A few weeks ago, ZF released a couple of new Hublot Big Bang Unico watches, and this yellow model is one of them. I didn’t like the Hublot Unico before because it was too big and the case was too thick and the whole watch felt heavy, but when I saw this yellow watch a few days ago I made the decision that I had to save my money now and get one in the future. I don’t have a real ceramic watch, the only watch with a ceramic bezel is a black Sub 116610LN that I bought from VS a few years ago. A stainless steel watch, a full ceramic watch, and a forged carbon watch, these three are my dream watches and now I have a stainless steel Submarine.
The Hublot Unico is the first watch I have seen with a colored ceramic case, it has a 44mm diameter and measures 17mm thick. The watch uses genuine yellow ceramic for the case and bezel, and the screws on the case are matte black. Looking at both sides of the watch, ZF paid great attention to the case construction to ensure good water resistance and to create an accurate 1:1 case based on the original. The layered case construction uses different types of materials, each piece being integrated into a complete case. Until now, ZF has only made replicas of Hublot’s Unico models, and the casework on each one is so good that hopefully, they will make other Hublot Big Bang watches in the future.
The skeleton dial looks amazing, first of all, it is a quality replica dial of the original watch, you can see the machine parts and the silver date wheel on the front, the yellow bezel inside, and the two subdials show the multi-layered structure of the dial. The yellow color used on the dial perfectly matches the color of the yellow ceramic case. The two subdials have real functions, the one at 9 o’clock for the small seconds and the larger one on the right for the minute counter.
The case back has a shiny black metal rim, not made of ceramic, and a see-through crystal in the center of the case back that allows full visibility of the movement. The movement is a clone based on the look of the real HUB1280 and the movement plate is beautifully decorated, the best clone of a Unico movement I have ever seen. I see a lot of components, don’t shake the movement vigorously. Nowadays only the big watchmakers are willing to spend money and time to modify the movement, the first look at the movement through the crystal back is very important, if you want the most beautiful clone movement with the correct function, make sure to buy from the big makers, of course, they are expensive.
Today, Rolex is almost the only company in the Rolex price segment that can give its oldest competitor pause. The historic Swiss brand is another manufacturer currently enjoying a real recovery, finally getting back on track after years of languishing in the doldrums brought on by the quartz crisis and its aftermath.
One could say that the first watch in the Seamaster Diver 300m collection, released in 1993, was the beginning of its recovery. Not only did it look great and perform well, but the blue version that appeared on Pierce Brosnan’s wrist the following year when he made his debut in Goldeneye brought it unparalleled marketing. (Ironically, it was a quartz fake watch). James Bond may have upgraded to an automatic version in the following films, but Brosnan wore the blue wave dial Seamaster Diver 300M in every one of his appearances as James Bond.
The Seamaster name, of course, goes back even further, in that the original Seamaster 300 was used in 1948 as part of Rolex’s 1957 Professional collection, along with the original Speedmaster and Ironmaster, for waterproof dress models. The modern replica Rolex Seamaster Professional Diver 300m (to give it its full, often confusing title) is positioned as an all-around killer of the Rolex Submariner – and in many ways, Rolex has it beat.
Perhaps its most convincing victory is in price. The stainless steel model with a steel strap retails for about $5,200, nearly $4,000 cheaper than the cheapest comparable Submariner (No. 126610LN). It’s also larger (between 42mm and 41mm) and comes with a helium vent, something you’d have to upgrade to a Sea-Dweller to get at Rolex. Will you need it? No, but it’s still there.
Aside from that, it has a ceramic bezel like the Submariner, but also a ceramic dial with an attractive laser-etched wave pattern. The water resistance is the same and, above all, despite being an entry-level model, the 300M is already equipped with the Rolex Master Chronometer caliber 8800, with its revolutionary Co-Axial escapement and METAS certification.
