We have analyzed the small details that account for vast differences in vintage Rolex watch values in this edition of The Minute Details series and we test the popular GMT-Master fake pilot’s watch. It’s not surprising that there are numerous differences to be found amongst GMT-Master replica watches from different eras since that is a model which was in great production for over twenty years. Now let’s see which amazing traits make for the biggest differences in price when looking for a vintage GMT-Master model.
The GMT-Master watch was the second reference to be taken as Rolex’s family of pilot’s watches after the inaugural ref. 6542. The affordable fake Rolex introduced crown guards to the GMT-Master watch with its debut.
Early models came made with pointed crown guards, often nicknamed “El Cornino” by watch collectors because of their resemblance to horns. Finally, the fake Rolex replaced the pointed shape with non-pointed crown guards in the mid-1950s. Therefore, GMT-Master watches with pointed crown guards are typically much more expensive than ones with regular crown guards because of their limited production run.
The hand, together with the rotating bezel marked to 24-hours, gives access to the wearer to simultaneously reference the time in a second time zone. It is this particular function that made the GMT-Master watch go-to timepiece for commercial pilots. The red GMT-hand includes a luminescent arrow tip for visibility in low light conditions.
Early examples of GMT-Master watches were equipped with 24-hour hands that featured small arrows at their tips. However, Rolex replaced the small arrow-tipped hand with a GMT-hand that had an obvious larger arrow at its tip. While the larger arrow offers more legibility, GMT-Master watches with small 24-hour hands typically command higher prices on the vintage Rolex market.
Real to the era, the first generation of GMT-Master replica watches received glossy black dials with “gilt” printing. This was the case up until 1964 when Rolex replica exchanged them for matt black dials that featured white text. We also need to find that there are two types of glossy/gilt dials – earlier ones with a chapter ring and later-era ones without a chaptering.
Just as what we expected that GMT-Master watches with glossy gilt dials – particularly the ones with the chapter ring are generally much more expensive than matte black dials with white printing. There is one special variant of matte dial that is quite rare with that in mind, and therefore more expensive than standard matte black dials: the so-called radial dials.
If completely original, glossy gilt dial versions of the GMT-Master replica watch should also have small-arrow style GMT-hands and pointed crown guards. While, don’t forget that it is quite common to see vintage Rolex watches that have spare dials, replacement hands, and other later-era replacement elements which were either put or exchanged during an after-sale service.
I am wondering if you heard the news that Crazy Rich Asians is coming to a screen near you. The film adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s bestselling book series has received high praise since its premiere, the most important thing is that the way it’s challenging stereotypes of how Asians are better shown in most part of Hollywood films.
The film keeps eyes on a young Asian-American couple making the journey back to Singapore to meet the family. Actually, the plot twists when the woman travelling to meet her boyfriend’s family finds out they are one of the wealthiest in Singapore.
Filmmaking aside, Crazy Rich Asians caught our attention for another reason: its props, which is a very specific prop in details. Before we dive into the detail, it’s crucial to note that Kwan had a very deliberate hand in deciding the props for the film. We recently got word that Kwan insisted on using a specific fake Rolex ‘Paul Newman Daytona’ for a special scene in the film.
The scene includes Astrid, one of the more affluent, charming and elegant features in the book, gifting her husband a watch. “He asked me, ‘Would Astrid really give her husband this replica watch?’ And I said no, absolutely not,” says Kwan. “She would get him a Paul Newman Rolex Daytona from the 1960s, therefore we went on the hunt and found the right collector with that exact watch.
Adding to the buzz, the character receiving the watch, Pierre Png, was even recently quoted in Forbes, stating that aside from meeting Kwan, wearing the Paul Newman Daytona was a highlight of filming.
So, to answer the question everyone’s thinking: yes, the amazing replicda watch is authentic! The influence of prop masters in Hollywood is well documented, and it’s common practice to use replicas and homage pieces. After all, the risk of damage or theft on a major motion picture is presumably quite high.
