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What is a Rolex Rail Dial? 

What is a Rolex Rail Dial? 

If you’re a customary peruser of the Bob’s Watches blog (and we trust you will be), you will have no uncertainty seen a portion of our past articles examining apparently little Rolex dial configuration subtleties that can fundamentally affect a watch’s collectability and worth. A portion of these dials, similar to the “Paul Newman Dial” or the “Sigma Dial,” are notable while others, like the “Rail Dial” are less so. So on the off chance that you’ve at any point thought about what is a Rolex Rail Dial, or unearthed the term while taking a gander at vintage instances of Rolex Explorer or Sea-Dweller watches, at that point continue to peruse to discover more. 

But First, What isn’t Rolex Rail Dial

Before we get into clarifying the Rolex Rail Dial, we need to talk about what it isn’t to maintain a strategic distance from some disarray. When examining watch dials, you will here and there come across the expression “railroad track” to portray the moment scale that goes around the dial outskirts that resembles, indeed, a railroad track. You may likewise hear the designation “Railroad watch,” which alludes to high-level watches that were endorsed for use via train teams once upon a time.

The Rolex Rail Dial has nothing to do with both of these depictions, nor anything to do with railroads. 

Another thing to remember is that the Rolex Rail Dial isn’t equivalent to the Rolex Radial Dial. The Rolex Radial Dial (otherwise called the “Scaled down Dial”) is found on select vintage GMT-Master ref. 1675 models and it is portrayed by more modest hour lists (otherwise known as lume plots) that are situated somewhat further away from the moment track. Here and there the expressions “rail dial” and “radial dial” are incorrectly utilized interchangeably. 


The Rolex Rail Dial

A Rolex Rail Dial alludes to the case where the letter “C” in “Chronometer” is completely lined up with the letter “C” in “Confirmed” in the ‘Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified’ text on the dial. While the specific beginnings of the moniker “rail” is obscure, we can just accept it is on the grounds that the two letters Cs line up like tracks. On the off chance that you take a gander at an ordinary Rolex dial, the words “Chronometer” and “Affirmed” are not generally organized that way; so Rail Dials stand apart as an irregularity – and gatherers love anomalies. 

Rolex Rail Dials can be found on select vintage Explorer II ref. 1655 and Explorer II 16550 models. However the most renowned and collectible Rolex Rail Dials are the ones are those found on vintage Sea-Dweller ref. 1665 “Great White” models and vintage Sea-Dweller ref. 1665 “COMEX” models. 

The Sea-Dweller Rail Dials were delivered for two brief a long time from 1977 to 1979 by the Stern dial producers (a similar Stern group of Patek Philippe acclaim). Thus, they are very uncommon on the vintage market. This is particularly obvious since Rolex administration dials fitted to these specific Sea-Dweller watches didn’t have the completely adjusted “Cs” – hence, they are not viewed as Rolex Rail Dials.

as a rule, the situation and style of textual styles on Rolex dials are of great interest to numerous Rolex watch authorities. Truth be told, dial irregularities have prepared for the purported “Imprint” categorization of Rolex dials among gatherers. What’s more, once in a while, a dial detail is articulated to the point that it acquires its own moniker outside of the “Imprint” names –, for example, the Rolex Rail Dial.