Introducing: The Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 With New Colorful Dials

Introducing: The Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 With New Colorful Dials

Quick Take

The biggest news this year from Rolex came in the Submariner family, with a new size and a long-awaited update to a new automatic movement with Chronergy escapement and 70-hour power reserve, but there were quite a few updates to the Oyster Perpetual as well. There’s a new 41mm size. But that’s not all. We’ve also got a refresh in the form of five new 36mm Oyster Perpetual models featuring colorful lacquer dials. And underneath that dial is the new in-house caliber 3230, the same movement that we saw earlier this evening in the new 41mm no-date Sub.

The five new colorful dials are candy pink, which you can see above, yellow, green, coral red, and turquoise. All five versions have Chromalight displays, which means that as bright as these colors are in the daytime – and some of them are really bright – their blue-glowing lume will make sure that they are plenty bright and legible at night, too. The Rolex website shows that all but the candy pink version are also being made in the 41mm version. All of them come on Oyster bracelets.

Initial Thoughts

The colors look great. They’re bright and fun, and with their medium size, these new Oyster Perpetuals figure to be perfectly sized for those with smaller and medium-sized wrists. The 36mm Oyster Perpetual has always been my personal favorite from this line. And with the introduction of the 41mm version, which replaces the 39, the Oyster Perpetual 36 takes on a bigger role as the version for those who like their watches to be less than 40mm. It’s a watch that can easily be worn by lots of folks, and it might just be the most discreet Rolex that one can own and wear. (Though, with these new dial colors, that may not exactly hold.) These bright colors also immediately call to mind Rolex’s earlier Stella dials. More recently we’d seen brightly colored dials in this vein appearing on certain aftermarket watches. 

It’s tough to get a sense for exactly how the colors are going to look in the metal. It would be really interesting if the pink ends up having a salmon-like tinge, though this seems unlikely given the “candy” pink name. Likewise, the turquoise and coral red are interesting to me. I’d love to see these watches in person. The green dial variation feels a safe bet, and I could see it becoming a huge seller.

But I think the most important thing to note about the 36mm Oyster Perpetual is the new movement. Caliber 3230 is the same brand new automatic movement that was just seen in the 41mm variation of the OP as well as the new 41mm no-date Sub. This movement is a pretty massive upgrade over the previous-generation cal. 3130, which was introduced about 20 years ago. No shade on the 3130. It’s a great caliber that has had a long run in a number of models, but having that Chronergy escapement with paramagnetic pallet fork and escape wheel makes a huge difference for the consumer. The long power reserve of 70 hours will make these new models a more convenient watch to own, and the fact that the movement is less affected by magnetic fields is important for most of us whose lives are virtually always surrounded by lots of electronics.   

These five watches aren’t it for the new Oyster Perpetual 36. There are three additional variations: a silver dial, a bright blue dial, and what Rolex calls a bright black dial.

The new 36mm version packs really incredible value at $ 5,600. It’s a fully spec’d out modern Rolex that would make a really compelling argument for everyday wear.

The Basics

Brand: Rolex
Model: Oyster Perpetual 36
Reference Number: 126000

Diameter: 36mm
Case Material: Oystersteel
Dial Color: Candy pink, green, yellow, coral red, turquoise
Indexes: Applied indexes
Lume: Chromabright
Water Resistance: 100 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Oystersteel 

The Movement

Caliber: 3230
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Diameter: 36mm
Power Reserve: 70 hours
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Jewels: 31
Chronometer Certified: Superlative Chronometer Certified (C.O.S.C. certification and Rolex certification)

Pricing & Availability

Price: $ 5,600
Availability: At all Rolex authorized dealers starting Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Limited Edition: No

For more, visit Rolex.

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