Rolex’s dive watches are highly sought after. It’s no wonder that Rolex has such an exciting history, many noteworthy collaborations, unique designs, and powerful, precise internal movements. We explore the various models in this feature.
Rolex currently produces some different dive watch models: the Submariner and Submariner Date, the Sea-Dweller, and the Deepsea. The Submariner and Submariner Date have the same case size. Almost all of the watches in the collection are available in versions with different materials, dials and bezel colors. The Submariner without the date is the entry-level piece. Introduced in 1953, the Submariner was Rolex’s first dive watch. At the time, it had a bi-directional rotating bezel for measuring dive time. Initially, the Submariner was water-resistant to 100 meters, but by 1954 Rolex had increased that level to 200 meters. In 1955, the British Royal Navy began using the Submariner as its official dive watch, and the Royal Canadian Navy followed suit the following year.
In 1927, Rolex first became known for its water-resistant watches with patented screw-down crowns, and the clever Oyster name was an effective marketing tool. During the more than 15 hours that Mercedes Glaze attempted to swim the English Channel, she wore a Rolex water-resistant watch that stood the test of time. Rolex advertised the event on the front page of London’s Daily Mail newspaper, earning great acclaim for the watch.
Rolex also developed a special deep-sea watch for exploring the depths of the ocean. Between 1953 and 1960, it participated in a number of sea expeditions, attached to the outer hull of a Submarine. In 1960, Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh manned their submarine Trieste to dive to the Mariana Trench, at a depth of 10,916 meters, which was just a few meters short of the deepest point of the ocean. The Deep Sea Special survived unscathed. Although this model was built several times, it never went into mass production. Due to the use of a hemispherical crystal and an overall height of 35mm, it was still too large to be considered wearable.
The inexorable rise in prices has attracted those looking to make a quick buck by selling copies of some of the most popular models. This has been going on for a long time now, but a few years ago counterfeits were almost embarrassingly easy to spot, and modern low-cost/high-tech manufacturing methods have spawned a new wave of counterfeits that can deceive even experienced collectors.
So how do you avoid falling victim? There are some ways you can keep yourself against the disreputable. The first, and most effective, is to buy only from trusted retailers, as we will discuss in more detail later.
Another vital consideration is to make your research. There is so much information to take advantage of within easy reach. Scour the abundant omega watch blogs online and, in particular, join a forum. There is a number dedicated to a particular brand together with more general types. The members tend to be extremely knowledgeable and generous with their time and share a real passion for omega replica watches. It also pays to do a search before diving straight in with your question, as the chances are it has been asked and answered before, probably more than once.
Finally, joining the vintage Watch forum is also a good place to find advice on the best places to buy. Hardcore vintage collectors tend to buy lots of watches and may point you in the right direction.
Coupled with the highly resilient 904L grade “Oystersteel” used in the case and bracelet, this Rolex Submariner is more resistant to seawater than most replica watches on the market that are made from traditional 316L stainless steel. In addition to its superior corrosion resistance, 904L stainless steel also offers a brighter finish than traditional stainless steel alloys. It gives the wrist a more unique and luxurious look.
Like other contemporary Rolex fake watches, the case of the Ref. 116610 Submariner is protected against the reflective coated sapphire crystal and the “Maxi” display on the dial features larger luminescent hands and hour markers. The 116610 Submariner’s case also features an anti-reflective coated sapphire crystal, and the dial comes with larger luminous hands and hour markers. On the newer version of the 116610LN, the dial and hour markers feature a “Maxi” display with a larger Luminous hands and hour markers. On the new version of the 116610LN, the dial and hands are filled with Rolex’s proprietary Chromalight, which provides luminescence to the watchespity.com. Unlike the Super-LumiNova luminescence used on previous versions of the Rolex Submariner. Chromalight glows a bright blue in the dark and is said to last longer than traditional luminescence.
