Thursday, March 24, 2022

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Design Language Mystery Solved!!


2020 Rolex Oyster Perpetual 

Design Language Mystery Solved!!!

History doesn't repeat itself, but is sure does rhyme!?!!

Watches & Wonders is right around the corner, and the rumor mill is heating up! I can't help but wonder if Rolex might surprise us with some more new Stella style colored dials on the Oyster Perpetual models, so I thought it would be a good idea to bring this story back.

When Rolex introduced their all-new Oyster Perpetual models back in 2020 I remember thinking there was something really familiar about them, and like most people I assumed it was the Stella dial look.

1956 Rolex Oyster Perpetual 

Reference 6565

I was looking through my unpublished archives back on December 18, 2020 and discovered this 1956 Rolex ad and instantly I recognized the dual baton marker indices design language incorporated on the 15, 30 and 45 markers which is pictured below!!! As I have said so many times before, Rolex's future is in their past...

        “The vision recurs; the eastern sun has a second rise; history repeats her tale unconsciously, and goes off into a mystic rhyme; ages are prototypes of other ages, and the winding course of time brings us round to the same spot again.”  

—Mystic Rhyme 1845