Rolex and gold… how much do these have in common? It seems quite a lot if you ask your average Joe. there is no doubt that, that’s understandable. I’m sure you’ve all watched movies or music videos where, at some point, you see a gold Rolex watch on someone’s wrist. There are genuinely countless examples that made Rolex and gold stick thus well together in pop culture.
Even though the Rolex has been around for a while, there are still a lot of neophytes out there who are having a hard time being capable to distinguish between an original Rolex and a fake. The thing is, doing the Rolex genuine VS dance will show how much attention to details and quality have went into building the particular replication you are considering purchasing. If I like a watch, I wear it. End of story. That being said, here are a few of my favorite ones.
Thus, even though I’ve written Rolex guided a year before, I desire to come back to the theme and offer you my renewed perspective on things. If you’re new to the field you might be asking yourselves: “Why would one was interested in doing thus when purchasing a replica?” I wish it will help you in the hunt for the perfect watch.
What Exactly Is a Rolex?
I’ve seen a lot of fine quality of my time blogging about fake watches and one of my favorite places to buy a copycat is website. I have a simple answer for that, a Rolex fake it’s a watch designed to look like a Replica Rolex, However which is sold at a much cheaper price. However, this is by no means the merely place where you can get a qualitative. I’ve been receiving a whole lots of emails from readers inquiring about the best way to tell the difference between an authentic model and its original counterpart. I’ve written a piece about this theme of the past, thus I’m going to suggest you took a look, if you’re interested to find out more.
Another aspect that should be mentioned here is that most watches will be manufactured and assembled in China, whereas the genuine ones are crafted in the frosty mountains of Switzerland (just as a figure of speech).Keep in mind that Rolex, despite its picture, is considered to be one of the most conservative brands of watch-making, thus if they think it’s alright to make a watch out of solid gold, I think it’s alright to wear it. However, watch makers will shy away from using precious materials in order to save costs and this aspect is quite visible to their end products.
The most telling thing that gives a fake Rolex away is the price tag. No original Rolex sells for $199 or even for $800. What I’ve been trying to say from the beginning of this Rolex guide is that when a virtual web market looks shady, it probably is and you should not place your trust in it. Even if you aren’t fully acquainted with the watch industry, you should still know that the cheapest Rolexes tends to boast a price tag jumping over the $5,000 margin.
Next thing you should be looking at is engravings. When it comes to the genuine Rolex serial and model numbers are deep and perfectly marked in solid with very fine lines. Other Rolex genuine VS differences exist and I will point them out for you below. By contrast, the fake or models they are typically made from faint tiny dots that give a sandy-like appearance.
Fakes are also easy to spot due to their quartz dial movements. For instance, the second hand might stutter alongside the counterfeit, whereas a genuine Rolex will enjoy a smooth, second hand movement. And that’s the claim here – merely high quality Swiss. Well, let’s go ahead and see if they do have the products to prove it. Another significant aspect to take into consideration when looking at a potential is the cyclops lens on the face. On a true Rolex the lens will magnify the date.
As long as you’re not ostentatious and stand out too much, you’ll be fine, trust me on that. If you like gold, rose gold, stainless steel, two tone, even blinked out cheap rolex replicas, go ahead and put them on the wrist. People got away with much worse than that. You can see they have some “different” products by looking just under their banners. You’ll see a lot of watches posted there alongside accessories and whatnot.
While the Vacheron Constantin Overseas collection of old continues to be produced (while in truth, it will be phased out soon) and is handsome, in my opinion, it suffered from a lack of any visual updates for too long a time, as well as a movement that was no longer able to compete as well against much of the competition. Of course, one major difference was in that it was not designed by Gerald Genta – a detail that, according to Vacheron Constantin during our private conversations, is not often realized by people who cover the Overseas, mistakenly believing it to be a Genta design.
