The Rolex Explorer II stood in the shadow of its older for many years, aviation themed brother and the GMT-Master. While the GMT replica watches were designed for pilots and frequent air travelers, the Explorer II was made for speleologists exploring caverns beneath the earth’s surface. The original Explorer II fake model had a very special looking, and its poor initial sales were largely because of its oddly specific target demographic instead of an overlap with another watch in Rolex’s lineup. The successor to the Explorer II, the other model was largely based off of the GMT-Master line of watches, and its numerous, similarities ultimately hindered potential Explorer II sales.
We can see several different reference releases throughout the history, Rolex’s Explorer II line of watches more-or-less remained a GMT-Master with a fixed 24-hour bezel and the option of a white dial. But, the luxury replica Rolex launched a new version of the Explorer II – one that followed a design completely unique itself.
The new Explorer II featured a brand new movement – one never before seen in any other Rolex model – the caliber 3187, and also featured a larger, 42 mm case. With 31 jewels, a blue Parachrom hairspring, a variable inertia balance wheel, and the addition of Paraflex shock absorbers, the 3187 movement can be regarded as an improvement over the caliber 3186, which is found inside Rolex’s current GMT-Master II line of watches.
Another change that importantly helps separate the reference 216570 from the contemporary GMT-Master II is the revival of its bright orange, 24-hour hand – a trait borrowed from the original Explorer II. The amazing fake watch had its triangular-shaped 24-hour hand finished in bright orange so that cave explorers could easily differentiate between day and night when viewing their watch in low-light conditions.
Although relatively minor, the white dial option, bright orange 24-hour hand, and extra 2 mm in case diameter help make the fake watch a significant departure from Rolex’s GMT-Master II line of watches. While the contemporary GMT-Master closely resembles the modern Submariner, the Explorer II has now become a popular watch totally of its own design; and it does not resemble any other replica watch in Rolex’s current lineup.
The Explorer II became the forgotten sibling to Rolex’s GMT-Master line of watches for multiple decades; however in 2011 (for its 40th anniversary), Rolex eventually gave the Explorer II the long awaited upgrade that it deserved. This great timepiece is a modern watch that fully embraces its past and history without ever losing sight that it is a contemporary timepiece.
The Rolex developed a new Rolex calibre 4161 perpetual movement beats within the case to include a Regatta countdown, which can be accessed by the 10-minute ring command bezel. The bezel itself is made to countdown, as opposed to other chronograph cheap replica watches that count up. The case is always waterproof up to 100 meters and is topped with either a Cerachrom ceramic bezel or a platinum bezel.
While the fake Rolex Yacht-Master II looks somewhat similar to its predecessor, it’s actually a very different watch. The rolex replica Yacht-Master II’s ring command bezel is a really complex function that is built into the movement itself. One of the first replica watches to offer a bezel that is directly built into the movement, the Yacht-Master II is, in its own right, an innovation in Rolex design. The bezel can be found with a Cerachrom or platinum insert as well as a 10-minute scale. The original Yacht-Master I’s bezel is much more straight-forward and boasts a bi-directional design and 60-minute graduations. The Yacht-Master II also offers chronograph functions, which can be accessed via the side pushers. This feature is obviously lacking from the Yacht-Master I.
To access the chronograph functions, the top and bottom side pushers will be used. To start and stop the chronograph seconds hand on the dial, press the top pusher. It will then begin to sweep clockwise around the dial. Press the bottom pusher to reset the seconds hand to the 12 o’clock position,.
To access the programmable Regatta countdown function, unscrew the crown and turn the ring command bezel counterclockwise until it clicks into position (90 degrees). You can then press the bottom pusher to set the bezel. Using the screw-down crown, you can now set the dedicated triangle hand to coordinate with the 10-minute counter that circles the center of the dial. To countdown from 5 minutes, set the hand to the 5 position, and so on. Rotate the bezel clockwise back into its original position and screw the crown back into the case. Press the top pusher to start or stop the countdown.
