One of the joys of getting into vintage Rolex collectible games is discovering all sorts of design details. Many details can be found on the dial of the rolex watch. Today, we talk about the origins of the Rolex sigma dial and what it means for the value of an old Rolex watch.
In the 1970s, a large number of Swiss watchmakers who were part of the L’Association pour la Promotion Industrielle de l’Or or APIOR formed an official initiative to highlight the use of gold on watches.
Similar to how the “Chronometer” designation was controlled and guaranteed by Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres to denote optimal timekeeping precision, APRIOR wanted to formalize how watchmakers signified the use of precious gold in watches – particularly important on steel watches since stainless steel and white gold are similar in color.
The symbol decided was the Greek letter Sigma: σ. According to a US Patent Office Registration Certificate the σ mark “certifies that the goods are of Swiss origin and contain solid gold up to a certain standard as established by the Swiss statutory requirements concerning the control of the use of gold and meet standards and quality established by the applicant.” It also indicates that the mark was “First used February 25, 1970; in commerce on or about Mar. 1, 1970.”
The Sigma mark could be decorated on the dial, bracelet, or caseback of watches to signify the presence of gold. Some well-known replica watch brands that used the APRIOR Sigma mark included Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, IWC, and of course, amazing rolex.
Sigma dials can be seen on fake rolex watches dating from the early 1970s until the latter part of the decade; What’s more, Rolex Sigma dials have two σ marks surrounding the “T SWISS T” signature just under 6 o’clock marker on the dial. So, Rolex Sigma dials denote that the hand-applied indexes and hands are craft from 18k gold. Rolex Sigma dials are more often found on stainless steel models, however, there are some examples of the Sigma dial on two-tone and yellow gold Rolex models as well.
A stainless steel Patek Philippe Nautilus sells for almost as much as a solid gold Rolex, but it’s on sale for much longer. The federation of the Swiss watch industry is the main industry association of the Swiss watch industry, headquartered in Bienne, is a private non-profit organization. The FH noted that the Swiss fake watch association has been closely monitoring Swiss watch exports, which fell 10.7 % in June alone, “the first significant decline this year.”However, overall export values improved, suggesting that more expensive watches were most popular with consumers.
Although they have been in production for several years now, dealers still have waiting lists of several years. Luxury replica watch firms may in fact take heart at this – legacy pieces of higher value that are more costly to make, and therefore command a higher price are also more representative of the image that most brands want to portray. Having more of such pieces in demand may create a halo effect, and finally lead to an uplift across their entire product range.
Nevertheless, when you take a view of another type of fake rolex watches, the opposite of this value proposition seems to be the real fact. We are talking about the Apple Watch – which, while not comparable to high-end mechanical watches in many respects, nonetheless stands for the largest challenge to most Swiss watch manufacturers – at least the ones who do not enjoy Rolex’s unassailable status in the marketplace.
Although it is a little expensive and released not too long ago, the new fake Batman GMT-Master II already has a multi-year waitlist.
Apple’s experience making a foray into the luxury market did not turn out rather well. In a new interview with Bloomberg, Apple’s chief operating officer Jeff Williams, who co-created the Apple Watch, tells us that sales of the much-vaunted 18-karat gold luxury version of the smart-watch significantly bombed.
It may have simply been far too ambitious with prices ranging from $10,000 to $17,000. However, we suppose it clearly demonstrates that the finest Swiss timepiece manufacturers have little to fear from the Apple Watch. As we’ve thought all along, it is far more likely that a man of taste and means will acquire an Apple Watch as a complement to – instead of a replacement for – his amazing replica Rolex.
As most of you may already know, Rolex has launched a new stainless steel GMT-Master II watch at Basel world in 2020. Fans’ favorite GMT-Master II batman, named after its black and blue ceramic bezel, has been fitted with a new caliber and a new Jubilee bracelet.
While the launch of the GMT-Master II ref. 126710BLNR is big news, more newsworthy (and perhaps not well-known) is the imminent demise of a specific model of Rolex’s famous pilot series. Read on to see which GMT-Master II Rolex replica watches are about to be removed from the current catalog.
Rolex first introduced its ceramic bezel in 2005, which was mounted on the yellow gold GMT-Master II ref. 116718. It used to be an all-black bezel, because at the time, Rolex admitted that a two-tone ceramic bezel would be hard to produce (though that changed with the introduction of the blue/black ceramic bezel several years later). The all-black Cerachrom bezel later appeared on the stainless steel GMT-Master II ref. 116710LN.
So it’s surprising that Rolex no longer produce a monochrome black bezel (LN) in the GMT-Master II series, which has been in the catalog since the early 1970s. To date, all GMT-Master II bezels are available in two shades: blue and red (BLRO), blue and black (BLNR), brown and black (CHNR).
