What may seem like a few minor design changes here and there actually mean a lot of serious firsts with the new-for-2017 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller 50th Anniversary model reference 126600 Rolex fake watches, making this replacement of the Sea-Dweller 4000 one of the more important releases of Baselworld 2017.
First and foremost, let’s begin with the tech specs, as with this new reference 126660, the Rolex Sea-Dweller has received five major updates: first, it has grown from 40mm to 43 millimeters wide, making for a very considerable difference between the Sea-Dweller 50th Anniversary and the Submariner (which is 40mm). Second, it received a cyclops over the date, a first for a Rolex Sea-Dweller and as controversial an update as the growth in size. Third, it is now powered not by the 3135 but the updated 3235 caliber. Fourth, it has a redesigned bracelet that is now wider and makes for a more secure fit on the wrist. Last, but not least, it pays tribute to the original Sea-Dweller of 1967.
All this, of course, seriously changes the looks of the Rolex Sea-Dweller. The larger case and bracelet make it more proportionate by matching a greater diameter case with the existing thickness – that was arguably a bit disproportionate with the 40mm width of the previous 116600. Bear in mind that the thickness (no official figure on it yet but check the wristshots to get a good idea) is necessitated by the 4,000ft/1,220m water-resistance.
While in this regard the added width makes sense, the new-found cyclops – again, new for the Rolex Sea-Dweller altogether – arguably is an even more controversial decision. The Rolex Sea-Dweller, some argued, from the get-go should have been a larger alternative to the No-Date and Date Submariner models (instead, all three watches thus far had been 40mm wide) – but the cyclops, even Rolex admits, is a less obvious and more controversial addition.
A lesser-known fact is that the original Rolex Sea-Dweller of 1967 did not have a cyclops because when Rolex added it to the plexiglass front, it caused structural weaknesses in it and ultimately caused it to shatter before reaching the desired depth rating – and so the cyclops was omitted. The Rolex Sea-Dweller all until 2017 has maintained its cyclops-free looks, making yet another reason for it to be a Submariner alternative (as, clearly, not everyone is a fan of the cyclops-look). Now, in this regard, the Rolex Sea-Dweller is more in line with all other collections, with only the Deepsea now standing out from the rest, as it still does not have a cyclops over its date aperture.
The new Rolex Sea-Dweller’s 904L Oyster bracelet replica watches are fitted with an Oysterlock safety clasp, Fliplock extension system for an added 26mm of reach along with the Rolex Glidelock system for 2mm-increment fine adjustments over a distance of 20mm. Typical Rolex Sea-Dweller feats such as the black Cerachrom bezel with PVD-applied platinum numerals, flat front sapphire crystal and 1,220m of water resistance enforced by a helium escape valve inside the left side of the case (see its components below) remain present.
For close to six decades, the Rolex Day Date has been regarded as an international symbol of success and iconic watchmaking, so much so that it’s been notably referred to as the “President” for its association with US presidents. While what is arguably the brand’s flagship model has seen several celebrated incarnations over the years, many would agree that the more recent examples have been somewhat bloated in appearance. That is why this week at Baselworld 2015, we were rather excited to be introduced to the newest one, the cheap replica Rolex Day Date 40. Although the Day Date II’s successor might not be viewed as a significant update by the masses, we feel as if it represents a step in the right direction for this line, with some horological firepower to boot.
Let’s begin with what you’ll ultimately notice first, the new case. With the oversized watch trend starting to wear off, Rolex took note and decreased the case size to a slightly smaller 40mm (hence the name Day Date 40). Now while a single millimeter is by no means a drastic reduction, the watch wears considerably smaller then it’s predecessor due to a few addition alterations. My main gripe with the Day Date II was that because of the wide, medallion-esque bezel and the drastically tapering lugs, it was a very flashy piece, and definitely didn’t go unnoticed. On the 40, Rolex toned it down through the use of a narrower bezel similar to what’s used in previous 36mm executions. All in all, the watch has a much more understated aesthetic, that we feel is synonymous with some of our favorite President references.
