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.

There is big news, and there is Rolex big news, and in some ways, ne’er the twain shall meet. At Baselworld this year, Rolex debuted a first for the company: the very first, ever, Rolex delivered on a rubber strap. Now, for most companies this would have little effect on Rolex replica watches enthusiasts other than to evoke (very) tepid interest at best, and boredom at worst – but this is not an ordinary rubber strap, this is an official, designed-and-tested-and-thoroughly-obsessed-over-by-Rolex rubber strap. And thereby hangs a tale.

Rolex Replica Yachtmaster 40mmThe Yachtmaster, as we have mentioned in some of our previous coverage, occupies a somewhat particular place in Rolex’s lineup of sports watches; it shares water-resistance and a turning bezel with the Submariner (the latter is water resistant to 300 m while the Yachtmaster standard model is water resistant to 100 m). It is certainly not a tool Rolex replica watches; the Yachtmaster is offered in either platinum and steel, or gold and steel (that’s Rolesium and Rolesor, lest we forget) and is either quietly or unequivocally luxurious depending on what size and metal you go for (Rolex makes the Yachtmaster in both 35 mm and 40 mm sizes). The Yachtmaster’s history goes back to the first introduction of the watch in 1992, although the name, interestingly enough, appears on the dial of a prototype Yachtmaster Chronograph from the late 1960s.

Replica Rolex Yachtmaster 40mmThe term “Yachtmaster” is also, incidentally, used for a certificate of competency in yachting which is issued by the Royal Yachting Association, although we’re unaware of any specific association between the RYA and the Yachtmaster watch.

Now, this newest version of the Yachtmaster does take a few pages from the existing Yachtmaster playbook: 100-meter water resistance, a bidirectional turning bezel, and a dial and hands that echo the Submariner. There are also a couple of features that may make vintage Sub enthusiasts wonder if Rolex mightn’t have an exceedingly subtle sense of humor; the gilt coronet and “Rolex,” and the red lettering, both features which according to HODINKEE founder Ben Clymer would have, had they appeared on a Rolex dive replica watches, made it instantly the single most popular watch in the modern Rolex inventory. The case is rose gold – Rolex famously makes their own, called Everose, in their own foundry, with a bit of platinum mixed in to prevent discoloration – and the bezel, rather than being some other precious metal (as is the case in the “standard” Yachtmasters) is in black Cerachrom – a very technical-looking matte black that contrasts sharply with the gold case.  Somehow, between the rose gold, the Cerachrom bezel, and the new Oysterflex bracelet this manages to be the most luxurious and at the same time most technical Yachtmaster yet.

Rolex Replica YachtmasterThe two different versions of the Everose Yachtmaster (40 mm and 37 mm) sport different movements; the larger uses the caliber 3135 and the smaller, the newer 2236, which sports the “Syloxi” silicon balance spring (first used by Rolex in 2014).

Rolex Yachtmaster ReplicaThe Oysterflex bracelet is, in a nutshell, quite a piece of work. One of the most endearing traits of Rolex as a company is that it tends to demonstrate what we can only describe as a laudable degree of corporate obsessive-compulsive disorder when it comes to research and development, and it does so, often, without making any sort of fanfare about it at all. In this case we do know a little bit about the Oysterflex, however – it is basically designed to have the hypoallergenic and comfort properties of a rubber strap and the durability and shape-retention properties of a bracelet. At the core of the Oysterflex bracelet are metal inserts made of titanium and nickel, which are used to affix the bracelet to the clasp and Rolex Replica Yachtmaster watches case; over those is a sheathing of “high-performance black elastomer.” “Elastomer” is a portmanteau word, formed from “elastic” and “polymer” and is a general term for natural and synthetic rubbers. In addition to the materials complexity of the Oysterflex bracelet, it is also shaped in a rather unusual fashion – there are ridges molded into the the wristward face of the bracelet, which are intended to allow the bracelet when worn to better approximate the natural curvature of the wrist.

Rolex Yachtmaster Replica 40mmThey might look a bit odd but in practice, the design works out quite wonderfully; this is easily the most downright comfortable and organic-feeling rubber strap I have ever worn, and like the entire watch manages to be both extremely technical in feel, and very luxurious at the same time; I doubt whether any company has ever taken so much trouble over the design of a strap (for all that Rolex prefers the term “bracelet” in describing the Oysterflex, habit dies hard and you’ll probably find yourself calling it a strap, just as we did). On the wrist, the two stabilizing ridges do exactly what they are supposed to: keep the watch from shifting, as heavier watches on rubber straps are wont to do, without requiring you to have the strap uncomfortably tight. The Everose Oysterlock clasp does a superb job mechanically and also looks fabulous into the bargain; the quality of finish on the clasp and case may not seem terribly elaborate at first, but it is as technically flawless as anything I have ever seen at any price, on any watch.

Rolex Yachtmaster Replica watchesWhat we have here, in other words, is a very Rolex interpretation of luxury. Yes, this is a gold watch, and a gold Rolex replica watches, and wearing a gold Rolex always carries with it, shall we say, certain semiotic complexities. However there is also another side to the watch, and to the Rolex approach to luxury in general: the taking of such pains to produce technical perfection that technical perfection becomes a luxury in itself.

Rolex Replica Yachtmaster 40mm wrist

For the last several years, this week of vintage car goodness has also been a focal point and gathering spot for vintage Rolex replica watches aficionados from around the world.

fourtane_2015They are both must attend events hosted in August every year in picturesque the Monterey Peninsula. Aside from spotting the various wrist candy that adorns many a visitor in town that week, the epicenter of watch collecting is undoubtably Fourtané Estate Jewelers, located on Ocean Avenue in Carmel.  Fourtané has been the premier location for visitors to peruse both new and vintage Rolex replica watches, in addition to their collection of unique and beautiful estate jewelry.  Last year, Fourtané added the well respected independent manufactures Laurent Ferrier and Ressence to their stable of brands, and this year, the further enhanced their shopping experience with the addition of A. Lange & Sohne to the product mix.

We were fortunate enough to attend an annual gathering at Fourtané on Friday night which saw over 100 collectors from around the world visiting.

vintage Rolex replica watches Guests were treated to delicious finger foods and appetizers, and were served wine and “Vintage Rolex” inspired cocktails while browsing a truly impressive selection of Replica Rolex Daytona watches.  An extensive array of Langes were on display, including the newest striking Zeitwerk, as well as an original 1940’s WW2 B-Uhr.

The star of the show however, is always the vintage Rolexes, and this year definitely did not disappoint!  Several different Paul Newmans, a few Comexes, and many other rare and desirable sports Rolex replica watches were on display.  Rumor has it, that even the CEO of Rolex himself, Mr. Dufour stopped by to check out the watches!

Rolex replica watchesIf you happen to be in town for car week, don’t forget to stop by Fourtané and join us for the 2016 installment of our annual Vintage Rolex gathering.

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.