In addition to the revamped Rolex Submariner collection, in 2020 Rolex will also launch a new 41mm wide version of the entry-level Rolex Oyster Perpetual with a larger case and a new generation movement as a reference to the 124300 series. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 makes its debut in seven exciting dial colors, including those that haven’t appeared on a Rolex dial in a long time. Rolex certainly needed the “bright pop” trend and created a conservative and really interesting version that for many would be the entry price point for a steel Rolex men’s watch.
The 124300 Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 124300 watches is based on the 114300 watch that originally debuted in 2015. Previously the largest case size of the Oyster Perpetual was 39mm wide, which now rises to 41mm wide by 2020. It should be noted that the introduction of the Oyster Perpetual 41 marks the discontinuation of the Oyster Perpetual 39 (which is no longer in production). The Oyster steel-cased watch features a polished round bezel and a simple “no date” dial display. In fact, the movement Rolex uses in the Oyster Perpetual 41 is the newer in-house 3230 automatic movement, the same one used in the new Rolex Submariner 124060 “no date” watch, also for 2020. The 4 Hz, 70-hour power reserve automatic movement is both COSC and Rolex’s in-house “Superlative Chronometer” certified, and averages an astounding 2 seconds per day of accuracy.
While everyone is saying that watch sizes are going down, Rolex is bucking the trend. It’s true that there will be new, smaller versions of the Oyster Perpetual in 2020, but this year’s new Rolex is dominated by the 41mm wide size. In the history of modern Rolex, this size has until now been primarily associated with the Rolex Datejust 41 (aBlogtoWatch review here). As a result, the new Oyster Perpetual 41 and the new 2020 Rolex Submariner both feature a 41mm wide case size.
The Oyster Perpetual 41’s fully satin-finished steel case is paired with a matching steel bracelet, which Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 124300 watches features Rolex’s latest design and appears to have lower tolerances between parts. The bracelet does have an “easy extension” clasp, but it doesn’t have the more advanced Glidelock fine-tuning feature found on the more expensive Rolex Submariner models. The case of the Oyster Perpetual 41 is water-resistant to 100 meters. Starting in 2020, Rolex now produces the Oyster Perpetual in sizes 31, 34, 36 and 41mm wide. Many of these watches have the same dial color, so when someone is choosing a watch to buy, they should be aware.