New Oyster Perpetual

I always prefer Rolex watches with a clean and simple design which is why I always wear my Rolex Explorer. Just recently Rolex introduced a few 36mm Oyster Perpetual models which had impressive dials (Red Grape, White Grape and Steel Grey.

But the thing is, many men consider the 36mm a bit small. I for one, am one of them. This is why I rarely wear my 36mm Datejust. For a man like me, this size of watch looks quite small. Maybe soon I will get the Rolex Datejust II.

Just recently in 2015 the watchmaker company has made it easy for people who don’t particularly like the lightning hand or the short minute hand which is a feature of the Explorer. It created the 39mm Rolex Oyster Perpetual, alongside the Yachtmaster in Everose Gold and of course the Day Date 40mm.

In my opinion the rhodium with blue accents are the most manly of the options but it won’t be really shocking to find some men wear the Red Grape Rolex Oyster Perpetual.

Few companies have been so consistently identified with the pursuit of excellence, the quest for the absolute, the discovery of original approaches and innovative solutions. Rolex watches have proved themselves from the start in the most extreme conditions imaginable – from the depths of the deepest oceans to the summits of the highest mountains, in the air and on the race track. And to ensure that all Rolex watches can live up to these high expectations, every single one is tested to extremes before it is allowed to leave the Rolex site.

Rolex Oyster 36

The Rolex Oyster 36 came out in 2014, and was, almost immediately, taken for granted, which if you stop and think about it, is in a funny way a compliment to the watch.It’s simply a very solid watch, and since its whole identity is to be the paradigmatic everyday watch – reliable, classic, versatile, accurate, and dependable; the sort of thing an actual spy might wear, especially the sort whose stock in trade is to go unnoticed – flying under the radar is sort of exactly what it’s supposed to do. But like so many steady, steadfast things in life, there’s a lot of dignity and even beauty in the Oyster 36, if you pay attention.

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The movement’s certainly a solid one, and a reminder of just how much more you get from Rolex at this price point chronometrically than you do from virtually all their competition: the manufacture caliber 3130, chronometer certified, with Parachrom balance with Breguet overcoil, adjustable balance bridge, and free-sprung balance with Microstella balance screws for adjustment of rate.

Now if you want a version of this watch that has all the understated, just-the-facts-ma’am, poker faced, Joe Friday quality for which so many Rolexes are famous, you can have this watch in steel with a grey dial and you won’t have a moment’s regret; you’ll own a watch you can look at every day for the rest of your life, with a fantastic movement that’s all sorts of bang for the buck, that will give you all the pride of ownership you could possibly ask for in a mechanical watch. But why not have, you know, a little fun.

n 1933, the combination of gold and steel Rolex was registered under the name Rolesor. Three years after the launch of the Oyster Perpetual in 1945 the model was introduced in Rolesor. He was an instant success, reaching to distinguish the status of a legendary clock, with the naked eye. Today Rolesor Datejust is available in various combinations: white steel, yellow gold or Everose.

For Rolex, stone property is the expression of a complex art form, and high labor productivity, which has earned its reputation through a fine art and creativity.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual

In 1972 the final Quartz Date watches from the single run of 1000 were sold and Rolex abandoned the Beta 21 and began with a clean slate designing their own quartz movement and a totally new watch to house it. Over five years of research, design, and development went into the 5035/5055 movement that would eventually power the Oysterquartz. The end result is arguably the finest quartz movement that has ever been made.

In moving away from the First Generation quartz technology that characterized the Beta 21 and other early quartz movements, Rolex recognized that two key elements to superior accuracy in quartz timekeeping would be needed in their new quartz movement: A higher frequency oscillator and some means to negate the effects of temperature change on the stability of the oscillator. Consequently, the oscillator used in the 5035/5055 was four times as fast as that used in the Beta 21 and the module was one of the first quartz movements to utilize analog thermocompensation. Oscillator stability over a wide temperature range was accomplished through the use of a thermistor to sense ambient temperature.  Data from this sensor is sent to the electronic control module which then regulates the voltage to the quartz crystal, adjusting its rate accordingly.  In addition, a rate trimmer is employed on the circuit board which enables the movement to be manually “fine tuned” during Rolex’s notoriously rigid internal testing and adjustment, something every Rolex movement goes through before being sent to the COSC for “official” chronometer certification.  The rate trimmer also allows for manual  adjustment when the movement is serviced to compensate for the frequency drift that comes with the aging of the quartz crystal.

Even though the technology of quartz wristwatch timekeeping has moved beyond that found in the 5035/5055, this movement still remains one of the most “over-engineered” quartz movements ever produced and clearly carries on the Rolex tradition of solid engineering, superb finishing, and understated beauty. Advancements in technology have yielded quartz modules with superior accuracy, but when it debuted, the 5035/5055 only had one true rival from a technological standpoint: the 2.4Mhz Omega 1516 movement used in their famous Marine Chronometer wristwatches of the mid 70s.  But from the standpoint of “build quality” and finish (anglage, perlage, and Geneva stripes), the 5035/5055 still reigns supreme, something that is not likely to change in the foreseeable future.

Besides being a Rolex – considering the impact of the brand on the industry, this could be itself a proper category of watches – the Rolex Oyster Perpetual sits right in the middle of two main types of watches. It’s neither a dress watch, nor a sports watch. We like to call it a casual watch. It’s like a Levi’s 501. You can mix it with your ugliest grey hoodie or with a white shirt. The same goes for the Oyster Perpetual. You can wear it during weekends with a pair of sneakers or during the week with your suit and tie. That’s the watch made for the non-collectors, in the sense of those that are not accumulating timepieces. It’s simple, very qualitative (it’s a Rolex) and it could be your next and only watch for the 30 years to come. Of course, aficionados will find it boring and that’s why Rolex comes with new editions for 2015, with more colorful dials.

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On the wrist, the 2015 Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39mm is, as said, a perfect daily-beater for those seeking for a qualitative, robust and discreet watch. As the diameter and thickness are reasonable, it feels comfortable and it looks good in every situation. It is the definition of a casual watch.