Watch Of The Week


My watch of the week is the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 from Keanes Jewellers. In 2015 Rolex launched the Oyster Perpetual 39, a bare-bones, simple steel, entry-level timepiece that was still pure Rolex. Initially offered in a range of colourful dials, last year the Oyster Perpetual family expanded to include these white and black dial variants, and they are simply outstanding. The case is Rolex's classic Oyster case, which hasn't changed too much over the decades. Made from Oystersteel, it uses Rolex's twin-lock crown and is rated for 100m. The bracelet is excellent — like all Rolex bracelets. It's an Oyster bracelet, with brushed links. The clasp is a regular Oysterclasp, a superb (and deceptively simple) piece of mechanical engineering. While the individual elements of this watch are all outstanding, where they really sing together is as a whole. There's a reason this design has been fundamentally unchanged for the last 80-or-so years. It just works. And you can really feel that on the wrist. You'll find this amazing Rolex watch at Keanes for €5350.

Patrick McLoughney