During last year’s Baselworld show Rolex unveiled black and white dialed versions of their Oyster Perpetual model. This 39mm version of this time-only Oyster-cased watch (retailing for $5,700) had previously come in three colors, grape (purple), rhodium (silver) and blue. The issue with many people with those three colors was there were small contrasting color accents at the hour markers. Although discreet, for example, the green accents against the blue dial might not withstand the test of time of daily ownership.
Fortunately, the white and black dial versions do not have contrasting colors and the result is a conservative and elegant watch at a more modern size for most men. 39mm sport watch cases are very versatile for a range of settings and outfits. There’s no issues with wearing this watch to a wedding or on weekend bagel run in sweatpants.
All day, every day
Spending time with the OP39 white dial has been a subtle revelation. I could make this my one watch if pressed into that situation. I would absolutely feel comfortable just wearing board shorts and this watch on a beach vacation. I don’t worry about just living life to this fullest with this watch on. Modern Rolex bracelets are very comfortable and secure. The 3132 movement is very accurate and durable. A bonus (to me) is the lack of cyclops date window magnifier and all-brushed bracelet make this piece more subtle. The 904L steel has its own graceful elegance that highly appeals to me.
On the flip side, if you had to attend a funeral or board meeting, this watch is not too flashy for more somber occasions, which is very important in life. Nothing wrong with a watch that calls for attention, but don’t underestimate the importance of being discreet.
The white or black dial version of the 39mm Oyster Perpetual is generally available now at most authorized dealers (at the time of publication). You might have to wait a short time for them to get it delivered to the store, but this model is not hard to obtain like many of the in-demand steel sport models that Rolex makes.