I recently visited the headquarters of London-based “Bamford Watch Department” in order to get a more intimate view of this fascinating company which continues to be so very controversial. A warm and highly congenial man, George Bamford is perhaps one of the world’s most active and ardent Rolex fans and collectors – which is slightly ironic given the amount of criticism he receives for what his company Bamford Watch Department (BWD) does to Rolex replica timepieces.

replica-bamford-commando-watchI’ve personally never been ambiguous about my appreciation for what Bamford does, nor am I insensitive to those who are not particularly taken with his work. With that said, I’ve never quite been able to pinpoint the issue many (not all) watch lovers have with what Bamford does. That is, until now, as I believe I have solved the problem of “what is Bamford doing that irritates so many watch lovers while at the same time pleasing others.” Thanks to the Bamford Watch Department Commando, I think I have a very good answer – so let me know if you agree.

UPDATE: The pictured watch is actually a pre-production prototype which is not detailed like the final versions will. The image of the watch above with the black background is of the final model. So… one of the newest timepiece collections from Bamford Watch Department are the “Commando” watcheswhich take stock Rolex Submariner or Milgauss watches and modify them with special case coatings (that will come in a few colors) as well as custom dials produced by Bamford. The Bamford Watch Department Commando watches even come with very cool packaging to complete the military watch theme that George Bamford put so much time and effort into.

Hands-on, the Bamford Commando watches are pretty cool. The base-Rolex watches have been given a matte coating in military green (which will also have other colors in the near future) along with “sandwich” style dials which are meant to offer enhanced luminant while also integrating the look of Replica Rolex Explorer watches to these models which are clearly not Rolex Explorers.

Bamford has access to some pretty high-tech industrial coating processes which is how they are able to do things which others cannot. Can you name a lot of other watches with a durable green coating? I can’t. This is, in theory, a sort of big deal, and uses a Graphite Powder Coating (GPC) technique which I find to be quite fascinating. PVD coating, for example, (which is how most metal watches are coated in black) is limited in the colors that it can produce.

Replica-Rolex-Submariner-Commando-CS08This particular model is the Bamford Commando Submariner (which is what I am calling it) because it begins with a base Rolex Submariner 114060, but makes it look quite different. The case and movement are all stock, while the coating, dial, and elements of the hands’ paint are done by Bamford. To be clear, this is not a timepiece Rolex will warranty or even service. Fortunately, Bamford covers all of that.

The downsides to the Bamford Watch Department Commando watches are their comparatively high prices, as well as some of the detail work around the paint. When we debuted the Bamford Watch Department Commando Edition watches, a lot of the audience correctly pointed out that the red paint applied to the 12 o’clock position on the rotating bezel was done in a manner that had red paint “bleed” outside of the upside down triangle space. This is certainly something luxury watch buyers are looking to avoid, and something Bamford should seek to avoid as well. At the least, it isn’t something you’d ever see from a production Rolex watch.

While the custom dials produced by Bamford are very cool, they can’t directly compete with the often pristine dial quality of factory Rolex replica watches. Moreover, it is unclear exactly how the green coating for these Bamford Watch Department Commando Edition watches will wear over time, which is a further source of unpredictability. If there is anything that Rolex has tried for years to embody in their marketing, it is that owning a Rolex is extremely predicable – in a good way.

So this leads me to why I think watch lovers are often upset with what Bamford is doing. It isn’t Bamford’s designs, creativity, or concepts which are at issue. What is at issue is how those designs seek to borrow from the Rolex name, and in a way that I believe is beginning to verge on possibly unwarranted. In short, at what point is a Bamford Watch Department customized Rolex, no longer something that should have the Rolex name on the dial?

Replica-Rolex-Submariner-Commando-CS08-2Bamford Watch Department as well as the other Rolex customizers out there are free to purchase new Rolex watches, offer bespoke treatments to them, and sell them. The question is to what degree can these watches be modified and still bear the Rolex name. Would a Bamford Watch Department timepiece without the Rolex name (even though it is clearly a Rolex underneath) be as successful? Or would removing the Rolex name from the dials fundamentally change the value proposition of these timepieces for the intended consumers?

