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Old 2 June 2020, 01:46 AM   #91
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I saw your description of your moss agate Day-Date on VRF years ago:



That description seems to match the "moss agate" 18238 Uhren-Miquel is selling:

Wow! That was years ago! Lol!
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Old 2 June 2020, 03:16 AM   #92
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Check out the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Daydate print, almost hitting the center of dial and far away from Coronet.
I assume this is referring to the agate dial (shown again below) - I hadnít noticed it before, but the R/OP/D-D text is indeed much lower than usual on that agate. Iíve never seen another dial remotely like the agate stone in the photo, and ďAgateĒ is not listed among the stone dials on the one yearís dial option sheet I have.

Has anyone else seen others resembling this agate, or is ďAgateĒ listed as a dial option in other years?

BTW, while checking that sheet, I noticed a stone dial option listed as ďSiberite.Ē Itís not listed as such among the photos, but apparently it is a type of rubellite from Siberia. The list I have shows Siberite, but not Rubellite, so Iím assuming that the Rubellite photo on page 1 is what Rolex was calling Siberite.
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Old 2 July 2020, 09:02 PM   #93
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Every type of stone used for a Rolex dial

Describes as Sandstone dial ? Paint or stone ?
Not in my catalogues I donít have them all though and of course , opinions ?



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Old 2 July 2020, 10:07 PM   #94
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Describes as Sandstone dial ? Paint or stone ?
Not in my catalogues I donít have them all though and of course , opinions ?
Interesting! This appears to have the excessive serifs in "Oyster Perpetual" that I'm often skeptical of. The nonstandard-length hour markers would also make me lean towards aftermarket. It looks pretty cool though!
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Describes as Sandstone dial ? Paint or stone ?
Not in my catalogues I donít have them all though and of course , opinions ?
Donít know ó I believe Iíve seen one other similar DD described by a seller as sandstone, but apparently I didnít save the image. Iíve never seen those centered sharp black dots this has in the damaged lume, even on others like this where much of the lume is abent.

Are the short hour markers the same size/shape as those smaller ones which are used (seemingly only) on wood dials? (Even if they are, iirc Iíve not seen these markers used on any other stone dials.)

If forced to guess, Iíd guess it is actual sandstone, but aftermarket.
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Can these special dials still be ordered? How?

Would like a lapis or turquoise dial for a DD40.
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Can these special dials still be ordered? How?

Would like a lapis or turquoise dial for a DD40.
I donít think any are available for DD40 - Maybe MOP.
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Can these special dials still be ordered? How?

Would like a lapis or turquoise dial for a DD40.
Only exotic dial for DD40 is meteorite.

A few dials like onyx are still available through RSC (if you happen to own a reference in which it was offered). Lapis and tiger eye only for lady DateJust.
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Can these special dials still be ordered? How?



Would like a lapis or turquoise dial for a DD40.


As others replied, not for the DD40.

But even if you had a modern DD36, you couldnít either.

If a Lapis dial DD is your quest, these are a couple of options.

Hunt for a vintage DD already shod with that dial.

Buy a loose Lapis dial on secondary market and then hunt a DD that it would fit.

Some of the vintage dealers here could assist on those options.


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Thanks 77T, SearChart and miamiclay.

I saw some of the DD36 lapis/turquoise.

Anyway, my hunt for the DD40 wont be for anothee 6 years.

Maybe Rolex will produce one by then.

I was thinking, maybe theyre not making for larger dials since materials are just small.
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Current DD36 stone options are pink opal:


And turquoise:
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Here’s a “sandstone” being offered by Christie’s, idk if it’s the same watch as above or not.

Some things look the same (e.g., 24 minute mark, first O in CHRONOMETER, white fleck under F in CERTIFIED), some look different (e.g., lume on dial and hands, black dots and damage in dial lume appear absent here). Maybe it’s been relumed (or even just very different lighting or filters)?

I expect those with sharper eyes (& more expertise) will be able to supply a definitive answer ...
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