The release of the popular replica rolex Sea-Dweller last year – with its single line of red text – brought a large number of focuses back towards Rolex’s line of deep-sea, saturation diving watches. Even through the helium gas escape valve has become the defining feature of the Sea-Dweller line, the very first fake Rolex model to be full of it was actually a Submariner that was used as prototypes while Rolex worked with the French diving company, COMEX, to upgrade the design of their gas release valve.
All early examples of this fake Sea-Dweller were originally equipped dials with red text on them; however, as for the amazing vintage Sea-Dweller watches, a dial with one line of red text is not the same as a dial with two lines of red letters.
The very first watches to bear the “Sea-Dweller” name were the prototypes that were used for field-tests during the early Tektite projects, in which divers would spend multiple days living in a pressurized chamber below the surface of the ocean. These fake watches have both the “Submariner” and “Sea-Dweller” names printed on their dials; however on these early prototypes, it is only the Sea-Dweller name that appears in red letters. What’s more, next to the Submariner name, a depth rating of “500 M – 1650 FT” is also printed in white text.
It’s very funny to see that many of these Single Red Sea-Dweller watches did not have helium gas escape valves, since the issue with trapped helium molecules only occurs at greater depths when divers are living in helium-saturated environments for extended periods of time. Different from the modern Sea-Dweller 126600 which is mass manufactured, only about a dozen of these watches were ever made, and all were given to divers that had been handpicked to receive them for either testing purposes or as awards. Due to how few were ever manufactured, Single Red rolex Sea-Dweller replica watches are extremely rare and command unbelievable premiums whenever they manage to surface at auction.
When the fake Sea-Dweller was first launched to the public, the fake watch was originally fitted with a dial that still had red lettering; however it was the addition of a second line of red text that separated it from the small batch of prototypes that had come before it. These “Double Red” Sea-Dweller watches have the names, “Sea-Dweller” and “Submariner 2000” printed on their dials in red text, below which, a depth rating of “2000 ft = 610 m” appears in white.
The Double Red Sea-Dweller was made for roughly the first 10 years of the fake watch’s existence; however, some of these replica watches have their original “Double Red” dials replaced with later-era equivalents that feature all-white text, and do not have the “Submariner 2000” name printed on them at all. Even though they are becoming quite hard to find in all-original condition, Double Red Sea-Dwellers are actually more common than the prototype Single Red Sea-Dweller watches that preceded them.
There is a unique group that featured semi-precious stone dials along with the ladies’ Datejust watches with typical dial choices. These stunning versions of the traditional ladies’ Datejust replica watches add an intriguing design element that makes these ladies’ Rolex watches outstanding from the rest. Case in point is this charming vintage yellow gold Ladies’ Datejust replica watch with a vibrant coral stone dial. Now let’s talk more details about it.
Dating from the time of the mid-1970s, this yellow gold ladies’ Datejust fake model has all the design details you’d expect from a vintage Rolex watch 2018. There’s the 26mm Oyster case with a fluted bezel, the acrylic crystal protecting the dials, the lug holes in the case, and the hollow folded honeycomb-like links on the Jubilee bracelet with a Fliplock clasp.
Rolex experimented with colorful dials on several of their models during the glamorous 1970s. There are the enamel lacquer Stella dials of the Day-Date watches and the semi-precious stone dials of the Datejust watches. And it wasn’t just the men’s Rolex fake watches that got the colorful dial treatment either.
However, what sets this Datejust apart from other ladies’ Rolex models of the era is its colorful coral stone dial. Characterizing an almost wood grain-like texture and a bright orange hue, the stone dial offers the amazing stage for the gold center hands, gold Rolex coronet, and date window at 3 o’clock.
This special shade complements the yellow gold construction of the watch perfectly and adds a lot splash of color to an otherwise very particular replica Rolex watch. While it does come with a yellow gold Jubilee bracelet, the lugs holes on the case allow for easy strap changes. Pair it with a tan leather strap for a casual chic style or a black alligator strap for a more formal affair.
This is a non-quickset caliber since there are many vintage Rolex watches with a date aperture. This means that the wearer must continuously turn the hands around the dial to get past midnight to change the date in the window.
