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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 114300 Black Or White Dial Watches Hands-On

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 114300 Black Or White Dial Watches Hands-On Hands-On Mens Watches

Two new dial colors for Rolex’s entry-level men’s watch  the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 reference 114300  were debuted at Baselworld 2018. White and a black dials were added to the assortment of four other Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 watch dials that were debuted when the reference 114300 Rolex Oyster Perpetual was newly debuted in 2015. Rolex chose to introduce the 114300 with purple, olive, blue, and gray dial colors to begin with a few years ago. For 2018 the more conservative and arguably more versatile black or white dial options are available for the Oyster Perpetual 39. This is good news for those looking to buy a brand new, entry-level Rolex that didn’t want any of the original four colors.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 114300 Black Or White Dial Watches Hands-On Hands-On Mens Watches

All images by Ariel Adams

At 39mm wide the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 is the largest of the Oyster Perpetual models that also exist in smaller sizes. As a casual or dress watch, the 39mm diameter works, but if you want to go up to 40mm wide, you can spend a few hundred dollars more for a Rolex Air-King. The most serious competitor to the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 in Rolex’s collection (in my opinion) is the Rolex Explorer 214270,which shares the same 39mm wide case and movement. With that said, Rolex prices the Explorer at $850 USD more because of the Explorer’s complex lumed dial and because of the inclusion of the Easylink 5mm “comfort extension” in the bracelet. The Oyster Perpetual 39 dial with its baton hour markers and straight hands is a bit more elegant, not as sporty, and I think it appeals to a slightly different audience given the look.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 114300 Black Or White Dial Watches Hands-On Hands-On Mens Watches

Starting now in 2018 Rolex is branding the 904L steel alloy they use as “Oystersteel.” When you see that name it just means 904L, but Rolex’s particular blend of it. Rolex wants to make sure that its more expensive steel watches which can cost thousands more than the Oyster Perpetual 39 have more complex case finishing  and that is true. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 has a smooth, polished bezel, polished sides (case and bracelet), and with the rest of the case and bracelet being brushed. This gives the watch a more youthful, technical feel in my opinion. While the quality is all Rolex, the case is about as basic as Rolex can get away with compared to other more expensive timepieces produced by the Swiss brand. For example, rather than having a welded (attached) Rolex logo on the bracelet deployant, the Oyster Perpetual has an engraved Rolex logo in the same spot.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 114300 Black Or White Dial Watches Hands-On Hands-On Mens Watches

Both the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 and Explorer contain the in-house made automatic Rolex Calibre 3132 time-only (no date) movement. The Air-King still uses the older Calibre 3131, which has been upgraded with a bit more performance features in the caliber 3132. Operating at 4Hz the movement has about two days (48 hours) of power reserve. The movement is of course COSC Chronometer-certified and even though it isn’t one of Rolex’s fancier 32XX in-house movements, the 3132 boasts a claimed +/- 2 seconds per day accuracy. As a time-only watch the Oyster Perpetual 39 dial is perfectly symmetrical and classically elegant as a Rolex. Features such as the Rolex crown logo serving as the 12 o’clock hour marker will appeal to many Rolex brand traditionalists who want a simple daily wear that is also a noticeable Rolex status symbol.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 114300 Black Or White Dial Watches Hands-On Hands-On Mens Watches

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 114300 Black Or White Dial Watches Hands-On Hands-On Mens Watches

As an Oyster collection watch, the 114300 case is water-resistant to 100m, has a screw-down crown, and is covered with a sapphire crystal. With the addition of the black or white dial option, the Oyster Perpetual 39 suddenly has gained a lot more appeal for Rolex brand traditionalists who don’t look to the brand for trendy colors but rather timeless, conservative appeal in the way a “red grape” (purple) dial cannot offer. I think it is excellent that Rolex makes the Oyster Perpetual 39 available as a more fashionable timepiece, but for me the white or black dials are going to be appealing to most male buyers, more so than the existing dial colors.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 114300 Black Or White Dial Watches Hands-On Hands-On Mens Watches

I don’t always like falling back on conservatism to make product recommendations as it would be fun to see more people out there with purple and green watch dials. With that said, I know white or black watch dial choices tend to be a bit more widely appealing and for that reason I think it was a good idea for Rolex to introduce the 114300 Oyster Perpetual 39 in the black and white dial variants. These also open the collection up to more men who want to wear the Oyster Perpetual 39 as a bit more of a sport watch. Price for the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 reference 114300 watch (with any of the dials) is $5,700 USD. rolex.com

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  • Marius

    I like it. It suits my deeply conservative tastes. My least favourite thing about Rolex watches is the cyclops, so this works.

