Salmon Dial Watch Hunt: 10 Blush Timepieces To Jazz Up Your Collection
What makes a watch unique? Many brands love to tell you that their timepieces have some special quality that will really help you stand out. Yet with how extensive and rich the history of watchmaking has become, the truth is that it is almost as if we have already seen it all. Nevertheless, there are still some rare designs that never fail to grab your attention. Take, for instance, the salmon dial.
Salmon dial watches are not a new thing. These blush-faced dials have been seen on the faces of numerous well-known models, from the Rolex Air-King Ref. 114200 and the Patek Philippe Ref. 130. That being said, salmon dial watches are still quite hard to come by and it takes a truly delicate touch for watchmakers to be able to pull them off. Of course, as your source on the ins and outs of watch trends, we have already done the hard work for you. Stick around as we take a look at ten of the best salmon dial watches available in the market today!
10 Best Salmon Dial Watches in the Market
1. Montblanc Heritage Automatic Ref. MB119944
Montblanc is a luxury goods brand known by the general public for its brilliant writing instruments and leather goods. But for many watch enthusiasts, this brand is also recognised for dishing out some marvellous and innovative timepieces. To start off our salmon dial watch hunt, we will be looking at one of the brand’s most popular Montblanc Heritage timepieces, the Montblanc Heritage Automatic Ref. MB119944.
This delightful model is housed in a round 40mm stainless steel case topped with a layer of anti-reflective sapphire glass. Its case shows off a polished finish that stretches from its unguarded, stout crown to its pointed lugs and rear case. The caseback of this Montblanc watch is also made of solid steel. It bears a detailed engraving of the brand’s Minerva Manufacture. Thanks to its screwed-down crown and caseback, this glossy watch has a depth rating of 50 metres, allowing it to fend off showers and downpours. This watch is presented with a grey alligator leather strap that adds to its dressy appearance.
As you can see, the sector dial of the Montblanc Heritage Automatic Ref. MB119944 is all class with no frills. It features a metallic salmon-coloured finish and is adorned with a mix of dot indices and rounded Arabic numeral markers neatly placed on its outer ring. The polished centre of the dial holds the silver-toned dauphine hands, along with a deep blue seconds hand that sets up an intriguing contrast against the pink dial. The tiny nodes near the rim of the dial, along with the watch’s handset, have all been coated with lume for optimal legibility. Finally, this watch is equipped with the automatic MB 24.26 calibre, which has 26 jewels and a 38-hour power supply.
You can get this charming Montblanc watch for around $1,965 USD.
2. Nomos Glashutte Tetra Divine Spark Ref. 444
To this day, the Bauhaus art movement has remained a strong creative influence for many German watchmakers. One watch brand that abides by the Bauhaus principles and philosophies is Nomos Glashutte. From their early Ludwig collection to the recent watches from the Orion series, each Nomos Glashutte model boasts a delicate design that unites form and functionality. Our second salmon dial watch comes from the brand’s Tetra series: the Nomos Glashutte Tetra Divine Spark Ref. 444. Apart from its Bauhaus aesthetic, this watch is also inspired by the opening verse of Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s 9th symphony.
This classic German ladies’ watch comes in a slender, square-shaped 29.5mm stainless steel case. This is coupled with a grey velour leather strap and a layer of sapphire glass fitted on top of the Tetra Divine Spark’s case, giving wearers a clear view of its divine dial. The back of this timepiece is sealed off by an exhibition-style rear case that fully showcases the calibre powering this watch. The Tetra Divine Spark also has a 30-metre depth rating, which protects it from any rain or light splashes.
The dial of this watch shows off a luscious matte salmon finish furnished with slim black indices, thin, stylised Arabic numeral markers, and a small seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock. It also bears yellow stick hands that blend well with the pink backdrop. On the whole, this dial is simple, minimalistic, and easy on the eyes. Underneath this tasteful watch face is an in-house Nomos Calibre Alpha. This is a manual winding movement with 17 jewels and a solid 43-hour power reserve.
You can purchase the Nomos Glashutte Tetra Divine Spark for just $1,540 USD.
3. Montblanc Heritage GMT Ref. MB119950
Enthusiasts who love to travel should be familiar with the convenience of a GMT watch. By adding just one more hand to the dial, a GMT watch allows wearers to easily keep track of two different time zones. There are many notable GMT models out there, with most of them coming from Rolex’s renowned GMT-Master II series. Alas, none of the Rolex GMT-Master II models possesses the salmon dial we are looking for today. Fret not, however, as Montblanc has once again got you covered. For a reliable GMT watch with a crisp and mesmerising salmon dial, have a look at the Montblanc Heritage GMT Ref. MB119950.
