Can anyone tell me whats the history behind the cali dial? THanks

Can anyone tell me whats the history behind the cali dial? THanks

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May 18th, 2009, 3:59 pm #1



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May 18th, 2009, 8:55 pm #2

As far as I know, the mixed numeral dial was a Rolex thing, hence it being used only in prototypes for the most part. The term "Cali" I have been told comes from people who collected these, and the place to get them fixed was in California. Maybe an expert can help out, I have just gathered this from the forum.

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May 18th, 2009, 9:23 pm #3


The term 'cali' is due to the company that produced these dials being based in California, the reason for the look was to separate them from all the other dial layouts on the market, there is no real reason for the dial layout, it was just to be different.
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May 18th, 2009, 9:24 pm #4


The term 'cali' is due to the company that produced these dials being based in California, the reason for the look was to separate them from all the other dial layouts on the market, there is no real reason for the dial layout, it was just to be different.
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May 18th, 2009, 9:39 pm #5


It was a purpose by the Rolex company to the AD's for show the different possibilities/options of style available ( arabic/numeral ) on their dials.

The name " Cali " came after a dial restorer based in california worked ( restored ) some of these dials.
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May 19th, 2009, 1:54 am #6


When Rolex "bubblebacks" were being sought after (in the '80's and early '90's) many dealers were fitting them with redone Cali dials from the Kirk Rich dial restoration co. in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.http://www.krdial.com/ Hence the name "Cali". I have also heard that the original arabic/numeric dials were sample dials that Rolex used.
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May 19th, 2009, 3:24 am #7

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May 19th, 2009, 10:49 am #8


stating that;

"the 'California Dial" was the first dial variant supplied to the Italian navy under the reference 3646. In March 1936, the first wrist watch of this kind was supplied to the navy by Panerai, after which an order was placed for a further 10 watches of this type. The unusual use of the two different numeral systems on the dial originates from the need to produce a dial which would ease the efforts of the wearer and his comrades to read the time during an assignment, whilst the watch was held in any position and any angle"

Ref: Authors Ralf Ehlers & Volker Wiegmann

If you are a Cali fan you can learn much from this book, the Cali is one of the very special pieces analysed in this book.

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May 19th, 2009, 1:02 pm #9


http://rolexblog.blogspot.com/search?q=panerai

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May 19th, 2009, 9:03 pm #10

nt
...where the guy wearing the radiomir was from...
Am I mistaken, or is this military fact true?
Best,

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May 20th, 2009, 1:48 am #11

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nt.

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May 20th, 2009, 6:14 am #12

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May 20th, 2009, 3:12 pm #13

...where the guy wearing the radiomir was from...
Am I mistaken, or is this military fact true?
Best,

EdouardG
Toulouse, France
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May 23rd, 2009, 12:56 am #14

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May 23rd, 2009, 7:05 am #15

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Cleared up a nagging question I have always had about the origins of the Cali dial. Thanks!

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May 23rd, 2009, 1:29 pm #16

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May 24th, 2009, 2:16 pm #17


This is an earlier post on here detailing some of the history:

http://www.network54.com/Forum/353391/t ... nd+the+249..

Lou in St. Louis.
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May 25th, 2009, 12:28 pm #18

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Sensational information Jay great history
Cheers
Wayne- Brisbane
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