Take a closer look at the current Rolex GMT-Master II series and you’ll see two missing models: yellow Rolex GMT-Master II and two-tone yellow gold and stainless steel GMT-Master ref. 116713.
As a result, Rolex has completely stopped producing any yellow gold GMT-Master II (currently). It’s the first time fake rolex hasn’t produced a gold version of the GMT Master since the early 1950s.
At present, the only precious metal version of GMT Master II produced by Rolex is the GMT Master ref. 126719BLNR of platinum edition, the GMT Master ref. 126715CHNR of Everose gold edition and the GMT Master ref. 126711CHNR of two-tone Everose gold and steel edition.
Why Did Rolex Drop The All-Black Bezel and The Yellow Gold GMT-Master II?
Rolex is a notoriously secretive brand, and we’re not sure why it did it, but we have some theories.
One theory is that this is to differentiate the GMT-Master II series from the Submariner series. At first glance, a gold Submariner looks very similar to a gold gold GMT-Master II, given their similar size, dial layout, black ceramic bezel and metal bracelet.(also for gold and stainless steel models in two tones). So it’s easy to distinguish between the two popular fake r olex sports watches, with gold available only in the Submariner and Everose gold in the GMT-Master II.
When discussing replica watches, it is almost impossible not to mention Rolex Daytona. Rolex’s flagship timepiece has been the cornerstone of the luxury watch world since the early 1960s; In recent years, however, the Cosmograph Daytona has become an absolute record breaker.
Not only does the Daytona have the distinction of being the most expensive Rolex watch, but the Rolex Daytona (Paul Newman’s very own ‘Paul Newman’) is the most expensive watch ever, selling for a staggering $17.8 million at an auction in October 2017.
Before the Daytona watch made its debut in the early 1960s, Rolex had been making chronograph timepieces for decades. But what eventually became synonymous with the replica Rolex chronograph was the Cosmograph Daytona , which now represents one of the most valuable, sought-after watches in the world.
Today, Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is a veritable legend in watch industry, often ranks among the most sought-after watches of the moment. Yet Rolex’s top-of-the-line chronograph wasn’t always coveted or collectible. In contrast, the history and evolution of the Rolex Daytona (especially in its early days) has consisted of only a few small, incremental improvements resulting in multiple variations.
For the history of the iconic fake rolex chronometer, and the complete evolution of the Rolex Daytona, please visit our homepage and be sure to watch the accompanying video, where we quickly introduce the history of the Cosmograph Daytona, from its first debut during the early 1960s, all the way through the arrival of its patented movement and ceramic bezel.
At Baselworld 2019, the big news from Rolex was that, the brand new 18k white gold Yacht-Master 42 ref. 226659 with a bigger 42mm case size was released, which is the first time the Yacht-Master collection over the 40mm size mark. However, there are also several sub-40 mm Yacht-Master models made by Rolex. Today let’s make a conclusion of how many Rolex Yacht-Master sizes in totally there are.
At present, Rolex has three sizes of the Yacht-Master, including the new Yacht-Master 42 we mentioned above, the Yacht-Master 40, and the Yacht-Master 37. While the largest model is exclusively offered in white gold, the other two sizes are made in Everose, two-tone Everose and stainless steel, and two-tone platinum and stainless steel separately.
What should mention is that, the Yacht-Master is the only Rolex collection that offers a functional bezel on a case that’s smaller than 40mm. For someone who has smaller wrists hunting for a Rolex sports replica watch the Yacht-Master 37 (a size first introduced in 2015) is a wonderful choose.
In early 1992, Rolex first announced the Yacht-Master collection with the yellow gold Yacht-Master ref. 16628, which sported a 40mm case size. Two years later in 1994, two more sizes were unveiled by Rolex: the mid-size Yacht-Master ref. 68628 with a 35mm case and the ladies’ Yacht-Master ref. 69628 with a 29mm case. Rolex offered these three different sizes within the Yacht-Master collection from then on until 2015.
In 1999, Rolex released the Rolesium edition of the Yacht-Master. For those who may not know, “Rolesium” is Rolex-speak for marrying platinum and steel on one watch, which is a combination still available in the Yacht-Master collection currently.
Eventually, the Rolesor (Rolex’s term for gold and steel watches) versions of the Yacht-Master introduced two models in yellow gold and stainless steel in 2005. This particular metal configuration is not produced by Rolex any longer, the Everose gold and stainless steel Rolesor watches have been the replacement. Rolex finally dropped the 29mm and the 35mm sizes of the Yacht-Master and kept the 40mm size as well.
In brief, there are five available different sizes of the replica Rolex Yacht-Master collection if the discontinued sizes are included: 42mm, 40mm, 37mm, 35mm, and 29mm. Additionally, if we include the Yacht-Master II model (fairly speaking, which is a completely different watch despite the shared name) with its massive 44mm case, that’s six sizes totally. No other Rolex Professional collection can offer such assortment of sizes like Yacht-Master.
