datejust SS & 18K White Gold Diamond Watch
£3,382
Free shipping
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SGA Watches & Jewelry
 
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Black Dial 34mm (Box Only)
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Black Dial 34mm (Box Only)
£2,748
Seller
Watch Center London
671
UK
Rolex Mid Size Oyster Perpetual Black Dial, Ref: 77080, With...
Rolex Mid Size Oyster Perpetual Black Dial, Ref: 77080, With...
£2,800
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Tempvs Ltd
99
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15203 34mm Two Tone
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15203 34mm Two Tone
£3,301
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Angel Timepieces Inc.
 
US
Rolex DATE 34MM
Rolex DATE 34MM
£3,094
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Chronostore
 
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15210 - Gents Watch - Blue Dial -...
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15210 - Gents Watch - Blue Dial -...
£3,250
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Miltons Diamonds
36
UK
Rolex Watch Lady Oyster Perpetual 176200
Rolex Watch Lady Oyster Perpetual 176200
£2,750
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 76080
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 76080
£3,095
Seller
Watches by Timepiece
43
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Stainless Steel Unisex 15200 - W4923
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Stainless Steel Unisex 15200 - W4923
£3,495
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Xupes.com
127
UK
Rolex "Seagrams" Special Edition Oyster Perpetual Date
Rolex "Seagrams" Special Edition Oyster Perpetual Date
£5,380
Free shipping
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Elite Fine Jewelers
 
US
Rolex Datejust Vintage 6627
Rolex Datejust Vintage 6627
£7,750
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
169
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
£2,216
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Watch Center London
671
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady Date SS 26mm 79160
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady Date SS 26mm 79160
£2,302
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Angel Timepieces Inc.
 
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Midsize Black Dial Ref: 67480
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Midsize Black Dial Ref: 67480
£2,450
Seller
Tempvs Ltd
99
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 76030 - Ladies Watch - Copper Dial - 1999
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 76030 - Ladies Watch - Copper Dial - 1999
£2,199
Seller
Miltons Diamonds
36
UK
Rolex Watch Oyster Perpetual 77080
Rolex Watch Oyster Perpetual 77080
£3,150
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Watchfinder.co.uk Ltd
UK
Rolex Pre-Owned Date 69240 1996 Watch
Rolex Pre-Owned Date 69240 1996 Watch
£2,795
Seller
William May
17
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 26 Stainless Steel Women's 176200 - W5154
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 26 Stainless Steel Women's 176200 - W5154
£2,895
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Xupes.com
127
UK
Rolex DATE 34MM
Rolex DATE 34MM
£3,094
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Chronostore
 
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Rare Florentine 6551
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Rare Florentine 6551
£8,500
Free shipping
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
169
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady Date Diamonds
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady Date Diamonds
£2,926
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Watch Center London
671
UK
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The Oyster Perpetual: The Cornerstone of Rolex's Success

The Oyster Perpetual formed the foundation for Rolex's success and still remains one of the most popular luxury watches worldwide. This streamlined stainless steel watch united a waterproof case and an automatic movement with a rotor for the first time.

Whats Makes the Oyster Perpetual Special

  • Point of entry to the world of Rolex
  • Includes COSC certificate
  • First waterproof watch
  • Timeless, simple design
  • Twinlock screw-down crown

Simple Unisex Model

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual serves as the perfect introduction into the world of the most well-known Swiss luxury watch manufacturer. At the same time, it's the ultimate classic Rolex, the mother of all Rolex watches. Robust and water resistant to 100 m (328 ft), halfway between sporty and elegant, the Oyster Perpetual is the perfect companion for every occasion. It looks just as great with a polo shirt as it does with an evening suit. The 26-mm and 31-mm models were designed with women in mind while the 34-mm, 36-mm, and 39-mm versions are geared more toward men.
Rolex brings together their most important inventions in the Oyster Perpetual. The manufacturer was a trailblazer in two areas of watchmaking: in their use of a sealed case and a winding rotor. Most other Rolex watch series are based on the Oyster Perpetual, whose base model is still a simple three-hand watch with central seconds. The name of each watch is completed by a number indicating its case diameter in millimeters.

How much does a Rolex Oyster Perpetual cost?

Reference number Size (in mm) Price (approx.)
114300 39 5,300 USD
116000 36 5,100 USD
114200 34 4,800 USD
177200 31 4,700 USD
176200 26 4,400 USD
The highly coveted Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 with the reference number 114300 costs around 5,300 USD new and 5,200 USD pre-owned. This stainless steel watch comes with a rhodium, blue, or red grape dial. The 36-mm version with the reference number 116000 also comes in a variety of dial designs and colors. You can get a ref. 116000 in mint condition for 5,100 USD, while a pre-owned model goes for about 4,400 USD. The 34-mm editions with the reference number 114200 are even less expensive and sit around 4,800 USD new and 4,200 USD pre-owned. Unlike the Oyster Perpetual 39, which is powered by the in-house caliber 3132, the smaller unisex models are powered by the caliber 3130 and lack the Paraflex shock protection system.
You can find small 31- and 26-mm women's watches in the Rolex Oyster Perpetual series for as little as 4,700 USD and 4,400 USD, respectively. Pre-owned examples cost a few hundred dollars less. Regardless of whether it's a men's, women's, or unisex model: overall, Oyster Perpetual timepieces tend to retain their value.

