The Blue Dial Done Right
These days, a watch is (nearly) as much a fashion statement as it is practical everyday tool. A watch is one of very few jewelry accessories that a man can get away with, and it presents an opportunity to add a small pop of color or personality to your get up. If you want the color but aren’t looking to go overboard, chances are you’re looking for a something with a blue dial. Whether you’ve got a lot or a little to spend, here are some of our favorite blue-dialed watches available on StockX right now.
The Rolex Submariner may be the Model T of dive watches, but it does come in other colors than black. The Submariner 116619LB features a rich blue dial and matching blue ceramic bezel on a white gold case and bracelet. The use of white gold elevates the Submariner to more luxury watch than tool watch (and a price tag to match), which is why it gets a pass on the flashy pop of color. There’s currently a low Ask of $27,000 listed on the Submariner 116619LB.
This isn’t the first time we’ve talked about the Royal Oak around here. It’s a watch that gets attention for many reasons (deservedly so), but today we need to talk about that dial. The first thing you notice about a Royal Oak, perhaps outside of its shape, is the pattern on the dial. Upon closer inspection you’ll see it’s not just printed on, it’s called a Tapisserie pattern, and we can’t describe it any better than watching this video can on how it’s made can. It’s beautiful, and the resulting color is a deep, dark blue that sings in the right light. Get your hands on one here, with an Ask listed at $26,500.
Say what you will about Breitling, the Navitimer is a classic deserving of the attention it gets from collectors of all stripes. We’ve written about the history of the Navitimer before, check it out here for refresher. We love this model for it’s dial, though. It provides a beautiful base to the flurry of information presented on the dial. The light yellow and red accents add just enough pop to the package as a whole. There’s currently an Ask listed at just $5,000 for this example.
The Omega Seamaster isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when discussing fashionable watches, but after Omega introduced a “Big Blue” variant of the Planet Ocean this year at Basel, that might change. The Big Blue is a statement piece if nothing else, clocking in at 45mm in diameter, and donning an all blue color scheme with bright orange accents. That’s not to say there’s nothing of substance to be found, the bezel is ceramic and the Omega caliber 8906 brings a GMT complication to the party. This watch should be hitting dealers soon, get your bids ready here.
Once can’t discuss superlative blue dials without mentioning the Souveraine Chronometre Bleu. This is a dial that has a near organic quality in its ability to change depending on the lighting conditions. Of course, the rest of the watch is equally as intoxicating, with an all gold bespoke movement and a svelte tantalum case that measures a perfect 39mm. It’s a damn near perfect dress watch in every regard, blue dial or not. There’s an Ask currently listed at $24,500 on this example.