It is familiar for most of us that the GMT-Master II and the Explorer II have always been very close replica watches. Although there are a number of small details that separate the two watches, the Explorer II was essentially a GMT-Master II with a fixed stainless steel bezel. Despite their longstanding similarities, the most recent incarnations of the GMT-Master II and the Explorer II, these two models, respectively, are very different watches that reduce the overlap of the Rolex’s two multi-time zone watches.
The similarities ended in 2007, with the launch of the GMT-Master II, which entirely redesigned Rolex’s original, multi-time zone watch. The watch is still 40 mm in diameter; however it uses Rolex’s “super case” that has thicker lugs and crown guards for a more bold and aggressive overall appearance.
Instead of aluminum, the bezel insert on the watch is made from Cerachrom, the Rolex’s proprietary ceramic compound that is both scratch and fade resistant. Besides, the face of the watch has been refreshed with a new “Maxi” dial and handset that characterizes the watch’s “GMT-Master II” name and 24-hand in green to match Rolex’s company colors.
When the Explorer II was given an update in 2011, the new model was completely redesigned to be its own special watch, rather than just a GMT-Master II with a different dial and bezel. Instead of using the same 40 mm “super case” from the GMT-Master II, the fake Rolex watch uses a 42 mm case that completely sets it apart form the other models that make up the replica Rolex’s sports watch lineup.
The dial and hands of the Rolex Explorer II also received a redesign, to further help visually set the watch apart. For much of the Explorer II’s history, its 24-hour hand was directly borrowed from the GMT-Master II line. Instead of continuing with this trend, the model features a huge, triangular 24-hour hand that is colored bright orange – in homage to the original Rolex Explorer II from the 1970s. What’s more, the dial of the model features the “Explorer II” name in orange paint to match the orange color of the new 24-hour hand.
Both the Caliber 3186 and the Caliber 3187 movements allow the 12-hour hand to be set independently from the 24-hour hand, enabling the rolex GMT-Master II and the Explorer II to simultaneously display a second time zone. Additionally, both cheap watches have 24-hour bezels for use with their GMT-functions; however the bezel on the GMT-Master II rotates to enable simultaneous access to a third time zone.
Finally, both the GMT-Master II and the Explorer II have brightly colored 24-hour hands that match the watches’ names printed on their respective dials. These details are done in green on it,
The most recent incarnations of the GMT-Master II and the Explorer II are significantly different watches, each occupying its own, unique place within Rolex’s lineup of highly specialized sports watches.
The watch would look completely different when you come to change its band. For example, a black strap makes the replica watch more formal, sober aspect to an otherwise utilitarian exterior. A colored strap can be used to match the different accents on a watch’s dial and bezel, creating a more elegant appearance.
As well as allowing yourself to be prominent by putting your own stamp on a typical design, substituting a metal bracelet for a leather band has other benefits. The 904L steel used in all modern the fake Rolex bracelets, while incredibly durable and corrosion resistant, has a perfect weight to it. Coupled with the already hefty quality of the watch itself, the much lighter leather alternative can make your daily wearer a more comfortable proposition.
The pliable nature of the material is also a valuable factor. Like a leather jacket or pair of shoes, a leather strap will eventually conform to the shape of the wearer, making it uniquely, and snugly to your own. And they also avoid the one major disadvantage shared by all metal bracelets, regardless of how resilient the steel involved; sagging.
Recently, we outfits some of our favorite replica Rolex references, old and new, with a selection of the beautiful leather bands handmade exclusively for us in Italy and available through our website store.
Our black leather strap with red stitching found the perfect compliment in the original GMT-Master II, the Fat Lady. The Coke bezel’s color scheme, the first time the fake Rolex had produced a watch with that combination, together with the bright red 24-hour hand, echoes the colors on the strap nicely. Available with either a gold or silver buckle, we selected the silver to mirror the brushed steel on the watch’s lugs. Different from many after-market manufacturers, our leather straps are designed to fit vintage examples of the Rolex’s most iconic creations and the latest versions.
The first of the Cerachrom bezel Subs, the special version appeared in 2010 and carried on the tradition of the world’s favorite replica watches. Replacing the original Oyster bracelet lends a whole new identity. The white dial and sudden orange lightning bolt seconds hand have always made the Milgauss one of the most colorful in the lineup, and the addition of the new band makes it a particularly eye-catching example and an ideal watch for the summer.