If you’re in the market for a vintage ladies’ gold Rolex watch that provides something particular, don’t miss this Datejust fake model with a coral stone dial. This colorful take on a classic gold watch is a joy to look at and wear.
I guess that you may not forget the thing which is from another recent feature, the true roots of Panerai came to be on account of the Radiomir, however the typical Panerai Luminor is nothing but an extra part.
The great effort from the brand arrived nearly 14 years after its sibling in 1950, getting its name from a patent filed by the brand a year earlier. Luminor was a successor to the Radium-based Radiomir luminous material, this time using tritium as its base.
This modern Luminor first released several years ago, once again expanding the model range. It features a 42mm steel case, housing a matte-finished black dial with cream-colored indices that give the piece a slightly aged look. The key point is, the piece was fitted with one of replica Panerai’s in-house manufacture calibers, the P.9010. This fake Panerai has been making a concerted effort to convert its entire model line to in-house calibers over the years, most recently adding them to its Due model line in 2018—surprisingly without charging any extra premium over the past models which had been fitted with outsourced movements. Among all these things, what sets the P.9010 apart is its 3-day power reserve, delivered via a pair of mainspring barrels. To this day the huge majority of luxury replica watches competing in this price bracket offer a power reserve in the ballpark of 40-50 hours, and though the added running time is unlikely to be a dealbreaker for anyone, it’s absolutely a perfect benefit.
Though the Luminor is now considered more of a daily-wear casual replica watch, at its roots its intended purpose was diving, and fitted with the correct strap it is still perfectly capable of spending some time under water. This fake model is rated for 10bar (about 100m), which is more than enough for spending time in the pool, surfing, snorkeling, and even most mild recreational diving for that matter. It is said that once fitted with its supple calfskin leather strap as seen here, the Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic is the best companion for everything from running weekend errands to a casual night out on the town. With the thickness of 13.2mm, it’s still a little too hefty to consider tucking under a dress shirt cuff, but it’s a broadly acceptable choice for any other type of attire.
Some of the vintage watches we rarely talk from Rolex’s long and illustrious history are their early self-winding fak e watches, affectionately nicknamed “Bubble Backs” by members of the collecting world. Although they were not particularly designed for some demanding sport or an inhospitable environment, the Rolex Bubble Back represents the basic, self-winding template that all modern Rolex watches would come to follow.
Rolex’s Bubble Back replica watches get their nickname from their extremely rounded, protruding case-backs. Although greatly interesting from a design standpoint, the Bubble Back design was actually born out of necessity as an efficient means to house Rolex’s thicker, self-winding movements.
It was during the 1930s that the Rolex first began fitting their watches with automatic movements, rather than the manually wound calibers that had been traditionally used in their watches. The addition of the oscillation weight significantly increased the overall thickness of the movement, and required extra clearance for the rotor to move freely inside the case. Rather than making the entire case of the watch larger, the fake Rolex decided to allow the case-back to protrude in a curved, bubble-shaped fashion.
By today’s standards, the replica Rolex Bubble Back watches are rather antiquated in design. Case diameters are relatively small and typically hover around 30 mm to 32 mm for the classic men’s models. Besides, because of their domed acrylic crystals and convex, protruding case-backs, Bubble Back watches are disproportionally thick in an almost egg-like fashion.
Although their large, dome-shaped case-backs have earned these watches a number of different nicknames all over the years, the “Bubble Back” name is probably the most well known and commonly used today. The small case diameter and relatively large overall thickness combine to make a somewhat awkward and strangely proportioned, egg-shaped watch; however, Bubble Backs represent an early and important time in Rolex’s history, when the company was first starting to refine their self-winding watch movements.
Nowadays, all Rolex fake watches are fitted with automatic-winding calibers; however they can trace their root DNA back to the original Bubble Back watches that Rolex first introduced during the early 1930s. Almost every watch that the Rolex replica now makes has the word “Perpetual” printed on the surface of its dial, and it was these early Bubble Back replica watches that were the first to receive the Rolex’s inaugural, self-winding movements.
