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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 116034 Luxury Watch Review

Watchuwant is now WatchBox! Shop our Rolex collection here: https://goo.gl/Xj6YRv The Rolex Oyster Perpetual *is* Rolex. From the first model in 1933, the Oyster Perpetual became the machine that spawned the modern age of Rolex AND luxury watches in general. As the first waterproof automatic wristwatch, the original Oyster Perpetual rolled out of Geneva and into immortality. This Rolex Oyster Perpetual 116036 is a 36mm stainless steel and white gold descendant of that Promethean predecessor. Its broad lugs, integrated steel end links, and three-link Rolex Oyster bracelet tie this watch to its heritage and provide wrist presence that belies its nominal 36mm size. This is a man's watch, and its dial exudes effortless cool. Twenty years after the first model debuted, the automatic Rolex Oyster Perpetual joined Sir Edmund Hillary on his 1953 ascent of Everest. That watch's distinctive 3-6-9 Arabic numeral dial was instantly dubbed "Explorer" by Rolex devotees, and the name endures on all watches featuring the famed numeric trio. More than a Rolex, this Oyster Perpetual commands instant respect from the cognoscenti as a true "Explorer Dial." But the Rolex Oyster Perpetual has changed to keep pace with the times. Its 100-meter (330-foot) water resistance surpasses anything that scaled Everest in '53. The famed Explorer dial eschews the printed font of its predecessor for numerals and indices in 18-karat white gold; matching white gold hands and Rolex five-point crown complete the upscale effect. Rolex frames the comely dial of this unexpectedly refined ruffian with a fluted 18-karat white gold bezel. Within the Rolex-manufactured 904L-grade steel case, Rolex's in-house caliber 3130 provides rugged and precise timing. The COSC-certified Swiss Chronometer movement features a full balance bridge for shock resistance, a Rolex Parachrom Blue Breguet overcoil hairspring for antimagnetic security, and "Perpetual" bi-directional automatic winding. Pull the crown to set the time, and a hacking feature stops the seconds hand for precise synchronization to a reliable reference time. Thanks to the absence of a date complication, this movement boasts a superior 50-hour power reserve. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual 116034 in stainless steel and 18-karat white gold can be viewed in high-resolution images at: https://goo.gl/Xj6YRv. Video and content by Tim Mosso