It’s difficult to imagine that adding diamonds, one of the world’s most coveted and precious stones, could actually reduce the value of Rolex .But honestly, whenever you customize or modify a Rolex, it’s kind of like putting lipstick on the Mona Lisa. Yes, she may look cooler, but you’re just changing a perfect (and priceless) painting for aesthetic indulgence.
I may be dramatic, but I’m not the only one who believes this. Rolex deliberately and selectively places every part and component of its watch on purpose and meaning. Pure collectors won’t even consider buying polished watches, let alone one with aftermarket diamonds or new faces with colorful additions.
Having said that, I honestly understand the motivation of customizing a Rolex. Replica watches are part of fashion, I think fashion and style should be interesting and personalized. Meanwhile, I don’t think you can modify Rolex and expect it to age well – because the value is likely to go down, particularly when it reaches the vintage collecting state. But in order to see both sides and start a good conversation within the community, I will explore everything – the good, the bad and the expensive.
I understand why you’re customizing your Rolex. Rolex has not traditionally been the kind of brand willing to go out of trouble for fashion. So, if you’re the kind of person who’s tired of the same old stuff and wants to customize it, or just take a risk, I think customization is a good choice for you.
Nowadays, there are many options for aftermarket modifications. You have companies that will overhaul your replica watch to make it look like a long-lost vintage treasure, while others will provide you with a transparent case back you’ve always wanted. You can even get PVD coating on your Rolex case and bracelet for a timeless matte black look. Of course, you can also choose to switch dial to get the dream color. When you customize Rolex, you will have a completely unique piece that is sure to catch eyes and start a few conversations.
Even though customization seems like offers endless possibilities, it also limits the potential for value. For serious collectors, this is a big turning point. Sure, all of us collect replica watches for the love of the object itself. But a big part of the fun is collecting watches that have become of great value or that have been appreciated over time. Once you start replacing genuine Rolex parts with aftermarket parts – no matter how fancy they are – you actually take value from the watch.
Also, when you customize a watch, you are less likely to resell it. Your custom settings may appeal to you, but they may not appeal to others. Moreover, you can bet that any pure collector will go out quickly when find these modifications. If you buy a watch in the market and the seller mentions a custom job or modification and get tired of this risky investment, or avoid it altogether. That is, unless you understand that fake watches will be more interesting and stylish than valuable.
We know that 2019 must be an important year for fake Omega and Speedmaster. It is, after all, the 50th anniversary of the landing of the moon — an event that immortalized speed and gave a timepiece the name “Moonwatch” and envisioned for driving. The timepiece we have here is a tribute to the first timepiece worn on the moon, but with the development of foresight, this timepiece meets the technical and metrological standards required by the Omega master timepiece certification.
Powering the Omega Speedmaster Limited Edition is the new Cal. 3861, which readers will remember from our earlier introduction of the all-gold Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Moonshine. The result of four years of research and development, the cal. 3861 is the successor to the cal. 1861, but it now has a co-axial escapement, a hacking seconds function, and improved accuracy to 0+5 seconds per day, apart from the resistance to magnetic fields of up to 15,000 gauss thanks to the use of silicon components to a large extent.
The dial is gray with a black sub-dial for timing minutes, a 12 hour counter and run seconds, and has a black hour and minute track around the dial. The nine o ‘clock minute hand dial is an interesting focus. The laser engraving and bezels are made of 18-karat moongold, a new alloy that pales slightly above gold, which Omega replica developed for its long-term color stability. The ring is made of ceramic and the tachometer scale is made of ceramic.
Each piece in this series comes with a very delicate display box, which includes an additional Velcro strap with black coated cork. In the box, you’ll also find two mission patches, two nameplates with landing location coordinates, landing location and time, and a strip changer. There is also a lunar module display rack.
This limited edition is the second new Speedmaster to use the caliber 3861, the other being the gold piece linked to earlier. But while that gold replica watch featured an open back and a movement plated in Moonshine gold, the one inside this guy is not visible and comes with rhodium-plating.
It’s no-doubt impressive that the fake Omega has brought its cal. 1861 up to the high standards set forth by its Master Chronometer Certification criteria. Since this movement is succeeding the 1861, one has to wonder whether we will finally see the new 3861 in a standard steel Speedmaster Professional. Doing so would, in theory, involve re-certifying the Speedmaster Professional for manned space flight with NASA.
