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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 116000

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 Ref. 116000 is a classic model embodying the brand's pioneering spirit. With the Oyster Perpetual 116000 you will buy a watch which combines elegance, tradition and precision at an affordable price.  More

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The Oyster is the key: How Rolex invented the Oyster Perpetual


The Oyster Perpetual, often referred to as “OP” among Rolex enthusiasts, is considered to be the entry-level Rolex watch and comes in five sizes ranging from 26mm to 39mm in order to fit the variety of wearers. “Oyster” refers to the waterproof Oyster case which dates back to 1926. “Perpetual” stands for the permanent rotor developed by Rolex five years after the release of the Oyster case, which since then has served as the basis for all modern automatic movements.

With a history of nearly 90 years, the Oyster Perpetual has influenced almost the entire Rolex product range, as well as Omega and Breitling models, without ever becoming obsolete.With a diameter of 36 mm, the Oyster Perpetual 116000 confidently takes its place in the upper range of the series. Although the Oyster Perpetual has become one of the most popular ladies' watches over the past few years, it is also suitable for men with thinner wrists.

5 reasons to buy a Rolex Oyster Perpetual 116000


  • The 116000 is a versatile watch to be used as a sports watch or as a dresswatch
  • Its versatility also make it the ideal entry-level Rolex watch
  • With the timeless look of the Oyster Perpetual you don't need to worry about fashion trends
  • The design stands for traditional elegance and sensuality
  • Pre-owned Rolex Oyster Perpetual 116000 watches already start at 4.140 €

The Oyster Perpetual 116000 – used, but not obsolete

Invest in elegance with a Rolex Oyster Perpetual 116000 watch


The 116000 has a nominal width of 36 mm, but looks slightly larger due to the Oyster case. The sleek curves of the case blend seamlessly into the polished outsides, giving the profile a high gloss finish. The brushed bridge parts on the wrist, which merge into the satin finished links, are particularly remarkable. The Oyster bracelet is closed with a folding clasp also used on sports watches as the Rolex Milgauss or the Air-King to guarantee maximum stability.

With Arabic numerals on the quarterly positions as well as the absence of the date function, the dial of the Ref. 116000 matches the one of the Explorer. Instead of the triangle at the 12 o'clock position the 116000 comes with the world-famous Rolex crown. The hands and hour indices are made of white gold and luminescent to keep track of time even under poor lighting conditions. The dial is available in a variety of colours: You can, for example, let yourself get captivated by the light effects of a blue sunburst dial or get caught up in the contrast of a black dial with violet indices.

The raised sapphire crystal ensures that the watch always slides smoothly under a suit or a sleeve. A screw-in crown with twinlock system guarantees water resistance of up to 100 metres. The stop second allows you to always set the time to the exact second. Inside the Oyster Perpetual 116000 there is a calibre 3130 with automatic movement and 48 hour power reserve.

How much does a Rolex Oyster Perpetual 116000 cost?

The Oyster Perpetual 116000 in comparison to other Rolex models


In comparison to other classic entry-level Rolex models, namely the Explorer and the Air-King, the Oyster Perpetual 116000 performs very well. The list price of an Oyster Perpetual 116000 is 4.850 €. At Watchmaster you can get a certified pre-owned model up to 710 € cheaper, starting at a price of approx. 4,140 €. A good deal compared to a 600 € discount on the Explorer 214270 and a 350 € reduction on the Air-King 116900.

Visually, the Explorer 214370 and the OP 116000 belong to the classic, elegant Rolex models and are directly connected to each other due to their dials. The Air-King 116900, on the other hand, is for those who prefer a little more extravagant watches. The vibrant dial has green and yellow accents, a prominent lettering, a green second hand and shimmering metallic Arabic quarter-hour markers.


Rolex Oyster Perpetual Rolex Explorer Rolex Air-King
Reference number 116000 214270 116900
Year of production 2008 2012 2017 – 2018
UVP 4,850 € 5,900 € 5,330 €
Price pre-owned 4,140 € 5,300 € 5,330 €
Case size 36 mm 39 mm 40 mm
Calibre Calibre 3130 Calibre 3132 Calibre 3131
Bezel raised, stainless-steel smooth, stainless-steel raised, stainless-steel
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