Replica Watches Rolex Extends Stringent -2/+2 Second In-House Watch Accuracy Tests To Entire Production

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.

Rolex-Watch-Manufacture-Movement-

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.

Rolex-Watch-Manufacture-Movement

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.

Rolex-Watch-Manufacture-

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-Watch-Manufacture-Movement_

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.

Rolex-Oyster-Perpetual-Submariner-114060-dial-close-up-

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.

-Rolex-Watch-Manufacture-Movement-

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.”

_Rolex-Watch-Manufacture-Movement-

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.

Rolex-Watch-Manufacture-Movement__

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.

Navigating by Replica Watches Rolex and Sextant

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.

SS-City-of-Cairo
SS City of Cairo

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.

rogerson-city-of-cairo
Captain Rogerson on board the City of Cairo — note the watch on his left wrist

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.

rolex-3131
Rolex ref 3131 — quite possibly the same type of watch worn by Capt Rogerson (in steel, of course).

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.

New Replica Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL DATEJUST 41

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 Datejust champagne dial.

Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL DATEJUST 41-

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.

Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL DATEJUST 41_

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.

Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL DATEJUST-41-

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.

Rolex-OYSTER PERPETUAL DATEJUST 41

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.

_Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL DATEJUST 41

Concluding thoughts

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.

Replica Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watches New For 2015 Hands-On

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.

Rolex-Oyster-Perpetual

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.

Rolex-Oyster-Perpetual_

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.

-Rolex-Oyster-Perpetual-

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.

_Rolex-Oyster-Perpetual_

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.

When the Empire Struck Black – Our In-Depth review of the Replica Rolex Yacht-Master 116655

Earlier this year we took one of the buzz watches of Baselworld 2015 – the stealthy Rolex Yacht-Master 116655 – for a spin around our local Melbourne environs to see how it fared in landlubber life, far far away from the inclement conditions it was created to endure. And, true to its sport-luxe stylings, we paired it with a weekend-friendly wardrobe. The results were overwhelmingly positive from a swag point of view – the *cough* ‘model’ felt an injection of confidence more commonly associated with several beers – but what about the watch itself, beyond the on-trend, Bamford-banishing aesthetics? Felix digs deep behind this very pretty matte black face…

_Rolex-yacht-master_

Rolex releases an Oysterflex bracelet (comes with new fake Rolex gold Yacht-Master attached). Rolex fans can’t even deal.

Will the introduction of the Oysterflex bracelet devalue Rolex’s luxury proposition, or are they finally catching up with trends?

Rolex-yacht_master_

The Yacht-Master is Rolex’s view on the perfect luxury lifestyle watch. First introduced in 1992 it’s less frequently seen on wrists than their other lines. This is because the proposition of the Yacht-Master is very specialised. The ideal Yacht-Master customer is literally someone who owns a yacht. Someone who is active but doesn’t necessarily get their hands dirty with fouled rigging, and just as likely to need to suddenly don a dinner jacket as dive into the ocean. For this rare breed of individual the Submariner is a little too functional and the Datejust not quite robust enough.

Rolex_yacht-master_

As a result of this the Yacht-Master has been perennially stuck between the two worlds of form and function and has never really seemed comfortable in its own skin. The 116655 is set to change this. The combination of Everose case and Oysterflex bracelet that is at the heart of the watch unashamedly and unequivocally declares that this latest Yacht-Master is at home in both worlds.

-Rolex-yacht-master_

The big news here is that the case is hewn from 18ct Everose gold, the first time this metal has been used on the Yacht-Master. Everose is Rolex’s in-house red gold alloy, and it contains a few drops of platinum to ensure that the colour will not change over time. Other than that it’s a standard Oyster case, complete with Triplock crown and a depth rating of 100-metres. The Everose Yacht-Master is actually offered in two variations. Today we’re looking at the reference 116655 that measures in at a genteel 40mm. There’s also a 37mm version available (aimed primarily at ladies) which goes by reference 268655.

-Rolex-Yacht-Master-

What you really notice about this case design is how much more refined it is when compared to that of the Submariner or GMT. Even though both are 40mm, the softer lines and gentler curves of the Yacht-Master make it a very different watch. The buttery soft Everose only adds to this perception.

