Derek Jeter wore the perfect fake Rolex Daytona reference 116515LN in rose gold, with a chocolate dial that features Arabic numerals, as well as a contrasting black Cerachrom (read ceramic) bezel. Rolex replica watches online with that Arabic configuration are seldom seen and often considered to be quite special. When it’s on a Daytona, it’s … special-er.
He took one more walk this past week … into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Standing onstage next to Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson, the Yankees legend cemented his status as an icon of the game. After 20 years with the same team (a feat few athletes can claim), 3,465 hits, 260 home runs, and five World Series Titles, Jeter can now add an ornate plaque to his trophy room.
The Swiss made replica Rolex Daytona 116515 was first released at Baselworld in 2011. With its ceramic bezel, it had the whole world wondering, “will we ever get one in steel?” And of course, we did, in 2016. Now that most of the luxury copy Rolex Daytona line features ceramic, these early gold pieces feel that much more significant. I, for one, would love to own a rose gold Daytona with a practically un-scratch-able bezel, almost as much as I’d love to be a HOF baseball player.
It must be nice to be Derek Jeter. And it figures that he would choose to wear this very legit Swiss movement fake Rolex on his most momentous day off the field, the day he entered baseball immortality in Cooperstown.
After picking my jaw off the ground, I was surprised by my wide-eyed delight with Artisans de Genève’s irreverent take on the Rolex Daytona replica. I was surprised because, truth be told, this is not a model I am particularly enamored with. I’ve had my fill of all the endless fawning over vintage Daytonas. In fact, I don’t even find the latest perfect fake Rolex Daytona particularly attractive. But this all changed the moment I lay my eyes on the Shades of Blue Challenge Project from Artisans de Genève, the iconoclastic purveyors of luxury customization. How dare they make me fall in love with a Swiss movement replica Rolex Daytona!
I’ve been both shocked and titillated by some of their previous projects like the Pirlo skeletonized Submariner, but this? This is the best, most understated piece of work ADG has done, and has made me fall for cheap fake watches, something I never thought would happen. I mean, I’m not even a chronograph geezer, preferring a maximum of two registers if you must.
Essentially, the back-story here is that a client had the nerve to leave a luxury fake Rolex ref. 116500 Daytona in the itchy fingers of Artisans de Genève with one task at hand: to find the perfect shades of blue. “Blue is my favourite colour because it conveys refinement and excellence, values that I strive for in my day-to-day,” the client Mr B.S explained. “When I approached ADG to define and create my ultimate blue, I thought that this was an impossible task”.
ADG took their task very seriously. To find their perfect hues, they searched far and wide, talking to artisans making everything from silk to hand-glazed ceramics. The care and craft of the execution has, for me, created new-found respect for both the Daytona, and for how much a mere colour can change everything. It might seem slightly mad to spend about $30,000 USD on top of the high quality copy Rolex Daytona’s retail price. Then again, at what price perfection?
With a matte dark blue dial, recessed sky blue snailed registers with electric blur glimmers, and that perfect bakelite bezel, this to me is how beautiful Rolex replica for sale could have made the Daytona. The crown at 12, along with each applied rhodium-plated indice, simply take on a more regal flavour on the silky blue background. The icy cool sky-blue of the registers is a delicate tonal match to the dial, with dark blue pointers making them as legible as they are delicate.
The 4130 self-winding mechanical movement has been fully disassembled, bevelled and polished by hand, with a handmade new balance bridge. The deliciously blue rotor is solid 21K gold, traditionally flame-blued giving us yet another flash of rich colour through the Artisans de Genève sapphire caseback.
Rather than a bracelet, it’s now perched on a soft alligator strap that’s colour matched to the dial. The small details show in the altered pushers paired with the smooth case sides, making it a time capsule to a 6263 from a parallel universe where deep blue was Rolex’s favoured chronograph tint. It’s flawlessly executed and, to me, results in what is horological end-game material.