Now, we have a limited edition that can go straight into the history of events and also make it what the speed is.
This is new Rado Captain Cook limited-edition watch for 2019, which has a dial painted to achieve the bronze patina from a vintage Captain Cook that Rado pulled from its archives. The fact is not instantly clear to see, the ubiquitous red anchor is now done in an actual Ruby background, which was used to designate an automatic Rado replica watch. Actually Rado did this in the early 1960s but hasn’t, for some time currently, particularly in ruby but only in a painted red I think. At last, this limited-edition piece of 1,962 is going to come with a travel pouch and an additional NATO strap and steel Milanese bracelet, along with a strap-changing tool, resulting a rather reasonable $100-$200 more than the existing versions.
When the Rado Captain Cook was announced as a “vintage reissue” with 45mm and 37mm versions back in 2017, I did notice plenty of people were more low-key excited about the smaller version. When I reviewed the Captain Cook I choose the larger 45mm version, but I was surprised at how well the 37mm model wears when I tried this version on. Maybe the partial reason is the fact that it’s not as “undersized” as one might initially infer when you consider the 43mm lug-to-lug size.
At present, everyone has heard the background story to the Captain Cook replica rolex watches ad nauseum, so I am going to just focus on the aesthetics here. The first thing that came into my mind is, “Wow, what a beautiful color on the dial!” In my opinion, the recreating of a patina can often just create baggage that I’m rather not care about. Surely, the marketing department at a company like Rado (owned by the Swatch Group) won’t downplay the vintage piece that inspired this limited-edition model.
Rado uses a very interesting phrase here to describe this watch, a “vintage look for modern time travelers.” You can roll your eyes of course, but these guys have to create some “pitch” like this for every product they introduce. What does this one really mean? In this situation, it’s the vintage aesthetic, coupled with the fact that Rado uses a scratch-proof ceramic bezel that they’re well-known for.
It’s the added travel pouch, NATO strap, and Milanese bracelet (plus strap-changing tool) which the Captain Cook comes with that might hook me. With the 37.3mm width, 43mm lug-to-lug, and rather slim 11.1mm thickness, undoubtedly this is a impressively versatile timepiece. The NATO strap is for weekends and fun, the Milanese is for when you want bracelet looks more aggressive, and the leather strap completely works for after work drinks and dinner. And yes, I’m sure it fits under a sleeve, but I think a Patagonia fleece vest is the more ideal work outfit companion, aren’t you?
Certainly, the movement of the watch is not changed and the caliber C07 aka the Swiss ETA caliber C07.611 is used, which operates at 3Hz and offers an 80-hour power reserve. Since the enclosed caseback has the three seahorses engraved, there’s no view of other competent movement. Alternatively, water resistant is to 100M of this watch.
Seiko’s Astron is a rather amazing piece of kit. Apparently, it tells the time, day, date and a second time zone. But the key point is in the method. The Astron, because of GPS technology, keeps track of time by talking to satellites – a really cool party method.
It makes sense that the Astron is billed as an adventure watch for the travelling set by giving its go-anywhere accuracy and automatic time zone adjustment,. And never has that been more apparent than with this watch. Don’t mind the ‘Solar Executive Sports Series’ name, these replica watches are the most rough and tumble Astron yet.
The wonderful versatility of the solar 8X53 is matched by the super-hard titanium case (with rose gold tone in this case) and ceramic bezel. The rich, golden brown ceramic bezel, by the way, is inserted with UTC times on the top and IATA codes on the side, all of which, in a neat trick, have some impressive luminous powers. The face of the case is more straightforward, too, a more rugged sporty look that downplays the still hefty 46.7mm diameter and 14.5mm height. Best of all, though, the Sports Executive Series boasts a solid 20 bar of water resistance, making it more than a match for the hotel pool. The sporty look is finished by the blocky black crown guards.
There are some choices in this new, curvaceous and water-friendly Astron line-up, such as straight up-and-down black dial, as well as a very pretty blue option. For me though, I’m quite taken by the high contrast, high bling SSE170J1. It’s not a subtle color scheme, but, then again, with its big build and complicated face, the Astron was never really an under-the proposition, so why not own this replica model?
It seems that the replica Planet Ocean has been around for as long as many of us have been watch fans and enthusiasts, as a major model in the Omega line that fits in as comfortably as the Speedmaster. In this article I am going to go through the evolution of the Planet Ocean watch and track the different models, main milestones, and short but robust history of this replica amazing dive watch.
