Some may think of it as a “Hallmark holiday,” but it’s still a holiday, which means it’s still appropriate to show some love to that special someone. Many of this week’s vintage watches would fit that bill, such as the extremely special gold Rolex replica from the 1950s or even Girard-Perregaux’s “Moon Watch”. We’re not here to tell you which models dropped are “women’s (vintage) watches” and which are not. Ask Carla Barrett and she will explain that all watches should be unisex, and this selection is a perfect testament to that.
Relying on case diameters, vintage watches are the perfect jumping-off point for those seeking a unisex watch. The Universal Geneva Big Eye, the Speedmaster with its tropical brown dial, or the Patek Philippe Ref. 2562 is all must-haves for wrists large and small.
When we first saw this Rolex Oyster Perpetual, we were immediately drawn to the depth rating “50 meters = 165 feet” below the Rolex signature at 12 o’clock. This must be a novel design element, as we usually see the depth rating above six o’clock. Not only that, but it features meters followed by feet, a style typically used by fake Rolex watches in the early days of its depth ratings, such as on the early Submariners models. Also, the Arabic numerals 3-6-9 are very reminiscent of the Explorer-style dial configuration, which gives this watch a sporty vibe as well.
We can’t talk about this watch without mentioning the auxiliary elements that make it even better. The patina on the dial is another desirable feature that is simply unprecedented. The pale burnt orange background of the patina is set against the gold hour markers and hands, which are even more impressive in person. The yellow gold Oyster case has taken on a slightly warm patina. Coupled with the iconic fluted bezel, this watch has all of Rolex’s signature design in one piece.
For my watches, I like chronographs less for the added functionality and more because of the structural changes the subdials bring to the design, which is inherently fun for me. The “Big Eye” obviously doesn’t fit that bill, but I like the watch despite its lack of symmetry or structure and the fact that its design was inspired by practicality. This design process, I think, has been somewhat lost in the fake watch world since the 1960s, and practicality no longer seems to dominate as it did with the “Big Eye. Wearing this watch when we put it in the store is a good reminder of the kind of purposefulness and tool watch focus that vintage watches often exude.
Introduced in 1968, the Rolex Cellini collection has been the birthplace of the brand’s non-Oyster replica watches. Rolex named the collection after the Florentine goldsmith, sculptor, and painter Benvenuto Cellini, who was known for creating masterpieces during the Renaissance that are still studied and celebrated today.
The first Cellini models were slim gold fake watches with dials that displayed the time driven by a manual-winding movement. They were distinctly different from the fake Rolex Oyster watches of the era, which included models like the Submariner, GMT-Master, Day-Date, Date-just, and Explorer. The “Oyster” designation in some Rolex watches refers to their water-resistant Oyster cases. In contrast, Cellini watches never had Oyster cases and was not intended to be water-resistant.
The simplest modern Cellini watch is the Rolex Cellini Time, which, as the name implies, has three hands on the dial to indicate hours, minutes, and seconds. The Cellini Time is available in two reference models: the Cellini Time Ref. 50509 in 18K white gold and the 50505 in 18K Eve-rose gold. Each model is available on a brown or black leather strap with a clasp in the same metal as the case.
The Rolex Cellini Time is available with a white dial or a black dial, and both models have oversized Roman numerals on the four poles, along with long baton hour markers divided by an internal minute scale. Inside the watches is the automatic and chronometer-certified Caliber 3132 movement. The Cellini Time retails for $15,200 (white gold or Everose gold), but they can usually be purchased pre-owned for 20-30% off.
The Rolex Cellini Dual Time allows the wearer to read the time in two time zones simultaneously. Local time is displayed via a central hour/minute/second hand, while the second time zone is shown on a sub-dial at 6 o’clock. Since the second time zone display follows a 12-hour format rather than a 24-hour format, Rolex has incorporated a day/night indication by having the sun or moon appear in a small window within the second time zone sub-dial.
The two Rolex Cellini Dual Time models are the Cellini Dual Time in white gold ref. 50529 and the Cellini Dual Time in Everose gold ref. 50525. Both models are available with black or silver dials decorated with guilloché motifs and topped with characteristic elongated and split hour markers. The Rolex Cellini Dual Time is powered by the in-house Caliber 3180 self-winding movement and the watch is priced at $19,400.
Three years after redesigning the Cellini collection, Rolex has revealed another surprise with the launch of the Cellini Moonphase. Debuting at Baselworld 2017, the Rolex Cellini Moonphase is the first Rolex watch to include a moon phase display since the 1950s.
