The Symbol of Water Resistance: The Rolex Oyster Case
For almost a century, Rolex watches have been inseparable from unwavering quality, accuracy, and water opposition. Today, even Rolex’s generally extravagant and dress-oriented watches, for example, the Day-Date and Sky-Dweller are protected by a 100-meter depth rating, which is all that anyone could need for by far most of individuals’ day-to-day needs.
The Rolex Day-Date President ref. 118206 in platinum isn’t just to look good, it is as yet an oyster.
The Beginning of the Rolex Oyster Case
Rolex’s set of experiences of water safe watches dates back to 1926, company founder Hans Wilsdorf , registered the world’s first waterproof watch case: the Oyster. This capacity to completely seal the watch against dampness and dirt was made possible by Rolex’s patented arrangement of screwing down the bezel, case-back, and winding crown against the middle instance of the watch.
The Oyster case relied on a winding stem and crown design that has its beginnings in a patent at first filed by Paul Perregaux and Georges Peret in 1925. At the point when Wilsdorf saw their design, he purchased all rights to the patent from them and used components of their screw-down crown design in his own Oyster case, which he later registered the next year. Despite the fact that Rolex’s Oyster case with signature screw-down crown received the credit as the world’s first waterproof wristwatch case, it was the first design by Perregaux and Peret that made Wilsdorf’s vision possible.
The Rolex Oyster Case includes the crown which assumes a part in its capacity to keep water outside.
The beginning design of Rolex’s Oyster case required both the bezel and the case-back of the watch to be screwed onto the middle case to guarantee a tight seal. Therefore, the fluting on the bezel was identical to the fluting on the back, which corresponded to the exclusive device that Rolex had designed to open the watch. Today, bezels are pressure fitted onto the middle instance of the watch as opposed to screwed on; anyway bezel fluting has remained as a tasteful component on certain Rolex watches, a mark highlight of the brand that is just at any point manufactured in solid gold.
Rolesor Rolex Datejust II has a fluted bezel in white gold.
The Mollusk That Changed Rolex
As legend has it, the “Clam” name came to Hans Wilsdorf one night at a dinner party, while he was battling to open up a shellfish. The tight conclusion of the mollusk’s shell was representative of the watertight seals present on his watchcase, and the amphibian environment of the creature alluded to the Oyster case’s capacity to withstand critical openness to water.
Thanks to innovation Rolex watches can arrive at new depths.
After idealizing the design of his Oyster case, Hans Wilsdorf set out to demonstrate his design to people in general and spread the word about his waterproof wristwatches. In 1927, English swimmer, Mercedes Gleitze wore an Oyster watch around her neck while swimming across the English Channel. The swim lasted more than 10 hours, all through which the Oyster watch remained in wonderful working condition. The swim proved Wilsdorf’s cases about his waterproof Oyster case to the general population, and marked one of the primary occasions of utilizing competitors or big names’ tributes as a feature of a showcasing technique for a wristwatch.
Since its beginning till today, Rolex keeps their watches water resistant.
Rolex’s Oyster case has become the gold standard of water obstruction inside the extravagance watch industry and the fluting – still present working on it back, is currently one of the defining trademark qualities of the brand. Rolex has been spearheading the world of water-safe watches since 1926 , and their momentum Oyster case addresses the summit of almost a century worth of refinement and the ceaseless quest for perfection.