When it comes to replica Rolex watches, dials matter. Imagine the Stella dial for the day of the week calendar, the Paul Newman dial for the Daytona, and the Submariner dial, full of subtle differences. In the case of the Journal, no dial seems to have made a big name for itself, but lapis lazuli is the exception.
Hard stone dials are always interesting because they are not easy to produce. They are actually born out of a much larger stone and, cutting aside, the primary challenge is to find an original stone of sufficient size and quality. For a long time, one of the main places to find high-quality lapis lazuli was Iran. But after the fall of the Shah regime, that is no longer an option. Fortunately, other source areas such as South America and Siberia can provide lapis lazuli of comparable quality.
In some cases, traces of gold can be seen in the lapis lazuli, but not in this log type dial it seems. The presence of gold could add an extra dimension to a lapis lazuli dial, but if it does not, it does not hurt. The lapis lazuli dials are common on yellow gold journal watches or yellow gold day calendar watches, often with diamond hour markers. The white gold case of this model contrasts with the vibrant lapis lazuli dial.
It was sold by Fine Arts in 2016 for CHF 33,750, above the midpoint of the pre-sale estimate of CHF 20,000 to 40,000. 1945 was the year Rolex celebrated its 40th anniversary, and the Logbook was one of the most beautiful examples of a series of exquisite timepieces designed by the brand. Although the price of vintage Logbook watches has not risen as much as other models in recent years, these unique timepieces offer a welcome addition to the discerning Rolex collector’s collection.