Whether you call it “Tiffany Blue” or “Turquoise” (a whole other conversation I’d love to dive into at some point to clarify the distinction), there’s no denying this striking blue dial trend is continuing to drive us watch collectors wild. While blue dials have been around for quite some time, they seemed to grow in popularity after 2012 when a special blue Aqua Terra was seen on the scene of Skyfall by James Bond himself. The following year, it seemed that blue dials were everywhere and I was here for it. The trend continued to grow and blue was officially the new black. Then in 2020, came a different shade of blue from Rolex - a shade reminiscent of a little blue box we all know. Just like that, turquoise/Tiffany-colored dials were the new rage. In just three years, traditional blue dials have been replaced with these brightly-colored beauties on every major brand’s website and crowding in showcases. Today, we take a look at six of our favorite turquoise-colored dials - three budget-friendly options and three luxury options. Which one is your favorite?
Our Top 3 Luxury Turquoise Dials
“Bright Blue” Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Of course, we have to start with the one that started it all, the Oyster Perpetual. Arguably one of the most comfortable watches in the Rolex lineup, the Oyster Perpetual is known for its ability to be an ideal go-anywhere, do-everything watch. Three years ago, the brand known for being incredibly traditional and dare I say “stuck in the mud”, surprised us all by launching a multitude of brightly colored dials, including their “bright blue”. This was the watch that broke the internet. Available in a multitude of sizes, the Oyster Perpetual proved that bright dials are meant for everyone. It was a true trendsetter.
Patek Nautilus 5711 Tiffany
As luxurious as it gets in the watch world, this special edition watch (reference 5711/A-018) limited to only 170 pieces as the brand had marked its 170th anniversary. As you can imagine, this caused quite a frenzy in the market. The most sought-after dial color was finally in the Patek lineup but was virtually impossible to get (not that any other 5711 at that time was a practical purchase in which you could walk in and just get one off the counter). With rarity comes even more demand. The watch has been seen on celebrities like Ed Sheeran, Mark Wahlberg, Jay Z and the like. And though it may have retailed at $52,635, auction prices for one of these sought-after pieces have been upward of $3,000,000!
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The most recent update and “refresh” of the Breitling Superocean was not without its criticism. But it was the first time the brand began to embrace bright, bold colors - keeping up with the current trend in watchmaking. One of those colors, is a beautiful turquoise dial. What I love about this watch is that it clearly takes design elements from the 50’s Slow Motion collection but has made them completely new and modern. It’s not your regular “vintage inspired dive watch” - there's no fauxtina, an increase in specs to keep up with the demands of our everyday lives, and with the high-contrasting design, it is a dream for legibility. My favorite part, unlike the other two luxury options that I’m obsessed with, I can walk into my local dealer and find one of these!
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Our Top 3 Budget-Friendly Options
Because watch collecting doesn’t always have to break the bank, here are our favorite budget-friendly options when looking for a turquoise/Tiffany dial!
To say that I’m obsessed with this watch is an understatement. Don’t let the name fool you, this dial is nothing like the light-colored Aquamarine stones you’ll find in the local jewelry store. Without having any Doxa dealers around (I do wish they’d increase their distribution), I had been obsessing with photos of it online for a year before I finally got to see it in person. If you’re looking for a more unique diver, the Sub300t is ideal. And while that case may seem a bit off-putting, it’s incredibly comfortable on the wrist. Fortunately, if you’re looking for something a bit safer in style, the Sub 200 is a dream with its 7-link beads of rice bracelet. Either way, you choose, this one will not be a disappointment.
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Moonswatch “Mission to Uranus”
I realize this might be the unexpected answer, and it may even be highly contested, but there’s no denying that at less than $300, the Moonswatch is a clear contender when looking for an affordable option. Thankfully, so much of the hype around the Moonswatch has died down so this is something that you can actually get in store now. The Mission to Uranus is a great example of how watches don’t have to be expensive to be enjoyed.
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Tissot Seastar Pro 2000 Professional Powermatic 80
Tissot has always been known as providing a quality Swiss watch at an affordable price point. The Seastar Pro 2000 is a dive watch that checks all the boxes for a high-performance dive watch: water resistance to 600 meters, ISO certified, ceramic bezel, and a proven automatic movement with an impressive 80-hour power reserve. On top of that, it is aesthetically quite a stunning piece. The dial features an incredibly stunning turquoise-to-black gradient that provides a beautiful contrast. And all this for less than $1,200.
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What are your favorite turquoise dials? Let us know in the comments! One thing’s for sure, I hope this trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.