Miami will act as the host to the replica watches and Wonder While SIHH has wrapped up in Geneva, which will have most of the same brands that exhibited at SIHH. In other words, it will be predominantly Richemont Group brands and some others. Slated to break out in the Miami Design District from February 16 – 19 and organized in relationship with Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, watch fans will have an opportunity to see the new SIHH novelties in the metal, as well as enjoy a large number of other horology-focused activities.
Together with the boutiques, Watches & Wonder will also consist of pop-up stores from Armin Strom, F.P. Journe, Ralph Lauren, Romain Gauthier, Romain Jerome, and Voutilainen. Guests can get an intimate look at some spectacular fake watches from the brands, talk to important people who work there, and watch artisans work on their craft.
In addition to getting up close with the newest gorgeous watches available today—and some great boutique exclusives too—Watches & Wonder will also provide chances to nerd out on watch-making knowledge as well.
From watch-making workshops where attendees can take apart and put back together the famous UNITAS 6497-1 movement to lectures discussing the history of pilot watches, chronographs, complications, and vintage watches, there’s plenty to learn here.
Similar to Dubai replica Watch Week, Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie will set up a virtual reality experience dubbed The Mastery of Time where visitors can experience operating a flyback chronograph Grumman F6F Hellcat from WW2, use a marine chronometer on a 19th-century three-master sailing ship, and handle a Universal Genève railroad watch while driving a steam locomotive.
In the end, visitors to Watches & Wonder can also immerse themselves in the Telling Time art exhibition displaying works from a range of global artists.
If you’ll be near the Miami area this February make some time and head to the watch-centric weekend at Miami Design District. And if you don’t always have any ideas to be in that part of the country, now is as good as time any to book an early spring break treat!
Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie is merely a month away, which is slated to happen during January 15 – 19, 2018. Instead of waiting until the exhibition itself, some brands have released some previews to give us a taste of what to expect. Here are some of our favorite pre-SIHH 2018 replica watches releases that have us pumped for the first big fake watch fair of the coming year.
To mark the 25th anniversary of the Royal Oak Offshore, the fake Audemars Piguet has reissued the inaugural ROO model from 1993. Featuring a 42mm stainless steel case, an octagonal bezel with eight hexagonal screws, a blue “Petite Tapisserie” dial, rubber-clad crown and chrono pushers, and a steel integrated bracelet, the 2018 version is the most identical to that very first model.
One main difference with the reissue is a newer movement—Caliber 3126/3840—with 50 hours of power reserve. Another acceptable modification is an updated butterfly folding clasp, which is much safer than the original one. A quarter of a century later, the appeal of the super sporty and ultra-masculine Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore has obviously not lost its appeal.
Further improving the practicality and versatility of this new Vacheron Constantin is the easy interchangeable strap system. As a matter of fact, the steel Overseas Dual Time comes with three bands while the gold model is presented with a leather band and a rubber strap.
2018 will be a nice year for the replica rolex as the company will be celebrating its 150th anniversary. Therefore, fans of IWC will be treated to a slew of commemorative models including this Tribute to Pallweber Edition “150 Years”—an homage to the Pallweber pocket watch from the late 19th century. The fake IWC reinterprets the legendary pocket watch with jumping hour and minutes display windows into wristwatch form.
Encased within the big 45mm red gold case is a stark white lacquer dial with an aperture for the jumping hours, followed by a jumping double-digit minutes window below it, and lastly, a running seconds subdial at the bottom. Besides, flip the watch around for a general view of the new in-house fake rolex working away within.
The novelties that come out of SIHH typically set the tone for the luxury replica watch space for the rest of the year and we’re excited to see what timepiece trends will be unveiled for 2018, there must be a great selling point.
Technically speaking, the replica Panerai was meaningful not just for its debut screen time, but for its build, as it exhibited the brand’s first ceramic bezel in a Luminor model, and it was the first anti-magnetic fake watch made by Panerai. It’s quite a handsome look – introducing a fashionable, industrial dive watch vibe to the austere, minimalist aesthetic that’s defined the Panerai design language for the last 60 years or so.