Customizing your Rolex replica with a leather strap is an easy and cost-effective way to shake up your style and set yourself apart. You can even keep a range of different colors to pick and choose as the mood and environment changes.
Lance Armstrong’s devotion to Cycling is effective, and he made a great contribution there. Forward with Lance Armstrong is where the former professional cyclist interviews a range of sports, business, and entertainment personalities. Beside this, Stages is his somewhat controversial podcast initially dedicated to Tour de France analysis.
And this is why his analysis of this year’s edition of the Tour de France earlier this summer via his podcast has got many talking. Some believe he has no right to speak on the subject given his past, while others argue that he can provide insight into the tournament like no other can. Regardless, with more than 5 million downloads during TDF, Stages made it to July’s top 10 on iTunes.
Scrolling through Lance Armstrong’s Instagram profile—which mostly includes pictures of him recording his podcasts in a converted trailer—we noticed a new Rolex on his wrist. Lance Armstrong is a long-time fan of addition. In fact, we’ve seen him wearing a replica Rolex GMT-Master II Coke in the past, a stainless steel Daytona, and a Deepsea. Even his fiancée, Anna Hansen, was pictured wearing a Rolex Submariner when she recently said yes to Lance Armstrong marriage proposal.
These days, Lance Armstrong is sporting the new Daytona fake model in stainless steel with a black ceramic bezel. While there are two dial options available with the new Daytona C, his model is the white Panda dial with black subdials.
Although the stainless steel Rolex Daytona replica watch made its debut well over a year ago at Baselworld 2017, it’s still a very complicated watch to find. There are years-long wait lists for this particular Rolex. The high demand for the Rolex Daytona ref. 116500LN is unsurprising. Fans had been waiting for a steel Daytona with a ceramic bezel for a long time. Cheap Rolex had released a few Daytona models with ceramic bezels prior to 2017. However, they were all precious metal models such as platinum and Everose rose gold, therefore well beyond reach for many. In stainless steel, the new ceramic Daytona is still expensive but much more accessible.
Following his Stages podcasts about the Tour de France, Armstrong was planning to turn his attention to commentating on the upcoming Colorado Classic. However, it seems this could violate his ban from cycling. It’s a story that’s just developing, so we’ll have to stay tuned to see the outcome.
Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last few months, it can’t have escaped your attention that Paul Newman’s legendary Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is going to hit the auction stand in New York, with some industry experts said that it will break all known records and become the most expensive Rolex ever sold.
In order to do that, it will have to outshine the replica watches belonging to the last emperor of the Nguyen dynasty in Vietnam that achieved a staggering $5 million earlier this year. So, how could that watch, a one-of-a-kind, diamond-enhanced piece belonging to bona fide royalty, potentially be beaten into second place by a comparatively mass produced example that the replica Rolex was struggling to even give away when it was introduced in the late sixties?
Of course, the answer is the original owner. With his insouciant good looks, understated masculinity and hard working intelligence, he was the living personification of everything the Rolex poured into the Daytona.
That first generation model, given to Newman by his wife Joanne Woodward to mark the start of his professional motor racing career in 1972, has been cited as releasing the vintage cheap watch market as we know it today.
The mythical example going under the hammer on October 26th, in Phillips’ maiden New York auctions, is the first Daytona cheap replica watch to be sold that was worn by the man himself. Will it break the record? Time will tell the truth. For now, let’s take a quick look at what might just be the most significant vintage watch in the world.
Paul Newman began a life-long love affair with motor racing during the filming of the 1969 movie Winning. While it was extremely a forgettable outing, it ignited a passion for the sport that saw him turn pro three years later after training with the likes of double Indianapolis 500 winner Roger Ward. Before long, Newman was scheduling his movies around races, preferring the genuine excitement of the track to the phoniness of Hollywood.
And he was no slouch. He finished fifth in the replica Rolex Daytona 24-hours in 1977 and second at Le Mans two years later. He still keeps the record for the oldest driver to win an officially sanctioned race when, in 1995, he was co-driver for the winning team at the Rolex 24-hour race at age of 70th.