When Ref.116610 was launched, the strap of this watch was significantly upgraded, and a sophisticated Glidelock extension system was installed in the buckle. Unlike other diving buckles on the market, Glidelock offers a smoother profile under the wrist and allows rapid incremental adjustments.
Its design concept is to allow the wearer to fine-tune the length of the bracelet without using any tools, so that it can easily put the replica watch on the sleeve of the wetsuit. If you are not an avid diver, this function is also a convenient way to adjust when your wrists fluctuate in wet weather. Whether you are diving or not, Glidelock is a very practical additional function of the new Submariner, and it is also a big selling point of this inexpensive watch.
In general, the current Rolex Submariner is very suitable for most wrist sizes, the shape is a little slender, and the bracelet can also well balance the wrist case. If you want to buy a reasonable and all-round sports watch on the market, and at the same time stand the test of time, then the Rolex 116610 with Oystersteel material with black dial and bezel is not wrong.
When we talk about the chronograph watches, the Omega Speedmaster is easily one of the most popular. However, in fact, the Speedmaster is a greatly varied collection and distinguishing between different Speedy models can sometimes be a little overwhelming. So currently, we’ve picked two famous versions, the Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch and the Speedmaster ’57, to test further, so that we can highlight their origins, differences and similarities.
The Omega Speedmaster was the first chronograph to move the tachymeter scale from the dial to the bezel for better legibility. While later models included printed bezel inserts, that very first Speedmaster had an engraved steel bezel, which is now the defining feature of modern Speedmaster ’57 watches.
Omega first introduced the Speedmaster chronograph particularly for motorsports in 1957 as part of a trilogy of professional replica watches – the other two were the Seamaster 300 dive watch and the Railmaster antimagnetic watch. And the nowadays Omega Speedmaster’ 57 collection is a tribute to that real maiden reference.
Another common design trait across all Speedmaster ’57 watches are round symmetrical cases with straight lugs and no crown guards. Other nods to the first Speedy found across some Speedmaster ’57 models consist of the Broad Arrow hands, the three-link steel band, and beige-colored lume to mimic the patina that develops with age.
But, different from the original 1957 Speedmaster, the contemporary Omega Speedmaster ’57 features bigger cases measuring 41.5mm cases and automatic Co-Axial movements. The option of movement also means a dial redesign to include only two sub-dials at 3 and 9 and a date window at 6 o’clock. What’s more, though the Speedmaster was originally only offered in stainless steel, Omega makes Speedmaster ’57 models in a range of materials including steel, gold, and two-tone configurations.
The exception to the above design details is the special 60th Anniversary Speedmaster ’57. Unveiled in 2017, this limited edition commemorative watch is essentially a reissue of the 1957 Speedmaster, complete with a 38.6mm steel case, matching steel bracelet, tri-compax dial, and a manual-wind movement inside.
The only exception is the special 60th Anniversary Speedmaster ’57.The limited-edition commemorative replica watch, which was launched in 2017, is essentially a reprint of the 1957 Speedmaster and features a 38.6mm steel case, matching steel strap, and a three-in-one dial with a manual air drive inside.
We were able to put the Rolex Milgauss, designed specifically for scientists and engineers, in the same category as the air-king — among the brand’s second-tier, less fashionable models. But recently, its new look, impressive antimagnetic capabilities and the fact that it is one of those replica watches that have more or less taken root have attracted a growing number of admirers.
First manufactured in that company heyday of the 1950s, the Milgauss was made in the same era as the Submariner, GMT-Master, Explorer, and Day-Date. As a result, it has traditionally been left in their collective shadow, so much so that it was actually discontinued totally in 1988, ending with the ref. 1019. A large number of people think that we would never see the Milgauss again, but in 2007, and to coincide with the opening of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Rolex reintroduced the watch with the ref. 116400.
