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The Watch Report: The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Submariner
To a lot of people Rolex is one of the most recognizable ways of announcing that you have arrived. The watches are easily identifiable and, unfortunately, much copied. Needless to say, they are supremely reliable and their designs are timeless.
I personally am a fan of the understated allure of steel and I have, more recently, developed a fetish for NATO straps. When choosing a wedding gift for my brother, I did not have to look too much. A Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Submariner was my choice for him.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Submariner is a thoroughbred diving watch and its design is considered to be a classic. Although it has been around for about five decades it was particularly popular in the hedonistic 1980’s where it reflected the excesses of the decade.
Along with the Daytona, the Submariner is easily one of Rolex’s most recognizable pieces, and sits thinner than its much fatter derivative the Sea Dweller. The Submariner was also Ian Fleming’s choice for the James Bond watch and has appeared in a number of Bond Films.
Despite knowing all this I did walk into the store with a preconceived notion about wanting to pick the silver and black dial, the gold was not even in contention. But the moment i saw this exquisite two-tone gold strap and its deep blue dial, i could not take my eyes off it.
The dial looks brilliant and reflects something deeper encased in high grade steel with an in-house automatic movement. It has a watertight case (a Rolex innovation) The combination works extremely well and this is probably the only gold watch i would pick simply due the colors of the dial.
Its 40mm dial does sit large though, so if you have slender wrists this might not be for you. A brilliant watch with impeccable heritage, a greater gift one cannot give.
The prices, are a scandal though.
A brilliant watch with impeccable heritage, a greater gift one cannot give.
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About the Watch Reporter: Gaurav Jain is a Bombay based content producer. He loves drinking Old Fashioned’s, chewing on Cheddar & finds himself constantly daydreaming about fine timepieces.