I want to spend a minute talking about the type of person who buys a Bamford timepiece – of which there are many. I’ve spoken to George Bamford about this on several occasions, and what seems to be a continuing theme among Bamford customers is that they are wealthy, headstrong, independent thinkers, lovers of items made just for them, and those who certainly use their timepieces to make a statement about themselves. These are also individuals who respect time-honored institutions (such as Rolex). Thus, the company’s clients, just like George Bamford, are huge fans of Rolex, but are in a place in their lives where they want their Rolex timepieces to be either completely unique for them, or part of a much smaller production of models that allows them to make a unique statement while wearing a very respected timepiece.

The romance of Rolex is powerful. The allure and appeal of the brand is vast and not something to be taken lightly. Rolex is not just a top Rolex replica watchmaker, but according to at least one study, is the most reputable brand in the world. This means that the Rolex name – along with the quality of their products – is something that many consumers want to show on their wrist.

Replica-Rolex-Submariner-Commando-CS08-3When a stock Rolex watch is coated with a particular color, put on a new strap, or engraved, it is very much a customized Rolex assuming it retains the original movement and dial. Once you start to meddle more with elements such as the dial and fundamentally change what Rolex has released from their factory, while keeping the Rolex name on there – I don’t think you are still selling a Rolex.

It is actually somewhat ironic because over the last couple of months, I’ve thought about what type of Bamford customized Rolex I would ever have made for myself. This has come about after seeing a lot of Bamford timepieces and asking the very natural question of “what would I want?” One thing that kept coming to mind is that I would want the Bamford name to be more prominent than the Rolex name. I even considered removing the Rolex name altogether from the dial, as I would see the watch very much as art, and the artist being George Bamford.

So, would removing the Rolex name from a Bamford Watch Department watch help or hurt their sales? I am sure that George Bamford’s initial reaction to this idea would be negative. As an enormous Rolex fan, I am sure that he would take issue with the fact that the brand he so loves, that is the subject of so much time and effort by him and his staff, would all of a sudden lack the Rolex name. Bamford customizes watches from other brands too, such as Panerai, Patek Philippe, and Audemars Piguet, but bespoke Rolex timepieces are still the cornerstone of his business.

While it would have to be handled properly, I think I could make a very strong argument that Bamford Watch Department timepieces – for those that go above and beyond merely coloring the case of a stock Rolex timepiece – would be better off removing the fake Rolex watches name from the dial altogether. Most people would clearly know that the watch is a Rolex underneath, and on the rear of the watch could be a fun statement (George is always a fan of fun statements) such as “A Rolex At Birth, Now Graduated To A Bamford” – or something in that vein.

Replica-Rolex-Submariner-Commando-CS08-4While there aren’t many analogs in the watch world, the car world has a few. Consider RUF, for example, that begins with stock Porsche automobiles and, in some instances, heavily modifies them. RUF, based in Germany, totally takes the Porsche badges off the exterior of the car. Their clients understand exactly what an RUF began life as, and I think appreciate that RUF is about taking a stock Porsche and making it – well, different. Isn’t Bamford more or less doing the same? Will the Bamford Watch Department piece not be perceived more favorably by watch lovers as well as perhaps Rolex themselves by simply taking the Rolex name off the dial and replacing it entirely with their own name.

This would position Bamford not in the category of questionable ethics and taste (a position some place them in), but more in the position of a design tinkerer and experimenter which compliments the larger world of Rolex – as opposed to being an entity which to some appears only to ride on it.

George Bamford himself has more than likely entertained the idea of producing base Rolex watches without the Rolex name and has probably dismissed the notion for what he felt were good reasons. Though, perhaps he has not considered it from the perspective that I have just mentioned. Right now, people judge all Bamford Rolex watches at the same level they judge Rolex watches (extreme scrutiny). Though, if they see Bamford as being less about riding on the Rolex name and more about lovingly playing with core Rolex designs on top of the best-made Rolex replica watches in the world, I think they would not only be more forgiving, but also more amenable to both the concept and execution of what the Bamford Watch Department does.

The Bamford Watch Department Commando Edition watches are totally cool. I love the special metal cases and presentation documents, along with the slick designs which are very cool and fashionable. With that said, the custom dials and other work lead me to feel that these timepieces should no longer bear the Rolex name, to be simply replaced with the Bamford name exclusively. The brand’s customers will know that the timepieces originated as Rolex products, and over time, I think it will lead to a net gain for George Bamford’s business if they carry themselves more like RUF, and less like those companies who would seek to ride on the name of a greater brand. The issue is that Bamford Watch Department is actually a great brand, and they just need to take a bit more “ownership” over what they do. The Bamford Watch Department Commando Edition watches are priced at £12,000 for the base Rolex Milguass model and £13,000 for the base Rolex Submariner model.