Have a look into the weird and wonderful world of Artisans de Genève, and you’d be surprised by the range of emotions at what is much more than mere personalisation. Don’t be surprised if you start off with scepticism, then break into a giggle on the way to simply falling head over heels in love.
It’s 22 November 1963 and US President John F. Kennedy has just been assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald during a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. Kennedy’s Vice-President, Lyndon B. Johnson (more colloquially known LBJ), assumes the top job and brings the solid yellow-gold fake Rolex Day-Date that often adorns his wrist to a worldwide audience. LBJ is the first US president to wear the Swiss fake Rolex Day-Date and in doing so, inadvertently launched one of Rolex’s most memorable brand associations.
Three years after its debut on the wrist of LBJ, Rolex officially began advertising the Day-Date as “The Presidents’ Watch”. The rest, as they say, is history.
Since being worn by LBJ, the top quality copy Rolex Day-Date has adorned the wrist of Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Reagan. Reports suggest JFK had a yellow-gold Day-Date, gifted to him in 1962 by Marilyn Monroe (during their rumored extramarital affair). The watch was never seen on JFK’s wrist and his secret Rolex sold at auction for US$120,000 in 2005. After Reagan, the Day-Date left office, with Bill Clinton famously preferring a Timex Ironman. Donald Trump has brought the tradition back after being spotted with a Day-Date, but he’s more commonly associated with wearing a yellow-gold Patek Philippe Ellipse.
Rolex’s description neatly sums up the importance of the Day-Date to the history of mechanical wristwatches but leaves out the timepiece’s Presidential history. Instead of politicians, high quality replica Rolex has chosen retired champion golfer Jack Nicklaus as the ambassador for the Day-Date. Nicklaus received his yellow-gold Day-Date in 1966 at a Rolex Party in Tokyo. Rolex’s advertising material generates an association between Nicklaus’ success as a golfer and his Day-Date.
While no longer being advertised as “The Presidents’ Watch”, Rolex still uses the term, “President Bracelet” on their website. The missing Presidential link in Rolex’s advertising could stem from an avoidance of divisive political figures, or that the popularity of the Day-Date has waned among recent US Presidents. Either way, the Day-Date’s recent lack of association with US Presidents may make room for awareness of a watch more prolific with commanders-in-chief, the Vulcain Cricket.
A Vulcain Cricket has been gifted to most US Presidents since Harry Truman in 1953. Truman’s 14-karat yellow gold Cricket was given to him by The White House Press Photographers Association on the night before leaving office. The Cricket is named after its alarm function, which sounds like the titular insect. The first Day-Date-wearing President even loved the Cricket. LBJ had a Cricket made with his signature on the dial. He later ordered 200 Crickets to give as gifts while in office.
The Cricket hasn’t gained the status the Day-Date enjoys, so it’s unlikely the alarm watch will be flashed by social climbers who seek validation. Unlike the humble Cricket, the Day-Date is becoming more exclusive. The first Presidentially associated Rolex ads promoted the yellow-gold Day-Date at US$1000. Rolex now advertises new 36mm yellow-gold copy Rolex Day-Dates for US$33,150.
In recent times, the Day-Date has fallen out of favor with the US political elites. However, it remains one of Rolex’s big sellers in the current catalog. The Day-Date is only made in precious metals, (yellow-gold, white-gold, pink-gold, and platinum). As such, best quality fake Rolex designates the Day-Date as a prestige watch and a status symbol. While most of the press focuses on perfect replica Rolex’s professional models, the Day-Date is an item of true luxury. It has its own character and distinct following. Underpinned by a fascinating history as it is, and with many extravagant dial variations available now and throughout its history, it is truly the king among the Crown’s finest.
