For 2015, Rolex unveiled a new 39 mm diameter Oyster Perpetual model, with the option of a Red Grape, Blue or Dark Rhodium dial. All three versions look great, although it is the latter version that impressed us the most.
Dominated by a Dark Rhodium sunburst finish, topped with applied 18k white gold hour indexes, complemented by blue dots, phosphorescent material at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock, and 18K white gold baton-shaped hands – the new Oyster Perpetual dial is quite stunning.
And the juxtaposition of the highly polished, domed bezel, against the middle case which is satin-brushed – except on the flanks and edges which are polished – is just right. Not to mention, at 39 mm in diameter, the new size is ideal for my wrist (about 7.5 inches around).
Thanks to a screw-down crown with a Twin lock gasket system, as well as gaskets on the front (sapphire) and solid 904L steel back, the Oyster Perpetual is water-resistant to 100 meters, which is perfect for swimming and other aquatic activities.
A self-winding movement, caliber 3132, beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour and drives the centrally mounted hour, minute and seconds hands. The 31 jewel movement features a bi-directional rotor and a maximum power reserve of 48-hours. Pulling out the crown stops the balance and allows for ultra-precise time setting down to the second. This is a COSC-certified chronometer after all.
Precision and robustness are enhanced by a paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring, high-performance Parallax shock absorbers, a traversing balance bridge, a large balance wheel with variable inertia with high-precision regulation via four gold Microstella nuts.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual (Ref. 114300) is paired with a 904L steel bracelet (70400) that is satin-finished with polished edges, secured by a folding Oysterclasp.
Rolex has taken their original water-resistant watch, with a heritage dating back to 1926, and made it in a more contemporary size, without going so big as to lose the appeal of those of us with conservative tastes. Further, the dark rhodium sunburst dial is a fashionable color that infuses the collection with a more modern aesthetic. All for a retail price of $5,700.