Seiko has released a pair of non-limited Prospex divers which provide a look based on their vintage replica watch. Working from a basic idea similar to last year’s SBP051/53, these new Prospex models are meant to split the difference between the loosely-similar and limited edition re-issue piece, and the general look of a replica Seiko dive watch.
“The 1968 Automatic Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation SPB077 and SPB079” is the full name of the Seiko watch, seeing as coffee breaks are only so long, let’s go with SPB077/79. The SPB077 has a black bezel and a steel bracelet, while the SPB079 has a steely blue bezel and comes on a silicone strap. Aside from these differences, the two versions are the same. At 44mm wide, 13.1mm thick, and 51mm lug to lug, the SPB077/79 wears not unlike a longer version of the much loved Prospex SRP777. The cases are made of stainless steel and feature screw-down casebacks, instead of the monoblock construction of the SLA025 reissue.
Tucked safely behind a flat and anti-reflective sapphire crystal, the dial design is likely the most considerable departure from the original model. While the basic layout for the markers and the date at three o’clock are almost the same, the SPB077/79 both do without the original’s gilt treatment and make use of a flat black dial. Maybe most noticeable, like last year’s 62MAS-inspired SPB051/53, the SPB077/79 use a distinctive handset with a huge arrow-style (mouse pointer?) hour hand, and a sword-style minute hand. The seconds hand design is different from the reference material, with the lume on the counterbalance similar to what you’d see on the SRP77X “Turtle” divers.
Being a Prospex, we wouldn’t expect to find a top-end or high-beat movement inside; the SPB077/79 uses Seiko’s famous and popular 6R15 automatic movement. Common to this price point, the 6R15 is a 3 Hz movement with a power reserve of some 50 hours, providing hacking, hand-winding, and in this application, magnetic protection to 4800 A/m. For those just getting into the fake Seiko, the 6R15 is a step up over both the entry-level and non-handwound 7S26 found in models like the SKX007, and the newer 4R36 found in the SRP77X line and some other models.
At 44mm wide, this is not a small watch and, different form the SRP777, the SPB077/79 does not benefit from a shorter-than-normal lug to lug measurement in proportion to its case width. Checked on the rubber band, the fake SPB079 wears well and doesn’t feel especially thick if you’re used to wearing a Seiko diver. Like the SPB051/053 before it, the hour hand will possibly be either a love-or-hate design element for many interested parties. Perfect made, dive-ready, and carrying a blend of Seiko both old and new, the 1968 Automatic Diver’s Modern Re-interpretation SPB077 and SPB079 replicas are refreshing and outstanding takes on Seiko’s continuing legacy of dive watch design.
It is just last year when the released Timewalker collection by Montblanc was debuted, I couldn’t help but feel that while I appreciated the new replica watches, the special piece for my tastes had yet to be released. Just one year later, Montblanc has debuted a new version of the updated Timewalker that is much more aligned with my own demands as a discriminating watch consumer. It’s called the Montblanc Timewalker Manufacture Chronograph, and it features a slick new in-house automatic chronograph movement, attractively classic sport watch looks, and a hip cuff-style (“bund”) strap option.
Montblanc’s head of product Davide Cerrato greets me with his typically wide smile and enthusiastic Italian accent in2018 where the fake Montblanc Timewalker Manufacture Chronograph was debuted. If there is anything in the world Davide loves, it is the world of vintage racing and his love is having a great impact on the design direction of the Hamburg-Based German brand.
The fake watches however are rather Swiss, and by that I mean made in Switzerland with Italian design. Outside of exotic high-end models not suited for mainstream public consumption like the Timewalker Rally Timer, the Timewalker Manufacture Chronograph seems to be Davide’s proudest achievement yet at the brand. Different from last year’s Timewalker Chronograph with its eccentric sub-dial layout, the Timewalker Manufacture Chronograph has a neatly symmetrical dial that lends itself well to an elegant sport watch look.
The Montblanc has been benefiting from the Villeret-based manufacture as a place to produce its exotic high-complication watches as well as elegantly hand-finished Minerva caliber chronographs. The Minerva brand was not however a company that specialized in super high-end watches – just the opposite. Minerva was always about good value for the money – and for at least some years… making chronographs for auto racing.
For this replica Montblanc decided to use a fixed bezel – once again a monobloc piece of black ceramic – with an emblematic tachymeter scale on the bezel surface. With the matching black crown, the overall two-tone steel and black look of the Montblanc Timewalker Manufacture Chronograph is eye-catching and effortlessly bold. Other nice details on the case and dial such as the style of the hour markers.
