For sports fans, March means the beginning of the famous NCAA “March Madness” basketball tournament, but that doesn’t mean watch collectors won’t be able to enjoy the spirit of competition this month! During this month, we will be hosting the Watch Madness Tournament. We will be hosting our own “Watch Madness” contest and invites everyone to enter for a chance to win great prizes – yes, there will be prizes! The popularity of stainless steel sports watches proves that the Day-Date is hard to beat, while Rolex’s Gold President is eliminated by the fan-favorite, the 50th Anniversary “Kermit” Submariner. As for the fake Rolex Chronograph matchup, the vintage Paul Newman Daytona may have prevailed in terms of collectability and record auction prices, but in terms of overall popularity and follower preference, it was ultimately the modern stainless steel and Cerachrom reference number 116500LN that received the most votes. The Rolex Submariner is a true classic and easily one of the most popular watches in the world, but the popularity of the stainless steel Daytona and the momentum generated after eliminating its vintage Paul Newman dial wrist in the fourth round final ultimately proved to be too much. Just like the madness of March, there will be a series of head-to-head battles between some of the industry’s top luxury watches. We’ll have a selection of 32 timepieces in the “watch madness”. Much like the structure of the famous NCAA Basketball Tournament, the competing watches will be spread across four different categories: sports watches, formal watches, vintage fake watches, and wildcard watches. On each day of the tournament, we will update this article with the results from the previous day so you can continue and check the status of the bracket. The finals will be held on 4/5 and the winners of Watch Madness will be notified via email the next day so they can claim their prizes. Throughout the Watchman Madness competition, we will update this page with the results from the previous day and post them to our social media channels.
Before you set your Rolex Explorer II to function as a GMT watch, the first thing to note is that the winding crown has three different positions, and depending on the position, rotating the crown will engage different parts of the movement.
Position 1: Manual winding position; the crown is unscrewed from the case and rotated to wind the fake Rolex watch.
Position 2: Local time setting position; the crown is pulled out to a notch, the second hand is still running, and the local hour hand jumps forward or backward when the crown is rotated.
Position 3: Reference time setting position; the crown is pulled out all the way to the second notch, the second hand stops running and both the hour and minute hands move when the crown is rotated. When you set the reference time (home time) on your watch, the first thing you will want to do is align all the hands, as synchronizing them now will help make the rest of the process easier. To do this, simply pull the winding crown all the way out to position 3 and then rotate the hands so that they are aligned with the 12 o’clock marker. From here, you will keep rotating the hands until the 24-hour hand and the minute hand shows your desired reference time. Remember that this will always be a 24-hour format, with the 24-hour hand pointing to the corresponding value of the 24-hour scale on the external bezel. Once you have set the reference time on your fake watch, the next thing you want to do is set the date. To do this, press the winding crown down a notch to position 2. In this position, the second hand will resume running, and rotating the winding crown will cause the local 12-hour hand to jump forward or backward in one-hour increments. The date changes when the 12-hour hand passes the midnight hour. Continue rotating the winding crown until the correct date appears in the window at 3 o’clock. Remember that since the local hour hand displays the time in 12-hour format, the date display changes only once for every two revolutions of the local hour hand around the dial. While leaving the winding crown in position 2, continue to advance the local 12-hour hand until it indicates the correct time for your current position. Since this is a standard 12-hour hand, it is important to note during this step whether the local time is displayed against the dial for the AM or PM hours. Once the local time has been set, press the winding crown back completely and screw it back into the case. This will ensure that your Rolex Explorer II remains moisture and tarnish-resistant. When you set your replica Rolex Explorer II to watch correctly as a GMT watch, you can read the local time via the normal hour and minute hands on the dial, while the time at your home or reference location is displayed by the 24-hour hand relative to the bezel. This way, you can quickly see two different time zones at the same time and, because your reference time is always displayed in 24-hour format, there is no confusion about the AM or PM time even if your reference time is on the other side of the world. An additional benefit of this style of GMT watch is that its jumping local hour hand is perfect for travel. For example, let’s say you’re flying from Los Angeles to Switzerland, and you’re stopping in New York for a few hours. New York City is three hours ahead of Los Angeles, so when you land on the East Coast for a stopover, simply unscrew the crown and jump the local time hand forward three hours so your watch will show the correct time for your current location. When you land and change planes in Switzerland, simply jump the local hour hand forward again and your watch will reflect the time at your new location. When adjusting the local hour hand, the seconds and minutes hands are still moving, so adjusting the time zone will not affect the precision of your watch’s timekeeping. In addition, the time in your home city (Los Angeles) will always be indicated by your 24-hour hand, so you won’t wake everyone up in the middle of the night when you accidentally call home by accidentally mixing up the AM and PM hours.
