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To understand Rolex’s relationship with the world of cinema, one need only look at the brand’s ties with film auteur James Cameron, whose works include Titanic and Avatar. In Cameron, top quality fake Rolex has found a kindred spirit. The two share an uncompromising attitude towards excellence in their respective fields, and each has created iconic classics that will be treasured for generations to come. Naturally, it came as no surprise when Rolex replica uk made Cameron a Rolex Testimonee.
The appreciation of common values is a thread that runs through the tapestry Rolex has woven into its support of the cinematic arts. It led the brand to work extensively with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which is dedicated to preserving, advancing and celebrating the arts and sciences of motion pictures. What better partner could there be than Swiss movement replica Rolex, which has traditionally been involved in broad-based support for achievements in the arts?
Its collaboration with the academy started with the first Green Room at the Oscars in 2016. Designed and hosted by the brand, it adopts a different theme every year and serves as an exclusive space for presenters and special guests to calm themselves or mingle before going on stage.
In 2017, the brand upped the ante by becoming Exclusive Watch of the Academy and Proud Sponsor of the Oscars. The following year, Rolex super clone deepened its ties by sponsoring the annual Governors Awards for lifetime achievements in film.
Awards and achievements aside, aaa quality copy Rolex is also actively bolstering the academy’s efforts to preserve and transmit the knowledge of film-making. What’s arguably the most exciting involves the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, due to open in Los Angeles later this year. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, it will span over 4,600sqm and will have a 1,000-seat theatre, making it the largest institution of its kind in the US. As a Founding Supporter, Rolex will host a special gallery that features films in which it has played a role.
Rolex’s contributions to the cinematic arts also extend to such programmes as the Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative that it established in 2002. The programme aims to facilitate the transmission of knowledge from older, more experienced mentors to their chosen protege. Film-making is, of course, one of the disciplines it supports.
The seemingly disparate fields of watchmaking and film-making have numerous similarities. Each demands expertise on the creative and technical fronts, and the finesse to meld them together to fulfil a vision. There is the beauty of perpetuity, too. The best works of art are eternal, and film is one medium that exemplifies this. Likewise, a beautifully crafted timepiece can conceivably last forever. This shared quality of timelessness lends a poetic touch to the work best 1:1 copy Rolex has put into perpetuating the cinematic arts.
What is it that makes people collect watches? What is it that makes a replica watch collectible? There are no right or wrong answers to either question and one man’s junk is another man’s treasure; never is a truer word said when it comes to wristwatches. I use the term junk carefully, but often watches were simply cast aside as retired tools-of-the-trade by some professionals, ‘tools’ that can now be worth small fortunes! This is particularly the case when it comes to dive watches and especially those made by Rolex. The two most famous professional applications for the Swiss movement fake Rolex Submariner was its being issued to the British MOD and to divers employed by Comex.
Compagnie Maritime d’Expertises (Comex) was established in the 1960s and is still regarded as one of the leading commercial diving companies. As well as offering commercial diving solutions to different sectors, they have always been at the forefront of setting new diving records. Comex founder, Henri Germain Delauze, forged a long-standing relationship with Rolex having been impressed with the Sea-Dweller’s capability at record depths. This relationship led to Rolex commissioning Comex to develop and manufacture a hyperbaric tank that can simulate the conditions of extreme depths in which Rolex can test its watches. In 2008 Rolex released the Deepsea Sea-Dweller, which is depth-rated to 3900 metres. The Comex-manufactured tank is used to test each of the Deepsea Sea-Dwellers produced.
I was introduced to Rex Whistler through his son, himself a friend of Revolution founder Wei Koh. Rex and I both live in the North of the UK and over a few conversations I learnt of his work with Comex and the fact that he was issued a watch to use during his time with the company. Fast forward a few months and that watch is now in the upcoming Phillips Hong Kong Watch Sale XII. The watch in question is a Comex issued Rolex Submariner reference 5513 copy online that is equipped with a helium escape valve. The watch has been with Rex since he was given it in 1972, but the time has come for him to let it go, having been sitting in a safe for the best part of the last decade. Rex explains, “A while ago, my son made me aware that these old Rolex Subs are getting more and more valuable. Whilst it holds a wealth of memories for me of my time working all over the world as a commercial diver, I haven’t worn it for some time now for fear of losing it or damaging it in some way.”
