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    In praise of the humble(ish) Rolex OP 116000

    So I had an unexpected incoming on Sunday. I was in Brent Cross and popped in Fraser Hart. They had received a fresh delivery the previous day, and this white grape OP 36mm was freshly sat in their display. I tried it on, it was a perfect fit on my 6.75" wrist, I loved the colour and variety of the dial and so I decided that I may as well pick it up! So I now have a 3rd Rolex after my Hulk and BLNR, and something a little bit different. With the size, mix of polished and brushed surfaces, it really is both a perfect everyday watch and dresses up and down very well. This really could be a genuine one-watch contender if I ever slimmed down the collection (unlikely!). As the "basic" Rolex, the quality of the dial and finishing is excellent. And given the feature set and price (£3900) it compares very well against offerings from Omega (the Railmaster or AT) and is so much better value than entry-level IWCs and the like. Anyway, I am super pleased and can't see this one leaving the collection anytime soon, although it means I may have to rotate at least one other piece out. I have a few photos below which hopefully show off the superb sunburst dial, which is probably my favourite aspect of the watch!










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    One of my favourite Rolex models, the natural sucessor to the old Air King model IMO. Simple understated class.

    36mm is plenty big enough for most folks too, despite the current big watch trend. I tried one of these on a few days ago and it certainly wore bigger than the 36mm Explorer 1 I was wearing, the squarer cases have that effect.

    Paul

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    A great choice and a beautiful watch. My daughter chose the exact same model as her graduation present. I was very glad she did. Such a nice piece, with a lovely hue to the dial.👍

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    Very nice watch at one point was considering this however I got offered a BLNR and purchased that instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanBear View Post
    So I now have a 3rd Rolex after my Hulk and BLNR, and something a little bit different. With the size, mix of polished and brushed surfaces, it really is both a perfect everyday watch and dresses up and down very well. This really could be a genuine one-watch contender if I ever slimmed down the collection (unlikely!). As the "basic" Rolex, the quality of the dial and finishing is excellent. And given the feature set and price (£3900) it compares very well against offerings from Omega (the Railmaster or AT) and is so much better value than entry-level IWCs and the like.


    Great looking watch, love the dial colour. You refer to it a as a ďbasicĒ Rolex, presumably a reference to the price but is there any discernible quality differences between this and your other Rolex watches?

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    In its 36mm guise its probably my favourite Rolex although I prefer the white dialled version.

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    Saw one of those today, I was very tempted, great watch and pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Welby View Post
    Great looking watch, love the dial colour. You refer to it a as a ďbasicĒ Rolex, presumably a reference to the price but is there any discernible quality differences between this and your other Rolex watches?
    Itís the ďentryĒ range, but there is absolutely no quality difference, just less features - e.g. no easy link, glidelock, trip-lock crown or bezel you get on some of the sports watches. Itís every bit as well made as my hulk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanBear View Post
    Itís the ďentryĒ range, but there is absolutely no quality difference, just less features - e.g. no easy link, glidelock, trip-lock crown or bezel you get on some of the sports watches. Itís every bit as well made as my hulk.
    Great to hear, enjoy your purchase

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    Lovely watch & one Iím seriously considering instead of Sub, mind you itís the 39mm black dial. Just need to try one on.


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    Nice pick up and they seem good value comparatively (everything's relative!).
    I've just swapped from my SD which I only wore for the afternoon to my 14270 Explorer and it always feels like a ladies watch for the first few minutes.... then it feels like the perfect watch. I only have a 6.75" wrist but there's plenty of space in any collection for a hefty tool watch and something c36mm for that vintage/classy/any event feel.

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    Purchased one for my wife, none of her other watches gets a look in now. It just looks "right".

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    I have the 39mm red grape , fantastic all rounder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walkerwek1958 View Post
    One of my favourite Rolex models, the natural sucessor to the old Air King model IMO. Simple understated class.

    Paul
    Absolutely agree with this.

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    Beautifully balanced dial without the date, congratulations on your latest acquisition.

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    Rory

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    Quote Originally Posted by McBeardy View Post
    Lovely watch & one Iím seriously considering instead of Sub, mind you itís the 39mm black dial. Just need to try one on.


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    Yeah, that's the variant that I like.

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    A nice and understated alternative

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    Love the dial

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    It's really nice, everything on the dial just works so well - a proper simple watch. I also like the subtle vintage air it's got about it, which only comes with products that have been carefully refined over a long period of time by people who understand what they're doing.

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    Super watches. Solid bracelet and clasp and a wonderful dial layout make it a popular watch in the line up.

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    I have one of those (albeit on SC now) and have to say I think they represent excellent value for money in the Rolex line up.

    Understated class is the only way to describe them.

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    Now that's a proper Rolex doing proper watches properly!

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    I like the double batons on these 36mm OPs that are absent on the other sizes... but for me a smooth bezel datejust would always offer that extra usability as a daily wearer.

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