Rolex Vintage Oysterdate Models

The Oysterdate movement is one of the absolute cheapest genuine Rolex movements. The manual-wound models have long been a part of the range, dating back to the 1950s.

That makes them a rare find for the company that designed the Perpetual, an autonomous, self-winding movement.

Furthermore, all four Oysterdate references had non-chronometer certified calibers, indicating that they had failed the (COSC) accuracy and robustness tests. As a result, the Oysterdate's dial included the words 'Precision' rather than the more common 'Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified.'


Rolex created Precision branded timepieces to offer a lower-cost product while still preserving their primary product lines through labeling differences.

A Rolex Precision gave a superb initial step for people who couldn't afford the regular lines.

There were two different styles of these timepieces when they originally came out. The first style included simple dress timepieces, which were usually made of gold but may also be made of steel.

These watches were first presented by Rolex in the 1940s, with the most recent examples dating from the 1970s. Simple snapback cases were available, with the majority of specimens dating from the 1950s and 1960s.

The second type, which appeared in the iconic Rolex Oyster casing in 1953, was the first of its kind. The Oysterdate and Oyster Precision versions are the most well-known.

While these watches made up a good portion of "Precision" timepieces, it's worth noting that some Rolex Air King models also had this moniker.

Design and Significance

The Rolex Oysterdate Precision is the quieter older brother of the Rolex vintage collection, and it's one of the easiest ways to get into the legendary brand.

This watch, which features a date at 3 o'clock and is one of Rolex's most simple, would win a minimalist's love. While it's easy to mix up the "Oysterdate" with the "Oyster Perpetual" and "Oyster Perpetual Date" varieties, it has its own appeal.

To begin with, the absence of the "Perpetual" designation from any branding speaks to the watch's manual winding feature, which is unusual for this era of Rolex watches. The absence of the COSC certification wording on the dial is more notable.


The Oysterdate underwent nearly all of its evolution in the first few years of its life, while being in the Rolex range for a long time.

It was introduced in the early 1950s as a less expensive alternative to the 1945 Datejust. It was always doomed to suffer in the shadow of its relatively greater and more luxuriously furnished forerunner, thanks to its all-stainless steel construction and hand-winding caliber.

However, with more informed collectors on the lookout for another big thing, the Oysterdate's time may have arrived. It's an interesting talking point as a replacement for the ever-present usual suspects, Submariners, and Daytonas, and the enticingly low price is just the cherry on top.

The Oysterdate Precision is an excellent choice for a new watch collector or for everyday wear, and this watch is suitable for both men and women.