Two Constants in Life: Change and Replica Rolex Watches

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.

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Paul Newman’s personal Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 6263. Picture (C) Charles Tearle

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.

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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.

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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 116500 LN.

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.

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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.

A Vintage Replica Watches Rolex ‘Red Submariner’ Watch With An Actual History Of Military Service

As Rolex’s most popular line of watches, the Rolex Submariner gets a fair amount of attention – both from contemporary enthusiasts and vintage collectors alike. Despite having a design that has remained largely unchanged since its initial introduction in 1954, Rolex’s Submariner watches – especially well-preserved vintage references – frequently receive the most attention (and brings in the highest prices) at auction.

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Not all Rolex Submariner references are considered equal, and it is the subtle differences between them that ultimately accounts for tens of thousands of dollars at auction. Collectors generally seek out references that were either the first (or last) to feature a specific characteristic, or references that have some slight variation that helps set them apart and makes them unique. If the watch satisfies both of these requirements, such as the reference Rolex 1680 “Red Submariner,” then it is almost certainly going to be a target for collectors.

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At the heart of the reference 1680 Rolex Submariner beats Rolex’s 26-jewel caliber 1575 movement. The reference 1680’s 40mm stainless steel case offers users 200 meters of water resistance, which is more than adequate for the majority of real-world applications. Some early examples of the 1680 Rolex Red Submariner feature a movement that is stamped as a caliber 1570 on the lower bridge; however, the movement itself is actually a caliber 1575 since it has the addition of a date complication.

For some, the Rolex Red Submariner represents the entry point into serious Rolex collecting. Produced between 1969 and 1979, the cheap replica Rolex Submariner 1680 marks the addition of the date complication and Cyclops magnification lens to Rolex’s Submariner line of watches. A small batch of the very earliest reference 1680 watches featured the Submariner name printed in red ink on the dial, instead of the white ink that can be found on all subsequent models.

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Due to their limited production numbers, Rolex Red Submariners are considered quite rare, and generally sell for significantly more than their equivalents with white text. Additionally, their rarity has only increased over the years, as it was a standard practice for Rolex to replace damaged Red Submariner dials with white-text, service dials when watches were sent in for servicing.

In the years immediately following its introduction, the Rolex Submariner was not regarded as a luxury item, but rather as a precision timekeeping device – one favored by professional SCUBA divers and members of the military. As a result of their tool-watch status, many early luxury fake Rolex Submariners received a fair amount of abuse, and a relatively small number of these watches have managed to keep all of their original parts.

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In 1969, a young U.S. Marine purchased a brand-new Rolex Red Submariner 1680 reference from an authorized dealer in San Francisco, California. That Marine wore his Rolex Submariner during the entire time that he was stationed in the Philippines during the Vietnam War, and it faithfully served alongside him, until his retirement in 1984.

After retiring from the military, the Marine continued to use his Rolex Red Submariner as his primary timekeeping device. For many years thereafter, he used this very same Red Submariner on a variety of sailing and diving excursions, and despite its age and consistent use, the watch itself remained in remarkably good condition and retained the vast majority of its original parts.

Today, that same watch serves as a fantastic example of everything a collector should hope for in a Rolex reference 1680 Red Submariner. The decades of constant use and saltwater exposure have made the black finish on the aluminum bezel insert fade to a lovely, light blue-gray color – one that can only be earned through time and wear. Additionally, the original tritium-based luminous hour markers on the dial have been entirely untouched and allowed to develop a rich, orange-cream-colored patina.

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Beyond the remarkably well-aged, and well-preserved dial and bezel insert, the case and lugs are nice and thick, with zero signs of over-polishing. The knurling on the crown and edge of the bezel is still very well-defined, and it matches the sharp but unpolished lines of the case.

Part of the reason vintage Rolex Submariners are so treasured by collectors is that there are a relatively small number that remain in all-original condition. Historically, Rolex was a manufacturer of premium tool-watches, and many of the earlier exact Rolex Submariners replica watches ended up in the hands of military personnel, or those whose jobs required a durable, and ultra-reliable timepiece.

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Due to the rough life that many vintage Rolex Submariners have lived, the vast majority are no longer in collector-worthy condition. Although their robust design and precision build quality allow them to retain their functionality over the years, many have lost some of their original parts throughout the decades.

The reference 1680 Red Submariner is one of the most iconic Rolex models of all time, and it is arguably the first reference where the Rolex Submariner starts to take its contemporary, date-displaying form. All stainless steel bezel replica Rolex Red Submariners will generate a fair amount of interest among collectors at auction; however, seldom does an example surface with such a complete and well-documented record of the watch’s life and ownership history.