I love the Rolex Replica Explorer I watches.  It’s the little brother in the Rolex sports watch family, it was my first Rolex, and regularly it gets left out of the all the mega-Rolex hoopla that we so often see at auctions with rare versions of Daytonas, Subs, and GMT’s bringing in big bucks.  So, when we opened up the Christie’s Geneva May catalog and saw the watch here, we knew we had to cover it.  It is a seriously rare watch, and it happens to be an Explorer I.

Rolex Replica Explorer WhiteDialDating to 1958, this is a reference 6610, the predecessor to the commonly seen 1016.  The case is in fantastic shape with nice thick lugs, and everything on this guy is original…including its WHITE dial.  Yes, white.  As many of you know, Submariners, GMT’s, and Explorers all come with black dials.  Except when they don’t.  You see, from time to time, the very odd white dial sport Rolex replica watches shows up, and some cry foul, and others cry glory.  Eric Ku showed us a completely legitimate white dial Sub, and there are rumors that executives at PAN-AM recceived white dial 6542 GMT’s way back when, but that has never been confirmed.

Replica Rolex Explorer WhiteDialIt is the doubts with Rolex that make collecting so challenging, and rewarding.  Rolex will never confirm they made a white dial Explorer, but popular belief is that they did, no matter how rare.  And Christie’s has assured us they’ve gone to great lengths to confirm that this example is indeed absolutely original.  And that makes this Rolex replica watch very rare, and very cool.  It was also the first time we’ve seen a white dial Explorer in the metal.  Christie’s Geneva has this rare bird in at betwen $10,000 and $16,000.

Nearly all Rolex replica watches are classic among the classics. Whether you go for a Submariner, a Sea-Dweller, a GMT-Master or a Datejust, you can’t really be wrong.Today, we just want to show you that for roughly the same price as a brand new but common Rolex, you can have an original and quite unique vintage Rolex replica watches, that will makes you look different.

Rolex Replica Submariner Date 1680

Replica-Rolex-Submariner-1680What can we say about the Rolex Replica Submariner except that it may be the most legendary watch ever. It has been around for more than 60 years now. It has been constantly improved but it has never really changed. It has been worn by the legendary James Bond 007 but also by… every one. And that may be the main default of the Submariner: it’s a mass product. Meaning that if you’re looking for something discreet, a bit sporty but also suitable for a business meeting, you’ll certainly go for a Sub. As well as your colleagues and people you might interact with. No originality here. Except if you are looking for one that has an history, a pedigree or a special feature. For those who will never face the issue of money, the easiest is to go for a Comex or a Military Submariner. For those who just want to be slightly different without selling one of their kidneys, a vintage Replica Rolex Submariner 1680 is the solution.

Rolex-Replica-Submariner-1680For a lower price than a new one you can choose the reliable, precise and very cool 1680. It was the first to come with the date feature, meaning that it has this emblematic cyclops lens on the crystal. The movement is modern and easy to service, so no issue to use such a Submariner as a daily beater. The one we’ve been choosing is listed by Eric Ku from 10 past ten, sort of legend in the vintage Rolex industry. Why him? Because buying a vintage copy Rolex Submariner can be tricky. And thus, you have to be sure of what you’ll buy, especially if you’re not an expert. The 1680 comes with a very nice faded bezel that has turned to a grey-blue tint, and a tritium matte dial (that might be a service one considering the highly white markers). It is one of the most recognizable fake Rolex watches, a true classic that will never be outdated.

Rolex Replica Explorer 1 ref. 1016

Rolex-Explorer-ReplicaThis one is not the most collectible, prestigious or recognizable vintage Rolex. It won’t set records during auctions. Leave this to the Daytona Paul Newman or the Submariner with a chocolate tropical dial. This one doesn’t come with fancy features or unbeatable water resistance. And that’s the reason why we love the Replica Rolex Explorer 1 – a simple but solid 36mm watch, with a clean dial and a robust look. It even has this typical old-fashion elegance, when sports Rolex replica watches were thin and wearable, without any compromises on their robustness. The Explorer was meant to be used in rough and difficult conditions. So it is solid as a rock. Even a vintage 1016 can be used on a daily basis. It is precise – chronometer rated – as long as your watchmaker knows how to properly adjust a movement. And it is slightly different from the rest of the collection, with this 3-6-9 matte black dial.

