Timeless, suave, sophisticated, the color black is mainstream in everyone’s closet. A valuable watch with a black dial or black strap is as essential to one’s wardrobe as the black suit or little black dress and here are some of our top picks.
A watch released in 1971 for adventure seekers, the Explorer II experienced an overhaul in 2011 in honor of the watch’s 40th anniversary. The stainless steel Oyster case of the Explorer II 216570 is enlarged to an amazing 42mm while the intense black dial is set with bigger hands, a larger orange 24-hour arrow-tipped hand, and large luminescent hour markers – all for optimal legibility even in the most extreme elements. The 24-hour bezel allows the wearer to differentiate between day and night when searching out the sun is not an option.
A complete classic diver’s replica watch, this Submariner 1680 from 1978 features the original black dial with an appealing patina for extra retro appeal. Heightening the vintage vibe is the customized hand-stitched Italian black leather strap with stainless steel buckle. The 40mm stainless steel Oyster case is decorated with a waterproof screw-down crown, rotatable black bezel with white graduations, and automatic movement within. The acrylic crystal protecting the face is equipped with the iconic replica Rolex Cyclops lens for easy reading of the date window at 3 o’clock.
The replica GMT-Master is a globetrotter’s indispensable travel companion with its two time zones for home and away. This black GMT-Master 16758 with automatic movement is from the early 80s and features an 18k yellow gold 40mm Oyster case together with the original 18k yellow gold Jubilee bracelet. The beveled detailing around the black bezel and black “nipple” dial give the piece added interest, while the gold hour indices and hands contrast well with its black background. The 16758 also boasts a sapphire crystal instead of the acrylic crystal found on its predecessors.
The size is small, while this President Lady Datejust 69178 circa 1982/83 packs an intense, dark and sultry punch. With its 18k yellow gold 26mm Oyster case with fluted bezel, to its black tapestry dial with raised gold baton indexes and new Rolex black leather strap with fake Rolex tang buckle, this Presidents’ timepiece for her is a statement in stylish luxury. Aside from its good looks, the Datejust 69178 is of course an officially certified “Superlative Chronometer” powered by an automatic movement with the quick-set date function, which can be seen clearly under the feature Cyclops lens.
In conclusion, the black color will always be the most classical and will never be out of style.