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The story of this Rolex Red Submariner’s military service perfectly illustrates why so few of these watches still remain in all-original condition today. Additionally, the story highlights Rolex’s history as a manufacturer of precision tool-watches, rather than luxury goods, giving additional historical context to this particular watch and its intended use.

A primary reason people choose to collect vintage Rolex references over contemporary models is because of the history that older, pre-owned watches carry with them. Vintage watches bring with them more than just the design and monetary value of the watch itself. Instead, they also represent a snapshot of the entire watch industry – taken from Rolex’s perspective – at a particular point in time.

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The reference 1680 Rolex Red Submariner is among the most desirable vintage Rolex Submariner references for collectors to own, and the extraordinarily well-documented history of this particular reference 1680’s military service has helped make it an entirely unique addition to any serious Rolex collection.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Cheap Rolex Fake Watches at Baselworld for Sale

With Baselworld 2016 within reach, it’s always a bit of a mind game to ponder what might be in store from some of the more highly anticipated brands in attendance. Rolex fake watches us, being one of those highly anticipated brands, debuted some widely talked-about models last year, and if the past can foreshadow the future, Baselworld 2016 will be a winner as well. Here’s a brief look at last year’s new products.

The Rolex Replica Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40, a highlight for many last year, was shown with a 40mm case and a new mechanical movement—caliber 3255, backed by fourteen patents insuring greater accuracy and resistance to shocks and magnetism, a longer power reserve, and greater ease of use and reliability.

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Rolex Calibre 3255

More than ninety per cent of the caliber 3255 movement parts were redesigned and optimized, from those that produce and store energy (self-winding module and mainspring) to the regulating organ responsible for precision (oscillator), the gear train and the escapement, which is responsible for almost half of the increased power reserve of the caliber (now about 70 hours). The patented Chronergy escapement is made of nickel-phosphorus and is impervious to magnetic interference. Will we see something new in 2016 with this 40mm case size?

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date replica watches was introduced last year in 950 platinum and in 18-karat white, yellow or Everose gold, with a variety of new dial options. As you know, Everose gold, which Rolex makes in its own foundry, is an alloy containing gold, copper, and a bit of platinum that gives it its unique appearance and properties.

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Rolex made it a point to emphasize its own high-tech methodology to test the precision of its chronometers under conditions that simulate the wearer’s experience rather than isolated extrapolations. These tests complement the official COSC certification (to which all Rolex movements are submitted) and are carried out on both the movement as well as the assembled watches.

And speaking of mechanical movements, the Lady-Datejust 28, fitted with caliber 2236 with a Rolex-patented Syloxi hairspring (first used by Rolex in 2014), showed off its new 28mm case in 950 platinum and yellow or Everose gold—and with new dials, too. The watches were introduced with or without a diamond bezel and diamond indexes.

The quintessential Oyster Perpetual got a makeover last year, with new dials in the 26, 31 and 34mm sizes, while a brand new 39mm version was introduced as well. Will we see new colors this year?

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And another icon—the Swiss Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster watches—welcomed a new size/material combo in a jewelry-style version: 39mm in yellow or white gold with colored baguette-cut sapphires decorating the bezels. Three palettes were introduced for the Pearlmaster, each with a gradation of color that ranges from blue to fuchsia pink, blue to green, and orange to yellow.

A new Replica Rolex Yacht-Master in two sizes—40mm and a new 37mm—came on the scene in 18-karat Everose gold. Each displays a rotating bezel fitted with a new matte black Cerachrom insert with polished raised numerals. The patented and quite complex “rubber” Oysterflex bracelet employs a metal framework with a black elastomer overlay.

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The Yacht-Master strap is ridged for stability. In my opinion, this is truly a great looking and thoughtfully conceived timepiece that proves that collections can continue to evolve and inspire. How will a new Yacht-Master differ in 2016?

Finally the 39mm Replica Rolex Cellini Time watches embraced four new gem-set versions in 18-karat white or Everose gold. One style features a single row of diamonds on the bezel, while another offers a double décor, combining a row of diamonds with Rolex fluting. The single-row versions are offered with new pink or rhodium dials with a sunray finish and applied hour markers, while the double décor has a black lacquer dial alight with 11 diamonds complementing the hour markers. The bezel of the former version features 62 diamonds, while the latter features 96. Inside each is a self-winding movement with about 48 hours of power reserve.