In 1945, at the beginning of a new era of prosperity, replica Rolex watches launched the Logbook collection. The first models were already water-resistant and had a streamlined design with a date display on the dial. A few years later, a Cyclops eye was added to the crystal face of the watch, and it became the symbol of a new generation of Rolex watches.
With its elegant design and its date display with a small convex window, the date model is one of the most recognizable watches in the world. Today, the Maison de la Haute Horlogerie is proud to present the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Calendar watch, with the official reference number 116234-63603.
The 116234-63603 is the iconic model of the Oyster Perpetual Logger, unique in that it is made of 904L stainless steel and 18 ct yellow gold. The 36 mm diameter round case, the simple three-hand design, the sapphire crystal with a date window enlarged by 2.5 times its original size and the triangular pitted bezel are all classic design features that are still in use today. The Oyster case, which is the foundation of Rolex’s reputation and performance, is made of Rolex’s exclusive gold steel (a combination of 904L stainless steel and 18ct yellow gold). The outer bezel is set with a ring of diamonds for a luxurious touch.
The simple and functional design of the double-locking crown, with a double-locking mechanism ensuring that the screw-down crown is fully waterproof to a depth of 100 meters, is sharply angled, and the crown is covered in 18-carat yellow gold, underscoring Rolex’s meticulous attention to detail.
The bracelet is a Rolex commemorative bracelet rather than an Oyster bracelet, with more fluid lines. It consists of five rows of metal links, designed for the 1945 Oyster Perpetual Calendar, also in yellow gold steel (a combination of 904L stainless steel and 18ct yellow gold). When viewed from the side without the crown, the watch is relatively shallow and not too heavy, making it a flexible and comfortable watch to wear.
The characteristic Rolex Oyster buckle is fitted with the Rolex brand logo, and the new-generation crown buckle has a switch folding clasp that is cleverly and completely hidden under the Rolex crown-shaped operating clasp, which is integrated into the strap. The lugs are relatively short, and in order to better match the flexibility of the chain bracelet, the lugs are more like part of the bracelet and flush with the first section of the bracelet, making them very comfortable to wear. The gold-toned guilloché dial is set with 10 top-quality diamonds as hour markers and looks luxuriously integrated with the date window at 3 o’clock and the small crown symbol at 12 o’clock.
The watch has a screw-down caseback and houses the calibre 3135, the undisputed king of self-winding movements, with a diameter of 28.5 mm, a thickness of 6 mm, an oscillation frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, 31 rubies, a power reserve of 50 hours, an instantaneous date, a four-armed “baton” movement, and a power reserve of 10 hours. Glucydur alloy balance, 4 weights, 2 of which are adjustable, Breguet spring, kif shock absorbers. Despite the noble and magnificent brands such as Vacheron Constantin, Piaget and Patek Philippe, Rolex is still loved by people from all walks of life, and Warren Buffett, the “god of stocks”, often wears a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Calendar. The Oyster Perpetual Calendar is a timepiece often worn by Warren Buffett, the god of stocks. The Oyster is of high quality and exquisite craftsmanship, combining prestige, elegance and uniqueness, and the Journal is a style icon with its classic design.