When choosing watches, most persons tend towards simple colors like black, white, and cream, or popular alternatives blue and brown. However, a recent trend has seen many top brands offering salmon-dial options, and just like Apple’s rose-gold releases, they’re a hit with men and women alike. Elegant, eye-catching, and exotic, salmon dials were used in some vintage watches, and those designs have made quite the comeback.
We’ve curated a list of five watches ranked by their price-tag that will add quite the salmon flair to your personal watch collection. Read until the end to see VARIO’s entry!
- Patek Philippe’s 5270P Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
One of the big selling points for this new release from Patek Phillipe is its unique display system, which includes a moon phase, day and night, and small seconds indicator. Therefore, if you’re a feature-focused watch-lover who likes to look at a busy dial, it really doesn’t get much better than this. The 5270P is water-resistant for up to 30 meters, and contains an impressive 456 intricately assembled parts, 33 of which are jewels. A rare masterpiece in watchmaking, it’s no wonder that our first entry retails for around USD $183,958.
- Montblanc Heritage Spirit Pulsograph
Housing a proprietary Montblanc Minerva chronograph movement, this watch is a part of their Heritage Spirit collection, and is directly inspired by the company’s dress watches from the 1940s. Though they’ve been around for over a hundred years, Montblanc has remained consistent in its production of high quality luxury items, and this pulsograph is not different. While it maintains a simpler design, a huge chunk of this watch’s price comes from its materials, which includes a complex inner and 18k red gold alloy case. This watch retails for $USD 30,597.
- Rolex Air King 34 14000
Released in 1995, this entry takes us out of the ten-thousands range into a more average price point, and is one of Rolex’s more simple designs. With a logo and baton hour markers on its dial, this automatic self-winding watch also has scratch resistant sapphire crystal, a stainless steel case, and oyster bracelet with fold clasp. While Rolex does have a salmon option more expensive than the Patex, we think this is a great middle-grade option. The Rolex Air King 34 is available for around USD $3,590.
- The NOMOS Glashütte Tangente 'Red Dot'
Inspired by Bauhaus’ design, the Tangente Red Dot with salmon dial was released as part of a limited edition collection inspired by Singapore. Despite being a small market, Singapore is relatively watch-crazy and only a hundred of them were made. Its most unique date ring that runs the perimeter of the dial and frames the date with two ‘red dots’. At the time of its release it was priced at around $2,340 USD, but the value may have gone up due to its limited edition status.
- Eclipse SunStone Champagne Handwound Dress Watch
VARIO’s own Bauhaus-inspired salmon dial creation isn’t cutting corners with quality or design either. Housing a high-beat Miyota 6T33 mechanical movement, its 316L stainless steel case with scratch resistant double dome sapphire is water-resistant for up to 5 ATM, and the watch itself uses minimalist second and hour indicators to keep the focus on the beautiful color of the dial. With its default genuine Harris Tweed strap, this stylish salmon watch is a pocket-friendly USD $328.
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