What is a Rolex Tiffany disc? In short, a regular Rolex dial with the Tiffany & Co. name emblazoned on it. However, this brief explanation must explain the importance of the joint dial in the collection of antique Rolex.
Although Rolex now has rigorous control over products, co-branding was once common. This practice became popular in the 1960s and lasted more than 30 years.
Like Rail Dials, Tropical Dials, or Paul Newman Dials, Tiffany Dials are just another tiny wave in the world of vintage Rolex collectors, but they are as important to watch as they are. Value has had a stormy impact.
But why are Tiffany plates so coveted and so expensive? What other vintage Rolex watches have this dial? Next, let us give a comprehensive overview of the Rolex Tiffany disc to get into the details.
History of Tiffany and Rolex
Tiffany is a well-known jeweler with a long history of selling products from top Swiss watch brands, including Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, and Rolex. Tiffany became the first store in the United States to sell Patek Philippe watches in 1851, and this relationship continues to this day, with certain Patek Philippe timepieces still bearing the Tiffany name on the dial. Rolex replicas for sale.
On the other hand, Rolex and Tiffany reached a joint agreement in the late 1950s, allowing the latter to print the Tiffany name on the dials of Rolex watches sold in its boutiques. At first, Rolex Tiffany dials were hand-pressed at the Tiffany flagship store in New York, and later this practice spread to other Tiffany sales points.
In addition, Tiffany Service Centers also stock replacement dials for repairs. As a result, many replacement Tiffany dials come from service centers or points of sale, unlike the ‘original’ watches from the New York flagship store.
The Tiffany Dial Controversy
The most popular, Rolex, took over most of the co-branded dials and embossed the Tiffany logo for the dials at the Geneva factory in Switzerland. For decades, Rolex Tiffany dial watches could be returned to Rolex and Tiffany for service and repair. But in the early 1990s, Rolex decided to stop supplying joint watches and would no longer honor the warranty if a Tiffany point of sale embossed the dial. As a result, Tiffany stopped selling Rolex replica watches, and the two companies parted ways.
It is worth noting that Tiffany is by no means the only retailer to emboss its name on Rolex dials. Other notable Rolex retailer collaboration dials include:
- Rolex Cartier plate
- Rolex Serpico Y Laino plate
- Rolex Bucher plate
- Rolex Syria Riviera plate
- Rolex Linz plate
- Rolex Van Cleef & Arpels plate
Problems with Tiffany dials
Both Rolex and Tiffany used to offer dials bearing the Tiffany name, and the dials were produced at different times, so differences can be found in Rolex Tiffany dials. To further complicate matters, Rolex Tiffany discs were not printed in a single location, and surviving samples can vary widely, making authenticity a daunting task.
The printing process is out of touch, and the finished product has different styles. The Rolex Tiffany dial is one of the most counterfeited dials in antique watches. Tiffany prints the brand name on the watch dials of many watchmakers, and the fonts, colors, spacing, and even positions differ.
Which Rolex watches have a Tiffany dial?
Dual Rolex and Tiffany signature dials are not exclusive to a particular model. During its tenure as an authorized retailer, Tiffany sold many Rolex watches, covering almost every collection, so many different Rolex models have Tiffany dials.
Air King: Many Air King watches have Tiffany dials, including Ref.
Explorers: When you think of Tiffany, you think of beautiful, sophisticated jewelry. However, the partnership with Rolex has allowed the brand to reach out to more purposeful timepieces, such as the Explorer. Explorer watches with Tiffany dials include Ref. 1016 and the scarce black dial Ref. 14270, decorated with black-lacquered Arabic numerals 3-6-9.
Explorer II: Ref. 1655 is the first iteration of the Explorer II watch, also known as “Steve McQueen,” with a Tiffany dial. When the cooperation between Rolex and Tiffany ends, Ref.16570, which has just started production, is also a collectible Tiffany watch.
Day-Date: As a prestigious and well-known jeweler, Tiffany will naturally not miss Rolex’s most iconic luxury timepiece – the Day-Date (also known as the President’s Watch). Many day-date watches from the previous two generations have Tiffany dials, including Ref.1803 and Ref.18038.
Journal type: Tiffany also sold the best-selling watch in Rolex history- the journal type. A large number of antique log watches from the beginning of the cooperation between the two parties in the 1950s, such as Ref. 1601, later Ref. 16030, and even Ref.
Daytona: Tiffany also sold Daytona clocks, which is surprising, not because the Daytona was a sports watch, but because some of the early Daytonas were less popular. One can only assume there are far fewer Daytonas with Tiffany dials than most Rolex collections. An early Ref. 6239 “Paul Newman” Daytona with the famous Tiffany dial is rare and highly collectible.
GMT-Master: Many watches have Tiffany dials, such as the famous Ref.1675. The GMT-Master series originally had a variety of dials, and the Tiffany signature makes these antique watches unique and collectible to a higher level.
Greenwich II: Released in 1982, the Rolex Greenwich II series is nearing the end of the cooperation between the brand and Tiffany. Nevertheless, plenty of models with Tiffany dials are still in this series, including Ref.16760 and Ref.16710.
Oyster Perpetual: The Oyster Perpetual is not Rolex’s most exclusive timepiece; it is often considered an “entry-level” collection. However, the price of even the “most humble” Oyster Perpetual watch adorned with the Tiffany name will increase significantly. But Oyster Perpetual watches with Tiffany dials are less common than other series of timepieces.
Sea-Dweller: The Sea-Dweller series first emerged in 1967, when Rolex and Tiffany had cooperated for over ten years. Therefore, some early Sea-Dweller watches, such as Ref. 1665 and later Ref. 16660, were equipped with Tiffany dials.
Submariner: As one of the most famous watches in the history of Rolex, the Submariner series is naturally included in Tiffany’s sales list, and some surviving models are equipped with the famous Tiffany dial. In addition to Ref. 1680 with a calendar display, you can also find Ref. Five thousand five hundred thirteen without calendar and Ref. 5512 with chronometer certification.
Case Color: Silver-tone
Band Color: Silver-tone
Case Thickness: 15mm
Series: Gmt Master Ii