Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 1002 - Black Gilt Dial
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. Clocking in at 34mm, this reference 1002 has a stunning deep gilt black dial which survives in excellent condition. Devoid of a date window, this model presents extremely clean and crisp, a true exercise in restraint. When combined with the smooth bezel it wears very modern. Fitted to a more modern folded link oyster this is ready for daily driver duties and is perfect for those seeking the legendary build quality of Rolex, but something more understated than a fluted gold bezel.
*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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