By resetting the time via the bottom pusher, the triangle hand will automatically return to whichever minute it was initially set at before the countdown began. Pressing the bottom pusher while the chronograph functions are in use activates the “Flyback” function, which automatically moves the countdown back to the most recent minute. The Regatta chronograph also features a mechanical memory.
Knowing how to use the Yacht-Master II bezel has endless applications in everyday life and is not just for professional sailing. Besides, it is the replica rolex Yacht-Master II boasts a variety of metal options, making it easy to find the perfect reference to suit your lifestyle, whether you’re joining in a Regatta or heading into the office.
Birthday is meaningful to everyone. And watch brands love them as much as anyone – an excuse to celebrate, a hook for a fresh collection. The Omega replica have marked the 25th anniversary of the Seamaster Professional Diver 300M with a revamp. It was the SMP that kicked off the replica Omega’s relationship with the Bond franchise, becoming something of a late-1990s icon as Pierce Brosnan wore a series of tricked-out, which is the weapon of versions of the watch over the course of four movies.
The luxury Omega’s revamp of the Seamaster Professional Diver 300M, with 14 new variations – six in stainless steel and eight in steel-gold combos, three dial colors and a choice of rubber strap or steel bracelet – is about updated materials and mechanics instead of a major redesign. The case diameter has risen from 41mm to 42mm and the Seamaster’s distinctive cone-shaped crown for the helium escape valve sits at the 10 o’clock position. For the first time on a Seamaster Diver 300M, the case-back is sapphire crystal.
The movement is Omega’s well-proven co-axial chronometer calibre 8800, which is METAS-certified for magnetic resistance to more than 15,000 gauss and has a 55-hour power reserve.
The rotating dive bezel is now made of ceramic and, on this blue version, has inlaid white enamel markers. On the dial – also ceramic – Omega have reintroduced the distinctive wave pattern of the early SMPs and moved the date window from the 3 o’clock position to 6 o’clock. The shape of the skeletonised hands is also strongly reminiscent of those on the original.
The two steel-on-steel models capture the feel and look of the original far more than the rest of the new line-up does; in black it’s classic and restrained while in blue it’s right on the nail. Nostalgia aside, the simplicity of the blue bezel-blue dial combo makes for a really clean and strong design – which is what we want in sports replica watches.
The glossy finish of the ceramic dial and the slightly wider laser-cut wave pattern look more assertive than on the earlier SMP models. Therefore, the effect is well balanced by strong but not overbearing indexes that are full of bright white SuperLuminova.
The increase in case size from 41mm to 42mm is barely discernible on the wrist and, with those nicely curving lugs and great weight distribution. The soft and fluid feel of the bracelet is an unexpected treat on a proper sports cheap replica watch.
It’s known to all that the vintage replica watch market is prosperous. Take a look at at recent results from the large fake watch auctions by the likes of Phillips and Christie’s and you’ll see that prices are on the rise. Good news for those who have collections is that there would be more akin to a retirement nest egg. But for us lesser folk who are just looking to find our way into the game, it’s becoming increasingly hard to find good value vintage fake timepieces. However, while the market may be dark and full of terrors, there’s still hope. Take two-tone, for instance. Once trendy steel and yellow watches typically costing less than their all stainless-steel counterparts, their cool factor is finally on the rise again, making it the perfect time for bargain hunting. As always, when buying vintage, it’s wise to tread carefully. And the combination of steel and gold is not without its own pitfalls. We have noticed things like the dangers of gold plating and the obvious Patrick Bateman association. However, there’s still plenty of value to be found if you do your homework and can learn to embrace the two-tone.
A slightly smaller version of the Genta-designed Nautilus, this two-toned beauty watch still measures a very reasonable 37mm. Bi-color combinations of the Royal Oak stretch way back to the original reference 5402. Of course, the case of this ’90s version may be a little on the small side.
Perhaps they are the most well-known among all the two-tone watches. The Rolex Datejust was introduced in 1945, and has graced countless wrists, from American Presidents to American Psychos. Models like this one above can regularly be found at a very cheap price.