A Life Aquatic
Rex Whistler was a career diver who prior to Comex, worked with Risdon Beazley as a diver and engineer working in salvage operations. Diving was not something unusual to the family, as Rex’s wife’s grandfather had been a diver, amazingly also at Risdon Beazley. Rex initially learnt to dive with the BASC, as an amateur diver in order to further his interest in underwater archeology. “I worked with a group that was excavating the Mary Ross in Portsmouth harbour. The work involved using underwater suction dredgers to remove mud and silt from what remained of the Henry VIII warship which seemed like a pretty good experience.”
He joined Risdon Beazley Marine in 1970 and at the time Risdon’s were engaged in salvage of war wreckage from sunken ships, the primary means of salvaging being a Hydraulic grab directed by divers to recover ordinance and coal, which were in short supply at that time. Says Rex, “The Diving dress was a Siebe Gorman hard hat, which was an interesting introduction to a diving career!” He joined Comex as a Diver in Spring 1973 at the age of 24 and attended a 3 months training course at COMEX in Marseilles where he was taught bell diving, technical skills, familiarity with the systems, diving equipment and physiology of diving. Rex continues, “After qualifying I worked primarily in the North Sea UK sector, Norway and the West Indies. I later returned to COMEX Marseilles for further training as a Superintendent and Caisson Master. I was present at the latter end of a series of trial dives to depths of up to 610M using Oxy/Helium to monitor physical and mental changes and HPNS (high pressure nervous syndrome) during saturation and to test decompression tables for commercial use. I was part of the team supporting some of these trials and participated in some of the dives testing decompression tables.”
Comex had a large presence in the North Sea and it was here that Rex Whistler spent a good amount of his career. “During my time with COMEX I initially worked with a small team in support of drilling operations in depths up to 160m in the North Sea and Norway. I then moved to saturation work for construction projects. As the North Sea moved quickly into the new construction phase there was a need for working at depth for extended periods. This required both new equipment and the use of ‘saturation’ as a means to maintain teams of divers at depth for up to 30 days (legal limit in UK waters at the time), followed by a single decompression in the surface diving complex. The saturation systems consist of a number of living chambers, a ‘wet’ transfer chamber, and a diving bell. Equipment rapidly developed with the innovation of hot-water suits and much improved breathing equipment such as the Kirby Morgan masks/helmets. Particularly the move to operating from a DSV (diving support vessel) using DP (dynamic positioning) to maintain position over the worksite which created a new set of challenges, particularly the safety of divers if the vessel should experience a DP runoff, which was not uncommon.”
Life After Comex
Rex left COMEX in 1978 to join Prodive Ltd as Training Director responsible for running UK government approved commercial diving courses providing training for North Sea divers. He co-authored the “Commercial Diving Manual”, published by David & Charles. It became the standard textbook for commercial diving training in the UK which is still in use today and is in its third edition. Following this, Rex joined Oceaneering in 1981 as Vehicles Manager responsible for the atmospheric “JIM” suit and ROV’s. “I returned to COMEX/Wharton Williams Taylor as Project manager in 1983 and was appointed Operations Manager of Wilhelmson Underwater engineering Norway (joint venture with Wilhelmson shipping and COMEX/2W). I moved on in 2001 to Conoco/Phillips in Norway and South East Asia over a period of 12 years working on offshore oil and gas projects.” Rex retired in 2012 and now lives in North Yorkshire.