That legendary watch, cutely engraved on the back with ‘Drive Carefully, Me’ by his anxious spouse, accompanied him as a good luck charm throughout his early career until the mid-eighties.
Rolex’s Submariner is a watch that always in no need of an introduction. Even those that are entirely new to the world of luxury timepieces have likely heard of the Submariner – or at the very least, seen one on the wrist of James Bond in one of the early 007 films.
The replica Rolex’s Submariner helped pioneer the cheap watch market, which was first introduced during the early 1950s, and design elements of the Submariner can be found on almost every dive watch which is manufactured today. While the Submariner was originally only craft from stainless steel, the fake Rolex now produces their iconic dive watch with both Rolesor (stainless steel and gold), and solid 18-karat gold options.
However, there are still many people who eager to own a more premium version of Rolex’s legendary SCUBA divers’ watch, but who also do not want to commit to a solid gold timepiece for everyday use. The Rolex Submariner replica watch is an excellent choice that combines both stainless steel and gold to create an appearance that is both rugged and luxurious.
One of the most iconic Rolex watches of all time is the Rolesor Submariner with blue dial and bezel insert. This combination of colors makes for an almost nautical aesthetic that serves as an ever-present reminder that the fake Rolex designed this watch for serious aquatic use. Rolex manufacturers Rolesor Submariners with either black or blue dials and bezel inserts, and while black makes for a slightly more formal and versatile appearance, the blue dial and insert combination is only available on the Submariner, and has become synonymous with Rolex’s legendary line of dive watches in the end.
The style and finish of the blue “Sunburst” dial is very similar to the silver or champagne colored dials frequently found in a number of the fake Rolex’s other, non-sport watch lines; however its dark blue color and contrasting white hour markers create the illusion of a greater depth when the dial is installed inside a watch.
One of the hallmark traits of the Rolesor Submariner is its blue “Sunburst” dial. Unlike the flat blue dial found inside the 18-karat white gold “Smurf” Submariner, the blue “Sunburst” dial has a somewhat iridescent quality that shifts its color in a prismatic fashion as it catches incoming light from different angles.
Rolex replica watches briefly tried switching the Rolesor Submariner’s blue dial to a flat blue variant in an attempt to better match its Cerachrom bezel insert. However, following a mixed reaction from the public, they quickly changed back to the traditional “Sunburst” style dial within just a couple years of making the initial switch.
Although this cheap replica watch comes at an increase in price over the regular stainless steel version, this premium rendition is everything we have come to love about Rolex’s iconic dive watch in a more elegant and luxurious package. The classic stainless steel Submariner is one of the most famous and instantly recognizable watches of all time, and the replica Rolesor Submariner with blue “Sunburst” dial is almost equally as iconic, since the blue dial and bezel insert combination is only available on Rolex’s Submariner line of watches.
Consult any replica Rolex collector or enthusiast what their favorite brand is, and you will find that terms like ‘understated’ and ‘reserved’ will make up at least some of the conversation. The unobtrusive, almost minimalist design of models such as the Submariner or the Datejust have always been favored by people content with displaying only the most modest outward expression of their good taste.
The fake Yacht-Master II is not one of those designs. Actually it is a huge, extrovert of a cheap replica watch that’s outrageous in concept and screaming for attention.
It’s a massive departure for the fake Rolex, the brand that, perhaps more than any other, exemplifies that discreetness for which the Swiss are so notable. The Yacht-Master II collection has a polarized opinion since its launch in 2007. There have been subtle upgrades that marked its 10th birthday celebration, which have done nothing to quell the debate.
Let’s take a look at one of replica Rolex’s most controversial, technically impressive, and incredibly specific offerings. Despite its title, the Yacht-Master II is a completely new model rather than an update to the original Yacht-Master watch. That previous namesake, launched in 1992, had very little to justify its moniker other than the standard Oyster waterproofing. There were no explicit functions aimed at making life on the ocean waves any easier.
A watch for those interested and partaking in yachting. (Credit: Monochrome.com)
Ok, so that’s a pretty niche problem, but it does exist and the solution Rolex manufactured is nothing short of spectacular. Even the Yacht-Master II’s detractors agree that its unique complication is simply remarkable.
The Yacht-Master II on the other hand, was designed to solve that age-old problem we’ve all struggled with on so many occasions—timing the starting sequence of a sailing regatta!