The big news for Rolex at Baselworld this year was the new 18k platinum Yacht-Master 42 ref. 226659, which has a larger case size of 42mm. For the first time in the Yacht-Master series, the logo is larger than 40mm; However, Rolex has also produced several Yacht-Master models in 40mm. So, how many Rolex Yacht-Master sizes are there now? Let’s see, shall we?
Rolex currently produces Yacht-Master in three sizes. There are the new Yacht-Master 42, the Yacht-Master 40, and the Yacht-Master 37. While the largest models are exclusively available in platinum, Rolex other two sizes are Everose, two-tone Everose and stainless steel, and two-tone platinum and stainless steel.
It is worth mentioning that the Yacht-Master is the only series that provides functional bezels on the case of below 40mm. The Yacht-Master 37 (a size first introduced in 2015) is a great choice for anyone with a smaller wrist to buy a Rolex replica watch.
Rolex first introduced its Yacht-Master line in 1992 with the 16628, which had a case size of 40mm. Two years later, in 1994, Rolex introduced two other sizes: the midsize Yacht-Master 68628, with a 35mm case; Lady Yacht-Master 69628, case 29mm. From then until 2015, Rolex introduced the three different sizes of watches in the Yacht-Master collection.
In 1999, the Rolesium edition of the Yacht-Master appeared. For those who don’t know, ‘Rolesium’ is a word invented by replica Rolex, which means a combination of platinum and steel on a watch — a combination that’s still usable from a current Yacht-Master collection.
Finally, in 2005, Rolex’s Rolesor came in gold and stainless steel. The special metal structure is no longer made by Rolex, but is replaced by the Everose gold and stainless steel Rolesor watches. Rolex eventually gave up on the 29mm and 35mmYacht-Master and kept the 40mm size
So, in short, if you include the discontinued sizes, the fake Rolex Yacht-Master comes in five different sizes: 42mm, 40mm, 37mm, 35mm and 29mm. If we count the Yacht-Master II (a completely different watch, to be fair, despite its name) and its large 44mm case, it comes in six sizes. No other specialty Rolex series comes close to offering this size classification.
You got to know that the Omega had something up its sleeve for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and it is actually a re-creation of the exceedingly cool Speedmaster BA145.0220, replete with the burgundy bezel and black onyx markers. Gold is customary for 50th anniversaries, and Omega replica went all out in creating a special edition that speaks directly to Speedmaster aficionados and of the era that created the Moonwatch.
Apollo 11 put mankind on the Moon in July of 1969, and later that year Omega produced a special edition of the Speedmaster at an appreciation dinner for the Apollo astronauts – the BA145.022. Limited to 1,014 pieces, the first two in the series were presented to President Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew. However, I had the plenty of pleasure of trying on an original BA145.022 at a fake Omega event in Houston and it’s a fake watch that has always stuck with me. It’s a 42mm Speedy in solid 18k yellow gold with a rich burgundy bezel, black onyx markers, and black varnished hands over a solid gold dial. It’s much gold, plenty of contrast, and a perfect match for that eye-catching bezel.
However, the replica Omega didn’t break the mold for this brand new limited edition, but they surely changed what went into it. Still 42mm wide and keeping steadfast to the overall theme of the BA145.022, the Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition trades 18K yellow gold for a new Omega-exclusive 18k gold alloy that the brand is calling “Moonshine Gold.”
This model is surrounded by some commemorative text and two funny elements with various factors in glowing gold. The first is a small cutaway of Earth in gold and blue that shows the Americas. The second, seen across the caseback and rendered in correct
The two bodies are shown orbiting the movement and, while the whole “we took a piece of something particular and put it in the watch” thing is most definitely tired, I have gone back and forth on this use of lunar meteorite. While I only had several minutes with it, this Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition is a blast on wrist. It’s heavy, warm, and feels like a faithful re-telling of the real model. While it’s certainly a shame there isn’t a new crop of lunar-minded astronauts primed to earn one of these following a 50th-anniversary mission, the Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition is a shining look back at a golden era in exploration and the race for the moon.
I never thought so much as considered the possibility of a rolex two-tone Sea-Dweller watch, now it’s here and it makes more sense than I might have expected. This new rolex Sea-Dweller remains 43mm wide with a tapered oyster bracelet, but now we have a bevy of gold accents and an updated 3235 movement. If you plan to take some gold to 4,000 feet under the water, believe it or not, this amazing fake Rolex is the best option.
However, I am really not interested in the popular two-tone watches, and few do the look better than Rolex, and the Rolesor Sea-Dweller rocks 18k yellow gold on the markings of the Cerachrom bezel, the bracelet center links, the markers, the crown, and the hands. Even the model designation “Sea-Dweller” is printed in a yellow gold color to lock in the general scheme. I suppose that the fake Sea-Dweller looks great with a bit of gold within the vibe of a two-tone watch. It takes a serious concept – a purpose-built tool watch for hard conditions – and adds a bit of levity.