  • IanE

    Bland but serviceable.

  • A_watches

    what can I say, these watches are simple and perfect, timeless, flawless, functional, honest. i really like the white dial.

    • If it was $1500 I would agree with you. But at nearly 6 large, it’s a joke.

      • A_watches

        i don’t think its a joke it has 80 years of development under the belt, its not really a $1500 watch. your comment clearly shows you understand v little about watches and what goes in them

        • Jason

          80 years and this is what Rolex came up with..They need some staff changes

        • IanE

          Oh dear, if Mark understands very little about watches, there is VERY little hope for the rest of us.
          XXX, The Blue-Meanie

        • No doubt you are right – please continue my education 😉

          • Roger Goodgion

            yeah Mark! if you’re so smart why don’t you go make a watch for $1500? I’d like to see you try! I dare you..[Googles Mark Carson]..ah sh!t. 🙂

        • LetoAtreides69

          dead

        • Raymond Wilkie

          Unbelievable.

  • commentator bob

    The problem with most of the color dials is the ugly, contrasting hour pips. The blue dial would be great if not for the green hour pips.

    https://sep.yimg.com/ay/movadobaby/rolex-oyster-perpetual-oyster-9.jpg

    • Ranchracer

      I like the contrasting pips. To each his own.

    • Kuroji

      This is actually my favorite of the color variants. Never seen one up close though.

  • ProJ

    This watch is the answer to the question:

    “What’s the blandest offering currently available in Rolex lineup?”

    Just pay $800 more and get the Explorer I.

    • commentator bob

      That’s exactly what Rolex expects people to do. Explorers are a dime a dozen but I have never notices one of these in public.

      If only this dial from the 36 mm oyster perpetual were available on the 39 mm version.

      https://sep.yimg.com/ay/movadobaby/rolex-oyster-perpetual-116000-334.jpg

      • ProJ

        Yup. It looks beautiful. I can see why Rolex avoided it in the 39mm iteration.

  • Filip Vanura

    I cannot explain why, bu to me, these two seem somewhat Orient-esque.

  • Mikita

    The most boring watch at almost $6k? And not the best finished either. Want a minimalist, but impeccable luxury beater? Get a GS.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d6e5b198a453ea42aae380350291057cf80f7d548dafa892bee232429207f3f1.jpg

    • MeaCulpa

      Minimalist and that dial seems somewhat oxymoronic.

    • IG

      No, thanks.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Show me the money! This is a really boring looking but dependable watch from Rolex. Nice is doesn’t have that dumb cyclope on it. Too small for me but would be ok for the smaller man.

    • Swidjin

      “cyclops”

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Thank you for taking the time to point out my small grammatical error . Where would we be without people like yourself.

        • Mr. Snrub

          The entirely rational and well-ordered internet we all love and depend on would descend into chaos Raymond. Bank on it.

        • Swidjin

          Just having a little fun with you RW. I know how much you like the corrective assistance. : )

      • Daniel Harper

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9b207fb539ddf0ddd1bef8ad2fcdd9c366ad4c8b0ce7d9fa455cd96a60935df7.jpg
        Looks like it is calling me a dick for checking the word cyclope, or maybe it’s saying you’re a dick if you use it instead of cyclops haha

    • Marius

      Smaller men should never be trusted! (Unless, of course, they come from the Isle Of Men)

  • hatster

    For a watch that bland, I would hope to pay about $5K less. What a fantastic lesson in brand-based marketing this is, though. Got to take your hat off to them folks.

  • SPQR

    One crucial difference between these new dial options and the existing rhodium (grey), red grape (purple) and blue dials not mentioned by Ariel at all in the article is that the hour markers all seem to have lume applied to them making the dial far more legible in low light/darkness. One of the advantages of the new Explorer 1 over the existing Oyster Perpetual 39mm range was the fully lumed markers. with this advantage gone and the same movement being used for both watches the only real advantage for the Explorer 1 now is the adjustable bracelet clasp, “Mercedes” hand set and the different dial layout. Putting the blue dial with Arabic numerals and baton markers from the 36mm model on the 39mm Oyster Perpetual with a black dial especially would confuse the vast majority of potential Rolex customers (the watch ignorant and status seekers) about why they should spend extra on the Explorer 1. That would never do.

