Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 watch with caliber 3235.

In 2015, replica Rolex watches added a new addition to the Pearlmaster watch collection with the Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 – where for the first time a range of interesting stone decorative varieties were introduced. It’s this type of watch that has allowed Rolex to earn its due among certain audiences, while at the same time making the brand’s annoying fan base greatly interested in its more classic sports watches.

Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 watch with caliber 3235.
Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 watch with caliber 3235.

While the Rolex Pearlmaster is often considered a ladies’ watch (often referred to as the “Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster” in smaller case sizes), this new 39mm wide model does have a distinctly feminine touch, but I also know the truth will appeal to male customers everywhere. For this reason, I feel that wearing what is essentially a woman’s watch, at least for some clients, is good enough for men to make me uncomfortable. Of course, this is an interesting phenomenon, as most women’s watches are actually smaller versions of men’s watches, and the opposite is not often the case.

Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 watch with caliber 3235.
Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 watch with caliber 3235.

As far as I know, every Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster watch has some type of gemstone decoration (at least, that I’ve ever seen). The collection appears to be an “official” or decorative version of the Rolex Lady-Datejust. The Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster watch collection started with a compact 29mm version with a maximum width of 34mm and is now 39mm. Each of them shares a special bracelet, which is certainly more “jewel-like” than most other Rolex bracelets. Rolex simply refers to this five chain bracelet as the “Pearlmaster” and it is very smooth and comfortable to move the chain and wear.

Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 watch with caliber 3235.
Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 watch with caliber 3235.

The 2015 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Pearlmaster 39 watch collection has many similarities with another 2015 Rolex launch. Both the Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39 and the new Rolex Day-Date 40 watches (hands-on here) share the fact that they are the first watches to include ceramic inserts in a gold bracelet (more on that later). and the 3235 series of movements. The Rolex Day-Date 40 watch includes the Rolex 3255 automatic movement instead of the 3235, but as far as I know, the only major difference is the addition of the day-of-the-week indicator disc in the 3255, while the 3235 has the time and date.

So, let’s discuss the movement. I actually recommend anyone interested in sports read our discussion above about the 2015 Rolex Day-Date 40 watch. I call these watches perhaps the best timepieces Rolex has produced to date. What makes the 3235 caliber different is its focus on accuracy. In addition to providing a standard COSC chronograph rating for each individual movement, Rolex now uses its own series of tests to ensure accuracy and reliability over time – they are simply called “Rolex Chronograph Tests”.

Rolex Daytona: A Heroic Story Zero

If ever there was a zero-hero story, it was the replica Rolex Daytona watches , beloved and loved by all, selling only 500 pieces a year in its formative years, it has grown into one of the most coveted watches of all time, with a year-long waiting list and an amazing residual. The question is, how did this happen? It’s the journey that turns Rolex’s David the loser into the clumsy great giant.

Rolex Daytona: A Heroic Story Zero
Rolex Daytona: A Heroic Story Zero

The 1960s was the decade of sports chronographs. Jack Heuer was appointed CEO of Heuer, which launched the Autavia in 1962 and the Carrera in 1963. Omega’s Speedmaster was one of the first products of the game, introduced in the late 1950s. But the chronograph is not a new invention. Chronographs can first be seen in Louis Moinet’s astronomical pocket watch in 1816, and it’s old news that they appeared as smaller watches in the early 20th century. In fact, Rolex has been producing chronographs since the 1930s. What changed, however, was time itself – after the war, the 1960s flourished with wealth and glamour, and with it, speed. Motorsport is a gentleman’s sport, now popular worldwide, and it is the thrill of speed that has attracted a new kind of timekeeper: the sports chronograph.

Rolex Daytona: A Heroic Story Zero
Rolex Daytona: A Heroic Story Zero

Up until then, chronographs (even Rolex’s own watches) had a reserved, subtle flavor that didn’t fit the roar and glistening paint of the world’s fastest racing machines. Jack Heuer knows what he’s doing. Earlier, he set his sights on the pinnacle of Formula One racing, enjoining friend and racer Jo Siffert to distribute his watch in the paddock, thus making the TAG Heuer watch the first non-motorsport sponsor title in F1. Omega, however, set its sights on faster machinery. Kennedy’s 1962 speech raised the hope of putting a man on the moon, so there was another reward: becoming an official NASA watch.

Rolex Daytona: A Heroic Story Zero
Rolex Daytona: A Heroic Story Zero

Rolex launched the first sporty chronograph in 1963. 6239, its eyes also turned to the stars. Restore the name previously used for the reference. The 6062 lunar phase (a complex function that defines the literal meaning of cosmology and is a general study of the universe), the new chronograph is called the “cosmometer”. Like Omega’s Speedmaster, it’s big, sturdy and clear, which is exactly what space use requires. For Rolex, it was the right move. In the 1950s, Rolex defined it as a manufacturer of professional watches, with Submariner, GMT-Master and Milgauss all playing special roles for specific industries. Getting NASA to choose the Rolex Cosmograph as the watch to go to the moon would be a room full of them.

But that is not the case. Rolex Daytona underperformed Omega’s Speedmaster in NASA’s tests, plus astronaut Walter Schirra proved Omega’s suitability before flying the Sigma 7 on the Apollo Mercury-Atlas 8 mission. Rolex (Rolex) missed the tournament and needed to be regrouped. TAG Heuer (Heuer) has done a great job with motorsports, and Rolex (Rolex) has connections there. F1 was adopted – and remained so until 2013 when Rolex finally secured sponsorship rights – but there were others. The solution began in 1964 with one of America’s greatest racing series: NASCAR.

The history of NASCAR is well known: in the U.S. liquor prohibition of the 1920s and 1930s, smugglers adjusted cars to make them beyond the reach of the police, and once prohibition was lifted, a line of dry drivers and cars did nothing. The former smuggler met to race on a beach in Florida, then used in record-breaking speed races in the 1940s. That place is Daytona. As the sport has grown, so has its popularity, with riders like Rolex-sponsored Junior Johnson drawing crowds from Florida. Eventually, the demand was great enough to build Daytona International Speedway, and it was just in time for Rolex to rename the Cosmograph and move it in a new direction.

In retrospect, it’s almost possible to panic at Rolex HQ over the loss of a NASA contract; the Rolex Cosmograph was a sales failure and the biggest opportunity was gone. A mixture of advertising material was printed to achieve the Rolex Cosmograph, leaving the future of the failed sports chronograph hanging in the balance until the last minute. The world-famous racing endurance challenge, the 24 Heures du Mans race (also sponsored by Rolex), is almost on par with the stillborn Rolex Lemans, but it’s amazing that this is the Florida track that now hosts the Daytona 24 Hours of Endurance sponsored by Rolex, and it’s finally a win. Rolex Cosmograph Daytona was born.