I guess most of you knew that Mayer is one of the most famous replica rolex and talented acoustic rock singer-songwriters of the 21st century thus far. Mayer has topped the charts with albums like Continuum — to which you’ve possibly hummed along to songs like, ‘Waiting on the World to Change’ or ‘I Don’t Believe in me.’ In spite of making quite a name for himself in pop culture, Mayer is also well-known for transcending genres and working with blues legends like B. B. King, Buddy Guy, and Eric Clapton — or being motivated by 70’s pop or country.
Mayer has taken part in the ranks of the popular band the Grateful Dead recently. He’s banded with the three surviving members to make Dead & Company, and this month they kicked off their latest tour. Now, we spotted Mayer wearing a White Gold Rolex GMT II, reference-116719BLRO, while playing. And not to say anything against Mayers talents here, but that the replica GMT watch stole the show for a minute up there.
We noticed Mayer wearing a White Gold Rolex GMT II fake model. They call this GMT the ‘Pepsi’ owing to its signature and eye-catching red and blue bezel. The Pepsi is one of the most iconic fake watches amongst Rolex’s — having graced the wrists of the rich and famous since its introduction back in the 1950’s. After that, we’ve seen this typical design carried over into an array of GMT-Master and GMT-Master II models.
On this GMT II 116719 BLRO, the most popular Pepsi Rolex today, you’ll notice the classic luminescent hour markers and red hour marker alongside the new 18k gold Oyster bracelet and matching clasp. By replacing the original stainless steel frame and bracelet, the replica Rolex made this fake watch feel much more elegant and popular..
They also upgraded this model by crafting the Pepsi bezel in a scratch and fade resistant Cerachrom ceramic, compared to the old acrylic. This fake model also features an original 40mm case, but on the contrary, it is outfitted with wide lugs which gives it an even more masculine and sturdy feel. Absolutely, we can’t gloss over the automatic 3186 movement, a face that features the date, a sturdy waterproof screw-down crown here either and a sapphire crystal.
We have various different replica GMT II Rolex replica watches, especially with that signature Pepsi bezel Rolex collectors love so much, we are sure that there must be one that impresses well.
Last Year, Richemont obtained the Minerva manufacture in Villeret, Switzerland, and folded the historic chronograph maker into Montblanc’s watch division. The results over the years have been pretty significant, with a number of cool vintage-inspired chronographs that make use of Minerva’s stunning movements. The latest is this limited edition replica in bronze and titanium with a salmon-colored dial. I got to spend several minutes with the piece last week, and I have to say, I’m greatly impressed.
This fake watch is an evolution of a family first launched about a year ago, just before SIHH 2017. The original was also a limited edition, and it was the first of Montblanc replica watches to utilize the 44mm x 13.15mm bronze case you see here. Like that model, you will find that the one comes with a titanium back with a bronze-colored coating so that it’s a few gentler on the skin. What sets the latest limited edition apart is the dial, which is a beautiful shade of salmon, something that you most often see on vintage chronographs from the 1930s and 40s. Here it’s complemented by blued steel hands and bold luminous Arabic numerals.
I guess most of us were put off the moment I said the watch is 44mm across and 13.15mm thick, but honestly it doesn’t wear like a replica watch of that size at all. Sure, it’s big, no getting around that, but it doesn’t feel like something from the mid-2000s that is closer to a dinner plate than a wristwatch. Two positive consequences of the size are that the fake watch is super legible and the monopusher chronograph is very much easy to use. There’s no fiddling, as the button in the crown is nice and big, and the red tip on the seconds hand makes it easy to use the tachymeter scale at the dial’s edge.
However, the movement is the most exciting thing about this watch. Turn the 1858 over and you’re greeted by the Minerva Caliber MB M16.29. This is a 16 ligne (almost 36.1mm) movement first based on a slightly bigger design first made in 1929 (hence the name, 16.29), and it’s a button chronograph with two registers and a column wheel. Both the architecture and finishing of the 16.29 are stunning, and it’s executed in German silver with a rose gold plating to give it come extra color. Just check out the steel work on the arrow-shaped lever – this is great stuff, people. The caliber is manually-wound with a 50-hour power reserve, and even the balance spring is made in-house at the manufacture in Villeret.
Eventually, if you’re a fan of perfect chronographs, this watch is definitely worth a closer look. The size might be off-putting to some, but it’s a product of using a movement originally designed for pocket rolex replica watches, and for the right collector it won’t be a problem.
The fake Rolex‘s Yacht-Master and their Yacht-Master II are very different models even though they have a similar name. Historically, the “II” added at the end of the replica Rolex watch names denotes an evolution or upgrade to the existing line of watches. However, the rolex Yacht-Master II is not an update to any of Rolex’s previous watch lines, and is completely unlike anything that has ever appeared before in a Rolex catalog.
