The new Rolex Perpetual 1908 exudes class The new Rolex Perpetual 1908 exudes class

The new Rolex Perpetual 1908 exudes class

Borna Bošnjak

The teasers pretty much confirmed it – Rolex is finally paying attention to the Cellini! Well, as it proves year in, year out, the rumours are only sort of true. Rather than a revised Cellini, Rolex is presenting an entirely new model – the Perpetual 1908, marking the beginnings of a new collection. If you actually predicted something like this, chapeau.

Rolex Perpetual 1908 white dial yellow gold

The inspiration for the Perpetual 1908 clearly goes back quite a bit, as seen from the watches and as is suggested by the name. In fact, it goes as far back as one of the first watches ever fitted with a winding rotor. Equipped with exquisitely simple white or black dials, the applied markers and pseudo-Breguet handset, combined with the minimal railroad track printing – the Perpetual 1908 is an absolute stunner.

Rolex Perpetual 1908 black dial yellow gold

It’s cased in either 18k white gold or yellow gold, both with the complex elegance of the fluted and domed bezels melting into the slightly domed sapphire crystal. The Perpetual 1908 is modern in size, especially for a dress watch, coming in at 39mm in diameter and a slim 9.5mm in height. As is expected from a Rolex, it’s not totally useless when it comes to water resistance, either, rated at 50 metres, though the alligator straps that it comes with may have a thing or two to say about a splash.

Rolex Perpetual 1908 movement

The final notable feature, a rarity in any Rolex, is a display caseback. The stunning new 7140 calibre peers through the sapphire, equipped with a skeletonised solid gold rotor. Côtes de Genève are also given a twist, with Rolex applying a small polished groove between each stripe. Its specs are also impressive, featuring the classic Rolex tech smattering of Chronergy escapement, Syloxi silicon hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers, with a power reserve of up to 66 hours.

Rolex Perpetual 1908 pricing and availability:

The Rolex Perpetual 1908 is available now. Price: A$31,100 (yellow gold), A$32,850 (white gold)

Brand Rolex
Model Perpetual 1908
Reference Number 52508, 52509
Case Dimensions 39mm (D) x 9.5mm (T)
Case Material 18k yellow gold or white gold
Water Resistance 50 metres
Dial Matte white or black
Crystal(s) Sapphire crystal front and back
Strap Black or brown alligator leather
Lug Width 20mm
Movement Calibre 7140
Power Reserve 66 hours
Functions Hours, minutes, small seconds
Availability Now
Price A$31,100 (yellow gold), A$32,850 (white gold)