Prices of vintage fake Tudor have skyrocketed in recent years. But there’s still much value to be found, with popular replica watches like this Prince Oysterdate. It’s a good example of how a change of strap can dial things down a notch as well.
As time goes on, the Cosmograph Daytona has become an institution in the world of popular replica watches, and the yellow gold Rolex Daytona is just a good example.
Like the most sophisticated models from the Swiss watchmaker, the Daytona has resisted radical upgrades over its more than 50-year lifetime—there is no Daytona II for example. Actually, it remains largely similar to the first watch released in 1963.
While yellow gold replica Rolex have dropped in and out of fashion for decades in favor of white or Ever-rose, it remains the king of the valuable metals. Rolex gives yellow gold Daytona watches in a vast array of different styles; from subtle, sporty cases on Oysterflex bracelets to lustrous all gold showstoppers complete with diamond indexes.
Generally speaking, as for the fake Rolex, they were late to the game for chronographs and their first abortive attempts to crack the market were lukewarm at best. Other watchmakers had been making them better for longer.
However, the fake Daytona tried his best to find its audience when it was first launched, and it took movie star royalty to save it. In much the same way as the Explorer II owes a huge debt of gratitude to Steve McQueen’s patronage, the Daytona’s fortunes were transformed overnight owing to a certain Paul Newman. When wife Joanne Woodward bought the actor this special model to commemorate the start of his motor racing career, the watch started its climb towards being one of the most sought after pieces ever made.
The unobtrusive variations on the watch face, famous as ‘exotic dials’, that mark out the range of Paul Newman Daytonas see examples change hands among collectors for truly mind-blowing amounts of money. An extremely rare lemon dial specimen, in yellow gold, recently sold for over $3.5 million. And in October, that original model gift goes up for auction in New York.
Now much more than a highly useful chronograph, it became the watch to be seen with. Instantly successful in the decadent 80s, waiting lists soon stretched into years, with Rolex struggling to keep up with requests, hampered as they were by the use of outside manufacturers for the movements
Today, yellow gold Daytonas can be had in various styles versatile enough to appeal to a wide audience, provided they have sufficiently deep pockets.
The replica yellow gold Rolex Daytona variations are a perfect blend of form and function, a tough as nails performer inside an exquisite piece of jewelry, intended for them.
The life of the replica Rolex Daytona, nowadays the most popular ticket on the vintage watch market and the world’s favorite chronograph, has experienced three separate generations, defined almost totally by their individual calibers. Let’s talk about the Patrizzi Dial Daytona.
The first wave began in 1963 and went on, but failed, all the way until 1988, using the manually-wound Valjoux 72 movement. The modern era models, released in 2000, are fitted with Rolex’s own in-house Cal. 4130 like the hottest chronograph on the market.
There was a 12-year span in between where the brand’s flagship racer was driven by another third-party mechanism—arguably the first automatic chronograph engine ever made; the El Primero from Swiss neighbors Zenith. It was the first of the fake rolex Daytonas, as they became unofficially known, that eventually put the watch on the map and started the insatiable feeding frenzy that we associate with the Cosmograph today.
Therefore, it finally led to patience-defying waiting lists and incredible premiums charged for those wanting to cut in line. As the Daytona’s reputation grew, more and more people began searching out the earlier examples—and the rest is history.
Made between 1994 and 1995 used an organic varnish, the black replica model called Zapon, to protect the Daytona’s face. Unrecognized at the time, the lacquer did not offer enough coverage and, over the years, the silver outer tracks on the iconic sub dials have oxidized, turning a definite brown color as they react with UV rays. The key point to collectors, the changes do not stabilize and continue to take effect the older the watch gets. It means every one of the so-called Patrizzi dials is special and, in the world of classic Rolex, unique equals expensive.
Due to their inherent rarity, it is the Zenith Daytonas, with or without a Patrizzi dial, which are currently representing a better bet for collectors than the very latest models. Visually almost identical to the contemporary example, the luxury replica watch is also the last all-steel reference sold without a Cerachrom bezel. The closest you can get to that classic effect within the modern range is with the white gold pieces, at a significantly higher price point.