SIHH 2016 sees the welcome release of a totally fresh and updated Vacheron Constantin Overseas watch collection – several thing I have been awaiting with baited anticipation for quite several time. Originally devised by watch designer Jorg Hysek, the Overseas “luxury sport watch collection” was always Vacheron Constantin’s answer to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak or the Patek Philippe Nautilus. Not sure how this works out in real world performance, however it sounds like a nice solution for those who want an anti-magnetic watch however who of course as well want to get a view of the movement. Vacheron Constantin produces very stunning movements, however several of them are a bit too “vintage” in their focus on mechanical designs from a few generations ago. This is up from the much less competitive 3Hz of the outgoing movement. The 5300 will be the movement inside of the new smaller women’s versions of the Vacheron Constantin Overseas, and the 5200 movement is fitted into the Overseas Chronograph. For these Vacheron Constantin Overseas (aka “Overseas Simple Date”), my focus is on the calibre 5100. Instead, this information is best left to the side until needed and not there to obstruct your view of reading the time.
Very attractive in its design and featuring a more modern diameter of 30.6mm wide (for the movement), the caliber 5100 is 4.7mm thick and produced from 172 parts (a suitably low number for what is supposed to be a pretty workhorse). The calibre 5100 movement has a power reserve of 60 hours and finally offers 4Hz (28,800 bph) of operating frequency. This is as well one of the few such modern sport watch movements to bear the Geneva Seal – which, for enthusiasts, is an extra added treat and sign of both aesthetic quality and mechanical performance.
They are a sunburst-finished silvered dial as well as a gorgeous lacquered blue dial. Functionally, the 5100 offers the time with central seconds hand and the date. The 4Hz operating frequency is part of the 5100 movement, as well as the 5200 chronograph, and smaller 5300. For the new Overseas models, Vacheron Constantin replica watches designed a pretty kick-ass dial that is actually an improvement over the previous Overseas dial which wasn’t too bad to begin with. At launch, the brand will offer two dial versions of the Vacheron Constantin Overseas that are both very nice. The applied hour indicators are lume-painted and super crisp, offering truly excellent legibility.
That isn’t the interesting part though. What Vacheron Constantin was able to do is offer a high degree of anti-magnetic resistance however as well offer an exhibition case-back. These same dial colors are accessible for both the three-hand Vacheron Constantin Overseas Simple Date and the Overseas Chronograph. Affixed to the automatic movement is a “compass-inspired” (given the engraved design) 22k gold rotor, and you can view the movement through the sapphire crystal exhibition case back. For me, the three-hand Vacheron Constantin Overseas is best in silver, and the chronograph looks best with the blue dial. Budget notwithstanding, I’d gladly get one of each to get both dial colors.
Finally, in 2016 we welcome a truly modern movement in Vacheron Constantin’s flagship sport replica watches collection. I really can’t see anyone not having a lot of fondness for these dials since Vacheron Constantin satisfied what they should be doing by having a legible dial that is both sporty and extremely classy. An interesting feature is the inclusion of a soft-iron “Faraday cage” core which is meant to ward of magnetic fields making the watch “anti-magnetic.” The new 2016 Vacheron Constantin Overseas watches are brilliantly conceived despite prices that don’t make the collection any more accessible that it was before – not that we were expecting as much.
I would not suggest that reading the perpetual calendar or power reserve information is accessible at a glance, however it really doesn’t need to be. Like the older Vacheron Constantin Overseas model, the case is water resistant to 150 meters. Legibility for reading the time is excellent, and pretty much all the information you need at a glance is there, such as the date and chronograph register data.
If are interested in pilot’s watches, you have to go ahead the nearest airshow right now, Regardless of whether your look up over craft in the air, or keeps firmly on wrists, an airshow will give you more of a chance to spot aviation related watches than just about any other place. This setting – Avalon airshow, on the outskirts of Geelong – is where I spotted this dashing Patek Philippe 5524G, AKA the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time.
The dashing Patek Philippe Pilot 5524G Calatrava Travel Time on blue alligator strap.
It’s a watch which Felix and I warmly discussed when it was released several years ago. In general, the top line quote was this: “The Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time is the watch which confused the most people at Basel world 2015. While the familiar Replica Patek Philippe quality is on the table, so you can see directly, that is pretty much the only thing about this watch people are associating with the name on the dial.” We wondered, not only then, but several times throughout the year, whether it would be worn by real pilots, or by mere earthbound Patek collectors?