This Montblanc Heritage watch utilises a fully polished 40mm stainless steel case with curved lugs and a chunky crown on its side. Water-resistant up to 50 metres, this watch is paired with a handsome alligator leather strap in grey that completes its quintessential profile.
The exquisite salmon dial of this Montblanc watch displays three different surface textures. The outermost ring has a smooth matte finish and bears the time scale for the GMT function in smart blue and red indicators. The second ring has a rougher metallic texture and holds the dark grey dot indices and Arabic numeral hour markers. Finally, the centre of the dial has an appealing, brushed finish that flows inwards to its dauphine watch hands and blue GMT hand. These various textures and design details give the dial a sense of depth that makes it look simple yet sophisticated at the same time.
Inside this watch, you can find a Montblanc MB 24.05 calibre. Held together by 21 jewels, this movement has a beat frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) and a 42-hour power supply.
The Montblanc Heritage GMT Ref. MB119950 has an estimated price tag of $3,280 USD.
4. Patek Philippe Grand Complications Ref. 5270P
Every watch enthusiast has a grail watch. These grail watches are said to be the one watch that will end all your horological cravings — until you find another grail timepiece, of course. Grail watches also tend to command a very hefty price, hence why the word “grail” is associated with them. There are several brands recognised for producing wondrous grail pieces. And for the fourth entry on our list, we will be looking at the Grand Complications Ref. 5270P, from the brand that makes watches for the next generation, Patek Philippe.
Hailing from the Grand Complications series, this model is presented in a 41mm platinum case. Wearers are offered a choice between a see-through sapphire rear case and a solid platinum caseback. Like the Nomos Glashutte Tetra Divine Spark, this timepiece has a 30-metre water resistance capacity, which keeps it safe from any rain or showers. Coupled with a brown hand-stitched alligator leather strap, the Ref. 5270P is as handsome and classy as a salmon dial dress watch can get.
As a perpetual calendar chronograph model, the dial of this Patek Philippe watch is quite complex-looking. It is adorned with black gold Arabic numeral markers, a tachymeter scale on the rim of the dial, and two chronograph sub-dials. You can also find a small date display, a day-month aperture, and a gorgeous, starry moon phase indicator at 6 o’clock. Even with all these components, however, you will still find this watch’s dial elegant and highly legible. Driving all these functions is the Patek Philippe Calibre CH 29-535 PS Q. This manual-winding movement consists of 33 jewels and has a power reserve that can last for approximately 65 hours.
Patek Philippe sells this magnificent piece for around $187,000 USD.
5. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 176200/9
Rolex is arguably the biggest name in watchmaking. It is responsible for making some of the most iconic wristwatches in history, with celebrities such as Sean Connery, Robert Downey Jr., Jennifer Aniston, and more donning Rolex timepieces. Regarded as a symbol of success, everyone, at some point in their lives, has yearned for a Rolex timepiece. For ladies seeking an exquisite salmon dial Rolex, have a look at the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 176200/9.
This Oyster Perpetual is encased in a slender 26mm Oystersteel case and a matching three-link Oystersteel bracelet. It features a mix of brushed and polished surfaces, pointed lugs, and a stout, unguarded crown. At the rear of this watch, you can find a solid Oystersteel caseback, which contributes to the watch’s 100-metre depth rating. The front case is also sealed with a layer of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, so wearers can admire the dial while knowing its beauty remains protected.
The charm of this watch’s dial comes from the blend of components seen on its tasteful salmon-hued surface. Its bar-shaped hour indices, large Arabic numeral markers, and luminous blunt hands come together to make up a stylish and legible watch face. The 12 o’clock marker is also replaced with the Rolex crown logo, adding a pop of flair to this elegant and simple dial. This watch is run by an in-house Rolex Calibre 2231. This Superlative Chronometer-rated movement has an impressive accuracy of -2/+2 seconds per day and a 48-hour power reserve.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 176200/9 sells at approximately $4,490 USD.
6. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ref. 15451OR.ZZ.1256OR.03
When it comes to luxury steel sports watches, there are not many brands with the same acclaim and prestige as Audemars Piguet. For 50 years, the brand’s Royal Oak collection has been the face of luxury steel sports timepieces. In fact, many brands, such as Maurice Lacroix and Casio, have even used the Royal Oak’s design as the basis for their own watches. There is simply no denying the genius and iconicity of Gerald Genta’s Royal Oak. If you are looking for a salmon dial Royal Oak piece, check out the amazing Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Ref. 15451OR.ZZ.1256OR.03.
