Since its inception, Rolex has manufacturered a variety of dials for their exquisite watch collection. Consequently, it may be virtually surprising if you see two same dials ever. Rolex, who is recognised as the most coherent manufacturer of the world’s luxury watches, is pretty conscious of how to get the face of their watches perfect. Indeed, getting the face justify is significant as it portrays the character of a timepiece than any other component.
Throughout their history, the brand has also outsourced from legendary names like the most popular Singer, Lemrich as well as Stern (owner of Patek Philippe). Nonetheless, Rolex has a wide range of different dials. Here we have piled up seven of the best-known dials made by Rolex, including the ones you may not be conscious of. Let’s have a look!
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The most usual kind of dial that you will notice in almost all modern Rolex watch collection begins with brass blanks. While the metal is robust, durable and easily machinable, it is perfect for the purpose. Three different techniques are used to add the colour; however, the standard opaque iterations are made with a lacquer application. On the other hand, for metallic shades such as silver or gold, the process of electroplating is used. However, specific limited-edition examples are also created using Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD).
Rolex has its gemological department, having a vast number of traditional jewellers for selecting and hand-setting the most flawless gemstones carefully. A gem-set dial comes with delicate accents on hour-markers. While Rolex employs rubies, sapphires, and emeralds on the dial, diamonds are primarily used to design its watches. You will usually find them equipped on the sports collection like the Daytona, Submariner and the GMT-Master.
However, among the latest editions, the magnificent Rainbow Rolex Daytona features an incredible arrangement of colourful gemstones fitted to the indexes.
During the 1970s, the wood dials were devised and equipped on the Day-Date and Datejust watches. The dial indeed offered appealing warmth to the overall appearance. Supposedly, thin splinters of burl wood extracted from mahogany, walnut and birch trees were merged to the elementary brass plate. And, it formed a unique look.
Rolex loves to commemorate birthdays more than anyone else. Eventually, the brand celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Datejust in 1985, introducing a unique dial. The dial featured a repeated monogram of ‘ROLEX’ throughout the surface, offering an alluring 3D effect. However, the Jubilee dial is still available in the latest collection. Rolex has also added it to the Lady-Datejust and Day-Date collections.
Rolex pie-pan dials are featured by an outer edge being sloped down and dissolved slightly just like an upside-down plate. However, the brand discontinued the production of these dials in favour of uniformly flat faces. The fact is that the sunken border of the dial made it look smaller than it was actually. But, the Rolex pie-pan dials are yet coveted among many vintage watch aficionados.
The Rolex Panda dial features light or white-coloured base, flaunting components like sub-dials in black or any other darker shade. Rolex introduced the dial in the 1960s, equipping it mostly on chronographs. However, there is also the ‘Reverse Panda’, and you can ideally guess from its name that this dial comes with a darker base and light sub-elements.
Although Rolex patented this specific dial type first in the 1940s, it is ideally Panerai who is best recognised for the California dial. However, this dial features a mixture of Roman numerals at the dial’s top, batons for 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock along with inverted triangle at the 12 and Arabic numerals at its bottom. Does it sound like a mess? However, the fact is that the California dials’ Art-Deco-esque style possesses a real vintage appeal that makes it a favourite of many collectors.
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