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Monochromatic Grey Dial Watches at Every Price

A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus

There are a lot of things that go into choosing a watch but I think the majority of us are self-aware enough to admit that the first thing we consider is the colour. Frankly, if a colour just doesn’t vibe with us there’s a high chance we won’t buy the watch. I could rattle off dozens of colours that are popular at the moment – turquoise, green, blue, salmon – but I think one of the most underrated colours at the moment is grey. While it might be unassuming on the colour wheel, the crisp aesthetic of a grey dial with a matching tone case is one of the most satisfying and attractive watch designs. Don’t believe me? Check out these 10 monochromatic grey dial watches for every price.

Glycine Airman Vintage The Chief Purist 40 GL0412, €875 (approx. £750)

Glycine Airman Vintage The Chief Purist 40 Gl0412

Grey dials work particularly well on pilots’ watches and the Glycine Airman Vintage The Chief Purist 40 GL0412 showcases why. The dark tone of the grey provides a high contrast to the lumed indices without being as dominant as a true black. Legibility is vitally important for a pilot where precise timings can make a huge difference and it’s even more important on a watch like the Airman with its multiple scales and GMT complication. Again, the grey-stainless steel combo emphasises the tool watch vibe.

Price & Specs

  • Ref: GL0412|
  • Case/dial: 40mm diameter x 12mm thickness, stainless steel case, charcoal dial|
  • Water resistance: 30m (3 bar)|
  • Movement: Glycine calibre GL293 (base: Sellita SW330-1) automatic, 25 jewels|
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 42h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date|
  • Strap: Dark brown leather strap with white stitching|
  • Price/availability: €875 (approx. £750)

More details at Glycine.

Citizen Promaster Diver Super Titanium “Fujitsubo”, $1,195 (approx. £940)

Citizen Promaster Diver Super Titanium Fujitsubo

Citizen have a wide variety of watches in a whole plethora of colours, but one of the most stylish is the Citizen Promaster Diver Super Titanium “Fujitsubo”. It has a 41mm diameter case in titanium with 200m water resistance inspired by the 1977 Challenge Diver. The way that the gradient grey dial and diving bezel play off of the dark tone of the case helps to make the whole piece look cool while being ultra-legible, just how a tool watch should be. As a note, it’s currently restricted to the US and Singapore but Citizen have shown with the Tsuyosa that they are willing to bring popular models to new markets.

Price & Specs

  • Ref: NB6025-59H|
  • Case/dial: 41mm diameter x 12.3mm thickness, Super-Titanium case with dark grey/black Duratect coating, dark grey gradient dial with raised, embossed markers|
  • Water resistance: 200m (20 bar)|
  • Movement: Calibre 9051, in-house, automatic with optional hand-winding through the crown, anti-magnetic up to 16,000 a/m (approx. 200 Gauss), 24 jewels |
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 42h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date|
  • Strap: 3-link Super-Titanium bracelet with dark grey/black Duratect DLC coating|
  • Price/availability: $1,195 (approx. £940)

More details at Citizen.

Squale Super-Squale Sunray Grey, £1,550

Squale Super-Squale Sunray Grey

The Super-Squale is another example of a dial and case in total harmony. The sunray brushing of the grey dial making the light plays across it in such a way that it almost appears to blend with the steel of the bezel and case. It’s another example of a monochromatic grey colourway that emphasises an industrial, utilitarian appearance that works incredibly well for a dive watch. It doesn’t over complicate matters. In terms of its specs as a diver, it’s 38mm in diameter with 200m water resistance and is powered by the Sellita SW200-1.

Price & Specs

  • Ref: SUPERSSG.PG|
  • Case/dial: 38mm diameter x 12mm thickness, brushed stainless steel case, grey dial|
  • Water resistance: 200m (20 bar)|
  • Movement: Sellita calibre SW200-1, automatic, 26 jewels|
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 38h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds|
  • Strap: Polished stainless steel bracelet|
  • Price/availability: £1,550

More details at Squale.

Oris Aquis Date Relief, £1,900

Oris Aquis Date Relief

There are a lot of Oris Aquis models in the current range and while a lot of them have bright colours like the Hölstein edition 2023, one of the most understated and cool one is the Date Relief model in stainless steel with a grey dial. The grey is designed to evoke images of stormy grey seas while the numerals and markings of the bezel represent stones and rocks rising from the waves. It manages to tell a story with just the tones of grey.

Price & Specs

  • Ref: 01 733 7730 4153-07 8 24 05PEB|
  • Case/dial: 43.5mm diameter x 8.8mm thickness, stainless steel case, grey dial, Superluminova BG W9 indices and hands|
  • Water resistance: 300m (30 bar)|
  • Movement: Oris calibre 733 (base: SW 200-1), automatic, 26 jewels|
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 38h|
  • Functions: Centre hands for hours, minutes and seconds, date window, instantaneous date, date corrector, fine timing device and stop-second|
  • Strap: Stainless steel bracelet|
  • Price/availability: £1,900

More details at Oris.

Airain Type 20 Furtivé Limited Edition €2,900 (approx. £2,550)

Airain Type 20 Furtivité Limited Edition

As the name Furtivé suggests, the Airain Type 20 Furtivé Limited Edition is a darker, stealthy version of the Type 20 pilot’s chronograph. If I were allowed to vote in the upcoming Oracle Time Watch Awards I could easily see myself voting for this in the Pilot category. They’ve managed to make grey seem like a rich colour with the use of a matching anthracite DLC coating on the steel case. Inside it houses the AMT Calibre AM2, a manual wind chronograph movement with 63-hour power reserve.

