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.
We all know that the Defy is Zenith’s darling this year. Baselworld 2019 saw them release swags of different versions, including the crazy Zero-G, the impressive chronograph, and this replica watch, the comparatively simple Classic. While it may lack some of its larger brethren, Zenith Defy Classic- especially this openwork dial option – is a real winner for me.
You have to begin with the dial, don’t you: a fashionable open-worked number with a bold star motif, encouraged indirectly by the brand’s star logo, and more obviously by the epic Defy Lab limited edition from last year. The date at six does get a little lost, though, and frankly, I think that’s more of a pro than a con, blending seamlessly into the background until you need it. As a whole, the Defy Classic’s dial manages to be interesting without being cluttered.
At 41mm across and circa 13-and-a-bit high, the size is quite amazing. There must have been a real temptation to go, ‘Hey, we’re making this avant-garde luxury sports fake watch, let’s make it 44mm’, but I am so happy they resisted that temptation.
Sporty and modern models are not always equally large. This watch will never get lost on your wrist, but it won’t overwhelm you either. Add the titanium construction into the mix and I suppose you have something that really is great proportions for a luxury sports watch. I really like the angular, retro-inspired design too. The Defy has a personality all its own.
There are rubber and bracelet options available, but this version is rubber-backed blue croc, the sort of strap you’ll be very familiar with if you’ve ever held a Hublot. It sits flush with the sides of the case, making a beautiful flowing, cohesive look.
Beating away inside is the in-house fake Rolex watches. You can see it from both sides due to that open-worked dial, and through the open star-shaped rotor on the back. It looks nice enough, with fine, if not extremely ornamental finishing. It’s got a silicon pallet lever and escape wheel, which is nice, and 50 hours of power reserve.
I cherish it! This wrist is the right size. Not too big or too small, plus the weight is minimal, I like it. It’s just the time and date, but there’s enough to make sure you’re helpful at the next boring meeting
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.
Where to put the watch depends largely on one’s own preferences, which can be influenced by the size of a person’s collection, lifestyle, and economy or space. Unless you only have one watch, like a fake Rolex, and wear it every day, you’ll likely need a place to store them when they’re not on your wrist. Storage options for watches can include original boxes, showcases, cases, packaging, wallets, winders, safes, and so on, so let’s explore some of the most common and relevant pros and cons.
This one is probably not ideal for many people and is a proposal I would only advocate if space were severely limited. Keeping the original box and papers of a watch you have bought yourself or managed to obtain pre-loved is essential should you ever wish to sell the replica watch for its maximum secondary market value, but using these boxes as storage systems is not a good idea on several fronts.
To begin with, overusing a box will only harm its condition and reduce its value. I store all of my original boxes in a separate box in a cool, dry location, away from any kind of light to prevent the exterior from fading or becoming laden with dust.
Second, it looks a little messy. On most models, you can’t see the watches at a glance, and in some cases, the boxes of the same brand don’t have any visible signs that tell you what to see when you open them. For me, as long as the watch comes out of its original packaging, it shouldn’t go back there until it delivers it to a new home.
A display cabinet is a bit of an old-fashioned concept in this slick, tech-heavy world in which we live, but for those who prefer to arrange their watches behind glass in a static position, it is still an option. Individual watch stands are ever more available and can make for a display when marshaled with care and attention.
One of the reasons I favor cases is because I am often on the move, and sometimes need to travel with a huge number of watches in my possession for fairs or RedBar meet-ups. However, sometimes traveling with 15-20 watches is not only unnecessary but simply untenable due to luggage restrictions. Here watch wraps and watch wallets become necessary pieces of kit, and while I wouldn’t leave my replica Rolex timepieces in either for a significant period, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve relied on these light-weight and durable options to get my beaters from A to B.
Look, it is certainly true that leaving a watch unused for a long time is unhealthy for it, but for a few days or several weeks at a time, it makes no practical difference. On the contrary, leaving a watch running constantly obviously increases the wear and tear sustained by the components, which are of course working harder and for longer than is necessary.
