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.
This Valentine’s Day, give that special someone in your life a gift they will cherish forever. The flowers will wither and the chocolates will be eaten, but true luxury replica watches last a lifetime, preserving their value and becoming heirlooms for generations to come. To help you choose the perfect gift for your loved one, we’ve put together a quick Valentine’s Day shopping guide filled with luxury watches that represent lasting love bonds. Whether you want to buy a gift for her, for him, or even for yourself, our replica Rolex Valentine’s day collection offers a wide range of options that are guaranteed to keep your loved one entertained this holiday season.
The stainless steel Rolex Daytona ref. 116500LN has consistently been one of the most popular luxury watches in the world since it was first announced at Baselworld 2016. Featured by its three sub-dials, screw-down chronograph pushers, and black Cerachrom bezel, the reference 116500LN has been perpetually sold out at retailers with multi-year waitlists present at all locations.
The stainless steel Rolex GMT-Master II ref. 126710BLNR with black and blue “Batman” bezel insert was the hottest new release of 2019 and is still sold-out at retailers worldwide. Powered by the new-generation Cal. 3285 movements and fitted with Rolex’s iconic Jubilee bracelet, the new reference 126710BLNR brings the fan-favorite black/blue color profile to the newest generation of the GMT-Master II. Capable of simultaneously displaying 3 time zones and water-resistant to a depth of 100 meters, the “Batman” GMT is the ultimate luxury travel watch and an absolute must-have for any serious fake Rolex watches collector.
The Explorer is Rolex’s original sports watch collection, and the ref. 214270 represents the latest edition of this industry classic. Fully made from Rolex’s patented Oystersteel, the latest version of explorer benefits is from an increased 39mm case size and a completely redesigned bracelet and buckle. The Rolex explorer can be displayed for no more than a day and embodies rugged minimalism, and its timeless versatile styling is great for both formal and casual wear, making its watch effortless to switch between activities without looking out of place or jumping a beat.
The new generation is still outperforming the old. The energy storage increased by 72 hours over the previous 50 hours, the efficiency of the self-winding system increased by 68%, and it was the first to use the proprietary Blue Parachrom hairspring, with all the antimagnetic and shock resistance.
More important, however, is the timing coupling component. With traditional transverse or transverse clutches used in previous models, the cal. 4130 has a vertical system. This means it can perform more precise starts and stops without being strongly opposed by most competitors. In addition, a stopwatch can run longer without affecting the overall timekeeping of the fake watch, and the entire unit can be used because it can be removed, disassembled, lubricated, and replaced, unlike some other integrated units.
Replica Rolex Daytona has had a remarkable life, going from one of the brand’s rare missteps to a luxury that money can’t buy. Originally designed to cater to the high-energy world of motorsport, the model has become a symbol of wealth, success, and the keen eye of the clock. Today, both new and old wines are becoming more valuable — and the trend shows no sign of slowing.
Perhaps the most popular feature from last year’s ref. 16610 is the border insert. Many of Rolex’s latest professional collections, including submarines, now have their bezels made from Rolex’s patented ceramic ceramics — a material that is highly scratch-resistant and guaranteed to not fade after long-term exposure to salt water or UV. While the Cerachrom is superior in terms of performance and longevity, it does slightly diminish the development of the watch’s own personality, the one that develops through the occasional bump or scratch, giving each watch a story and life. Fifty years from now, however interesting its life may be, it will look exactly like a brand new watch that just came off the production line.
While ceramic borders more or less never age, the exact opposite applies to the aluminum bolt used on the fake Rolex submarine 16610. They are still robust and fade more easily after living in the hot sun or under the waves for a while. These faded aluminum frame inserts can come in a variety of colors, from gray to blue, and this particular bronzing is something vintage fans are actively looking for and a source of excitement for many collectors. Especially when it comes to collecting vintage references, it is often not the most original examples to the highest price, but those of elegant age in a very unique way.
For Rolex, they continued to use radium in some moving models of the dial until the late 1950s. However, with the release of the first GMT-Masters, they chose to have the border Numbers also illuminated. For this, they used to paint with a different luminescent constituent, Strontium 90. Another isotope manufactured by nuclear fission, actually, it too was greatly radioactive.
Unluckily, it seemed too late for one naval lieutenant commander, Willard Mound, who sued the company for $5 million in August 1961. He had purchased his watch in Hong Kong three years previously and stated that he, his wife, and their five children had all met with serious physical effects from exposure to the watch.
In 1962, Rolex Replica replaced radium with tritium. Another self-luminous element, which is also radioactive, has a half-life of only 12 years at rather lower, safer levels. By comparison, the half-life of radium is 1,602 years!
Tritium served Rolex all the way up until 1998 when they decided to change the material again, this time to Luminova, a totally non-radioactive coloring invented by Nemoto & Co. Ltd of Japan. Although completely harmless, Luminova first needed to be exposed to light before it would glow, unlike its predecessors.
After only a short run, Luminova was swapped for SuperLuminova in the 2000s. Essentially the same, Superluminova was supplied by a Swiss company, RC Tritec AG.
At last, in 2008, Rolex upgraded again with Chromalight. Giving off an amazing blue light rather than green, and shining for much longer than Superluminova, it makes its debut on the new Sea-Dweller Deepsea before being rolled out across the portfolio.
In addition to being a useful addition to the hands and hands of the watch dial, the luminescent material type is a good way to determine the age of the fake Rolex.
Before the AEC-demanded recall, the word ‘Swiss’ was printed alone under the six o’clock index, near the very outer edge of the dial.
A small dot appeared under the hour marker but above the word ‘Swiss’ indicating they still have a radium content but at a lower level between 1960 and 1963.
The ‘Underline’ dials were produced for a very short period, between 1963 and 1964. They have a small horizontal line either above or below the hands and are thought to mark the changeover from radium to tritium. Of course, these are very rare and highly sought after on the vintage market.