Some of those features repeat in the 1389, which could greatly be called an update to an existing reference, instead of a completely new one. Like the original, the 1389 is built with a titanium case and equipped with an iron dial, and a soft iron Faraday cage encasing its movement beneath, rendering it impervious to the many modern dangers to mechanical watches. Hell, it even comes on the same band as before – Panerai’s excellent 26 x 22mm accordion rubber dive strap that looks as though it was designed specifically for this reference all along.
Otherwise, the situation has changed since 2014. The applied hourly indices are now a razor’s edge thicker, the running small seconds hand at 9:00 is now a cheerful shade of blue, and the luminous application to the hands and indices is now two-tone – the minute hand glows blue to match the bezel pip, while all other markings glow green.
Most notably though, the new 1389 has been updated with the Panerai’s newest automatic caliber: the P.9010, which comes with the same double-barreled, 3-day power reserve as its in-house manufactured predecessor, but now adds an independently adjustable hour hand – a feature that’s becoming increasingly common on many modern Panerai models, and a boon for frequent fliers.
The one thing that remains the same between the 389 and the 1389, is that this is still, a very big watch at 47mm. Yes, it’s rather lighter than a comparable 47mm PAM00372 in stainless steel, but the weight savings do little to reduce the watch’s visual presence, which threatens to overwhelm at most angles. At present, like most Panerai fake models, the 1389 does have greatly downward-turned lugs, and a considerably conservative lug-to-lug measurement. But neither of those amends are quite enough to overcome the wearing limitations for all but those who’ve never skipped ‘arm day.’
That said, if you love the undeniably cool aesthetic of the 1389, there’s always the more traditionally-sized 42mm PAM682, but you miss out on the anti-magnetic capabilities and ceramic bezel, together with the ability for the dial to double as a serving plate in a pinch. It’s funny to say that it’s clear that the rest of the industry has been responding to a return to smaller sizes, down from the 45 and 47mm replica watches that once dominated fake Panerai’s modern collection.
Here we come with year of 2018.
Following their Royal Oak Concept Acoustic Research timepiece from 2014, Audemars Piguet now created a new model to their Research & Development lineup. The replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak RD#2 Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin is in fact now the thinnest automatic perpetual calendar in the world—and that’s a big deal.
The diameter of the familiar Royal Oak case shape measures 41mm and is crafted totally in platinum. Besides, the equally famous Royal Oak integrated bracelet is also in platinum, offering some famous weight on the wrist despite the watch’s record-breaking thinness.
The blue “Tapisserie” dial features all the hallmarks of a perpetual calendar. There’s the moonphase indicator at 12 o’clock, the month subdial at 3 o’clock along with the leap year indicator underneath it, the date subdial at 6 o’clock, and finally, the day subdial at 9 o’clock along with a small day/night display below it.
The fake Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication measures a hefty 44mm in diameter and the ceramic case consists of titanium pushers. The rubber strap emphasizes the replica watches sportiness while the minute repeater, perpetual calendar, and split-seconds chronograph functions remind us that AP is indeed an haute horology manufacture. These types of complications are typically found in dressier more formal watches, but Audemars Piguet does have a habit of “breaking the rules”.
Audemars Piguet has revamped their famous “Tapisserie” dial with these new models, to now stream out from the tourbillon mechanism that sits at 6 o’clock rather than its traditional symmetrical layout. That layout surely brings the eye directly to the oscillating tourbillon—not that it needs it; the tourbillion is nicely capable of appealing all the attentions on its own.
These new dials are encased within a 41mm octagonal RO case in stainless steel, pink gold, or platinum. The platinum version is further decorated with blue sapphires on the eight-sided bezel, sitting alongside the characteristic exposed screws. Powering the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Extra-Thin timepieces is the Caliber 2924, which can be admired via the see-through caseback.
We end with a new iteration of an oldie. Based on the original 1972 Royal Oak, the new Audemars Piguet replica Jumbo Extra-Thin is now available in a complex of titanium and platinum.