Originally launched in 1992 as a luxury-oriented version of the traditional Rolex sport replica watch, the original Yacht-Master did not have any unique characteristics or complications that would make it specifically tailored to boating or regatta races.
With a 40 mm case, traditional 3-hand display, and a dial that follows the usual Rolex sport watch design, the appearance of the original Yacht-Master can most accurately be described as a luxury-oriented version of the replica Rolex’s iconic Submariner.
In comparison, the Yacht-Master II is a highly specialized regatta chronograph that features a programmable countdown timer with mechanical memory that allows for on-the-fly synchronization to the official countdown clock. With a case diameter of 44 mm, and a bezel and dial design that are specifically designed for use with its regatta timer, the Yacht-Master II is a watch that was created from the ground up for boat racing.
Although the aesthetic differences between the Yacht-Master and the Yacht-Master II are rather dramatic, an even bigger difference exists in the two movements that are used to power each fake watch. While one movement follows a conventional time plus date setup, the other is a totally particular and highly specialized movement that is unlike anything found in any other watch.
The bezel on the Yacht-Master and the bezel on the Yacht-Master II could not look anything less alike from a visual perspective. Therefore, it can be easy to overlook how differently they function, and how differently the various parts attach to their respective watches.
On the Yacht-Master II, the bright blue, Cerachrom insert with 0 to 10-scale and “Yacht-Master II” name in large letters gives the bezel a very special appearance. The look is so distinct that one could easily overlook the special function of the Yacht-Master II’s bezel. Unlike traditional rotating bezels that are simply connected to the exterior of the watch, the Ring Command bezel on the Yacht-Master II links the outer rotating bezel to the internal works of the movement, allowing for easier and more efficient setting of the Yacht-Master II’s adjustable countdown timer.
Both the Yacht-Master and the Yacht-Master II are amazing watches from Rolex, but however, the two watches could not be any further apart in terms of functionality and appearance. One watch adheres to the traditional form and function of the classic Rolex sports watch, while the other is a completely new approach to the regatta chronograph that is unlike anything that the Rolex replica has ever put forward.
The fake watches get stolen. It’s a sad reality that every collector, enthusiast, or one-flashy-watch-owning, nightclub hopping bon vivant hopes never to encounter but a nice good fake watch is a tempting aim. Coming with the features of Small, easily purloined, and trivially easy to transport across international boundaries, these replica watches are among the most tempting of targets for criminals to steal and smuggle.
One more thing, the stolen watch replicas get sold. No one steals a watch without hoping to profit from it, and there are any number of ways to turn a stolen watch into cash, many of which involve either misrepresenting ill-gotten gains to a third party, or (worse yet) colluding with a willing collaborator – what, in the colorful argot of the underworld, is called a “fence.” The issue of obtaining a stolen fake watch is understandable, but most are simply never found or returned to their rightful owners.
To solve this problem, the Watch Register was made naturally. The Watch Register is a database of lost and stolen wristwatches which was founded in 2016 by the Art Loss Register, which is the world’s biggest private database of lost, stolen, and looted artwork. The Art Loss Register was originally founded by owner Julian Radcliffe in 1990, and though it has attracted its share of controversy over the years, it has also been instrumental in recovering a vast number of artworks. Just this year, the Register has assisted in the recovery of a wide range of artworks – in January alone, six such artworks were recovered by the Register, including a 16th-century marble depicting St. John the Baptist, which had been stolen from a church in Naples in 1977. The Watch Register aims to provide the same service, but for watches. The Art Loss Register’s Katya Hills is now Managing Director for The Watch Register, and has overseen the placement into the Register’s database of over 60,000 timepieces since the founding – but also the recovery of many stolen timepieces.
One early success was the recovery of a replica Patek world time wristwatch which had been stolen from its owner in Naples in 2014. According to The Watch Register, “… the watch belonged to a Swiss collector from whom it was stolen whilst he was holidaying in Naples in July 2014. The owner described the theft ‘like a scene from a movie.’ The watch was ripped off his arm as he walked through the town centre one evening and the thief ran off amidst clamouring passers-by.”
The fake watch finally ended up in New York, and was eventually recovered by its insurer from an auction. In another instance of The Watch Register at work, the firm assisted the London Metropolitan Police Flying Squad in identifying a stolen Rolex from a London dealer who, upon investigation, was found to have some fifty stolen watches in his possession; the fake Rolex in question – a gold GMT Master II – had been stolen during a smash-and-grab robbery in London’s Mayfair district, at Swiss Time Machine.