Like all Cellini watches, the fake Rolex Cellini Moonphase features a 39 mm case, but it is only available in 18-carat Everose gold. As such, there is only one version, the Cellini Moonphase ref. 50535. This watch features a white lacquered dial with the date displayed by blue hands and the tip of the crescent moon pointing to the numerals around the dial. A blue enamel disc at 6 o’clock is used to display the moon phase of the current lunar cycle, with the moon itself represented by a small disc of meteorites. Set inside the Cellini Moonphase is the self-winding Caliber 3195, a unique Rolex watch priced at $26,750.
The Rolex Cellini collection is truly finely crafted, which is important for a brand known for its over-engineered watches that are meant to be worn every day and to last for many uses. Due to its elegance and sheer modernity, the Rolex Cellini should be praised for its polished versatility; however, it often does not get the attention it deserves due to the overwhelming reputation of its siblings in the replica Rolex catalog.
Due to its elegance and sheer modernity, the Rolex Cellini should be touted for its polished versatility. Whether or not you ultimately want to add a Rolex Cellini to your collection is an entirely personal decision. However, it is an undeniable fact that the Rolex Cellini is the brand’s most elegant and refined collection of watches and offers an excellent value for money, especially when purchased on the pre-owned market.
Having said that, we hope that the next time you see a fake Rolex Cellini, you take at least one more look at it and see it as more than just a replica watch, but as an important part of Rolex’s history and brand identity.
The elegant Jubilee bracelet has a practical Oysterlock folding clasp and safety lever. The Easylink extension gives it certain breathability. Using the winding crown is also simple once it has been unscrewed from its locked position. In the first pull position, the regular hour hand can be pushed forward or backward in hour increments to set the new zone time. The Rolex GMT-Master II is known for this useful travel watch feature. Many other watch manufacturers only offer a quick adjustment of the 24-hour hand, which is inconvenient when traveling.
In addition, with the GMT-Master II, another time zone can be temporarily set via the bezel. For example, if you are in the United States and working with a company in Europe, simply turn the bezel and the fake Rolex GMT-Master II will display the time in the desired time zone, letting you know at a glance if your business contact is available. All in all, the Rolex GMT-Master II offers a very useful time zone function.
The bezels of Batman and Pepsi are based on different ceramic substances, zirconia, and alumina, which explains why the blue color of the two bezels looks so different. On our test watch, the blue color appears much brighter than on the new Pepsi. However, incident light plays an important role in our perception of color and, as usual, there are subtle differences between the Pepsi bezels.
Both materials that make up the track condense and shrink during the sintering process and must be machined to exact dimensions using diamond tools. To ensure that the numerals remain perfectly readable, the entire ring is platinum-plated using a PVD process and then carefully polished, leaving the precious metal in the recessed dots and numerals. Both processes are patented by Rolex. In addition to being scratch-resistant, the ceramic bezel has the added benefit of being UV-resistant and non-fading.
The well-known features of the replica Rolex movement remain unchanged: the extremely robust balance bridge, the free spring with an overcoil made of paramagnetic niobium-zirconium alloy, and the precision regulator with Microstella weights on the balance wheel. The movement can be adjusted with special tools without having to remove the movement from the case.
There are more economical manufacturing alternatives with a second-time zone, as well as more expensive ones. But few other manufacturers can keep up with fake Rolex watches at https://www.cindyforcongress.org when it comes to value retention. In terms of functionality, Rolex offers more features than most other manufacturers – from bracelet extensions to time zone adjustments. In addition, accuracy, legibility, and wearing comfort are at the highest level. We would prefer to see a transparent case back – and Rolex can produce enough timepieces to meet the demand.
Launched in 1971, the Rolex Explorer II was a watch designed for cave explorers whose mission was to travel to the farthest corners of the earth’s surface. In 1953, to celebrate the successful summit of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, Rolex launched the Oyster Perpetual Calendar Explorer II, building on this daring tradition by offering those who spend long periods of time without sunlight a range of special features.
The first Rolex Explorer II has been worn by cavers, volcanologists, polar and jungle explorers around the world. Powered by a 26-jewel Caliber 1575 movement, this fake watch has several features designed to keep track of time during the day and night in sunless environments. These features include a date function, a fixed stainless steel bezel with 24 indexes, a 100-meter depth rating, and a large, brightly colored 24-hour hand used in conjunction with the bezel as a prominent reference for morning and afternoon times.