The Swiss movement fake Rolex Daytona is THE watch that everyone seems to be lusting for – vintage and modern alike. Today, you can’t even walk into a Rolex Authorized Dealer and buy one; you would need to get on a list, and who knows when or if the call would come in. Luxury fake Rolex has come out with many variations and references of the Daytona over the years since the model’s 1963 inception, but it all started with the ref. 6239. The defining characteristics of the ref. 6239 are the pump-style pushers and steel bezel. Rolex even made a few variations of the 6239 before coming out with later Daytona references.
The example we have today is circa 1967 and features one very special detail: The “Daytona” text is in red above the hours register. This detail is not typical for the best quality copy Rolex Daytona ref. 6239; it’s more commonly found on the later Oyster-cased Daytonas, like the “Big Red” 6263s and 6265s, and can still be found on Rolex’s signature chronograph to this day. Rolex has done an amazing job staying true to the original design over the years (for the most part), and it’s fun to look at a modern watch, see some details, and know exactly where they came from.
We recently offered a Daytona ref. 6263 “Big Red” in the Shop, and this luxury fake Rolex gives me all those feels, except in a slightly stealthier way. The steel bezel really tones it down, allowing one to fly under the radar. One thing I really like about the Swiss made replica Rolex ref. 6239, and this specific watch, is that even though many people know what a “Daytona” looks like, it’s not always obvious when it comes to vintage ones, which is something I personally appreciate.
Logan, Cait, and I like to host snake drafts to divide the writing privileges for each week’s grouping of pre-owned watches – it’s really the only way. This fake Rolex “Zenith” Daytona was my first overall selection. While this week’s group is full of classics, there was no way an 18k yellow-gold Daytona was making it all the way back to my second-round selection, the sixth overall pick of the draft. So, *draft chime* with the first pick in the March 4, 2021, HODINKEE Pre-Owned draft, Rich Fordon selects the champagne dial Rolex Daytona ref. 16528 replica watch, chronograph.
As a vintage guy at heart, the choice was easy really. Beyond the vintage 101 Swiss movement fake Rolex Daytona details – from the Cosmograph’s origin story to Paul Newman’s penchant for the model – there’s so much to appreciate about this watch. Everyone seems to know and love the various 62XX references, as they stuck around the Rolex catalog for decades from the 1960s into the 1980s. For the collector, of any kind, drawn toward a watch with a story behind it, I can’t think of a better candidate than the Rolex “Zenith” Daytona.
There’s so much to read on how this watch came to be. It really starts with the name in quotes, Zenith. The nickname comes from the modified Zenith El Primero movement that powers this generation of Rolex Daytonas. Behind this caliber is the race to create the world’s first automatic chronograph, the Quartz Revolution nearly causing the movement to disappear, and the heroics of Charles Vermot – the man who helped save Zenith, eventually allowing them to provide Rolex with its inaugural automatic chronograph movement. From there, top quality copy Rolex wrapped its first truly modern chronograph Oyster case design around a modified El Primero and completely revamped the Daytona’s dial.
The gold bracelet replica Rolex Daytona ref. 16528 does it all in 18k yellow gold and with an uncommon champagne gold-tone dial. I really fell in love with this watch during our brief time with it, so check out the rest of the details over in the HODINKEE Shop.
Most owners of a platinum Rolex replica would be fearful of tampering with such an insanely valuable watch. One false move, after all, could eventuate in scratching away thousands of dollars of value from that frightfully expensive platinum Oyster bracelet. But Jack Wong is not most owners. The Singapore-based collector – whose stunning array of watches can be viewed at his Instagram account – was meddling with the bracelet of his diamond-studded replica Rolex Cosmograph Daytona watch when he made a startling discovery.
Inadvertently, Jack stumbled upon the hitherto unknown fact that within the platinum links of the bracelet, Swiss made replica Rolex inserts minuscule ceramic tubes. These are designed to increase the bracelet’s longevity by protecting the precious metal. As Jack reported in his Instagram post on this horological revelation, “When the bracelet moves … it reduces friction as the ceramic tube ensures that the metal pin does not grind the metal bracelet especially when it’s dirty, with grime and dust acting like sandpaper. Great innovation and I have not seen this being used in other brands.”
