Thus, we have the Rolex Oyster Perpetual, 36mm: a watch that ought to be, if Rolex is what it should be, not merely the least expensive way to get into a Rolex, but in some sense, the most purely Rolex way to get into a Rolex.  The name “Oyster” was first attached to a Rolex watch in 1926; the term “Perpetual” refers not to a perpetual calendar (an occasional source of confusion for newcomers to watchmaking) but rather, to the automatic winding system. The 36mm Oyster Perpetual we had in for review is an extremely spare wristwatch: white dial, stick markers (doubled at 3, 6, and 9:00) with the Rolex coronet at 12:00; you are reminded by the dial as well that you do in fact have in hand an Oyster Perpetual, Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified. And that’s that – no date cyclops (well, and no date), no fluting on the bezel, a case rather more tank-like than not and the bracelet ditto; the only other detail is the minutes track, with its Arabic numerals at the five minute marks, but it is so diffidently done that it seems largely to be there, not as a design element, but as an aid to accurate time-setting, after which you the owner may go about your business, reassured that you won’t have to do that again any time soon.