Rolex Oyster Perpetual Red Grape Watch
Watches are an important part of my daily fashion choices, I have owned my Omega Seamaster for many years and been very pleased with its design and timekeeping. Yet, I have always wanted to finally own a Rolex. For the last year I have had my eye on the Oyster Perpetual model featuring the beautiful grape coloured face, let’s take a closer look in my latest post!
Rolex Grape Dial Oyster Perpetual ref. 114300 – A Closer Look
One of the most iconic watches to consider when browsing through the extensive Rolex collection is the Oyster Perpetual. The history of this stunning timepiece began in 1926 with the creation of Rolex’s very first waterproof watch, which came fitted with the Oyster casing. Rolling on a few years into 1931 and Rolex would create history by inventing the world’s very first self-winding, or perpetual, movement. These two functions, combined together, create some truly exceptional watches, worn by many of history’s greatest adventurers and are no stranger to conquering Mount Everest’s summit or even swimming across the English Channel.
There are many amazing variations of the Rolex Perpetual available to own, but it was one of their newest additions which finally caught my eye. The Oyster Perpetual line: reference 114300 with the red grape dial outshines many of its contemporaries thanks to the beauty of its colourful face. This model made its debut at Baselworld 2015 and is also available with rhodium and blue dial options. Anyone of these variants looks incredibly striking when paired with the Oystersteel case and matching bracelet, but for me, the grape colour stands head and shoulders above its brothers. My eyes are instantly attracted to that pop of sunburst colour, then drawn towards each of the white gold markers which feature a matching red hue square.
Looking Behind The Dial
One of the many interesting facts regarding this dress reference watch is that it also utilises the same movement as the Rolex Explorer, both timepieces proudly share the same case size and also the time-only function, naturally, Rolex decided to equip both models with a 3132 calibre movement. This particular movement is the perfect testament to how meticulous Rolex Craftsmanship is, which is evident in every one of their watches. Beating at a frequency of 28, 800 BPH and boasting a Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring and Parallax shock absorbers. Not to mention, COSC certification, -2/+2 accuracy each day and a 48-hour power reserve, ensuring the 3132 calibres reliability for regular wear.
Fortunately the ref. 114300 made its debut with a 39mm Oyster Case (which delighted many watch aficionados!), which is actually the largest casing in the Oyster Perpetual line, which in turn provides an impressive looking accessory on the wrist. Compared to many other watches which are currently on the market, this case is still considered quite modest, but paired with solid links and broad lugs, it has the sturdy feel and weight of a larger watch.
This particular model is often regarded as an entry-level watch into the Rolex brand. Many of its variations can be found at a reasonable price point, including brand new, pre-owned or even vintage Oyster Perpetual watches. Certainly, a timepiece to consider adding to your collection, I would love to one day own the grape model!
What do you think of this particular watch? Are you a fan of the Rolex brand? Please let me know in the comments below!