As for the dials, Rolex unveiled various offerings, designed with an obvious attention to detail. Our personal favorites include the blue option with laser-etched crosshatching as seen on the platinum example, along with the silver dial featuring four sections of perpendicular lines offered in white gold. The laser detailing doesn’t necessarily stand out in a bold fashion, but it creates enough of a intricacy to be appreciated. Some may call these dial options “safe”, but you really can’t argue with the timeless nature of the announced variants. Having said that, we’re sure that several more dials will be offered in the near future without an official announcement, as luxury replica Rolex watches has been known to do.
In addition to the conservatively designed case and dial options, sale replica Rolex rolled out their all-new caliber 3255, that we’ll see within the watch. With 14 new patents, this fully certified movement is certainly no slouch due to it’s increased power reserve of 70 hours, an all new efficient “Chronergy” escapement, and a thinner mainspring barrel. As a result of that last mentioned update, a larger mainspring can now be accommodated, allowing for an increased power reserve. Furthermore, the caliber 3225 could possibly be one of the brand’s most thoughtfully finished movements, with a bevy of beveled edges, and a notable amount of exposed components.
Overall, we’re extremely satisfied with this announcement for the various aforementioned reasons. exact fake Rolex wacthes is bringing the Day Date line roughly back to the original design that we’ve come to love, and we’re sure the added bonus of an improved caliber won’t go unnoticed by the horologically inclined. Is it the most stand-out announcement of the show thus far? By no means. Is it a sobering and sensible step in the right direction for the line? You bet. Whether or not it matches the vibe of their other Basel releases, that’s for you to decide.
In a recent consumer report, Rolex topped the list of reputable brand names and it’s not surprising. Psychologically speaking, there’s an almost instinctive recognition that the longer something is thought to exist, the better it is evaluated. Scientifically, we refer to this as: Existence bias; Social influence; Heuristics; and Status quo maintenance. Qualities which Rolex appear to be innately aware and whether by chance or determined corporate strategy, has tapped upon and evoked a level of desire and devotion rarely seen in another brand (perhaps Omega, but that’s another story for another time).
Understanding the Allure of Rolex
Change is an inevitable consequence of life and it is one which causes us constant consternation. Change is painful because growth is painful, like muscles worked at a gym, the tidal forces of daily living creates the kind of insecurity due to our psychological need to bring clarity into the unknown, we find comfort in what we know.
In addition to the uncertainties, our imagination and human propensity to imagine new frontiers and all the potential outcomes; for the idealist, the desired; for the realist, the worst possible conclusions – but the net result if always fear and trepidation.
As knowledge of the intricacies of watch culture continues to grow, furious debate over Rolex’s perceived worth has started to grow among the cognoscenti, a perception made worse for the impassive, almost reticent corporate response to inquiry of any kind. But yet, despite or in spite of the snobbish ambivalence, there’s new found appeal in the robust and unchanging collection of well-designed timepieces for one simple reason – it’s a bulwark of constancy in an environment rife with threats to our emotional and physical wellbeing.
Buying a Rolex to advertise your affluence is not the best reason but it’s one which happens to be popular. But for a growing and highly discerning group of fans, affection for the brand keeps building, as if in accordance with textbook hierarchy of Maslow’s needs, replica Rolex watches has grown beyond want and into a primal need for thanks to its immutability.
The then $300 Rolex Daytona is worth close to $200,000 today but on its debut, it was arguably one of the slowest moving, least popular models in Rolex’s retinue. Then devotion from one of Hollywood’s most unwavering celebrities opened our eyes to the one pleasure we could depend on, a chronograph as certain as the sun’s rise. Actor, director, entrepreneur, environmentalist, social activist, philanthropist and pro-racer, Paul Leonard Newman was the human epitome of what Rolex as a timepiece represented – good repute and unshakable stability. Stunning good looks paired with a portfolio of high profile career credentials made him the object of lust from a myriad of femme fatales but he was a man who never strayed, quipping, “Why go out for hamburger when you have steak at home?” It is this fidelity and faithful service as a timekeeping companion which engenders hitherto more loyalty to the Crown.