Certainly, if you do manage to get your hands on a Patrizzi dial Daytona, it stands for one of the most rock solid investment potentials of them all. A beloved replica watch, with a relative mere handful of examples displaying the unique flaw, its stock is only going to keep on rising. If you get the opportunity, you could do a lot worse than securing yourself one sooner rather than later.
Manufactured in tribute to the replica Bell & Ross watch new BR-Bird racing plane design, the new BR V2-94 Racing Bird Chronograph translates the plane’s concept and livery into a handsome and distinctive pilot’s chronograph. Following the fake Bell & Ross’s in-house designs of race cars and motorcycles, the brand has designed a racing plane meant to compete in the Reno Air Races. It’s a sleek design with a rearward cockpit sitting well behind a broad set of wings. While only a conceptual design study, the BR-Bird has inspired a pair of handsome cheap replica watches from Bell & Ross, this V2-94 chronograph, and the BR V1-92 three-hander.
Like its three-handed sibling, the BR V2-94 Racing Bird Chronograph is a distinct departure from the more vintage-inspired aesthetic of other models in this range from Bell & Ross. While the Racing Bird retains its 41mm steel case and two-register, 30-minute chronograph layout, this limited edition model chooses for a more modern use of Arabic numerals set on a legible white dial with blue, grey, and orange accents. The typical date at 4:30 has been replaced by a “three-day” date display sunk into the base of the running seconds sub dial. The effect is sporty, fun, and undeniably connected to the replica Bell & Ross’s aviation designs.
To get to the point, the more I see the photos, the more I admire the BR V2-94 Racing Bird. I prefer the white dial, together with the blue and orange accents on the subdial at nine, I like that they have the silhouette of the BR-Bird in the counter balance of the bright orange chronograph seconds hand. Strange enough, I think I might like the date display too, which is a first for me. I like how it conforms to the shape of the register and that the date wheel is color matched to the dial. I’ll reserve final judgment until I get to see it in person at Baselworld, but BR-Bird or not, I think the Racing Bird chronograph looks really good. Limited to 999 units, the replica BR V2-94 Racing Bird is powered the ETA 2894-2 and is available on a blue leather strap or a steel bracelet.
When talking about branded replica watches, we normally pay more attentions to the case, bracelet, dial, and material of a fake Rolex watch, the crystal protecting the face also adds its own flair. Whether your Rolex watch has an acrylic (plastic) crystal or a sapphire crystal, it depends on the era. If you have no idea about which one you have, read on to find out the differences between acrylic and sapphire to see what crystal your replica Rolex watch has.
Vintage Rolex watches consist of acrylic crystals on them and while many may assume that sapphire crystal is naturally much better, and the plastic glass has its benefits too. To begin with, some vintage Rolex watch collectors simply like the look of acrylic over sapphire. Acrylic is less shiny and lends a cool retro vibe to the watch. In terms of practicality, acrylic does get scratched quite easily, but it’s also simple to buff out the scratches in several minutes using polishing pastes. The good news is that acrylic is durable and quite resilient to breaking. Besides, if it does break, it does so in a clean manner rather than shattering. Another advantage of acrylic is that it is rather cheaper to replace than sapphire.
Synthetic sapphire crystal has a much sleeker look and provides superb transparency to view the dial. What’s more, since sapphire ranks so high on the Mohs’ scale of mineral hardness, it is much more scratch resistant—a great bonus for watch wearers. However, because of its hardness, sapphire will also shatter or chip if hit at certain angles. If this happens, not only does the watch need a new costly sapphire crystal replacement, the movement also needs to be looked at to see if any shards landed in there.
Rolex then equipped sapphire crystal again on the Rolex Date replica model and the Rolex Datejust model. While these two watches shared the same angular case shape and integrated bracelet as Rolex’s quartz watches, they were actually automatic watches. When Rolex launched the Oysterquartz collection powered by in-house quartz movements in 1977, sapphire crystal was used again.
