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.