Rolex had been producing solid gold versions of the GMT-Master fitted with brown dials with brown inserts since the very beginning of the collection and these all-brown bezels are often referred to as “Root Beer bezels” by some collectors, but it was actually the ref. 1675/3 that marked the first use of the bicolored, brown, and gold bezel, and marks the true start of the Root Beer GMT. Other distinctive features of this watch include a matching brown dial, and gold hour markers with a shape that ultimately resulted in their ‘nipple dial’ nickname. Lastly, the Rolesor Root Beer GMT-Master was available with the option of either an Oyster or Jubilee bracelet. You can’t blame fake Rolex customers of the 1970s for falling in love with this watch, as it was the color mood of the decade. It was lovingly called the “Root Beer” bezel for its slight resemblance to a frothy mug of the famous soda drink of the same name. However, all of a sudden we saw it gaining new nicknames like “Tiger Eye” or “Tiger Augen” due to its resemblance to the precious stone by the same name – an effort to make the replica watch sound more elevated rather than trendy. Then Clint Eastwood got his hands on one and it was officially the “Clint Eastwood”. Today, these first iterations of the Root Beer GMT-Master are relatively hard to find. While the GMT-Master ref. 1675 had quite a long production period, the ref. 1675/3 had a shorter run and was always more limited in numbers. Additionally, it has been decades since these watches have been in production, and some examples have simply been lost to history. Prices for Root Beer GMT’s have also significantly increased in recent years and although they still haven’t reached the point of certain other cheap Rolex models, it is highly likely that they are only going to get more expensive and harder to find in the coming years. Within GMT-Master history, it’s important to note that in the mid-1980s Rolex launched its first-ever Rolex GMT-Master II. This upgraded GMT watch featured improvements like a new type of GMT movement where the 12-hour and 24-hour hands are independently adjustable, launching the brand’s iconic pilots’ watch into an entirely new era. During the first generation of the GMT-Master II, fake Rolex watch also introduced a new bi-colored bezel insert, the black and red ‘Coke’ bezel. It wasn’t until the late 1980s that the second generation of the GMT-Master II came about, leading Rolex to reintroduce the famous Root Beer bezel into the collection. Unlike the Pepsi and Coke bezels which were only available on the stainless steel models from this generation, the brown and gold Root Beer bezel was fitted to the two-tone mode, while the all-brown bezel insert was reserved for solid 18k yellow gold versions with matching brown dials.
IWC’s Big Pilot’s Watch became an instant classic when it was relaunched in 2002, and the watchmaking world saw the debut of new models from the IWC Pilot’s Collection at SIHH 2019. But it goes back much further than that. We explore the Big Pilot’s Watch and its many evolutions over the decades. The history of IWC’s popular Big Pilot’s Watch goes back further than most wristwatches. IWC first made the watch for the German Air Force in 1940. The shape of this 55mm diameter timepiece was inspired by the observation fake watch, which housed a pocket watch with a 52.T.S.C movement. What makes this watch unique is the military triangle formed by two dots at 12 o’clock, the sans-serif font of the numerals, and the diamond-shaped hands. Today, these features can be found on almost all IWC pilot’s watches. Even the Mark XVIII retained the family’s design, although its prototype, the Mark 11 Pilot’s Watch made for the Royal Air Force in 1949, used other markings and hands. But the successor to the original model didn’t debut until 2002 when IWC reissued the Big Pilot’s Watch with a 46mm-diameter steel case and in-house seven-day power movement 5011. The watch quickly stood out on the wrist as a statement piece for men thanks to its large, striking size and sleek, minimalist design. In addition to the characteristic dial, the tapered crown is another uncompromising and user-friendly feature, as the shape of the crown makes it easy to use while wearing gloves. The case diameter of the Classic Big Pilot’s replica Watch has remained unchanged since 2002, although the current version encapsulates an improved 51111 movement. Over time, IWC has built the Big Pilot’s Watch family into a smaller collection. Here, IWC pursues several different paths: the new models are more historic, more modern, more complicated, or more elegant than the classic ones. The Classic collection also includes four Heritage models that are definitely worth a closer look: the 48-millimeter-diameter Big Pilot’s Watch Heritage 48 is equipped with the IWC-manufactured hand-wound eight-day power movement 59215 and date display, but the fake Rolex watch Heritage 55 achieves even more: the 55-millimeter-diameter case is equipped with a hand-wound eight-day power movement 59215 and date display. The chain-manufactured movement 98300 accumulates a power reserve of 46 hours. Here, IWC has reverted to its original diameter of 55 mm. With its beige luminous material and matte case, the new creation is very close to its predecessor, even if it has a small seconds subdial; the original model had a central seconds hand.