    • SuperStrapper

      11 lumed hour markers vs. the previous 3.

      Personally I cant say one is a better look than the other, but it does look to be part of the update.

  • SuperStrapper

    Waking up to sleeping pills

  • Marius

    To be honest, I have always regarded the Oyster Perpetual as the most boring and underwhelming watch in the Rolex collection.

    Firstly, I have never been a big fan of buying entry-level products of anything. As my grandfather Marius Sr. always told me, an entry-level product is a clear indicator of one’s appartenance to a lower socio-economic class. The event that opened my eyes in this matter occurred in my university years. I decided to take a trip to Venice with my girlfriend (she was a model working for Yves Saint Laurent, but I digress). As you can imagine, back then I was just a poor university student as my stingy parents gave me an allowance of only €15,000/month. How can one survive with such a petty sum? I was basically living in poverty. So, in order to make ends meet, I booked an entry-level room at the Cipriani. However, upon entering the room, my girlfriend and I were shocked to see that it had a surface of only 25 sqm. After this rather deplorable incident, I solemnly swore to never buy/book anything labelled as entry-level.

    Secondly, from a design perspective, I find these models quite boring and generic-looking. Granted, I’m not a big fan of Rolex, but I find most of their sports models (Submariner, GMT, Explorers, etc.) to have a strong identity and personality. The Oyster Perpetual is in my view, an almost nondescript watch.

    Lastly, I find the $5,700 quite high. Sure, you just bought a Rolex, so you will be able to impress a bunch of petty people. However, from a technical perspective, this is a mass-produced steel three-hander with a decent finish and equipped with a meat & potatoes movement. Personally, with a $6,000 budget, I would look at three watches, namely the JLC Master Control ($6,000); the Grand Seiko blue dial ($6,200); and the Grand Seiko GMT ($6,100). https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e4b06930cd42dd5b7de8fb4957981eef0f356b188ea29721cab005ac5efce139.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6ca5e55d76fa1f3f4bfbe033f4fa3e5f6c699053c0c5199b0ae0e3a62639c537.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ec01e0df52c3b8db2c24dc8c54ea6e970a7c30246b6edd10037e03573282b8e1.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4aab245fe67984f9371b9c387ed261a90c79f2ca092115b76e94ca0cbf8e2180.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9706cb139e3e3e1249e48906a8c29f7fe51346d818b61f8fc6276ec1ea42359d.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0b3da335f723dc84196b70be0e5afb7b19bbc8465fa6d6cdabde78cfc40d55ec.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b0e692eaa4438298c1adee74808def0c5683b0f3b7b38ea9f278da3cd6becc18.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/126cb4dcf584abfeca2f0084d21ca3119927177348a7663cfb55ae7e90c5aceb.jpg

    • I even hate buildings where the door is entry level. No wait…

    • SuperStrapper

      Looks like GS is king of the big houses in the $6k segment. The JLC has a far nicer movement but holy shit what a half scoop of vanilla that dial is, and the hands are poorly sized. I’d take either of those GS models in a heartbeat compared to the other 2.

    • A_watches

      oh its not just a Seiko, its a GRAND seiko…my father used to tell me don’t buy the most expensive item from an entry level brand made for the Japanese office boy

      • Marius

        Buying the most expensive item is never a bad idea.

        • Chad Hangin

          ACIII philosophy

          • Marius

            Indeed, as my good friend and mentor Pastor Archibald Chesterfield III usually points out: “Not all expensive items are of a very high quality, but all high quality items are expensive.”

          • Chad Hangin

            Or, ‘if it doesn’t financially disembowel you it’s not worth it.’

          • Marius

            A watch is worth buying only if it’s so expensive that it physically causes you pain, lack of sleep, and buyer’s remorse. In other words, a truly worthy watch should cause you insufferable pain — it should hurt. Archie advised me to buy watches which are so expensive that I would need to take pills containing at least 2000 milligrams of painkillers every day.

        • MeaCulpa

          That’s how you end up with a Pearlmaster…

          • Marius

            Or a Richard Mille…

        • A_watches

          Even when it’s a seiko? Zero prestige seiko..the same guys that bring in 50$ quartz watches right that seiko.. u most be a moron to buy a seiko over a ROLEX

      • commentator bob

        It is true, a Grand Seiko is the most expensive house in the poor neighborhood, and this Rolex is the cheapest house in the rich neighborhood.