Production of the ref. 1655 continued into the 1980s. ref. 1655 production continued into the 1980s, and like the Explorer, II watches Rolex produces today, the ref. 1655 was produced only in stainless steel, with absolutely no precious metal or two-tone options. In addition, like many other Rolex sports watches of the time, the 1655 Explorer II Reference was only offered with a black dial. However, all subsequent Explorer II reference watches were offered with a choice of black or white dials.
Olympic skiing champion Jean-Claude Killy and Hollywood actor Steve McQueen were both famously associated with the Rolex Explorer II ref. 1655. There are numerous photos of Jean-Claude Killy wearing the Rolex Explorer II ref. 1655, and the skier even wore a fake Rolex Explorer II ref. 1655. Curiously, however, there are zero photos of Steve McQueen actually wearing 1655, as the famous Hollywood actor actually wears a Rolex Submariner on screen and in his personal life.
Like the various “Bubble Back” of earlier Rolex watches driven by a self-winding movement, the self-assembled Rolex Ovettone watch has a significantly thicker movement and requires a domed case to case back. This, combined with the relatively large diameter of the two watches’ cases, eventually earned them the nickname “big Egg” among collectors.
Just like how these early fake rolex Ovettone Datejust watches pre-date the ‘Datejust’ name, they also pre-date the arrival of the collection’s now-standard cyclops magnification lens. The cyclops magnifier wasn’t patented by Rolex until 1953, and it wasn’t introduced to the Datejust collection in 1955, meaning that all of the earliest rolex Datejust watches were fitted with standard, domed acrylic crystals. With this in mind, the calendar disc itself is the actual date on display at the party, known as the “roulette” date wheel, where the date Numbers alternate between red and black.
The fake watch was originally ordered from a retailer in Dayton, Ohio in 1949 by Charles F. Kettering. An American inventor, engineer, and businessman, Kettering was the founder of Delco Electronics Corporation, the head of research at General Motors from 1920 to 1947, and the holder of 186 different patents.
A good long-time friend of Kettering and fellow Dayton resident, Walter H. J. Behm was a prominent banker in the Dayton, OH area. He started his career at Winters National Bank and Trust Company, which was considered THE bank in the region at the time. Interestingly, American comedian, actor, author, and television host, Jonathon Winters is a member of the same family that established the bank. Walter H. J. Behm climbed through the ranks to become the CEO of Winters Bank during the 1950s.
This particular replica Rolex Datejust Ovettone is made up of a white dial with pointed time markings and leaf-shaped hands that are strikingly similar to Rolex’s first dial on its Pre-Datejust watch. While the watch itself is incredibly interesting and an excellent example of Rolex’s earliest dates show at cindyforcongress, we think this is the back story that makes it truly special.
A Sealab diver reported the problem to Rolex and suggested adding a pressure-relief valve to safely release the helium gas seep into the watch. Rolex then developed its helium escape valve, which will be used by many other branded watches.
Rolex got down to working with the French diving specialist Comex in the early 1970s and supplied watches to all Comex divers, who then shared their experiences and helped with the ongoing development of the watches. Comex laid underwater cables, took care of diving work on oil rigs, and salvaged shipwrecks. In the process, they developed their own special tools and experimented with breathing mixtures of gases.
Comex set various depth records and a rolex replica Sea-Dweller was on the wrists of their divers as they subjected themselves to each torturous trial. In 1972, two divers withstood 50 hours in a pressurized chamber measured at 610 meters deep. Later, Comex employees worked in the ocean at more than 500 meters, and in 1992, a Comex diver achieved a depth of 701 meters inside a pressure chamber. What Comex really needed was the Sea-Dweller with its three times higher water resistance and a helium escape valve.
In the mid-1960s, Rolex supplied Comex with particularly equipped Submariner models to test the helium escape valve. Today, these “Rolex Comex” watches (Ref. 5514) are as expensive as they are rare. The Sea-Dweller went into mass production in 1967, equipped with a helium escape valve. The new model was able to withstand pressure to a depth of 610 meters. It remained similar in design to the Submariner. With a current diameter of 43 mm and a height of 15 mm, and with the fake Rolex Cyclops date magnifier, the watch looks much like an enlarged Submariner but with continuous 60-minute markers on the divers’ bezel and red lettering on the dial.
The maximum depth limit remained unchanged until 2008 when the Deepsea model was introduced with a water resistance of 3,900 meters. Rolex has developed an entirely new casing design to ensure that the watch is not too big despite its huge water resistance. Its patented “Ringlock” system consists of three factors that can take the pressure: a 5.5-mm-thick sapphire crystal, a 3.28-mm grade 5 titanium case back, and an inner ring made of BioDur 108 steel. The system is surrounded by a 904L steel Rolex in the use case. The titanium case is fitted with the pressure of the inner ring through a 904L rebar case ring.