The watch’s owner answered the question emphatically , Sebastian, which is not only a pilot, but who is authorised to fly in formation – and has done so with the Australian Roulettes on several occasions. Guess that puts that to rest then pilots do wear Patek. But the first thing I have seem about his watch was the blue alligator strap…
Why did you change the strap?
It not strange to comes with a tan leather strap on it, but it does scuff up pretty easily, so I changed it into the blue alligator and I put the white gold clasp on it, which make it look like a more traditional Patek Philippe clasp. The blue matches the dial and it makes a much more classy watch. That means, you just need to change the bracelet, you almost got a new watch in this way.It vastly changes the look of it.
The back case of the Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time ref. 5524G
What number Patek Philippe was this in your collection?
This was the first Patek that I ordered. I’m from an aviation background, so I prefer the fact that it had a little bit larger dial than the normal size, such as 38mm and 39mm, it worked well for me. And it got me into the brand. I’ve bought four since then.
Why the Patek Philippe replica is so addictive?
The extemporaneous interviews you finish acting at air shows! Absolutely no, it is something related with the quality of the craftsmanship and the weight of the watch, together with the factors of company itself, it’s a family established company. I’ve been invited by Patek to make 4 days visiting at the factory in Geneva. What impressed me most is that It’s a wonderful family-owned company and the quality is extremely fantastic, that’s just the Patek.
One of best thing I have with the Patek I own is that a lot of people even have o idea of the watch, because it is just so special. There are many difference with other branded watches I had. In other words, people all know Replica watches, but rarely know what it actually is.
Users with perpetual calendars will finally get a chance to see their watches today, as their dates advance to February 29.So much has happened in the past month with the spread of covid-19. However, we are seeing major events and exhibitions around the world being postponed or canceled. This month, we got up close with a number of interesting fake watches, what are they? Please see details below.
From around the web, we turn our focus to an unfinished George Daniels watch. This epic watch, if completed, would have featured a 60-second tourbillon, remontoir d’egalite, and a co-axial escapement. We also looked into the history of the helium escape valve. Although it’s closely connected with Rolex, some believe it was actually co-developed with Doxa. Finally, we have a discussion of Patek’s Nautilus. Is the watch all hype or is it as perfect as it’s made out to be?
Some watches are slow burners. These are watches that are overlooked when they are released and are only appreciated later — often when it’s too late. An example is the Rolex Explorer II Ref. 16570. It really lives up to its name, coming in a 40mm Oyster case and featuring a GMT complication with a fixed 24-hour bezel. Amazingly, the watch was in production for over two decades, beginning in 1989 and ending sometime in 2011. However, it wasn’t until the last three years or so, when people finally began to appreciate its low-key elegance and beauty, and the replica watches began to catch on. Here’s a closer look at the watch.
G-Shocks should be tough and inexpensive. Some might think of them as vaguely disposable watches, which is why the G-Shock G-D5000-9JR is unlike any other G-Shock watch. It’s made entirely out of 18k yellow gold and, as a result, costs a cool $60,000. It goes against the key tenets of what makes a G-Shock a G-Shock. But it is also because of those qualities that it’s such a nice watch — one that will certainly live on in the annals of G-Shock history. Recently, we got the opportunity to unbox one. Here’s how it went.
Seiko shook up the entry-level mechanical watch scene by making two big announcements last year: One was the discontinuation of the famous SKX series, and the other was the introduction of an entirely new collection of Seiko 5 sports best replica watches. This is big news, since the Seiko 5 is the starting point of a lot of people’s watch journeys. Besides that, Seiko has no fewer than 27 new models in different dial and bezel colors, case finishes, and straps.
IWC Ingenieur Automatic Edition Laureus Sport for Good FoundationIWC has released the Ingenieur Automatic Edition Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. A percentage of the ￡4,750 retail price will go to the charity.