Rolex-yacht-master_

This is where things get interesting. First, let’s talk about the bezel. This black on matte black Cerachrom bezel is something completely new for cheap fake Rolex watches and when I first saw it through glass in Basel, I was in love. Fast-forward a few months and after spending a few days up close and personal with the bezel (which is bi-directional by the way), I’m still into it. It initially surprised me because the matte Cerachrom with high gloss markings in relief somehow feels un-Rolex to me. But this is the Yacht-Master, it’s always been defined by its bezel with raised numerals and markings set against a matte background. It makes sense within this context, even if it’s a little out of place in the wider Rolex family. It’s really hard to capture in pictures the three-dimensionality of the raised details but they add an almost sculptural quality to what is otherwise a very flat watch.

Rolex-yacht-master-_

The bezel also makes the watch look incredibly stealthy. So much so that at new-watches we’ve gone ahead and nicknamed it the #stealthmaster, which was promptly changed by an Insta-follower to #wealthmaster. Also appropriate.

Rolex-yacht-master--

The bezel is only part of what makes this watch so ninja-luxe (sorry, we just can’t help ourselves). The dial is the other significant factor. It’s the first black dial on a Yacht-Master, and somehow, despite its matte appearance it has a dramatic effect. If it were glossy, like most other black dialled Rolex’s it would look a lot more blingy, especially given the gold case. However, it’s a matte dial and it completely tones down the look. Interestingly the first thing I thought when I saw the dial was ‘wow, Rolex have done a vintage dial’ due to the gilt logo and red line model name. But this isn’t Rolex jumping on the retro trend. The Yacht-Master has always had red dial text (and no depth rating), but the text looks completely different on a black background. For the logo, they could have gone with applied Everose, but I’m glad they decided on gilt printing. The warmth of the text offsets the coldness of the polished Chromalight indices to create a dial that is wonderfully balanced and that always opts out of shouting when it can whisper.

-Rolex-yacht-master__

The real surprise about this watch isn’t the bezel or the matte dial. It’s the brand new Oysterflex bracelet. Trust Rolex to massively over-engineer what, on the surface at least, looks like a simple rubber strap. The Oysterflex bracelet is anything but simple. Rolex tell us that the Oysterflex is as supple and comfortable as rubber, and as durable as a metal bracelet. And I believe them. At the heart of the bracelet is a thin blade of titanium/nickel alloy that forms the shape of the bracelet and also allows it to attach to the case and clasp. So if you were hoping to buy an Oysterflex and attach it to your Sub, you’re out of luck (for the moment) – it’s currently only compatible with this Yacht-Master. Over this alloy blade cheap replica Rolex watches mould the black elastomer, which is (as you’d expect) soft and comfortable. The comfort factor is only improved by the ingenious wings on the inside of the bracelet, which provides some cushioning and helps ventilate the bracelet on sweaty days. Seriously, why has no one else thought of this? Before trying on the Yacht-Master I was skeptical about the Oysterflex bracelet, but now I’m convinced. It’s super comfortable. However it’s not perfect.

Rolex-yacht-master__

The bracelet has a few limitations. Oddly, the ends do not sit flush with the case. Given that Rolex isn’t in the habit of overlooking the small details I’m sure there’s a good reason for this, but a flush finish would have looked better. The larger issue for me is the lack of flexibility in sizing. The bracelet itself comes in a range of sizes, with the correct size being fitted when you purchase the watch. Beyond this your adjustment is limited to the micro-adjustments on the clasp. Cutting the strap to length (as is common with rubber straps) is not an option due to the bracelet’s metal core. Not earthshattering problems but a pain if I wanted to lend my watch to my small-wristed brother, for example.

Full disclosure – the Yacht-Master I reviewed was a demonstration model, part of a collection of all the new watches that travels around the country taking part in photo-shoots and sales meetings. These watches are identical to the production versions except for one thing – the movement isn’t functional. That’s why the time is always 10:11:31. So I can’t comment on the sweep of the hands or accuracy over time. The movement in the 116655 is the Calibre 3135, the same movement that powers the Submariner, so it’s very much a known quantity. Expect rock-solid reliability and flawless accuracy. The movement in the 37mm 268655 is a little more noteworthy. It’s the Calibre 2236, a movement that debuted last year in the ladies Datejust Pearlmaster. This movement is the first to integrate Rolex’s new Syloxi silicon hairspring, and its inclusion in the 37mm is almost cool enough to make me want the smaller version.