The watch has been well looked after, like any piece of equipment that a diver would use. “When we were first given the watches, we were required to return them to Rolex for inspection each year, but by the late 70’s this stopped, and I had the watch serviced myself about every 10 years thereafter. I have been wearing the watch pretty much all the time since 1972. The original bracelet was very weak and was not fit for purpose (referring to the original folded link Oyster bracelet). For a long time, many divers used a grey UK Navy ‘clearance diver’ strap which could be expanded.”
The stainless steel bracelet replica Rolex Submariner 5513 is one of approximately 250 Submariners that were given to divers by Comex between 1971 and 1973. The watch consigned by Rex has both the Rolex and Comex engravings on the caseback as well as the issue number, 240. Far from being a watch that he wore on dry land at the bar or when out for dinner, it was a watch that he wore when undertaking diving duties and when in saturation. “I was given the watch in around 1972. I used the watch for most of my diving career, particularly in saturation. The watch was first used during work in COMEX Marseilles to develop deep diving decompression tables. The exposure to a Helium environment during decompression required the gas to escape otherwise the watch crystal would explode and pop off the watch, as it was not possible to seal the watch.”
So there is it. An interesting watch, from an interesting original owner with a fascinating story. With something of a surge in interest in Comex Rolex super clone watches recently, I’m sure this old Sub will perform well at auction.
The luxury replica Rolex GMT-Master ref. 1675/3 and its successor, the ref. 16753 are probably the watches with the most nicknames, from the “Root Beer” to the “Tiger’s Eye” or “Tiger Auge” in German, to the “Clint Eastwood” (or “Clint Ostwald”) in German. That last one is a joke, of course. The Root Beer is one of the coolest Rolex watches ever created.
But as Mike perfectly explained in his in-depth article about the GMT-Master ref. 16753, it’s not a watch for everyone. You have to love the look of a gold and steel watch. On top of that, the combination of the brown dial and the bicolor brown and gold bezel adds a serious dose of 70s style.
Rolex did not produce a steel and gold GMT-Master from the beginning. Until the early 1970s, the GMT-Master only came in steel or full gold. In 1970 Rolex introduced the first bicolor 40 mm Rolex GMT-Master ref. 1675/3 copy watch. This model introduced a gold bezel, crown, and hands. The characteristic gold applied indexes give the watch its “nipple dial” nickname, as it’s known amongst Rolex enthusiasts. The watch was available with either a black dial and black bezel or a very ’70s brown dial with the aforementioned bicolor brown and gold bezel. If you are a fan of the looks, you probably agree with me that the choice for the Jubilee bracelet over the Oyster bracelet is an easy one. It just fits the overall style of the watch better.
Two generations of Root Beers
Inside the 40mm Rolex ref. 1657/3 replica watch used the same Rolex Caliber 1575 GMT that was used for the Explorer II ref. 1655 we discussed earlier. The movement operates at a frequency of 19,800vph and has a power reserve of 48 hours, and features hacking seconds. The original Swiss movement copy Rolex GMT-Master “Root Beer” remained in production for a decade before being replaced by the next generation “Root Beer” ref. 16753. That model introduced the higher beat Rolex Caliber 3075 with a quick-set date. On top of that, Rolex updated the dial design and replaced the “nipple dial” with a dial that featured regular hour markers with lume plots.
Having said that, you will find transitional pieces like Mike’s in the pictures that do feature the new movement and have a nipple dial. On top of that, many of the dials have been replaced over time with service dials. So finding the newer reference with an older dial is not unlikely. Overall you can say that the original ref. 1675/3 and the ref. 16753 are the references that have that classic 1970s style that made the 1:1 copy Rolex GMT-Master “Root Beer” into today’s icon. Finding one is not that hard, but finding one in great condition with original parts is a lot tougher. Prices for a ref. 1675/3 start at roughly 10K and move up to roughly 15–16K. And that makes it more affordable than most of the steel ref. 1675 models. Realizing the levels of style you get in return, it is definitely worth considering.
In our collector profile this week (see below), young collector J.J. Owens mentions that her favorite era of watches is fake Rolex in the 1950s.
