In truth, it doesn’t. This is a luxury dress Yellow Gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Replica Watch with modern vintage overtones. Yes, it has hour, minute and centre seconds hands and no other functions to speak of. But the hour and minute hands are luminescent. And it’s most definitely worth pointing out that this particular model is water resistant to 100 m. For classic luxury dress watches, 30 m is the usual depth. And the rather glyphic typeface they used for the black Roman numeral hour markers gives them an authentic, classical look. These sit below the customary 18 K gold stick hour markers, which are quite plump by today’s streamlined standards.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 14208 M combines the look and feel of a vintage luxury dress watch with a thoroughly modern 44 mm case diameter. That alone is enough to make it stand out from the herd. And it’s unusually large for an Rolex Oyster Perpetual Replica Watch. The white dial gives it a clean, crisp appearance and readability. It’s the one you select if you want a timepiece that looks like it adheres to the rules of the luxury dress watch.
This bracelet, which debuted in the 1930s, is famous for its wide three-piece link design and incredible degree of comfort. And while we’re on the subject of watch history, let’s not forget that the automatic Perpetual movement, which debuted in 1931, became as ubiquitous to watchmaking as the microchip became to computing a few short decades later. The yellow gold of this watch might look like it’s the most valuable component but don’t be fooled. The real treasure is inside.
The automatic movement with the half-moon oscillating weight that beats within Rolex Oyster Perpetual 14208 M is magnificent and beautiful. Jewels, colours, shapes and finishes combine to make it one of the most exquisite movements ever created. And then there’s the performance. When it comes to reliability, precision and shock-resistance, this is the godfather of movements. Then there’s that case. The Oyster case was the world’s first water and dust-proof case.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 14208 M is a luxury watch that has its own set of rules and is tricky to categorise. And that’s what makes it a real find for a collector. There’s no fluted bezel. Nor is there a date window magnified with a Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock. This watch is unashamedly ostentatious yet also timeless, elegant and refined. A trick that very few watchmakers can pull off with true finesse.
For it’s the Perpetual movement that is the real work of art here. All the more valuable because it’s hardly ever on display.
Instead of a hand-stitched leather bracelet, we have the Oyster bracelet. Well, this is a Rolex Replica Watch, albeit a discontinued one and a collectors’ piece. As this is an Oyster Perpetual model, it has an Oysterclasp. But so what? Well, this bracelet and its clasp are both icons in the world of horology. Love or loathe Rolex as a brand, you will recognise – and probably respect – this feature.