But how did such a specific, valuable, and arguably rare watch find its way into this film? Well, it turns out a familiar face helped source the watch — Eric Wind, of Wind Vintage and friend of Kevin Kwan, located the Panda Dial Paul Newman Daytona, reference 6263, in a matter of hours.
From all accounts, substantial work was involved to ensure the fake watch included was not only authentic and high quality but protected. However, it’s refreshing to see a legitimate watch used outside of a branded deal or sponsorship. In the greater scheme of the film, it may seem like a small, trivial detail, but the details like these that fake watch collectors prefer to find.
In 1945, to commemorate the 40th anniversary, Rolex wanted to create a most distinctive cheap watch that is different from all the other timepieces at the time. The result was the first self-winding, water resistant replica watch with a date window on the dial. This groundbreaking model was the renowned Datejust.
The original model was named Jubilee Datejust, Reference 4467. It is the same name of the brand’s all-new Jubilee bracelet, which has since become a staple for fake Rolex. The initial reference was only available in 18-karat gold and showcased the brand’s iconic water resistant Oyster case with a fluted bezel. To put in the larger Caliber 710 movement that enabled the new date function, the model featured a convex caseback. Soon the Datejust became the flagship model of Rolex replica.
The Datejust embraced its first major update a decade after its first release. In 1954, Rolex debuted their all-new Cyclops lens on the Datejust. This magnifying lens is directly above the date window, which makes the numbres looks two and a half times bigger. Today, the Cyclops lens is standard on Rolex watches and is one of the trademark features of the repica watches.
In 1955, fake Rolex created a special version of the inexpensive replica watch called the Turn-O-Graph, which was later nicknamed the Thunderbird. United States Air Force pilots were rewarded this unique version when return home from combat missions. What distinguished it from the other models was the rotatable Turn-o-Graph bezel for which the watch was named.
Rolex made another major update to the Datejust in 1957. This change was more technical than aesthetic. The movement was chagned to the Caliber 1065 movemen which is smaller, more efficient and thus altered the design of the Datejust. It eliminated the need for the domed caseback and created a more streamlined design for the model.
Do you want to buy a “new”, elegant, stylish old replica watch that is affordable and may even trigger a watch collection hobby? It would be hard, but the Gentleman’s Gazette did the hard work to make discovering a cheap sake vintage watch easier.
It is believed that watch collecting is addictive, so be careful! If you want to start your watch collection, you may find replica watches in antique shops, weekend fairs, garage sales, eBay, websites, and auctions galore (such as Sotheby’s, Christie’s and others). Sometimes, a friend want to sell one; another time, they may know of someone who is going to sell some cheap fake watches. Your dad or an uncle may be soft-hearted and help you with the “seed watch” in your collection.
It is a very easy to see that the market is competitive , some watches may sell for thousands, hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars – think about Winston Churchill’s Lemania gold chronograph from 1946, recently sold at Sotheby’s: its pre-auction estimate was US$19,000-32,000, but the hammer dropped at over US$208,000.
Or Paul Newman’s own fake Rolex Daytona “Paul Newman” model, which started the whole premium vintage watch market: it was sold at the price of US$17,752,500 (including buyer’s premium), a world record for a wristwatch at auction.
Of course, we are not introducing this kind of collecting. We aims to provide you a practical and guide to find affordable vintage watches and brands below the US$200 point. In this price range, you will find many good fake watches and some gold-plated ones, with an eventual solid gold piece. But you pay attention to design, demand, and style, instead of a financial investment!
Owing an amazing Replica Rolex watch means a sense of prestige, luxury, and exclusivity. But buying or selling a used Rolex, however, can be clothed in mystery and intrigue. Where to go? Is it a gold or stainless steel? How do you know it’s a genuine Rolex? What model? Can you take advantage of wholesale Rolex prices? It can become quite a confusing transaction, and it doesn’t have to be. Here are some suggestions to use when looking for used Rolex prices. The challenge is to find the most reasonable Rolex prices on both ends whether it be buying or selling.
