"I prophesy that the Oyster will popularise the wearing of wristwatches with men more than anything else has done," said Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf in 1926 after the launch of the brand's Oyster watch. "You just keep your Oyster on your wrist whatever happens, and it will never fail you." And over the last nine-plus decades, the beloved product has done just that, with various models fit for everyone's unique taste. Here's a look at the best Oyster Rolex watches for the luxurious risk-takers out there.
Starting off our list is the stunning Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date. Having this beauty on your wrist is a constant reminder of the relationship between the high-end brand and off-land exploration. The Submariner Date was originally released in 1953 and was the first wristwatch for divers that was waterproof up to 100 meters, or 330 feet, underwater. The latest model of the timeless watch has a caliber of 3235, includes the date, and is waterproof to a depth of 300 meters, or 1,000 feet.
Up next for risky watch-wearers seeking adventure is the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Milgauss. The 1956 creation can resist magnetic fields of up to 1,000 gausses and was originally designed with engineers and scientists in mind. The model was the first-of-its-kind in watchmaking, with most mechanical watches being affected by fields of just 50 to 100 gausses. In fact, Rolex went so far as to patent its magnetic shield.
Bringing us a different aesthetic is the gorgeous Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller, which swaps in the metal bracelet for a comfortable (yet still elegant) elastomer strap. This product is perfect for jet-setters or those of us who need to know the time in various timezones. The watch also displays the date to the right, and the months of the year are represented around the clock, with the current month indicated by red.
This model is for those of us who enjoy the ocean from atop rather than underwater. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master, released in 1992, was made with boat-lovers and sailers in mind. Not only is it waterproof for up to 100 meters, just like the Submariner Date, but it also has such a sturdy build that it can only be taken apart by certified Rolex watchmakers.
Love the usefulness of the Perpetual Yacht-Master but not wild about its aesthetics? Look no further than the Everose gold and Oystersteel model, fitted with an Oyster bracelet. This breathtaking number includes all of the benefits of the original model, with even more elegance and dependability.
Check out more timeless models at the official Rolex website.