Watches: Rolex Oyster Perpetual 2015 Models (+ live pics)

By Thierry Ané on April 23, 2015

If I had to get rid of my entire watch collection tomorrow and choose only one watch to wear every single day for the rest of my life, chances are that like most seasoned watch lovers I would opt for a model from Rolex. No offence to all the other brands that I love but let’s face it: these watches are the essence of Fine Watchmaking and few timepieces, if any, can stand comparison in terms of reliability and robustness.

Furthermore, if I select my timepiece with no other goal in mind than pure practicality (for instance no attempt at selecting a model I could brag about with friends or use as a status symbol), I am more than likely to end up with an “Oyster Perpetual”. With no other function than a clear and accurate time display, this model is truly the quintessential timekeeper…

Five sizes ranging from 26 mm to 39 mm and many different colours

Not only does this watch feature a beautifully crafted case made from a solid block of particularly corrosion-resistant 904L steel, it offers an excellent water resistance to a depth of 100 meters thanks to the Twinlock double waterproofness system of the screw-down crown. The exquisitely polished domed bezel and virtually scratchproof sapphire crystal complete the timeless elegance of this all-purpose model.

In order to feel comfortable on all wrists and cater to all preferences, Rolex also offers this accomplished timepiece in a large variety of sizes ranging from 26 to 39 mm, all of them mounted on the legendary Oyster bracelet equipped with a folding Oysterclap for security and comfort.

The Manufacture uses three different calibres to power this model depending on its size: the 39 mm version is equipped with the calibre 3132, the 36 and 34 mm alternatives house the calibre 3130 and the smaller 31 and 26 mm models are powered by the calibre 2231. Naturally, all three movements are entirely developed in-house and all bear the “chronometer” seal of approval, indicating that they have passed the tests of the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).

Even though the only concern of these high-quality movements is to tell the time of the day, they incorporate all of the brand’s expertise in high-end watchmaking. Fitted with a self-winding module featuring a Perpetual rotor which ensures continuous winding of the mainspring, they also boast a balance wheel with variable inertia regulated extremely precisely with gold Microstella nuts. Moreover, the hairspring is equipped with a Breguet overcoil enhancing the isochronism of the oscillations.

The calibres 3130 and 3132 also have a blue Parachrom hairspring patented and manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive alloy of niobium and zirconium. Insensitive to magnetic fields, it also offers great stability in the face of temperature variations and remains up to 10 times more precise in case of shocks than a traditional hairspring!

With all these impressive characteristics, one easily understands why an informed watch enthusiast would pick up this watch for an everyday wear without hesitations. But there is an additional aspect explaining why this would be my model of choice: the watch looks amazingly good and particularly so with the new dial variations unveiled during Baselworld this year.

Take your pick: Dark Rhodium, Champagne, Red Grape, Olive Green or even Azzurro Blue, all with a stunning sunray finish. They truly light up the face of this watch and bring a youthful yet tasteful touch to this timeless model. They also showcase another outstanding achievement of this brand: they are not afraid of using vivid colours even on extremely classical models and they always manage to create something refined.

I would have a really hard time determining which colour I prefer, though, as they all are great-looking. What is certain, though, is that I would pick a 39 mm version. First of all because I prefer larger watches and would be ecstatic to see this “Oyster Perpetual” in say 41 or 42 mm (or even 44 mm for that matter: a man can dream, right?). But also because I love that they have used contrasting dots for the 5-minute markers on the 39 mm (and 34 mm) instead of the usual minute track selected for the other sizes.

Don’t you love the contrast of green and blue on the Azzurro Blue model? Or these little touches of blue to wake up the Dark Rhodium dial? Or the elegant red dots on the Red Grape version? Not to mention the vivid orange that goes wonderfully well with the Olive Green dial…

If you take all these technical and aesthetic elements into consideration and add the fact that the price tag for a 39 mm model is just CHF 5,400, it would be challenging to find a better watch on the market! Once again this Manufacture deserves to be praised for the excellent work they put on. With timepieces like this who could be surprised by this brand’s undisputed horological supremacy?

For more information please visit the Rolex web site.