This sleek sports watch is presented in a slim 38mm case made of luxurious 18K rose gold and a matching rose gold integrated bracelet. It is equipped with layers of glare-proof sapphire crystal that are used to seal both its front and rear sections shut. Placed on top of the case is the Royal Oak’s signature octagonal bezel, complete with eight screws so that it resembles the front of an old-fashioned diving helmet. The lavish beauty of this bezel is elevated by the opulent rows of diamonds set within the bezel ring. As a sports watch, this Royal Oak piece has an adequate depth rating of 50 metres.
The dial of this watch showcases a Grand Tapisserie pattern in a salmon-pink hue that perfectly complements the rose gold exterior. It contains applied 18K rose gold hour indices, luminescent Royal Oak-style watch hands, and a date complication at 3 o’clock. Operating below the dial is the Audemars Piguet Calibre 3120. This is a sophisticated self-winding movement that consists of 282 components, with 40 jewels and a 60-hour power supply.
You can get this Audemars Piguet watch for an estimated price of $43,430 USD.
7. Rolex Lady Datejust Ref. 79174
Many would argue that the Lady Datejust is one of the most iconic ladies’ luxury wristwatches of all time. Carrying the sleekness and robustness of the original Datejust and adding a more delicate, feminine flair, the Lady Datejust is a woman’s ultimate dress watch. The Lady Datejust is made using Oystersteel and precious metals and is offered in multiple designs and colourways. In fact, it even has a delightful salmon dial watch variant: the Rolex Lady Datejust Ref. 79174.
This gorgeous ladies’ model uses a 26mm Oystersteel case with a fluted bezel made from 18K white gold. On its front is a layer of sapphire crystal with a magnifier lens on its right, allowing wearers to view the watch’s date window more easily. With its screwed-in crown and solid Oystersteel caseback, this watch has a substantial depth rating of 100 metres. Like many Datejust watches, Rolex couples this model with an Oystersteel President bracelet.
Its dial, as you would expect from a Rolex piece, is crafted with the utmost care. Boasting a sunray salmon finish, this dial is decorated with stocky Roman numeral markers, slender baton-shaped hands, and a magnified date display at 3 o’clock. The 12 o’clock marker of the dial is represented with the Rolex crown logo for a more exclusive look. Underneath this watch face is the automatic Rolex Calibre 2235. It possesses 31 jewels and has a 48-hour power reserve. Certified as a Swiss Chronometer by the COSC, this movement is incredibly accurate and durable.
This beautiful ladies’ watch retails at around $4,640 USD.
8. Sinn Instrument Chronograph Ref. 356 Sa Pilot II
So far, we have looked at a good number of salmon dial dress watches, which is not surprising. After all, a salmon dial is a perfect dress watch design that makes any timepiece look classy. But how does it fare on a pilot watch? For that, we will have to see what the German watch brand Sinn has to offer. Sinn is known for its top-of-the-line Flieger watches. These timepieces possess durable builds and innovative designs that allow them to function efficiently even in the harshest conditions. This entry, the Sinn Instrument Chronograph Ref. 356 Sa Pilot II, is noteworthy not just because of its salmon dial but also for its impressive functionality.
This Instrument Chronograph watch comes in a 38.5mm satin-finished stainless steel case coupled with a five-link stainless steel bracelet. Compared to brushed and polished finishes, satinised cases are more uncommon, boasting a more muted, professional lustre. This case also features pointed lugs, a guarded crown, two chronograph pushers, and a see-through sapphire caseback. Altogether, it is waterproof up to depths of 100 metres.
On top of the watch case is another layer of sapphire crystal that has been carefully ground out and polished. This boosts its strength and resistance to scratches beyond what standard flat sapphire crystals are capable of. To ensure that the watch face is legible even in brightly-lit areas, the crystal has also been treated with anti-reflective coatings, preventing any light glares or visual distortions.
The face of this watch shows off a salmon-coloured guilloche electroplated dial. It comprises black Arabic numerals in a neat typeface and pronounced applied syringe hands. You can also find three chronograph sub-dials and a day-date section on this dial. The hands and white indices placed above each hour marker have been coated in lume, which keeps the watch face illuminated in the dark. Driving this watch is a self-winding SW500 movement, complete with its 25 jewels and 48-hour power supply.
You can purchase the Sinn Instrument Chronograph Ref. 356 Sa Pilot II for an estimated price of $2,945 USD.
9. Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Bellytanker
Whether you are in it for its looks or its heritage, a vintage watch is a delight to have. Every watch enthusiast and collector hopes to own a vintage timepiece, but the reality is that these watches can be extremely hard to come by. In lieu of that, you can always settle for a vintage-inspired model instead. Incorporating the looks of an old-fashioned watch and the innovations of the modern age, a vintage-inspired watch combines the best of both worlds. There are many brands that offer wristwatches like that. But if you want a salmon dial variant, then check out the Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Bellytanker.