        Going by the “joke” standard: If you have to explain that something is a joke, it’s not a joke. If you have to explain that something is a prestigious watch, it’s not a prestigious watch.

        • Mikita

          Then explain me what is a prestigious watch.

        • A_watches

          I rather leave in a average house of a prestige neighbourhood than live in a mansion on skid row.. at least is not embarrassing when u tell people where u live

        • Marius

          Almost everyone in the world has no idea which watches or brands are ‘prestigious’, nor do they care. The only exception is Rolex, and that is thanks to decades of marketing rather than the virtues of Rolex (and of course they make good watches).

      • Mikita

        The only entry level brand known to produce 1/2-million $ watches. The only entry level brand able to finish watches on par with Laurent Ferrier and Voutilainen. The only entry level brand to get appreciation from Mr. Dufour himself. The only entry level brand able to make inhouse tourbillons and minute repeaters.
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3e7570626e2f6b191d766e2914ce52403a8f053f205c1e185d338633d9bd4135.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/de713ccaa49f5cf2032e09f01836e216a6b434cab9870084ae4c4d00866f2c96.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d5675c8f175e75ef943681ba52410eccbc54c3cbe87c857675cd38ecab76263e.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fc6b1262d2e3a0e88c74e5242537faa30a0e7a7d192826fd473cc24af4b001dc.jpg

        • A_watches

          gets even more absurd, why would you buy this junk? And you call the Rolex boring?! Are we looking at the same picture your comment and the watch doesn’t seem to relate

      • Daniel Harper

        Now that’s a dumb comment from a woefully misinformed member

        • A_watches

          Get me a cup of coffee seiko boy..big bosses wear Rolex and patek only. And seiko will get u no pussy that’s for sure. “Ooo what’s the watch..oh it’s a shitty seiko…no it’s not a shitty seiko it’s a GRAND seiko..sorry seiko boy I only like rich men”

          • Daniel Harper

            …what?

    • Juan-Antonio Garcia

      Monsieur, to hard on the little Rolex that can. No doubt the JL is a nice alternative, but I am not a fan of the date window. I don’t know if this happens to you, but sometimes when the party is over, there is always some air headed lady that asks “so what day it is?”, total spoiler.

    • BNABOD

      that blue gmt GS just rocks, period….a little lume would have helped though

    • Kuroji

      How can we take you seriously if you don’t call it Venezia?

  • These are some boring ass watches. Outside of being chronometers (and being Rolex branded), there is nothing to even remotely justify the price. Without the Rolex name, honestly who in their right mind would buy these things?

    • Chaz

      A Brewmont customer?

      • Chad Hangin

        Indeed

      • MeaCulpa

        The pride of Jaywick!

    • A_watches

      Who in their right mind would buy your things

      • That’s the best you can do? I’ll have to pass on having an on-line fight with you. Have a nice day.

        • Kuroji

          I was never under the impression that people in their right minds was your core demographic.

      • Chad Hangin

        I would.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Mark can rise above it , i can’t . You’re a dick.

        • A_watches

          Sense of humour failure..it’s only watches don’t cry

  • Jerry Davis

    Considering the number of spectacular watches that could be had for $5700, this would be a no.

  • TheChuphta

    Black dial. So safe, so boring. Why do I want it so badly?

    • commentator bob

      If you are paying taxes you are doing it wrong. It would be obnoxious to call this an entry level watch, but is is an entry level Rolex.

      • TheChuphta

        Legitimate question, would you call a Reverso an entry level JLC, or a Tank an entry level Cartier? I’d say that just being the lowest priced offering from a brand doesn’t necesssarily make the watch “entry level”, especially considering that the $5700 Rolex in question is within +/- 10% of other iconic watches in their catalogue (datejust, airking, Explorer?). To me, entry level denotes an item specifically priced much lower that the rest of a brand’s catalogue (and often of significantly lower quality / features) to entice lower income purchasers to the brand (Porsche 914, Armani exchange, etc.)

        • commentator bob

          The interesting thing is that the Boxter/Cayman is lighter than the 911, and also dynamically superior with the engine located between the front and rear wheels instead of behind the rear wheels. So there is a clear reason to preference it over a 911.

