Vintage Rolex Solid Stainless Steel Air-King Watches

A few decades ago, Rolex deducted a version of the Air-King ref. 5500 with the Explorer’s dial. Because of that, this special model is often regarded as the Rolex Explorer. 5500, even though it has more in common with the Air-King line than the Explorer. It is a hybrid, combining the restrained Air-King case with the instantly recognizable Explorer dial. Just like the Air-King 5500, the Explorer 5500 features a 34 mm case, significantly smaller than the Explorer ref. 6610 and the Explorer ref. 1016 almost at the same time. image001 image003
Similar to the Air-King, the Explorer ref. 5500 is available in an exact and super exact version with the Calibre 5500. 5500 with the 1520 or 1530 movement. There are also ultra-rare “underlined” examples with a line under the “SUPER PRECISION” text. Even though they share the same silhouette, case, bracelet, and movement, they look very different because of their dial and hand designs. While the huge majority of Air-King models came with a light-colored dial with simple baton hands and bar indexes, the Explorer version featured the now iconic 3/6/9 black dial and fake Rolex’s popular Mercedes-style hands.
The Air-King 5500 was manufactured for over thirty years, while Rolex produced the Explorer 5500 for about ten years. Apart from that, the history and evolution of the Air-King 5500 are well documented, while there is still some mystery surrounding the Explorer 5500. It was once rumored that the Explorer 5500 was sold exclusively to military personnel through the British Naval, Army, and Air Force Research Institute.
With this in mind, there are many anecdotes of civilians buying from Rolex retailers in the UK and Canada in the 1960s to refute this theory. What’s more, the Explorer 5500 appears in at least one official replica Rolex vintage catalog, suggesting that it was available for sale to the public at some point in the production process.
The prices of the two Reference 5500 watches also differ a lot. the Air-King 5500 remains relatively affordable, starting at just under $4,000. The true original Explorer 5500s are much harder to come by, and when they do come up for sale, expect to pay at least five figures if you want to add them to your collection.
So no matter if it’s the understated Air-King or the intriguing Explorer, Rolex’s 5500 has long been a reliable and durable watch, despite its size. Besides that, whether you choose the Air-King version of the Explorer, you’ll get a timeless vintage watch with all of Rolex’s signature features.

Best Gift Oris Aquis Small Seconds Date

Often considered one of the most valuable brands in the entire Swiss-made watch industry, Oris is consistently priced above its price point. Founded in 1904 and based in the Swiss town of Hölstein, Oris is an independent manufacturer that is not part of any large watch-making group. Today Oris only makes fake Rolex watches powered by mechanical movements and the brand is increasingly becoming a favorite among many collectors.
All Oris watches fall into one of four categories, with Oris’ two dive watch collections, the Divers Sixty-Five and Aquis, being the most popular. The Divers Sixty-Five collection consists of vintage-style models that draw heavily on design elements from Oris’ past, while the Aquis collection offers a completely modern design that unique to Oris, the Aquis models offer a higher depth rating than their vintage-inspired siblings.
The Oris Aquis is the brand’s best-selling collection, covering a wide range of models with different case sizes, materials, colors, and complications. Despite the amazing diversity found in the collection, all Oris Aquis replica watches combine for their bold and modern design language, offering a depth rating of 300 meters even on the least water-resistant models in the current collection. While the Oris Aquis has all the features of a professional dive watch, its versatile style and robust construction make it an excellent everyday Rolex replica watch that is perfectly at home both above and below the surface of the sea.
The case size of the Oris Aquis ranges from a compact 36.5 mm all the way up to 49.5 mm and the configurations available include a simple time and date model, a pointer date reference, a chronograph, GMT, day and date, and even a professional version with a built-in mechanical depth gauge. With a budget of between $1k and $2k, you can get all but the most exclusive Oris Aquis models, and with a wide range of sizes and styles to choose from, you can choose something that perfectly matches your recent graduate’s unique style, their aesthetic preferences, and what they plan to do in the next chapter of their life.  localdlish