In the end, in the early 1980s, Rolex used sapphire crystals on the Submariner replica watch and actually began equipping all their watches with it. In summary, to see what crystal your Rolex watch has, you can either examine how it looks or find out the date of the watch.
In 1956, the Rolex was one of the most complex replica watches in the Rolex lineup when it was first debuted in 1956. The movement was different from any other Rolex timepiece on the market, while it was powered by the fake Rolex’s already famous automatic winding technology. It was developed to include both a day and date wheel. The impressive Day-Date movement set a better standard in watch-making, leading to even more creative timepieces over the course of the next decades.
Rolex improved the bar again in the late 1990’s with the release of the President Day-Date ref. 18238. Just like its predecessors, this model characterized the now-iconic day and date apertures on its dial together with a gorgeous yellow gold finish. However, there was a newly designed calibre 3155 perpetual movement within its case developed by the luxury Rolex replica to include a Double Quickset function.
The genius design behind the Rolex Double Quickset function that debuted with that model permitted the wearer to adjust both the date and day apertures separately from the current time with ease, as opposed to older Day-Date models that required endless winding. The Double Quickset function was simple to use: easily twist the crown towards the 12-hour marker to adjust the date or towards the 6-hour marker to change the day.
The day and date apertures are high on the list of the Day-Date’s most defining characteristics. Many collectors may argue that what makes this model so attractive to its large following, but, is its opulent and rich layout. Utilizing only precious metals, the Day-Date watch is on par with some of the world’s most lavish timepieces and will surely leave a lasting impression on all who gaze upon it. And owing to Rolex’s notoriously tough design, which always consists of a waterproof screw-down crown and a protective crystal over the dial, the amazing replica watch will hold its value well and potentially last a lifetime in your watch box.
It wasn’t until later that the Day-Date acquired its nickname “The President’s Watch”, shortly after Presidents have been spotted wearing these on their wrists. While some of these watches were accompanied by a five-link Jubilee bracelet together with most other rolex Day-Date fake watches, are generally paired with a President bracelet with three-piece links and a hidden Crownclasp. No matter the feature set, the Day-Date will forever be associated with power, high-class, and wealth thanks to its past owners.
The use of valuable metals surely adds to the Rolex President Day-Date price and creates a promising resale value as well. The popular watch can also be found with diamond encrusted bezels and dials, which ask for a rather higher price.
I don’t know if you have heard the news. Some of the world’s most sought-after Rolex watches — the Daytona will be sold on the Phillips auction house. And if Phillips sounds familiar, that’s because just last fall they’re the ones who sold Paul Newman’s personal Daytona for a great quantity.
The auction will take place in Geneva which is called dubbed Daytona Ultimatum, and while the company hasn’t mentioned which models will hit the auction block, we have no doubt these are going to be some of the best money can purchase. In a press release Philips teased that they’ll be showcasing, “an extremely limited selection of the finest, rarest, and best-preserved Rolex Daytona wrist watches known to exist.”
Actor, race car driver, philanthropist — Paul Newman could do it all. He could also have it all, but he chose a Rolex Daytona. Not long after Newman was seen wearing this timepiece, this ugly-duckling of a watch — that once collected dust on jewelers shelves for years — soon became appealing. It also got a new nickname, the Daytona, after the famous driving track. The rest is history.
Apart from Paul Newman’s personal timepiece, the most valuable Rolex replica watches are those of the first ‘series. During the first series, which lasted from 1963 until the 1980’s, a small number of models were made and given a 4-digit model number. The watches from the first series also differ from the second and third because they’re manual, not automatics or self-winding chronographs that you’d find later on and today.
So, how do you know if you hit the jackpot? Well, an original first series Daytona will always have a 4-digit reference number and it will be one of these models. If you really want another way to verify the identity of a series one, look at the sub dials — the domed crystals will be made of acrylic.
However, at present, we’re just going to have to wait and see what Phillips has to give to us. And while very few of us have the means to reach into our piggy banks for an opportunity at one of these rare replica watches, it’s going to be funny enough seeing what they have over the coming months. It’s going to be even more interesting to see what they go for!