Like pretty much every vintage Rolex, the best replica Rolex Day-Date is a classic. And with all classics, they rely on their timelessness, simplicity, and versatility over uniqueness. So why, then, was I taken aback by a Day-Date when I was tasked with shooting it for the shop? Well, because it’s not just any Day-Date.
Photographing vintage replica watches is a challenge in the best sense. The tones of tropical dials and color casts of vintage cases need to be matched with care and precision, and in the case of this Day-Date, the white gold was not a pure grey but over time had turned a slight champagne color. Not quite grey, not quite yellow – I knew I had to nail the color.
But the case color wasn’t the first thing I noticed about the Swiss movement Rolex Day-Date replica watch. While it’s not uncommon to see European languages printed on the date wheels, I noticed the word “Al Sabt” (or “Saturday”) in Arabic script on the top. Famously, this word comes from the Arabic word “to hibernate,” and my mind raced about where this watch may have been buried and lived until this moment. My mind raced with fantasies and stories about the Middle East, the previous owners of the watch, and the places it may have been.
My father was born in Iraq, and I knew this would be a watch to pique his interest because it immediately piqued mine. And so, capturing the shimmering dial, the beautiful Arabic script, and the champagne-tinged bracelet was not just part of my task as a photographer here, it became my duty — my responsibility — to make the world see this watch the way I had. I could now envision the new home for this luxury Rolex copy watch, just as I had dreamed about the previous ones.