Price & Specs

  • Ref: 421.889|
  • Case/dial: 39.5mm diameter x 10.85mm thickness, anthracite coloured DLC coated stainless steel case, stealthy grey dial with beige coloured Super-LumiNova|
  • Water resistance: 50m (5 bar)|
  • Movement: AMT calibre AM2, manual winding, flyback chronograph, 23 jewels|
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 63h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, flyback chronograph|
  • Strap: Grey suede with beige stitching|
  • Price/availability: €2,900 (approx. £2,550), limited to 134 pieces

More details at Airain.

Seiko Prospex ‘Willard’, £2,840

Seiko Prospex 'Willard'

There are a lot of Seiko watches that could have qualified for inclusion here but of them all the Prospex ‘Willard’ is one of the best. For one, it has a really nice finish that looks great and that brings out the subtle shifts of colour that can be found within grey. Also, it’s named after Martin Sheen’s character in Apocalypse Now – one my favourite films of all time. It’s powered by the 8L35 automatic calibre with 50-hour power reserve.

Price & Specs

  • Ref: SLA051J1|
  • Case/dial: 44mm diameter x 13mm thickness, stainless steel (Super Hard Coating) case, grey dial, Lumibrite on hands and indexes|
  • Water resistance: 200m (20 bar)|
  • Movement: Calibre 8L35, automatic with manual winding, -10/+15 seconds per day accuracy|
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 50h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date|
  • Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with three-fold clasp with secure lock, push button release with extender|
  • Price/availability: £2,840

More details at Seiko.

Rolex Yacht-Master 40, £10,350

Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Ref. 126622

Turning the knob on the luxury dial by several notches is the Rolex Yacht-Master 40 in Rolesium. Rolesium is Rolex’s term for a bi-metallic design in steel and platinum, similar to Rolesor, which is steel and gold. It’s an ode to different shades of grey starting with with the dark sunray dial, then the brighter brushed steel, even brighter polished steel and brightest of all is the platinum. Inside the Yacht-Master is the Calibre 3235 with 70-hour power reserve and +/-2 second per day accuracy.

Price & Specs

  • Ref: 126622|
  • Case/dial: 40mm diameter x 13mm thickness, Oystersteel and platinum case, slate dial|
  • Water resistance: 100m (10 bar)|
  • Movement: Rolex calibre 3235, in-house, automatic, Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing), 31 jewels, 201 parts|
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 70h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date|
  • Strap: Oyster bracelet in Oystersteel with folding Oysterlock safety clasp and Easylink 5mm comfort extension link|
  • Price/availability: £10,350

More details at Rolex.

Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200m, £11,130

Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200m

When is comes to grey, monochromatic watches with industrial vibe, the Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200m ticks all of the boxes. Perhaps the most important feature of its design is that the asymmetrical 48mm x 55mm case is made titanium. Not only is titanium incredibly strong, scratch resistant and corrosion resistant, making it ideal for a deep sea dive watch, but also it has a darker grey tone than steel so the colour feels more impactful. Here it’s been pair with a matching tone dial and a few orange accents that provide a small but vibrant splash of colour.

Price & Specs

  • Ref: 227.90.55.21.99.001|
  • Case/dial: 55mm x 48mm diameter, titanium case, grey dial|
  • Water resistance: 1200m (120 bar)|
  • Movement: Omega calibre 8912, in-house, automatic with Co-Axial escapement, resistant to magnetic fields reaching 15,000 gauss, 38 jewels|
  • Frequency: 25,200 vph (3.5 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 60h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds|
  • Strap: Titanium bracelet with foldover clasp|
  • Price/availability: £11,130

More details at Omega.

A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Titanium, £48,600

A. Lange  & Söhne Odysseus

The Odysseus is a bit of an enigma within the A. Lange & Söhne stable, trading their typical classical design for a sporty edge. Which is emphasised by the combination of a titanium case and grey dial. Interestingly, while the piece is monochromatic there is a depth to it thanks to the contrasting finishes found across the dial – a circular graining around the edges and frosted texture in the centre. It houses the L. 155.1 automatic movement with 50-hour power reserve.

Price & Specs

  • Ref: 363.117|
  • Case/dial: 40.5mm diameter x 11.1mm height, titanium case, brass ice blue dial|
  • Water resistance: 120m (12 bar)|
  • Movement: Lange calibre L155.1 Datomatic, in-house, automatic, unidirectional central rotor and platinum mass|
  • Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 50h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, day of the week|
  • Strap: Titanium bracelet|
  • Price/availability: £48,600, limited to 250 pieces

More details at A. Lange & Söhne.

H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Perpetual Calendar, CHF 49,900 (approx. £44,500)

H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Perpetual Calendar

At the very top end we enter the realm of haute horological watches with grey dials like the H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Perpetual Calendar. From a mechanical point of view, it’s a really subtle take on the perpetual calendar concept with only a single date aperture and the months being told by a small hand on the central handstack. The subtlety of the display means that the equally subtle grey of the gradient dial and retro-modern case suit the piece perfectly.

Price & Specs

  • Ref: 6812-1200|
  • Case/dial: 42.3mm diameter x 11mm thickness, stainless steel case, black or fumé with sunburst pattern and H. Moser & Cie. logo in transparent lacquer|
  • Water resistance: 120m (12 bar)|
  • Movement: Calibre HMC 812, in-house, manual winding, 33 jewels|
  • Frequency: 18,000 vph (2.5 Hz)|
  • Power reserve: 168h|
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, perpetual calendar, power reserve|
  • Strap: Integrated stainless steel bracelet|
  • Price/availability: CHF 49,900 (approx. £44,500)

More details at H. Moser & Cie..

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.