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Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 Watches With New 3235 Movement For 2015 Hands-On

Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 Watches With New 3235 Movement For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On

For 2015, Rolex added a new member to the Pearlmaster watch family with the Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 – debuted here in a range of interesting stone-decorated varieties. This is exactly the type of watch that allows Rolex to both earn its merit among certain audiences and, at the same time, annoy fans of the brand mostly interested in their more classic sport watches.

While the Rolex Pearlmaster is generally considered a lady’s watch (often referred to as the “Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster” in smaller case sizes), this new 39mm-wide model does have a distinct feminine touch, but is also something that I know for a fact will appeal to male customers in various parts of the world. For that reason, I feel more than comfortable putting on what is essentially a woman’s watch that is, for at least some clients, good enough for a man. Of course, this is an interesting phenomenon, as most lady’s watches are actually smaller versions of men’s watches, and the reverse is quite uncommon.

Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 Watches With New 3235 Movement For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 Watches With New 3235 Movement For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On

As far as I know, every Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster watch has some type of precious stone decoration (at least, that I have seen). The collection seems to have begun as a more “formal” or decorative version of the Rolex Lady-Datejust. The Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster watch collection begins with a petite 29mm-wide version, which goes up to 34mm wide, and now, 39mm wide. Each of them shares a special type of bracelet which is decidedly more “jewelry-like” than most other Rolex bracelets. Rolex simply calls this five-link bracelet the “Pearlmaster,” and it has a very smooth and pleasant feel when moving the links as well as wearing it.

Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 Watches With New 3235 Movement For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 Watches With New 3235 Movement For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On

The 2015 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Pearlmaster 39 watch collection has a lot of similarities to another new-for-2015 Rolex release. Both the Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 as well as the new Rolex Day-Date 40 watches (hands-on here) share the fact that they are the first watches to include ceramic inserts in the gold bracelets (more on that in a moment), as well as the 3235 family of movements. The Rolex Day-Date 40 watches contain the Rolex 3255 automatic movement rather than the 3235, but the only major difference, as far as I know, is the addition of the day of the week indicator disc in the 3255, whereas the 3235 has the time and date.

Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 Watches With New 3235 Movement For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On

So, let’s discuss the movement for a moment. I actually recommend anyone keenly interested in the movement to read our above discussion on the 2015 Rolex Day-Date 40 watches. I referred to those watches as perhaps the finest timepieces that Rolex has produced to date. What makes the 3235 movement special is how dedicated it is to accuracy. In addition to the standard COSC Chronometer rating given to each individual movement, Rolex now employs their own barrage of tests to ensure accuracy and reliability over time – that they simply call the “Rolex Chronometer Tests.”

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Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 Watches With New 3235 Movement For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 Watches With New 3235 Movement For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On

Inside the 3255 and 3235 automatic movements are the new Rolex Chronergy escapements along with variable inertia balance wheels. There is also a fancy Paraflex shock absorbing system to ensure more accuracy over time. While the 3235 movement isn’t about adding functionality, it is about further refining the longevity and performance of a Rolex movement. The 3235 further has a 4Hz (28,800 bph) operating frequency and a nice power reserve of about 70 hours. Rolex has mentioned that this new family of in-house made movements offers the most consistent high level of accuracy performance out of all the movements they have produced thus far. I fully expect that over time (though it will be slow), some of these new movement technology developments will find their way migrating to the movements used in more Rolex watch collections.

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Above, I mentioned the ceramic inserts in the Rolex Pearlmaster bracelets. Let me explain that these inserts aren’t something you can see, but are rather hidden within the construction of the bracelet. The purpose of the ceramic inserts is to prevent any gold “stretching” that can sometimes occur over long periods of time where due to the softness of the metal, the links slowly deform. The ceramic inserts also protect the links from wearing over time as they fold over one another.

Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 Watches With New 3235 Movement For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 Watches With New 3235 Movement For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On

Having visited Rolex and seeing their production as well as product testing, this new feature feels like a very logical outcome of their routine durability tests. Rolex is perhaps the only watch brand I am familiar with who I’ve seen stress test their watches by artificially mimicking years of wear. Robots wear watches and move around to simulate long periods of wear. Rolex then carefully studies the results of these tests to see where weakness exists and to determine how best to improve their products. I suspect that the inclusion of the ceramic inserts into the links is a direct result of such testing and policies at the company.

Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 Watches With New 3235 Movement For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On

At 39mm wide, the new larger Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 case loses the “Lady” designation and now feels like something that men would feel comfortable wearing. There are going to be plenty of people on this post complaining that no man should be seen wearing this timepiece, and I won’t argue with them, as that is a matter of taste. These would not be my first choice of stone-decorated Rolex watch, but the bold colors and beautiful detailing simply got me curious about wearing them.

Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 Watches With New 3235 Movement For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On

Those models which have stone-decorated bezels with color gradients are uniquely fascinating to behold and require considerable gemological effort in-house at Rolex’s gem-setting department. Finding and arranging the right colors and sizes of stones requires a huge amount of effort. People recall the “rainbow Daytona” with its colorful bezel, but few know that each rainbow-colored, precious-stone bezel requires about two weeks to produce.

Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 Watches With New 3235 Movement For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On

Each of these watches, save for the Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 with the full pave dial, have bezels with 48 baguette cut sapphire stones of various colors. Each stone is, of course, hand-set. That same rule applies to each of the stones on the dial, including the diamond hour markers as well as the diamond-set Arabic numeral hour markers. I find it interesting that despite the Pearlmaster nature of the collection, the dials merely read “Oyster Perpetual Datejust” on them. The dials feature colors such as “olive green,” “cognac,” and “red grape” which match the stone colors on the bezel. Again, the colors themselves might not appeal to everyone (not that they are trying to), but what everyone should appreciate is the technique and the excellent use of stones and colors by Rolex.

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Interestingly enough, for 2015, there are a few 18k yellow gold versions of the Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 as well as an 18k white gold model, but nothing in 18k Everose gold. I suppose Rolex is waiting to offer an Everose gold version – if it decides to do so at all. It is important to note that gem-set watches such as this represent the more high-end world of Rolex watches, as these timepieces are several times more expensive than most Rolex timepieces that are sold. A lot of the value comes from the complexity of setting the watches with a range of stone colors that nevertheless must live together in harmony.

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Rolex intentionally played with color, doing things such as having a blue to yellow/green gradient or purple to blue. These are exercises in color and gem-setting that just happen to mark the debut of the new 39mm-wide version of the Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster. While in the West, these would no doubt represent timepieces for women, there will be male buyers in the East, for sure.

Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 Watches With New 3235 Movement For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On

Rolex has been on an interesting kick lately, debuting new movement technology in very high-end watches – often with precious stones. For example, last year in 2014, Rolex debuted their silicon Syloxi balance wheels in the new women’s Datejust collection (decorated with a lot of precious stones). Here, again, you see the debut of the 3235 automatic movement that will likely inhabit more mainstream Rolex Datejust watches in the future, but presented in the glamorously niche Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Pearlmaster 39 watch collection.

Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 Watches With New 3235 Movement For 2015 Hands-On Hands-On

Prices are as follows: reference 86348 SAJOR 42748 (18k yellow gold with olive green dial) and 86348 SABLV 42748 (18k yellow gold with cognac dial) at 71,200 CHF, reference 86349 SAFUBL 42794 (18k white gold with red grade dial) at 83,200 CHF, and the 18k yellow gold with full pave diamomd-set dial reference 86348 SAJOR 44748 at 128,000 CHF. rolex.com

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  • Boogur T. Wang

    Cholex prototypes?
    I like the green one and the purple one!

    • Except that the Cholex watches would have been set with the (discarded) baby teeth of John Bigg’s children (how rare is that?).

      • Boogur T. Wang

        Lol…rare indeed. ..and pre-cioussssss

  • resonator resonator

    Love the cognac dial and bezel. Typically not a fan of the blinged pieces, but they seem to do it well.

  • Looking at the photo from the main page of ABTW, I felt compelled to offer up my “Precious”. Something about the hypnotic spell of the eye.

