Red Rolex Dial

Written by Michael Federico
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Unfortunately, the red Rolex dial is getting harder and harder to find. The red dial was produced for use with the 1680 Submariner watch. However, there is an ongoing debate as to when the red dial was actually manufactured. Many believe that it was actively made between 1966 and 1980. Others feel as though it dropped out of circulation before the end of the 1970s. Regardless, the red dial gave way to the white dial Submariner, and now can only be found through specialty dealers or at auction.

This dial is considered a collectible. That means that there is no real set price for it out there. Many people are willing to pay far more than the piece is actually worth in order to obtain it. Also, as it grows rarer, people will be able to charge even more for it.

Features of the Red Dial

The red dial is most often used in tandem with a bi-directional bezel. It features chronometer-rated movement and a date readout. The date is viewable under a synthetic plastic crystal, and it, along with the time markers, can be seen with relative ease underwater.

There is one feature that truly sets the red dial apart from the majority of dials used in watches from its time. This dial has a luminous glow to it. This effect is achieved when tritium, a luminescent material, is applied directly to the dial's surface. While glow-in-the-dark watches are fairly commonplace today, none of them even closely resemble the Rolex red dial. This piece is highly sought after not only for its shimmer, but for its stylishness and originality.


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