And there is even more variety. The current collection has 17 pieces (excluding ceramic models), while the Submariner has only eight. While there are no solid gold models, the two-tone pieces in yellow gold or Sedna gold are definitely appealing. In summary, it’s hard to imagine anywhere else where you can get so much for the money, and for those looking to buy a luxury dive replica watch from a top company, the Seamaster Diver 300m is certainly worth a look.
Originally launched in 1953, the Rolex Explorer collection acquired its now-legendary name when Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first men to summit Mount Everest. To celebrate their great feat, Rolex released the Explorer: a watch made especially for those with a sense of adventure. It is important to remember that Rolex supplied the Oyster Perpetual for the British Everest expedition of 1953 – Rolex’s founder, Hans Wilsdorf, believed in testing Rolex replica watches in the real world.
Despite its status as a tribute to one of mankind’s greatest achievements, the Explorer has always been Rolex’s most understated sports replica watch. It doesn’t have the glitz and glamour of a Submariner, GMT-Master, or Daytona, but it has the pure quality of a Rolex tool watch with the durability, accuracy, and readability you’d expect when you’re walking on clouds and snow.
The Explorer is the oldest Rolex sports watch model still in production. Over the past six decades, the company has released several Explorer collections, but the design of the watch has remained remarkably consistent. The now-discontinued Explorer 214270 is not only the largest Explorer model ever made, but there are two different dial variations to consider. For all the details on this model, delve into our ultimate guide to the Rolex Explorer 214270.
From a design standpoint, the Rolex Explorer has always adhered to a minimalist philosophy of the bare essentials – perfectly executed – with no extra features on the watch. The Explorer has no dial color, bracelet style, or date complications. A water-resistant case, a three-link Oyster bracelet, and a black chronograph dial with three oversized numerals are the defining features of the Explorer.
However, when Rolex introduced the Explorer 214270 at Baselworld 2010, the then-new product featured a 39 mm case. Until then, the Explorer had been 36 mm; the addition of 3 mm thus broadened the appeal of the fake watch, including for those who prefer a slightly larger watch.
What’s more, like all of its predecessors, the Rolex Explorer 214270 comes with a steel Oyster bracelet. However, the Explorer 214270’s Oyster bracelet benefits from fully solid links and a new Oyster locking clasp that offers greater weight and security on the wrist than the hollow center link and Rolex Seal clasp of the older Oyster bracelet. The bracelet is also equipped with the brand’s innovative Easylink extension system, which allows the wearer to easily fine-tune the bracelet by up to 5 mm.
The matte black dial characterizes a vintage-style chapter ring, while the bezel insert is meaningless anodized aluminum. While this could be considered a notch below Rolex’s Cerachrom, only the aluminum will fade and develop a charming patina with age, giving the Black Bay a hint of backstory. Here, the colors are slightly understated, with Tudor taking the red and blue hues from its diver’s collection and combining them on the watch’s 24-hour bezel. It’s still an aluminum Pepsi bezel, but it’s a softer version than what you’ll see on the older replica Rolex Pepsi GMT watches.
For all its aesthetic merits, the movement is probably the most impressive element. Not because of its functionality, but because of the fact that it is an internal mechanism. In the past, the main reason why a Tudor watch was so much less expensive was that it used a third-party movement. Not having to spend money on expensive R&D to build its own engine was a huge cost-cutter, but since Tudor returned in 2009, it has been on a mission to develop an in-house movement.
It is a typically reliable and precise workhorse, and it even has an anti-magnetic silicon balance spring. This development of an in-house movement has largely brought Tudor out of the shadow of fake Rolex, and the brand is now no longer seen as just a more affordable option. Actually, the Pepsi GMT watches from Rolex and Tudor are now virtually indistinguishable in every way – except for the price.
The difference in quality between the two is completely disproportionate to the difference in price, and it shows. The Tudor is a great replica watch, beautifully made and steeped in enough period detail to satisfy the most ardent purist. Moreover, the final piece of the puzzle, the domestic movement, is present and correct. Best of all, you can buy a Tudor Black Bay GMT for about the same price as the normal retail price.