Take a general view at a quality pre-owned Rolex price list in order to know the value of what you’re looking to buy or sell. Once you have an idea of what your chosen watch is worth, do some research to find a reputable dealer. One of the major fears of looking online for the Rolex watch prices is that people think they might be getting a fake. Our Watches explicitly states that we verify each and every replica watch we buy or sell to be authentic. Once a watch is authenticated we can then determine the best Rolex prices depending on the model, year, conditions and so on.
In your online searches scrolling through used Rolex watches, prices are often decided by the quality of the watch. A mint condition watch can bring literally thousands more in market price, whereas a multitude of scratches and a cracked crystal can reduce the asking price. To be sure of what used Rolex prices would apply to your watch, compare it to similar watches, and then take your watch to an appraiser before you sell. Jewelry appraisers take all factors into consideration to give you a true and objective value for your piece. For example, the used Rolex Submariner has been very popular lately. The pre-owned Rolex Submariner prices can range a lot in difference, based on features, quality and materials!
The key point is when looking to buy or sell a used fake Rolex, have fun. Many people make trading Rolex watches their hobby, and enjoy the nuances of how the prices change. There is a multitude of factors that can affect the market value of a watch, and it can be a fun challenge to buy at the lowest price, yet sell at the highest.
The Rolex tends to create a top-shelf version of the Submariner diver’s watch when they developed the Yacht-Master in 1992. Rumor has it that Rolex wasn’t rather brave enough to make any drastic changes to the design of the Submariner itself, resulting in the Yacht-Master being adding to the catalog as its own model. Both models may look similar with the use of a dial topped with lume, a robust Oyster case, and a timing bezel, but they come with two total different functions. While the Submariner is meant for use while far below the surface of the sea, the Yacht-Master is better suited for the decks of a yacht.
We can see from its name that the the Yacht-Master was developed as a tool-watch for sailing, offering waterproof up to 330 feet via a Triplock screw-down crown, a maxi dial with fat hands and larger hour markers, a secure three-link Oyster bracelet, and a bidirectional rotatable timing bezel. Most references feature a bezel crafted from precious metals and distinguished by a sand-blasted insert and raised, high-polish graduations. It’s worth knowing that the fake Rolex Yacht-Master was initially only offered in an all-gold finish, with more affordable two-tone options hitting the market shortly after. Tapered lugs complement the luxurious style of the bezel nicely, giving the Yacht-Master a look that stands apart from its muse the Submariner.
Getting back to the Yacht-Master’s status as a sports watch together with a boating replica watch, the bezel’s primary function is to measure amounts of time while at sea as well as sync with race start times. With a build similar to the rolex replica Submariner, you can expect some of its key functions to operate in the same way.
The first ten minutes on the bezel can be used to sync with Regatta start times, which can be done by aligning the zero position on the bezel with the minute hand, then using the 10-minute hashes to count down to the race start time. The bezel can also be set a certain amount of time into the future, allowing the minute hand to countdown towards that set time, essentially functioning as a timer.
Measuring elapsed time via the replica Rolex Yacht-Master bezel is rather straightforward. To begin with, rotate the bezel in either direction to sync the zero position with the minute hand. The minute hand will point to the amount of time that has passed once finished.
All of these choices are very useful while sailing but have some applications towards life on land too, making the fake Yacht-Master ideal for any lifestyle.
Most Rolex watches are easily recognizable mainly thanks to the brand sticking to certain special design standards, whether that’s the case size and shape, bracelet type, and bezel style. What’s more, Rolex replica watch collections are also varied and that’s mostly due to the various dial options available to the consumer. The Rolex also has in its catalog some very funny dial materials such as semi-precious stones and even space rocks, along with standard colored metal dials! Today let’s see an intriguing Rolex Day-Date equipped with a meteorite dial.
