The 5 best Tiffany blue watchesTom Austin
In December 2021, a late addition to a Phillips Auction stunned the watch world when Patek Philippe introduced one of those watches that takes trends and flips them on their head. In barged the new Patek Philippe 5711 Nautilus Ref. 5711/1A-018, co-signed Tiffany & Co, with a dial colour so important, it would inspire swathes of watchmakers to hop on board with their own iterations. While it’s unlikely than anything but another 5711 Tiffany will hammer at a whopping US$6.5m, we’ll dive into those who hit the mark with their alternatives.
Swatch x Omega Moonswatch – Mission to Uranus
The Moonswatch needs very little introduction. But one colourway out of the 11 available stood out significantly to collectors and instantly became the “Tiffany Blue”. The Mission to Uranus, although a slightly different hue to the actual blue used by the New York jeweller, is the only watch in this list to feature a fully coloured case, produced in Swatch’s “Bioceramic” plastic technology. Given the timing, it’s clear that Swatch purposefully selected this specific colour choice as a major marketing move – and it worked. If the whole release process around this collection wasn’t enough, the Mission to Uranus quickly became one of the hottest pieces in the series with it’s attractive case colour, and of course, the fact it’s a pseudo-Speedmaster. The affordability of this piece also counts towards it earning a solid place in this list.
Tissot PRX Powermatic 80
Jumping from one trend to the next, and the resurgence of the integrated bracelet. While not everyone has the financial clout to access the likes of Genta’s integrated bracelet designs, Tissot offers a much more wallet-friendly alternative, the PRX. Recently, the watch has been released with an icy blue waffle dial, the colour reminiscent of the trademarked Tiffany Blue. This particular model, with its excellent finishing for the price point, makes a striking statement with everything in the right place. The dial text, the case shape, and the simple hands and indices all come together with a subtlety which makes this watch one of the best on the market at this price level. The straps are also interchangeable, with plenty of rubber and leather options available. Pick up your own Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 – Light Blue in the shop today.
Doxa SUB 200 Aquamarine
Doxa’s rich history with dive watches stretches past most brands in this list, with links to the nautical legend Jacques Cousteau and benchmarks such as collaborating with Rolex on their first helium escape valve. The SUB 200 is a well thought-out vintage-inspired piece, paying respectful homage to the brand’s heritage while also being more comfortable with modern touches, one of those shouting a little louder than the others. This offering from Doxa features, you guessed it, the bright “Tiffany” blue dial, marking this one as a stand-out model in the range. Additionally, the bezel markers are also finished in the colour, to brighten the watch a little more and balance out the industrial tool watch appearance. Additionally, the SUB 200 also makes for a proper strap monster, and if paired with a NATO-style strap, perhaps with some subtle Tiffany blue stitching, would make for a killer combination. Even better, the SUB 200 is available from the Time+Tide Shop.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 ref. 126000
The Oyster Perpetual is Rolex’s entry-level model (once trading at the same level as a Daytona), although that term is rather moot when we’re reminded of Rolex availability. In 2020, Rolex released the carefully named “Turquoise Blue” dial as part of their collection update – and instantly it stood out as the key piece in the three-hander collection, and in typical Rolex fashion, was aptly labelled with a nickname… the “Tiffany”. The famous New York jeweller has a history with Rolex – offering dials printed with their logo in the past, however this piece bears no connection whatsoever, other than the dial being an extremely close match to the trademarked colour. Nevertheless, this is completely irrelevant, because the rest of the world sees it as the “Tiffany”, and as such, it’s incredibly difficult to obtain. The 41mm version is now discontinued, however if you’re extremely lucky, the watch is still available from Rolex in 36, 34 and 31mm variations.
Patek Philippe Nautilus “Tiffany”
The watch that crashed the party, Tiffany-backed and Tiffany-branded, and the only watch in this list featuring the specific hue of turquoise blue used by the historic jewellery company, it deservedly places at the end of this list. In 2022, Patek Philippe retired the 5711, and this was its swan song. Released to the world as part of a charity auction which achieved US$6.5m for piece no. 1, the watch was limited to just 170 pieces to commemorate Patek Philippe’s 170 year relationship with Tiffany & Co. This special 5711 has become a staple on only the most wristwatch-savvy elite celebrities across the world. So far we’ve seen the likes of Jay-Z, Lebron James and Leonardo DiCaprio with the Tiffany 5711 on their wrist, however there’s still a number of watches unaccounted for as yet. This piece has become ingrained in WIS lore whether you like it or not, a history-making unicorn that, even ignoring the dial colour, is a fantastic watch. The 5711 is the epitome of Patek Philippe sports watches, based on the famous original Nautilus design by a certain Mr Genta, and widely regarded as the standard bearer for its subtle balance between sport and elegance.