From his teenage years on, Bernhard Bulang was always interested in watches and specifically in the dials. An informal collector of early Rolex replica watches and other cheap models, Bulang remembers his first big-brand watch: a TAG Heuer Formula 1, which he wore surfing and when playing tennis. It was at this point that he also discovered his father’s old Heuer Camaro, a watch he would occasionally wear to school and that marked his first taste of vintage.

“As time moved on, I was always collecting vintage stuff,” he says. “I loved timeless objects that connected with me aesthetically as a designer, and objects that had a story behind them. I collected vintage fountain pens and enjoyed the emotion of writing or drawing sketches and concepts with them; writing in the modern era with a vintage pen. This has been a theme for me, the friction of the vintage and modern. A vintage piece combined with a modern surrounding – what I call pleasant friction. I love the idea of using a vintage pen and an iPhone 7 in the same meeting or writing on paper and saving an image of it to iCloud.”

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Known today for his love of Rolex, Bulang actually started with an interest in other brands – classics like the Omega Speedmaster, Heuer Monaco and Patek Philippe Calatrava. Then one day he visited Dutch Rolex expert Philipp Stahl’s watch shop to view an early IWC Aquatimer. “Philipp showed me a vintage Rolex Submariner ref. 5513 and I was smitten,” he says. “I actually bought the Aquatimer, but within a week I returned and bought a vintage Rolex Submariner ref. 6536 fake watches– the ‘small crown’. From then on I was hooked and became obsessed in the details of vintage Rolex, becoming a prominent member of online forums and sharing the details and passion for these old watches. It was a crazy time where the now-accepted knowledge of vintage Rolex watches was still emerging and there were new discoveries every week.

“What excited me so much about the vintage pieces was the mixture of timeless, iconic designs coupled with the great history of the watches. Also, the style of these watches was a big magnet for me – the enduring design of the Oyster case Rolex copy watches, the warm patina on the dials, a faded inlay and the domed plastic crystal. Perfect!”

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But the biggest attraction of all for Bulang was the people – a diverse group, all connected through a deep love for watches. The friendships, trust and support amongst the community was, for Bulang, the biggest treasure on the vintage Rolex scene, allowing him to make many great friends from all over the world – people with great taste, stories and devotion to vintage Rolex.

As the very first company to create integrated rubber straps for Rolex sport replica watches in 2010, Rubber B modestly, but courageously introduced vulcanized rubber straps that featured blocked case integration and Oyster clasp compatibility for a few select Rolex watch models, including the Daytona, Submariner, and GMT Master. Initial reception by the Rolex community was vehemently mixed, and a gentle path to mainstream acceptance was paved with a long-term focus on promoting quality craftsmanship. Seven years later, Rubber B has become a mainstay, having grown exponentially to include over 175 different strap options that accommodate passionate watch owners of many various luxury brands.

Even Rolex, SA has joined in on the rubber strap phenomenon, most recently introducing their new “Oyster–Flex” straps for the 2015 Yachtmaster and the brand new 2017 Daytona. In the past, Rolex had only produced a limited number of gem-set Datejust watches that came with their own fashionable rubber strap with inlaid diamonds, but this new foray into rubber straps for sport models certainly has broadened the field of strap options available to Rolex enthusiasts.

Most notably, Rubber B is the only integrated watchband company whose rubber straps Rolex Yachtmaster fake watches are earnestly produced in Switzerland, and always feature the mold marking “Swiss Made” in their rubber body, as such markings are strictly guarded by international trade law. Each integrated Rubber B strap contains a solid insert that has been micro-calibrated for a specific watch model, maintaining a tight, rotation-free mount to the watch case (“Blocked Integration”). The original purpose of Rubber B was to provide discerning Rolex watch owners with a viable alternative to their original Rolex bracelet, while they enjoyed comfort, individuality, and customization. However, in the case of the beautiful Sky-Dweller that comes originally from Rolex on a crocodile band, such owners can now have the added benefit of bathing, swimming, and perspiring without worry, all while wearing their exclusive Rolex watch.

Most notably, Rubber B is the only integrated watchband company whose rubber straps are earnestly produced in Switzerland, and always feature the mold marking “Swiss Made” in their rubber body, as such markings are strictly guarded by international trade law. Each integrated Rubber B strap contains a solid insert that has been micro-calibrated for a specific watch model, maintaining a tight, rotation-free mount to the watch case (“Blocked Integration”). The original purpose of Rubber B was to provide discerning Rolex watch owners with a viable alternative to their original Rolex bracelet, while they enjoyed comfort, individuality, and customization. However, in the case of the beautiful Sky-Dweller that comes originally from Rolex on a crocodile band, such owners can now have the added benefit of bathing, swimming, and perspiring without worry, all while wearing their exclusive Rolex copy watches.

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It is an overly-used phrase these days, but Rolex owners truly do understand and appreciate the value of Swiss quality engineering. Every aspect of a Rubber B strap must maintain an integral respect to its intended watch. For example, the bezel-influenced fluted grooves and subtle color patterns of this particular strap are intended to compliment the various Sky-Dweller models and dials currently available from Rolex. Beyond such design elements, the customer’s best interest must be profoundly considered. For, it is only upon the wearer’s long-term endearment of their strap, that the reputation of the strap-maker can be organically built. Rubber B believes you must value the customer, striving to provide them with a product that they will truly find impressive, then enjoy, and greatly appreciate. The VulChromatic® Series with dual-color chemistry was created by Rubber B’s Swiss factory with this exact purpose in mind.