To create their meteorite dials, Rolex uses material from the famous Gibeon meteorites. Named after the Namibian town it was found in, the Gibeon meteorites fell to earth during the prehistoric times, covering an area stretching 171 miles long and 62 miles wide. The indigenous Nama people had been taking the meteorites to create tools and weapons for generations and in 1838, English explorer James Edward Alexander came across the material during his travels. He sent some samples back to London where renowned scientist John Herschel confirmed their extraterrestrial origins.
Specially cherished for its crisscross-like Widmanstätten pattern, the replica Rolex treats the Gibeon meteorite material with an acid wash to stress its design prior to making the dials. The meteorite dial on this Rolex Day-Date model adds a captivating look and fascinating texture to any Rolex replica watch it is used in. Nowadays, strict Namibian laws protect the meteorites, thus these famed rocks can no longer be taken from where they lie.
One unique model that Rolex showcases these rare meteorite dials is on the ultra-prestigious platinum fake rolex Day-Date watch, which is still a part of Rolex’s current catalog. This Rolex President features a 36mm case, smooth domed bezel, and the well-known President bracelet with semi-circular links.
We see the feature date window at 3 o’clock on the dial—magnified by the Cyclops lens on the crystal—together with the full day of the week displayed on the window at 12 o’clock. The funning thing, rather than hours, there are Arabic numeral minute markers, further accompanied by a duo of diamond indexes at 6 and 9 o’clock. The Day-Date 36 model runs on the fake Rolex Caliber 3155 automatic movement with 48 hours of power reserve.
The fake Rolex Sea-Dweller was manufactured with both the “Sea-Dweller” and “Submariner 2000” names printed in red text on the surface of the dial for the first ten years of its existence. While in 1977, Rolex launched a new Sea-Dweller – still under a special replica watch which gave up the red lines of text, together with the Submariner name, in favor of a whole black and white dial.
Owing to the monochromatic text of the dial of the new Sea-Dweller, the watch gained the nickname the “Great White” among Rolex collectors, as a means to help distinguish it from the earlier replica Sea-Dweller watches that featured red text on the surface of their dials. Besides, this change to a totally black and white dial for the Sea-Dweller would be a lasting decision that would stand for forty years.
To accompany the updated dial of the “Great White” Sea-Dweller, the case-backs on the new generation of these replica watches received slightly more refined engravings, in which the Rolex name curves along the arc of the fluting, rather than appearing in a straight line.
The replica Sea-Dweller starts its life as a Submariner that had been modified to be even more water resistant in order to withstand even greater depths below the surface of the ocean. The dial of the Sea-Dweller also had the Submariner name printed on it for the first 10 years of its existence, so it was somewhat unclear as to whether the Sea-Dweller was a separate line of watches, or just a particular version of the Submariner that had been designed for more rigorous professional use.
Although the absence of red lettering made for a rather noticeable visual change, the removal of the Submariner name was the most important change that accompanied the arrival of the “Great White” model. Without the Submariner name appearing on the dial, it was an obvious signal to the public that the replica Rolex intended the Sea-Dweller to be its own line of watches, separate from the Submariner, and filling a slightly different niche within their lineup of highly competent, professional watches.
The replica “Great White” Sea-Dweller remained in production for roughly five years, during which time a number of small changes took place, and five different dial variations were manufactured.
Even though it is not the most valuable iteration of the Sea-Dweller that the fake Rolex has ever produced, the “Great White” is the watch that helped distinguish the Sea-Dweller as its own unique line of highly specialized, ultra-water resistant, tool watches – separate from the Submariner and specifically engineered for the rigors of saturation diving and professional use.
It seems that most actions made by Rolex bear great fruits in the end all the time. Each separate element that goes into any one of their designs has a target; whether it’s to increase the appearance or the functionality, everything has to earn its place.
However, the bracelets of Rolex Replicas are no different. The trinity of metal bands outfitted across the various models in their catalog—the Jubilee, the President and the Oyster—are themselves minor works of art and masterpieces of engineering excellence.