Whether a watch is a good fit for your collection depends on its size and composition. For example, if you rarely wear a watch, it’s not a bad idea to give them a little activity every few weeks to make sure the lubricant is still working but doesn’t need to leave these rarely worn winder models running forever.
However, speaking of perpetuity, certain models would benefit from life on a watch winder, and those are very sophisticated models featuring things like perpetual calendars or complex moon phase indications that can run for over 100 years without needing to be reset. Watches of this complexity will benefit a lot from the wind-up mechanism of a watch, which is the main reason they exist in my mind.
Despite the high price tag of this stylish security device, it can be a drop in the ocean compared to the cost of replacing or repairing a fake watch that has been stolen or damaged due to a lack of storage solutions. Aside from insurance and regular maintenance to keep your replica watches in good working order, finding a home for them that will keep them happy and healthy for years to come is not something to sneeze at.
Patek Philippe replica now provides the Aquanaut with a chronograph movement. The sporty, complex product is well suited to the company’s increasingly youthful and dynamic product line. But how does it work in real life?
The Patek Philippe Aquanaut was first appeared in 1997 and is one of the most popular collections at Patek Philippe, together with the Twenty-4 introduced in 1999. The CH 28-520 C caliber that powers the watch is almost 10 years younger still – the first chronograph movement for the Nautilus-inspired watch with its rounded octagonal bezel.
The Aquanaut Chronograph, our test watch, has an outstanding orange “Tropical” strap made of modern composite rubber that’s resistant to wear, saltwater, and UV rays, and is combined with a new double folding clasp. With four independent capture and two side buttons, its patented design offers extreme reliability and ease of operation. It has two spring strips at the end of the strap, so it has to adjust to the size of the wearer’s wrist — a powerful move that doesn’t allow for mistakes. And in the event of a distinguished occasion, Patek Philippe also delivers the Aquanaut Chronograph with an additional black strap.
To increase wrist stability, the two ends of the strap are not only fixed by a traditional spring rod but also inserted into the case from one end of the strap by two pins. Therefore, Patek Philippe recommends having the strap changed by an authorized service person, which limits its ease of use.
But why change bands? We found that the orange band highlighted the color markings on the dial that showed the timing function; the long, slender chronograph hand that extends from the center of the dial; the minutes hand over the subdial at 6 o’clock; the markings of the 4-Hz chronograph track around the dial together with the elapsed-minutes track around the subdial. This adopts the same shape as the rounded octagon of the bezel.
Self-winding Caliber CH 28-520 C ensures a high level of accuracy, combining a classic column-wheel with modern vertical-disk clutch control. It is the only chronograph movement at Patek Philippe with this type of clutch. Its design keeps any forward or backward jumping of the stopwatch hand when the chronograph is engaged and it runs so smoothly that the centrally mounted chronograph hand can also be used as a permanent sweep seconds hand, which is why the Aquanaut Chronograph does not have a separate seconds hand.
The date is also noteworthy. It advanced by less than a second in the middle of the night — so fast that the human eye could not detect it. It can be adjusted by pushing 8 points through a synthesis. Patek Philippe replica supplies a correction stylus made of ebony and white gold, but a crown-based function would be more convenient.
In the simulated wearing test – while the chronograph is engaged – the replica watch ran with virtually no deviations at all. When fully wound and with the chronograph running, the timing machine recorded an average daily rate of -0.4 seconds per day, and after 24 hours of running time, without additional winding, the rate was -0.7 seconds. These values are similar when there is no timing. The amplitude difference is about 10 degrees.
The fake watch mechanism is housed in a stainless-steel case that sports both polished and brushed finishes and is water-resistant to a depth of 120 meters. The crown guard gave it a slightly asymmetrical appearance. All tightening operating elements work normally. Manual winding and setting operations are very smooth. The broad, faceted timepiece is rolled out requiring solid pressure, due to the jaw, to hold and release the vertical clutch.
