From classic bright blue to the special D-blue, marvel at the various shades of blue on the dials of exquisite timepieces from Rolex
Blue dials is still one of the hottest trends in the watchmaking world. Not only is it a great way to set yourself apart from the crowd, but they also look great paired with a wide variety of clothing styles. To that end, Rolex’ take on the blue dial trend definitely makes for a range of dapper companions for all occasions. From the classic bright blue dial to the special D-blue, Rolex’ blue dials are some of the most sought after in the world. So, for everyone from longtime admirers and beginners to connoisseurs and collectors, we’ve rounded up some of the best blue dials from Rolex…
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36
Launched back in 1956 in a 36mm case, the Rolex Day-Date was the first calendar wristwatch to indicate, in addition to the date, the day of the week spelt out in full in a window on the dial, which is a technical feat at the time. More importantly, the Day-Date has only ever been made using precious metals — 18ct yellow, white or Everose gold, or 950 platinum — making it one of the brand’s most exclusive and prestigious timepieces.
This Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36 in 18ct white gold comes with a fluted bezel, a President bracelet that represents the ultimate in refinement and comfort and a blue ombré, diamond-set dial. The dial presents a distinctive face, as it is characterised by hour markers fashioned from 18ct gold to prevent tarnishing. Finally, the newest Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36 is completed with a new-generation calibre 3255movement , which is entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex, and offers fundamental gains in terms of precision, power reserve, resistance to shock and magnetism, ease of use and reliability.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40
The Rolex Day-Date made its debut as the first waterproof and self-winding chronometer wristwatch to offer a modern calendar with an instantaneous day display, spelt out in full in a window on the dial, in addition to the date. It is known as the “presidents’ watch” due to a fact that the watch was — and is — worn by many of the world’s most prominent political figures and also thanks to its emblematic President bracelet. What makes this watch even more special is that the bezel can be fluted, smooth or gem-set, arrayed in precious stones.
For instance, this Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40 comes in Platinum with a smooth bezel, a President bracelet that’s always made of carefully selected precious metals, and an ice blue dial sporting a diagonal motif. Speaking of which, the ice-blue dial is the discreet and exclusive signature of a Rolex platinum watch. The brand uses platinum, the noblest of metals, for the finest of watches. Interestingly, hese exclusive dials can be found only on the Day-Date, the Cosmograph Daytona and the Lady-Datejust. Aside to that, the Day-Date is also available with a bespoke day display in a wide choice of languages.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date
The newest generation of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date exemplifies the historic links between Rolex and the world of diving. The watch features a redesigned, slightly larger 41 mm case – whose profile is highlighted by the light reflections from the case sides and lugs – and is fitted on a remodelled bracelet.
One of the latest models of this line comes in yellow Rolesor — a combination between Oystersteel and 18ct yellow gold — with a royal blue dial and a unidirectional rotatable bezel with a Cerachrom insert and solid-link Oyster bracelet. To top it off, the watch also comes with a Chromalight display, which is an innovation that ensures improved visibility in dark environments, an essential feature for divers. Finally, the Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date is powered by the new-generation calibre 3235 movement, which incorporates the new Chronergy escapement patented by Rolex. The movement combines high energy efficiency with great dependability and is insensitive to magnetic interference as well.
Rolex Cellini Date
The Rolex Cellini collection celebrates the eternal elegance of traditional timepieces with a contemporary touch. Consisting of classically inspired models, it combines Rolex’ know-how and high standards of perfection in an approach that heightens watchmaking heritage in its most timeless form. For this Rolex Cellini Date in 18ct white gold, the watch comes with a bright blue dial with a “rayons flammés de la gloire” guilloche motif, which pays tribute to the timeless codes of classic watchmaking, while at the same time reinterpreting them with an elegant modernity.
Moreover, the round shape and classic 39mm diameter of the watch are marks of tradition, while the refined lugs, the polished finish and the double bezel — one domed and the second delicately fluted — add a touch of distinction. On top of that, the Cellini Date also adds another function to the indication of hours, minutes and seconds counted off with an elegance date display. Located at 3 o’clock is a small, gold-rimmed sub-dial with a guilloche motif at its centre that shows the full sequence of the dates of the month.
The Oyster Perpetual Rolex Deepsea comes a special dial called ‘D-blue’ that commemorates James Cameron’s historic solo dive . Its two-colour gradient dial, from brilliant blue to bottomless black, celebrates one man’s journey to the deepest place on earth: The bottom of the Mariana Trench. On that note, the watch also features the Oyster case, which is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 3,900m or 12,800 feet.
The middle case of the watch is crafted from a solid block of corrosion-resistant Oystersteel, while the case back is hermetically screwed down with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement. Completed with an Oyster bracelet, a unidirectional 60-minute rotatable bezel, large luminescent hour markers and the patented Ringlock System that’s designed to provide the highest degree of resistance and reliability in a size that remains wearable and practical, the Rolex Deepsea is amongst the most ultra-resistant divers’ watches engineered by Rolex for deep-sea exploration.
The new Rolex Millgauss stands out with an electric Z-blue dial and its orange seconds hand shaped like a lightning bolt, which was inspired by the original model of the line. It also features a green sapphire crystal — a unique watch crystal developed by Rolex — that produces light reflections while preserving optimal legibility. Scratch-proof, fade-proof and available exclusively on the Milgauss, this light green shade, tinted throughout the entire crystal, turns nearly luminescent at the bevelled edges.
Aside to that, the watch also features a shield inside the Oyster case — the first innovation at the heart of the Milgauss’ resistance to magnetic interference — that’s made of ferromagnetic alloys selected by Rolex. As it surrounds and protects the self-winding mechanical movement calibre 3131, this magnetic shield is also engraved with the capital letter “B” and an arrow, which is the symbol for magnetic flux density. But only Rolex-certified watchmakers will ever see it.