WC has released the next of its eagerly anticipated limited-edition watches produced to raise funds for one of the world’s most influential sports charities.
1. The Ingenieur Automatic Edition ‘Laureus Sport for Good Foundation’ debuted at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Shanghai in mid-April and will shortly be accessible at cheap replica watches of Switzerland’s flagship 155 Regent Street showroom. I
‘I’ve been to projects in places as diverse as Sri Lanka and Brent, and at every one, we see how money raised by Laureus and supporters like IWC is changing children’s lives through sport.’ The timepiece, which is the ninth in IWC’s Laureus series, was released at an intimate event in London this week by Laureus Academy Members Sir Steve Redgrave and Sean Fitzpatrick. ‘It’s a real privilege to represent Laureus,’ Sir Steve claimed, who retired from a glittering 22-year career as an international rower in 2000.
2. Sir Steve Redgrave Sean FitzpatrickIWC’s ninth Laureus timepiece, IWC Ingenieur Automatic Edition Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, was released in London by Laureus Sport for Good Foundation academy members Sir Steve Redgrave and Sean Fitzpatrick
‘The production of this limited-edition IWC Schaffhausen timepiece will benefit thousands of children from 150 projects in 35 countries around the world, offering them the tools to help themselves and others within their communities.’
The concept behind LCW is to showcase several of the country’s finest craftsmen and female and to give ‘craft’ – in its purest sense – a platform. ‘I’ve seen the incredible projects and communities around the world which are being supported by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation,’ said Fitzpatrick, who won the 1987 Rugby World Cup with New Zealand and is also the Vice-Chair of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. London has fashion, design and technology weeks, however this marks the first time that craft has been put center stage. This week is the first London Craft Week (LCW), a celebration of exceptional crafts and making, backed by fine watchmaker Vacheron Constantin. For more information about the IWC Ingenieur Automatic Edition ‘Laureus Sport for Good Foundation’, please contact our 155 Regent Street showroom
3. A 13-year-old from Uganda designed the case back of the Ingenieur Automatic Edition Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and is themed ‘Time to Celebrate’
The case back is engraved with a design penned by 13-year-old Nakayenga Zahara from Nakulabye in Uganda, who won a drawing competition with the theme ‘Time to Celebrate’. Limited to 1,500 pieces, the timepiece boasts an automatic movement, a steel case and bracelet, and the now familiar Laureus blue dial. It costs ￡4,750, a percentage of which will go towards supporting Laureus projects.
4. An event, Vacheron Constantin London Craft Week Grayson PerryThe inaugural London Craft Week opened at the V&A Museum on Wednesday with, hosted by Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry
The exhibition, which is presented by the Crafts Council, brings together finely crafted objects by emerging artists from around the world. A program of events kicked off with a grand opening at the V&A Museum on Wednesday evening, hosted by Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry, and continues until Sunday. Work from several 35 international galleries would be accessible to buy, and there will be a series of talks from curators, galleria and many of the exhibiting artists.
Events are taking place across London in a number of the capital’s finest retail and creative spaces. The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, which begins today and runs over the weekend at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea. In one of the areas, a maker will be hand-stitching Sabel leather timepiece straps on a workbench.
Recently, Porsche eventually announced the new 2020 model year 911 that is prefer expected at Los Angeles Auto Show. With the internal designation type 992, which is considered to the eighth generation of best sports car in the world, as well as one of the longest running cars had never been produced before. The Porsche features a 443 hp engine in base trim capable of rocking it from 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds. Though the styling of the German coupe didn’t has a big change, for an international icon it’s a perfectly calibrated upgrade.
By accident, the Rolex Daytona first made an appearance in 1963 also Porsche decided to put their 911 into production. Although Porsche’s 911 Chronograph Timeless Machine holds a big different design from the Daytona there are still a few similarities. The Porsche 911 Chronograph is limited to 911 timepieces as you supposed due to the exclusivity. As the demand of the Rolex Daytona 116500 fluctuates the watch holds high demand and low supply. Because the 911 Chronograph Timeless Machine has already provided some timepieces for sale, we can only guess that it will be in high demand. Unluckily, there isn’t enough information on how the watch community will react to the 911 Chronograph Timeless Machine, comparing to the iconic Daytona model by The Crown, but time will tell us what we are concerned about.
