The Rolex Forums   The Rolex Watch

ROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEX

Old 21 July 2021, 05:32 PM   #1
kianhowe88
"TRF" Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Malaysia
Posts: 15
5890 1A-001 Blue or Black?

I know this may sound like a stupid question but is it actually blue or black? I just came across a piece and I tried shining it under several different lighting and couldn't for the life of me see any blue in it. But they call it a blue dial? If I'm not wrong, this only comes in one variation which is the 'blue' dial. I also looked at the model number on the certificate it is the 001 not the 014. The background on the date is also white so no mistaking it for the 014.
kianhowe88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21 July 2021, 06:24 PM   #2
Fenrira
"TRF" Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: UK, Asia
Posts: 145
What sort of lighting conditions were you viewing the watch in?
Fenrira is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21 July 2021, 07:39 PM   #3
kianhowe88
"TRF" Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Malaysia
Posts: 15
Indoors I tried shining it under usual lighting and I also brought it near the window where there was bright afternoon sunlight. Also sorry for the wrong model on the tittle should have been 5980.
kianhowe88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21 July 2021, 07:54 PM   #4
kianhowe88
"TRF" Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Malaysia
Posts: 15
I've also been looking at youtube videos on the so called 'blue' dial and it looks black to me lol
kianhowe88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 July 2021, 04:55 AM   #5
7sins
"TRF" Member
 
7sins's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 1,880
The 5980 was available in blue, black and white dial. I owned the blue dial and it looks like a true blue, it isn't overly a bright blue but still identifiably blue. The black dial is a dark black, they are not overly similar shades if you compare them together. If I were to do it again, I would go with the black dial, the CD disc like chrono still bothers me aesthetically which is moot on the white dial. This is a good photo of the true blue color of the 5980
__________________
Richard Mille RG RM030 || AP Royal Oak Blue JUMBO SS 15202ST || AP Royal Oak Offshore TI 26480ti || Rolex Daytona WG Meteorite 116509 || Rolex Daytona Blue Skydweller || Cartier Santos
7sins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 July 2021, 04:58 AM   #6
jon_jon
"TRF" Member
 
jon_jon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: USA
Posts: 4,021
As 7sins mentioned, it came in 3 different color dials. I remember seeing all three dial variation side by side at an AD, right before the 5980/1A was discontinued. As you can tell, back then the reference was not in great demand.
I would imagine the white dial is the rarest out of the three.
jon_jon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 July 2021, 05:09 AM   #7
gummy
2021 Pledge Member
 
gummy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Real Name: Thomas
Location: Midwest USA
Watch: AP PP Rolex
Posts: 3,138
As mentioned the 5980 was available in Blue, Black and White.

A quick tell on the difference between the Blue and Black dial versions is the date wheel.

Blue had a White date wheel

Black had a Black date wheel

Great piece
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 5980 Driving wrist shot.jpg (157.2 KB, 199 views)
gummy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 July 2021, 10:52 AM   #8
kianhowe88
"TRF" Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Malaysia
Posts: 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by gummy View Post
As mentioned the 5980 was available in Blue, Black and White.

A quick tell on the difference between the Blue and Black dial versions is the date wheel.

Blue had a White date wheel

Black had a Black date wheel

Great piece
Yes the one I saw was exactly like this. Is that blue? Now I think I may be colour blind.
kianhowe88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 July 2021, 10:53 AM   #9
kianhowe88
"TRF" Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Malaysia
Posts: 15
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgSKSxi6LIo&t=290s There are many videos online like this. He clearly says this is a blue dial but it really does look black to me. If you guys say this is blue then the problem is with my eyesight.
kianhowe88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 July 2021, 10:54 AM   #10
kianhowe88
"TRF" Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Malaysia
Posts: 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by 7sins View Post
The 5980 was available in blue, black and white dial. I owned the blue dial and it looks like a true blue, it isn't overly a bright blue but still identifiably blue. The black dial is a dark black, they are not overly similar shades if you compare them together. If I were to do it again, I would go with the black dial, the CD disc like chrono still bothers me aesthetically which is moot on the white dial. This is a good photo of the true blue color of the 5980
This may have been one of the few pictures in perfect lighting that showcased the blue. Even on instagram it's super hard to find a blue gradient on a white colour date wheel 5980.
kianhowe88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22 July 2021, 11:08 AM   #11
kianhowe88
"TRF" Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Malaysia
Posts: 15
I just randomly searched tags 5980 on Instagram and I'd say 90% of pictures look like this.

kianhowe88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

WatchShopping.com

DavidSW Watches


*Banners Of The Month*
This space is provided to horological resources.





Copyright 2004-2021, The Rolex Forums. All Rights Reserved.

ROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEXROLEX

Rolex is a registered trademark of ROLEX USA. The Rolex Forums is not affiliated with ROLEX USA in any way.