Hands-On With The Rolex Oyster Perpetual In 36 MM

This week I am taking it back to basics with the Rolex 36 mm Oyster Perpetual. Earlier in the year, we reviewed the new 39mm Oyster Perpetual released at Baselworld 2015, so I decided to review the smaller 36 mm women’s version that was released in 2014.

Despite encountering (and admiring) a number of Rolex wristwatches throughout my career, I have personally never owned a Rolex. The only time I have spent some serious QT with one was when my mom lent me her ladies’ Yachtmaster with a 35 mm case for a few months. I remember loving the way it felt and how sporty it was. I was happy to have the same familiar feeling when I slipped on the 36 mm Oyster Perpetual, which was released in 2014 along with a 31 mm version.

First of all, the replica watch fits like glove. Heavy without weighing your arm down, this puppy is sturdy and built to last for a long time. The 904L steel Oyster bracelet and Oysterlock clasp are classic and continue to show that Rolex is still in the luxury sporting replica watch game.

The 36 mm Oyster Perpetual case curves nicely over the wrist and is a great size – not too big, not too small. Like most modern Rolex replica watches, the case is guaranteed waterproof for up to 100 meters (330 feet). I usually prefer the look of a fluted bezel (I would even deign to say that I love bark bezels), as I find the smooth bezel a little too sleek for my taste. However, I can say that I didn’t mind the gleam after wearing it for a few days. I guess I love shiny things more than I thought.

The 36 mm Oyster Perpetual has several different dial color options, including red grape, white grape, steel (seen here), white lacquer with Roman numerals, and Azzuro blue with Roman numerals. This piece focuses on the steel dial version with baton indexes. The sunburst dial is iridescent but understated. My only issue is that the luminous baton indexes are slightly too big and weigh down the overall look, especially at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions where the indexes are doubled. However, this is not a deal-breaker.

Finally, the caliber 3130 automatic movement was designed and developed in house. Like all other Rolex movements, this one is Swiss chronometer certified and runs efficiently. I have only wound it once when I first got it on Monday morning, which makes this replica watch easy to wear on a daily basis.

All in all, if you are looking for a classic starter replica watch – this is it. The retail price is $5,050. For more information please visit the Rolex website.