It’s sure that a special ride requires a special watch from the marque’s sibling, Porsche Design. Therefore the new 911 Chronograph Timeless Machine Limited Edition was released. The sports watch is delivered in a particular edition box with a numbered badge, which will be available starting in April at Porsche Design Stores, the Porsche Design website, Porsche Centers and specialty dealers at $5,411 price. As the Chronograph I debuted in 1972, was the first all black timepiece in the world, which made horological history by Porsche Design, the new edition exhibits similar features.
On the other hand, Porsche also designed other the best replica watches in the world, such as the 911 GT2 RS Chronograph, with similar materials and designs incorporated into their respective car/watch parings. While designers often bring about the same theme, the 911 Chronograph Timeless Machine looks so simple that it doesn’t attain any similarity except the color scheme.
Inspired by race car, the monochrome, matte black watch fits with a very narrow, low-profile bezel, making it looks fashionable. In a nod to the gauges on a 911, it has a bright red stop function and central seconds hands, while a particular sub dial displays the words “Timeless Machine”, and the design of chronograph counters are similar to a speedometer. The tough, lightweight titanium case features special cut-out lugs and the strap is made of the same leather and stitching used in the interiors of Porsche sports cars. The watch is equipped with the classic ETA Valjoux 7750 chronograph movement inside which provide power for the original Chronograph 1 as well, and it is customized with the new Porsche Design Icon Rotor you can see it via the sapphire case back.
If you’re a loyal reader of our blog, you will surely have seen some of our past articles discussing seemingly small Rolex dial design details that can have a great effect on a watch’s collectability and value. Some of these dials, like the “Paul Newman Dial” or the “Sigma Dial,” are quite popular while others, such as the “Rail Dial” are less so. So if you have no idea about what is a Rolex Rail Dial, let’s find the answer here.
We have to talk about what it isn’t to avoid some confusion before we start to explain the Rolex Rail Dial. When discussing rolex swiss replica watches dials, you will sometimes meet with the term “railroad track” to describe the minute scale that runs around the dial periphery that looks like, well, a railroad track. You may also hear the designation “Railroad watch,” which refers to top-grade timepieces that were approved for use by train crews back in the day.
Another thing to note is that the fake Rolex Rail Dial is not the same as the Rolex Radial Dial. The Rolex Radial Dial is found on select vintage GMT-Master ref. 1675 models and it is featured by smaller hour indexes that are positioned slightly further away from the minute track. Sometimes the terms “rail dial” and “radial dial” are erroneously used interchangeably.
A Rolex Rail Dial refers to the instance where the letter “C” in “Chronometer” is nicely aligned with the letter “C” in “Certified” in the ‘Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified’ text on the dial. While the real origins of the nickname “rail” is unknown, we can only assume it is because the two letters Cs line up like tracks. The words “Chronometer” and “Certified” are not usually arranged that way if you look at a typical Rolex dial; so Rail Dials stand out as an anomaly – and collectors love anomalies.
Rolex Rail Dials can be seen on select vintage Explorer II ref. 1655 and Explorer II 16550 models. Yet the most famous and collectible rolex daytona replica Rail Dials are the ones are those found on vintage Sea-Dweller ref. 1665 “Great White” models and vintage Sea-Dweller ref. 1665 “COMEX” models.
The Sea-Dweller Rail Dials were made for two short years from 1977 to 1979 by the Stern dial makers. As a result, they are rather rare on the vintage market. This is particularly true since Rolex service dials fitted to these special Sea-Dweller watches did not have the perfectly aligned “Cs” – therefore, they are not considered Rolex Rail Dials.
Generally, the placement and style of fonts on Rolex dials are of great interest to many Rolex watch collectors. Actually, dial inconsistencies have paved the way for the so-called “Mark” categorization of replica Rolex dials among collectors. And sometimes, a dial detail is so said that it obtains its own nickname outside of the “Mark” labels – just like the Rolex Rail Dial.