However, Rolex is the real icon, the one that everyone wants – not only now, but in the future. This means that if you decide to sell it at any point in the future, it will retain its value much better. On top of that, it has advantages in terms of technology and brand image. At the end of the day, it’s a matter of personal taste. But in the age-old debate between Rolex and Tudor, the gap has never been smaller.
What has attracted many collectors to the Rolex Air-King over the decades is its low price tag. Because of its classic, simple aesthetic and affordable price point, the Air-King was often touted as the “entry-level” Rolex for budding collectors. This is still true today when you look at vintage and pre-owned Air-King models, as these watches are priced low and offer a great selection of styles while still being timeless, and whether new or pre-owned, you can always get a Rolex Air-King at a great price. in the end, it really comes down to what your personal taste and budget are.
With the exception of a small number of vintage models, the replica Rolex Air-King has always been forged from stainless steel. Today, Rolex uses their proprietary 904L stainless steel, which is not only extremely durable but highly resistant to corrosion. However, with the Ref. 5500, we see solid gold, two-tone, and even gold-topped Rolex Air-King replica watches. Then later, some models of the Air-King ref. 114200 had upgraded versions with fluted bezels in 18k white gold.
Famously, Air-King embraced the simplicity of a smooth bezel. In fact, for decades, that was pretty much all you could get with the exception of a few gold fluted bezels. Eventually, we entered the ref. 14000 era, and in addition to the 18k white gold fluted bezel, we got an engine-turned bezel. On the current 40mm Air-King, you only get a smooth stainless steel bezel.
Over the years, the Rolex Air-King has continued to offer more dial color options. The earliest examples came almost exclusively with black, silver, blue, or gray dials. the Air-King has always come with the classic 3-piece Oyster bracelet; however, certain older examples can also be found in the more elegant Jubilee. the bracelet always matches the Oyster case, forged from the same durable and reliable alloy.
The movement inside the replica Rolex Air-King is only COSC certified with the model 114200. 114200, which contains the 3130 movements. Prior to this, Air-King watches were only allowed to be marked “Super Precision” or “Precision” on the dial because they lacked chronometer certification.
Today, the modern Rolex Air-King measures 40 mm. This is a large size compared to the 34 mm size used for Air-King cases between 1958 and 2014. However, in the past, the 34mm size was considered quite large for a watch. Today, 40mm is actually considered average, and many people now consider Rolex’s 36 mm-sized watches to be small. Times are changing, aren’t they?
After more than a year of digital parties and postponed events, in-person gatherings are finally starting to resume in some parts of the world, with the 93rd Academy Awards taking place last night, a live event unlike any other. The event was held at multiple locations due to security precautions, but as you would expect at any gathering of Hollywood’s hottest A-list celebrities, there were plenty of eye-catching luxury fake watches to be seen on the wrists of those in attendance.
In addition to reverting to a live broadcast format, organizers of this year’s Oscars insisted that the ceremony adhere to traditional Oscar refractions and glamour, and encouraged guests to wear formal attire, described in a letter sent out by the producers as “a blend of inspiration and desire. Given these dress code guidelines, you can be assured of some truly outstanding timepieces showing up at the event, and here’s a closer look at a few of our favorite standouts.
Another Oscar winner of the night was spotted wearing a stunning luxury watch: American singer-songwriter H.E.R., who won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Fight for You” from Judas and the Black Messiah. Throughout the evening, H.E.R. was seen wearing a Rolex Lady-Datejust President, which is not the first time the Grammy-winning artist has worn the watch.
Earlier this year, when two more awards were added to her Grammy collection, H.E.R. wore the same Lady-President, a watch that has been seen on her wrist in countless concerts and interviews over the past few years. As such, the watch definitely looks like it was part of her personal collection and not provided by a stylist specifically for this event.