However, the Planet Ocean came rather late in modern Omega history. The Seamaster Professional arrived in 1993 and was the watch first used in Omega’s second-greatest marketing feat.
Sometimes, I find myself frustrated with the historical baggage so many watches I love are saddled with. What I mean by “baggage” can mean many aspects: unwillingness to innovate due to a romanticized view of a piece’s history; watches concentrated on anniversaries or years commemorating landmarks; ad nauseam mention of iconic “effortlessly cool” celebrities who wore a watch 50 years ago. I love that the Planet Ocean line has to deal with none of this and can proudly present itself as a genuinely modern dive watch offering. It’s apparently significant to note that that my points above are restricted to the Plant Ocean, not Omega as a whole because that’s a completely different conversation altogether.
The replica Omega invented the Planet Ocean to be a contemporary luxury dive watch that would compete with the “tried and true” comparable offerings like the elegant replica Rolex Submariner. It’s also worth noting that the Seamaster line overall has always been intended as more of a luxury piece in the body of a solid tool watch instead of a tool watch that finally found its way on the wrists of well-heeled watch fans.
The Planet Ocean was the first diver Omega outfitted with their calibre 2500 movement that featured a co-axial escapement, and it came in three variations when it was released. The first Planet Oceans came in either 42mm or 45.5mm, with a black or orange bezel. The color orange is the unofficial color of the Planet Ocean line, claimed to be one of the most visible colors underwater, but I have a feeling the aesthetic stamp was alluring to the replica Omega as well.
The first generation of Planet Ocean fake watches featured the aluminum bezel, about 1/3 of which was the untreated inner ring with the outer 2/3 being done in either black or orange. The 120-click coin edged unidirectional bezel is one of the aesthetic markers and tactile standouts of the Planet Ocean line, joined with the signature helium escape valve at 10 o’clock which has carried through into every Planet Ocean watch. It’s a somewhat vestigial addition that can be about as divisive a characteristic as date windows, and personally I would like the choice to not have a helium escape valve.
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Rolex launched several luxury watches recently, including this GMT Master II Pepsi and it features a new dark blue dial. Blue/red bezel is classic Pepsi style, but I only saw such type of bezel on those vintage Rolex GMT Master watches. Now, the new blue dial just echoes with the blue color on the bezel. The dial is blue, instead of black, while this makes the watch have modern sense. Therefore, I want to say that this new GMT Master II is just an art fusion of vintage and modern design. The replica watch is a moderate quality watch, it was just made by an unknown factory, also it has a big advantage, that is it is sold at a very cheap price, just like some Rolex watches published by BP factory, which are sold at low prices but have a better quality as well.
The case is 40mm in diameter, and it is brushed on front face while polished on sides and edges. One piece of 316L stainless steel is molded to the case profile of Rolex GMT Master 116719BLRO, it is 1:1 molded according to original, the case diameter and thickness are totally the same as genuine, and the case parts could be interchanged with genuine watch. The bezel is my favorite bi-color bezel, and we also call it Pepsi because there are red and blue colors. However, the bezel on this watch does not use ceramic, and it is just a normal metal bezel.
The dial is in blue, all hour markers and hands are applied luminous material, which will emit blue light in the dark. There is a GMT hand in red with a silver arrow tip in the center, the GMT hand is real, and it works the same way as that on genuine Rolex GMT Master. Inner bezel features correct Rolex Rehaut engravings. The replica Rolex has a date function, a window displaying date is positioned at 3 o’clock, and the white background is very obvious in blue dial, so you can read the date clearly from the dial.
Eventually, it is the movement inside, which is an Asian ETA 2836 automatic, the Chinese movement is modified to outlook of golden ETA 2836 movement, it provides real GMT function to the replica watch, time and date are very accurate as well. Today, there are many super clone movements in our market, but as far as I am concerned, they are not as stable as this famous clone ETA 2836.
Paul Newman is famous for many things in every aspect. He’s an icon — an award-winning actor best known for his work in movies like The Color of Money, The Hustler, The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and more. He was even popular for his salad dressings, and his passion for race car driving. But for all this man did, only one thing is a Rolex named after him.
