The “chocolate” style has definitely grown larger in the jewelry space. One of the most typical examples of this trend is brown dial watches, which have increasingly gotten more popular over the years. Personally, I love the look of it, as it creates a warm aesthetic that exudes class and luxury. Below, you’ll find my six favorite brown dial watches!
1: Tudor Black Bay
This gorgeous Tudor Black Bay timepiece is an aesthetic masterpiece. There are four elements to its look: The brown dial, brown bezel, bronze case, and aged leather strap.
Combine them, and you have a gorgeous watch that is about as visually pleasing as any piece on the market. When you delve into the craftsmanship of it, you’ll be impressed yet again. The movement inside this watch is very reliable for its price point and has a seventy-hour power reserve. The one thing that people used to not like about Tudor watches were their generic movements, but they now build the ones that go into the Black Bay in-house.
All these reasons combined make this piece an excellent choice.
2: Moser & Cie. Venturer Big Date
When I call these watches “chocolate,” that is generally just an indication that they have brown elements.
This Moser & Cie. Venturer Big Date piece takes that concept a bit further by having one of the most amazing textures I have seen on brown dial watches. Combine that with the brown aesthetic, and you have a gorgeous looking watch. An added benefit of purchasing this timepiece is that the brand behind it is a bit smaller than the biggest Swiss names. As a result, you can have a more original style than someone with a watch that everyone else has too.
3: Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph
Though Vacheron Constantin is an established brand in the horology community, their Overseas model was launched as recently as 2016.
It being somewhat new hasn’t kept collectors from purchasing it, though, as this watch has sold quite a few units since it came out. My favorite thing about it is the view you get on both sides of the case. On the front, you get a warm brown dial with three sub-dials incorporated in it. On the back, you have a view of the gorgeous automatic movement that Vacheron Constantin builds into this piece.
4: Patek Philippe Nautilus
The Nautilus from Patek Philippe has always been a somewhat contentious watch due to its shape.
While some think it is clunky looking, others absolutely love it. Where you end up on that spectrum is a matter of personal taste. What isn’t is the craftsmanship and quality of this piece, which lives up to the Patek Philippe name and reputation. My favorite color scheme is the rose gold case with the golden-brown dial. Watch out for the price tag on this piece though, as it might exceed $50,000.
5: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date
Rolex needs no introduction, and their Oyster Perpetual Day-Date is a favorite even within this esteemed brand.
The aesthetics of this watch are similar to many others on this list, as it combines a brown dial with a gold case. Your strap choice is up to you, but this piece is most commonly paired with one made of brown leather. Looks aside, you also get the top tier engineering that comes in every Rolex watch and a perpetual calendar that never needs to be adjusted.
6: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
When you purchase a watch from Rolex, you can always depend on an incredibly high level of quality.
The reason is that they produce almost every material and part in-house, with numerous quality checks for function and reliability. The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is no exception, and it might be the most attractive racing watch in the world. The brown dial version of it also has a black bezel and strap, which makes for a very sleek aesthetic to go with the quality movement that comes inside.
After reading the above, does brown dial watches intrigue you? While many prefer more conventional styles, there is a significant market for brown dials. My personal favorite of the bunch is the Tudor Black Bay on a leather strap, but you might find another that speaks to you more. No matter what, purchasing a watch with a brown dial is an excellent way to round out your collection and bring something a bit different to your timepiece rotation.