Oyster Perpetuals tended to be some of the absolute easiest watches to get from the total range of Rolex watches. That might not be the case for much longer. For 2020, Rolex has released a new Oyster Perpetual 41 in a variety of different colours. Seven to be exact! From my first impressions, I can say that these colours are a MAJOR upgrade over what Rolex has previously offered in their Oyster Perpetual line. I said in my predictions article for possible Rolex releases this year that they might play with the Explorer line to release a number of new colourful options. It seems that they’ve done that, but in the Oyster Perpetual line instead. They’ve bumped up the size by 2mm to now have a watch that’s more comparable to the sizing of the Datejust 41 or Submariner. Colour options include “coral red”, “turquoise” (sort of a light blue/aqua), a sort of forest green, yellow, “bright blue”, “bright black”, and a silver dial with gold accents.
None of these options look bad, but I think by far my favorite has to be the yellow dial. It’s seemingly very similar to the yellow used on Breitling’s Avenger II Seawolf, but cased in a much more wearable size than the Seawolf’s 45mm. Coming in at second would be the turquoise dial. The one thing they really need to change though are the double markers at 3, 6, and 9. They take what could be a pretty strong watch and make it much less attractive.
Aside from the issue with the markers, this release definitely revitalizes a collection of watches that quite frankly felt fairly boring. They’ve retained some more neutral colours in the black, blue, and silver, but have added a little more excitement around the line with the release of the coral red, green, turquoise, and yellow dials. This is a surprisingly good move for Rolex.
The new Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41’s house the new calibre 3230 and are priced at 5,900 USD.