Rolexsreplicas: What instigated this chat are the fantastic macro shots you put on Instagram of this widely unknown detail of the platinum Oyster bracelet. How did you make this discovery, and what do you feel it adds to the watch?
Jack: I love to size my own watch bracelets or even punch the hole on a leather strap to make the watch work on my wrist. So, as I was sizing my newly acquired 116506 “Platona” with baguette diamonds, I thought I saw the most amazing solution to what is always the main issue and weakness with metal bracelets. Namely, the stretch on the bracelet that will gradually come sooner or later due to wear and tear and abuse.
The ingenious idea of having that ceramic insert to hold the screw not only provides smoother flexing of the bracelet but, most importantly, prevents the grinding of the two metals by sandwiching this ceramic insert, much like how the jewels in the watch movement works. As the insert is made of ceramic, which is not malleable and extremely hard, the size and the dimension needs to be extremely precise: if it is too loose, it will not serve its purpose, too tight and it will not fit. You have to give credit to Rolex for this small but important innovation.
Rolexsreplicas: Do you have any other macro discoveries to share with us?
Jack: Only that the most “expensive” luxury watches often do not have the most perfect finishes. Sometimes it is extremely disappointing to find that many luxury watches that are supposedly well known for their finishing have flaws that I thought should have never been there. Minute dust, imperfect “mirror” black polish, misalignments … I will not go into the details just in case someone decides to put a price on my head!
Rolexsreplicas: What is your collecting focus at the moment?
Jack: At the moment, I do not have a collecting focus, which is interesting when I look back at how I started this journey. Originally I was directed by themes – iconic watches, sports watches from the ’60s, unusual oversized dress watches from the ’30s, military watches and certain overlooked brands. Or I just focused on my three favourites: Rolex, Omega and Seiko. But after a good 18 years of watch discovery, I finally settled on buying/collecting watches that I simply want to wear.
If I buy modern watches, they have to be really special. They might be watches that you don’t really see from the usual crowd, unique pieces with a groundbreaking technological advancement or simply a really well-built and designed watch. On the vintage side, I’ll still continue to hunt for the really rarer pieces that give me that thrill of the chase.
So back to your question, my focus is not to have a focus, in short! This isn’t meant as a criticism, but I have noticed that many collectors have such a strong focus or pursue a single brand so much that they get “tunnel vision” and overlook many great pieces.
Rolexsreplicas: Could you divulge your latest acquisition?
Jack: Not yet! It is a watch that eluded me for the past five years and sadly, prices have appreciated more than four-fold. If I am lucky, I will see it by the end of next week. Here are some hints: it is a pretty rare dress chronograph from the ’90s with a gold case and vintage-inspired dial.
Bob’s Watches is back with another Fresh Finds, this time the auction is themed on the iconic watches of Hollywood. Each watch has been selected to represent a legendary movie icon and the respective watch that accompanied them in their films.
First up is the auction for a Rolex Submariner ref. 6538 (starting price $165,000 USD). Bob’s Watches chose this watch to pay homage to Sean Connery with his recent passing, dedicating the James Bond Submariner sale to the original agent 007. Next up is a perfect fake Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona ref. 6239 (starting Price – $165,000 USD), a best fake Rolex GMT Master (Pussy Galore) ref. 6542 (starting Price – $150,000 USD), a quality fake Rolex Submariner (Steve McQueen) ref. 5512 (starting Price – $29,000 USD), and finally, the modern OMEGA Seamaster 300 seen on Daniel Craig in Spectre (starting Price – $6,500).
Watch fans and movie lovers alike can check out the full Fresh Finds: Iconic Watches of Hollywood listing over at Bob’s Watches’ auction page.
In other watch news, Sylvester Stallone joins Phillips Auctions for the sale of his personal watch collection.