The signature blue dial on a Rolex is one of the most sought after designs. Blue, in general, evokes the feeling of calmness, serenity and trust; which makes it a perfect accessory for business people. But these dials are versatile too, the way the contrasting shades of Rolex blues complement the precious metals and steel it’s paired with makes it a must-have casual item too. Today we’ll be taking a look at six of the most popular blue Rolex watches you can buy today.
A Note on the Varying Shades of Blue
Of course, when it comes to Rolex, there’s no one size fits all option and that’s no different when it comes to dial shades. Rolex offers an array of blue shades on their dials, from a pale ice blue (a signature on platinum pieces) to richer, more ocean-like colours. Electrictrifying blue like that used on the new Milgauss to deeper and darker hues that are reminiscent of the depths of the ocean. Rolex also has a stunning classic blue shade featured on several models, which was also Pantone’s colour of the year for 2020.
1. Milgauss – Reference 116400GV
A design that was re-launched in 2014, the Milgauss exclusively uses the Rolex Z-Blue dial colour which Rolex describes as electric blue; a striking complement to the lightning bolt second hand featured on this unique and vibrant design from Rolex that’s somewhat a little more outside of the box than usual. The dial itself boasts a rich metallic-like finish that complements the green sapphire crystal dial cover. In the correct lighting conditions, it creates a rather mesmerising effect.
2. Sea-Dweller Deepsea ‘James Cameron – Reference 126660
Dubbed the Submariner on steroids, this special edition timepiece is waterproof up to an incredible 3900 metres; more than six times that of the Submariner. The truly appealing part of the watch’s blue dial is its nod to the depths of the ocean. The dial has an ombre effect that dips from a rich royal blue to a deep and intense black. The watch was designed to commemorate the famous film director’s dive to the bottom of the Mariana trench Back in 2012 where he explored an incredible 10,908m below sea level.
3. Skydweller – Reference 326934
Much like the GMT Master II, this watch is designed for those who travel whether business or pleasure and features an interior dial that always shows the time back home. A great investment piece, the Skydweller is known to be extremely hard to come by and can sell for as much as double its recommended retail price on the pre-loved market.
Originally this watch was only available in precious metals however Rolex decided to release a version in Oystersteel which was a huge success. Rolex’s technical mastery is truly showcased on this watch that’s designed to be the ultimate date and timekeeper, with reset required around once a year.
4. GMT Master II Pepsi – Reference 126719BLRO
The more traditional travellers watch; The GMT Master Pepsi was one of the most iconic Rolex models when it was launched, its name deriving from the popular drinks brand relating to the multicoloured bezel. As with the Skydweller, this watch only used to be available in white gold but is now available in a stainless steel model too. The blue dial perfectly matches the nighttime half of the Pepsi and helps it to stand out from the crowd.
5. Rolex Daytona White Gold – Reference 116509
One of the most sought after Rolex watches, if you think any Daytona is hard to come by then the white gold with blue dial Is frankly a bit of a Unicorn. The watch is designed for those with the need for speed and is intended to help race drivers record their lap times effectively. The metallic royal blue dial on this watch is sure to capture anyone’s attention and is the perfect companion for those who want to go from office to speedway in under 60 seconds.
6. Rolex Day-Date 40 Platinum with Ice Blue Dial – Reference 228396TBR
Last but not least is the iconic ice blue dial only found on platinum models of Rolex watches, and what better watch to feature this than the Day-Date 40, aka the President’s watch. The ice blue perfectly complements a diamond-set bezel which is one of the more exquisite and expensive options for this Rolex. This striking dial shade colour is only available on this model and the platinum version of the Cosmograph Daytona.