Now with a case diameter of 40mm for the first time, the current Milgauss benefits from many colorful modern elements, but it retains its characteristic resistance to electromagnetic fields of up to 1,000 gauss. The update was originally issued in three versions: black and white dial editions were fitted with a standard clear sapphire, while a second black dial piece (the ref. 116400GV, with ‘GV’ standing for Glace Verte) was given a green-tinted crystal. All three proved especially welcome with fans and started the Milgauss’s climb towards its current popularity, with the GV model really capturing the imagination.
In 2014, Rolex replaced the black and white dial with a transparent sapphire crystal (which could further drive up its price in the future) with a second green sapphire dial, this time electric blue. It was named Z-blue dial and its blend of colors, including a bright orange lightning bolt second hand and minute track, makes it one of the most vivid watches in the entire professional watch series.
Different from the other two used fake rolex watches on our list, the ref. 116400 is still in production (excluding the versions with clear crystals), but there are rumors that cosmetic surgery is on the way. When this happens, you can expect the demand for the current reference to increase, possibly across all versions. Until then, it had been undervalued on the second-hand market, and it was an excellent watch, with some wonderfully quirky touches, and relatively cheap compared to most contemporary Rolex watches — at least for now.
There are many reasons as to exactly why the Rolex Day-Date makes such an enticing pre-owned purchase. The first and foremost is usability. Different from most of their steel motion models, Rolex has never really restricted the supply of the President to their retail network, which means those who want one have had some problems locating a new model. As a result, a significant number of Rolex presidential watches enter the secondary market quite frequently and retailers are not really lacking in pushing second-hand prices above retail prices.
Besides, the fake Rolex Day-Date’s stubborn choice of only precious metal construction is another explanation. The big majority of brand-new watches immediately depreciate the moment that you leave the store with them, with solid gold or platinum models often taking the largest hit in value. Since precious metal watches are much more expensive than stainless steel watches, there are far fewer buyers for them, resulting in significantly less demand in the second-hand market than in the less expensive stainless steel replica watches. This means you often have a great chance of finding a used Rolex CEO at a significant discount compared to the original retail price.
And thirdly, the Day-Date’s iconic aesthetics have to be taken into account. There have been several generations of the Rolex President over the last 60+ years. With the looks more or less cemented from the get-go, new references have generally been announced to introduce a noteworthy upgrade to the watch’s movement instead of any major outward design alterations.
Take a model from the original series and put it next to a modern example and you’ll see relatively small differences in style, despite the massive upgrades and improvements that have taken place over the past few years. So if you can get a used watch that’s indistinguishable from the latest model for a fraction of the price, why not?
The Panerai Luminor Luna Rossa Regatta 47mm is the biggest of the trio, and the substantial case, which measures 19.94mm thick, is resplendent with Panerai’s Carbotech case construction, which involves layering carbon fibre and then bonding the structure with polymers. The end result of this complex case material is that the Luna Rosa Regatta itself is relatively light, although its size is the largest of all replica watches currently on the market.
Housed within the Luna Rossa Regatta’s distinctive case is Panerai’s Calibre P.9100/R, a self-winding movement that benefits from no less than 328 parts, 37 jewels, two spring barrels, Incabloc anti-shock device, Glucydur balance components, 72 hours of power reserve and 28,800 (4Hz) vibrations per hour.
What’s more, the highly spec’d movement hosts a large number of practical functions aimed at aiding the members of Team Luna Rossa on their storied endeavor to break the America’s Cup record. Finally, in addition to hours, minutes and small seconds, the Luna Rossa Regatta also features a regatta countdown, flyback chronograph and a zero reset seconds.
The Panerai Luminor Luna Rossa Chrono Flyback 44mm differentiate itself from its larger brethren by being finished in a black micro sandblasted ceramic case that measures 18.40mm thick. The obvious benefits of ceramic are two folds, as the material not only gives a near peerless level of scratch resistance, it is also obviously lighter than steel.
The Luna Rossa Chrono Flyback sports Panerai’s Calibre P.9100, which is basically the same movement as that found in the Regatta, sans the regatta countdown complication. As a result, Chrono Flyback still benefits from 72 hours of power reserve, 37 jewels, 302 components, flyback chronograph and zero reset seconds.