“From the ref. 6542 [the first GMT-Master] to the 6062 [the triple calendar moonphase in an Oyster case], if you look at the range and capability of what they were able to do, it’s just phenomenal,” she says.
I’d been wanting to write about this era of Rolex because it’s long been the most enchanting to me too. Luckily, a few things came together to make it more relevant than ever.
Recently, collector Edmond Saran, on his blog Le Monde Edmond, did a three-part series (1, 2, 3) on the 1940s-50s era of Rolex, what he terms “sports elegance.” During this era, high quality replica Rolex was the only brand that could deliver a versatile sports watch with a robust waterproof Oyster case and perpetual automatic movement, but in elegant precious metals and dial variations.
Then, at Watches & Wonders Rolex dropped the two-tone Explorer and a lot of people came in with the “a sports watch has to be stainless steel!” take, failing to look back to the 40s-50s era of sports elegance when, well, Rolex made two-tone sports copy watches (or straight-up precious metal sports watches) all the time.
To me, the two-tone gold and steel bracelet replica Rolex Explorer is a clear callback to Rolex’s era of 1940s-50s sports elegance. So often, we hear how Patek Philippe dreads being associated with one watch, and one watch only, that stainless steel time-only one that trades at 3x its retail price. That really, Patek would love to get back to the very serious business of producing complicated watches in precious metals, and please stop asking about the Nautilus, okay?
Have we ever really stopped to think that Rolex might feel the same way? To be sure, cheap copy Rolex is a different beast than Patek, but don’t you think sometimes Rolex looks itself in its rainbow-bezeled mirror at night and says to itself, “I’m so much more than stainless steel sports watches, I just wish everyone else could see it!”
Much the way collecting more broadly seems to be having a sort of identity crisis where everything centers around stainless steel and sports, the big brands are having this same crisis.
The two-tone Rolex Explorer replica with black dial feels like a small reaction against that internal conflict. Injecting a little bit of elegance back into a brand that feels mostly removed from its sports elegance of a bygone era.
Rolex copy follows up the launch of its colourful range of Oyster Perpetuals last year with an equally eye-catching trio of Day-Dates, as well as refreshed iterations of the cheap fake Rolex Explorer, Daytona and new interpretations of the Datejust. Rolex also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Explorer II with two new references.
Rolex presents two versions of the new Explorer, an Oystersteel one and a two-toned yellow Rolesor gold reference. This new Rolex Explorer copy with gold and steel case nods to the 1953 design, which sees the case being sized down to its original 36mm. Applied on the black dial are the 3, 6 and 9 numerals that, along with the indices and hands, are optimised with Chromalight to enhance visibility.
Created for exploration and adventures, the luxury fake watch is waterproof to 100 metres and fitted with a twinlock winding crown to double down on its waterproofing capabilities.
If you want to get an advanced education in luxury replica watches, you can of course dive deep on the internet. But you can also just…listen to a lot of rap music. It’s no secret that rappers are more into watches now than they’ve ever been—but the depth and specificity of their adoration is worth dwelling on. You can find a real appreciation for master chronometer certification on Yasiin Bey’s “Speed Law” when he says, “Stay on time like Omegas.” And it doesn’t take too much digging on Genius to find rappers advising the best way to maintain your investment: “When you add diamonds on to your watch, you lower the value of it,” A$AP Ferg adds in the margins of his song “Plain Jane.” And over the past decade a relatively arcane piece of watch trivia has evolved into a brag for rappers who really want to prove they’re in the know: the fact that aaa quality replica Rolex watches don’t tick has become major grist to rap songs.
You start to hear it everywhere once you know what to look for:
On “Astronauts,” Future raps: “Richard Mille or the Rollie it don’t tick-tock”
Both Lil Durk and Rio Da Yung OG use this quality as an insult. On “Lil N****z”, Lil Durk taunts: “And your Rolex tick, lil n***a.” Rio Da Yung OG asks on “Roll Call,”How the fuck you go to Golden Sun and your Rollie tockin’?”
