The Oyster Perpetual collection of Rolex watches have earned the title of the Quintessential Oyster. Between the 26, 31, 34, 36 and 39 millimeter diameter variants, each reference the essence of Rolex watchmaking to the fore. Today, we look at the Oyster Perpetual 34, presented with a white dial.
Given the variety of case size options offered by the collection, let us begin with discussing fit and sizing.
At 34mm wide, the Oyster Perpetual 34 is a larger, but still perfectly sized model among ladies’ watches that is, at the same time, the entry size that offers a comfortable and considerable fit for men.
While the Oyster Perpetual 36 is the more obvious choice, the slightly narrower case does go well with the watch world’s new-found affection with vintage and vintage-inspired timepieces. Given the robust and confident design of the Oyster case, and the visual, larger-than-life properties of a white dial, the Oyster Perpetual 34 is indeed a notable, if not conspicuous, alternative for those with narrower wrists and-or a taste for more compact timepieces.
Quality of execution is absolutely irrespective of size on every Rolex watch: the Oyster Perpetual 34 exhibits beautiful finishing all around its Oystersteel exterior — as well as its dial and hands. The top profiles of the case and three-link Oyster bracelet are brushed, while the profile of the case and bracelet, as well as the bezel, are all highly polished. Waterproof to 100 meters, the Quintessential Oyster offers the very same robustness and dependability that has made it a watchmaking point of reference in case design and architecture.
The domed, Oystersteel bezel and its deep polish beautifully lead the brushed, rugged aesthetic of the bracelet and case into the luster of the sapphire crystal and 18ct white gold hands and index-surrounds. Meanwhile, the bezel’s round edge flows in perfect harmony next to the complex curves and bends of the Oyster case’s profile.
The white dial might appear simple and straightforward at a glance — as it should —, upon closer inspection it reveals its subtle, yet highly notable qualities.
First, it stands out from the majority of Rolex watch dials by being matte, as opposed to glossy lacquered. Second, it has an infinitely refined, yet appreciable texture to it, exhibiting hints of metallic gloss when light shines on it just so.
With its Chromalight luminescent indices and hands, all crafted from 18ct white gold, ideal legibility is ensured under all circumstances.
Powered by the Manufacture Rolex Caliber 3130, the Oyster Perpetual 34 is a certified Superlative Chronometer that has passed the stringent tests of the independent COSC chronometer certification, as well as the yet-more-stringent in-house quality control procedures of Rolex. With its bi-directional self-winding Perpetual rotor, the Oyster Perpetual 34 can efficiently and reliably replenish its 48-hour power reserve, when it is worn on the wrist.
Quintessential and straightforward it may be, the Oyster Perpetual 34 nevertheless displays the most important Rolex watchmaking values. Dependable and accurate in its operation, comfortable in its wearing experience and timeless in its design, the Oyster Perpetual is a fine example of exceptional Rolex engineering.
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