The Life of a Collector 21 Blue Dial Watches of 2017

We recently covered how versatile blue watches can actually be in every day and formal wear. What we didn’t cover are some of our favorites for the year.

Most Recent Blue Additions

While blue has been a color seen on watches for decades, 2017 has introduced many new models with the classic color at both SIHH and Baselworld. We’ve put together our top 21 releases from 2017 that feature a blue dial in alphabetical order by brand.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph

In 2017, the Royal Oak Chronograph is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary and Audemars Piguet didn’t disappoint with the blue dial version released this year. The original release featured a 39mm case size with the newest increasing to 41mm. Each dial in the 2017 release feature contrasting sub-dials for the chronograph, matching the case. The blue dial is available in both stainless steel and 18k rose gold. The rose gold version features either a matching bracelet or blue strap complementing the dial.

Baume & Mercier Clifton Club Shelby Cobra

Continuing their relationship with Shelby, Baume & Mercier released three limited edition models, including the dual-color M0A10344. This limited edition titanium model is a tribute to the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe car, and is distinctive with it’s half white and half blue dial, mimicking the half white, half blue tail on six of the Daytona Coupes. Baume & Mercier also released a full blue dial Clifton Club in a 44mm steel case size. This all blue dial has a racing strip in contrasting blue and is accented with red details.

Breitling Superocean Heritage II

Another model celebrating an anniversary is the Breitling Superocean Heritage, now in it’s 60th year! The watch has only undergone minor changes through the years. In the new model there is a ceramic ring around the minute track to create a more seamless look. The new model is available in both 42mm and 46mm with blue being a dial choice for both sizes. The blue offers a depth of color, with matching blue bezel to add depth. Breitling has aptly named their blue for this model “gun blue.”

Girard-Perregaux Laureato

Channeling a model released in the 1970s, Girard-Perregaux released a full range of the Laureato model at SIHH this year in 34mm, 38mm, 42mm and a 45mm tourbillon. The 42mm model line comes in varying dial and strap details, including blue. The stainless steel case features a combination on polished and brushed surfaces. The blue Clous de Paris dial pops against the steel case and bracelet and can also be found on a black alligator strap.

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36’000 Professional 600m

In 2017, it was announced that Grand Seiko would be the only logo on the dials, removing Seiko and splitting to a second brand. With this change came the limited edition blue dial SBGH257, Grand Seiko’s 600m dive watch. The watch is Grand Seiko’s first mechanical dive watch, made from a titanium case and featuring anti-magnetism and a 55 hour power reserve. The blue dial is an exclusive color, signifying the craftsmanship and tradition in Japan. Both the silicone strap and dial are a deep blue, similar to the color of the ocean when diving.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Small Second

Another brand releasing blue dials at SIHH 2017 was Jaeger-LeCoultre. Their Master Ultra-Thin collection saw blue dials added to their Small Seconds and Power Reserve. The Master Ultra-Thin Small Seconds was already classic, thin and not too showy of a watch; the touch of color added to the model takes it to another level while remaining elegant. Jaeger-LeCoultre calls the blue a “deep azurite blue.” The small seconds sub-dial, while still blue, stands out against the dial with it’s stark white seconds track.

Nomos Glashutte Ahoi Neomatik Signalblau

Typically known for it’s dark blue dials, Nomos Glashutte introduced a bright “siren” Blue color for the Ahoi Neomatik. The watch is sporty yet elegant in design, and the new dial color is hard to miss on the wrist. The model was original released in 2013 as Nomos’ dive watch collection with a water resistance of 200m. Standing out against the bright blue dial from 2017, is the classic orange seconds hand and Neomatik logo. While already available in the classic Nomos Atlantik Bleu, the new Signalblau color takes this watch to the beach.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Big Blue”

The “Big Blue” premiered at Baselworld 2017 and it’s hard not to see where this watch got it’s name from. The watch features a blue ceramic dial, blue ceramic bezel and blue rubber strap, completed with a matching blue ceramic folding buckle. Contrasting all the blue is bright orange, from the GMT hand, Arabic numerals and 24-hour track to the stitching and edge on the strap. The case is fashioned form a single block of blue ceramic with the numerals on the bezel being Liquidmetal, an alloy harder than stainless steel that blends with ceramic seamlessly. The date window is also blue, making it blend into the dial.

Omega Speedmaster Apollo XVII Limited Edition

Celebrating it’s 45th Anniversary, Omega designed the Speedmaster Apollo XVII in both gold and stainless steel models. The watch is dedicated to the last man on the moon, Astronaut Gene Cernan who passed away in January 2017. Both models feature a distinct blue dial and blue bezel but there is a beautiful contrast between the gold case and blue dial. The dial and bezel are both ceramic; Omega was able to create a deep, rich, blue tone rather than a bright tone. On the gold model, the symbol of Apollo and the moon can be found in the same contrasting gold adding a sublime detail to the dial not as apparent on the steel model; the steel version doesn’t have the same pop or “wow” factor as the gold.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Bronzo PAM 671

Originally released in 2011, the Panerai Bronzo was an exciting model for both Panerai enthusiasts and watch collectors. The dial was a military green and the bronze case would end up weathering to a similar shade. In 2017, the Bronzo has been reborn with a rich blue dial, giving it a very distinct and different look than the original. The dial is quite glossy and can reflect light in interesting ways. Bronze, fresh from the manufacture looks more yellow gold before it starts to patina. The contrast in the unworn models is beautiful on the brown leather strap. The model hasn’t been released for sale just yet but we’re excited to see how the bronze patina’s against the blue dial.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG – Tech 3 Days PAM 692

Panerai has not been afraid of using new materials, whether it was Bronze in 2011, or most recently BMG-TECH used in the new PAM 692. BMG stands for Bulk Mettalic Glass and is a glass-like alloy containing zirconium, copper, aluminum, titanium and nickel, giving it the look of steel but is harder, lighter and is resistant to corrosion, shocks and magnetic fields. These features all make the case perfect to use on a dive watch like the PAM 692, water resistant to 300m. The dial is a rich blue with high gloss finish and lighter blue details on the sub-seconds hand and BMG-Tech Logo.

Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5168G-001

The Aquanaut, with its embossed dial and rubber strap, is a sporty watch from Patek Philippe. The model is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary in 2017 and has been released in white gold with a blue dial and strap. The dial has a rich blue gradient, becoming almost black at the edges creating a 3D look to the flat dial pulling you into and around the dial. The blue adds an element of surprise not seen on the original black dial yet is in line with the aquatic side of the watch; it’s water resistant to 120m. The white gold Arabic numerals not only provide contrast against the dark blue, they are also coated with luminous paint to add further contrast.

Patek Philippe Complications 5170P-001

The Patek Philippe 5170 is a classic men’s chronograph with a dress watch feel for a sporty complication. In 2017, Patek Philipped released the model in platinum for the first time, sizing in at just under 40mm (39.4mm to be exact). The blue is dark and rich with a sunburst gradient in color. The watch combines the functionality of the chronograph with the elegance of platinum and diamond baguette hour markers, which in a split second glance may only appear as stick indices. The bicompax chronograph opens up the dial to be able to show off the blue without being interrupted by sub-dials.

Piaget 60th Anniversary Altiplano

Piaget specializes in ultra-thin watchmaking, in fact, it’s hard to believe that 60 years ago they released an ultra thin self-winding movement only 2.3mm thick. Celebrating this milestone, Piaget has released the anniversary models in both 38mm and 43mm white gold. The blue dial features the distinctive cross-hair design found on the vintage models and could even be mistaken for models from the 1950s and 60s. Both models come on a matching blue alligator strap finishing off the dress look. The sunburst dial catches the light and can play with the hues seen in the blue.

Ressence Type 1 Squared

Known for it’s unique round, oil filled watches, SIHH 2017 brought something different to the Ressence lineup with the Type 1 Squared. The unique orbital design of the hours, minutes and seconds has been released in what could be seen as a dressier design. The case isn’t fully square, more of a cushion design, and is much thinner than the original. The blue is been named “Night Blue,” and although available on the Type 1 and Type 3 the combination of stainless steel (rather than titanium) case and a cushion design alter the way the blue appears.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41

In 2016, Rolex released a redesigned Datejust 41, with slimmer case profile, thinner bezel and more shapely lugs. In 2017, Rolex has continued to makes changes to the model, including releasing it in 904L stainless steel with the classic 18k white gold fluted bezel. The Rolex blue against the steel gives the watch an elegant feel while still being a little sporty. Rolex has designed this watch with an array of dial colors from mother-of-pearl, white, black and anthracite, the blue has the most pop against the case with it’s blue sunray design.

Rolex Stainless Steel Sky-Dweller

Making it’s grand entry at Baselworld 2017 was the stainless steel Sky-Dweller from Rolex. The original Sky-Dweller was released in 2012 and was the most complicated Rolex and only came in precious metals. The model released this year is the Rolex Rolesor, a combination of 904L steel and 18k white gold. The blue dial is unique to this year’s release, making it a true standout in the line. The inner ring, set to your home time, is also found in blue, creating a subtle design marked by red accents. Another aspect unique to this years release is the use of stick indices over Arabic or Roman numerals. Not only do they add contrast to the dial, they are also fully lumed making the watch sportier.

Seiko Prospex Diver SPB053

The first Seiko Dive watch, released in 1965, was the 6217 was re-released in 2017. The SPB053 is almost an updated re-creation of the original design.  The SPB053 features a blue dial with matching blue bezel on a black silicone strap. The hands are slightly wider than the original release providing more legibility in the dark or underwater paired with slightly larger hour markers. The blue dial and bezel is also new to the model lineup and can change hues depending on the lighting.

Tag Heuer Aquaracer 300 WAY101C

While not exactly released at SIHH, Tag Heuer released new models at the Geneva Watch Fair in January 2017. This included the WAY101C which features an aluminum blue bezel rather than the previous Ceramis. The sports watch is inspired by the aquatic world, most notably with the blue color in the dial and bezel. The blue seconds flange, or minute track around the dial is a similar blue creating a uniform dial. Accenting against the blue is an orange tipped seconds hand and water resistance indicator.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Annual Calendar Chronometer

2017 was a big year for Ulysse Nardin, it marks the first time at SIHH for the brand and their first time at the America’s Cup where they partnered with Sweden’s Team Artemis. At Baselworld 2016, Ulysse Nardin released the Annual Calendar Chronometer using just 7 components versus the typical 30. This year, they have released the model with the rich blue Grand Feu enamel dial. The blue continues with the martime tradition of the brand, mimiking the ocean waves with it’s guilloché pattern. Stainless steel and coin edge case contrast against the blue yet the watch is finished off with a blue alligator strap.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Regatta

In honor of their partnership with the Artemis team for the 35th America’s Cup, the Marine Regatta was released with blue dial. The watch features a sweeping countdown timer which, after the start of the race, begins to time the race. The countdown timer is contrasted using a bright yellow, in line with the Ulysse Nardin design and Artemis team colors.

Now that we’ve gone through 21 blue watches from this year, did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below! Do any of these models catch your attention more than others?

About Emily Smith
Emily loves the history of watches and loves learning how they work. She prefers Rolex and Omega watches but is learning the history behind other brands. She is excited to learn about new models and build her collection.

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