In addition to the Day-Date and Datejust, Rolex also makes the more affordable Oyster Perpetual, in a wide range of case diameters (39 mm, 36 mm, 34 mm, 31 mm, 26 mm).
As of September 2020, Rolex replaced the largest 39 mm Oyster Perpetual, which was introduced in 2015, with a new incrementally larger 41 mm diameter option, in stainless steel — available in two dial variations under the new case reference 124300.
There’s a lighter dial with a silver, gloss, sunray finish with 18K yellow gold applied hour markers and hour and minute hands, that has more of a light gold hue than silver. And there’s the darker dial with a bright black, gloss, sunray finish with 18K white gold hour markers and hour and minute hands. Rolex’s Chromalight material, with a blue glow, illuminates the hour and minute hands and hour markers in low-light.
Both Oyster Perpetuals are fitted with the new Rolex caliber 3230 that also powers the new Submariner with no-date. The new automatic movement beats at 4Hz, has 31 jewels, seconds hacking, and most notably, benefits from the Chronoenergy escapement which features a paramagnetic pallet fork and escapement wheel that increases efficiency to achieve an improved 70-hour power reserve.
The movement also features a Parachrom antimagnetic hairspring, free-sprung balance wheel, traversing balance bridge, and has beveled edges, polished screw heads, and a circular-grained finish. Like all Rolexes, this is a Superlative chronometer meaning it runs at an impressive rate of -2/+2 which is more than two times better than a standard COSC-certified chronometer.
Crafted from Oystersteel, which is a premium 904L stainless steel alloy, the 41 mm Ref. 124300, with an Oyster bracelet, offers the most accessible point of entry into the world of Rolex. A domed sapphire crystal and fixed steel bezel protect the dial side. The crown screws-down and the solid steel caseback screws-in. Water-resistance is rated to 100 meters.
Retail is $5,900. Available beginning September 2.