Watches are as much accessories as they are gadgets for telling time. As a result, we look for a lot of the same things in watches as we would a bracelet, a tie, or a pair of cuff links; color, patterns, and material. One of the more popular hues floating around out there? Blue.
Watches sporting blue dials are great for wearing in just about any situation – whether that be when heading to work, or going out for a more formal occasion. And no matter your preferred price range – whether it be a Timex watch you’re looking for, or a luxury watch worthy of being passed on to your grandkids – you’ll be able to find a blue-dialed beauty worthy of strapping on your wrist. In fact, there are so many out there that it can be hard to actually narrow down the list to the few that you want to actually get your hands on. So to help you out, we pulled together a list of what we think are some of the best Blue Dial Watches out there.
Jack Mason A102 Aviator Chronograph
Inspired in large part by the instrument gauges in old aircraft cockpits, the dial on this pilot’s watch from Jack Mason has a distinct look and feel to it. Adorned with Arabic dials, a trio of subdials, and featuring three Super Luminova coated hands, the watch is an ideal pick for those looking for something more on the martial end of the spectrum.
Featuring a 41mm case with a blue dial adorned with full Arabic numerals, this watch is just about as classic looking as they come. The 1069 quartz movement ensures the watch is both low maintenance and highly accurate, driving two man Super-LumiNova painted hands around the main dial and a single second counting hand around the subdial.
Bamford Watch Department Mayfair
Bamford Watch Department made a name for themselves thanks to their ability to flawlessly customize high-end timepieces. Now the crew of watch aficionados are rolling out their own model – they Mayfair. This striking example features a stainless steel case with rotating bezel, white Super-LumiNova markings, and a handsome blue dial.
Sekford Type 1A
For those who find themselves more attracted to the minimalist watch look, this pick from Sekford is worth considering. The dress watch features a distinct mesh of British style and Swiss engineering that gives it a kind of unique sophistication.
Oris Aquis Date Automatic 43mm
Credited as being a bridge between functional dive watches and sleeker models intended for everyday wear, the Aquis Date from Oris is ideal for those trying to get a high-end watch under $2,000. Along with its beautiful midnight blue dial, the timepiece features a Oris 733 movement that can be viewed through the transparent caseback, and a striking metal bracelet with a clasp closure.
Junghans Meister Chronoscope
Not as much a fan of Swiss watches as you are of German? Consider this example from Junghans. This blue dial watch features a trio of subdials, a day-date window, and three hands that are all driven by a self-winding J880.1 movement with a hefty 48-hour power reserve.
Weiss Limited Edition American Issue Field Watch
Made by hand from the ground up in the brand’s Los Angeles studio, this watch from Weiss has a lot more to recommend it than just its attractive blue dial. The beating heart powering the entire contraption is a rare US-made calibre 1003 manually wound mechanical movement. That unique contraption at the center of the timepiece drives the watch’s two main hands and subdial located at 9 o’clock and features a full 46-hour power reserve.
Montblanc Heritage Chronometier Twincounter
While you may know them for their EDC pens, Montblanc makes incredibly nice watches, as well. Case in point, this timepiece here. The Chronometrie’s two main hands and subdials are driven by Swiss made automatic movement. To top it off, the watch features an American alligator strap.
Baume & Mercier Clifton Automatic
A Swiss-made automatic Soprod9035 movement drives this handsome GMT watch from Baume & Mercier. The 43mm case holds a moody blue dial with a power meter, date window, and GMT sub-dial, while it is attached to a USA-made alligator strap. A worthy addition to even the most serious watch collector’s quiver.
Nomos Glashutte At Work Metro Neomatik
Given that Nomos is quite possibly one of the most attractive watch makers on the market, it isn’t much of a surprise that their navy dial example would end up on this list. The two hands are driven around the main dial with its Arabic numerals courtesy a thin DUW 3001 movement with 42 hour reserve. All things said, a watch worth lusting after.
IWC Schaffhausen Pilot’s Le Petit Prince Edition Chrono
While Antoine de Saint-Exupery is best known for his book The Little Prince, he did more than just write poetry. In fact, he was a skilled pilot – which is part of the reason why IWC Schaffhausen saw it as fitting to dedicate this watch to him. Other than featuring a stamp on the caseback, the watch is more or less as it would be on a normal release – complete with its 79320 calibre chronograph movement, blue dial, and buckle fastening Santoni leather strap.
Bell & Ross BR 03-94
A kind of cross between Bell & Ross’ martial tone and its luxury reputation, the BR 03-94 is a hefty bit of watch for those who want to sport some serious weight on their left wrist. Featuring two subdials, a date window, and a trio of angular, sharp looking hands resting just above the watch’s polished blue dial – it is without a doubt a watch made to leave an impression.
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra
The Seamaster’s aquatic inspiration doesn’t stop at its name. Sitting under the watch’s domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal is a blue, sun-brushed dial with a ‘teak’ pattern that, as the brand tells it, is inspired by the decks of luxury sailboats. This high-end, subtle look combined with the watch’s regal trio of hands and luminescent indices make it well worth its high asking price.
Tag Heuer Monaco Automatic Chronograph
Possibly the most classic blue dial watch on our list is this pick from Tag Heuer. Made famous in part because of its appearance on Steve McQueen’s wrist in the 1970 car film Le Mans, the watch has endured – remaining popular appearing on the wrists of everyone from Clint Eastwood to Brian Cranston and more.
Rolex Datejust 41
This 41mm case from Rolex features a striking blue dial, 18 carat hour markers, a date window, and a trio of hands drive by a 3235 movement. The case itself is made from Rolex’s proprietary White Rolesor material – a combination of 904L steel and 18 carat white gold – while the oyster bracelet is from a tough 904L steel and features a folding clasp.
Piaget Polo S Automatic
A new model from Piaget, this watch features a blue guilloche dial with Super-LumiNova markings and a trio of hands that are driven by the Swiss-made 1110P self-winding mechanical movement. At the end of the day, a welcome addition to Piaget’s offerings.
Ressence Type 1 Squared Mechanical Watch
This watch is a more toned-down take Ressence’s wild debut. Rather than featuring a big, round body, it boasts a squared off, slim look – making it ideal for daily wear. The real attraction on this watch, however, is still its unique dial. Rather than relying on moving hands, it uses a one-of-a-kind movement that rotates the dial itself.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
Possibly the most striking blue dial watch out there is the Royal Oak from Audemars Piguet. The 41mm case holds the immediately recognizable Grande Tapisserie pattern dial with its metallic indices, date window, and elegant hands.
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