Red, Rouge, Burgundy; Call it what you wish, it’s the color of love and these are the top 5 Rolexes with red dials that we happen to love.
It’s not every day that we cover a bold looking watch such as a Rolex with a red dial but today is that lucky day where we will discuss several red-dialed Rolexes that deserve our undivided attention. Does Rolex make a red dial? If so, how much is a red face Rolex?
A Red Rolex? Top 5 Watches by Rolex with Red Dials
Despite the fact that the trend for watch case sizes is showing that people are buying watches with larger cases these days, the 5 featured watches are all midsize watches at 36mm and can be worn by women or even men with average to smaller wrist sizes.
Another thing that these all have in common is that they are all Rolex Day-Date 36mm watches. Rolex prefers the term “burgundy” or “cherry dial” over ‘red dial’.
My best guess is that it is just a more marketable term for their target demographic.
The first one on the list that we will talk about is the Rolex reference 118139 Cherry Index Leather. This timepiece uses a 36mm case constructed of 18kt white gold and has a fluted bezel which gives it that very distinct “Rolex look”. This model has a matching red Bordeaux colored leather strap and is the only one on this list that comes with a leather watch band.
This Rolex red face watch uses a 31 jewel chronometer known as the caliber 3155 which is a self-winding/automatic caliber that runs at 28,800 VpH for about 48 hours on a full wind.
This watch red face Rolex watch uses a 31 jewel chronometer known as the caliber 3155 which is a self-winding/automatic movement that runs at 28,800 VpH for about 48 hours on a full wind.
NOTE: This in-house movement can be found in all the watches featured in this blog post.
It’s important to note that there are 5 models with red dials and all 5 are Rolex Day-Date 36mm watches. However the difference between them (aside from price and model number) is that 3 models are using an 18kt White Gold case, each with a different type of bracelet; one oyster bracelet (118239 Cherry Index Oyster), one president’s bracelet (118239 Cherry Index President), and one on a red leather strap shown above (118139 Cherry Index Leather). It’s a shame that the only materials used are white gold and platinum. No rose gold, no yellow gold, and no steel options.
It would have been nice to see a Rolex Datejust in Red on this list or in any other material such as stainless steel or even a solid 18kt yellow gold model with a red dial. I’d even settle for a stainless steel 36mm Day-Date with a red dial just to have a more affordable option for those that don’t want to dish out for gold or platinum models. Perhaps even a Rolex GMT-Master II with a red dial to match one of the models that have a split red and black bezel. If you ever see one in the future you’ll know that you heard of it here first!
The two most expensive models pictured below are not using 18kt white gold but rather platinum. The more expensive of the two platinum models has a diamond bezel (ref. 118346 Cherry Index President) while the more affordable of the two platinum models has a smooth bezel without any diamonds (ref. 118206 Cherry Index President).
Is there a model with a red dial that you don’t see here that you would have preferred to see in this list? Let us know in the comment box below.