For some brands, just having a collection of diving watches is not enough. Some watchmakers offer a range of different specifications for diving replica watches. Take Omega, for example, which has one of the most comprehensive collections of divers to choose from.
Like the Diver 300M and the Ploprof 1200M, the Planet Ocean 600M is actually the Seamaster collection. Omega replica released the Planet Ocean 600M in 2005 as a fashionable dive watch with, as its name implies, a water resistance rating of 600 meters. The first Planet Ocean collection offered two case sizes – 42mm and 45.5mm – both in stainless steel, both sporting aluminum unidirectional bezels, and both fitted with a Helium Escape Valve for saturation diving.
Bezel color options included black and orange, and Omega also offered the choice of a steel bracelet, leather band, or rubber strap. So, as a contemporary watch, the Planet Ocean was equipped with a sapphire crystal and Super-LumiNova luminescence.
Modern as it may be, the Omega Planet Ocean did draw a handful of design cues from the 1957 Seamaster 300 watch. Similarities between the two models include the Broad Arrow hands, black dials with a minute track around the periphery, and Arabic numerals at 6, 9, and 12. However, rather than the numeral hour marker at 3 o’clock found on the Seamaster 300, the Planet Ocean includes a date window in its place.
The first editions of the Planet Ocean ran on the fake Omega Caliber 2500 automatic movement, which supplied the watch with a 48 hours power reserve. With each new family, Omega has furnished the Seamaster Planet Ocean with design improvements, material innovations, and mechanical advances. Despite its short history, the planetary ocean has undoubtedly risen through the ranks to become one of the replica Omega’s most important models.
The two stainless steel Rolex Daytona watches are well-known on the market; there is a white dial and a black dial, both with ceramic bezels. Due to the huge demand, and they continue to rise sharply in the secondary market, selling much more than their retail prices.
But people tend to forget about the many other Daytona watches, which often come in gold and two-tone versions. These fake watches have been made by Rolex for years. Stainless steel watches are great and there are some “unusual” items in the personal collection, so we’ve compiled a list of current and recently discontinued Rolex replica models that you might want to look at.
The watch looks familiar. There are good reasons for this; Reference 116506 is made of white metal and ceramic bezel. This special Rolex Daytona is made of pure platinum with a chocolate brown ceramic ring and matching embellishment. While the precious metal Daytona can be an acquired taste, it’s hard not to love the platinum version with its crisp ice blue dial. While chocolate-brown doesn’t look like an obvious ice blue combo, it matches the dial perfectly. Not particularly common, these platinum Daytona watches have the impression of a “mic drop”, but this fake watch is very tasteful.
Sitting at the other side of the Daytona stainless steel material spectrum is the sturdy gold reference 116528. Rolex doesn’t make as many replica watches with white dials — not to mention sports watches with white dials. The warm 18-karat gold case and bright white dial are a classic combination. Although this piece was actually produced in the early to mid-2000s, its overall aesthetic is completely timeless, and it can be easily manufactured decades after (or before) its actual production date.
Going back to the more subtle end of the spectrum, this black dial 116509 is a charming platinum Daytona model that looks great when you think it’s now trading in Daytona steel models that cost more than $10. As with other examples of this reference, the 116509 is designed with Arabic numerals and sports bright red accents to make this you’re favorite. It is again the most recent/current model, powered by the 4130 movements, the same as the 116500LN, except without a ceramic bezel.
Skip the ceramic bezel, but stick with precious metals, and this variant of 116508 is just “under the radar.” Champagne/gold dial is sure to be back in favor these days, and Rolex seems to be ahead of the curve on this issue. In fact, if memory is correct, they’ve been using gold/champagne dials for decades. Either way, the gold configuration, paired with a black dial and red accessories, makes the piece more retro and makes it hard to believe that it is actually a reference to modern Daytona.