Hailing from the brand’s Vintage selection, this Bell & Ross timepiece comes in a 41mm case made of satin-polished steel along with a brown calfskin leather strap. Fixed on the front of its case is a robust stainless steel tachymeter bezel, which wearers can use to measure speed. Furnished with sapphire glass on its front and rear, this classic pilot watch is scratch-resistant throughout. In addition, with its guarded screw-down crown, this timepiece also has a solid depth rating of 100 metres.
The dial of this watch flaunts a pleasant, light salmon hue. It is decorated with applique metal numbers in a pronounced typeface, thin stick indices, and slender blunt hands. It also comes with two chronograph sub-dials: one for the 30-minute counter and the other to keep track of the small seconds. Between 4 and 5 o’clock is a small round date aperture with a matching salmon background and black text. Beneath this sleek watch face, you can find the Bell & Ross Calibre BR-Cal. 301. This is an automatic mechanical movement supplied with a 42-hour power reserve.
The Bellytanker sells at an estimated price of $3,010 USD.
10. Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier Ref. W6920100
There are not many brands that can produce a stellar watch dial like Cartier can. Take one good look at their signature collections like the Santos de Cartier or Tank, and you will see just how awesome Cartier watch faces can look. For our final watch, one particular ladies’ model we will be looking at is the Cartier Ballon Bleu De Cartier Ref. W6920100.
This beguiling piece utilises a slender 33mm stainless steel case fitted with a sapphire crystal front glass and transparent caseback. It comes with short lugs and an exclusively made crown that has an inset synthetic cabochon-shaped spinel. This Ballon Bleu De Cartier piece is coupled with a stainless steel bracelet and has a water resistance capacity of 30 metres. With its delicate curves and polished surfaces, the case is mesmerising to look at and plays with light very well.
The sector dial of this watch flaunts a delicate salmon-pink finish in two different textures. The outer ring of the dial has a smoother surface and consists of stout silver-tone Arabic numeral markers. Because of its unique crown set, the 3 o’clock marker of the dial has been shrunken and pushed towards the centre, giving the dial an unusual inward curve. The centre of the dial boasts an electroplated guilloche finish and bears short, blued steel sword hands. This graceful watch is powered by the Cartier Calibre 076; a movement held together by 25 jewels and has a power reserve that can last for up to 38 hours.
You can get this watch from us for around $6,455 USD.
Benefits of Owning a Salmon Dial Watch
A salmon dial watch offers a different look from the commonplace timepieces you see every day. But is there any real benefit to owning a salmon dial watch? After all, you could always opt for any other watch with more traditional colours. However, there are some things that a salmon dial watch does much better than other timepieces. Here are a couple of reasons why you should consider owning a salmon dial watch:
1. Uncommon Design
One of the best things about a salmon dial watch is its rarity. You frequently come across wearers with wristwatches showcasing black dials, blue dials, and maybe even silver dials. But when was the last time you remember seeing someone sport a salmon dial watch? If you want a wristwatch that can easily make you the centre of attention, a salmon dial model will do just that. It would be easy for your salmon dial watch to stand out amongst the rest, if only because not everyone has a timepiece like it.
2. Beautiful and Elegant
Aesthetically, salmon dials carry an appeal that goes very well with most outfits. Its elegant looks are not too flamboyant, making them easy on the eyes and suitable for both men and women. Because of its sparseness, the salmon dial also has a very luxurious feel to it. This could factor into why salmon dials are so often found on vintage timepieces and dress watches. Ultimately, the salmon dial is a stunning design and a good break from the typical dial colours you see every day. Although salmon dial watches typically fetch hefty prices, rest assured that you are paying for exquisite quality that will not fail you.
3. Made from Reputable Brands
Apart from possessing the same salmon dial, the timepieces on this list are all crafted by skillful watchmakers with years of expertise. The salmon dial watches above are not just good-looking, but also come in durable cases with high-quality movements. Whether you need a watch that is attractive, dependable, robust, or all three at once, the salmon dial watches we have listed above are the best models you can get.
While not exactly unique, salmon dial watches are on a style level of their own. Their elegance and rarity can make any timepiece look eye-catching and refined. Furthermore, the ten models listed above not only beat stylish looks but also come equipped with powerful movements and hardy cases, making them exceptional timepieces for various occasions. Although many of these salmon dial watches are not the most affordable timepieces, your investment will surely be worth it. After all, you have seen how gorgeous a salmon dial can make a timepiece look.
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