We can spend a few hours exploring what makes the Rolex Datejust so famous. With a sizeable symmetrical face, circular dial and an exclusive bracelet that flows out flawlessly of the case and lugs, the Rolex Datejust is referred to as the ‘modern archetype of the classic watch’.
There was a time when the date on a timepiece didn’t use to change automatically. Interestingly, it was Rolex who made that possible. In 1945, Rolex introduced the ever-first Datejust during the 40-year Jubilee celebration of the brand. Nonetheless, the dial is one of the most significant components of all watches that also help in distinguishing between individual models.
While some dials are specifically rare, others are incredibly popular. Today, let’s explore some of the most extraordinary Rolex Datejust dials out there.
The ‘Sigma’ Dial
Rolex equipped the ‘Sigma’ dial on the Datejust watches of the 1970s. So, what is the ‘Sigma’ dial? A Sigma dial flaunts the lowercase Greek symbol ‘σ’ (sigma) at 6 o’clock. However, the letter appears on the dial twice – once on either side of ‘T Swiss T’.
The manufacturer has not revealed the reason behind inscribing this letter on the dials. While some believe Rolex engraved it to differentiate automatic Swiss watches from quartz ones, others presume that the manufacturer started marking dials following other watch brands.
However, the much-esteemed Rolex Daytona reference 6265 features this uncommon ‘Sigma’ dial.
The ‘Buckley’ Dial
The ‘Buckley’ dial is mostly found on the Datejust models from the 1970s and 1980s. The most noteworthy feature of the dial is ideally the Roman numerals. Although there is some disagreement as to what references sport the Buckley dial, it is more likely that the references 16030, 16014, 1603 and 1601 originally feature the Buckley.
However, the references with Buckley dial come with either white hands or black hands and indices. But it should be noted that the Buckley dial is not exclusive to Datejust. You may also find this dial on some Oysterquartz references and Day-Date models ideally like the reference 1803.
The ‘Pie-Pan’ Dial
The Rolex Datejust reference 1603 features the ‘Pie-Pan’ dial. Quite simply, the name ‘Pie-Pan’ derives from the dial’s shape. The dial looks like an inverted pie pan, flaunting an angled outer ring. Apart from Rolex, Omega is also known to have equipped this dial design on various models like the Constellation.
Popular in the 1960s and 1970s, the ‘Pie-pan’ design renders more depth to the dial. Although the outer ring makes this dial appear pretty smaller, it seems to help the indices to stand out more.
The ‘Linen’ Dial
The ‘Linen’ dial is a quite cherished Datejust dial that comes with a beautiful texture. From grey and silver to the champagne dial of bi-tone reference 16013, this exclusive dial is available in a range of colours and many models.
However, Rolex has not introduced any models currently with the Linen dial. You are likely to find this dial on older Datejust references, including the 16014, 1603 and 1601.
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