The tick-tock is offensive enough Travis Scott can assassinate his imagined foe’s entire character with a comparison in “Apple Pie” that goes, “I’m for real and your Rollie tick (Whoa).”
Scott’s insult implies a different kind of f-word: that if your Rolex ticks, you’re fake. The idea that only a faux Rolex copy ticks is a nuanced piece of information often buried at the bottom of guides that help you spot a counterfeit. But a little digging shows that things aren’t so black and white. So how did it become the rap world’s most specific brag—and is it even accurate?
Tracing the origin of this line isn’t difficult. On 2011’s Watch the Throne, Jay-Z set the standard when he took the baton from Kanye and rapped, during “N****s in Paris,” “Ball so hard, got a broken clock / Rollies that don’t tick-tock / Audemars that’s losing time / Hidden behind all these big rocks.” And where Jay-Z goes, other rappers often follow.
And what Jay and his peers clearly understand is that Swiss movement replica Rolex watches don’t make the traditional “tick-tock” sound associated with most timekeeping devices. The famous eight-beats-per-second Rolex movement sounds a lot different than, say, a much cheaper electronic quartz watch. A quartz watch works through a quartz crystal that naturally vibrates 32,768 times a second. A circuit monitors those frequencies and pushes the seconds hand forward on every 32,768th vibration, which creates that one-tick-per-second motion.
But with his famous line line, Hov propagated what could be argued is a watch-world myth. See, Rolex clone watches do tick. They just move at that blistering eight ticks per second pace: videos documenting the noise sound like they’re playing on fast forward. One concerned Rolex Forums user who worried over the ticking noise—because his “friend says fake rolexs [sic] make a tick noise”—was quickly soothed by fellow collectors. “If my Rolex didn’t make a ticking sound,” one commenter chimed in, “I’d be worried!”
What’s more likely is that Jay and the rappers who have followed his lead weren’t necessarily rapping about the ticking noise but the ticking motion. While both real and top quality fake Rolex watches generate a ticking sound, replicating the motion of the seconds hand is a much more difficult task. On a Rolex, that hand makes what’s called a “sweeping” motion, as opposed to a “ticking” one. The difference, clearly seen here, makes obvious the difference between the sweep motion and a once-per-second push ahead. The hand looks like it’s gliding across the dial, a result of the Rolex movement beating so quickly—those aforementioned eight ticks per second—that it appears to be moving fluidly. That type of high-quality movement isn’t one easily replicated by counterfeiters.
So he’s not all wrong. But if Jay-Z really wanted his line to be accurate, he would have bragged about owning a different copy watch entirely. Though we’re not sure a song about a Grand Seiko Spring Drive, which famously doesn’t tick, would have made for quite the same chart-topping hit.
Last year, Rolex surprised us with a sudden novelty drop. While cynicism surrounding the Crown and its supply chain (or lack thereof) exists, the new designs were themselves rather neat. The Oyster Perpetual models brought us color and class, while the new Submariner brought us the kind of evolution the brand is known for. Subtle tweaks and minor updates were the orders of the day. Now, as the calendar ticks over to the first full year of having these Rolexes in the catalog, I’m taking my first look at the brand new best fake Rolex Submariner Date 126613LN watch.
I got the chance to see this one in the metal recently. I’ve been mulling over it ever since. Cards on the table: I’ve never been a huge fan of the modern Submariner. Pretty much everything after the addition of crown guards leaves me a bit cold. Do I appreciate the design? Of course. Do I acknowledge that it is perhaps the icon of icons? Yeah, I mean, I’m a little bit tapped in the head but I’m not completely insane. I know a classic when I see one. I just don’t feel the need to own every classic I see…
My exposure to the high-quality replica Rolex Submariner in real-life intensified after I began working as a watchmaker. That was more than ten years ago but not too long after the release the maxi case. Those beefier models were doing the rounds in my early days at the bench. To be clear: I’m not sorry to see the Maxi case go. It was, in my opinion, the worst and most block-headed, mainstream-pandering era of the brand. I’m probably in the minority on that front, but that’s okay. I have a smaller than average wrist and a proclivity for sporty watches of a more demure diameter. I also hate fat lugs. As such, the Maxi era was not for me.