A few weeks ago, we discussed several models. The other two-register watch on our list, the fake Longines Heritage 1973, is based on a historical model and possesses a cushion-shaped, 40-mm diameter steel case with rounded chronograph pushers, black subdials on a silvered dial, and applied hour indices dotted with Super-LumiNova. Surrounding the dial is a minute circle composed of fine black lines and a tachymeter scale in blue. The original watch on which the Longines Heritage 1973 is based was equipped with a mechanical chronograph movement, Caliber 30CH. The contemporary watch, launched in 2013, includes the Longines Caliber L688, with automatic winding and a column-wheel chronograph, which is made exclusively for Longines by ETA. The Heritage 1973 is also available in a model with a “reverse panda” dial, which you can find out the website https://www.cindyforcongress.org.
Developed in cooperation with Calibre 11, one of the most famous online forums devoted to Heuer and TAG Heuer replica watches, the Autavia Jo Siffert Collectors’ Edition is modeled after a vintage Autavia model made popular by Formula 1 racing legend Jo Siffert, who throughout the late 1960s and 1970s wore both a Heuer logo on his racing suit and a Heuer Autavia 1163T Chronograph on his wrist. That reference of the watch, produced before “TAG” was added to the company name and logo, was recognizable for its black subdials, blue central hand, and subtle hints of blue throughout the dial, most notably at the end of the indices.
The watch consists of the Heuer 02 automatic chronograph used in modern Autavia watches and adds vintage flairs such as the use of the historical Heuer logo on the dial and the black calfskin strap with Heuer tang buckle. Modern adjustments include the crown being moved to the right side between the Chrono pushers, and, of course, the three-subdial arrangement. Thus, it’s a very accurate watch that Siffert wore during his racing career.
The list would not be complete, of course, without a modern example of the fake Rolex Daytona, the watch that Paul Newman helped make famous. The latest version of the Daytona, released in 2016 with a number of aesthetic and technological upgrades, can’t really be considered a panda — only the rings around the Chrono subdials are contrasting black, rather than the subdials themselves — but it’s still decidedly panda, especially with the black Cerachrom tachymeter bezel echoing the black subdial rings. The bracelet incorporates Rolex’s Oysterlock safety clasp, which prevents accidental opening, and the patented Easylink quick-extension system that allows the wearer to easily increase the bracelet length by approximately 6 mm without the use of a tool.
Unlike the Submarine, the Rolex Datejust is a notable dressing choice, as well as highlighting the exquisite engineering and finishing off everything Rolex has. The Datejust’s case ranges in size from the tiny 34mm to the more modern 41mm, suitable for all wrist sizes and aesthetic preferences.
Besides, the model range is by far the broadest in the brand’s collection, providing an array of replica watches to choose from in steel, gold, or two-tone configuration, with a baton, Roman numeral, or even diamond-set indices. Because the collection is so broad, it would be unfair to narrow the Datejust down to a single reference.
The smooth-bezel Datejust II 116300 has a fair bit of appeal on account of its slightly less flashy aesthetic when compared to its fluted bezel siblings. However, there’s a fair level of appeal to rocking a piece that speaks more to the Datejust’s roots – such as the stainless steel and yellow gold Datejust 116233 with a fluted bezel and champagne dial. This classic two-tone aesthetic paired with Rolex’s hallmark traits such as a gold fluted bezel and Jubilee bracelet makes a truly timeless design and help make this configuration instantly recognizable as a Rolex watch.
The replica rolex explorer ii is actually on the tool/utility side of the brand’s catalog; however, its thinner case profile and flatter fixed bezel help make it a fair bit more versatile if you’re looking to tuck under a shirt cuff. The Explorer II was a serious departure for Rolex when it first launched in 1971, created particularly with explorers, adventurers, and spelunkers in mind.
A heavy application of luminous material on its indices and hands, and a 24h indication using an oversized hand are important elements of its design that still carry forward to the present day (though past references scaled-down the 24h hand size for a brief period). Apart from the big orange hand, the Explorer II is arguably one of the more understated Rolexes on the market as well, as its case and bracelet are exclusively crafted from stainless steel and feature a brushed finish throughout rather than the high polish seen on countless other models.