Replica-Rolex-ExplorerWe choose the one because of its very nice dial. First, it has matching hands and markers, meaning that the tritium has faded uniformly. Then, the colour of this patina is really nice. Not too brown, not too white, just the good amount of creamy yellow. The dial itself is flawless and shows a very nice dark grey color too. It is listed for €5.200, the same price as a modern Replica Rolex Explorer 1, that unfortunately come in a 39mm case.

Rolex Replica GMT-Master II Pepsi 16750

Rolex-GMT-Master-Replica-WatchesThe Pepsi is an icon. Ask people about the colour of a Fake Rolex GMT-Master II and you’ll see that most of them will answer the blue/red bezel edition. Recently, Rolex re-issued the GMT Pepsi with a new and innovative ceramic bezel, unfortunately (for our bank accounts) in white gold. Usually, this reference was sold in stainless steel. The GMT-Master is certainly the most iconic traveller’s watch, with its legible and practical 24-hour rotating bezel and GMT central hand. All together, it creates a very appealing timepiece but clearly not one that will makes you look different.

Replica-Rolex-GMT-MasterExcept if you’re going for a vintage one with a unique faded or cracked dial, also known among the collectors as a spiderweb dial. Something strange into the vintage Rolex community is to focus on the defaulted watches. For example, a Submariner with reversed meters/feets scale will be more collectible. And a GMT with a dial that has cracks is something that will be under the scope of collectors. That is something that not every buyers will accept but that will clearly differentiate you from the rest of the GMT enthusiasts. We found such a dial on a quite common reference, a 16750 from 1985, that allows you to access the world of the odd Rolexes for a reasonable €4.250Eur. It is for sale by Rolex replica watches website on rolexforreplica.

A symbol of the human can-do spirit, the Fake Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer celebrates perseverance and the exquisite balance between technical development, experience in the field, thoughtfulness and action. Faithful to its heritage and unique identity, the new Replica Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II was a clear favorite of journalists and observers recently. It exemplifies multifaceted strength in today’s world, while imparting a new élan to the elegant lines which have long established it as a style icon.

rolex-explorer-iiExactly 40 years after its launch, the Copy Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer II has been updated to reach new heights of dependability. Its case, enlarged to 42 mm, houses the new calibre 3187 entirely designed and manufactured by Rolex. Scaling new heights in precision, the new Explorer comes equipped with a sophisticated self-winding mechanical movement featuring the Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers. Its chronometric precision and exceptional resistance to extreme conditions makes this year’s Explorer II the benchmark for reliable and robust timekeeping instruments.

Replica Rolex Explorer II Specifications

  • Case Type: Oyster (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown)
  • Diameter: 42 mm
  • Material: 904L stainless steel superalloy, polished and satin finished
  • Case back: Screw-down with Rolex replica fluting
  • Bezel: Fixed, 24-hour graduated, sun satin finished, polished bevelled edge
  • Winding crown Screw-down, TWINLOCK double water-resistant system
  • Shoulders to protect the crown
  • Crystal Scratch-resistant sapphire
  • CYCLOPS lens (2.5 ×) over the date, double anti-reflective coating
  • Water Resistance: 100 metres (330 feet)
  • Movement:  Calibre 3187, Officially certified Swiss chronometer
  • Functions: 24-hour GMT hand, with independent rapid-setting of the hour hand
  • Instantaneous date at 3 o’clock
  • Stop-seconds for precise time setting
  • Oscillator Frequency: 28,800 beats/hour (4 Hz)
  • Non-magnetic blue PARACHROM hairspring, Breguet overcoil
  • Jewelling: 31 rubies
  • Winding: Bidirectional self-winding via PERPETUAL rotor
  • Power reserve: Approximately 48 hours
  • Dial: White lacquered CHROMALIGHT display with long-lasting luminescence
  • Hands: White gold, wide, hollowed, black lacquered, Orange 24-hour hand
  • Black, satin finished CHROMALIGHT display with long-lasting luminescence
  • Hour markers: Highly legible white gold appliques
  • Bracelet: Oyster, three-piece solid links
  • Material: 904L steel superalloy, satin finished, polished edge
  • Clasp: OYSTERLOCK folding clasp with safety catch, EASYLINK 5 mm comfort extension link