          This watch on the other hand, especially in monochrome, screams “too cheap for an Explorer.”

          • TheChuphta

            All valid points that I’m sure every Boxster owner uses to explain to chicks at bars the world over why his Porsche – despite costing half as much – is better than the 911 (it’s amazing that Porsche continues to sell those ponderous 911’s at a $40K markup despite their dynamic inferiority).

            I am legitimately interested though if you consider a Tank or a Reverso entry level watches for their respective brands?

          • JosephWelke

            You bet I do. For the BRAND. Each of those brands have many watches a couple orders of magnitude more expensive. Now, does that take away from my appreciation of the watch, or my envy of the person who is wearing them? NO. Hell no.

            The distinction is clear. Those are entry-level for the brand. They are leagues apart from entry-level mechanical WATCHES (Seiko, Tissot, Hamilton arguably.)

          • TheChuphta

            So a stainless Saxonia at $12K is an “entry level” Lange because they also sell $300k watches?

            Is a $190K DB11 an “entry level” Aston Martin? It’s the cheapest new model they offer.

            At what price-point is a luxury item simply a luxury item as opposed to a pedestrian, low-rent offering because the brand has more expensive stuff also for sale?

            This is obviously just semantics, but I’m finding it fascinating.

          • JosephWelke

            Ok: 1. Yes; 2. Yes (is the Vantage gone?); 3. It never is. My argument isn’t that those items are pedestrian simply because the brand has more expensive offerings. They are indeed luxury items because of their cost, their cachet (or perceived cachet), their exclusivity, and (hopefully) the time and care that was spent in their creation. The Vantage might have been the cheapest AM, but its design, construction, paint, and materials catapult it firmly into luxury territory ahead of a Camry, let’s say. Camry driver sees you in the Vantage and thinks: “Aston Martin! Lucky bastard!” He neither knows nor cares that it’s the cheapest (generally). Cachet of the brand.

            Now, go to an AM owner’s club meeting, and there you might feel the sting of snobbery. You in your Vantage versus Nigel, owner of one of the very few One-Elevens ever made. Or Clive over there with his Rapide; needed something for the school run of course. You have a new Vantage? Oh, that’s… nice, I think.

            That’s my line on it. JLC Reverso, or JLC Gyroturbillon II: one is $5,000 US or thereabouts, the other is close to $1M US… but with both, you get all the warm fuzzies of wearing a watch made in the Gran Maison. One might give you… MORE warm fuzzies, maybe. 🙂

          • TheChuphta

            Thank you for the thoughtful reply. I feel we are on the razor’s edge where connoisseurship meets consumerism. I would argue that since there will always be a more expensive version of everything, at a certain price-point one has proven that one has the wealth (and allegedly the taste) to buy fancy stuff regardless of if that stuff is the absolute most expensive in its category. I wouldn’t call a guy with a new $190K Flying Spur a poseur wanna-be billionaire because he didn’t spring for the top of the line $300K Mulsanne. I’d just assume he was a rich ass dude who bought a super expensive car. I appreciate your point that amongst other collectors one could be shamed, but that seems like a rather specific situation. But again, I get your points and appreciate your reply. Thanks.

          • Kuroji

            I know the Car & Driver editors love the Cayman, but I’m faster around the track in a 911. I guess I’d need a lot more time to get used to the alien dynamics of a mid-engine or something, but I have no inclination to do so.

    • Han Cnx

      Well, I don’t think you need to be absurdly wealthy; just middle class without too many major expenses (kids, house) to take care of will do. Very middle class people regularly buy cars that cost a lot more than $5700, and the Rolex will last a lot longer AND keep its value better.

      And suppose you can arrange some financing then $5700 is around $15 a day.. a couple minor lifestyle changes (skipping Starbucks, etc.) can quickly earn you that $15.

      Yes it’s a lot of money for a watch, you do need to make that mental switch to be able to spend actual money on a luxury item. As luxury items go though, for men specifically..: there aren’t all that many things you can spend money on in good taste. Women have tons of options, for men you basically have a nice watch and that’s it.

  • Jason

    I like the White alot, but $5700 is just insane for this watch, unless your a Rolex fanboy i guess. People that pay $5700 for this watch do it for one reason weather they know it or not, to try to impress others with a Rolex on their wrist.

    • Ranchracer

      Sounds like you must be a trained psychologist. That’s really pretty incredible that you fully understand the psychology behind why ANYONE would buy this watch. Kudos to you my friend.

