Fast forward to early summer of 2020: I contacted the Rolex boutique in Prague for a visit in August, who agreed to hold both an best quality Rolex Oyster Perpetual replica watch in white and a Submariner Reference 114060 for me.
Meanwhile, I decided to sell my Explorer 1 to a good photographer friend in Prague well below the resale value (oh, the memories!) to make room (and budget) for these two new watches. The Explorer just did not resonate with me; I considered it as something between the Oyster Perpetual and the Submariner.
On the evening of August 31, I picked up both the white Rolex fake with steel case and the Submariner. And less than 24 hours later Rolex copy discontinued both watches!
While the Submariner was upgraded with a more symmetrical design and a more robust movement, it was shocking to learn that the OP39 was discontinued after just two years in production. Relatively speaking, there were likely not that many of the white dial variations manufactured. Even so, with so much adulation from enthusiasts and insiders it was surprising that Rolex discontinued it within two years.
Rolex replaced the OP39 mm with a larger 41 mm Oyster Perpetual in a variety of colorful dials, a lightly redesigned dial layout, and a newer movement. The OP41 turned out to be wildly popular with its “Stella-inspired” dials – like the one GaryG acquired in Why I Bought It: Rolex Stella-Inspired Oyster Perpetual 41 With Turquoise Blue Dial – as it offered more of a playful style of sports watch that can be worn by anyone.
Even with the success of the slightly larger new Swiss movement copy Rolex Oyster Perpetual models, the OP39 is sorely missed as many social media posts and articles attest. Rolex had created a perfect everyday watch, and many watch enthusiasts who had it on their short lists missed out on the opportunity. Due to the short run, second-hand prices have skyrocketed north of $9,000 and likely will only go higher as supply diminishes and demand rises.
I can well understand why Mr. Shteyngart called the OP39 an “exit watch.” I can picture just wearing my OP39 well into my retirement until it becomes known as “Dad’s watch.”
My wife doesn’t care for most of the watches my collection, but this Rolex is one we both agree on and share. The aaa quality replica Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 mm White Dial will also be a fond memory of our lucky visit to the Prague Rolex boutique, not knowing the bombshell news that would drop the very next day.
Quick Facts Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 White Dial (Reference 114300)
Case: 39 x 11.5 mm, Oystersteel (904L stainless steel)
Movement: automatic Caliber 3132, 4 Hz/28,800 vph frequency, 48-hour power reserve, Parachrom anti-magnetic hairspring
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds
Price at introduction in 2015: $5,700; current pre-owned prices range up to and beyond $9,000