After Hans Wilsdorf’s passing in 1960, brand director Rene-Paul Jeanneret had more say in the brand’s direction. In 1962, he and Swiss made replica Rolex defied all expectations, introducing a new watch that nobody saw coming. It was reference 9630 — the perfect fake Rolex King Midas. The watch took inspiration from the ancient Greek king of the same name. In Greek mythology, best quality copy Rolex Midas was able to turn anything into gold simply by touching it. And when it came to gold, reference 9630 certainly didn’t disappoint. Each example was handcrafted and weighed between 150 and 200 grams. Despite its mere 5.25mm total thickness, it was the heaviest gold super clone wristwatch in the world at the time. The bracelet featured solid ingot links as thick as the middle case and a unique dual-deployant clasp.
The 1:1 replica Rolex King Midas used the ultra-thin caliber 650, a manually wound movement developed by Blancpain. As the case was not water-resistant, it featured a push-pull crown, uniquely shaped like a sun. Many examples featured a “King Midas” engraving straddling the crown. Later examples became some of the first Rolex fake watches for sale with a sapphire crystal. Each individual case had its own engraved number, with a total production of under 800 pieces during its original production run from 1962-1972. My research indicates that the AAA quality fake Rolex King Midas cost 1.3 to 1.5 times the price of a Day-Date. Thus, it became the brand’s most premium offering. Elvis Presley famously owned and wore a Swiss made copy Rolex King Midas, given to him in 1970 to commemorate a series of sold-out concerts in Houston.
Rumors and speculation
Due to its uncommon case shape and integrated bracelet, many assume Gérald Genta designed the cheap replica Rolex King Midas. Rolex, however, has never confirmed this, and as far as my research suggests, Genta himself never did either. Many also believe the left-handed crown to be a reference to the high quality copy Rolex King Midas myth. They claim that in the story, “everything Midas touched with his left hand turned to gold”. Of course, different versions of the myth vary in their level of detail. However, I have yet to find any evidence of that claim in any of them. Most interestingly for me, the purpose of the Rolex King Midas replica online myth is to teach a moral lesson about the despair that greed can cause. What this meant to Swiss movement copy Rolex and for the watch itself, though, is perhaps a topic for another day!