      • Jason

        why thank you

  • Bozzor

    For what you are getting this is not cheap to buy, but to own, it may well be the best value. And of course, I talk about resale value. Not sure what it is for this particular model but I suspect it’s certainly better than any of brand at this price point…?

  • wickets

    white one is fantastic…now to find the 6k!!

  • commentator bob

    A Rolex is a Rolex, but this is a strong argument to stretch for an Explorer. That or maybe even go for the 36 mm with the Arabic 3/6/9. Omega is not as well known, but they have a damn nice catalog that can be had under what this costs, including the Railmaster, Seamaster 300 (grey), and new Aquaterra 150 lines.

    • Markus Vlasits

      Agree that Omega has significantly beefed up its portfolio and movement-wise made some really interesting moves. However, I really wonder how their designs will fare over time. Will (non-limited) Railmaster, the vintage Seamaster and the newly revised Seamaster 300M still look cool 10 years down the road, or just terribly faded … ?

  • Omegaboy

    It’s too bad they didn’t include their sage green, which I think is available only in 34mm. The OP 39 is gorgeous.

  • BrJean

    Not bad but I’d still choose 36-mm version with grape dial.

  • PR

    One of the best watches in the line up but while the white looks alright the black looks like a step in the wrong direction. The OP39 line showed that Rolex could modernize a watch and make it appeal to a broader younger segement with good use of colors. I do wish they tried some variant or unique shade based on black/white instead.

    A tip, these watches work incredibly well on the Everest leather straps with integrated style end links, really gives a more refined look and is very comfortable for daily wear.

    • Mikita

      Indeed, they could’ve at least introduces some interesting colours. Personally, I like emerald, tobacco, or some different shade of black. These look yawn.

  • Dufresne

    Still. Too. Chunky. These new Rolex cases on the sport models suck. Lugs too wide.

  • WINKS

    You still won’t be safe wearing it in Bueno Aires.

    • IG

      Why?

      • WINKS

        No.1 city for mugging.

  • Olivier Kazandjian

    There is also another difference. All hour markers are lumed. The colorful dials are only lumed at 3,6,9

  • benjameshodges

    It’s to see the dials are now legible as the coloured dials has polished indices and hands that blended in.

  • Mr. Snrub

    This line isn’t for collectors or enthusiasts. It’s for the guy who will buy one nice watch in his lifetime and wants it to be a brand with cache. In that respect, it succeeds since this will still look good in 2050.

    I want a white one. I guess it’s the lack of cyclops and Benz hands.

    • Kuroji

      cachet

  • Chaz
    • Marius

      The real question is: Why are the five lines of text missing?

      • JosephWelke

        His ambition’s grasp was longer then his wallet’s sleeve could reach.

      • Sheez Gagoo

        For compensation, the date shows the 88.

        • Chaz

          Must be Chinese

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Or a German neonazi.

          • Mr. Snrub

            Rolex uber alles!

          • Sheez Gagoo

            …über alles in der Welt.
            wenn sie stets zum Schutz und Trutze
            sicherlich am Arm sich hält.
            Vom Bieler- bis zum Genfersee,
            Rolex, Rolex über alles,
            über alles in der Welt.

        • Raymond Wilkie

          When you see the number 88 on someone it means the 8th letter of the alphabet HH . Heil Hitler. .

          • Sheez Gagoo

            That`s what I wrote two posts under this.

          • SuperStrapper
          • Mr. Snrub

            Prime Lindros was such a beast. Defenders just bounced off him.

          • SuperStrapper

            No argument. LeClair is my all time favourite but the Legion of Doom defined the league in my youth.

          • Berndt Norten

            John Leclair?! He was good, sure, but….

          • SuperStrapper

            Yeah, John LeClair. The player that defined power forward and pioneered an offensive style that’s now ubiquitous in the league.

          • Berndt Norten

            I have to say his career surprised me. I played against him when he was at UVM. I’m bigger but he pounded me real good a few times and I might still have a scar to show for it. Nothing I saw at the time indicated what he was capable of. He had some help in Philly, that’s for sure.

          • SuperStrapper

            As does every great athlete. His omission from the hall of fame is little short of fallacy. His time in Philadelphia defined his career but few remember that he was relatively unknown in the 93 season with respectable but mediocre results, but ended up winning the cup for Montreal that year with a sudden penchant for game winning goals.

