Special Rolex Datejust Dials

When it comes to the Rolex Datejust, the words classic, timeless, and versatile first come to mind. While these are often overused in the world of horology, the Rolex Datejust is one of the few that truly fit the bill.

Launched in 1945, the Datejust has become the archetype for the modern watch. The Oyster case, date window and standard three-hand design not only transcend changes in fashion, but also serve as a canvas for many different variations. With many permutations of bezels, metals, indexes, bracelets, and dial designs, literally anyone can find a Rolex Datejust thats suits their unique taste.

If you want to get yourself a standout Rolex Datejust, keep an eye out for these extraordinary dials:



Buckley Dials


This dial is most commonly found in Rolex Datejust models from the 1970s to 80s. Featuring printed Roman dials in a refined thin font, these give the Datejust heightened elegance and formality. Buckley dials are named after John Buckley, a well-known Rolex collector, and owner of Tuscany Rose, a vintage watch store based in New York City’s Diamond District. It was Buckley’s avid support of these then not-so-popular dials that led to his name being associated with it.


Sigma Dials


The Sigma Dial can only be identified up close. The name Sigma came from the lowercase Greek letter sigma (σ) that is featured quite inconspicuously under the 6 o’clock marker. The letter appears on either side of the text “T Swiss T,” which is a marker used to reference the use of tritium as luminescence. Sigma, on the other hand, indicates that the hands and indices are made of 18k gold. Back in the 1970s, it was common for watch companies to mark their dials, to indicate that it is made of precious metals.


Linen Dials


Like the Buckley dials, the Linen dials are also commonly seen in Rolex Datejust models from the 70s and 80s. Called such because of its textile-like pattern, it features an imperfect crosshatch engraving on the watch dial, its textured surface changing colors with each angle, just like guilloche dials. Linen dials can also be seen in some Rolex Day-Date models, but they are more commonly seen on the Rolex Datejust.







Like rays of the sun shining from the center of the dial, the Sunbeam pattern adds radiance and interest to otherwise minimalist models. Accented with Roman or Arabic hour markers in metals that match the bezel, the Sunbeam dial gives the Datejust a slightly dressy look that can be worn for more formal events.


Concentric Dials



If the Sunbeam dial gives a dressier feel to the Rolex Datejust, the Concentric dial adds an edgy and sometimes playful touch.

Concentric dials have repetitive circular patterns that add interesting depth to the face of the watch. The Concentric pattern can be a wide circle in the middle of the dial, or more ornate like a “bull’s eye” pattern at the center. This design can also be seen in certain Air-King models.




While stripe motif dial designs can also be seen in the Rolex Day-Date line, the Rolex Datejust has pin stripe dials with small, fine ridges that give the dial a textured look. Light colored dials, such as lilac and jade, emphasize the delicate and ornate nature of the dial.





Decorated Mother of Pearl



Mother of pearl dials can be seen in different lines throughout the Rolex portfolio – from the sporty Yachtmaster to the dressy Rolex Day-Date and Pearlmaster. The Decorated Mother of Pearl dials often seen in Lady Datejust models, up the ante with a criss-cross pattern on the mother of pearl’s surface. Matching Roman numerals in gold sit atop the pattern, making for an impeccable and highly ornate timepiece.





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