When the replica Rolex first introduced the Daytona, a fake watch inspired by racecar drivers and named after the well-known Florida track, it wasn’t a big hit. Back in the day, the watch sold for a couple hundred bucks, and the face didn’t resonate with the general public.
Then, Paul Newman was spotted wearing one. The world-famous actor was also into racecar driving, and for that, the Daytona served a purpose. Soon, watch retailers all over the world were able to sell dusty Daytona’s off their shelves by calling them Rolex’s ‘Paul Newman’ watch.
Today, it’s one of the most recognizable replica watches in the world. Although, it is important to note that Daytona stands for a line of high-performance luxury timepieces, not a single model. There are three distinct series, the first being the smallest and beginning in 1963 and lasting through the 1980’s. During the first series, all models were given a four-digit model number and featured a manual-wind movement. This is also the most important series because so few were made. Besides, this is the original Daytona that Newman made famous.
The second series is categorized as the generation after Newman made it a hit. Today, we’re in the third series with self-winding chronograph functions and a six-digit model number. Although the first series are amongst the rarest and most expensive replica watches to date, the second and third series are further proof that Newman’s stamp of approval is all this watch needed to catapult it to stardom.
Another way you can tell if it’s an original Newman Daytona is if the domed crystals are made of acrylic. The sub-dials also have block markers instead of the more modern lines, and each sub-dial also has crosshairs placed on them.
This original was available with both black and white dials, but you can see here, Newman preferred the black. You can also see the very detailed, beautiful red that reads out ‘Daytona’ stretched across the sub-dial above six o’clock. There’s even that rare, nice red in the outer minute track.
The replica watch was originally gifted to Newman by his wife, Joanne Woodward, and on the back you’ll read, “Drive Carefully, Me.” clearly inscribed. Eventually, you it can’t go without mentioning that this watch sat on Newman’s wrist for decades. Just imagine all that watch has seen and done.
There’s much to consider when selecting the right replica watch whether you are going to gift the Rolex to someone or for yourself. Different from other brands that often only have one really iconic piece in their repertoire, Rolex is always the best choice. Let’s imagine that you’ve so far narrowed the field down to pre-owned and not vintage, we’ve decided to break down some of the pros and cons of some of our preferred models from the brand to give you a bit of insight as you approach that big determination.
Being the classic to end all classics, the replica Rolex Submariner is the most logical jumping-off point for this list. Not only is it a true classic in terms of design and pedigree, but it’s also a proper tool watch that was engineered from day one to take as much of a beating as you can throw at it. Therefore, it also lands in a bit of a sweet spot price-wise as it is currently more affordable than both its vintage predecessors and its more modern siblings that sport a redesigned case and ceramic bezels.
Compared with the Submariner, the fake Rolex Datejust is a significantly dressier alternative that equally highlights the masterful engineering and finishing of all things Rolex. With case sizes ranging from a compact 34mm up to a much more contemporary 41mm, there is a Datejust model out there to suit all wrist sized. Besides, the model range is by far the broadest in the brand’s collection, providing an array of models to choose from in steel, gold, or two-tone configuration, with baton, Roman numeral, or even diamond-set indices.
For our third selection, we’re in a sense dancing the line between the rugged tool watch and the slightly more dressy option with the Explorer ii 216570. To be fair, the Explorer ii is still more on the tool/utility side of things, however its thinner case profile and flatter fixed bezel make it a fair bit more versatile if you’re looking to tuck under a shirt cuff. The Explorer II was a serious departure for the Rolex when it first released in 1971, created with explorers, adventurers, and particularly spelunkers in mind.
Given its permanent position at the top of the replica Rolex pyramid, and the jaw-dropping results that continue to surface from the vintage watch market, the Rolex Daytona is an absolute no-brainer when it comes to potential fake watches from the brand that deserve a spot on your radar this Father’s Day. We all remember the significant fanfare that came along with the first ceramic-bezel Daytona and though the factory waitlist is supposedly shorter than it once was, these models remain a proper pain to track down. A 40mm case, screw-down pushers, and pronounced crown guards, paired with a simple 3-register chronograph dial layout ensure the Daytona remains instantly identifiable by any self-respecting watch enthusiast. Similarly to the Explorer ii, the rolex Daytona is made to go from day to night, also from boardroom to beach with ease, and given their performance on the secondary market of late, they’re one of the smartest investments in the watch world right now.
