What Is A Rolex Jubilee Dial?

Rolex is known for its timeless designs that slowly evolve through the decades. However, when a Rolex model reaches an important milestone, Rolex does tend to loosen up and introduces unexpected designs.

Rolex has surprised us with anniversary watches in the past — like the green Rolex Submariner Kermit and the ice blue and chestnut brown Rolex 50th Anniversary Platinum Daytona. Before these came along, Rolex also created a commemorative Jubilee Dial.

 

Find out more about this special dial, and which Rolex models have them.

 

The One-of-a-Kind Anniversary Dial

 

Under Rolex lexicon, the “Jubilee” is best known as the five-piece, semi-circular bracelet, or what is often considered the dressier counterpart of the Oyster. The bracelet design was created especially for the iconic Rolex Datejust, which Rolex launched in 1945, to celebrate their 40th or Jubilee anniversary.

 

Jubilee Dial
Rolex Datejust 36 Steel Rose Gold Diamond Watch with Jubilee dial, with Rolex President Day-Date MOP Diamond dial

Fast forward to 1985, Rolex was about to celebrate its 80th anniversary, while the Datejust was also about to turn 40. Rolex commemorated this milestone with a special ‘Jubilee’ dial design.

The Jubilee Dial is characterized by a monogrammed repetitive ‘ROLEX’ pattern, which takes up the entirety of the dial. At times, it will have just the watch’s name on it (Datejust, for example), while some watches would have the standard SCOC “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” text above 6 o’clock.

 

Day Date Jubilee Dial
Rolex President Day-Date White Gold Diamond Mens Watch with Bronze Jubilee Dial 
Although the Jubilee dial made its debut on the Rolex Datejust, there are Lady Datejust, Rolex President Day-Date, and even Rolex Cellini models that bear the Jubilee Dial. It’s also found on watches with an assortment of metals — from stainless steel, gold, and Rolesor steel and gold.

 

Jubilee Dial
Rolex Datejust 36 Steel Yellow Gold, Steel White Gold, and Steel Rose Gold Jubilee Dials

It’s also available in many colors – from classic black, white, champagne, and silver; to more eye-catching bronze, rose, and blue. It is also accompanied by different hour markers, from Roman and Arabic numerals to batons and diamonds.

The dial is also iridescent, changing its color when the light hits it. Depending on where it’s viewed, it can be bold and eye-catching, and sometimes incredibly subtle.

 


 

Rolex has a wide assortment of textured dials, often found on their dress watches. There are ones made of materials like wood or gemstones; then there are honeycomb, linen, and even pyramid patterns.

The Jubilee Dials featuring the stylized ROLEX pattern may not be for everyone, but they remain a popular choice for those who want a piece of Rolex history or want something uniquely Rolex to add to their watch collection.

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