We watch people just love us a blue face, don’t we? The hue of the sky and the sea, it’s only natural for a dial – even a chronograph dial – to look fitting in the regal color, no matter the shade or gradient, and no matter the texture applied. I’ll personally take most versions of blue over a white dial any day of the week and in any style of watch, which likely makes some brand’s heads explode because after all, I’m a woman, and as a woman, aren’t I supposed to love white watches? (Le sigh.)
With all that said, here are seven blue-dialed chronographs that fit a variety of budgets and tastes, and that can easily be worn by any gender.
The Seiko Recraft Series Solar Chronograph
This throwback-style chronograph by Seiko packs a powerful punch for a minimal amount of dollars. Running solely on light energy, the Recraft Series Solar Chronograph has a 6-month power reserve once fully charged, is water-resistant to 10 bar and measures up to 60 minutes of elapsed time in 1/5-second increments with split time measurement function. If you care not about anything I just wrote however, know that it’s a damned fine-looking watch, especially on the blue and orange nylon strap. Though the full retail price is $350, these often see discounting that brings them down below the $200 mark.
The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Automatic
Not only is the dial of the Carrera Calibre 16 automatic a dreamy-hued blue, but the watch’s alligator strap is perfectly matched (yet still a stark contrast to the polished steel case and rhodium-plated hour indexes). The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 contains the Swiss made automatic Calibre 16 movement which provides the wearer a 42-hour power reserve, domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides as well as a sapphire case back, polished steel pushbuttons at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock, and measures 41mm in diameter.
The Coupole Classic by Rado
Rado’s Coupole Classic quartz watch is a simple as it gets from a design standpoint. A no fuss, no muss dress chronograph with an elegant date display midway through the four and five markers, the timepiece draws inspiration from versions of Rado watches available in the 1960s. Measuring 42mm in diameter, the stainless-steel case is coated in a rich copper colored PVD which is a refreshing contrast against the deep blue color of the watch’s dial.
The Breguet Marine Chronographe 5527
Somewhere… beyond the sea/somewhere waiting for me/my chrono fits my sun kissed wrist/while keeping the time/that is paaaaasssssing. That’s what plays in my head to the tune of Bobby Darin’s “Beyond the Sea” whenever I catch a glimpse of the Breguet Marine Chronographe 5527. First, it’s a maritime-themed sport watch that’s made by Breguet, so for me, it’s a no-brainer, no matter the color combo. But in the white gold version that includes a rich blue dial with matching rubber strap, chunky lume-enhanced Roman numerals, and sub-dials that range in size rather than being equal, (which is the case with many other chronographs) the outer appearance of the 5527 is unlike anything Breguet has made in the past, which is a total positive in my book.
The IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince”
In thinking about adding a rose gold watch to this list, I knew I had to select one that stood out, visually. The Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” by IWC not only stands out, but also adds a little history to the mix. Released originally with a nod to the story of “The Little Prince” by French writer (and pioneering aviator) Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” was designed in a way that would exude a level of elegance while still putting focus on the timepiece’s functionality and precision. The midnight blue dial serves as an ideal backdrop to the watch’s bright white luminescent hands and hour markers, but inside what is seemingly a beautifully wrapped package lies the 79320-calibre movement with an 11-hour power reserve, a soft-iron inner case to protect the movement against magnetic fields, a protective glass secured against displacement by a drop in air pressure, and a water resistance to up to 60 meters.
The Jaguar D-type by Bremont
In May of this year, Bremont added to its already successful collection of collaborations with the British racing giant Jaguar by introducing the Bremont Jaguar D-type mechanical chronograph. Limited to 300 pieces (the number paying homage to the fact that the D-type was classified as a 300 bhp car), the Bremont Jaguar D-type has a very British blue dial with brushed nickel sub-dials, and a Tachymeter dial ring with its chronometer rated movement, all housed in a 43mm diameter satin finished case. The sapphire case back allows the wearer to see the mechanical BE-50AE movement inside as well as the Jaguar steering wheel inspired rotor. And the case is meticulously paired with a matching blue racing calf-skin strap.
The Tissot T-Race Chronograph
With a deeply dark blue dial, matching silicone strap, PVD coated stainless-steel, scratch resistant sapphire crystal, tachymeter function, and water resistance up to 100 meters, the T-Race Chronograph by Tissot is an easy timepiece to wear on a daily basis, especially if your line of work is hard on your watches. It’s tough and bold looking from a design standpoint, and measures 43mm in diameter. But the reasonable price is one of the most appealing characteristics of this specific quartz timepiece, because at $595.00, one might not be worried about wearing it for all types of sporting adventures (racing including).