    • Sevenmack

      The Eye of Thundera? Where’s Lion-O and Cheetara?

      • Shinytoys

        Medusa‘s vulva…

      • Eye of Sauron

  • WImads

    Not really a fan of the diamonds, but I must say that orange one works nicely. A fun summer-watch for the ladies, and indeed I could see some particular men wearing it too.Not for me though…

  • frauss

    Very pretty Rolexes!
    I see your new login system has left a lot of commentators in the dust. Even better, the Facebook crowd.

  • BIG CHRONO

    I did not see thundering hordes of consumers clamoring for these in my ‘hood, or @ shopping malls. I need to visit 1% hangouts like Tiffany, Cellini, & the marque’s own boutiques.

  • SuperStrapper

    Interesting bracelet…

  • ZBT71

    What has been seen cannot be un-seen.

  • CG

    Spending this kind of cash I’d go to Winston, Bulgari or Cartier for a custom jewelry watch for wifey. I can see what they’re trying to do and it not working. Yes… very annoying.

  • mrw55

    Watches like this give Rolex a bad name.

  • Ulysses31

    Brushed surfaces? What are those? This watch is all about the bling. The model with amber coloured-stones will coordinate well with my shocking red toupee…

    • egznyc

      I disagree. Those colors are close but not close enough. Might have to invest in an amber toupee.

  • DanW94

    Looks like they were “bedazzled” by my nine year old niece. Any man wearing these better be a Vegas entertainer or be named Huggy Bear. Nice review though….

    • egznyc

      That’s exactly right: I wouldn’t expect even the ladies to go for most of these. They are so bright and colorful they look like children’s toys. Except the price tags …

  • Daniel

    I would never wear them but I appreciate that Rolex would put their new movement in these– there’s a little more substance behind the ‘bling’.

  • Sevenmack

    These watches look like something worn by some dictator or rapper on a coke binge. In short, pure crap.

    • egznyc

      They are definitely not my thing or my wife’s. Garish. Loud. Something no self-respecting rapper would be caught wearing. Maybe Justin Beiber. Forgive him; he is young and lacking discretion and taste.

    • Crack? Who said “pure crack”?

  • wallydog2

    Please. I’m not feeling well.

  • JimBob

    Absolutely hideous.
    The goggles do nothing!

    • Matt Smith-Johnson

      Hahahaha… Exact sentiments.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    You’ve got to hand it to them. Rolex just don’t ring any bells anymore, and hasn’t done for a while.This latest instalment to their collection bares testament to that, completely tasteless.

  • Shinytoys

    A bit loud, but beautifully executed!

    • egznyc

      Just a teeny tiny bit, you think?

  • spiceballs

    These bling (intended) to my mind the song “Art For Arts Sake”.

  • Greg Dutton

    Yikes. The bracelet design is particularly bad.

  • WINKS

    The grape one. Looks tasty. Could almost lick it. Wouldn’t wear one in a million years though.

  • benjameshodges

    A men’s sized Pearlmaster and an erotic Richard Mille RM ’69’ on the front page of ABTW. Get me a steel, black dial, 3 handed dress watch STAT before I’m sick, Ariel.

  • egznyc

    Pearlmaster? Might be more aptly named Diamondmaster – or less descriptively but more directly called the Blingmaster. As for those bezels it reminds me of the Stones’ “She’s a Rainbow.”

  • Dimitris Athanasiou

    I am dying for a non date version of that piece of excelence in the SS models, I would have bought imediatly an Explorer or nondate Sub with a 3230 mvnt

  • How can we be sure that ABTW acquired these watches from a store keeper in a Middle Eastern bazaar for just $20 each? I’m pretty sure that I saw some of them for sale in the Old City of Jerusalem.

  • Raymond de Mystère, fils

    Ghastly.

  • hatster

    Why? Wrong on every level of taste as far as I can tell. There isn’t a movement on this earth that could justify that design. Or a price. I bet they sell loads, sadly.

  • Skeletor

    Now this a bling watch done right. Love the green dial one, looks like 80s snake leather.

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    the rolex replica watches is here.replica watches

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