Yet, to be immutable does not mean that Rolex has rested laurels when it comes to innovation. A cursory check of held patents have unveiled that in the last 5 years, Rolex has applied for and received 65 patents ranging from “device for controlling functions and/or time indications” to the mind-blowingly esoteric, “wristwatch with atomic oscillator” equipped with a system for detecting beat frequencies obtained by the Raman effect. In this instance, we can infer that cheap replica Rolex is endeavouring to use the more stable scattering of a photon while anticipating potentially disruptive frequencies from incident photons – in laymen terms, as of its 13 September 2012 patent filing, Wilsdorf’s firm has ideas for heretofore unseen wristworn atomic clock!
That said, there are many Rolex innovations and firsts which go un-announced to the public eye. In 1997, Nicholas Déhon, a watchmaker for Rolex birthed Basel 2013’s much lauded Constant-Force escapement. Project E.L.F., by which it was known, was an abbreviation of Échappement (escapement), Lame (blade) and Flambage (buckle) – it was a project which was nursed and developed at Rolex while it waited for the perfect material technology to arrive – silicon.
It needs to be said, Rolex isn’t resistant to change but rather it is corporate philosophy for perfection before implementing specific changes which bequeaths each timepiece its unparalleled reliability. When Nivarox blades didn’t work because the buckled-blade weren’t collinearly attached to the spring frame, Rolex shelved the idea and Déhon restarted the project at Girard Perregaux in 2004 when silicon technology made a collinear one piece blade and frame possible.
Thus, in this scenario, Rolex is for all intents and purposes, one of the most humble of watchmakers where others might have been content to crow over the most perfunctory of new “inventions”. In this aspect, Rolex is reminiscent of the monk in a Zen garden, once the sand is perfectly raked, he starts again anew.
Today, the brand’s iconic stalwarts like the luxury fake Rolex Submariner and other offerings may appear aesthetically similar to their original predecessors but you can be sure that materially, the timepiece has evolved. In October of 2012, Rolex filed for a gold alloy free of nickel and copper, it was the invention of a new white gold alloy which compensated for gold’s vulnerability to nicks and dents together with a means for preparing said alloy, in fact, there’s barely a year which goes by where Rolex has not filed for at least 3 patents even if it relates to the most minute aspect of watch manufacture.
At this level of dedication, Rolex e is definitively representative of fine watchmaking by any standard- there are no perceptible flaws in their calibres, period. To some watch idiot savants, Rolex might be perceived as overpriced, but if you were to free yourself from the bias, the most cursory of research will show not just the subtle evolution of their timepieces but its overtly inherent timelessness of design. Exposed to the year on year new releases from many watch maisons, Rolex is assuring comfort that some things never change and when they do, it’s imperceptible to all but the most knowledgeable.
Rolex is the essence of things civilized, of unadulterated hope that even when everything around you changes, your exact replica Rolex watches is that one bit of security and a faithful companion on your wrist. If you want prestige, Rolex is but one amongst others; if you want dependability – there’s only Rolex.
It was less than a year ago, at last year’s BaselWorld event in March, 2015 that Rolex introduced the updated Rolex Day-Date 40 (that we debuted hands-on here) – and with it, the new Rolex Superlative Chronometer Certification. While it was no news that Rolex submitted its watches to stringent in-house tests, the Day-Date 40 marked the start of a new in-house certification process, as Rolex said it would test the new Day-Date watches and their 3255 movements to an unprecedented and indeed very impressive accuracy rating of just -2/+2 seconds per day. Now, Rolex has quietly extended its Rolex Superlative Chronometer Certification to its entire production, meaning that all cheap replica Rolex Oyster and Cellini watches will be tested by Rolex to meet its stringent -2/+2 seconds accuracy ratings. Here’s how it all works.