Generally speaking, we would say when a watch sells for an eyebrow raising sum of money, the assertion is made – the words vary but the basic substance is the same – that it’s “ruining the hobby.” A latest example was the “barn find” Speedmaster we covered earlier this month, but there are also some other examples. It seems to mostly have passed unnoticed that in the same Phillips auction in which the PNPND set its record, I’m not sure that this isn’t at least as insane as paying $17 million for the PNPND, assuming you think this sort of thing is crazy in the first place.
So now, is this bad for watch collecting? Prices for both new and vintage fake watches of top quality, and from blue-chip names like the replica Rolex and Patek Philippe, seem on an endless upward trend. Even ten or fifteen years ago, good vintage watches weren’t exactly cheap, but the huge sums of money flowing into vintage watch collecting have, it’s true, changed the game. When I first got interested in watches, the watch magazines, such as they were, were on newsstands along with the model railroading, doll collecting, and stamp collecting magazines. Things have obviously changed greatly after that.
The general unbelievable increase in the auction prices – and not just records, but auction prices in general – for the most collectible models are indeed bad if you’re not a wealthy individual, and what were affordable collectibles ten years ago, have become unachievable for many of us. (Of course, if you’re selling those models and got them ten to twenty years ago, it’s the best thing that ever happened to fake rolex collecting.) I don’t know that it’s necessarily good or bad in any absolute sense, but it has fundamentally changed the nature of watch collecting, and what was once a somewhat quirky, slightly inexplicable, occasionally expensive but basically low-visibility hobby has become, to some extent, a high-stakes media circus.
The other question – is it worth it? There are two answers anyway. The first of course, is “no.” The price paid for the PNPND is indefensible by any sensible measure; it is out of any plausible – never mind logical – relationship to either the design intelligence behind, or quality of craft of, or ingenuity contained within, the PNPND or any other Daytona. The second answer, however, is “yes” and that is because by definition, the worth of something is what someone would like to purchase it – or in this case, and more relevantly, for not just the object, but what it stands for. We’ve already talked about what the PNPND and Daytonas in general, represent beyond the basic physical and design features, of the replica watches – the PNPND especially is valuable largely not for what it is, but for what it symbolizes.
Now comes the October, and you know what that stands for: fall foliage, sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, and auction catalogues. We’ve all been warmly taking part in this season’s auctions – partly because the “you-know-what” is coming up for auction, but also because it’s always nice to peruse the crisp pages of a freshly printed catalogue, and see what’s up. Some seasons are more exciting than others, and this fall’s selection has definitely exceeded expectations. Here are two examples of replica Rolex watches that I had literally never heard of before coming across them this week.
To begin with, we have the Phillips Watch Auction, Winning Icons, on Thursday, October 26th. This is the first Phillips watch auction to take place in New York, and the central lot is, you guessed it, Paul Newman’s Paul Newman. But there are 49 other lots left to chase – all special in their own way, but one that really sticks out is a two-tone Rolex
This two-tone 6265/3 was a custom piece made for Bruce J. Leven, a Seattle-based entrepreneur and gentleman racing legend, who became successful with his waste management company, Bayside Disposal. Leven was famous in the racing circles, and more than held his own as driver, competing at the top level. This, combined with his love of Porsches, soon translated into owning the Bayside Disposal Racing Team.
His wish was granted, and here it is: a possibly special two-tone 6265/3 with box, papers, service papers, and service sticker on the caseback. The 6265 was produced from 1971 to 1988, in yellow gold or stainless steel (with a couple of wild cards in between). It’s well-known for its steel or gold bezel, and for having screw-down pushers. The 6265 also has been known to feature the Paul Newman dial, though most of those have been put in 6263 cases at this point.
In Christie’s November sale we have yet another strange affair. OK, this one actually made me question my complete existence in this world of fake rolex watches, because it is something that I have genuinely never seen before. When I first laid eyes on it, I thought, “Wait, is that a Sub? Coming with a day window and on a President’s bracelet?”
This was another cool and totally surprising Rolex replica – a rare white gold Submariner. This crazy replica watch was sold at Christie’s earlier this year and while most of my colleagues recoiled at the sight of it, I fell head over heels for this unique Sub.