Significant Undervalued Watches Of The ’80s

In a long list of turn-offs for discerning watch lovers, two-tone metal watches are right up there with the 4:30 date window and lots of dial text. But if a lot of people didn’t like two-tone watches, brands wouldn’t make two-tone fake watches. And I’m one of those people. In my opinion, it’s actually quite stylish. In fact, since 50% of your watch is made of gold, there’s no benefit in terms of function, style is the point.
However, in the case of two-tone, in many cases, it is. That’s because this alluring blend of stainless steel and gold saw its heyday in the 1980s when many current grandfathers were at the height of their watch buying power. Not everyone wanted or was ready to buy an all-gold watch. In fact, it is well known that gold watches symbolize retirement and the end of something. That means you’re in it, baby – and you’re just getting started.
We’ve already covered Tom Selleck and the Magnum P.I. on the site this week, but it’s worth noting that while the Magnum was defined by the Rolex GMT-Master 16750, Selleck’s personal watch at the time was the two-tone Rolex Datejust. In American Psycho, Wall Street banker and serial killer Patrick Bateman wears a two-tone Rolex Datejust watch with a rarely seen linen dial.
Even without that film, the Datejust would have been the most iconic two-tone watch of all time. Unlike other watches, which are defined by being two-tone models, the Datejust is a two-tone model with a two-tone Jubilee bracelet, and while not an invention of the 1980s, it is a watch that defined the decade. In addition to being an empirically good-looking timepiece, it represents the best value in vintage replica watches today. Dare I say that it is the most under-appreciated watch available? I dare say it. I’m saying yes.
But it’s hardly the only two-tone classic. Take another example, the Cartier Santos, with its gold bezel and two-tone Santos bracelet. The angular case shape combined with the 70s design language of the iconic bracelet, all strung together in stainless steel and gold.
Two-tone has also permeated some of the iconic steel sports watches and given them a new lease of life. Many collectors consider these watches to be the exception to the no two-tone rule. I’m referring to the two-tone Submariner with its blue bezel and blue dial, and the famous Rolex GMT-Master Root Beer. While I’m not bashing the stainless steel Submariner or GMT-Master, each two-tone example is a fantastic alternative.

The Ultimate Comparison between Rolex Submariner and Rolex Datejust

As the world’s most famous luxury watchmaker, Rolex’s catalog is filled with iconic models. While the word “iconic” is often overused in the watch industry, few timepieces are more deserving of the term than those in the Rolex collection. Among them, the Submariner and Datejust are arguably considered to be the most famous fake Rolex watches ever made.
Roughly equal in the status symbol hierarchy, the Submariner and Datejust both represent groundbreaking timepieces that have forever set the standard for their respective genres. However, while both watches are among the most popular Rolex models ever made, the Submariner and Datejust are actually very different timepieces. So, which of these iconic Rolex models belongs on your wrist?
Before we get into all the details of the Rolex Submariner vs. the Rolex Datejust, it’s important to first understand what each model actually is and what Rolex originally designed them to do. In short, the Submariner is a purpose-built professional dive watch, while the Datejust is a rugged and reliable watch designed for everyday wear and use.
Because the Submariner is specifically designed for underwater use, it includes many additional design elements to meet the needs of divers. Features such as increased water resistance, a rotating chronograph bezel, a high-visibility display, and a diving suit extension in the clasp all help to make the replica Rolex Submariner the perfect underwater chronograph companion.
On the other hand, the Rolex Datejust is not built for a specific sport or lifestyle activity. Rather, the Datejust was designed to be the only watch one needs, offering a versatile style that can be worn effortlessly in both formal and casual settings. Because the Datejust is designed to be worn by a wider range of people and with many different types of clothing, the collection offers more options in terms of case size, materials, and overall configuration.

What Makes Rolex so Successful?

Rolex is by far the best-known luxury watch brand in the world. Although you have never heard of Omega, Breitling,  or even Patek Philippe, you have certainly heard of it. Basically, Rolex has two customer groups — those that know a lot and those that know little. Fans buy Rolex because of its high quality.
They may be less interested in extremely fine, complicated craftsmanship in favor of having the best all-around watch for daily wear. Other Rolex customers don’t know much about replica watches, only that Rolex is the best. For them, the primary motivator is this: if you’re going to wear a watch, it’s got to be a fake Rolex. This is a great compliment to watchmakers – because if even a person who knows nothing about watches thinks a particular brand is “number one”, the company is doing the right thing.
The basis for Rolex’s success is its extremely high product quality extending over the many years of its existence. Rolex watches show time accurately and are robust, sturdy, and reliable. Maintaining consistently high quality with estimated annual production numbers of about three-quarters of a million pieces is an art unto itself.
And it’s to Rolex’s advantage to omit unusual complications. It has no tourbillons, perpetual calendars, or minute repeaters – not even movements with a large date display, power reserve indicator, or alarm function. The company concentrates on what it does best and improves the detail ongoing.
The significance of the Rolex name is linked to the fact that the brand introduced innovative features quite early on which have made the watch well-suited for everyday wear. In 1914 Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf submitted a wristwatch movement to the renowned Kew-Teddingtonobservatory for chronometer certification.
Today the chronometer test has become a standard for in-house mechanical replica Rolex calibers. In 1927 the first water-resistant wristwatch was introduced and the automatic winding mechanism followed a couple of years later – because to ensure the water-resistance of a watch, it shouldn’t be necessary to pull the crown every day. These two features are reflected in the product name “Oyster Perpetual”, which decorates almost every Rolex. Released in 1945, the Datejust was the first watch to have an automatic winding, a waterproof case, and a precision chronograph certificate. Along with its namesake date window, it has all the essentials.