For ages (some more about history further below), Rolex has been submitting its movements to the independent COSC chronometer certification tests – and that will not change, as Rolex will continue to send all its movements to COSC. This means that the uncased movements are sent over to COSC’s facilities in Biel and Saint-Imier, where each uncased movement is individually tested for a total of fifteen days, in five different positions, at three different temperatures. During these tests, the watches are checked to run within a maximum average deviation of -4/+6 seconds per day. The movements that pass the test will get their COSC Officially Certified Chronometer marking and then are transferred back to Rolex.
Until recently, Rolex has been casing up these COSC certified movements and been submitting them for internal certification, complementing that of COSC. For Rolex it was this additional testing that conferred the title of Superlative Chronometer on luxury fake Rolex watches – thus far authenticated by the red Rolex seal that came attached to Rolex timepieces.
What is news, though, is how this in-house testing is conveyed and how strict its criteria have become. In practice, Rolex has developed and re-designed its own state-of-the-art testing facilities and its proprietary methodology that is built around testing fully cased up watches – part of this methodology includes the simulation of the conditions in which a watch is actually worn – hence, Rolex say, imitating circumstances that are much more like the “real-life experience” of the watch.
Rolex also say that they have “entirely automated the process of how the waterproofness, self-winding capacity and power reserve of 100 per cent of Rolex watches” are tested. All this is done to ensure the watches’ reliability, robustness and even their resistance to magnetism and shocks. Automating such series of complex tasks and tests must have been one immense challenge to overcome, but then again, while watchmakers still play a major role in the manufacturing of a Rolex timepiece, there hardly is any other watch manufacture in Switzerland that would compare to Rolex’s know-how in automatic processes while ensuring extremely high quality of execution. Learn more about 10 things to know about how Rolex makes watches here.
During these in-house tests of cased watches, Rolex checks all its watches – that is 100% of exact replica Rolex Oyster watches as well as the new self-winding Cellini watches – for their accuracy. Precisely, that means that over the course of these tests, all watches must perform within an average of -2/+2 seconds per day. It is this stricter-than-COSC process that makes Rolex add the “Superlative” term to its Chronometer designations on the dials of its Oyster collection watches.
As promised, a bit of history: in the past, watches were designated as chronometers by their own manufacturer to highlight timepieces with especially accurate movements. Needless to say, this self-appointed use of the term led to some cases of fraudulent abuse by some watch makers, which in turn ultimately necessitated official certification. Rolex started to have its watches officially certified as early as the late 1930s, and it was at this time that it started marking its dials not with the term “Chronometer” but with “Officially Certified Chronometer.” And when in 1951 official certification became obligatory for everyone, Rolex sought ways to further distinguish itself from the rest, by obtaining “certificates avec mention,” where movements whose precision proved superior received a certificate noting “particularly good results.”
It was because of these superior certification results that Rolex originally started marking its watches with the “Superlative Chronometer” designation – and while the COSC certification’s -4/+6 criteria is still commendable, Rolex today, apparently, possesses the manufacturing capabilities to push that limit even further, hence justifying once again the “Superlative” term on the dials.
As for the competition? Most notably, Omega has introduced its own new in-house testing procedures for the Co-Axial Master Chronometer line of movements, which are available for a much more limited, albeit constantly expanding, range of models – like the Globemaster (hands-on and more details on the movement here). Omega has its in-house testing methodology certified by the independent federal agency METAS, and through these processes tests said Co-Axial Master Chronometer movements for an accuracy rating of 0 to +5 seconds per day. This does mean some considerable competition, but again, Omega is still in the process of introducing its “Master Chronometer” designated movements to more models in its product range.
The updated Superlative Chronometer “status” is symbolized by the green seal that comes with every exact replica Rolex watch online and is coupled with an international five-year guarantee. Given the scale of the operation – while Rolex production numbers will never be public, Rolex is known to have submitted around 800,000 movements to COSC in 2013 – and the strict chronometric performance criteria, Rolex watches are more than likely the most accurate Swiss-Made mechanical watches produced in such mass-produced quantities.
