As far as entry-level luxury watches go, few come close to the appeal of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual. The Oyster Perpetual is a fantastic entry-level candidate with a price tag that won’t necessitate defaulting on a student loan. Simple, robust, water-resistant to 100 metres and endowed with an exceptional automatic movement, the Oyster Perpetual is the heart and soul of Rolex.
As the world’s first waterproof timepiece, put to the test on Mercedes Gleitze’s epic cross-Chanel swim, the 1926 Oyster would become the foundation stone of the colossal Rolex Empire. What’s more, the aesthetics of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual models set them apart as symbols of universal and classic style. They embody timeless form and function, firmly rooted in the pioneering origins of Rolex. The simplicity of an original.
its debut in 2015, the Oyster Perpetual ref. 114300 is a solid approach to a starter Rolex watch. Admitted, it is a watch with not a single complication, but it’s also a watch that you will never get tired of and a high-quality watch that will keep its value over time as well. The 39mm diameter makes it a very interesting alternative to the 41mm Datejust and Milgauss models as well as to the smaller 36mm versions. A perfect in-between size that only has to compete with the 39mm Rolex Explorer 214270.
Rolex replica have pulled off an impressive feat with this dial. It’s supremely simple, but far from boring. In fact, the purity of this dial – and the watch as a whole – may well be its greatest strength. No date or cyclops distract from the clean lines. The hands are simple sticks, and the applied gold indices have enough height to ensure legibility, without dominating. Only the hands and the three, six and nine are filled with luminous material – this isn’t a diver after all.
The 39mm case of this Rolex Oyster Perpetual comes with a cool blue dial, and the case and bracelet are made from an incredibly resilient stainless steel superalloy, which can take a beating and still look great. This Rolex Oyster Perpetual 114300 also has a friendly price tag of £4,150. In my opinion a fair price for a stainless steel manufacture watch of high quality.