If you’ve been considering buying your first Rolex watch, then do we have a fantastic option for you to consider. Meet the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 with a black dial. Understated yet high-quality, classic yet modern in execution, this could very well be the perfect Rolex to kickstart your collection. Alternatively, if you’re looking for the right luxury watch to gift an upcoming graduate, the black dial version of the Oyster Perpetual 39 fits the bill. Let’s find out more.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39
The Oyster Perpetual is one of Rolex’s oldest collection. In fact, if we break down the name of the watch, we see that it takes its name from two of Rolex’s early innovations. “Oyster” refers to the watch’s water resistance and is derived from the Oyster case Rolex patented in 1926. “Perpetual” denotes the watch’s automatic movement inside the case, which stems from the self-winding movement fitted with a Perpetual rotor Rolex unveiled in 1931. Therefore, Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches make up the brand’s time-only waterproof automatic watch collection–the simplest of the lineup.
While Rolex has been making Oyster Perpetual models for over 80 years, the Oyster Perpetual 39 (that is to say the one with a 39 mm case) only made its debut in 2015. This is now the largest Oyster Perpetual version of the lot, as prior to this, the biggest version came with a 36 mm case.
In the past, Rolex made the Oyster Perpetual in a range of metals from steel to gold to two-tone steel and gold. However, to maintain that entry-level (for Rolex) price point, the modern Oyster Perpetual watch is exclusively craft in stainless steel. The steel case of the Oyster Perpetual is fitted with a matching steel Oyster bracelet.
Rolex fitted the first batch of Oyster Perpetual 39 watches with colorful dials. Dial color options included blue with green accents, purple with red accents, and gray with turquoise accents. Actually, a year before the release of the 39 mm version, Rolex already introduced vibrant metallic dial shades for the smaller Oyster Perpetual models (26, 31, 34, 36). The company likely took this approach in order to attract a younger audience and to introduce them to their first Rolex.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 With A Black Dial
Just last year, at Baselworld 2018, two more dial hues joined the Oyster Perpetual 39 collection. But this time, rather than colorful choices, Rolex opted for classic tones: black and white. And for a first Rolex, the Oyster Perpetual 39 ref. 114300 with a black dial is a solid option. It has everything you want from a starter luxury watch.
Its black dial is highly legible thanks to its lume-filled baton hour markers and luminous center hands. The 39mm size of the Oyster case is not only perfectly proportional for most wrists, but living up to its name, it is water resistant to 100 meters. The steel construction of both the case and bracelet is durable for daily wear and the color of the metal is suitable for all occasions. The Oyster bracelet is famously comfortable to wear and this one is fitted with a secure deployant Oysterclasp.
Powering the Oyster Perpetual 39 is the Rolex Caliber 3132 automatic movement. COSC-certified, accurate to -2/+2 seconds per day, offering a power reserve of 48 hours, and fitted with both the Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers for improved resistance to magnetism, temperature swings, and knocks, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more robust in-house automatic movement for your daily beater.
So if you’ve been browsing around Rolex’s selection of watches but haven’t decided on which one to get, give the black dial Oyster Perpetual 39 a look. It may just the first Rolex watch model you are looking for.