Just when I thought there weren’t anymore crazy stories involving cheap replica Rolex watches, another one pops up. A few weeks ago, a steamship sunk by the Germans during WWII was salvaged, resulting in the discovery of 100 tons of silver. While the haul is truly impressive – especially considering the sunken ship’s depth of 17,000 feet – what got our attention was the story behind the sinking itself.
The SS City of Cairo was a large steamship that had been in service for almost 30 years when it made its last voyage in 1942. Like many other civilian ships during WWII, it was called upon by the military to help out with the war effort. Starting from Bombay, the City of Cairo was on its way to South Africa and Brazil before reaching its final destination of the UK. Just prior to setting sail, the SS City of Cairo was tasked with transporting 100 tons of silver, as well as some miscellaneous military equipment and crewmen in addition to its regular load of civilian passengers and cargo.
As the SS City of Cairo was about halfway across the South Atlantic, on course for Brazil, it was torpedoed by Kapitän Karl-Friedrich Merten of U-68. Knowing the boat was slowly taking on water, SS City of Cairo captain, William Rogerson, ordered the passengers and crew to the lifeboats. After distress signals and callsigns were exchanged between City of Cairo and U-68, Kapitän Merten sent the second torpedo. Six people aboard the ship died from the second torpedo, but the remaining 296 had divided themselves up amongst the six available lifeboats.
Kapitän Merten gave the lifeboats their potential courses for reaching land, none of which were very promising. Brazil, where the SS City of Cairo had been heading, was still 2,000 miles west, Africa was 1,000 miles east, and the small South Atlantic island of St. Helena was 500 miles northeast. Before leaving the stranded survivors to their navigational decisions, Merten spoke his now famous phrase, “Goodnight, and sorry for sinking you.”
Captain Rogerson chose St. Helena as their new destination, and so the six boats set off. Each boat was outfitted with a compass; however, only one boat had a sextant. A compass is really only useful if you know where you are, which is where the sextant plays its part. The third piece of the navigational puzzle is knowing the correct time. Celestial navigation relies on correctly understanding the time of day, which, combined with the sextant reading and celestial tables, can determine current latitude and longitude. Luckily for the lifeboat passengers, Captain Rogerson was wearing his trusty sale fake Rolex Oyster watches online. Accurate readings would be vital for navigating 500 miles to a small island in a large ocean – literally every second off could mean sending the lifeboats on the wrong heading.
Over the next two weeks, several of the lifeboats would disperse and lose contact with the rest of the group. Finally, 13 days after sinking, the SS Clan Alpine found Captain Rogerson’s lifeboat, along with two others. Heading to port at St. Helena, the Clan Alpine continued searching – albeit, with no luck – for the remaining lifeboats. The rest of the lifeboats were eventually found, with the last one having been at sea for an incredible 51 days.
Of the roughly 300 passengers who began the SS City of Cairo’s fateful journey, 107 perished. The 200 survivors had nautical knowhow, a reliable cheap fake Rolex watches, and sheer will to thank for making it safely back to land. Several of the members were recognized by the British government, including an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE), given to Captain Rogerson.
I’d like to quickly thank Taylor Zajonc of Expedition Writer, and Hugh McLean of SS City of Cairo for working with me on this story. This is truly the kind of story that drives our love of watches at Wound For Life. We are currently trying to track down more info on the specific luxury replica Rolex watches onilne reference worn by Captain Rogerson, and will update the article if it leads to anything solid.
Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 has a new face. Possibly the very model and design that is the most produced in the world, the Rolex Datejust is possibly the most loved and hated collection in the world of Rolex. Released at the latest Baselworld, the ‘new’ Datejust is now in 41 mm with a Rolesor, 2 tone case and cheap replica Rolex Datejustchampagne dial.
A Victim of time
The Rolex Datejust is an icon of modern wristwatches. As with many great icons, the design of the watch has stayed true to its original, with only minor changes along the years. Some features like the fluted bezel and the jubilee bracelet were once unique to luxury replica Rolex watches for sale. However, with its success comes one of the greatest pains of the coveted watch industry. Fakes. The Datejust is easily the most replicated watch in watch history. Be it outright fakes or copied designs on fashion brand name watches, like GUESS or DKNY etc.; the iconic fluted bezel design and jubilee bracelet are great victims of time, and their prestige among its brand’s collections and against the watch industry at large has been dwindling.
