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Fed Up With Brightly Coloured Watches? Back to Basics with Six Classic White Dial Watches

Subtle but never out of fashion, white is the perfect antidote for the sensory overload of colourful dials.

| By Robin Nooy | 6 min read |

Are you done with in-your-face splashes of colour? Are you fed up with blue, yellow, red, green or perhaps even pink and purple? Well, you’re in luck because we’ve been eyeballing a couple of very impressive watches with simple yet ever-fashionable pristine white dials. This almost blank canvas can serve any purpose, from simple single-handed unisex watches to field watches and even space-bound chronographs. So, with that in mind and a taste for something achromatic, here’s our selection of six white-dial beauties to balance out the onslaught of colour! 

Hamilton Khaki Field Expedition

Exploration demands legibility in any type of instrument, and what’s better than black on white? Or, in the case of the Hamilton Khaki Field Expedition, beige and black on white? Available in either 37mm or 41mm, the white dial looks extremely crisp yet with a vintage touch thanks to the beige luminous inserts in the minute track and hands. Powered by the calibre H10, which is Hamilton’s version of the Powermatic 80, it won’t let you down, thanks to the generous 80 hours of running time. It comes on a khaki-green NATO strap for EUR 1,065, a leather strap for EUR 1,115 or a steel bracelet for EUR 1,195. All very sensible!

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Quick Facts – 37mm or 41mm x 11.5mm – stainless steel case – bidirectional compass bezel – sapphire crystal front & back – 100m water-resistant – white dial – Arabic numerals – luminous markers & hands – calibre H10 (Powermatic 80) – automatic winding – 21,600vph – 80h power reserve – hours, minutes, seconds – NATO textile strap, leather strap or stainless steel bracelet – EUR 1,065 (Nato) – EUR 1,115 (Leather) – EUR 1,195 (steel bracelet)

Rolex Sky-Dweller 336938

Rolex added two new versions of its most complex watch to date, the Sky-Dweller, to the collection this year, both executed in precious metal. Ref. 336938 comes in a 42mm wide yellow gold case with a fluted yellow gold Ring Command bezel and a matching brushed and polished Jubilee bracelet. This is offset with a stark white dial, serving as the backdrop for the applied gold markers and hands. As standard with the current generation of the Sky-Dweller, it comes with the calibre 9002, which was updated slightly last year. The very practical and user-friendly Sky-Dweller in yellow gold and white dial retails for EUR 51,000.

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Quick Facts – 42mm x 13.8mm – yellow gold case – fluted Ring Command bezel – sapphire crystal with cyclops – solid caseback – 100m water-resistant – white dial – applied gold markers & hands – Saros annual calendar – local & reference time – calibre 9002, in-house automatic – 28,800vph – 72h power reserve – brushed & polished Jubilee bracelet in gold – folding clasp with Easylink comfort extension – EUR 51,000

IWC Portugieser Eternal Calendar

The numbers the IWC Portugieser Eternal Calendar brings to the table are almost beyond comprehension: a gear that rotates once every 400 years, no adjustment needed until the year 3999, and a moon phase display accurate to 45 million years. But this time around, it’s the spectacular white dial that garners our attention instead! Made of glass, with white lacquer applied on the underside, it has a very unique look. The raised profile of the sub-dials and outer flange for the minutes track enhances the undeniable sense of depth even more. The platinum watch, worn on a leather strap, is yours for a rather hefty EUR 150,000.

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Quick Facts – 44.4mm x 15mm – platinum case, brushed & polished – double domed sapphire crystal front & back – 50m water-resistant – glass dial with white lacquer – profiled sub-dials & outer flange – eternal (secular) calendar display – IWC calibre 52640, in-house automatic – 28,800vph – 54 jewels – 7-day (168 hours) power reserve – Santoni black alligator leather strap – platinum folding buckle – CHF 150,000

Bvlgari Aluminium Automatic White

The Bvlgari Aluminium Automatic has always been a very good watch for hotter days due to its low weight and comfy segmented rubber strap. New to the collection for this year is the Aluminium Automatic White, perhaps the perfect watch for this year’s summer season. The rubber-clad bezel, dial and segmented strap are all finished in bright white, with only minimal touches of colour. The strongly contrasting markers and hands keep things perfectly legible, while the central seconds hand gets a touch of red to stand out. Powered by the ETA 2892-based calibre B77, this 1,000-piece limited edition retails for EUR 3,450.

