While their sister company, Tudor, has attracted a huge following for its old-fashioned, vintage-style watches, replica Rolex is notorious for improving only in design and never recreating past Rolex-inspired vintage watches. However, while not producing any thoroughly traditional watches, Rolex did achieve some subtle, vintage-inspired design features to other very modern watches they make today.
Most apparent among the various vintage design elements is the red line of text on the dial of the new Rolex Sea-Dweller reference 126600. An obvious throwback to Rolex’s early Submariner and Sea-Dweller watches which had their respective names printed in red letters on the surfaces of their matte black dials, the red line of text on the dial of the new Sea-Dweller 126600 is an unmistakably vintage-inspired design element, which Rolex has recycled and reintroduced on an otherwise very modern and technologically-advanced, luxury dive watch.
Like the red line on the dial of the latest Sea-Dweller, the bright orange 24-hour arrowhead on the latest Rolex Explorer II is a design element borrowed directly from the original 1971 watch. For a number of decades, this style of 24-hour hand was totally absent from the Rolex watches catalog, during which time, the Explorer II shared a 24-hour hand design with Rolex’s GMT-Master II line of watches.
However, in 2011 for its 40th anniversary, the Explorer II line received a complete change, both inside and out. Even though the big majority of the new Explorer II was entirely different from the original version and classifies it as an undisputedly modern timepiece, the large, orange-colored, arrow-shaped, 24-hour hand is aesthetically almost identical to the one on the original version of the Explorer II from the early 1970s.
An important part of the allure of the fake Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO is rooted in its vintage-inspired design elements, such as its red and blue, “Pepsi” bezel insert and its Jubilee-style bracelet. The very first Rolex GMT-Master watches from the mid-1950s were made from stainless steel and fitted with half-red, half-blue bezel inserts; however, ever since the introduction of Cerachrom bezels, half-red, half-blue “Pepsi” bezel inserts were only available on the 18k white gold version of Rolex’s GMT-Master II.
What’s more, the new black Cerachrom bezel is more than a little reminiscent of the black acrylic bezels that were fitted to some vintage Daytona chronograph references manufactured during the 1960s and 1970s. Although the two materials are greatly different in a multitude of different ways, the black Cerachrom bezel on the new 116500 Daytona is very much the contemporary equivalent of the black acrylic bezel that can be found on a number of highly-desirable, vintage Rolex Daytona references.
In most cases, Rolex replica will just keep pushing their designs as they continue to refine and refine their watches. However, they occasionally borrowed small design elements from some early watches and applied them to the latest version of the evolving watch. Sometimes these design elements are imagined or modernized to reflect the progress and improvement of existing materials and technologies.
If there’s one kind of watch that can be described as “go anywhere, do anything” — it’s Submariner. Somehow, it works with jeans and a T-shirt, but it also makes you look at home with tuxedo sleeves. There is no sign of sparkling Sub – even with more flamboyant colors in green and blue special versions. Most importantly, it’s tasteful.
Versatility is also reflected in cost. The price of Submariners varies greatly. A new dateless watch (no. 114060) costs $7,500 — assuming you can even find one, since most retailers have long waiting lists — and a rare vintage watch can bring even the wealthiest watch lovers to tears.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Submariner has become highly collectible by true enthusiasts, and this iconic replica rolex watches enjoys one of the best resale values on the second-hand market.
The most expensive submariner of all time, the 1956 submarine watch dial no. 6538, was so unique and rare that it sold for $1068,500 at auction in June 2018. And while the amount of more than $1 million may seem astronomical, what’s even more shocking is that this remarkable Submariner has no bezel or bracelet.
Of course, you don’t need that deep a pocket to make a smart investment in a Rolex Submariner .The timeless quality and durability of the design and manufacturing process means they are truly replica watches that can be passed down from generation to generation.
The Submariner is very powerful; it contains a lot of technological innovation in a bulletproof shell. It can go with anything, it’s a great investment, and it’s waterproof far beyond the reach of mere mortals. But let’s not kid ourselves — we’re still missing the biggest reason it’s one of the most iconic watches of all time.
It got the honor by associating with a man. Although the Sub has had a number of super-cool fans since its launch – Steve McQueen, Robert Redford and Bert Lancaster are all fans – its reputation was assured when James Bond checked the time of the 6538 in the glow of a cigarette lighter in Goldfinger.
The Rolex Submariner appeared in 11 bond movies before omega became the official supplier of watches for the 007 films. In Fleming’s original novel, the fake watch was also the first choice for a super spy, and was used more than once as a knuckle-cleaner when he really didn’t want his opponent to get up in a hurry again (mi6 had to pay for repairs every time).
The same Bond magic has done Rolex (and Aston Martin) more good than any clever advertising campaign can do. In the 1960s, it was impossible to be cooler than Sean Connery, who wore Submariner.
The winner of the show was just the stainless steel Rolex “Pepsi” GMT-Master II last year. It is undeniable that the replica Rolex “Pepsi” look is completely desirable right now, just with waitlists still several years in length at authorized retailers, and pre-owned examples trading for well-above their original purchase prices on the secondary market. In 2019, rolex replica has brought in a new white gold version of the “Pepsi” GMT-Master II; however this time it features a striking meteorite dial.
Although this model is actually a new replica watch, a white gold GMT-Master II with a red and blue “Pepsi” bezel already existed in the Rolex catalog. What’s more, it should also be found that the use of meteorite dials is not a new novelty for Rolex, and examples can be found on various watches throughout their past, particularly within the Daytona, Day-Date, and Datejust collections. However this new ultra-premium dial variation marks the first time that a meteorite dial has been fitted to a Rolex GMT.
