Still searching for that perfect gift for the Christmas? Considering a luxury watch for the love of your life? Then you should take a closer look at the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Lady 31 mm collection of ladies watches. Not terribly expensive, the collection offers you a nice choice of finishes, color combinations and materials, those including Everose Rolesor (rose gold and stainless steel alloy, ref. 178341); Yellow Rolesor (yellow gold and stainless steel, ref. 178383) and White Rolesor (white gold and stainless steel, ref. 178274).
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Lady 31 mm collection was officially revealed almost a year ago at the Baselword 2010 industry event and was clearly a step in the right direction for the major Swiss watch brand.
Size-wise, the 31 mm watch stays right between the smaller 26 mm and the bigger 36 mm versions. Naturally, this model combines the best of two worlds, sporting slenderer proportions than the smaller version of the watch and not taking too much real estate on an wrist of a modern woman.
As usual, the model is presented in three combinations of materials: the patented Rolex Everose Rolesor rose gold and steel mixt, a yellow gold and steel and a white gold and steel version.
To my taste, the most beautiful of them is the version that combines yellow gold and steel for the case and bracelet and features a domed yellow gold bezel set with 46 perfectly cut diamonds (ref. 178383).
As you can see on the pictures, the model comes equipped with silver dial with hand-applied Roman numerals also made of gold. A gem-set “IV” Roman numeral at 6 o’clock is also a nice touch, although it looks a little too heavy compared to an oversized Rolex crown at 12 o’clock, drawing too much attention to itself.
The version in Everose also looks good, but its chocolate-brown dial looks somewhat alien to the overall design of the watch: there is just too much stainless here.
The watch is powered by the time-proven Rolex Caliber 2235 automatic movement, which is built on 31 rubies. Due to characteristics of the design (the automatic module is fitted on the movement,) the Cal. 2235 is significantly thicker than competing mechanisms from ETA measuring whole 5.95 mm height with the calendar wheel installed!
However, this movement is also considered to be one of the most accurate in the business easily passing strict COSC certification tests.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Lady 31 mm watch specification
Price: N/A, around $10,000
Movement: Rolex Caliber 2235, automatic, 28,800 vph, COSC-certified chronometer, instantaneous change and rapid setting date, hairspring with Breguet overcoil oscillator, 5.95 mm in height, 19.70 mm in diameter
Power reserve: 48 hours
Case material: Everose Rolesor (Rose gold and Stainless steel mixt, ref. 178341); Yellow Rolesor (Yellow gold and Stainless steel mixt, ref. 178383) and White Rolesor (White Gold and Stainless steel mixt, ref. 178274)
Bezel material: Rose gold or Yellow gold or White gold depending on version
Bezel shape: Round, domed or fluted depending on version
Case size: 31.0 mm
Case height: N/A
Dial: Silver or Chocolate brown
Numerals: Roman, gold, applied
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Oyster bracelet; oysterclasp with Easylink comfort extension link clasp, or Jubilee bracelet – Crownclasp
Crystal: Sapphire, Cyclops lens with anti-reflective coating
Case back: N/A