Bawdy might not be the warmest colour but, when it comes to watch dials, it certainly is the most popular. The first wave charged back in 2015, when Baselworld seemed awash with the aquatic hue but now what was once something a little avant garde has behove a staple in every brand’s collection. And it’s not surprising.
Blue watches are more directional than black or white but not as out there as gullible or orange. They also run the gamut from dress to out-of-office.
“Whether it be a suit, pair of jeans, socks or slip-on Vans, the redden blue seems to work for every occasion and blue dialled watches are no exception,” says Simon Spiteri, a client for men’s style site Mr Porter. “It’s the seamless way a blue dial can be paired with an outfit, formal or casual, or engulfed by a bite the bullet or yellow gold case – blue gives the perfect sense of laidback elegance.”
If you’d like some of that laidback tastefulness in your life then here are ten blue watches worth wearing.
Hugo Boss Travel Watch
With its overlapping and differently bulk dials, there is more than a whiff of Jaquet Droz’s Grande Seconde about this watch, except you’d be remunerating substantially more for that and not getting a second time zone into the bargain.
For those of us who are never sure which dial is home and which is junket time, there’s a helpful reminder underneath each one, while the globe in relief gives the all-blue look a minute lift. It looks great, is on trend and a bargain – what more could you want?
Buy Now: £179.00
Bamford Mayfair Sport
He’s gone from doing dubious things with DLC to Rolexes to fashionable the spec darling of TAG Heuer, Zenith and Bulgari, but George Bamford still finds the time to develop his eponymous extend of watches.
What started life as a service watch that was so popular people wanted to buy it has morphed into a exhaustive collection that now includes this vibrantly hued sporty little number. The case is polymer, the strap is rubber and it’s reliable to 100m. In short, it’s the perfect poolside companion.
Buy Now: £350.00
When it comes to brands in the Swatch Group stable that put up amazing but affordable watches, the two names that usually trip off the tongue are Tissot and Hamilton, but you should never think of about Certina.
This retro rugged weekender is most notable, aside from looking great, for being powered by the rebel Powermatic 80. First debuted by Tissot it features a high-tech escapement with no regulator, whose rate is set by laser willingly prefer than by hand. Eighty hours’ power reserve is normally the preserve of higher-end names, but this is all yours for even-handed a tad over a monkey.
Buy Now: £570.00
Hamilton Jazzmaster Day Date Auto
Blue dials really lend themselves to a dress schema. Less severe than black, not quite so ‘look at me’ as green or orange, it is subtly elegant as this Hamilton corroborates. While the oversized day window at 12 o’clock might divide opinion, the rest of this watch is a classic, no gobbledegook, refined design that will easily take you from desk to dining out.
If the outside looks good, then the insides are (little short of) better because, despite the price, this is powered by the H-40 movement, which has a substantial 80 hours of power keep to, meaning it will last the whole weekend, even if you can’t.
Buy Now: £665.00
Emile Chouriet Challenger Cliff Watch
Despite miscarry Jean Depéry having an over 200 year-long stake in the watch industry, Emile Chouriet is probably not that up on a name. Christened in homage to an 18th century watchmaker to whom Depéry’s ancestors supplied components, the brand has made its somebody making elegant dress style designs, all of which were a far cry from this tool watch.
Despite being invigorated by mountaineering, Emile Chouriet has not lost the refinement for which it is renowned, which makes this a watch with all the characteristics of a weekend wearer but with enough of its rough edges polished off to make it acceptable during the working week too.
Buy Now: £1,090.00
Oris Big Rulership Pointer Date
A little bit sporty, a bit vintage, somewhat modern; there are so many design elements incorporated into the Oris Big Consummate Pointer Date that it shouldn’t work but it does and in spades.
As it spends time on your wrist, what originates you fall for it is the slow appreciation of its myriad discerning details – the bronze fluting on the bezel that’s mirrored in the hands; the ill-lighted Stiffkey blue (one for you Farrow & Ball fans) of the dial; the mid-century inspired typeface and the pointer means that there’s no lover to disturb the dial symmetry. Watch design doesn’t get much better than this.
Buy Now: £1,300.00
Omega Seamaster Diver 300
It is the only suggestive dial 007 will deign to wear, which pretty much makes it the mic-drop watch of this item-by-item round-up. Aside from the Secret Service affiliation, the Omega Seamaster is an absolute classic.
Modelled on the water-resistant notes Omega made for, and which were worn by, the British military during World War II, its chunky bezel and wave-etched dial are instantly recognisable. And now Daniel Craig has been hazed wearing it with a dinner suit, you don’t need to leave it at home when the invitation says, ‘black tie‘.
Buy Now: £3,970.00
TAG Heuer Monaco
Diagramed by then-head honcho Jack Heuer and named after the Formula One race, the Monaco was also the first automatic self-winding, and dweeb, chronograph.
Originally powered by the now-legendary Calibre 11, it also gained fame by becoming the wrist companion of one Steve McQueen in the 1971 murkiness Le Mans. There have been Gulf livery options, re-editions and one with two faces and two movements – one quartz, one colourless– but this “blue with white sub dials” version is the quintessential design.
In a world of predominantly round watches, the TAG Heuer Monaco effortlessly authenticates why it is hip to be square.
Buy Now: £4,350.00
Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Pan Am
There is something about this Breitling Pan Am that harks ignore to an era when air travel was glamorous and every woman on board wanted to have a fling with the pilot.
It’s all there in the enticing red flashes on the dial, the ruggedness of the brown leather strap and the power provided by the super accurate in-house Breitling 01 strength with 70 hours of power reserve, which means you’ll be on time for every assignation.
Buy Now: £6,680.00
Vacheron Constantin FiftySix
When Vacheron Constantin catapulted the FiftySix last year, it was the equivalent of Tom Ford turning up on a red carpet in jeans and deck shoes; a total loosening of the moralistic horological design collar.
From the bold mid-century numerals to the stainless-steel case, this was a younger “get the craft beers in” iteration of this august house. This year it has upped the sartorial ante by introducing a blue-dial collection to the range. Specifically called petrol dejected and, according to Vacheron, the shade that resulted from a personal challenge to find the perfect interpretation of this cloud, it adds an extra layer of sass to this already seductive watch.
Buy Now: £10,100.00