October 18, 2020
by Ariel Adams
In September 2020, aBlogtoWatch debuted the new reference 124300 Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 watches here. The new collection of entry-level steel Rolex timepieces sported a new larger size versus the previous-generation 39mm-wide Oyster Perpetual watch, an updated movement with nearly three days of power reserve, as well as a host of dial colors including some bright options not seen on stock Rolex timepieces in a number of years.
The two most colorful options for the 41mm-wide men’s 124300 Rolex Oyster Perpetual are the red (coral red) and yellow dial options. A number of Rolex fans are interested in one of these two pieces, but most can’t get both. That said, I’m already hearing about more than one Rolex enthusiast who is trying to purchase multiple or even all of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 dial colors. Rolex’s own marketing images are no doubt beautiful, but in their quest to make their products look perfect and compelling, nuances of how colors look in real life are lost. So in this article, I am going to compare the coral red and yellow dial versions of this watch so that timepiece fans can decide if they want to go “Ferrari” or “Lamborghini” with the OP 41!
I personally really like the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 was a daily wear watch. While not as sporty as a Rolex Submariner, the Oyster Perpetual 41 is dressier but also serves as a causal timepiece quite well. If you opt for the watch with a black, silver, or blue dial, you’ll get something really versatile but also less rich with personality. Opt for red or yellow, and you might not have a Rolex that goes with most outfits but that will go really well with the right outfit (or mood).
At 41mm-wide in very well polished OysterSteel (Rolex’s own 904L steel formulation), the Oyster Perpetual has a matching brushed steel tapering Oyster bracelet. The rounded, polished bezel is the ultimate casual touch, and the new dial with its partial “double-baton” hour markers makes for a slightly more aggressive and masculine dial than the Oyster Perpetual 39 watches that the 124300 41mm generation replaces. Inside the watches are in-house-made Rolex caliber 3230 automatic movements that operate at 4Hz and have 70 hours of power reserve. These are excellent movements and among the best you can get for this price point.
Rolex wasn’t kidding when it called the red dial “coral red.” Unlike Rolex’s own marketing images, the coral red color is more orange in person and less “fire truck red,” as can be inferred from the images. The orange is meant to slightly soften the color, but I do think sport watch enthusiasts will have wanted a slightly bolder red. Nevertheless, the coral red dial is a pleasant option assuming it is clear that it has a very distinct orange cast to it.
Like red, yellow is a color where slight variations in hue make a big difference in appeal. Unlike coral red’s more descriptive name, the “yellow” dial color doesn’t give you any hints as to what the watch will look like. Is it banana yellow? Canary yellow? The Rolex images alone don’t really explain. I think this is important because if the yellow color is too light and not deep enough, it can go from feeling masculine to slightly feminine in aesthetic.
Like the red Oyster Perpetual dial, the yellow one on the Rolex website does not perfectly represent what the actual yellow dial looks like. The actual yellow dial is a bit lighter, but only marginally. The yellow color is nevertheless much better represented on the Rolex website versus the coral red, in my opinion — so, what you see there is close to the actual color on the Oyster Perpetual 41 dials. More so, whereas the coral red is a bit more fashion-focused in color, the yellow does feel like the sportier of the two options — though both are very appealing choices for those who want the Rolex wristwatch experience without the traditional conservative style that comes from the majority of Rolex timepieces currently around.
Rolex also produces the 2020 Oyster Perpetual in other, smaller sizes (such as 36mm-wide down to even smaller women’s sizes); most of those Oyster Perpetual models also come with the coral red and yellow dial options. For me, I think the yellow dial 124300 Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 would my choice if I had to select from between these two, but I’d probably gladly wear either one. Price for the 124300 Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 watch is $5,900 USD. Learn more at the Rolex website here.