The TTSD is technically the same as its all-steel predecessor, using Rolex’s modern calibre 3235. This movement gives advanced protection against magnetic interference, a Parachrom hairspring, a Chronergy escapement, and a power reserve of 70 hours. It’s a great example of how Rolex makes progresses that some never hear about or understand but that make the fake watches better in real, tangible ways.
However, the replica rolex Sea-Dweller is no less chunky than the steel version on the wrist, but the gold feels somehow more in line with this model’s completely over-built perspective. Two-tone has long been a perfect model within the Submariner range, so why not a Sea-Dweller to match?
Never buy the item that you are not interested, so I think if you are just looking for a Sub, you buy a Sub. But if you’re open to something a bit more fun, a bit more “why?”, the Sea-Dweller is amazing and this rolex replica two-tone version is a bit more flashy and makes me dream of a day where we find a solid gold Sea-Dweller.
Commonly, silver cases are quiet unusual in watchmaking today while not unheard of. With much more durable white metals like steel and titanium are easily available, watchmakers make efforts to toward that direction typically, and then choose platinum or white gold to pursuit a higher-end execution. To some degree, it’s a pity that silver watches are relatively rare, since silver has a warmth all its own, and it tends to patina in a way that many watch enthusiast would appreciate, especially for those who are interested at vintage aesthetics.
The Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special, the first silver-cased wristwatch we are seeing from Zenith which announced at pre-Baselworld, and this new Pilot’s Type 20 comes with a dial made of brushed silver that matched the case perfectly. The dial also has an attractive pattern that is a direct allusion to vintage aviation. And the oversized numerals and hands, paired with the oversized crown, and large 45mm case size, making a really rugged-looking tool watch. There is an automatic Zenith Elite automatic movement inside.
I am very interested in the dial on this watch. Except being made from an unusual material like the case, the dial has a motif that I’ve never seen on any rolex replica watch before. At 45mm in diameter, this is a watch whose size is going to appeal to those who are hunting for a really bold pilot’s watch, which makes an immediate impression for us. The Zenith Flying Instruments decoration on the back of the case reminders us that Zenith has been making watches for aviation for a long time. Actually, Zenith holds the trademark for the Pilot name as it applies to replica watches.
Silver is a material commonly seen in jewelry but rarely seen in watchmaking, it will decidedly has its own character based on how it’s worn and the conditions that the wearer subjects it too. We’ve seen that bronze watches are in rise of popularity. For similar reasons, I suppose if we can witness more silver timepieces hitting the market in the near future too.
As for El Primero, 2019 is the 50th anniversary itself. People who are crazy about watches are really focused on what Zenith may or may not do in the timepieces field this year. This piece definitely not be included, to be honest, but it’s quiet a wonderful chronograph with an interesting case and dial.
Rolex provides some of the best lady size watches in the market. Having striking looks, they also come with automatic movements, which is not a common practice, since most ladies watch are powered by quartz movements .
Rolex is assumed to have reserved a number of beautiful meteorites, they use them on specific models at times. For example, this two-tone ladies Datejust 179173 comes with the striking meteorite dial, featured by its extraordinary interwoven pattern made by long nickel-iron crystals.
Moreover, to make the replica watch more extravagant, there add ten diamond hour indicator on the dial framed by 18k yellow gold to match the bezel. What make the looks complete is the two-tone Oyster bracelet with yellow gold center links flanked by steel ones.
If you prefer earth-made stones, then this gorgeous watch will meed your demand. The blue hue of this lapis dial looks extremely vivid contrasting against the white materials. There are the stainless steel Oyster case in 36 mm and Jubilee bracelet, the white gold fluted bezel, and white diamond markers on the dial.
As a Datejust 36 model, this is not actually a ladies watch. Rolex officially release the Datejust 36 as a man’s fake watch. But in our opinion, this lapis and diamond Rolex watch would certainly look gorgeous on a woman’s wrist.
Replica Rolex President fake watches for men are named Day-Date, actually ladies’ President watches are Datejust watches that came with the renowned President band. For example, this striking Datejust ref. 79138 crafted in 18k yellow gold from 26 mm Oyster case to fluted bezel to President bracelet.
What makes this yellow gold watch special is the dark black onyx dial without any hour makers. The dial of this fake watch, which houses three center hands and a date window, is a perfect demonstration of when less is more.
Much like the essential of short black dress, this yellow gold ladies President with a black onyx dial will always look gracious and appropriate on.
Rolex offers a large number of women’s watches with a lot of material options, size, and color options. However, those Rolex replica watches with stone dials offer something extremely distinctive.