Last but surely not least, the Luna Rossa GMT’s case measures 15.65mm thick, making it the slimmest best watch of the trio. The Panerai Luminor Luna Rossa GMT 44mm is hewn from hard-wearing and lightweight titanium, which is then given a Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coating to achieve its black aesthetic.
Inside the hardwearing case you’ll see Panerai’s Calibre P.9010/GMT movement, a self-winding workhorse that offers customers 72 hours of power reserve, has 199 components, 31 jewels and, like its siblings, runs at a smooth 28,800 (4Hz) vibrations per hour. The trio is equipped with a “Ponte Vecchio” black calfskin leather strap with contrasting white stitching, all leather straps are decorated with trapezoidal wiredraw titanium buckles and buckles treated with black DLC coating.
Owing to their similar name, nearly identical style, there is often some confusion about the Rolex Datejust and date watch. While, since these two similar watches are considered to be different from the Rolex watch series, we will discuss the differences between Rolex dates to eliminate confusion.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the company, Rolex unveiled the Datejust in 1945 as the world’s first chronometer-rated wristwatch with a date window on the dial. The new replica Rolex was a collection of the brand’s other breakthrough innovations, such as waterproof oyster shells and a “permanent” mechanical movement that automatically wound. As a result, the fake watch’s official name is the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust.
Another novelty of the Datejust was its five-link bracelet design, which is called the Jubilee bracelet. The inaugural full yellow gold Datejust model combined a 36mm case with a fluted bezel and a Jubilee bracelet – design elements that are still popular within the modern Datejust collection even though the lineup has flourished with a vast assortment of different metal, bezel, bracelet, and size options.
The Rolex Date took part in the company’s catalog in the mid-1950s as a slightly smaller alternative to the Datejust. Rather than a 36mm Oyster case, the Oyster Perpetual Date watch sported a 34mm case housing a dial with a date window at 3 o’clock. Although there are a few other styles to choose from, such as pure gold, most of the early models were stainless steel with sleek borders and three-ring oyster bracelets.
Right off the bat, we see that the Rolex Date was not just a smaller iteration of the Datejust, but also a somewhat more casual option too. By the time Rolex launched the Date model, the Cyclops date magnification lens had already been introduced in 1953. The Cyclops bubble serves to magnify the date window by 2.5 times and it has become a fixture of all Datejust and Date watches since its inception.
While the first sizes of the Datejust and the Date were 36mm and 34mm, Rolex did add more size options to both collections over the years. For example, somewhat puzzlingly, Rolex has in the past produced the Lady-Datejust and the ladies’ Date with 26mm cases, and the mid-size Datejust and mid-size Date with 31mm case sizes. What’s more, Rolex has also ceased making the Lady-Datejust 26, replacing it with the Lady-Datejust 28. Also, over the course of the last decade, Rolex has also added larger options for the Datejust.
While there are some vintages and stop date 34 models in pure gold and varying shades of steel and gold, Rolex has simplified only two choices: all-steel or stainless steel platinum groove bezels, both with 34 mm cases and fitted oyster bracelets. Overall, the Rolex date is a smaller and simpler version of the replica Rolex date that just has fewer options from the factory, but offers almost the same features.
In the watch collection world, there is always an exclusive desire. Replica watch brands large and small are clearly following this trend, and year after year we see a large number of beautiful and interesting limited edition luxury watches on the market in small quantities. While some limited editions can stay relatively cheap, others will cost you a fortune. In other words, in due course, these rare works are more likely to appreciate in value than their serials. With that in mind, here are some of our favorite limited edition movies of 2019.
It’s been funny to see the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms collection expand in recent years, as the brand has eventually been putting more effort into revitalizing the line using more direct influence from its historically significant dive watches from decades past. This year, the Fifty Fathoms Barakuda was the star of the show. A cozy and short-lugged 40.3mm case is fitted with a slightly domed/three-dimensional ceramic bezel insert, and all of its indices on its dial and bezel use a darkened beige-colored Super-LumiNova, as do its hands.
