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Black to Basic

August 8, 2018

BY Paul Altieri

Black to Basic rolex watches

Black to Basic

There’s a reason that the color black is a staple in everyone’s closet – it’s suave, sophisticated and timeless. A luxury watch with a black dial or black strap is as fundamental to one’s wardrobe as the black suit or little black dress and here are some of our top picks.


Submariner 1680

Rolex Submariner 1680

Submariner 1680

An absolute classic diver’s watch, this Submariner 1680 from 1978 features the original black dial with an attractive patina for extra retro appeal. Heightening the vintage vibe is the customized hand-stitched Italian black leather strap with stainless steel buckle. The 40mm stainless steel Oyster case is outfitted with a waterproof screw-down crown, rotatable black bezel with white graduations and automatic movement within. The acrylic crystal protecting the face is equipped with the iconic Rolex Cyclops lens for easy reading of the date window at 3 o’clock.

The Rolex Submariner 1680 keeps getting better with age

The Rolex Submariner 1680 keeps getting better with age

Born in a different epoch yet still as cool as ever today, like a fine wine the Submariner 1680 just gets better with age.


Explorer II 216570

Explorer 216570

The Rolex Eplorer 216570 is another great example of a black dial watch

A watch created in 1971 for adventure seekers, the Explorer II underwent an overhaul in 2011 in honor of the watch’s 40th anniversary. The stainless steel Oyster case of the Explorer II 216570 is enlarged to an impressive 42mm while the intense black dial is set with larger hands, a larger orange 24-hour arrow-tipped hand and large luminescent hour markers – all for the purpose of optimal legibility even in the most extreme elements. The 24-hour bezel allows the wearer to differentiate between day and night when seeking out the sun is not an option.

Always ready to take on the next journey, the Explorer II 216570 awakes one’s adventurous spirit within.


GMT-Master 16758

Rolex GMT Master 16758

Rolex GMT Master 16758

With its two time zones for home and away, the GMT-Master is a globetrotter’s indispensible travel companion. This black GMT-Master 16758 with automatic movement is from the early 80s and features an 18k yellow gold 40mm Oyster case as well as the original 18k yellow gold Jubilee bracelet. The beveled detailing around the black bezel and black “nipple” dial gives the piece added interest, while the gold hour indices and hands contrasts well with its black background. The 16758 also boasts a sapphire crystal instead of the acrylic crystal found on its predecessors.

The GMT Master 16758 is a classic watch that goes with any outfit

The GMT Master 16758 is a classic watch that goes with any outfit

Practical, sharp and luxurious, the GMT-Master 16758 denotes that you have arrived, whether you’re traveling or not.

President Lady Datejust 69178

President Lady Datejust 69178

President Lady Datejust 69178

It may be small in size, yet this President Lady Datejust 69178 circa 1982/83 packs an intense, dark and sultry punch. With its 18k yellow gold 26mm Oyster case with fluted bezel, to its black tapestry dial with raised gold baton indexes and new Rolex black leather strap with new Rolex tang buckle, this Presidents’ timepiece for her is a statement in stylish luxury. Aside from its good looks, the Datejust 69178 is of course an officially certified “Superlative Chronometer” powered by an automatic movement with the quick-set date function, which can be seen clearly under the characteristic Cyclops lens.

Black will always be the new black and will never go out of style.




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