_Rolex_yacht-master_

In a word – comfortable. Even though the gold case adds heft, the new bracelet is a dream to wear, and the size and proportions of the case make it unobtrusive on the wrist. And as I mentioned before the watch is surprisingly stealthy for a solid gold replica Rolex watches. There’s a lot of black going on between the dial, the bezel and the bracelet, which mitigates the flashes of the Everose. Outside of platinum models this is probably the best example of stealth wealth from Rolex we’ve seen in a while. It really is a perfect marriage of sporty and luxury.

History of the US Rolex Sea-Dweller Copy Watches

There’s something about a dive replica watches that emanates an unassailable image of unabashed cool. Part of this has to do with the total veracity and slavish devotion to function embodied by these timepieces. After all, these were tools that soldiers and civilians alike literally depended on with their very lives. But of all the dive watches ever created, there is one that holds the title of heavyweight champion of cool amid this vast pantheon of ticking demigods. That watch is the Rolex Sea-Dweller copy watches.

By submerging further than any watch that had come before, the Sea-Dweller redefined the performance abilities of the commercial dive watch so radically that to say that it was ahead of its field is to do it a disservice. The Rolex Sea-Dweller was and has always been in a field all of its own.

To Dive Deeper

Replica-Rolex-COMEX-Submariner-ref. 5513Rolex’s iconic Submariner ref. 6200, the world’s first commercially produced dive watch, was released in 1954. But by the 1960s, the belief was that Rolex had begun experiments with a deep saturation dive commercial watch with the explicit goal to submerge to the heretofore unrealized depth of up to 2,000 feet or 610 metres.

At the time, the Submariner ref. 5513 was rated to 660 feet or 200 metres. So, the idea of tripling this depth rating was an ambitious one. Early experiments involved watches with a new model designation, ref. 1665, and the word “Sea-Dweller” on the dial. Some of these cheap Rolex replica watches did not feature the helium escape valve (it is believed 30 such watches were created), though many of them failed during saturation dive testing.

Indeed, field tests demonstrated the absolute necessity for the helium escape valve created by Rolex in partnership with the French industrial deep-sea diving company COMEX. The latter had pioneered a method of saturation diving where divers breathed a mixture of hydrogen, helium and oxygen, allowing them to work at great depths for a long period of time. After each session, the divers would return to a pressurized chamber that would be maintained at the same pressure as their work environment. That way, they only had go through the very lengthy decompression process once at the end of their entire dive schedule. While inside the chamber, they would breathe the same helium-oxygen mix.

The Helium Solution

According to Rolex expert James Dowling, small molecules of helium are able to force their way past the watch seals into the watch, so the pressure inside the watch would equalize with that of the chamber. But during decompression, the pressure in the chamber would diminish at a faster rate than the pressure inside the watch, and this imbalance would often cause the watch crystal to be forced out at high speed.

Rolex got around this problem with the world’s first helium release valve, which would allow trapped helium molecules in the watch to escape. The helium release valve was first used on standard ref. 5513 Submariners refitted with the valve and dubbed the ref. 5514. These watches were made exclusively for COMEX and not released to the public, though it is believed several watches were sent to dealers around the world as part of Rolex’s communication campaign.

The Race for Dominance

You may ask yourself why in the first place Rolex felt compelled to offer a watch equipped for the rigors of the decompression chamber to civilians? It would seem that it was to reinforce their pioneering status in the field of deep-sea exploration.

Since time immemorial, the sea has been filled with foreboding and mystery. Amazingly, in 1961, when Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin orbited at an altitude of no less than 350 kilometres above earth, man had yet to explore more than 70 metres beneath the ocean’s surface. During the ’60s, a boom in deep-sea exploration for the offshore oil industry compelled man into the abyss. But while this may explain the motivation behind the creation of the first COMEX ref. 5514 watches equipped with helium escape valves being worn by industrial divers, it doesn’t quite explain why Rolex decided to release a commercial watch with the same crazy deep descending capabilities and a valve that no civilian would ever need to use.

