Rolex Stone dials: All Stone types used for Dials by Rolex

Rolex Stone dials: All Stone types used for Dials by Rolex

Rolex Stone dials: All Stone types used for Dials by Rolex

Over the years, Rolex has produced an ungodly number of dials. Different models have different dials (for obvious reasons), but many of Rolex’s models are also available with a range of different dials. The models which have (and have always had) the largest selection of dials is the Day-Date and the Datejust. Some dials are more daring and unique and others, and some have only produced in smaller quantities, and are thus very rare and expensive.

Apart from experimenting with colors, Rolex has also, throughout its history, experimented with materials for its dials. One unique material that Rolex has experimented quite a lot with is stone. Over the years, Rolex has produced dials with a large number of different stone types. Some are still in production, whilst some have been discontinued many years ago, and thus only been produced in very limited numbers.

In this article, we will list all the different types of stone dials that Rolex has used for its watches. You may be surprised at how many different stone dials Rolex has produced, and may find dials that you have never seen before.

As you know, Rolex is a very conservative company, and thus dared to experiment more with different stone materials back then compared to today. Today, only a few stone dials are in production and available in current models, whereas back in the days, you had a larger selection of stone dials in production at the same time. Note that some stone dials are available in different iterations, for example with or without diamonds, and may this vary slightly.

Obsidian

Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass formed as an extrusive igneous rock. Obsidian is produced when felsic lava extruded from a volcano cools rapidly with minimal crystal growth.

Agate Rolex stone dial

A rare stone dial and not commonly seen on Rolex watches. Agate is a rock consisting primarily of cryptocrystalline silica, chiefly chalcedony, alternating with microgranular quartz. It is characterized by its fineness of grain and variety of color.

Meteorite

Rolex has used meteorite stone as a dial material for a number of references and models – including in modern production. The meteorite is a material that is truly special due to its history and rare nature. Rolex uses the famed Gibeon meteorites, named after the Namibian town where meteorites fell during prehistoric times.

Malachite

Rolex malachite stone has been used in several Rolex models and can actually also be found in modern Rolex watches.

Malachite is a green copper mineral, known for its vibrant green color and agate-like banding that shows different shades of green. The color does not fade over time which makes it a perfect material for Rolex watch dials and in jewelry.

Green jade

Jade refers to an ornamental mineral, mostly known for its green varieties. It can refer to either of two different minerals: nephrite, a silicate of calcium and magnesium, or jadeite, a silicate of sodium and aluminium.

Ammonite

Ammonites are perhaps the most widely known fossil. Ammonoids are a group of extinct marine mollusk animals in the subclass Ammonoidea of the class Cephalopoda.

Aventurine

Aventurine is a form of quartz, characterized by its translucency and the presence of platy mineral inclusions that give a shimmering or glistening effect. The common color is green, but it can also be found in other colors.

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Azurite

Barely found in any Rolex dial, but has, as you can see, been used by Rolex. Azurite is a soft, deep-blue copper mineral produced by weathering of copper ore deposits.

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Bloodstone

bloodstone is a combination of chalcedony and jasper. Bloodstone is interesting as it can be found in many hues and colors. Seen below is a green/red color. Jasper gives the red color specks and Chalcedony gives mainly a green color.

Lavender jade

Jade is mostly known for its green varieties, but Rolex has made lavender colors jade dials which is a fun and very appealing color twist.

Cacholong

Cachalong is a form of common opal which has a milky white colour.

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Rose jasper

A rose-color version of the stone jasper.

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Green Jasper

As you can see, Rolex has made dials in jasper stone in many different colors.

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Carnelian stone dial

A stone dial produced by Rolex is the Carnelian stone dial. Carnelian is a brownish-red mineral commonly used as a semi-precious gemstone.

 

Rolex Stone dials: All Stone types used for Dials by Rolex
Rolex Stone dials: All Stone types used for Dials by Rolex

Chrysoprase

This striking green stone dial is made of chrysoprase, which is a gemstone variety of chalcedony that contains small quantities of nickel. Its color is normally apple-green, but can also vary to deep green.

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Blue coral 79173

A blue/turquoise dial made of coral.

Orangeish/pink coral

“Precious coral, or red coral, is the common name given to a genus of marine corals, Corallium. The distinguishing characteristic of precious corals is their durable and intensely colored red or pink-orange skeleton, which is used for making jewelry.”. Rolex has taken this material and used it to make dials.

Pink coral

Coral can be found in a number of different colors, and this is why you can find a number of various coral dials in different colors.

