10 Blue Dial Rolex Watches Currently In Production (from €5k to €60k)
Simon Schneider2 March 2021 | 8 min read
The watch industry is probably one of the slowest moving markets in relation to fashion. That, however, does not stop it from succumbing to the power of trends determining what is popular and what not. The best reflection of said trends can be found in the Rolex collection who either start them or confirm their validity.
One trend that is only growing in popularity is the implementation of more colorful dials. After decades of black dials dominating the Rolex line-up, bright colors offer people the chance to express themselves and have some fun with their watch. Rolex is no stranger to colours as shown by their legendary Stella dials. Of all the colors, none is currently more in vogue than blue and for good reason due to its high versatility.
10 Blue Face Rolex Watches (in price order)
Today, we’ll look at ten of the best blue dial Rolex watches that are currently being produced (in order of their retail price). Let’s begin!
1. Oyster Perpetual 36mm reference 126000
Price new: €5,200
No watch stands for color more than the Oyster Perpetual. The basic model from the brand offers everything that makes Rolex great without having to pretend to satisfy some niche need you will never encounter in your real life. The metallic looking sunray dials from the previous generation have been changed in 2020 for bright acrylic colors reminiscent of original stella dial Day-Date models from the 1970s.
Luckily for us these models are significantly cheaper than an original Stella dial, with the 36mm version costing €5200. Available in different sizes and colors, the blue variation (which has a turquoise tint) has to be the most striking one of the bunch. Already dubbed the Tiffany dial due to the similarity of the boxes from the legendary American jeweler. Since these models are not even a year old you will, unfortunately, have to bring patience with you as they are out of stock almost everywhere and currently command high premiums.
2. Milgauss GV Electric Blue reference 116400GV
Price new: €7,750
Few watches are more colorful than the Rolex Milgauss Z-Blue. The orange seconds hand in the thunderbolt design pairs perfectly with the green sapphire glass. The true highlight though is undoubtedly is the dial which Rolex dubs Z-Blue and has to be experienced to be truly appreciated. With its sunray finish it has a wonderful metallic sheen to it and changes color depending on the light conditions and angle of the watch.
Beyond just looks the Milgauss also offers some great functionality. Being part of the professional model the Milgauss was originally created for scientists. In order to be protected from being magnetized by scientific machinery it has a magnetic shield made out of special alloys which is increasingly relevant in our highly technological life filled with magnetic fields. Priced at €7,750 it is one of the cheaper models in the professional series and is sure to retain its value.
3. Datejust 41 Fluted Bezel Jubilee Bracelet reference 126334
Price new: €9,200
The Datejust has for a long time been the do everything, go anywhere watch of the Rolex collection. The standard dress watch has been as much responsible for the success of the brand, if not even more so, than the legendary Submariner. The cyclops it has introduced has made for an iconic silhouette that has the perfect blend of form and function that Rolex is renowned for.
Available now in 41mm it has adapted to the times yet retains its classic DNA with the fluted bezel and jubilee bracelet which both do a great job capturing the sunlight. Offered in a wide array of different configurations the one we have selected is available for €9,200 and should be relatively easy to purchase. While it has a similar finish to the Milgauss the color here is completely different with a much darker navy blue color.
4. Yacht-Master 40 reference 126622
Price new: €11,150
The Rolex Yacht-Master 40 has long been overlooked as just a posh Submariner. This has changed as it has recently been gaining some of the appreciation it deserves for the beautiful watch that it is. With only 100 meters of water resistance I would not consider it a dive watch but it should be more than enough to satisfy all your scuba needs. It stands out with wonderfully handsome curves on the profile of the case and lugs that hug your wrist making it one of the most comfortable watches Rolex produces.
The bezel on this watch is made completely out of platinum which is wonderful to handle and offers a polish that no steel alloy can ever match. Available also in a Rhodium dial, we have chosen the blue version which is reminiscent of the waves that this watch was built to sail upon. It is matched with red design elements that gives the Yacht-Master a youthful sporty vibe. For €11,150 this watch offers a great mix of sporty appeal with classic design and is also one of the easier models to find at an authorized dealer.
5. Sea-Dweller Deepsea James Cameron reference 126660
Price new: €12,100
There are dive-watches, and then there are dive-watches. The Sea-Dweller belongs to the latter and is what happens when you write the story of the Submariner completely in bold text. It takes the DNA of the classical diver and injects it with steroids to supersize it in every way possible. At 44mm in diameter and 17mm in thickness this watch is massive and takes a strong wrist to wear.