We have talked about the fake Rolex’s meteorite dials before; however in case anyone is wondering, yes, they do actually feature slices of meteorite on their surfaces. The meteorite itself primarily contains iron and nickel, and the special pattern on its surface is the result of how the metals cooled when the meteorite fell to earth all those years ago. As its appearance is the product of a natural occurrence, the pattern will vary from one meteorite dial to the next, and no two watches will look totally the same.
With the newest updates to the rolex GMT-Master collection, Rolex will not be manufacturing stainless steel GMT-Master II watches with Oyster bracelets any longer. This means that you will have to get one in solid white gold if you want a white-metal Rolex GMT and also want an Oyster bracelet.
The fact that Rolex Daytona fake watch was long overdue would be an understatement since two years ago. Its predecessor the Daytona 16520 had been for selling decades ago as well, but Cerachrom ceramic bezels from fake Rolex first hit the market in 2005, and from that very day enthusiasts got down to speculating that ceramic bezel Daytona was in the works. It took a long 11-year wait, but the 116500LN finally came to us, fueling one of the longest product waitlists in Rolex history as the new ceramic Daytonas started trickling into the marketplace. Even now these gems remain in very high demand, commanding a modest premium at a very nice price. Of course its new bezel has a big effect, but there are many other minor updates which also play into the new Daytona’s mass appeal.
You can see that both white and black dial variants feature a black Cerachrom ceramic bezel with an etched Tachymeter scale, as has been present throughout the history of the model. This simple improvement makes a very big effect on the aesthetic of the watch when compared to the previous 16520, both by adding a contrasting color to the case, as well as by making the bezel far more reflective than it has ever been. If the aim was to make the Daytona stand out more when on wrist, mission accomplished.
The new material doesn’t only affect the new Daytona visually either. One of the major advancements with Cerachrom ceramic bezels comes down to the material’s strength and longevity. Near impervious to scratching or fading, Rolex’s goal with the material when it launched was to rid its bezels was primarily to avoid the UV fading that came with the aluminum bezel inserts of decades past.
Although it is so cool in our eyes, there are still some pitfalls that come with the Cerachrom switch. Though scratch resistant, ceramic is anything but bulletproof. Should you be the type to wear your replica watch at all times, given the right hit it still possible to crack or shatter ceramic with the right impact. Instead of being left with a dent, as you would get from a more malleable metal, this kind of damage is grounds for replacement, and given the higher manufacturing costs you’ll be looking at a steeper bill from your authorized the replica Rolex service center to finish a replacement. This isn’t something that’s a deal breaker actually, but it is a factor to remember forever.
There seems nothing special to report in the way of changes for the dial of this fake watch. The only noteworthy talking points in the case of the black dial are the fact that the dial appears to be a touch more glossy than its predecessor. The lucky thing is that two of the most loved details about the Daytona remain untouched with the new release. The caliber has proven itself to be incredibly depenable, and thanks to its thoughtful design it is also much easier to service than the replica omega it replaced. This detail together with its general wearing comfort has played a big role in the Daytona’s immense following over the years, and though many people have called for an increase in size over the years, we still look forward to seeing Rolex sticking to their guns on this front.
There is a watch that brings this topic to mind is the recently announced “McQueen” Rolex Submariner heading for the Phillips auction in New York this coming October. It’s safe to say this piece has quickly become the most controversial bit of news in the fake watch industry these years. To begin with, there’s the matter of its origins, which Phillips is presenting as a watch owned and worn by Steve McQueen that he then gifted to his friend/stuntman Loren Janes. A letter signed by Janes in the last year of his life was the only true document that identifies the watch as having come off McQueen’s own wrist. We had our questions and doubts about this statement to start with, and as the story has continued to unravel, a lawyer for the McQueen family estate has gone on record saying that they dispute the provenance of the watch in question.
We hope there’s more to come with the McQueen story, but this is anything but the only instance of a replica watch being sold at auction that didn’t live up to its catalog essay. Given the scarcity of FAP-issue Seamasters, this replica watch soon raised some questions, which unfortunately only yielded answers after its new owner had finished raising his paddle.
Even the most recent “Unicorn” Daytona raised a good number of eyebrows as well. Heavily debated via the Rolex forums, this unique “1 of 1” Daytona had seen extensive restoration and refitting in all its life, including case reshaping, bezel refinishing/repainting, a replacement dial, hands, the fitting of a steel crown. Given that 100% of the proceeds from this sale were destined for charity, at least this remarkable premium fetched went to a good cause, but in the same breath it’s somewhat a tough pill to swallow that such an un-original piece fetched such a high premium, effectively on the sole fact that it’s the only white gold Daytona case out there.
The other serious consideration in the auction world is reported condition versus what you can see with your own eyes. There are many an example out there of how fundamentally different a vintage watch can appear in some of the auction house imagery versus how they look and feel first-hand. Among others, this Rolex replica watch is a prime example, seeming to be quite mint in the Christie’s imagery, whereas an obvious dial repair was picked up by the RPR team ahead of the 2016 auction. While this isn’t the kind of thing that will necessarily make or break a sale, it’s actually the kind of thing that will affect the value of a watch in the long haul.
The moral of the story is simple at the end of the day. With vintage prices soaring these days, there are a lot of folks out there looking to make a quick buck, making it even more crucial to ensure you’re buying from someone you can trust.