The ‘Old man’s’ timepiece
At one point in its history, the Rolex Datejust was a status symbol, a hip watch for a gentleman. But in recent times, the Datejust, especially the twotone models has been largely seen by the Y generation folks as the “Uncle” watch. Stuck with it is the colloquial connotation of being either old-fashioned or overtly bling.
A real classic
While many squeal at revived homage watches in the likes of Tudor’s Heritage timepieces, they seem to forget the brand that has been at the forefront of preserving classic designs. If one were to look at Rolex’s collection of timepieces, he will notice that its current production collections are all naturally selected over decades. Its popular sports models aside, the Datejust is possibly the closest to Rolex’s earliest bracelet watches. The evolution of the Oyster case shape and then the fluted bezel and jubilee bracelet have grown alongside major developments in the history of the modern world.
An undeniably robust timepiece
Perfected over time, the best fake Rolex Datejust watches online may have a classic exterior, but remains an undeniably robust timepiece. Fit with a screw-down, twinlock double waterproofness system, the watch is waterproof to 100 metres / 330 feet. The crystal is made with scratch resistant sapphire, and its movement; the 3235 calibre has a sufficient 70 hours power reserve. Complete with a Superlative Chronometer mark of approval, the timepiece is accurate up to -2/+2 sec/day, after casing. A highly accurate result for a mechanical timepiece.
The watch is robust, reliable and a Rolex. It has a good movement and a strong heritage. That said, the stigma of having a mass produced timepiece and possibly one of the least significant exact replica Rolex watches models may be hard for some to fathom. While we do not dislike the timepiece, we still prefer the other sports models or a full steel Datejust model.
If you can imagine Rolex as Ben and Jerry’s, then the Oyster Perpetual is vanilla ice cream. It’s the building block from which models like the Rolex Submariner and Rolex Daytona have evolved. For 2015, Rolex has created a new 39mm version of the cheap replica Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches, offering a slightly larger iteration of one of their entry-level models.
The new 39mm Rolex Oyster Perpetual joins the 26, 31 and 34mm versions that were announced last year. Being the same size as the Rolex Explorer, the 39mm Rolex Oyster Perpetual uses the same movement, Rolex’s calibre 3132. It’s a simple but robust automatic movement offering three hands, no date, and COSC certification.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual is a faithful but modern take on the Rolex Oyster model that Rolex launched in 1926. The Rolex Oyster was, quite famously, the first waterproof watch in the world. That lineage can be seen in the Rolex Oyster Perpetual’s straightforward and practical design. Legibility is strong and the dial design offers nothing more than is necessary to display the time.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual (reference 114300) can be had in your choice of three dial colors – dark rhodium, red grape, or blue. If it weren’t for the cheap fake Rolex watches red grape and blue options, we would forgive you if you were less than enthused by the Rolex Oyster Perpetual. While I’d assume that the grey dial will be popular, it doesn’t have the same character or presence offered by its more lively and colorful siblings. For my tastes, the blue version is the one to have, with a excellent mix of everyday wearability with a certain added charm. It’s still vanilla, but maybe with a few sprinkles on top.
Each dial color has its own accent color that flanks the markers with blue accents on the grey dial, red accents on the red grape dial, and green accents on the luxury replica Rolex watches blue dial. For a watch with such a reserved and non-embellished overall design, this pop of color is a welcome addition.
All three versions come on a solid 904L steel bracelet with a folding Oysterclasp and are priced from 5,400 CHF. In many ways, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual line is the most Rolex model in the modern Rolex line up. Just as there is something appealing in the pure and simple nature of vanilla ice cream, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual’s design is basic, almost elemental. For someone who wants a remarkably well-made but entirely unassuming Rolex, the new fake Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches online offers something its more complicated and embellished siblings cannot – pure everyday Rolex.