When I started last year with ‘Blue Dials of Baselworld‘ I did not expect it to become a reoccurring topic. Earlier this year at the SIHH, we already saw enough blue dials to warrant a similar article and this year at Baselworld….well, judge for yourself!
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M
This article has to start with the Omega Seamaster, which celebrates as a collection its 70th anniversary, while the Seamaster Diver 300M was first launched 25 years ago, and played a large role in further popularizing blue dials. For the latest version, we get a completely redesigned watch, now measuring 42mm in diameter. The wave dial is back, the bezel is now made of ceramic and inside we now find one of Omega’s finest movements, the Master Chronometer Calibre 8800.
Another diver that got an overhaul, although not as extensive as the Seamaster, is the Rolex Deepsea. Its case has been redesigned, with a slight modification to the lugs, which now accommodate a wider Oyster bracelet. This makes the watch look better in terms of proportion. The dial is now the same as was launched on the Deepsea Challenge version, commemorating the expedition in which James Cameron dived to the deepest point in the ocean. However, the largest change can be found in the case where now calibre 3235 resides.
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16
A vibrant blue dial can be found on the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16. It was introduced as the Carrera is celebrating its 55th anniversary this year, and comes with a stainless steel bracelet. White subdials and red details not only give this watch a racing spirit, but they also offer a tempting visual contrast with the blue dial and blue bezel. That last one is crafted from ceramic and has a tachymeter scale on it.
Breguet Marine 5517
Breguet has extended its Marine collection with a new travel/alarm watch, a chronograph and a time-only. The white gold version of these watches is fitted with a stunning blue dial, with an intricate wave pattern on them. While the watch can only be mistaken as a Breguet and maintains many of the brands signature elements, it is a highly contemporary proposition, not only regarding design but also its movement. Automatic Calibre 777A not only has a 55-hour power reserve but also features an inverted in-line lever escapement with silicon horns., and also the balance spring is made out of silicon.
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5205G
At Baselworld Patek Philippe introduced the Annual Calendar 5205G with a white gold case and a blue dial that darkens towards the edges. The result is a rich looking watch that is nevertheless rather understated. With a diameter of 40mm and a modest bezel, there is plenty of room for the dial to show this gradient change of color in all its splendour. What has remained the same is the annual calendar movement with moon phase indicator and 24-hour display. While the Nautilus Perpetual Calendar might have taken the spotlight when it comes to Patek Philippe’s latest introductions, this new Annual Calendar 5205 makes one of the most tempting blue dial introductions this Baselworld.