The overall aesthetic of the fake Rolex watch is very much in line with the core design of the original Constellation Manhattan model that debuted in the 1980s. However, the use of black ceramic and the updated font of Roman numerals on the bezel bring a thoroughly modern feel to this iconic Omega design – a perfect match for Leslie Odom Jr.’s striking gold suit.
Rolex is a major supporter of the Oscars, and given that the brand is the single most famous manufacturer of luxury watches in the world, it was only natural to see at least some Rolex watches at the Oscars.
When you see Panerai watches fashioned after their historical predecessors, with fixed bezels and leather straps just like them, do you ever wonder if frogmen really wore the original versions to dive? After all, a rotating bezel and a metal bracelet or rubber strap are now considered essential for a dive watch.
Of course, there is ample evidence that Army frogmen did wear these early Panerai replica watches. But what was their mission like, and how did it feel to be a part of it? We searched for clues with an experienced frogman who is a member of the Historical Diving Society, an international organization dedicated to preserving and protecting diving heritage. He donned an old diving suit and brought vintage gear. He also brought the Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Acciaio watch, which looks a lot like a Panerai watch from the 1950s, so we could relive the past era and experience the feeling of the frogmen of yesteryear.
In 1936, Panerai made the first prototype of a dive watch for Italian military divers. Two years later, these watches were called Radiomirs and went into production. In the mid-1950s, Panerai introduced a new version with curved crown protection bridges. This watch became known as the Luminor. until 1993, Panerai sold only to the military. Prior to that, collectors who wanted a Panerai watch had to find one at auction.
The Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Acciaio that we took with us on our dive was very similar to its ancestor. Like the original, this watch has a 47mm case with crown-protected bridges. The small seconds sub-dial is also identical to the earlier model: around 1956, Panerai replaced the watch’s Rolex manual-winding movement with the Angelus movement, which has no seconds hand and a 36-hour power reserve, while the Angelus movement has a small seconds display and an 8-day power reserve. Although our test fake Rolex watch had a power reserve of only three days, we felt it was sufficient for a hand-wound watch.
The diver who accompanied us on the dive, Jens Horner, is a trained frogman and minesweeper who has set depth records with and without equipment, including a scuba dive to a depth of 240 meters. He has explored underwater caves and underwater shipwrecks. We worked with him and the Historical Diving Society to recreate an unusual scenario: diving with equipment like the military divers of the 1950s and 1960s. Before his dive, he wore our test watch, a Panerai Luminor that matched its historical predecessor in almost every detail.
A major consideration is the recipient’s current watch collection and any expectations they may have for the watch. If they are a new collector just starting out, this is a great opportunity to give them a watch that will really help shape their collection. If this is the case, they have provided you with a very easy way to do this. People just starting out usually need “classics” – some versatile and timeless replica watches that will always have a place in their collection.
If you’re buying a watch for someone who already has an established collection, it can be a little tricky, but not impossible. The fact that you know what they need or what they have been coveting can be a lot of fun. Plus, you know how excited they’ll be when they realize you’re giving them something they’ve had for a while. We recommend sticking with the theme of their current collection or filling in the holes in their collection with something completely unique.
This is where things get interesting. If the person you’re buying for is into sports or a specific hobby, then there are plenty of great watches made just for them. For the pilot who loves to fly or the jet-setter who travels a lot, consider a GMT-Master watch. For the diver, you can’t go wrong with a Rolex Submariner, perhaps with something unique like the new green bezel Ref. 126610LV. 126610LV. For the cousin who always takes you out on a yacht in the summer, the fake Rolex Yacht-Master is an incredible gift. And for the friend who always takes you on epic outdoor adventures, they’ll love the Rolex Explorer – the Polar Explorer is perfect for winter holidays, isn’t it?
