5 Great Meteorite Dial Watches

The use of natural materials in watch dials – such as wood, mother of pearl, and stones – has been quite common. Many watchmakers continue to explore this practice to showcase their artistic craftsmanship, and to add a unique flair to their watch designs.

In the era of mass production, they provide an air of exclusivity. Taken directly from nature, these materials possess unique qualities, meaning that no two watches will be exactly alike.

Among the materials popular for use in watch dials are meteorites. Coming straight from the heavens, this rock that dates back millennia is well-loved for its mystifying effect, mesmerizing looks, and the serendipitous way it is harvested.

Here are 5 of our favorite watches with meteorite dials:

 

Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon Meteorite and Rolex GMT-Master
Pepsi Meteorite

 

Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon Meteorite

We begin the list with Omega’s most famous invention – the Speedmaster. No other watch has been more associated with space exploration than the Speedy, so the addition of a Gibeon meteorite on its dial is very fitting.

 

Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon Meteorite Ref. 311.63.44.51.99.001

 

Launched under the “Dark Side of the Moon” line, the Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon Meteorite captures the spirit of its predecessors with its grey ceramic construction. Evoking a utilitarian vibe, the meteorite dial is darker than usual and acid-etched to reveal the “Widmanstätten” patterns reminiscent of the Moon’s surface.

For optimum legibility, Omega placed Super-Luminova coating to the hands and indices, while the brand’s proprietary 18K Sedna™ gold alloy provides warm luster on the hands, tachymeter scale, and hour marker surrounds.

 

Omega Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon Meteorite Ref. 311.63.44.51.99.001

 


 

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

In 2021, Rolex introduced a new series of Daytonas that feature stunning meteorite dials. Available in Everose gold, white gold, and yellow-gold configurations, these watches join the Day-Date 40 and the GMT-Master II in the ever-evolving Rolex Meteorite family.

 

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Meteorite Dial Watches

 

Technically speaking, these new releases are the same Daytonas you have known for decades, but what gives them away is the intricate meteorite dial that makes the blackened chronograph sub-dials pop. The 18k white gold version also marks the first time that Rolex pairs the meteorite dial with their patented Cerachrom bezel.

The visually appealing trio of Daytonas comes with a choice of a reliable Oyster bracelet for the yellow and Everose gold version, and a sportier Oysterflex band for the white gold version. (photos: Rolex)

 


 

Rolex Cellini Moonphase

Rolex also incorporated the extraordinary mineral in the dressy Cellini Moonphase. The classic tuxedo watch became the perfect canvas for presenting the meteorite in a non-ostentatious way.

 

Rolex Cellini Moonphase Ref. 50535

 

Introduced in 2017, this edition of the Cellini brought back the moon phase complication to the Rolex catalog after 50 years. The watch features an elegant and clever combination of materials – an Everose gold case with a double bezel, a glossy white lacquered dial, and a moon phase aperture in fired blue enamel.

The meteorite appears in an appliqué miniature moon sitting at the top of the blue moonphase disc at 6 o’clock. The domed meteorite with Widmanstätten patterns was made more striking with rhodium plating.

 

Rolex Cellini Moonphase Ref. 50535

 


 

Rolex GMT-Master Pepsi Meteorite

The Rolex GMT-Master II Pepsi white gold edition was discontinued in 2018, only to be brought back in early 2019 with an exceptional upgrade. The Ref. 126719BLRO maintains the brand’s iconic GMT-Master design DNA but with a meteorite dial that gives off a lovely splintered effect. While Rolex is no stranger to meteorite dials, this watch marked the brand’s first time to use the rare celestial material on a GMT-Master.

 

Rolex GMT-Master II Pepsi Ref. 126719BLRO

 

Aside from the white gold construction, the blue and red Cerachrom bezel, applied white gold geometric indices and Mercedes hands remained, creating a striking combination of colors. Belonging to the new generation of GMT-Master II watches, this watch runs on the 3285 movement with improved accuracy of +2 / -2 seconds per day.

 


 

Cartier Rotonde De Cartier Earth and Moon

Introduced in 2017, the Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Earth and Moon Tourbillon comes as a follow-up to their 2014 haute horology creation. This edition pays tribute to the moon with two gorgeous meteorite discs – one located off-center to show the second time zone, and another partly obscured at 4 o’clock to show the current phase of the moon.

 

Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Earth and Moon Ref. WHRO0013

 

The brainchild of Cartier’s head of movement design, Carole Forestier-Kasapi, these creative details give the watch a unique character and an irresistible appeal. This model features a second time-zone, which can be adjusted using the pusher at 2 o’clock. At the back, you will find a sapphire crystal case back which allows the wearer to admire the hand-wound Caliber 9440 MC at work. (photo: Cartier)

 


 

Demonstrating the marriage between time and space, meteorite dial watches are perfect for those who seek exotic design and exclusivity. Explore our selection of meteorite dial watches at SwissWatchExpo.com.

 

Omega Speedmaster Snoopy

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