            Lindros is in the hall and he wouldn’t have done anywhere near as much as he did without the team around him he had (basically the team that won that cup in 93) and you could say the same for any of them. How great would Gretz have been if he didnt have the likes of Moose, Anderson, Kurri, Coffey, Fuhr, McSorley and others supporting and defending him?

          • Mr. Snrub

            Michigander, so the Russian Five defined mine but man what a league it was, grit and skill. If you find yourself in Sarnia or London OT send me a PM I’ll buy you a beer.

          • SuperStrapper

            Right on. I’m not so far, in the Toronto area.

          • Berndt Norten

            Yeah but what a disappointing career. He didn’t accomplish much. Sure, he got concussions but live by the sword….

    • Clearly a fake; those fonts are all wrong.

    • Mr. Snrub

      Kinda begs the question: what watch is he wearing?

      • Invicta. He has a tattoo of it on his ankle.

  • Harrystc

    It is not worth the price. for that same amount one can get much better. But if you are dying to have a Rolex then their careful curating has worked and you must buy it.

  • Juan-Antonio Garcia

    Boring, perhaps to some. Classic, for sure. Love it, I won’t buy it, but its very nice anyway.

  • Markus Vlasits

    Many thanks, Ariel, for posting these pics. I was looking for some good images on these two new dial versions and am glad I found them at aBlogtoWatch.

    To me the 39mm OP is the ‘anti-bling’ watch in the current Rolex lineup. It embodies the usual Rolex virtues in a much more subdued design, reminiscent of past references, and it does not shout ‘status symbol’ all the time. I happen to like that quite a lot …

    When I first saw the web images of these two dial variants, my initial reaction was ‘BORING’. I confess that I am still not too sure about the black-dial version, but there is something interesting about the white-dial version. The more I look at it the more it comes across as the minimalist, pure interpretation of a Rolex wristwatch. The essence of the Oyster in a contemporary guise, if you will …

    If it only had a more contemporary 32XX movement inside, that would make it a truly exciting timepiece. But as always … nothing’s perfect … 😉

    Cheers,
    Markus

  • Julius Swerving

    I quite like the black dial, but I’m curious how this is going to fit in their line with the Explorer and DJ 41.

    • Chad Hangin

      What does Turquoise think?

  • JosephWelke

    You know what I’d like? I tell you what I’d like. This watch – no kidding – with a discreet GMT hand. I honestly like these – classic for a hundred years – and a GMT complication would make them almost worth their absurd price.

    • commentator bob

      You are never going to get a watch like that so just give up.

      https://www.sinn.de/bilder/uhr/b_300/856-UTC_V.jpg

      • Kuroji

        As always, the hands are ugly as Sinn.

        • Steve_Macklevore

          Check out the length of the winder too – ugly and vulnerable.

          • Kuroji

            Yeah, the crown is almost as hilarious as an onion crown.

  • Rhino67

    At $5700, I can purchase two very nice Tudor models.

    • commentator bob

      Or 100 Seiko5 field watches.

    • commentator bob
      • BNABOD

        good old Diego

        • Steve_Macklevore

          Vile little man.

    • ??????

      If that’s what keeps you happy, go ahead and buy them!!! What made me happy was the explorer and the explorer II Polar and I bought them both.

      • Rhino67

        To be sure, these are fine units that should give you years of pleasure. I love my GMT II that I got in 1999 to replace one I got in 1984. But my new measure for a mechanical watch is a 70-hour movement and my dear friends at Rolex are two years behind their sibling in bringing this to their sport watches. I’m too old to wait in line or pay a premium as the new Rolexes trickle out. I have decided the Tudor 58 will join my collection when it breaks out in July.
        Enjoy your Explorers…The Polar in the Ex II is one of my favorites.

    • bzdtemp

      Or a boat load of Swatch watches. I do not see your point.

  • Yanko

    Isn’t every Rolex an entry level watch?

    • JosephWelke

      Nah. The Cellini Moonphase is very nice.

      • SuperStrapper

        *for entry level

    • Raymond Wilkie

      What exactly is entry level anyway. Your grail watch could be a black bay or an RW Smith.

      • Yanko

        I have always believed that Rolex is a watch admired by the bourgeoisie milieu. You are right: grail watch could be any watch but I don’t want to go there because it will be the beginning of useless polemics.