An examination of the current events of the era might provide the best answer. During NASA’s Project Mercury, the Omega Speedmaster had been selected as the official Rolex replica watches to accompany these astronauts into space. From a communication perspective, it made immense sense for Rolex to make a far-reaching declaration of its total mastery of the other great blue yonder.

Mark I (1967)

The impetus to push the Sea-Dweller into the market with some urgency could account for the two different types of cases: an earlier thin case — very similar to the Submariner case retrofitted with the helium escape valve used in the COMEX ref. 5514 — and later, the thicker case made exclusively for the Sea-Dweller range.

The early ref. 1665 Sea-Dwellers were released in 1967 in very limited series. While there are no official figures, it is generally believed that just slightly over 100 of these watches were made. They are also distinct from the later regular-production “Double Red Sea-Dwellers” made from 1971 to 1977, and “non-Double Red Sea-Dwellers” that followed from 1977 until 2009 — in that their casebacks were engraved with the words “patent pending”. Rolex had filed for but had not yet received the patent on the helium release valve. These watches also featured a prominent Rolex crown engraved on the caseback.

Replica-Rolex-Sea-Dweller
Rolex Replica Sea Dweller watches us

These “Mark I” (so named by collectors) patent-pending Sea-Dwellers featured the words “Sea-Dweller” and “Submariner 2000” on two separate lines. Both of these lines were printed in red, hence the nickname “Double Red Sea-Dweller”. Because of the way the red paint reacted with the underlying white paint, the two “red” lines in these watches have all faded to a light pink today.

Incidentally, there was also, from this period, a particularly rare “Single Red” version that featured the words “Sea-Dweller” in red and differs from all other Sea-Dwellers in that its depth rating is 1,650 feet or 500 metres. One theory is that the shallower depth rating infers that these watches may have been experimental models that preceded the first “Mark I Double Red Sea-Dwellers”. This is further bolstered by casebacks that do not feature the Rolex crown, but have the words “patent pending” on the outer flange of the caseback. The belief is that these watches were not sold to the public, but distributed to professional divers to provide feedback to Rolex.

Mark II (1968)

The “Mark II Double Red Sea-Dwellers” went on sale in 1968 with the caseback now marked “Rolex Patent Oyster Gas Escape Valve”, as the helium escape valve had by then been successfully patented. Many of these watches still featured the early thin case. These Mark II Double Red Sea-Dwellers featured two lines of red writing. They are made distinct by a Rolex coronet known as the “smudge crown”, which, as the name implies, looks rather globular and poorly defined. Because the lacquer used on the watch dials often reacted with UV light which made the black dial turn chocolate in colour over time, many of these watches are referred to as “chocolate-dial Mark II Double Red Sea-Dwellers” and it is examples with this distinct chocolate colour that fetch the most at auctions after the “patent-pending” models.

Replica-Rolex-Double Red-Sea-DwellerAnother tell-tale sign of the Mark II dial is that the “D” and “W” in “Dweller” are touching, and the “L” in “Rolex” is aligned dead centre with the crown.

Mark III

The “Mark III Double Red Sea-Dweller” is believed to have been made in even smaller quantities than the Mark II and features an extremely thin coronet, two rows of red writing and a “Rolex Patent” caseback. The sharper and more legibly spaced fonts of the Mark III make it a highly appealing copy watches for sale. The most recognizable trait of the Mark III dial is a sleek Rolex coronet at 12 o’clock with first and last spikes that roughly align with the first- and 59th-minute hash marks. By this point, Rolex had moved to a thicker proprietary case design for the Sea-Dweller.

The Mark I through III Double Red Sea-Dwellers collectively comprise the most collectible of the non-Comex Sea-Dwellers, and uncovering a “patent-pending” model in one’s family possessions is the equivalent of finding an unmolested 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster in your uncle’s garage.

