Watches with the blue dial/blue strap combo are one of the growing style trends seen in the watch world in the past few years — and on display at recent watch shows in Switzerland and in the U.S.A. We took a look at such blue watches with blue dials and blue straps released within the past few years, and compiled a list of 22 timepieces from brands on the blue-dial bandwagon.
Bremont’s U-2 Blue chronometer takes its design cues from a model worn by Israeli armed forces and retails for $5,495. The watch was tested by U2 pilots at 100,000 ft in temperatures of -50 degrees Celsius. The U-2 Blue comes in either a calfskin leather strap or NATO military nylon strap, both in a dark navy blue that matches the dial.
To celebrate the 275th anniversary of the first watch made by its namesake, watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz, Jaquet Droz updated its Grande Seconde series with a modernized Grande Seconde Quantième model. The watch, in a 43-mm case with côtes de Genève pattern on the dial, simplifies the Grand Seconde design, replacing the Arabic and Roman numerals of previous models with simple markers for the hours.
Frédérique Constant is introducing its manufacture moon-phase movement with the release of the Frédérique Constant Slimline Moonphase Manufacture. The watch, with a starting price of only $3,550, offers a single-crown adjustment system for setting the time, date and moon-phase. Among the five styles available is the model pictured above with a navy blue dial and matching alligator strap in a stainless steel case.
Rolex launched a colorful new lineup of Day-Date watches in five different color variations at Baselworld 2013. Among them is a model featuring a blue dial with sunray finish and a matching blue alligator strap. The blue-dial version of the new Day-Date comes in an 18k white gold case, 36 mm in diameter.
The rectangular Patek Philippe Ref. 5200 Gondolo 8 Days, Day & Date Indication, as its name suggests, has a power reserve of eight days. The blue dial is accented by a spot of red on the last segment of the power reserve indicator.
This A. Lange & Söhne Tourbillon “Pour le Mérite” features a very rare combination of a white gold case and a blue dial. The German-made watch was part of a limited edition of 200, only 19 of which came in white gold. At auctions, the Tourbillon “Pour le Mérite” ranks among the most sought-after A. Lange & Söhne models, usually fetching three to five times its original price.
The other German watch on our list, Glashütte Original’s Sixties Panorama Date, comes in a 42-mm stainless steel case, with a midnight blue dial with a sunburst finish and a dark blue Louisiana alligator leather strap. The numerals of the date display appear on a background the same color as the blue dial.
Breitling released a blue watch inspired by the summer, the Breitling Superocean 42, a divers’ watch water-resistant to a depth of 5,000 feet. The watch, a limited edition of 2,000 pieces, features a bezel covered in blue rubber in addition to its blue dial and blue rubber strap.
Louis Moinet celebrates the three-time Formula One world champion Nelson Piquet with the latest addition to its Legend collection, the Louis Moinet Nelson Piquet, a limited-edition two-pusher automatic chronograph. The dial features white numerals and counters against a navy blue backdrop, accompanied by a blue rubber strap. The white and blue colors are inspired by the colors of the F1 cars driven by Piquet throughout his career.
The Omega DeVille Chronograph Co-Axial Calibre 9301, a COSC-certified chronometer, features a two-zone blue dial with two domed subdials: the one at 3 o’clock displays both the 60-minute and 12-hour counters for the chronograph, while the one at 9 o’clock is for the running seconds. The model shown here comes in an 18k rose gold case, with rose gold hands and indices standing out against the blue dial.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, a limited edition of 10 pieces, has a platinum case and a “grande tapisserie” pattern on the dial.
Harry Winston’s Project Z6 Blue Edition has a satin-brushed blue dial with overlapping displays for current time and alarm time. The case is made of a DLC-treated alloy called Zalium. The watch comes on a blue rubber strap.