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A Complete Guide to Dial Color Variations [Menfs Edition]
By YANO · SEPTEMBER 18, 2020
A watch dial greatly affects the overall impression of a watchfs face.
Brand name and functionality is indeed something to consider, but of course you would love to have one in your favorite color, wouldnft you?
Thus, I will focus on dial color in this article.
If you happen to be looking to buy a watch based on its dial color, feel free to use this as a reference!
Left: Ref. 116610LV (green) Right: Ref. 116610LN (black)
The impression of the watch is greatly affected depending on the color of the dial. For example, both watches in the two images above are Rolex Submariner Date, however with different dial color, the overall feel each watch presents is clearly rather different. In this article, we will introduce to you, in order of rarity, the dial faces.
Popular Classic Colors
Firstly allows us to introduce some classic colors.
The appeal of classic colors is that they go with both casual and business settings, not to mention standard color is recommended for people who are looking to buy their first watch.
Pure and Clean White
First off, the classic white dial.
In the image displayed is the popular Chanel J12 model. It increased its visibility by creating a high contrast between its white dial and index. The white also adds a fresh vibe to your outfit.
Sinn, the forerunner of unique watch from the major watchmaking country, also highly regarded by avid watch fans. The image above is Sinnfs pilot watch, 104.ST.SA.IW. In addition to the design on the watch dial, the white color further raises its visibility for the user.
Not to mention, that as a mechanical watch, it further appeals to male wearers with its charm.
Ref. BR03-92 PHANTOM-CE
Black never goes out of style.
The picture above is from a rather young brand founded in 1992, Bell & Ross. However the BR03-92 Phantom in the image above created new waves in the market with its avant-garde appearance owing to its matte black belt, bezel and watch dial.
Chanel J12. The white edition gave it a refreshing look, and the black one certainly makes it look a lot cooler. Black also complements the sharp design of the J12 well.
A Rolex Submariner Date, beautifully constructed with a yellow gold bracelet. Depending on the color of the outfit etc. it is matched with, the blue color may present an attractive luxurious feel.
Over here we have the IWC Da Vinci Automatic 150 Years.
It is a limited-edition piece made in 2018 with only 500 units sold worldwide to commemorate the 150th anniversary of IWCfs founding. It features a dial with a lacquered finish that takes a lot of effort and is costly to produce.
This smart-looking blue dial matches well with IWCfs stylish design.
Despite being a bright color, its presence is slightly subdued by the calm vibe given off by IWCfs design, allowing it to go well with formal attires.
Luxurious Champagne Gold
gHeritage Black Bayh is a popular model which added a modern touch on a past design. The vintage atmosphere is retained through the usage of a squid-shaped watch hand along with a riveted bracelet. Through this, Tudor established its own unique position different from its parent company Rolex. The contrast of the black bezel and the champagne gold dial adds to its cool and luxurious factor.
This is a rare Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date with 18k yellow gold case and bracelet. The champagne gold-colored dial ups its opulent image.
Ref. 774 7686 4051M
The Artelier Chronograph, is a dress watch from long-established Swiss maker, Oris.
The silver guilloche dial highlights Orisfs simple and sharp design with an added flair of elegance.
From business to casual, it can be worn for a wide array of settings.
Made by one of the worlds gBig Threeh watch makers, Vacheron Constantin, this is an Overseas Automatic belonging to Vacheronfs sports lineup.
Evoking a classical and sporty look that goes well with a suit setting.
Also available with either leather or rubber straps with ease of interchangeability. Not only that, but functionality wise, the watch is rather high-spec too with its structure made from soft iron which is 25,000A/m magnetic-resistant.
To Those Looking for Something Different. Colors to Showcase Your Individuality!
Next, here are colors with a little bit of spunk in them.
Just as how trending colors appear in the world of fashion, in the world of watches dials have their own seasonal colors.
For examples, the green dial boom in 2018.
In recent years, the variety of dial colors have greatly diversified, and the fun of choosing between them multiplied!