The Watch Register provides lots of services except the identification and recovery of stolen timepieces, and for auction houses and vintage or pre-owned watch dealers, the Watch Register can offer an additional layer of security, and verification that a watch offered for consignment or sale doesn’t come with a past.
It is well-known for the world to know Paul Newman. As a matter of fact, he’s some kind of a legend. The Rolex Paul Newman Daytona is arguably the most coveted vintage Rolex replicas of all time. This is the fake watch responsible for kicking off vintage watch collecting as we know it today. But that wasn’t always the case.
When the fake Rolex first made the Daytona Exotic White Dial in the mid 1960’s, it initially flopped. But, when Newman first sported the Exotic White Dial in the early 1970’s, the world took note of the once overlooked model.
Even before he wore the popular Exotic White Dial, Newman was a one-watch man. Over the years, he accumulated at least five different Daytona models in his collection. The first was a model with black dial and silver sub dials, which was a gift from his wife, Joanne Woodward. His next three rolex Daytona models didn’t come into his collection until years later—a white dial stainless steel Daytona with a Zenith movement, a black dial stainless steel Daytona with a fake Zenith movement, and a white gold Daytona with a black dial.
Newman’s acclaim as an actor and racecar driver made him the perfect match for a fake Rolex. He first made a name for himself through his work on Broadway, television, and film. Then, he reached a turning point in his career in 1969 while he was working on the motorsport film Winning. He was required to take a professional racecar driving course to prepare for his role and discovered a new passion for cars. By 1972, Newman achieved his first racing victory, and by 1977, he became a professional racecar driver.
His next famous motorsport win didn’t come for nearly twenty years. In 1995, at the age of 70, Newman served as a member of the winning team at the Rolex 24—making him the oldest driver to win the 24-hour race, with a Daytona on his wrist, of course.
Today, we’re still discovering Daytonas from Newman’s collection. In June 2017, Forbes reported that another one of the iconic actor and race car driver’s very own watches has been found—an amazing replica model with a personal inscription on the case-back reading, “Drive Carefully, Me.” The timepiece will go up for sale in October at Phillips inaugural New York auction.
Newman’s name will keep on living on in watchmaking history for his ties to the Rolex brand. However, he isn’t just responsible for making the Daytona famous. He’s the embodiment of the Daytona—timeless, rugged, and sturdy.
The Rolex Datejust is the most popular line of watch and made up the majority of their annual sales for decades. Although in recent years, much of the attention has been directed towards Rolex various sport watch lines, it is the Datejust that many would argue is the classic and iconic Rolex timepiece.
Originally introduced in 1945 to commemorate Rolex’s 40th anniversary, the Datejust has remained largely unchanged throughout the many years that it has remained in continuous production. Different from many of Rolex’s other watch lines, the Datejust is not designed typically for one particular sport or lifestyle activity. On the contrary, the Datejust is simply a classic and reliable wristwatch, designed to be worn all the time.
No other line of Rolex watches is available from the factory with as a lot of different dial, bezel, metal, and bracelet combinations, which guarantees that there will be a Datejust to suit every different style, budget, and personal preference. The most recent incarnation of Rolex’s simple and straightforward stainless steel Datejust, the watch retains for the cornerstone DNA that defines the Rolex brand, while also providing owners with a fresh take on the classic Rolex wristwatch.
Like its predecessors, the Datejust is still 36 mm in diameter and still powered by Rolex’s venerable and entirely in-house, caliber 3135 movement. As its 116200-reference number would suggest, it is craft entirely from stainless steel and fitted with a smooth bezel rather than a fluted one.
Although it has retained its 36 mm case diameter, the lugs of the latest generation of Datejust have been made thicker to give the watch a bolder and more rugged overall appearance. What’s more, the entire bracelet and clasp (on both the Oyster and Jubilee styles) have been redesigned to equip the watch with a more substantial and refined look and feel. Despite the seemingly minor changes, the special watch is a remarkably different watch than the one that preceded it. The numerous small updates and design refinements do not slip by unnoticed; and instead, their collective result is a timepiece that truly becomes the logical progression of Rolex’s Datejust line of watches.
This model is the latest iteration of Rolex’s entirely stainless steel Datejust; however it has been on the market for a number of years now, so it is available both brand-new from authorized dealers, as well as used on the pre-owned market. Secondhand prices will offer measurable savings over brand-new retail prices; however as the luxury watch is made from stainless steel rather than gold or platinum, the savings will be less dramatic than what one would experience with a Rolex craft from precious metals.