This James Cameron special edition is water-proof to 3900 meters which should be more than enough for even the deepest Jacuzzi. Made to commemorate the film directors historic dive to the bottom of the Mariana trench it features a dial that shifts from dark blue to black to reflect the shifting color spectrum underwater. Priced at €12,100 it certainly isn’t cheap for a steel watch but if history is anything to go buy this Rolex special edition will be sure to retain its value if not gain so significantly.
6. Submariner Bluesy reference 126613LB
Price new: €13,350
Moving on to the most legendary of all watches in the entire world, the Rolex Submariner. While the steel version is traditionally only available with a black dial Rolex is willing to get a little more creative with the gold and two-tone models. A version of this watch which is lovingly referred to as the “Bluesy” is a two-tone steel and yellow gold watch with a blue ceramic bezel and a matching blue dial. This version has been around for a long time already, so for the vintage lovers will be happy to hear that older versions of this watch are readily available and cost less than a steel vintage submariner.
The modern version will set you back €13,350 and is one of the easier to obtain modern Rolex watches. Don’t mistake the gold on this watch however for it just being a show pony, as the Submariner (regardless of its metal composition) is a serious watch that can take just about everything you throw at it. If you want to learn more about this watch be sure to check out our blog about it that you can find here. Also be sure to take a look into our shop where we have a vintage and a modern version of the Bluesy in stock at the time of writing.
7. Sky-Dweller reference 326934
Price new: €13,850
Few watches are more emblematic of the blue dial craze than the stainless steel Sky-Dweller. Initially released in 2012 only in precious metals the highly complicated wristwatch was praised for its technical prowess but considered too chic and expensive for most. This changed once Rolex decided to offer it in steel and the Sky-Dweller suddenly became one of the hottest watches available, none more so than the blue version.
For the uninitiated, the Sky-Dweller is an annual calendar meaning it can show the month as well as always the correct date and you only need to set it once a year during the end of February. Additionally, it can display an extra time-zone to make it the perfect watch for the modern traveling gentleman. At 42mm this is one of the larger models Rolex have in their catalogue, however, this boils down to the incredible movement that had to be fitted in this watch. At €13,850 it is far from cheap but for what it offers reasonably priced. Waiting times are unfortunately inevitable with the watch though, particularly for the blue dial version.
8. GMT-Master Pepsi White Gold reference 126719BLRO
Price new: €35,800
If the Sky-Dweller was the modern traveler’s watch, the GMT-Master is its ancestral counterpart. The Pepsi, in reference to the blue and red colors used on the ceramic bezel, is one of the most iconic watches by the brand on par with the Submariner and the Daytona. Before the introduction of the Stainless steel model this bezel was only available on the white gold model.
To allow Rolex aficionados to stand out and differentiate themselves from the steel version, the white gold version was fitted with a subtle matte dark blue dial which matches the blue found on the bezel. Being made completely out of solid 18k white gold it is unsurprisingly very expensive with a jaw dropping price tag of €35,800. If you want to go under the radar and still have a reliable travel companion with the comforting heft of gold then this Pepsi is the watch for you.
9. Rolex Daytona White Gold reference 116509
Price new: €36,800
Moving on to the hottest of all Rolex professional watches, the Daytona. Originally created to help race-drivers keep track of lap times and measure their speed, this watch had a bit of an identity crisis with efforts to make it a space watch to win the valuable Nasa contract that eventually the Omega Speedmaster had. Nowadays all those troubles are forgotten and the Daytona is the most in demand commodity in the watch world.
A model often overlooked in the hype surrounding the stainless steel version is the 18k white gold model with a stunning bright blue dial. Ever since being featured in the iconic 2nd installment of Hodinkees talking watches episode with John Mayer this model has gotten a large surge in popularity. Priced at 36,800 Euro it is still prohibitively expensive though for most watch fans making it easily available for those that have the funds. This is sure to be a future classic so if you have the resources by all means go for it. You will surely not be disappointed!
10. Day-Date 40 Platinum Roman Numeral Dial reference 228206
Price new: c. €60,000
Last, but certainly not least, is the Day-Date 40 made completely out of platinum. The Day-Date is famous for displaying the day and date, big surprise I know, and being only made out of precious metal. A watch known to be a favorite of heads of state all around the globe, this watch can be spotted on the wrists of significant men and women all along the last century.
As is custom with Rolex platinum watches, this model is fitted with an ice blue dial and dark blue Roman numerals. Couple this with the feel that only a solid platinum watch can give you and you have one of the most luxurious watches ever created. This comes at a cost. While Rolex considers this a price-on-request model, you can expect to pay around €60,000 at your friendly authorized dealer. As bizarre as this may sound though, having worn a platinum day-date once in my life already I can say that price is absolutely justified because there is nothing quite like it. If you are willing to spend top dollar, you will get the top dog in the Rolex collection no doubt about it as well as the most handsome blue dial they have ever created.