Hands-down the most particular and expensive piece on our list, this rockstar of a fake Audemars Piguet Royal Oak was just too unique to not discuss. Its case and bracelet are crafted from platinum, and it is full of a fantastic ice blue dial that is reminiscent of the platinum Rolex Daytona that has been in the market for a handful of years now. Of course, when you’re talking perpetual calendars in general, those from either AP or replica Patek Philippe remain the most coveted, but pairing this complication with a platinum casing, the iconic Gerald Genta Royal Oak case design, AND the fact that only 50 examples are hitting the market? This is really the king of calendars today, unless you really put your mind to a ceramic model from a few years ago.
As a very clever move, Panerai released three very limited watches in 2019, each paired with a distinct and special experience offered to its purchasers. That’s right, not only were you buying a watch, but also the adventure experience of a lifetime. In the case of the Submersible Mike Horn Edition, invitees would have the pleasure of joining Mr. Horn on a northern exploratory expedition. In the end, in the case of the Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech, guests actually get to take a multi-day training session with an elite squadron of the Italian Navy known as the COMSUBIN. Sadly, these models sold out quickly, however, production variants in different color are still available.
I’m the first to admit I complained about the number of limited editions Omega Speedmaster watches that get released each year, but for the anniversary of Apollo 11, this big gold beast is kind of amazing. They’re making 1,014 examples, all using a slightly altered gold alloy that the brand is calling “Moonshine gold.” The production number was opted because Omega built 1,014 examples of a very similar watch in 1969 in celebration of the moon landing. The moonshine gold alloy is designed to be a darker color than traditional gold, which is why the new version is so close to the original sample as a design inspiration.
Omega has produced the Speedmaster Professional reference.145.012 from 1967 to 1968 (several models were delivered in 1969). Given its date of manufacture, it is known as pre-Moon Speedmaster. Actually, astronaut Michael Collins has released Speedmaster Pro ref.145.012 was used during the Apollo 11 mission.
Speedmaster Professiona, on the other hand, was first introduced in 1968 to replace 145.012 and was produced until 1981. In 1981, 145.022 was converted to 145.0022 reference (but kept the same case number) and remained in the catalogue until 1988. 145.022 is the longest – running Speedy Pro reference date. A year after the lunar-landing in 1969, there only have a few pre-Moon Speedmaster ref. 145.022 models.
As a result of a cooperation between Omega and Lemania, Calibre 321 manually calibrating its chain uses a column wheel chronograph system with a horizontal clutch. Compared to the cam-controlled chronograph, the pillar-wheel chronograph is considered to be of better quality and smoother operation – but more complex and expensive. The delicate design and sturdy movement are important to the history of omega replica watches, a brand beloved by omega lovers, and the brand recently announced that Calibre 321 will be reintroduced into production.
Calibre 861, a subsequent manual winding movement (also based on Lemania) uses a chronograph to make the movement easier and cheaper. To be sure, replica omega expects the demand for the newly created “lunar replica watch” to be huge, so the chronograph made for speedo will need to be made faster. However, Calibre 861 has also led to a higher frequency. Its speed is 21,600 times an hour, compared with 18,000 BPH for Calibre 321.
In the current vintage market, Speedmaster Professional 145.012 is usually much more expensive than Speedmaster Professional 145.022 – about twice as expensive. That’s not surprising, since the early model was in production for only two years, and it’s the last Speedy of the coveted Calibre 321.
Speedmaster Professional 145.022 is still the affordable choice for the old Speedy, currently priced from $3,500 to $5,500. It’s been in production for a long time, so there are a lot of examples on the second-hand market right now. But as we have mentioned, overall demand for the old Speedmasters is on the rise. We wouldn’t be surprised if the price of speed bar pro 145.022 continues to rise if demand picks up. So, while they are still somewhat abundant today, examples in good shape may start to dry up.