Rolex has been almost synonymous with luxury watches since it was founded in 1908 by Alfred Davis and his brother-in-law Hans Wilsdorf. Contrary to popular belief, the company was actually founded in England and it wouldn’t be until 1919 that the company would move to Geneva. From the early days of the company, Wilsdorf was pushing the technical limits of the watch. This first came in the form of accuracy which earned him a Class A precision certificate from the Kew Observatory in 1914. A distinction normally reserved for marine chronometers, which were some of the most accurate timepieces of the day. After accuracy, Wilsdorf began to focus sealing a watch against the intrusion of dust and moisture. This would lead to the development and production of the first waterproof and dustproof wristwatch which he would name the Oyster.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual is a watch that has its heart deeply rooted in the history of Rolex all the way back to the introduction of the first Oyster case that was heralded for its water resistance. This watch is distinctively modern though and that is what makes Rolex so great. Its watches evolve slowly and methodically and the results are usually something that speaks to the model’s history while using the best in modern materials and production quality. The Oyster Perpetual ref. 114200 is an interesting reference in that it shares its reference number with the very similar Air King ref. 114200. The watches are nearly identical but there are two dead giveaways. The first and most obvious is that one reads Oyster Perpetual on the dial and the other reads Air King, but the other giveaway is the length of the hands. For the OP Rolex lengthened the hands so that the minute hand extends to the outer minute track. We love this particular example because of its white explorer style dial with black numerals that really stands out from the crowd. This would make a great everyday watch for the rest of your life.
The Case and Bracelet
The 34mm stainless steel case is in good condition. The watch shows plenty of signs of wear and scratches throughout and the choice to have the watch polished or refinished will be left up to the buyer. The oyster bracelet is in similar condition and comes with all of its original links and an aftermarket rubber strap is included as well.
The Dial and Hands
The white explorer style dial is in excellent condition with no faults to note. The same is true for the superluminova, and hands. It should be noted though that this is not the original dial that came with the watch. Rolex fitted a new dial to this watch at the request of the owner and paperwork for this work done at the Rolex factory can be provided by request.
This watch features a Rolex automatic Caliber 3130 COSC movement. The watch is within Rolex factory specifications.
|Movement||Rolex automatic Caliber 3130 COSC|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Stainless Steel & Aftermarket Rubber|