Unsurprisingly, one of the most fashionable new watches at Baselworld 2020 was launched by the replica Paris-based Bell & Ross. On your wrist, when you look at the watch from a few feet away, it’s hard not to think that it is pure gold. Enthusiasts, however, know that its wearers are more practical than flamboyant, choosing great design and aesthetics over sheer ostentation.
That doesn’t mean that the Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Bellytanker Bronze is a budget watch, but it sure costs less than if the case were in gold. Bell & Ross’s BR V2-94 case is 41mm-wide and paired with actual screw-down chronograph pushers and a matching crown. The rear of the fake watch has a bellytanker automobile motif printed on the exhibition caseback window, as this is part of the Bell & Ross Bellytanker watch collection that released not too long ago.
There is a Swiss ETA 2894 automatic chronograph movement with a lightly decorated movement visible through the rear of the case inside the BR V2-94 Bellytanker Bronze replica watch. The chronograph on the dial is laid out with only one subdial making it a 30-minute chronograph. A small circular window between 4 and 5 o’clock has the date using a discreet black-colored disc.
Black and gold with some hints of red mark the attractively designed Bellytanker Bronze dial. The gold-toned subdials are a great touch and remind me of the color palettes of certain Everose gold Rolex Daytona watch models. As mentioned above, the replica Bell & Ross didn’t choose oxidizing bronze but rather a stable bronze alloy. This is a crucial distinction because the bronze alloys that helped popularize bronze as a modern watch material do, as a matter of fact, “patina” over time. This fake Bell & Ross with a bronze case opted for a metal alloy that does not oxidize and subsequently patina. The watch will, of course, scratch, but it won’t start to get green or black over time. I prefer stable bronze, more often than not, and given that the BR V2-94 Bellytanker Bronze is going for a more chic look, I can understand Bell & Ross’ decision use stable bronze for the case.
Bell and Rose’s black calfskin strap is still a beautiful new deployment buckle complement. In terms of price, I can’t think of some other modern fake watches that have the traditional appearance of a classic sports watch design. As a limited edition of 999 pieces, the replica Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Bellytanker Bronze will be a sleeper hit from Bell & Ross, and I expect these to do well once enough people discover them.
The Speedmaster is way up there when it comes to the famous best replica watches. And aside from its famous extraterrestrial exploits, it’s also a real part of the watch world, which is why a Speedy was a natural option of wrist wear for my Swiss trip. The fact that this trip included spending some quality time with fake Omega only sealed the deal. But do you have any idea of which Speedmaster? Well, in the end, my decision wasn’t too complicated, because even if you’re spoiled for choice, I would like a more traditional iteration, and one with a mix of versatility and personality.
Once I wear it, I feel so pleasant. It measures 39.7mm across, so it’s not really too small, but thanks to that broad black bezel, it wears smaller than you’d expect. Besides, thanks to the manual winder inside, thinner than the automatic chronographs I typically road test. It’s a nice-feeling fake watch; present, but surely not overpowering.
In order to make you get more familiar with the amazing best replica watches, the CK 2998 is based on the first Omega in space, a 2998 worn on the wrist of astronaut Wally Schirra on Mercury 7. This take on it offers a crisp, legible and simple design, with Alpha hands, a panda layout, red details and pulsometer bezel. Essentially, it’s a monochrome offering of the blue limited edition CK 2998 from 2019.
However, the dial is the most outstanding part. Your classic Speedy is a pretty black affair, but this guy, with his silvery opaline face, elevated the at times ubiquitous chronograph to another level. I wore it all week, and it garnered its fair share of praise, for its winning combination of classical proportions and general charm. Therefore, if you are fond of the classic Speedy but want one that stands out from the pack a little more than most, it’s a good option.
I would love to match the watch with T-shirt and ties (not that I had much recourse to do that in Suisse), and in-between usual wear, this guy tackled them all with equal skill. It’s complementary in every occasion. The only times I’d consider leaving it at home would be in actual black tie, or situations that involve getting knocked around. And even then I doubt it could still hold its own.
