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A major part of Rolex watches is the dial. This has a significant impact on the design of the watch and its value. The Rolex Mark dials have become highly sought after by collectors due to the quality and variety of dials. An understanding of these dials will help you to determine why they are so important to collectors and enthusiasts. Here is everything that you need to know about Rolex Mark Dials. 

Creation of the Rolex Mark System

While the Mark system is commonly associated with Rolex watches, it’s actually not an official Rolex system. While Rolex develops the dials of the watches, the system was actually created by Rolex scholars and collectors. Rolex watches are some of the most popular, sought-after, and studied watches in existence, so many people have taken a great interest in the watches and their history. Because this is not a Rolex-developed system, you may recognize that Rolex Mark Dial charts might differ depending on the source being used. There may also be evolution if previously unknown design details are discovered.

A Variety of Styles

Over the years, Rolex has developed a wide variety of styles for their Mark dials. For this reason, you may find different dials that are listed with the name Mark (or the abbreviation, ‘MK’) followed by a number. Common uses of these names are Mark I, Mark II, and Mark III or MK1, MK2, and MK3. There are a number of changes that have been made to these dials as technology has advanced. Some of these changes include font styles, colors, text, hour markers, and the Rolex crown shapes. In some watches, the water resistance depth rating placement features meters first while others may display feet first. These changes have created a wider variety of styles from which people can choose and collect.

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Vintage Diving Watches

Some of the most popular types of Rolex watches are the vintage diving watches, such as the Sea-Dweller 1665,  the Submariner 1680, and the Explorer II 1655. These watches feature what many people refer to as “red versions” because there is red text on the dial. This was done so that the dials can be easily read while diving. There are various types of Mark dials that may be included with these diving watches. Some feature the famous red versions but others may feature white versions. Similar to the red versions, these white versions were designed with the purpose of being able to read the text on the dials underwater while diving.

Implementation in Modern Watches

Mark dials are considered a vintage style, so most people think they are only featured in older watches. However, due to their popularity, they have been featured in some of Rolex’s modern watches. The Explorer 214270, which made its debut in 2010, was updated in 2016 to include better-proportioned hands and luminescence of the trio numerals on the dial. The 2017 version of the Yacht-Master II replaced Mercedes-style hands with a new dial as well. Since the reference numbers were kept the same, they are commonly referred to as MKII or MK2 to differentiate the updated versions from the originals.

Rolex watches are some of the most popular, studied, and collected watches in existence. The Rolex Mark dials have become the gold standard over a number of years. This is important because the type of dial can have a significant impact on the watch’s value. Contact Elan Diamond Group if you’re looking to sell vintage Rolex watches in Atlanta.