Which dials could be called as California dials? Simply speaking, half of the hour markers are Roman numerals and half are Arabic numerals. But why are they called the California dials? What’s relationship between the watches with California? No one knows but many watch lovers have many speculations.
1, The watch lovers in California during 1930s to 1940s prefer the watches with the mixed designed dials. Many perfect fake Rolex watches with that dials were popular among the watch lovers in California. Rolex realized the trend and named these dials as California dials.
2, Many California dealers sold many watches with mixed designed dials in 1980s. The antique watches sales in Los Angeles sold many watches with the dials adorned with Roman numerals and Arabic numerals hour markers. Then the dealers in California began to contact the dealers elsewhere to collect more California dials models for their customers.
3, Kirk Rich, a watch face restorers in California processed a lot of distinctive dials in 1970s. Then many antique watches shop gave their products to Kirk Rich to proceed them with the special dials. Which speculation do you think is right? Anyway, the vintage imitation watches are really amazing.