But while the metal bracelets are the most outstanding, and rightly so, the fake Rolex’s leather straps receive the same obsessive level of scrutiny and perfection. Nowhere near as abundant, the watches they are attached to are chosen with the utmost care to improve the overall look and feel.
Substituting a fake watch’s metal bracelet for a leather strap gives you a totally new watch, in the same way that the appearance of a suit is completely chosen by different styles of shirt and tie.
There’s just something a little more business-like about a black leather strap. They give sports models a soberness that only increases their versatile nature and they can tone down the flamboyance of a yellow gold case or diamond accents on a dress watch.
The Cellini collection, named after the 16th century Italian sculptor Benvenuto Cellini, is as tastefully simple as Rolex gets. Their aims as pieces of jewelry to be worn on special occasions rather than as tools to help you through the day is underlined by their status as the only pieces in the brand’s lineup not to be housed in an Oyster case. The slim profile and graceful contours are designed to slip under a shirtsleeve for those events where black tie isn’t optional.
The ideal watch, then, for a leather strap. With their modest size, a metal bracelet would always look out of place, distracting from the refined look of the dial and the flowing lines of the case.
Our Rolex model is a great example. The 32mm yellow gold model launched in 1999 features a supple black leather Rolex strap that contrasts beautifully against the crisp whiteness of the face. Long, slender hands sweep over gold hour markers, giving an extremely legible readout, with the large ‘VI’ index being the only quirky detail on the otherwise unadorned façade.
The manually winding caliber and lack of a seconds hand only stress its position as an out and out showpiece—a replica watch for watch lovers and for those looking to top off a formal outfit with the final exquisite touch.
Black leather straps bring a new dimension to traditional Rolex watches. What are your thoughts on black leather bracelets for your watch? Do you like metallic bracelets?
I asked at once if I could take the fake rolex watch out for several minutes of wrist time and to get the images you see here. The Phillips team kindly humored me, and I have to say that, as someone who is passionate about vintage Rolex replica, there is something really mysterious about this replica watch actually. It seems dramatic, I know, but it was one of those times when you’re in the presence of something particular or significant and you can feel it. I’m lucky enough that in the course of business, I get to see many amazing replica watches. Holding a Paul Newman Daytona is out of the ordinary. But this was extremely outstanding and extraordinary.
The condition of the watch is the first thing that stuck me a lot. If you’ve seen the photographs published in the Wall Street Journal (who first broke the news) or the New York Times, you might think the replica watch is pretty beat up. It’s not. This Daytona is in good condition, and has clearly been worn over the years, but the smudging on the dial’s creme-colored section isn’t nearly as stark as it appears in those photos, and the case and caseback show normal scratches from wear, but they don’t look especially beat up at all.
What’s more, the lugs look worn from wear, but not like they’ve been polished to death; the pushers and crown are still crisp, and the lume plots all appear to be intact and correct. If the watch wasn’t the ur-Paul Newman, it might not be the most desirable example, but thinking of the context, it’s far more preferable for the replica watch to show that it hasn’t been tampered with (and that it was actually worn) than for it to be in new-old-stock condition.
Putting the fake watch on my wrist was a rather surreal experience. Additionally, I’ve tried on plenty of 6239 Daytonas, and more than a handful of Paul Newmans, but this watch is just so damn cool. To know that Newman himself looked down at it, just as I was when taking this photo, is totally different. You can believe I took wristshots until I was politely asked to return the watch, and I don’t think this is a watch I’ll be able to get out of my head for quite some time.
Watching other collectors get excited about this replica watch was more than half the fun. Even more exciting for me though was watching other collectors react to it during the preview. Everyone from relative newcomers to guys who have been amassing brilliant replica Rolex collections since the days of Bubbleback supremacy were straight up freaking out. We’re talking about grown men giggling and asking their friends to snap iPhone photos of them standing next to the fake watch in its glass case. The entire experience was a nice reminder of how much fun this little passion of ours can be, and what a great community has sprung up around it since the days when this replica watch was Rolex’s worst-selling model.