Bulgari Aluminium Time-and-Date White 103964

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Quick Facts – 40mm diameter – aluminium case with white rubber bezel, titanium caseback and crown – 100m water-resistance – white matte dial with rhodium-plated indices, hour markers and hands, Super-LumiNova on indices and hour and minute hands, date window at 3 o’clock – calibre B77 (ETA 2892 base), automatic – 28,800vph – 42h power reserve – white rubber strap with aluminium links and pin buckle – limited edition 1,000 pieces – EUR 3,450

Omega Speedmaster moonwatch professional master chronometer White Dial

Going from black to white can have a big impact, and it certainly does for the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional. The long-awaited white version enters the permanent collection for the first time ever, making it the only currently available ‘Speedy‘ in a steel case without a black dial. The strongly contrasting black markings and hands, with just a hint of red, evoke the spirit of the Alaska project watches, which is pretty cool! It’s equipped with the manually wound calibre 3861 and comes on a rubber or leather strap for EUR 8,500 or a stainless steel bracelet for EUR 8,900.

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Quick Facts – 42mm x 13.2mm – stainless steel case, brushed & polished – fixed tachymeter bezel – sapphire crystal front & back – 50m water-resistant – glossy white lacquered dial – black hands & markings – calibre 3861, manually wound in-house chronograph – Master Chronometer certified – 21,600vph – co-axial escapement – 50h power reserve – rubber or leather strap, stainless steel bracelet – EUR 8,500 (rubber or leather strap) – EUR 8,900 (bracelet)

MeisterSinger Neo

Last but not least, is the most minimalist watch of the bunch. Known and loved for its tranquil single-handed approach to watchmaking, MeisterSinger has recently updated its compact Neo with higher water-resistance and a sapphire crystal instead of acrylic. This specific 36mm wide model pairs a crisp ivory-white dial with black, blue and gold markings and a single needle-like hand. Mechanically, nothing has changed, so you still get 38 hours of power reserve from a Sellita SW200 automatic movement. The Ocean Blue leather strap pairs very well, and the new Neo retails for EUR 1,890, a slight increase over the old one.

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Quick Facts – 36mm x 9.7mm – stainless steel case, brushed & polished – domed sapphire crystal – solid caseback – 50m water-resistant – ivory white dial with black, blue & gold markings – single hand – Sellita SW200, modified – automatic winding – 28,800vph – 38h power reserve – hours, minutes via central hand – grained cowhide leather strap, blue – pin buckle – part of the permanent collection – EUR 1,890

7 responses

  1. Did that meistersinger receive an update, or did you measure the case without the crystal?
    If so, that isn’t really fair.

  2. A couple of additional exemplary examples, admittedly out of the past:
    JLC Geophysic 1958
    PP 5055G-010

  3. The SkyDweller is nice but you will need very deep pockets a common symptom these days.

  4. That white dial Speedmaster is the best Omega watch released in the past 2 years – simply fantastic, and so versatile!

  5. “Back to basics” with a couple of watches north of 50.000 respectively 15.000 Euros? Wow. I think it’s fair to say that the Hamilton is the token affordable one here.

    But you’re missing out on thinks like the Junghans Meister and Max Bill watches, Stowa Marine 36, white-dialled Seiko Sharp Edge, Archimede Klassik 200, the OG Nomos Club campus with the white dial, the white Formex Essence 39, a whole slew of Seiko dive watches with white dials that got released recently, and so, so many more.

    There are plenty of options in the affordable section, even up to some white dialled Aqua Terra’s, if you want something from Omega at 60% of the price of that speedy. Never have the words “Back to Basics” been so ill chosen.

  6. I meant 150.000, not 15.000. Still, even at 15.000, the point sort of survives.

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