The aesthetics of the ROLEX Oyster Perpetual models set them apart as symbols of universal and classic style. For 2021, the famous watch got a refresh in the form of new 36mm models featuring colorful lacquer dials. And underneath that dial is the new in-house caliber 3230.
I fell immediately in love with the turquoise color, that is so summery and fresh. However, those watches are extremely hard to get unfortunately. Therefore you can imagine my level of happiness when my love surprised me with this beauty, the Oyster Perpetual 36 with a turquoise blue dial and an Oyster bracelet.
TURQUOISE BLUE DIAL
A DISTINCTIVE FACE
The dial is the distinctive face of a Rolex watch, the feature most responsible for its identity and readability. Characterised by hour markers fashioned from 18 ct gold to prevent tarnishing, every Rolex dial is designed and manufactured in-house, largely by hand to ensure perfection.
HIGHLY RESISTANT TO CORROSION
Rolex uses Oystersteel for its steel watch cases. Specially developed by the brand, Oystersteel belongs to the 904L steel family, alloys most commonly used in high-technology and in the aerospace and chemical industries, where maximum resistance to corrosion is essential. Oystersteel is extremely resistant, offers an exceptional finish once polished and maintains its beauty even in the harshest environments.
THE OYSTER BRACELET
ALCHEMY OF FORM AND FUNCTION
The Oyster bracelet is a perfect alchemy of form and function, aesthetics and technology. First introduced in the late 1930s, this particularly robust and comfortable metal bracelet with its broad, flat three-piece links remains the most universal bracelet in the Oyster collection. For the Oyster Perpetual models the Oyster bracelet is fitted with an Oysterclasp.
The Oyster Perpetual 36 is equipped with calibre 3230, a movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex, launched by the brand in 2020. At the forefront of watchmaking technology, this self-winding mechanical movement led to the filing of several patents, and offers fundamental gains in terms of precision, power reserve, resistance to shocks and magnetic fields, convenience and reliability. Calibre 3230 incorporates the Chronergy escapement patented by Rolex, which combines high energy efficiency with great dependability.
OYSTER PERPETUAL 36
Oyster, 36 mm, Oystersteel
The colorful dials are also available for other sizes, such as the Oyster Perpetual 41, or 31. However, I like the 36 size the best.
There aren’t that many rules that I apply to watch collecting, as is probably evident from the versatile assortment of watches I’ve put together over the years and the variety of stories of how they came to be in my chosen set. With this one, it was love at first sight, and I am so grateful my lovely fiancé surprised me with it.
This watch is my «fun« summer piece in my collection – a timekeeper that brings a smile anytime it’s on my wrist, especially as it reminds me of my better half. One clear sign that you are falling in love with a watch is that you put it on, take it off, find an excuse to put it on again. I am sure I will wear turquoise all the way through winter …
Photos: © Rolex and © Sandra Bauknecht
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