A pop of color can add a bright accent to a simple outfit during summer, and such eye-catching color on your shirt cuff will also help you stand out from others during fall or winter.
A popular submariner among all the other submariners, the Rolex Submariner Date gGreen Subh in the standard green color with a green bezel in addition to its green dial.
A rare yellow dial on the 38mm Summer Edition Girard-Perregaux Laureato.
Like itfs namesake suggests, the vivid yellow color creates a summery feel. While the diamonds lend it their luxurious presence. The casual rubber strap keeps its down-to-earth. A rare watch with only 75 manufactured units around the world.
The Breitling Avenger II Seawolf with professional waterproof specifications up until 3,000 meters. This watch is outstanding in both appearance and functionality.
9R Spring Drive of Grand Seiko, Seikofs flagship model.
An attractively simple, yet, mechanically-themed face with an ivory dial exudes its soft impression.
The crocodile leather belt used gives the watch a powerful aura with its simple and modern look.
This Bvlgari Octo LfOriginale has a grey dial that complements its matte texture. In addition, thanks to its thin in-house movement the gBVL191h, a noticeable sleekness is can be felt in its overall design. Not to mention, the final touches added by its rubber strap.
The watch representing diverfs watches, the Omega Seamaster.
A fashionable Aqua Terra with horizontal stripes across the dial is based of the motif of a yacht deck and goes splendidly with the color gray.
The Aqua Terra was one of Omegafs standard collection released in 2002.
The blue watch hands are also a great match with the cool grey.
Czapekfs Quai des Bergues No.19S with a wonderful rhubarb red that is sure to leave a strong impression to viewers.
The hand engraved guilloche on the watch dial definitely sets it apart from other ordinary guilloche engravings with its enhanced beauty.
Completed with an equally red belt we have in our hands, a very exquisite and luxurious piece indeed.
Might I also add, grareh, as there are only 10 of these in the market worldwide.
A vivid red color on the Omega Speedmaster Racing.
With the gRed Baronh Michael Schumacher as ambassador, it was modeled after him. The combination of the red and black on its dial really screams gracer modelh, doesnft it?
Red was also used for the tachymeter scale on its bezel.
An Unsuitable Dial Color May Lead to a Wardrobe Malfunction!? Recommended Dial Colors for Each Occasion
A wristwatch, one of the few accessories that a man wears.
However, when one becomes a working adult, it is almost second-nature to always wear one. Depending on the design, there may be times when a watch does not really fit the occasion it is worn in and may go against courtesy.
One element that I want to stress upon is the color of the dial as it greatly influences the vibe the watch gives off.
Of course, it is completely up to you to wear what kind of watch that you fancy in a private or casual setting. However, it is advised to avoid flashy colors when doing business or where a strict dress code must be upheld.
With that being said, I would like to introduce recommended dial colors for each occasion.
Dial Colors for A Formal Setting
gFormalh can range from a lot of things. From ceremonial occasions to dinner parties. In many cases, attendees adhere to the dress code set. However in Japan, the dress code is usually not as specific as say, Europe. In any case, the one color that can never go wrong is white. Second and third to that are silver and light gray. These colors are always the go-to when you canft decide what to wear to an event.
Dial Color for A Business Setting
As a golden rule, anything used in a formal setting can go well in a business setting too. Those colors include white, silver, and light gray. Sometimes, the smart impression that blue gives off is also ideal when choosing a watch for a business meeting.
Other than that, basic black is relatively easy to pair with any business suit and generally does not stick out too much.
Also, a gbusinessh setting will vary greatly depending on the type of industry and occupation that you are in.
If youfre curious and not particular about adding accessories to your outfit, try pairing a watch to your favorite suit!
Even watches looking gtoo flashyh individually to you at glance might blend in a lot better than expected!
So, what did you think?
The color of the dial can greatly alter a watchfs impression. Have you found the right color for you yet? Here at JACKROAD, besides the watches showcased today, we have a wide selection of other watches for you too! Why not take this chance and find out what suits you?