That’s arguably the biggest consideration. What we love about watch collecting is that it’s not something you store away or take out only on special occasions. A watch is meant to be worn and loved as much as possible – it really doesn’t get much use sitting in a drawer. So when you’re buying a watch for someone else, the most important thing to consider is their lifestyle and how it will fit into it.
In recent years, Rolex has launched Oyster Perpetual, offering more colorful options like the Red Grape dial and a bright blue dial with a neon green accent. However, no one is predicting a range of vibrant and vivid dial colors by 2021, echoing the aesthetic style of the old “Stella” dials of the 1970s.
During the 1970s and 1980s, a Rolex replica made a series of brightly colored dials for select Day-Date and Datejust replica watches. Originally intended for the Middle East market, these dials were made from lacquered, multi-layered enamel and were offered in a range of vibrant and unusual colors. Nicknamed “Stella Dials” – either in reference to American artist Frank Stella and his option of extremely bright colors or after the Latin word for ‘star’, these brightly colored dials were not all that popular among buyers at the time, leading to a rather short-lived production run.
To call them “brightly colored” is a bit of an understatement. Rolex Stella dials are very much vibrant, and they are about as “un-Rolex” as any dial that the brand has ever produced. Some people thought that the colors featured on the vintage Stella dials were simply representative of an experimental time in Rolex’s history and that we would never see anything like it from the brand again. But, the new dial colors that Rolex added to the Oyster Perpetual line for 2021 are more than reminiscent of the ones featured on the vintage Stella dials from the 1970s.
These new vibrant Oyster Perpetual dials are not actually Stella dials – that name specifically applies to the ultra-collective, brightly colored dials found on vintage Day-Date and Datejust watches. However, some of the new fake Rolex Oyster permanent faces almost match the color of their old Strads. Also, it’s worth noting that while the original Stella dials from the 1970s and 1980s were tailored specifically for the Rolex lineup with advanced options, these new bright color dials offer only Rolex’s most affordable and easily collected timepieces.
Perhaps most importantly, the Rolex watch’s impeccable reputation depends on its ability to withstand extremes. The brand’s products have truly reached the highest, lowest, hottest, and coldest places on earth, with the ease with which the harshest environments on earth can be offered. Their success was largely due to an invention already conceived as early as 1926: the Oyster box.
This relatively simple innovation, one which has gone greatly unchanged for the last 90+ years, did more than anything before or since popularize the wristwatch. Beyond even that though, it has also formed the backbone for almost everything replica Rolex has created since – and solved one of the main issues facing any mechanical watchmaker: water resistance.
However, the usefulness of a model that could be worn on the arm was established during wartime, but the first examples proved relatively fragile. They were far more exposed to the elements than pocket watches and the earliest pieces allowed too much everyday detritus to enter the case and damage the caliber.
Before the Oyster case’s introduction, pocket watches were very much the only timepiece men used. Not so much for their practicality, but for the level of protection they afforded. Dirt, dust, and moisture have always been among the biggest enemies of watch movements, and so keeping a pocket watch tucked away inside the wearer’s clothing when not in use helped safeguard its delicate internal components.
With the arrival of the Oyster, the brainchild of fake Rolex founder, Hans Wilsdorf, all of that was to change. Not only did the system of screwing the bezel, case back, and crown against the middle case form an impenetrable barrier against the usual debris, it was so useful that it also provided a level of waterproofing never seen before.
The basic formula has been built upon and updated over the subsequent generations until we reach today’s situation where all but the Cellini range of dres’ models in Rolex’s catalog benefit from at least 100m of water resistance. It all perfectly encapsulates the company’s original adage of building watches that are exceptionally handsome and stylish yet still resilient enough to be worn every day. Will any of these models ever be taken to 100m underwater? No, but a high waterproofing factor isn’t just a sign of how deep the watch can dive, it’s a testament to the robustness of the whole project. The idea is to show the skill behind the watch and reassure wearers that they are unlikely to encounter anything that seriously tests the watch’s integrity.