Keep your eye on the watchmaking industry long enough, and you’re surely going to notice a pattern of trends that appear each year. Sometimes it was an abundance of watches with bronze cases, or sometimes it was blue dials. This year however it is unmistakable that it was the year of the green watch. From dive watches to tool watches and even dress watches, they all come clad in green. And with the holiday season fast approaching, here’s a selection of some of the best green watches you can buy depending on your budget.
Edox Skydiver Military
We’re all thinking it, so I am just going to come out and say it. If you’re green with envy but still can’t afford a Rolex ‘Kermit’, then the Edox Skydiver Military represents a great alternative to tide you over whilst you save up. Despite the similarities, this Edox Skydiver has deep roots within Edox’s history. As the story goes, a sketch of this watch was found within the brand archives, and apparently, it was created under the behest of a wealthy Swiss colonel. This anonymous colonel wanted an exclusive timepiece for elite mountain paratroopers under his command, hence the name Skydiver. Whether or not the watch was made we do not know but this limited edition piece is now available in 555 pieces.
Price: MYR 6,180
Oris Aquis Date
The Oris Aquis collection needs no introduction as it has long been established as an affordable, value-driven dive watch. This year, however, Oris decided to expand their Aquis collection to include a smaller, mid-size case at 39.3mm and of course, added the green dial to their repertoire. Adding a touch of sophistication to an otherwise rugged watch, the dial is made with a sunburst effect emanating from the middle. Available both in a steel bracelet and an option for a rubber strap, this is the epitome of the luxury sports watch with an integrated bracelet, but done at a much more accessible price point.
Price: MYR 8,800
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Green Bronze
Ever since Bell & Ross presented their first square dive watch in 2017, they have constantly been updating the model with a host of different dial colours and case materials. This year the new Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Green Bronze combines both a new colour with a unique case material resulting in green dive watch clad in a bronze case and bezel. The watch comes in the familiar BR 03 dimensions of 42mm in diameter and the satin-polished CuSn8, made of 92% copper and 8% tin will also slowly patina over time developing a unique character of its own.
Price: EUR 3,800 (Approx. MYR 17,500)
IWC Pilot’s Watch Automatic Spitfire
Yet another bronze case, green dial watch launched in 2019 is the very well received Spitfire collection in the IWC Pilot’s Watch range. The collection celebrates its namesake, the British Spitfire aircraft and borrows the design language of the IWC Mark 11, which was produced in 1948 for the Royal Air Force. The Pilot’s Watch Automatic Spitfire shown here is the basic three-hand, date model and is quite possibly the perfect tool watch for everyday use. Adding to its watchmaking legitimacy, this model also features the IWC-manufactured 32000 calibre family of movements under its dial.
Price: CHF 5,400 (Approx. MYR 22,700)
Rolex Day-Date 36
Finally, moving on to the realm of dress watches, the green option is brought to you by none other than Rolex. This green dial comes with the introduction of the new generation of Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36 watches, and also comes with a classic 18ct yellow gold case. Looking closer at the timepiece, the dial is what Rolex is calling an ombré dial, starting at a rich green in the middle and slowly turns into black as it reaches the outer portion of the dial. As indicated by the name, the case size is on the small side at 36mm but as a dress watch, it is perfect.
Price: CHF 33,500 (Approx. MYR 141,000)
Hublot Big Bang MP-11 Green SAXEM
If to you, money is no object, then this Hublot Big Bang MP-11 Green SAXEM is something you could consider. Over the years Hublot has managed to successfully industrialise the process of working with one of the hardest materials in the world – sapphire. And by doing this, they have opened up the range of possibilities in terms of sapphire cases. For this MP-11, Hublot has decided to give it a new case with a new colour, a deep green, that represents a new and never before used material in watchmaking. Looking past the mesmerising green case, the manufacture calibre HUB9011 offers a shocking seven barrels bringing the total power reserve up to 14 days.
Price: USD 127,000 (Approx. MYR 525,500)