By Meor Amri Meor Ayob

 

 

 

 

Baselworld 2014 is currently underway in Switzerland. Every horologist I know is excited about it and the chance to visit such an event is a wish of many. Unfortunately, this year I have to sit it out and view the event remotely.

Although I may have the chance to manhandle the beauties personally, with the power of the internet, I am flooded with a lot of information to satisfy my craving.

The first brand that I will explore is Rolex.

For Baselworld 2014, Rolex released new versions with unique dials of its classic Oyster Perpetual model in 31 mm and 36 mm.

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The Oyster Perpetual is the entry level Rolex, with size option of either 31 mm or 36 mm, the Oyster Perpetual is unisex and has become a typical gift from a parent to a child. This watch have no other function than a time display. With its famed waterproof Oyster case and the self-winding Rolex Perpetual movement, this simplistic design has become synonymous with style and elegance.

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The Oyster Perpetual is an officially certified chronometer. The Oyster case has a waterproof rating up to a depth of 100 metres. It is crafted from a solid block of corrosion-resistant 904L steel.

The screw down winding crown, fitted with the patented Twinlock double waterproof system, helps protect the case from leaks. The crystal is sapphire.

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The 36 mm Oyster Perpetual is equipped with calibre 3130, a self-winding mechanical movement is a certified Swiss chronometer. The oscillator uses a blue Parachrom hairspring that offers great stability when exposed to temperature variations and remains up to 10 times more precise in case of shocks than a traditional hairspring. For the 31 mm Oyster Perpetual, it is equipped with the caliber 2231.

The new dials for the 36 mm Oyster Perpetual are tabulated below.

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White grape, sunray finish        Red grape, sunray finish       Steel, sunray finish 

I personally like the Red dial.

Below are the new dials for the 31 mm Oyster Perpetual.

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White lacquer                         Azzurro blue, sunray finish 

For this series, I like the Azzurro blue dial.

Since I have three kids, the 36 mm version is a nice set to get to give to them. Unfortunately, this plan remains a dream at the moment. At least now I have a target to aim for. For more info, please visit rolex.com

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Meor Amri Meor Ayob – Contributing Editor

Meor Amri is a passionate watch collector from Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. Having bitten by the horology bug in 2010, he has written extensively about the watch scene and has assembled a large collection of watches (excessively!!) on his own free time.

His blogs on the same subject are: Watch Collection Hobby & My Horological Photos

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