Although the gold Rolex watches make an impressive display, a more versatile option for either casual or dress occasions is the black Rolex. It is gaining in popularity and the luxury brand has come to realize that this is a sophisticated aesthetic that is desirable for achieving a cool and elegant look. Black is the new trending style in luxury watches. A London based business has even pioneered an innovative new technology that turns luxury watches made of yellow gold, platinum and stainless steel to a jet black color via DLC coating.. Consumers are paying thousands to own a watch that has undergone this process. Rolex has designed several black watches that have been instant successes, but we've narrowed the list down to the top 5 for your enjoyment and consideration.
5. Rolex Explorer II: Midnight
The Explorer II in Midnight is a customized Rolex that was produced in a strictly limited edition of just 25 pieces with the reference number 216570. The black coloring was achieved with DLC coating. It features a bespoke black and white dial with a date window at the 3 o'clock position. The case measures 42 mm in width in a matte black finish. The movement is an automatic type with date function and 31 jewels. The dial is protected with a sapphire crystal glass. The bracelet is made of matching black material with an Oyster flip lock closure. This watch is water-resistant to 330 feet.
4. Rolex GMT-Master II: I LOVE U
The GMT-Master II I Love U is a custom creation that was produced in a limited edition of only 10 pieces. The black color was created through a unique DLC coating process that changes the base metals to a matte black finish. The dial features a black background with white markers treated with luminous coating for excellent legibility in all lighting conditions. The case measures 40 mm in width and the rotating bezel is made of ceramic. The dial is covered with a sapphire crystal glass. The bracelet is an Oyster flip lock style. The movement is an automatic type with a date function and 31 jewels. This watch is water-resistant to 330 feet, which makes it suitable for swimming, showering, and snorkeling. This is a rare timepiece that was considered to be a collectible at the time of manufacture. If properly cared for, it will only gain in value with the passage of time.
3. Rolex Milgauss: Celestial
The Rolex Milgauss Celestial is a customized timepiece that has been produced in a limited run of just 20 pieces. The black color of the metal of the watch has been achieved through Diamond-like Carbon Coating which is a process that transforms the metal to a sophisticated matte black color. This very special variant features a dial with black battern markings in a celestial pattern that is reminiscent of staring up into the stars on a clear dark night. The case is 40 mm in width featuring a polished bezel adding a lovely contrast in texturing. The dial is covered with a sapphire crystal glass that is resistant to scratching and scuffing. The movement is an automatic type with 31 jewels. The bracelet is an Oyster flip lock style that matches the color of the case. This watch is water-resistant up to 330 feet. The watch is sold with a Titan black watch hang tag and a titan black luxury leather watch box for safe storage when it's not in use.
2. Rolex Submariner: BALR X
The Rolex Submariner BALR X in black is a customized watch that has been produced by Rolex in a strictly limited edition of just 25 pieces. The black coloring of the case and the bracelet was achieved through a complete diamond-like carbon coating process. This is a very special edition with a dial that features Black Battern Markers.
Upon request, you may elect to have individual numbering laser engraved upon the timepiece. This watch is powered by an automatic movement with 31 jewels. The case measures 40 mm in diameter with a rotating bezel. The dial is protected with a scratch and scuff-resistant sapphire crystal glass. The bracelet is an Oyster flip lock style. This watch is water-resistant to 1000 feet, making it an excellent divers' watch. It is made to withstand the pressures of deep water without harming the inner workings.
1. Rolex Milgauss: Nero
Our top pick for the number one best black Rolex watch is the Milgauss Nero. This stunning black watch has undergone the DLC process to achieve its mate black coloring for the case and the bracelet. The Milgauss Nero is a highly collectible watch due to its rarity. This very special edition of the Milgauss is limited to just 25 pieces in a customized collection. The dial features a black background with white markers that are treated with luminous coating. This makes it highly legible in all types of lighting conditions. It also provides a lovely contrast to make it easy to read during daylight hours. The case measures 40 mm in diameter with a polished bezel. The dial is protected with a sapphire crystal glass that is resistant to scratching. The bracelet is a flip lock style. This watch is water-resistant up to 330 feet. The movement is an automatic type with 31 jewels and with a seconds hand function. What we love the most about this example is its clean and fresh aesthetic. The stick indices give it a crisp appearance with a slightly raised border that gives them the slightest hint of depth upon closer inspection.
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