Nicolas Cage’s new movie has gained a good reputation. There is also a Rolex black agate, which reminds me of a unique dial Rolex that I like very much. Black agate journal, but without 69-hour markers, watch friends call it the purest wordless book.
A Rolex Day-Date 18238 Onyx Black Onyx from the Cage Collection
1601 ‘Onyx’ Black Onyx Diary with Dog Tooth Ring and Wordless Book of Heaven in the 1970s
Because of this agate plate, I know that Rolex has also produced a lot of stone dials. Later, through a particularly comprehensive introduction post by a cousin in the Lao version of our forum, I learned that fake rolex not only produces stone, but there are also various unique material dials, so today I want to introduce them through a video; let’s take a look with you, distinguish Rolex’s unique dials by material, and see which ones it has launched?
During the early 1960s, Piaget pioneered the use of gemstones and decorative stones as dials, which aroused popularity as soon as it was launched. Various watch brands also agreed after seeing it and then found their own gemstones and stone dials one after another. The unique stone disc is also the most diverse among all unique dials of Rolex because of the highly expressive natural stones, such as turquoise, lapis lazuli, onyx, tiger’s eye, Opal, jade, malachite, etc. There are too many choices of materials with colorful colors.
The eighties day-date turquoise disc
Let’s look at the turquoise plate first, which is also the first reaction of most watch friends when they mention the Rolex stone material. Turquoise, classified as a semi-precious stone in the modern gem identification classification, is a water and copper aluminum phosphate mineral. The reserve is large, the color is elegant, and we have always used turquoise to decorate various utensils and accessories. This also makes watch friends feel more familiar with turquoise plates, and for a long time, many people think that the color of Tiffany blue is like turquoise.
On April 22 last year, Sotheby’s held a watch auction in Hong Kong. A Rolex “Zenith” Daytona Platinum Orphan Watch with a turquoise plate was sold for 24.375 million Hong Kong dollars (including commission), which became history in one fell swoop. The second most expensive modern Rolex watch ever sold at auction.
Rolex day-date m128348rbr-0037
Rolex has made turquoise discs for a long time, and at the Basel Watch Fair in 2019, it introduced the choice of turquoise discs for the day-date type with Roman diamond engravings. Generally speaking, in addition to looking at the turquoise porcelain and the transparent color, you also need to look at the turquoise iron wire, but for all special stone dials, because each one is unique, it cannot be treated traditionally. To distinguish the value from the perspective of stone materials, take the m128348rbr-0037 in the picture above as an example. Without iron wires, it will give people a perfect look, but if there are iron wires with artistic conception, it will not appear disturbing and damage the disk. That is another one. This kind of natural beauty is purely a matter of preference and eye. I like Rolex with turquoise dials with fewer iron wires.
Last year at the Shanghai Watch and Miracle Watch Fair, Rolex once again provided the choice of hematite quartz discs for the week calendar. Hematite quartz is not precious; it is ore, but Rolex gave this texture section and matched it with Everose gold. The case is beautifully made and is a good-looking type among all the stone plates.
It looks black from a distance, but when you play it up close, you can see that the disk’s background color is dark brown, reflecting the red iron wire. I want iron wire more for hematite quartz.
1988 Rolex Datejust 69178 Tiger Eye Stone Disk
tiger eye stone
Tiger eye stone is named for its yellow-brown background color and the silky light pattern inside the gemstone, which looks like a tiger’s eye when made into a curved surface. It is often said in the market that tiger eye stone is a good fortune. Symbol, so this gem is quite popular. Most tiger eye stone week calendar luxury replica watches were launched in the 1970s and 1980s. Rolex made the gem patches horizontal and straight, with yellow and brown layers.
Rolex Yacht-Master series m226659-0004
eagle eye stone
Rolex added eagle-eye stone models to Yacht-Master in the new Watches and Miracles. Eagle eye stone is the unfinished process of silicification of tiger eye stone. The blue variant produced has no noticeable difference except for the blue tone. , but Rolex used a platinum case for this yacht to match eagle eye stones instead of gold and rose gold, which is often used on gem faces.
16008 ‘Onyx’ Aperture Wordless Diary in the 1980s
1986 Rolex Day-Date 18038 ‘Onyx.’
Onyx is the English word for onyx, which has layers of different colors, but now onyx is more commonly used to refer to pure black agate. I also chatted with you at the beginning. The pure black and most refined wordless book, the black agate without time scale, is my favorite Rolex special stone plate. Black agate discs are still relatively standard in the watch field. Many brands have taken fancy to its dark texture and feel it is very suitable for the stability and elegance of formal watches.
1979 Rolex Day-Date 18038 bloodstone
Bloodstone is a very representative stone dial in Rolex, but it is rare and much rarer than the malachite dial, which is also a green stone. Bloodstone is also called blood chalcedony, dark green chalcedony will be accompanied by blood-like red spots. Some bloodstone disks are very red, and they are not too spotted, as if the dark green stone is stained with blood, so the bloodstone disk is also called “Christ’s blood” disk by foreign collectors and watch lovers. Nickname.
A 1990 Day-Date 18238 Opal plate auctioned by Christie’s in 2019, with a final transaction price of US$75,000
Opal, Opal, is known as one of the most beautiful and precious gemstones, and its primary origin is Australia. The word Opal comes from Latin, and its original meaning is to gather the beauty of all gemstones into one. The ancient Roman natural scientist Pliny once commented that “on a piece of opal stone, you can see the flame of ruby, the color spots like amethyst, and the green sea like emerald, which are colorful, integrated, and beautiful.” Rolex is also the most colorful gemstone dial, and the color-changing effect is like a palette.