The sale of Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona fake watches made headlines around the world, not only because of its heritage but also for the record-breaking price it commanded. For the buyer of this watch, and the buyers of any other watch at auction, there is more to it then just pay the hammer price and the premium. Taxes are also an important consideration or should be at least as it can save you quite a bit of money when you plan ahead.

About this, we talked with David Lehn, Tax Partner at Withers Bergman, who provides us an insight into how to become an “investor” in the eyes of the IRS, or how to ensure that you can bequeath a watch collection to the next generation without giving them a tax burden as well.

How can the potential buyers mitigate the tax burden of a purchase like the Paul Newman watch?

The immediate tax burden is the sales tax. This may be avoided by a purchase for use in a state with no sales tax, provided that the delivery is in that state. Some individuals have sought to avoid the sales tax by establishing “warehouses” in sales tax-free states. The states are aggressive in pursuing these cases, with criminal consequences.

The purchaser may need to sell other items to raise the funds for the Rolex daytona series copy watches purchase. These sales may produce an income tax burden. Avoiding this income tax burden is possible if the individual is an “investor” for IRS purposes and the individual can facilitate like kind exchanges (discussed below).

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Finally, while not immediately helpful, the individual should consider becoming an investor to take advantage of deducting future expenses and losses, and taking advantage of like kind exchange opportunities in the future.

What are “like-kind” exchanges and how can they be taken advantage of in this situation?

The like-kind exchange is, without question, the greatest existing tax dodge. Most commonly associated with real estate investors, it allows for the deferral of taxable income on the sale of a collectible by an investor (but NOT a collector/hobbyist). This happens by investing the sales proceeds in a similar investment. There are many complicated rules. The two most important are determining a “like kind” item and the timing on sale and purchase. Like kind items means a watch for Rolex limited edition fake watches (and not for a car or a collection of wine). Timing issues include the 45-day period after a sale to “identity” the new item to purchase and 180 days to close. (It is possible to purchase the 2nd item before selling the first.). Most importantly, the seller (and their attorney) are not permitted to “touch the sales proceeds”. Originally, the concept of a like kind exchange was just 2 parties swapping properties. That rarely happens today. Like kind exchanges are generally “3 party exchanges”. Fortunately, there are intermediary companies that specialize in this process, holding the funds, and guiding the investor on the like kind process (but not the complicated investor rules and other tax issues), generally at a very inexpensive cost.

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The Paul Newman Rolex Daytona replica watches, owned by Paul Newman, and given by him to his daughter’s boyfriend, has been called overhyped, and there is no denying that the accusation is essentially correct – in fact, you could say that for the PNPND (so I’ll call the Paul Newman’s Paul Newman Daytona, for the sake of brevity) being overhyped is essential for it to be what it is. Without the hype, what you have, after all, is a somewhat quirky take on a mass-produced, mid-century sports watch, with slightly offbeat aesthetics, good quality construction given the manufacturing technology available at the time, and a reliable if ubiquitous chronograph movement, of interest (in terms of horological history) for what it represents in the evolution of timekeeping technology. Without the hype, in other words, you have a watch that is difficult to distinguish in every major respect from many, many other wristwatches of its time – hundreds of thousands of them, in fact, and of course, none of them stand a snowball’s chance in hell of auctioning for even $170,000, let alone $17 million.

All this is fairly obvious; as anyone who is seriously involved in collecting vintage watches as a hobby probably knows, the PNPND was something of a perfect storm. It’s the ancestor to, and originator of, what is to those who don’t share it, an inexplicable passion for a particular Rolex model. But it’s also a watch with a connection to a major figure in American arts (Paul Newman, after all, was hardly a garden-variety Hollywood pretty boy, although he could certainly step into those shoes if the role demanded it) and in its own right, a piece of Americana; if you were a collector of anything from watches to Hollywood memorabilia to Paul Newman ephemera, you were probably going to take at least a passing interest in the Rolex fake watches.

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Whether or not the actual design of exotic dial Daytonas has anything to do, even in the slightest, with the high prices paid for them, depends on who you ask; I struggle to see anything more than happenstance quirkiness in them, but people whose taste I respect a great deal (some of whom, more relevantly, have taste that is widely respected and used as a benchmark for defining quality in watch design, and for other watch collectors) have said, and written, with a straight face, that it’s “one of the most beautiful Rolex copy watches of all time.” (If it could read, the Daniels Space Traveller would probably go white to its bow, rush to the mirror, and, like the queen in Snow White, demand who the fairest of them all really is.)

Let’s look at the second question first. Fairly regularly, when a watch some of us think of as utterly unprepossessing sells for an eyebrow raising sum of money, the assertion is made – the words vary but the basic substance is the same – that it’s “ruining the hobby.” A recent example was the “barn find” Speedmaster we covered earlier this month, but there are any number of other examples. It seems to mostly have passed unnoticed that in the same Phillips auction in which the PNPND set its record, a Rolex Submariner reference 6200 (a first year Sub) sold for $579,000. I’m not sure that this isn’t at least as insane as paying $17 million for the PNPND, assuming you think this sort of thing is insane in the first place.

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