The Rolex Oyster 36 firstly turned up in 2014, and was taken for granted, and it is duplicated almost immediately. Its whole identity is to be the paradigmatic everyday watch – reliable, classic, versatile, accurate, and dependable; the sort of thing an actual spy might wear, especially the sort whose stock in trade is to go unnoticed – flying under the radar is sort of exactly what it’s supposed to do.
The Rolex Oyster 36 replica is simply a very solid watch, there’s a lot of dignity and even beauty in the Oyster 36, if you pay attention. This is one of those watches about which on a certain level, there is not a whole heck of a lot to say. The Rolex Oyster 36 replica is about as stripped-down as a Rolex, without complications and sub-dials. It is finished with plain-Jane stainless steel is well-made, and measures at 36 mm. You wouldn’t call it exactly a small watch, but God knows it’s not assertively large, either. The movement’s certainly a solid one, the manufacture caliber 3130, chronometer certified, with Parachrom balance with Breguet overcoil, adjustable balance bridge, and free-sprung balance with Microstella balance screws for adjustment of rate.
Somewhat miraculously, you can get the Oyster 36 replica in several rather frisky dial colors, and Red Grape is more popular than other colors. The color is pretty seductive – the deep garnet of that first full glass of wine that promises the unwinding of the day’s tendrils of care and if not a roisterous, at least a relaxing evening ahead. It comes in White Grape, and Blue, as well, but blue is a little too easy to like these days and in general I find yellow dials a little jaundiced.