Oyster Perpetual Date and Datejust with a Date Display

Those who appreciate the practicality of watches with a date display and cyclops lens should take a closer look at the Oyster Perpetual Date and the Datejust. A new, 34-mm stainless steel Oyster Perpetual Date ref. 115200 demands around 5,800 USD new and 4,900 USD pre-owned. The same luxury watch made of stainless steel and white gold costs about 7,700 USD new, though pre-owned models cost only 5,900 USD.
If 34 mm is too small for you, perhaps you would prefer the 41-mm Datejust 41 or the somewhat older Datejust II, which was still equipped with the caliber 3136 and is no longer in production. The caliber 3235 with a Chronergy escapement and a 70-hour power reserve ticks away inside the Datejust 41 from 2017. Plan to spend around 7,300 USD for a stainless steel model in mint condition. You can purchase a pre-owned stainless steel Datejust II for about 6,800 USD.

The Perpetual Rotor: A Revolutionary Automatic Caliber

In 1931, Rolex introduced a technological advancement: the perpetual rotor, from which the Oyster Perpetual gets the second half of its name. Rolex was the first to develop a self-winding wristwatch with a perpetual rotor. The mechanism is made up of an oscillating weight (the rotor) which has a delayed reaction to movements. This delay between the rotor and the rest of the watch winds the mainspring. The mechanism was patented in 1932, and not much has changed in the meantime. The first perpetual rotor, however, wound unidirectionally, while bidirectional self-winding movements have become the standard since the 1940s. Other manufacturers have long since begun using this technology from Rolex as well.
The look of the new Oyster Perpetual is characterized by stainless steel. Rolex uses type 904L, which is considered especially corrosion- and scratch-proof. Rolex uses this stainless steel for the case as well as the bracelet and its three-piece links. Oyster Perpetuals from earlier decades, however, are also available in gold. The watch features a screw-down Twinlock crown, which has two gaskets to prevent water leaking in and damaging the watch. Therefore, thanks to this special crown, the Oyster Perpetual is water resistant to 100 m (10 bar, 328 ft).

The Oyster's Journey Through the English Channel

In the 1920s, oysters served as the inspiration for the name of this Rolex series. Oysters seemed a perfect choice, as the underwater creatures' outer shells protect them and keep them dry. At the time, Rolex was a pioneer in the area of waterproof watches. The first version of the Oyster case premiered in 1926. On October 7th, 1927, English swimmer Mercedes Gleitze wore a Rolex Oyster as she became the first Englishwoman to swim the English Channel. The Oyster survived the conditions just fine, proving it to be the first waterproof watch. Gleitze had worn the watch for around fifteen hours in cold water.
The words "Oyster case" have become an established term in the watch world. It doesn't just signify this model, but rather all Rolex watches with a similar design. Distinctive characteristics include a solid Monobloc middle case and a screw-down case back. The back has a fluted edge, which allows watchmakers to open the case for repair and maintenance using a special tool.

A Variety of Sizes and Calibers

Due to the many different case sizes, Rolex uses various movements in the Oyster Perpetual collection. Caliber 3132 powers the 39-mm version with reference number 114300 ; the 3132 also ticks away inside the Explorer. The rotor winds bidirectionally and helps the movement achieve its power reserve of approximately 48 hours. One characteristic of the 3132 is its precision; according to Rolex, it deviates no more than two seconds a day from the reference time. Therefore, it easily passed all tests from the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute and is COSC-certified. By pulling out the crown, you can set the time to the exact second.
A defining feature of the 3132 is its Parachrom hairspring made from a non-magnetic zirconium-niobium alloy. This important component is ten times less affected by shocks than conventional hairsprings. Furthermore, Rolex's Paraflex shock protection system protects the movement in extreme conditions.
Rolex also uses a movement with a Parachrom spiral in the smallest Oyster Perpetual models. Caliber 2231 powers the 26-mm version; the movement barely differs from the larger 3132 movement in terms of precision and power reserve. The 2231 also powers the next size up, the 31-mm version. The 34-mm models are available with or without a date display. Rolex uses caliber 3135 in this watch, a very reliable, COSC-certified movement which also powers diving watches like the Sea Dweller 4000 or Deepsea. The versions without a date display are powered by the 3130.

A No-Nonsense Design

The optional date display with the typical Cyclops lens is not the only extra on the 34-mm Oyster Perpetual Date. The women's model with reference number 115234 has sparkling diamond index markers for odd hours and features a white gold and 904L stainless steel bracelet. For a further elegant touch to the watch, Rolex added the option of a fluted bezel.
Altogether, the watches in the Oyster Perpetual collection feature subtle, simple designs. The olive, red grape, and champagne dials stand out with their bold colors in comparison to the graphite, white, and dark blue dials. The thin, straight, no-frills hands are partially filled with luminous material, allowing you to read the time even in the dark. Hour markers are usually thin lines, although Arabic and Roman numerals are options as well. The 12 o'clock marker is represented by Rolex's logo, the five-pointed Rolex crown.
Even the bracelet has a name of its own: the Oyster bracelet. It has been in production since the late 1930s and consists of flat three-piece links. A series of these three-piece links are added together, building a full-length Oyster bracelet. However, using the patented Easylink rapid extension system, you can change the bracelet length so it's a comfortable fit for you.
Many of Rolex's most famous watches, such as the Submariner, Daytona, and Explorer, belong to the Oyster Perpetual family.

Case Material

  • Predominantly 904L stainless steel
  • Certain models feature white gold
  • Vintage models also feature yellow gold

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