Yellowish/green coral

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Blue jadeite

Jadeite is a pyroxene mineral and one of the two types of pure jade. Jadeite is the more rare stone and thus considered to be more precious and valuable.

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Green Jadeite

Rolex has used both jade and jadeite dials for its dial production but does not use the terms interchangeably. This is because these are, as mentioned above, slightly different.

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Ferrite

“A ferrite is a ceramic material made by mixing and firing large proportions of iron(III) oxide blended with small proportions of one or more additional metallic elements, such as barium, manganese, nickel, and zinc.”

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Grossular Rolex stone dial

No Grossular dial is the same, which means you have very unique and personal stone dials with this material. Compare this Daytona dial and the Day-Date dial.

Also known as “garnet” or “grossularite”.

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Howlite

More known as marble dial, the use of marble for Rolex dials is not really surprising. Marble’s reputation of being luxurious and classy, and having been used in history by powerful leaders to build temples makes this a perfect stone type for a Rolex dial.

Making a dial from marble, however, is quite difficult due to the delicate nature of the material.

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Fossil stone dial

Also known as “Jurrasic park”, fossil can be seen in a number of colors and tones in Rolex dials. Due to the historic nature of fossils, these dials are very special and unique.

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Rolex Mother of pearl (nacre) dials

Mainly known as mother of pearl dial, this is a material that is frequently used by Rolex. This, of course, isn’t very surprising. Mother of pearl is used by a lot of other watch manufacturers and jewelry makers because of its shiny and jewelry-like characteristics. Mother-of-pearl is the iridescent lining you can find within a shell and thus technically not a stone.

The mother of pearl material can be found in a number of different colors on Rolex dials, and because of the nature of the material, each dial is different in terms of color and hue. The unique patterns and iridescence of the dials make them truly special.

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Onyx dial

Rolex stone onyx dial. Available for different models and in different iterations. Onyx is part of the quartz mineral group and is a layered stone, and can range from white to black. The onyx dials used in Rolex watches are usually spotless which means a solid pitch black and elegant dial. These onyx dials do not have any seconds or minute markings which makes them very minimalistic and classy.

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Black opal

Also known as stardust or Turquoise opal. As you can see, this Rolex stone dial is something truly special. Precious opal shows a variable interplay of internal colors, and this is why each and every single opal Rolex stone dial is different from each other.

Pink opal

Rubellite dial

The rubellite is a transparent gemstone from the colorful family of the tourmalines. The color of this stone can vary from red to violet to pale and dramatic pink.

Sugilite

This dial is specifically made for the Japanese market and thus very rare.

Sugilite as a material is in fact very rare cyclosilicate mineral with the complex chemical formula KNa₂(Fe, Mn, Al)₂Li₃Si₁₂O₃₀. The crystals are rarely found and the form is usually massive.

 

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis lazuli, or also known as lapis, is a deep blue metamorphic rock. The lapis lazuli material is very popular in jewelry making due to its stunning blue hue.

Sodalite

Sodalite is a rich, royal blue material and mainly used as an ornamental gemstone. Each sodalite dial is different from each other as sodalite stones are veined with markings.

Tiger’s Eye

Tiger eye/ tiger’s eye, is a metamorphic rock with a golden to red-brown color and silky, lustrous banding.

Bull’s Eye – also known as tiger eye

Turquoise marble

Lapis Lazuli “Pyramid dial”

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Orange coral pyramid dial

Rolex Stone dials: All Stone types used for Dials by Rolex

Pietersite dial

This material is very rare and has a dark-gray or reddish breccia aggregate. It is  rock made up of fragments embedded in a matrix, comprised mostly of hawk’s eye and tiger’s eye.

Conclusion

Listed in this article were all known Rolex stone dials. We hope this can work as a helpful resource guide for you to an interesting part of the Rolex production which is the use of materials for its dials. Over the course of its history, Rolex has used other interesting and appealing materials and textures for its dials which are not stone, such as wood and linen.
Note: All photos belong to their respective owners. This article is only for educational purposes and we hope that we can shed light on an interesting part of Rolex’s production and material choices.

2 thoughts on “Rolex Stone dials: All Stone types used for Dials by Rolex

  1. Good morning,

    I am looking for a green malachite dial for a ladies Rolex with diamonds or zircons
    Do you have any or similar?
    Please send pictures and prices if possible
    Many thanks

    1. Hi!
      Unfortunately not for the moment but we would be happy to inform you if we do come across one!

      Kind regards,
      MW

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