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Rolex Oyster Perpetual

Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex, was hosting a large dinner party one day when he was attempting to open an Oyster when it dawned on him, he could make a watch case as strong and as resilient as that Oyster, that water couldn’t penetrate, By 1926 the first waterproof “Oyster” Rolex was born. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual was first introduced in 1945. The Oyster Perpetual was the first recognized self winding chronometer watch with a date window. The Turn-O-Graph model was a big hit in 1955 with many men of the Air Force who utilized the rotating bezel marked 60 minutes for timing there air intervals. A popular nickname for the watch at the time was “Thunderbirds”.

Chuck Yeager a highly decorated Air Force test pilot was wearing a Turn-O-Graph watch when he broke the sound barrier in 1947. A standard men’s Datejust bracelet comes available in two styles; Jubilee and Oyster. It can be bought in a variety of different metals from standard stainless steel to two tone (steel and gold) and gold in pink, yellow or white.

The standard bezel size was 36mm but later they introduced a ladies version and mid size style to reach a larger spectrum of the market. In 2009 the Rolex Datejust II was introduced with a larger bezel and a updated movement, unlike its predecessor it is only available, as of now, with an Oyster bracelet still all three types of gold are available with the steel. An interesting thing about the Rolexes is the ability to change out many of the features you may or may not like, you can change bracelets, dial, or add a diamond bezel and many other small changes can be made to the watch as well. But like many things in life adding what’s called aftermarket pieces to your Rolex Oyster Perpetual can greatly reduce the watches value and bring down any reasonable cash offers in the near future, if you should decide to sell.

Rolex had a part in the development of the first quartz watch movements. Rolex didn’t have many quartz movements in its product line for Oyster, however in the 1960s and 70s Rolex engineers had a key role in their design and technology. Rolex and 16 other Swiss watch manufactures collaborated and came up with the Beta 21 Quartz which was used in the Rolex Quartz Date 5100, not even five years later they created the clean slate 5035/5055 movement that would eventually bring life to the Rolex Oyster Quartz.



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Outstanding experience! This is the best place to change your gold with a great attention. I’m completely impressive because they have a smooth and fast service, definitely nice people!

Pablo V.

Really cool cats over at Nevada Coin and Jewelry. You would’ve thought that I was “Madonna” the way those guys treated me. I was so mesmerized by all of the antiques, they have in there, I believe I was there for two hours, just looking, unbelieveable! When I went in I was so hot, they offered me a cold bottle of water, how cool is that? It felt like home to me. I wanted to get a price for some old jewelry that was passed down by grandma, I was well satisfied. When I left the shop, I was singing “Money, Money, Money.


Great family run store. I’m well taken care of every time I show up at this location. Thank you Nick.

Professional, friendly staff. Knowledgeable and fair. An interesting experience and would definitely visit again.

Gail B.

A.J. and Robert are so friendly and make it so you have the best deal with the items you bring them. They have so much knowledge about all the items they have in their shop and they like to teach others about what they know…


This past Saturday I had the opportunity to meet the owner and team at Nevada Coin and Jewelry. I didn’t know what to expect but they made me feel both comfortable and safe. I went through my collection of jewelry, both broken pieces and things I thought were of no value at all. They took the time to explain what each carat weight was worth and they helped me sort through my items. I was amazed at what they gave me for things I would never wear or use. I would recommend you stop in and speak to them, you might be as pleasantly surprised as I was.

Suzanne P.

Staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and responsive. Building had great security to helped me feel safe in handling my items.

While vacationing in Las Vegas I did what a lot of people do I’m sure or at least that’s what I’m telling my wife ..I blew through the money I brought a little quicker than expected and I ended up having to shop my Rolex around to several dealers to save the trip. So I looked online for places, most offers over the phone were low and that’s if they would even quote me in the first place. I spoke to a guy at Nevada Coin and Jewelry who gave me a fair ball park price and a reasonable explanation as to why his number couldn’t be solid. Went down expecting to get the lower number and in fact Robert their Rolex expert said my Rolex was a better model then I had described. He paid me a higher number than he quoted. Thanks for saving my vacation guys.

Weldon O.

The staff are quick at work but not too quick to make you feel pressured into buying items or selling your items. They teach you about the items and tell you if they have use for your items or not. If they don’t have use for your items they call other places to see if they have a use for the items. Great staff!


After visiting a couple of the “traveling gold & silver merchants” who came to Mesquite, I made a call to Nevada Coin & Jewelry in Las Vegas… David was very helpful and professional. Their prices were the best I had seen… I left very satisfied with my trip and the deals we made. I will definitely go there again.

Carol R.

Grateful for the Nevada Coin and Jewelry shop, I just adore it. I took some collectable figurines in and they bought them. I came out smelling like a rose. You should’ve been there to see the big smile on my face. I ran all the way home to look for some more. Can’t wait to get back! I can sure use the money!


They took the time to help me sell my item and find an item. The staff does not rush you or pressure you into buying something. They take you on a little adventure by telling you about the items you are selling and looking at…

Miller B.