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Three colourful watches for summer

May 26, 2023

Coloured dials make watches stand out. There, that was an easy article, wasn't it? But, seriously, some of the best-loved watches are that way because of their dials. Watches like H Moser & Cie's Endeavour, which has no markings at all, only a beautiful blue fumé dial which begins as a really intense blue in the centre before calming down and fading into black at the edges. Things like that get people's hearts going, and we have three that we just can't keep away from at the moment.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 - 126000

When Rolex introduced its Oyster watches with colourful dials a few years ago, many people thought they were mad. Of course, that isn't the case. Rolex knows exactly what they're doing; they just take their sweet time doing it. The Oyster Perpetual models are Rolex's simplest pieces, but their quality is no less than anything else in the Rolex lineup. Featuring a 36mm diameter case made from Oystersteel, the watch is water resistant to 100m, and the Oyster bracelet on it will keep it secure and comfortable on the wrist. 

The main attraction is the Candy Pink dial, but we would still say that this is a unisex piece if you think you can pull it off, though women will probably find that easier to do than men. The lack of a date window or Cyclops means you're not distracted from the time with this one, and its self-winding calibre 3230 inside is robust and accurate. More on that later.

Rolex DateJust - 16233 

Remember what we were talking about earlier with H Moser & Cie's beautiful fumé dials? Well, this DateJust from 1994 looks quite similar in some ways. Of course, it has the usual Rolex hallmarks, such as plenty of writing on the dial and a date window magnified by a Cyclops. We particularly love the blue vignette dial of this one, which is a rarity in the world of DateJusts. The way it starts out all intense, but then chills out at the edges just works for us. The watch also has factory-applied diamond markers, which, as we're sure you know, improve the sex appeal of nearly all DateJusts by at least 100%.

As you would expect from a watch of this period, the case size is reserved at 36mm across. Although Rolex did make bigger watches in the nineties, the naughties and the new teens with all their excesses on show is when Rolex really started pushing the boat out. Once again, we feel that men, women, or anyone really will be able to pull off this 36mm DateJust with ease, and the two-tone steel and 18k gold Jubilee bracelet and case with 18k gold fluted bezel are an absolute must.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 - 124300

The Oyster Perpetual got a swift change when Rolex introduced its coloured dials a few years ago. We've seen one of the options on the 36mm Oyster Perpetual, but this 41mm version with the Coral Red dial is rarer now as Rolex isn't making it any more. As you'd expect with any sports Rolex model made of steel, the pre-owned market value is much higher than the retail value ever was. The only way you can get an Oyster Perpetual with this colour on the dial now is by ordering one with the 'Celebration Motif' dial, which was released this year.

Just like the 36mm version, this watch has Rolex's in-house-made calibre 3230. This officially certified Superlative Chronometer movement is accurate to within +/- 2 seconds per day. With an antimagnetic escapement assembly and a 70-hour power reserve, this movement will continue ticking away no matter where you take your Oyster Perpetual. Although, as you'd expect from Rolex, you can't see the movement through the caseback to have a look at what's going on. 

If you fancy yourself one of these colourful Rolex watches or any other pre-owned luxury watch, please do get in touch and we'll do our best to source one for you, assuming we don't have one in stock already. Our website is continually updated as we buy and sell all kinds of watches. Don't worry if we don't have the watch you want in stock. We buy and sell a lot of watches, so another one is bound to come around, but you can always contact us, and we can help you source the perfect addition for your collection.