The Rolex Oyster quartz watch arrived on the market in 1977. In modern times, these watches are fast becoming collector’s items. Rolex ceased production of the Oyster quartz movement line of watches in 2001; the last of these watches shipped from Rolex in 2003. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust entered the market in 1945; this Oyster uses a mechanical movement. This timepiece is available in a Men’s Rolex Oyster Perpetual and a Ladies’ Rolex Oyster Perpetual. Most models are waterproof, and some of the vintage Rolex models have leather bands. Finally, the Rolesor is a Rolex Oyster bracelet, which is a combination of 18-karat gold and steel. Regardless of which Rolex Oyster you invest in, it is important to understand how to care for it properly to make it last a lifetime.
Cleaning a Rolex Oyster
Rinse the watch with warm water to remove any loose grit that could scratch the watch during cleaning. Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and mild soap, and then gently clean the timepiece only with your hands. Once the watch is clean, dry it gently with a lint-free cloth without applying pressure. Some cloths are rough enough to leave tiny scratches, so use microfiber cloths or a similar material to avoid marking the surface of the watch. Use care when drying the crystal; a rough cloth and heavy hand may cause microscopic abrasions on the surface.
Polishing a Rolex Oyster
On areas that show scratches, use a cotton swab and wrap the polishing cloth around the tip. Polish only the scratches and move with the grain of the metal. A minute of polishing can remove most fine scratches, but if the scratches are deeper, it may take longer. The best time to polish the watch is after a thorough cleaning so no dirt or dust is present. Another option is to rinse the watch under water carefully to remove any dirt or dust, and then dry completely. If dust or dirt is present on the watch, polishing could cause more scratching.
Tips on Caring for a Rolex Oyster
Rolex engineered the Oyster to last a lifetime. A few simple tips are all it takes to help ensure it runs flawlessly.
- Never shake the timepiece
- Wear it regularly, as wearing the timepiece keeps it in proper working order
- Do not wind the Rolex while wearing it
- Never use a polishing cloth on the crystal
- Make sure the crown is properly set before immersing in water
The Rolex Oyster does not need much maintenance to provide years of perfect timekeeping. Cleaning, setting, and winding are all the owner needs to do.
Setting and Winding a Rolex Oyster
Proper care of the Rolex Oyster requires some knowledge of how to keep the timepiece running smooth. Setting the time and winding is the same for most models; setting the date and day on some of the models differs according to model and style. This is only a limited reference for some of the popular models.
Setting the Time
Setting the Date
Setting the Day
|Rolex Oyster Perpetual||No date||Pull the crown to the last notch, and then turn the hands clockwise or counter-clockwise||Unscrew the crown counter-clockwise until it is free, and then turn the crown clockwise 40 full revolutions||Not available on this model||Not available on this model|
|Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date and Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust||Non-quickset||Pull the crown to the last notch, and then turn the hands clockwise or counter-clockwise||Unscrew the crown counter-clockwise until it is free, and then turn the crown clockwise 40 full revolutions||Pull the crown to the last notch and turn the crown past midnight two revolutions||Not available on this model|
|Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date||Non-quickset||Pull the crown to the last notch, and move the hands clockwise or counter-clockwise||Unscrew the crown counter-clockwise until it is free, and then turn the crown clockwise 40 full revolutions||Pull the crown to the last notch then turn clockwise past midnight two revolutions||After setting the date, turn the crown counter-clockwise past midnight two revolutions|
After several days of non-use, repeat the winding directions to ensure it runs properly. Wearing the timepiece keeps the movement well lubricated.