Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 1005 - 14K Yellow Gold
If you boil Rolex down to its purest form, what do you get?
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual. This is truly the genesis for the entire Rolex brand. The very first Rolex models were called ‘Oysters’ which was owed to their innovative three part case that all screwed into each-other. That is where the fluted bezel actually derives from, being screwed down into the top of the case to secure the crystal with a gasket - as well as the grooves on the oyster case back. All makes sense now - right?
The Oyster Perpetual eventually became the introductory model for Rolex after the 36mm Datejust was introduced in 1945 - but it never went away and is still in the Rolex catalog.
Introductory, does not always mean basic though:
What we have here is a solid 14K Yellow Gold example fitted to its period 14K 'Oval Link' Jubilee bracelet. 14K Yellow Gold Rolexes have an interesting history as they were specially made for the US market since the United States taxed 18K gold much higher than 14K, so we are already starting things off on a rare note. This reference 1002 has a near flawless champagne which survives in excellent condition with matching lume on the dial and handset. Devoid of a date window, this model presents extremely clean allowing you to focus on that signature gold fluted bezel that we associate with the brand. This might be the most attainable way to get an all-gold Rolex, and also the rarest as you are unlikely to see another in this configuration for a very long time.
*Some marks or spots on the dial are reflections or dust on the crystal and are due to high intensity strobe lighting used while photographing. They are not actually on the watch or visible in natural lighting.
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