A bigger diameter but a svelter watch
The new lugs on the Rolex Submariners from 2020 are a brilliant update. The silhouette takes on a far more refined appearance because of them. It was exactly what the watch needed. And, as much as I would have liked to see a reduction in diameter instead of the 1mm increase we were given, the 41mm with is palatable simply because of the new, svelter outline.
There have been very few better mainstream examples in recent memory that clearly express the nuances of watch design. To non-watch folk, a watch case is a watch case. Many imagine they just exist. They apply the same level of importance to their design as they would a broom handle (yes, I know that somewhere on the internet someone on a broom handle aficionados’ blog is screaming into his or her cornflakes — apologies). We, however, do not. It should go without saying that every element of a case is connected and that any change to any element has consequences elsewhere. Rarely, however, is it so clearly seen from a brand as visible as Rolex.
The new Rolex Submariner Date 126613LN represents the coronet’s finest entrant in the Submariner line yet. Is it my favorite? Of course not. To find the apple of my eye, one must journey back to the late fifties in search of a “big crown” 6538. However, in this modern line-up, it is right up there.
Bicolor watches rarely do it for me when we’re talking about other brands, but there is something so alluring, something so splendid about Rolesor. Maybe it is the subtle difference between the way 316L and 904L steel look next to gold? Maybe it is the quality of Rolex’s gold itself? Perhaps it comes down to machining, finish, or just pure design. Whatever it is, the Crown, above all other brands, in my opinion, gets the most out of this fusion and manages to turn my head toward watches I would seldom consider from other marques, time and time again.
Reference 126613LN is 41mm wide and crafted from 904L steel and 18-karat yellow gold. The black bezel insert of this model is ceramic with recessed golden numbers. The “traditional” cyclops lens magnifies the date ×2.5. I’ve always thought the Submariner could do without the date (perhaps save it for the saturation diving capable Sea-Dweller). I wish Rolex did more subs without a date instead of just one. The black/black set-up of the no-date Sub just bores me to tears. Seeing this yellow Rolesor model with a cleaner visage (or, better still, the white gold reference 126619LB) would be a real treat.
A fair price?
At €13,400 this cannot be described as an entry-level Rolex. For my money, I would choose a Root Beer GMT-Master II over the 126613LN for €450 more. That’s a small premium to pay for the GMT complication and, to my eye, a more striking colorway.
However, for traditionalists or genuine dive enthusiasts that wish to use this watch in the water, the Submariner Date 126613LN is certainly a capable tool. It costs what it costs and while I think it is a lot, you’d be thanking your lucky stars if that were all you had to pay to make one of these unicorns.
An awesome bracelet and clasp
The Oyster bracelet features an Oysterlock clasp, with the quite frankly awesome glidelock system. Glidelock clasps are significantly longer than regular Oysterlock or Oyster Clasp clasps, so I would advise those of you with slimmer wrists (sub 17cm) to try it on first and really think about whether that long bar of steel/gold on the underside of your wrist is going to annoy you.
However, should you find it comfortable enough, I can do nothing but commend its build quality. I really do rate the glidelock alongside the Tudor Pelagos and the Omega Ploprof buckles as the very best the industry has to offer.
In summary, I think the new Rolex Submariner range is a great step in the right direction. What I really want to know, though, is whether we’re going to see this new case middle pop-up elsewhere in the professional ranges? Will we see a 41mm GMT-Master II in the near future? As I said before, I’m against inflating the diameters but do wonder what my beloved Root Beer would look like with skinny lugs (stick it on a Rolesor jubilee and we might be talking perfection).