A Limited-Edition Calatrava Celebrating the new Manufacture Building

To celebrate the completion of the new PP6 production building in Plan-Les-Ouates (Geneva), Patek Philippe has created a limited edition Calatrava stainless steel (6007A-001). Patek Philippe usually releases commemorative replica watches in limited editions to coincide with important events. Two examples are the popular Ref. 5500 Pagoda (2,000 pieces) and the Ref. 5029 Minute Repeater (30 pieces) that were both presented in 1997 to stress the official inauguration of the new manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates.
In 1996, Patek Philippe had announced the inauguration of a new manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates. After that, the company was the first brand to establish a presence in this Genevan suburb community that was later referred to as “Plan-les-Watches”.
The objective at the time was to reunite under one roof the individual business activities that were previously distributed across over a dozen sites throughout the city and to thus secure the independence of the company in the long term. Even though the new building was generously sized, it soon proved to be too small to cope with the manufacture’s growth.
PP6 started with a small groundbreaking ceremony in October 2015. Five years later, the manufacture’s new production center now stands on a plot once occupied by the company’s parking lot.  img_2061 img_2064
The total investment was CHF 700 million, CHF 500 million for the structure and CHF 100 million for interiors as well as the avant-garde technical resources. The new Patek Philippe building complies with the “Haute Performance Energétique (HPE)” standards pursuant to the energy laws of the canton of Geneva. The building stands out with perfect dimensions: 189 meters long, 67 meters wide, 34 meters above ground, with 10 floors, of which four subterranean

Special Year of Best Professional Omega

When Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins blasted off from Kennedy Space Center in 1969 to start their trip to land the first humans on the Moon, the three astronauts were decorated with NASA-issued Omega Speedmaster Professional chronographs. 
Decades ago, Neil Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface, quickly followed by Buzz Aldrin – Michael Collins flew the Command Module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while his two crew members were on the lunar surface. And when Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the Moon, he had his Omega Speedmaster Professional strapped to the exterior of his spacesuit. Ever since then, the Speedmaster became known around the world as the “Moonwatch.”
However, since the Speedmaster is now such a varied collection of different watches, the models famous as replica watches are the direct descendants of the watches worn by the Apollo 11 astronauts. Like their predecessors, the modern Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch models are stainless steel chronographs with 42mm cases, black tachymeter bezels, black dials, and hand-wound movements. The cases of the Moonwatch professionals are asymmetric, featured by twisted lugs and crown guards.
Today, Omega gives the option of Hesalite crystals or modern scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, along with the chance of a matching steel bracelet or black leather strap. Moreover, those rolex replica watch models with sapphire crystals on the dial-side also have sapphire on the display caseback for a view of the movement inside. Current production Moonwatches run on Caliber 1861, which is distinguished from the original Caliber 321 that powered the original Speedmaster Professional watches that went to the moon.
We will find a quick rundown of the main design specs between the Speedmaster Professional fake watch vs. Speedmaster ’57 next time. These specs apply to the regular-production models and not the unique limited-edition versions.

The Bremont New Release

At their villa launch in March, brammont unveiled a new arrowhead timepiece, continuing their journey to create sturdy but aesthetically pleasing aviation-style replica watches with a certain British allure. It is one of three fine works in the collection of their new armed forces. Approved for use by her majesty’s army, the collection includes a three-handed tool called a macaque, a diving watch called Argonaut, and the arrow chronograph shown here.   watches
Although this is not the first time Bremont has worked with the military, it is the first time the brand has created watches that will bring British troops and civilians, and the line is a departure from the Bremont format that has built their watches over the past decade. I spent some time with the entire series (actually most of the bremont models), and I think the armed forces series deserves a closer look, not only because of its modern military context, but also because it lays the foundation for the future of bremont in terms of design and price.
Bremont is a brand I’ve always been interested in. Not only did the initial release dovetail with my early development as a professional watch writer, but I’ve had a brmont Solo since December 2012. I love that they are a new (er) brand, and I love that they have gone out of their way to make their replica rolex watches stand out both technically and aesthetically (think: hardened steel case, unique design, and a unified focus from the start).
Because these days there are some growing pains, but for those of us behind the product line, the development is still strong, the quality and brand have matured and the passion behind it is still focused on solid products that are worn and can stand up far beyond the standard abuses of everyday life (even for those in the military).
For the armed forces series, we not only found a new entry point in pricing (machete is $3,445), but we also found a new case design. Without going into the entire history of brmont, it is important to know that one of the core design attributes of brmont is their “tripping” in the case of using a three-piece design stacked with a lug/frame structure (usually in the case of aluminum) and in the case of steel. Most watch brands use a two-piece design (case and back), a structure that not only allows for a very cool case architecture but also changes the material, finish and color of the central case elements independently of the other components.
For the “armed forces” series, brammont opted for a more traditional two-piece design that allowed them to achieve a more affordable price. Take the arrow chronograph as an example, its hardened steel case is 42 mm wide, 15 mm thick, lug to lug 51 mm. While the eye-catching central case elements may disappear from this series, the sides of the case have some additional details, and the size is a sought-after hair set more than 43mm wide for most of the collection.

