|Case Size||36 mm|
|Water Resistance (Meters)||100|
|Glass Material||Sapphire Crystal|
|Warranty Period||2 years|
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
MODEL#: M116000-70200WHITE GRAPE INDEX
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The Official Watch Rating Centre in Bienne, gave a Rolex wristwatch the Swiss Certificate denoting Chronometric Precision in 1910, making it the first wristwatch in the world to have been awarded this.
This beautifully designed Oyster Perpetual M116000-70200 WHITE GRAPE INDEX is acknowledged as being the quintessential Oyster Rolex. Perfect for daily wear, this model has a case that is made of simple 904L steel. A gold dial adds a spot of colour and enhances the beauty of the watch. The hour and minute hands as well as the hour indexes, represented with the help of rectangular markers, are of the same silver as the rest of the watch. Its bezel is domed and smooth keeping up with the simple design of the watch.
A standard Rolex sapphire crystal protects the surface of the dial and makes the watch sturdier. This crystal not only increases the clarity with which the dial can be viewed, but its scratch resistance is also able to increase the durability of the watch. An anti-reflective layer added, allows the time to be read without any trouble even when out in bright sunlight. Its bracelet is the standard, flat, three link Oyster type, which is a trademark of the Oyster series. An Oyster clasp ensures that the watch remains safe without any chance of opening and falling when worn.
The Oyster Perpetual M116000-70200 WHITE GRAPE INDEX has an Oyster case built into its design, which consists of a twin lock technology coupled with a screw down back cover and winding crown. This technology, which has given the series its name creates two sealed zones that render the watch completely water proof to a depth of 100 metres. The 3130 caliber movement of the watch is perpetual, self-winding and mechanical, thus offering high precision.
In 1926, Rolex came up with the first waterproof and dust-proof wristwatch, naming it as “Oyster”. Claiming that the watch was waterproof was one thing, proving it was quite another but Rolex achieved this feat in 1927 when Mercedes Gleitze swam across the English channel wearing it. The watch remained in perfect working order even after the swim, which lasted over ten hours. This led to the birth of the testimony concept when Rolex published a full front-page ad in The Daily Mail to proclaim the success of the watch. In 1933 the first expedition to fly over the Everest took place and was equipped with Rolex Oysters.
The aesthetics of the Oyster Perpetual models are deeply rooted in the pioneering origins of Rolex. The watches feature the simplicity of the original watches by Rolex that continue to serve as a symbol of universal and classic style.
The watch is guaranteed to be waterproof to a depth of 100 metres. The Oyster case, which has been used in the watch constitute for an important milestone in the history of contemporary watchmaking. The back of the Oyster case is hermetically screwed down against the middle case, which is crafted exclusively from a solid block of corrosion resistant 904L Steel. The Fluted case back is a legacy associated with Rolex exclusively. It is extremely robust and forms the backbone of the case to which all the other parts are securely fitted. Another core component, which ensures that the watch is watertight, is the winding crown fitted with twin lock double waterproofness system. The watch is Chronometer Certified.
Mercedes Glietze, the first Englishwoman to swim the English Channel is often considered to be the first female celebrity athlete in the United Kingdom. She was also probably the first celebrity to endorse the Rolex Brand. It is interesting that the first celebrity to endorse Rolex as a brand was not a man but a woman. Major brands at that time often chose male celebrities as the face of their product. Rolex earned its right to be called way ahead of its time by choosing this remarkable woman as its ambassador.
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