Released early last year in Geneva, the Big Bang Unico GMT — which technically is a dual time zone watch and not a true GMT, as there’s no hand running on a 24-hour scale — is the first arrival in the Big Bang family with a multiple time zone indication, powered by a then new in-house caliber with some tricks up its sleeve. Practical and understated aren’t often words that come to mind when the name Hublot is part of the topic, giving us further grounds to dive into the new piece to see whether it has the chops to convert some of those less keen on the perpetual brand.
Being part of the Hublot Big Bang line, the case of the Unico GMT Titanium is business as usual for the most part. An engraved stencil-style 12-hour scale adorns its bezel, sadly serving no real functional purpose, though visually pleasing. Most notably, its broad rectangular pushers, which operate the local time hand, provide clear distinction between this and its chronograph siblings. If anything, the design is somewhat reminiscent of earlier Big Bang Chronograph models. Using a screw-down crown and well-sealed push-pieces, the new replica model is good for a water resistance of 100m, perfect for those travel days where a little pool time could be included.
The luxury replica Hublot 1251 self-winding caliber fitted in this new model packs quite the punch, both in terms of technical prowess and design. To begin with, its quickset indication is superbly practical and easy to use, with the top pusher advancing the home time by an hour, and the lower pusher setting time back. A safety lock-out mechanism is built in to block the ability to push both pushers at once.
There’s really nothing special here, as the Unico GMT replica rolex is fitted with the same one-click quick changing strap setup as all its Big Bang siblings. That said, Hublot rubber straps are some of the more comfortable offerings on the market, and this model is just the same. The stock strap is blue with black accents, as previously mentioned, though we can’t help but wonder what it would look like on a matching shade of slate grey.
That said, it was Miami, where the boldness of the fake Hublot is welcomed with open arms, but even in more conservative settings this piece is just under-the-radar enough to get by. As noted above, the piece wears very comfortably, though at 45mm it’s fairly substantial on the wrist. I was also surprised by its overall heft considering its titanium casing.
However, this is another solid release from Hublot that strives to win over the enthusiast sect. We all know the brand takes a fair bit of heat for its “limited edition everything” replica watches, and the fact that it seems as though they release a new watch every day of the year, but recently they’ve been consistently proving that there’s much more to the brand than flash and marketing jargon.
Because of its relative size and outstanding placement, the bezel has a meaningful effect on the overall design and functionality of a timepiece. Below is an overview of the different types of bezels that are fitted to Rolex’s various fake watches.
The fluted bezel is one of the most typical and iconic Rolex design elements, even making its way to the wall-mounted clocks located in shopping malls and airports around the world. At the beginning, the fluting on Rolex bezels had the function of enabling the bezel to be screwed down onto the middle case of the watch to help ensure waterproof; however, today the fluting on Rolex bezels is purely ornamental. Fluted Rolex bezels are particularly craft from solid gold and serve as a mark of distinction among Rolex’s various timepieces.
The smooth bezel is Rolex’s most traditional bezel design, and is craft from stainless steel, gold, or platinum. Depending on the specific watch and year of production, smooth bezels can range from flat to dome. Even though the smooth bezel is not a design unique to Rolex, it is easily the most understated, versatile, and timeless among all the different Rolex bezel styles, and is the default option for Rolex’s entry-level watches.
The different bezels fitted on Rolex’s various sport/professional lines of replica watches all belong to the larger, “professional” category of bezels. Different from a traditional bezel, whose core function is to add a design element and look good, professional bezels have markings on them to aid with the specialized, additional function of the sport/professional watch. Professional bezels fall into three general categories.
Rotating timing bezels are most commonly marked with a 60-minute scale, and are used in conjunction with the minute hand to time events up to one hour in length.
Historically, rotating bezels have functioned totally independently from the movements that resided within the case of the watch; however Rolex’s Ring Command bezel has changed this, and merged the two into a single piece of integrated mechanical engineering.
Although they are not currently an offering in Rolex’s present-day catalogue, engine turned bezels represent a historically popular alternative to the replica Rolex’s fluted and smooth bezels. Manufactured in a number of subtle design variations and metal options throughout the years, engine turned bezels have always been the perfect option for those that did not want a fluted bezel.
Most commonly craft from gold, textured bezels often have their textures mirrored on the bracelets of their accompanying watches, and most frequently appear on limited, ornate iterations, or those that were made as a unique order.