Rolex Launches New Oyster Perpetual Pearlmaster 39

By Paul Joseph

Iconic watchmakers Rolex have unveiled a new version of their classic gem-set Oyster Perpetual Pearlmaster 39 timepiece.

Equipped with the new-generation calibre 3235, the new watch incorporates the Chronergy escapement developed in-house by Rolex.

The timepiece also carries the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015, which ensures singular performance on the wrist.

The case of the new Pearlmaster 39 is crafted from a solid block of 18 ct Everose gold, cast by Rolex in its own foundry. The fluted case back is hermetically screwed down with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement.

Fitted with the Twinlock double waterproofness system, the winding crown screws down securely against the case. The crystal, with a Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock for easy reading of the date, is made of virtually scratchproof sapphire.

“The Pearlmaster 39 is equipped with calibre 3235, a new-generation movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex,” the company said in a statement.

“This self-winding mechanical movement is at the forefront of watchmaking. A consummate demonstration of Rolex technology, with 14 patents, it offers fundamental gains in terms of precision, power reserve, resistance to shocks and magnetic fields, convenience and reliability.”

Other notable features include a self-winding module via a Perpetual rotor, while a new barrel architecture enable the power reserve to be extended to approximately 70 hours.

Founded by Hans Wildorf and Alfred Davis in London in 1905 as Wilsdorf and Davis, Rolex moved its base of operations to Geneva, Switzerland in 1919.

Today the brand is the world’s largest and most prolific single luxury watchmaker, producing about 2,000 watches per day.

By Paul Joseph