Will we see this new case on an Explorer II (or III), perhaps? The Explorer II’s expansion from 40mm to 42mm still pains me. Maybe some good can come of this 41mm if it were deployed as the savior of an otherwise overlooked family. Please let us know in the comments below what you think the future holds for Rolex in light of 2020’s new releases. Learn more about Rolex here.
Most assume two-tone watches don’t fare well second-hand, but this is not a universal rule. Watches like the white dial replica Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116503 have typically held near the original asking price of the watch at retail. But as frustration grows at the lack of availability and premium for pure stainless-steel models, the two-tone version begins to look a lot better (and more feasible as well).
This modern two-tone Daytona has the vintage appeal of a metallic bezel, but has the newer innovations from the crown as well – including their in-house 4130 movement and Easylink extension in the Oyster clasp. While not rocketing up in value, the perfect fake Rolex watch is showing signs of a steady but sure climb – and two-tone’s return to glory may not be so far off.
As each year comes to an end, you might find yourself looking back on the last 365 days. The typical ritual may consist of reminiscing about your favorite moments or what you want to carry with you into the next year. Yet in 2020, it can be challenging to reflect on the year with that same fondness. This year in particular, many of us can’t wait for the stroke of midnight to usher in a new year, eager to put 2020 in the past and never look back. Despite all its challenges, there’s still something useful in a moment of pause to remember the good things – there were some, even if few and far between.
1966 Rolex Cosmograph ‘Big’ Daytona Ref. 6239
My love for the black dial fake Rolex Daytona Ref. 6239 is well documented, and this example sold by our vintage Shop earlier this year was a standout for me. The thing with a 6239 is that it really feels old. Screw down Daytonas, with the exception of the 6240 and the very earliest 6263s with MK0 pushers, feel so much more contemporary than the 6239s. It’s a bit like the short-wheelbase Porsche 911, which lasted only through 1968. Similar to the pump pusher Daytonas, these early examples are arguably less collectible and maybe not even as good at what they do as the later models, but they have so much more to say, and they say it in a way that I just adore.
This particular example was an original owner watch that featured the desirable 300 bezel and ‘Big’ Daytona dial – one you might find on a 6240. The steel case Rolex Daytona replica watch came from an American family and it, of course, features the “ROW” hallmark on the caliber. Watches like this might seem common, but they’re really not, at least in honest condition like this one. Frankly, I wish we had this one back.
1969 Rolex ‘Red’ Submariner Ref. 1680 With Mark I Dial
The stainless steel case fake Rolex “Red” Submariner ref. 1680 would be my one watch collection choice, a decision I hope never to have to make, but if I did, I know my answer. To me, the 1680 is nearly a perfect watch, with all the right stuff in all the right places. It has a good sized case, not too big or small. It has time and date complications, which is all one really needs (at least for me). And it has just the right amount of vintage charm and specialness that would keep me satisfied. That little line of red text, the top hat crystal, and the large lume plots all come together so nicely. I’ve said this before and I’m sure this won’t be the last time I ramble on about it, but I’m a Submariner guy through and through.
Looking back at this year, I realized we had a lot of cheap fake watches come through the Shop. We were fortunate enough to offer some great examples of the 1680 Submariner with red or all-white text, but when thinking back, this one really sticks out. It’s one of the most recent “Red” Submariners we listed, with the “Mark I” meters-first dial in overall killer condition. This watch comes to mind for a few reasons when reviewing all the watches we sold this year. The case, patina, and detail that distinguishes it, the “Mark I” dial – it just gets my heart racing. I’ve seen my share of copy Red Submariners, but this is one of the few I’ve handled with this specific dial variant. Honestly, I’m not sure when I’ll see another. It was great to spend time with it and really sink my teeth into the little details, like the interesting font choice Rolex used for the depth rating. One of the great things about working with these awesome little objects is that you really can learn or see something new every day. It may sound cliché, but it’s really true.