With only several exceptions, such as the Daytona’s chronograph movement and the annual calendar on the Sky-Dweller, the replica Rolex has rarely included complications beyond a date feature into its catalogue. So the ultra-complex programmable countdown with mechanical memory on the Yacht-Master II is all the more fascinating.
The start of a regatta is a convoluted affair, generally involving a few distinct phases, and having a way to accurately coordinate the timing of each stage is vital. With the wind being what it is, yachts can’t just sit at the beginning line of a race waiting for the off. Skippers have to maneuver their boats back and forth without crossing the line for a specified length of time before the race begins, usually between five and 10 minutes.
The start of this countdown is signaled by a gunshot and is followed by two further preparatory signals at set intervals to permits crews to coordinate their approach. Cross the start line too early and they’ll incur a penalty, too late and they risk bringing up the rear for the rest of the proceedings.
This was the multifaceted problem facing the fake Rolex. It wasn’t enough for the Yacht-Master II just to be able to measure intervals of time. Due to the nature of a regatta’s starting procedure and the split-second timing involved, skippers need to be able to synchronize their replica watches with the race’s official countdown timer ‘on-the-fly’.
Watches with quartz movement can be pretty special. Not many mechanical watch fans can get behind battery-powered movements, but like it or hate it, quartz is a main part of watchmaking history and the Beta 21 is surely worth discussing. Longtime readers might remember a little thing Jack and I put together called “Quartz Week,” a series of stories dedicated to all things quartz. Quartz Week was not actually well-received, but it was necessarily educational. One story I wrote was a list of the most collectible Beta 21 watches, and one of those watches was the replica Rolex. I was fortunate enough to see one in the metal recently at Christie’s, because they have a white gold version coming up for auction in Geneva on Monday.
To begin with – the Beta 21 movement is amazing. While it is kind of a pain to actually maintain, it is a truly historical part of watchmaking that’s also just flat out fun. In case you don’t know what the Beta 21 is (no judgement), here is a brief history. The main goal was for the caliber to be as accurate as possible, but alas, the results were not as great as the CEH had hoped. The Beta 21 was implemented in a range of wristwatches from the Patek Philippe to the IWC Da Vinci to a few strange Piaget models. However, as far as I am concerned, the Beta 21 is all about the Rolex.
The one was first released in 1970, and one year after the Beta 21 was completed. It’s unclear exactly how many examples were made between 1970 and 1972, when the model was discontinued. As with many things concerning with vintage fake Rolex, it’s hard to know figures for certain since Rolex will neither admit nor refuse in most cases.
The watches are individually numbered and there are pieces known to exist with numbers over 1,000, but there are a few schools of thought as to how many total pieces exist and what the yellow gold/white gold split is like. One theory is that there were just over 700 examples made in yellow gold and just over 300 examples made in white gold. Another is that there are closer to 900 in yellow and 100 in white. In the end, some suggest that there are actually two batches of these watches, with 900 in yellow and 100 in which in each batch, with 2,000 existing in total. No matter how you cut it, it’s safe to say that a white gold is a rare sight.
The white gold you see is in new-old-stock condition. This is unusual for any watch, let alone a Beta 21 Rolex. It features a heavy white gold case with a fluted bezel and a tenacious bracelet with faceted links. The replica Rolex always seems to make the best bracelets, and this unusual one is no exception. This watch is estimated to sell for CHF (approximately the same in dollars), which is much higher than what we’ve seen these watches fetch in previous years. I chalk it up to the condition, rarity, the fact that it is a historical piece, and that it is accompanied by a 1986 service invoice and green hang-tag.
The market for these watches has also increased drastically over the past three to four years. As you can see, there is a huge discrepancy between the two, and the only conclusion I can draw from these results is that because the example at Sotheby’s from 2014 was a full-set, and two bidders must have wanted it desperately.
This fake has to be up there as one of my favorite Rolex. There is something so refreshing about the case and bracelet design, and while it isn’t the most attractive Rolex per se, I have to say its ugliness is part of its appeal. Also, I think that owning a watch that was Rolex’s first quartz watch and the brand’s first watch with a sapphire crystal makes it super cool. But, maybe that’s just me.