Excellent Bell & Ross BR05 Replica

The BR05 collection is obviously connected to the BR01 collection. But, as we note in our introduction, since Audemars Piguet replica introduced the first Royal Oak in 1972, it has had a clear connection to the larger world of integral stainless steel sport watches. The case shape for the BR05 watches has been in use by Bell & Ross for many years, as has the typeface on the models with Arabic numerals. And it’s a great opportunity to be persuasive enough to appreciate their value in themselves, not just as a design homage.
When we took the fake watches apart to take pictures, my first impression of them was that they were of high quality. Price points create higher expectations than you can bring if they are cheaper than they are now. However, in terms of price, the case construction and surface treatment you get is much more complex and complex than a typical steel to steel, time and date watch at this price.  unnamed
The case has been very attractively executed, with sharp transitions between brushed and polished surfaces. Care has obviously been taken over the details, including the radial alignment of the bezel screws, the construction of the crown guards, and so on. I feel the company’s use of an ampersand lends a fine mid-20th-century flavor to the proceedings. The execution of the BR05 watches, on the crown, clasp, and dial, serves to connect those two elements in particular, and the watch overall, to Bell & Ross design in general.
At lower price points, you don’t get the manual, traditional high-end sports finish, whether the movement is internal or external. So in-house vs. outsourced becomes a competition on features, durability, longevity, and accuracy. For a relatively small independent firm like Bell & Ross, developing a general purpose, multi-role automatic movement is harder to justify when there are excellent existing technical solutions, such as Sellita movements, which, in the case of the BR05 watches, allows the company to expend extra effort on case and bracelet design, manufacturing, and finishing, without raising the price to a problematic level.
Standard industrial finishing is nothing to be ashamed of, but it is usually not something to be flaunted. Now, the BR05 Skeleton makes no pretensions about the movement finishing, and the openwork is done in a plain, workmanlike fashion that suits the general vibe of the watch. However, this is like many open-dial replica watches at this price, interesting primarily for those who are fascinated by mechanisms as mechanisms, not as expressions of fineness in craft.
These warnings aside, as a whole, I find these very attractive watches personally. The casework and execution of the bracelets is very good indeed, and if the BR05 steel watches do not rise quite to the quality of, say, a Royal Oak, the price doesn’t rise to that level either. In conclusion, the BR05 collection feels to me, not only like a solid addition to the replica Bell & Ross collections, but also to the much more expensive products in this rapidly expanding watch category, it is an interesting and attractively priced option.

Famous Replica rolex Opens New Museum

In 2020, replica watch world turns its attention to an important part of the history of rolex watchmaking and how it intersects with space exploration and pop culture. But as you start looking closer at this brand, it isn’t long before you find that the lunar landing, NASA, and the Speedmaster Professional are just a part of rolex’s story. Since 1984, the company has operated a museum, which is open to the public and gathers together many of the most important watches and ephemera from major moments in its illustrious past. Under the direction of rolex expert Petros Protopapas, The rolex museum replica is one of the most comprehensive and immersive watch museums in the world and is a must-see for any watch enthusiast visiting bell city.
rolex has officially opened the newest iteration of the museum in Cite du Temps, Swatch’s newly inaugurated corporate headquarters in Biel, Switzerland. The building was designed by Japanese star architect Shigeru Ban, who also designed rolex’s state-of-the-art manufacture, also in Biel, which opened just a few years ago. rolex
The new museum not only showcases some of the most important models from rolex’s history, including those owned and worn by world heads of state and U.S. presidents, but also gives immersive experiences meant to draw visitors into a world that goes beyond fake watches worn on the wrist and extends to Olympic sports, film, and television.
Visitors can also sprint down a nine-metre track with the help of rolex’s official timing technology. rolex’s official timing technique is the same as that used in the Olympic track and field events. Another exhibit immerses visitors in the rolex wristwatches worn by James Bond, starting with 1995’s Goldeneye. rolex replica watches use a coaxial escapement designed by George Daniels and replicate a number of proprietary rolex watches to help visitors understand how this particular mechanical device combines the benefits of escapement and lever escapement to make rolex watches more robust and accurate.