This is the Rolex you can't believe has just been discontinued.

While the case and bracelet are unchanged, the dials are all new. White and black are perhaps the most classic colour choices for a watch dial. The hands and batons are loaded with Rolex's legendary luminous material. Beating away inside is the cal. 3132, which, while not new, still meets the brand's gruelling +2 (-2 / 2) accuracy standards. The black dial is likely to be the more popular choice of the two, but, for me, the white is where it's at. It's a starker, higher contrast look, without being sterile.



The dial finish is different, too; it's got a more matt, almost creamy appearance that looks fresh as. The clasp is a superb (and deceptively simple) piece of mechanical engineering. It just works. There's a reason this design has been fundamentally unchanged for the last 80-or-so years. And you can really feel that on the wrist. The Oyster Perpetual 39 is offered in a wide range of sizes, all the way up to this, the 39mm model, which really will suit a lot of wrists.