Women’s Journal type 69178 coral disk in the 90s
organic gemstones, fossils
In fact, new products of unique stones have been launched in recent years. Although the quantity is similar to before, considering the circulation of middle-aged styles in the market, you still have the opportunity to see special stone plates. Next, we will introduce Yes; due to various reasons, such as multiple protection laws, organic gemstones, and fossil discs can only be seen at major auction houses, and according to different rules and regulations related to endangered species in various places, so for cousins Said, I think it’s good to appreciate and understand.
The final transaction price of the 1982 weekday log type 18038 coral CORAL plate auctioned by Christie’s in 2020 was 687,500 Hong Kong dollars.
Rolex launched some coral discs in the last century, including blue coral and the more familiar red coral. Coral, pearls, and beeswax are the three primary organic gemstones because coral is the shell secreted by coral polyps. The main ingredient is calcium carbonate, so the texture is brittle and loose, and even fewer corals can reach gem-level processing density. It is also challenging for Rolex to cut them into dial patches, so the output of this kind of dial has always been low. Not high, very precious, and because mining coral will destroy marine ecology, after coral is listed as a protected organism, Rolex no longer makes this kind of disk.
1998 Rolex Day-Date 18238 Fossil Disk Jurassic Park’ Jurassic Park’
After playing with stone and organic gemstones, Rolex is not satisfied with them. In the last century, it tried to use fossils as slices as dials. I don’t know much about it, and I’m afraid of secrets, so I can’t accept this fossil disk. I’ll post a picture for everyone to appreciate.
1990 Rolex Day-Date 18208 Ammonite Fossil Disc ‘Ammonite’
Every time I look at the ammonite disk, it reminds me of Alien, and the fossil disk above it has always been called Jurassic Park abroad. Although Rolex itself does not use fossils now, some brands still use them. For example, Louis Moinet will use 150 million years ago Jurassic dinosaurs and Diplodocus bone fossil slices to make dials.
1991 Rolex Day-Date 18K Platinum 18239 Wood Plate. This wood is Burl Wood, which is both burl wood and we call it Burl Wood. The disc surface of this kind of tree burl will not have regular growth rings but will form a unique texture.
After Rolex ran out of animal fossils, it also used wood fossils. The wood texture may not be wrong. Later, it also directly used wood as the surface, such as red shirts, mahogany, oak, walnut, briar, and other woods—the natural texture of the wood and the leading tone of brown match perfectly with the gold case. For example, a lot of wood is used in a luxury car, which can enhance the sense of luxury. Wooden dials, not limited to day-date models, were also used in early Cellini models.
The GMT-Master II series meteorite disk was launched in 2019. The watch house takes the picture
Rolex will use meteorite as the dial material, such as the week calendar, log type, Greenwich GMT, and PEARLMASTER. The meteorite disk surface of Rolex is taken from a famous Gibeon meteorite, also known as the Hoba meteorite, which was found in Africa in 1838. The discovery of the Nabimian desert is also the heaviest meteorite found in the world so far. It is rich in iron and a little nickel. After Rolex gets the meteorite, it will process slices and do chemical treatment to show the beauty of interlaced textures in its internal structure to the greatest extent; each one has a unique Wiedemann angle. Pattern.
And the meteorite disc surface is not like the one introduced to you above; it will not come out at any time; it is still in use today; for example, a new meteorite Di was launched at the watch exhibition last year; this one is all eternal rose gold, the pattern is not very obvious, There is no light at the angle, the actual effect is like a layer of frost on the surface of the disk, and the platinum tape, the meteorite texture is very eye-catching.
White Fritillaria Jindi m116503-0007
Mother-of-pearl disk, or mother-of-pearl, these two names are just different; it doesn’t matter; they both refer to the complex inner layer of shellfish, which is mainly composed of overlapping calcium carbonate deposits. Natural mother-of-pearl will vary depending on the growth environment and material. Erosion conditions and details such as color and texture are different, so each mother-of-pearl disk is also unique. Its most prominent feature is its pearl-like luster.
Christie’s 2006 18K Platinum Bemudi 116509-MOP auctioned in 2013 sold for 187,500
In the traditional sense, mother-of-pearl is more suitable for women’s watches, but the strength of Rolex is that it perfectly integrates this pearl-like material with men’s watches. Mother-of-pearl noodles are prevalent on the Internet.
Rolex day-date series m228349rbr-0036
Finally, let’s look at a Rolex pavé diamond disk called a starry sky disk by watch friends. Rolex is notorious for its high requirements in making watches, so it is even more strict about the inlays of jewelry and diamonds. The diamonds used by Rolex only use the closest colorless diamonds. They are the highest level of the Gemological Institute of America’s color scale, Grade D. to G grade. The surface of the star-studded disc is prong setting, which is also the most classic and everyday diamond inlay process. This process is also done by hand by the brand’s experienced inlays, embedding the diamonds in the best position individually.
1979 Rolex Day-Date 18238 Tiger Eye Stone Plate
The unique dials made by Rolex are distinguished by the materials listed above, such as stone and wood. Because Rolex uses them often, I pick out some representative ones to share. According to the introduction, in the production process of these special disks, stones, organic gemstones, meteorites, shells, and wood are sliced first and attached to the copper base. The beauty of the design of each watch is also unique because of its natural formation, which is why these particular materials are so popular among watch lovers.
- Engine: Rolex Calibre 2836/2813
- Band Width: 20mm
- Band Color: Silver-tone
- Model: m126719blro-0002
- Case Size: 40mm
- Dial Color: Meteorite Dial
- Brand: Rolex
- Gender: Men’s
- Series: Gmt Master Ii