If possible, I would like to change something. Especially the whisker-thin strip on the minutes hand. When it comes to luminous material I’m of the mind that you either do it properly or not at all. Now, I understand that the essence of this watch is all about functions, and all-hours visibility is a part of that, but I could accept it or ignore it.
At Baselworld 2017, enthusiast take their attention back to the various vintage Rolex dive watches that have red text on their dials since the reference 126600 Rolex Sea-Dweller was launched, actually all of which are now highly popular for collectors. It is the Rolex Single Red Sea-Dweller that is the rarest and most valuable significantly among these timepieces. While, with all of the talk about the different “red text” Rolex dive watches, the rare extent of the Single Red Sea-Dweller (and the details behind what makes this watch so special) can sometimes be ignored or buried within the rest of the seemingly negligible, but ever-so-important vintage Rolex details.
For those who are totally unfamiliar with this holy grail of vintage replica Rolex watches collecting, here is a brief introduction of what exactly makes the Rolex Single Red Sea-Dweller so special, and why collectors are willing to pay crazy prices for them whenever they will try their best to surface at auction.
As far as we know, there are only about a dozen Single Red Sea-Dweller watches existed at present. Though both the Red Submariner and Double Red Sea-Dweller were simply the very first iterations of their respective references and were produced for a number of years respectively, the Single Red Sea-Dweller was really more of a prototype, and was never announced formally in public or sold through authorized retailers.
The fact is, all twelve known examples were given to hand-selected divers for either official testing purposes or as awards. Among those twelve timepieces, at least one has replaced its dial due to damage, so there are only eleven known examples of Single Red Sea-Dwellers still in existence currently.
One of the things that makes difference between the “Double Red” along with “Single Red” Sea-Dwellers and other Sea-Dweller references, is that they both have the “Submariner” and the “Sea-Dweller” names printed on them. Although the “Sea-Dweller” name only appears in red text on the dial of the Single Red Sea-Dweller, therefore, earns its nickname, the dial differences are more than just a matter of the color of the text.
The Single Red Sea-Dweller marks “Submariner 500 M-1650 FT” on the second line of text (printed in white letters) rather than marking “Submariner 2000″ such as on the Double Red Sea-Dweller, because its production beyond the final design of the reference 1665 Sea-Dweller, which would benefit from an increased depth rating. Except the difference in depth rating values and the additional line of text, the order of the units for the depth rating itself changed too, making few of Single Red Sea-Dwellers the only “meters first” Sea-Dweller watches that never been produced by Rolex before.
Today, the helium gas escape valve is perhaps the first thing that defines Rolex’s Sea-Dweller collection. Nevertheless, the reference 5513 Submariners was first Rolex version to be fitted with this highly-specialized technology, were used as prototypes while Rolex worked with COMEX to develop the final design for their gas escape valve. A date complication added to the Single Red Sea-Dweller, making new features introduced to Rolex’s dive watches, so that divers living and working below the surface of the ocean could keep track of days except elapsed time while they remained underwater.
It’s interesting that seven of the twelve Single Red Sea-Dweller best replica watches do not equip with helium gas escape valves. The issue with trapped helium molecules forcing crystals to “pop off” during decompression only occurs at greater depths, when divers are living in helium-saturated environments for a long time. Certainly none of these similar issues exist in more shallow waters. For instance, the watch for divers who were part of Tektite 1 used didn’t fit with helium gas escape valves absolutely, because the gas mixture they used consisted of only nitrogen and oxygen during the comparatively shallow depth of the project (50-feet / 15 meters).
Due to their extremely limited production quantity and well-documented history of rigorous professional use, Rolex Single Red Sea-Dweller watches are exceedingly precious, and rarely appear at auction, far less you are likely to see it on the wrist of someone in daily life. Even if it’s common to know that there are only twelve known examples still in existence, Rolex never confirms details like production numbers. Thus, there is always a bit little hope that the thirteenth Single Red Sea-Dweller may be waiting for found, for some lucky enthusiast it’s a great news.