Offering dual time zone functionality through its independently adjustable hour hand, fake rolex Explorer II makes an ideal companion for both travel and daily use. Occasionally referred to as a Rolex for a non-Rolex guy, the Explorer II is a fantastic choice for someone on the market for a truly versatile daily wearable watch that will last a lifetime.
You might say that every Rolex is hard to come by — the famous Swiss watchmaking brand makes only a limited number of Rolex watches each year, and even the cheapest watches sell for a few thousand dollars. However, there are some Rolex models that are a source of real difficulty.
While getting your hands on brand new, in-production replica Rolex watches often requires a waitlist at retailers, tracking down a specific discontinued or vintage model can sometimes feel impossible. This situation is exacerbated by the fact that you may not be the only one looking for such hard-to-find models, which makes it more difficult to keep track of available examples.
Given all this, it is perhaps not surprising that one of the most frequently asked questions by collectors is how they can buy the Rolex that everyone wants. Today, we’re going to break down all your options, along with some of the things you should avoid to ensure that you get the Rolex model you want without getting scammed.
For desirable current-production Rolex watches, you are required to put your name on a waiting list at a Rolex boutique or an authorized retailer. These lists can be years in length, and they don’t always ensure that you will even get one before Rolex stops making the model altogether – which you know can happen without any warning. But, if you want a brand-new model with the full fake Rolex factory warranty, this is still the only way to do it.
Before the internet, local dealers were the go-to way to track down the hard to find Rolex models, mostly because they were the most trusted and connected. And if you have an especially good relationship with your local dealer who sells pre-owned Rolex models, it can still be a good option. However, you need to be at the top of the list for a unique model to ensure you get your hands on one – and chances are you’re not the only one waiting to buy it. What’s more, you can sit on a relatively short local dealer list for years and never receive the watch you want, it totally just depends on what your dealer can source.
Now, the best way to shop for a hard to find Rolex model is through a digital dealer. First and foremost, you’re not banished to a long waiting list with others who are looking for the exact same model. Everyone who can view the website and digital catalog can snap up the watch they want as long as it is available. Secondly, it removes the barriers of borders, allowing you to buy from a trusted dealer you otherwise may have never had access to in your region. In addition, we sometimes buy fake Rolex watches that are completely unworn, complete with original packaging, boxes, and paper, which is a good way to get around long retail waiting lists.
When it comes to Rolex explorer with explorer II, the main difference lies in the motor function, with explorer I offering a time-only motion and explorer II including a date complex and an extra 24-hour hand. The fake Rolex Explorer also lacks a 24-hour border and is smaller, making it easy to recognize when placed next to the Explorer II. Although the Explorer was first introduced, it is still in production with the Explorer II, with each model having a different specialty and style. To better understand the differences between the two models, let’s take a closer look at their history, overall design, and functionality.
Each Rolex Explorer model was designed to cater to a different profession. The Explorer I was originally developed for mountaineers and the Explorer II was developed for spelunkers. The original Explorer entered the market in 1953, shortly after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first men to reach the summit of Mount Everest. These brave men equipped the expedition with the Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch, which eventually became the core foundation of the Rolex explorers — the brand’s first sports watch.
In 1970, Rolex added another adventurer’s watch to their catalog in the form of the Explorer II. Like its predecessor, the fake Rolex Explorer II was developed to offer a precise reading in some of the world’s most extreme environments with a sturdy Oyster case and a self-winding movement. The reference 1655 was the first version of the Explorer II that was introduced. It was larger than its cousin the Explorer, and at the time of its release in 1971, it marked a significant departure from the classic Rolex aesthetic.
The Explorer II was particularly designed to keep time while spending long hours (or days) in the dark and included a fixed 24-hour bezel and a bright-orange, arrow-shaped 24-hour hand that served as a prominent AM/PM indicator. With the introduction of the second edition of the Explorer II – the ref. 16550, the case increased to 40mm in diameter, and the face of the watch took on a more traditional design with standard Mercedes hands and a dial that followed the same general design as the Submariner and GMT-Master. Over the next few decades, several changes were made to explorer II, including updates to the movement, casing, bracelets, and light-emitting materials.
Like previous generations of the Explorer II, the ref. 216570 is available with either a traditional black or white ‘polar’ dial, the latter of which is distinguished by its hands and hour markers outlined in black, instead of polished white gold.
The Explorer and Explorer II brought different aesthetic replica Rolex catalogs. If you’re looking for a regular utility watch, but also a sophisticated, time-only watch that can be worn on more elaborate occasions, the original might be better suited to your wrist.