        • Raymond Wilkie

          Stop using words I have to google.

          • funNactive

            Exactly, I’ve got a fairly decent vocabulary. When I have to start looking up words, it reminds me of this PHD pompous ass I used to work with that would use these unusual words then stop and smile smugly until someone asked him what it meant. Superiority complex, purposefully being non-communicative.

    • Sébastien Romano

      Are you joking ?

  • When you can pick up a mint pre-owned Explorer 214270 for around $6K or a 16570 Polar for $5K, there’s no reason for either of these watches to exist. Unless you’re the type who absolutely NEEDS to walk out of a Rolex boutique swinging a green bag.

    • Markus Vlasits

      I disagree. IMO the 114300 is a fundamentally different proposition and not a substitute for the white-dialed Explorers, nor vice versa. Those two are great watches in their own right and if you want a white-dialed Rolex tool watch that’s the way to go.

    • SVK

      Rolex should stop producing new watches because there’s a used market for different models? Where do people fathom this kind of nonsense…?

    • scy

      There is at least one, reason, someone likes the model and the style and is an individual and free to make their own decisions without input from the peanut gallery

  • midnucas

    They fixed the indexes compared to the original color variants—now they’re all the thicker, lumed indexes instead of just having those at 3-6-9. The unlumed indexes in that model have this tendency to blend visually with the dial.

  • funNactive

    Out of all the dial colors, I like the gray the best. But I do not like it’s non luminous hour markers. For that simple fact, I would have to go with the black. I think all the dial colors should be upgraded to the Luminous hour markers.

  • BNABOD

    As basic as it gets and dull as it gets. 5700 clams for this puppy is just fallacy. but again one will buy it because it says ROLEX. it is no doubt well made and a good way to make the other 10 grand SS models look like they are worth it…..

  • Aditya

    I love the OP. Won’t ever buy one because it’s too expensive for what it is. Still though, I’d buy the Grape.

  • Strom Trooper

    If I were to get myself a new Rolex, this would be the one. For me, the 39mm case is the perfect size. There is no date wheel to fuzz with, and the black (dark grey!) dial suits me just fine.
    Thanks for the review……

  • Ulysses31

    Elegant simplicity, but for a hefty price.

  • david x. droog

    I love it. Solid low key every day watch and a solid base for a collection that one day might include some wilder watches.

  • bzdtemp

    What is this with the article talking about the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 reference 114300 as if there is a version with an olive dial?
    AFAIK there is no olive dial available for the 39 mm, so am I mistaken or is it an error by the writer of the article?

  • bzdtemp

    I have been sitting on the fence for a while considering getting a Rolex without a date function as I do not care for complications unless they add something I would use. But I find my self changing my mind on which one to get an thus have not pulled the trigger yet. More choice does not make it easier 🙂
    The OP 39, the Milgauss, the Air-king, the Cellini Time. All beautiful in different ways. And then of course there is also the vintage ones.

  • Paul Dietzel

    I really don’t miss the date complication. I love the clean presentation. I’m only one lottery win away from one.

  • Patrick Infante

    Or I can have a Seiko SARB033/035 that has the same specs (I’m not a Seiko fanboy)…and a load of other useful things…

  • saaltonen

    Can’t help but think that this is the perfect upgrade for someone who currently owns a Seiko SARB033 or SARB035 and wants to move upmarket. As someone who prefers understated simplicity, with an ability to work with any bracelet, strap, NATO, etc… The 114300 would be the one for me.

  • Does it have an engraved rehaut???

    • Damien Drew

      sure does.

  • Somerandomindividual

    I considered many options when looking to get a new watch and settled on the OP39mm with white dial. Why? Because by Rolex standards it is to me the very essence of anti-bling and anti-poser, it is discreet, it is a gentlemans watch, one that people will only notice if they look hard as opposed to other models with more vulgar styling that scream “LOOKATMEIMWEARINGAROLEX” the moment you look at them. If I see another of these watches on someones wrist I will assume that it belongs to a man of taste and modesty who still wants a fine watch with some prestige to it yet without wanting the world to know.

    At 39mm it is the perfect size for the average modern man and with a white or black dial dresses up or down with equal aplomb, remaining appropriate whether going to a football game or in a professional working environment. The water resistance also makes it perfect as a daily-wearer.

    This simple, elegant and symmetrical design with a black or white dial will still be relevant in 50 years and it will retain value as a result.

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