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Rolex uses crazy dial materials - what’s your favorite?

Mother-of-pearl is a material frequently throughout the watch industry. Although not technically a stone, it is the iridescent lining found within a shell. Mother-of-pearl can appear as a myriad of different colors so each dial is unique in terms of color, hue, and even pattern!

The 126719BLRO meteorite dial is the only GMT-Master II to feature a meteorite dial. Meteorites transform during their journey across the Solar System to Earth. During this journey, they produce unusual metallic patterns and Rolex leveraged these configurations to craft these stunning and unique dials!

Although most people think of jade as a green stone, Rolex has featured the material in its Day-Date collection with a lavender hue. The dial is referred to as “carousel of lavender jade” because of the gold carousel patterns on the dial.

The diamond-paved dials come in a variety of patterns, such as this Datejust 31 which features butterfly patterns. Gem-setters carve the metal to hand-shape the gemstone slots. The diamonds are set with precise height alignment, orientation, and position.

Burl Birch wood is used in this 18K Gold Datejust from 1978 with a Jubilee bracelet. This rare wood dial is also featured in models like the Stainless Steel Datejust, vintage 1984 with a Burl Mahogany dial and the 18k Gold Day Date from 1980 with a burl Walnut dial.

Rubellite stones vary in color ranging from reds to dramatic pinks. It is a transparent gemstone from the tourmalines family. The name stems from “rubellus” which means reddish in Latin. Due to its rarity and beauty, it is the most prized and expensive member of the tourmaline family. Rolex features this stone in its Day-Date collection.

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