Mark IV (1971-1977)

The regular production run of Double Red Sea-Dwellers began in 1971 and lasted through 1977. These watches have what is known as a Mark IV dial, which has red print for the words “Sea-Dweller” and “Submariner 2000” in vibrant but not heavy text that appears pixelated when magnified. The Rolex crown is well defined, slender in font, but with wider-spread spikes, and its first and last spikes are aligned with the second- and 58th-minute hash marks respectively.

Mark V, VI and VII dials exist, but these are normally associated with service replacements and have undesirable Luminova as opposed to Tritium indices.

Buyers Beware

One thing to stress when buying a vintage Rolex Sea-Dweller, in particular a Mark I–III Double Red is that much of the watch’s value is in the dial, and as such, you should scrutinize it carefully before purchase. You should also be very careful when any servicing is performed. My own thin-case Mark II Double Red had its dial damaged during servicing, irreparably affecting its value. Overcome by grief, I eventually sold it at a significant loss.

Non “Double Red” (1977-2007)

In 1977, Rolex did away with the “Double Red” dials and produced the ref. 1665 with all-white writing. These watches are known in collector lore as the “Great White”. Several dial versions of this exist, including the fashionable “rail dial” version, and values for these watches have in recent years begun to rise significantly, by virtue of the relatively short period of time that they were produced. By this time, the words “Submariner 2000” were dropped to provide greater product differentiation between the Submariner and the Sea-Dweller.

Replica-Rolex-Sea-Dweller-2
Rolex Sea Dweller fake watches

By 1978, Rolex introduced the ref. 16660 Sea-Dweller fitted with a sapphire crystal, a bigger helium release valve and an upgraded depth rating to 4,000 feet or 1,220 metres. While all previous Sea-Dwellers featured Rolex’s calibre 1575, the ref. 16660 introduced the calibre 3035. The most significant change represented by this movement was the increase of vibrational speed from 19,800vph to 28,800vph, endowing the movement with far greater autonomy from shocks. This is the longest-running manifestation of the Sea-Dweller and has remained essentially unchanged for more than three decades.

Sadly, in 2008, Rolex announced the end of an era when it replaced the Sea-Dweller with the Rolex Deepsea, a watch with a frankly stupendous and never-before-realized depth rating to 12,000 feet or 3,900 metres. This is made possible by a three-piece case architecture featuring a middle section fabricated from nitrogen-alloyed stainless steel and rendering the timepiece capable of withstanding “pressure that would crush a sub”.

So, why would Rolex create such a watch when the fact is that the wettest most dive Rolex fake watches us owners will get is when they down their fourth martini? In keeping with the original spirit in which the legendary Sea-Dweller was created, because they can.

Demarcus Ware (Denver Broncos) wearing a Replica Rolex Sky-Dweller

Cheap replica watches store.If you don’t live under a rock you probably heard about the Denver Broncos beating the Carolina Panthers a few weeks ago at Super Bowl 50. It was a two worlds collide kinda thing; the Broncos are one of the oldest teams in the NFL and the Panthers are a pretty young squad. The Broncos have three Super Bowl championships; the Panthers have zero so far. Denver has a veteran quarterback to lead them, from one of the most prestigious football families, Payton Manning. On the other hand the Carolina leader is a young and ambitious guy by the name of Cam Newton, who has only spent 5 seasons in the league. So, all odds were on Denver’s side. Sure enough they brought home the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

demarcus-ware
Demarcus Ware

This year’s Super Bowl will be remembered from two things; the lame half-time show that was headlined by the concert of Coldplay where collaborators Beyonce and Bruno Mars completely stole the show, but also by the mediocre performance of Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense. This was only saved by the outstanding play of the Broncos defense. Those guys were the Replica Rolex Sky-Dweller watches real heroes of the evening.

demarcus-ware-2
Replica Rolex Sky-Dweller

One of the leading players, Demarcus Ware, was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC a few days ago. Mr. Ware was sporting a Replica Rolex Sky-Dweller in Everose gold. The replica watches model was launched in 2012, is 42mm and is equipped with the caliber 9001 Rolex in-house movement. The Sky-Dweller features dual time zones and it currently retails at €44.400.- in Europe. It is a serious fake watches store, for a serious player who’ll soon receive a ginormous ring to accompany it. Congrats Mr. Ware, nice decision.

Replica-Rolex-Sky-Dweller