Following the brand’s announcement in September 2021, the current Rolex Oyster Perpetual collection is available in the following sizes: 28mm, 31mm, 34mm, 36mm, and 41mm. In addition, since all models are made entirely of stainless steel and are fitted with sleek table boxes and Oyster bracelets (regardless of size) in case of very consistent pricing throughout the collection, all models have retail prices between $4,000 and $5,000, regardless of the specific dial options installed on the watch. The new Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches were available almost immediately following their announcement, and the very first examples have already started to make their way into the hands of the public. Historically, the Oyster Perpetual has always been one of the more readily available Rolex collections. While certain stainless steel models from the brand’s catalog such as the Daytona, Submariner, and GMT-Master II are virtually unattainable at a retail level, the Oyster Perpetual has never really suffered from the same extreme shortage in supply. In recent years, certain popular dial variations of the 36mm and now-discontinued 39mm model did start to experience waiting lists, but they never reached anywhere near the same length as those for the latest stainless steel “Pepsi” GMT. So, I’d like to say that these new brightly colored dials and the all-new 41mm case size may be the updates that change the retail availability of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual collection. No doubt some dialing options will be preferable to others, and while it’s unlikely that the Oyster Permanent collection as a whole will suddenly become unavailable, you can almost guarantee that certain dial-color models will be hard to get without spending at least part of their time on waiting lists.
The key to the success of the Oyster case and its ability to prevent water from entering the inner parts of the replica watches is the safety of its upper ring crown. Traditionally, the crown has been the watch’s design’s “Achilles heel,” an easy entry point for moisture and other kinds of trash, and you don’t want any subtle movement. The early examples of the Oyster case featured a patented screw-down winding crown arrangement, fitted with a metal gasket that fastened securely into a tube in the center watch case to form a watertight seal. When the first Submariner was produced in 1953, whose system had to be bolstered to withstand the extra pressures, and so Rolex devised the Twinlock crown, with a second gasket system inside the tube to create two sealed zones. The O-rings were also made from a synthetic material to form a stronger barrier. In 1970, with the introduction of the Sea-Dweller, Rolex replica beefed up their winding crowns again and brought out the Triplock, with its new gasket arrangement that created three sealed zones to prevent moisture ingress. This time, two are in the case tube and the third remains under the crown itself. As you can imagine, Rolex’s three professional divers use a three-lock crown to ensure that they are incredibly waterproof, but some other watches in the catalog do the same. Watches with * asterisks in the list above (two yachting masters, GMT-Master II and Daytona) are equipped with triple crowns, but still, only reach the 100-meter level. In their case, the decision to include the three-ring crown may have been partly an aesthetic choice. The triple crown is larger than the double lock and is larger in proportion to the rest of the crown.
According to the report that Japan’s Citizen commemorates its 100th anniversary in 2021 with the launch of a vintage-appearance “bullhead” chronograph, the Tsuno Chronograph Racer, which takes its design cues from models the brand manufactured in the early 1970s. The fake watch has a round, 45-mm case in a typical bullhead construction, with a crown and two Rolex chronograph pushers at its top; lugs integrating seamlessly into its bracelet, and a second crown at the 5 o’clock position to adjust the watch’s alarm function. The dial has a sloped speed dial and four black subdials for the 1/5 second counter, 12 hour counter, power reserve indicator, and running second indicator, as well as a small date window and a switch indicator for the alarm function. These complex situations are all driven by citizen ecology, using natural or artificial light to drive the watch. Girard-Perregaux’s new Laureato Chronograph comes in various materials and sizes, including the panda-dial model pictured here. All the new models are distinctly recognizable as from the Laureato family, with a polished octagonal bezel, Clou de Paris hobnail motif on the dial, and integrated bracelets and straps. They also feature some details like octagonal-shaped chronograph pushers shaped like the bezel and snailed finishes on the three subdials, two for the chronograph minutes and hours counters, the third for the small second’s display. The bigger model, in the 42-mm case, has its hour markers secured to the minute’s circle and a clear sapphire caseback; the smaller, 38-mm version has separate hour markers and a solid caseback. The movement is the self-winding GP03300-01 caliber, with 63 jewels, a 28,800-vph frequency, and a 46-hour power reserve. To find more versions of the Laureato Chronograph and learn more about Girard-Perregaux’s new timepieces for 2018, click here for our SIHH report on the brand. At the 76th Goodwood Members’ Meeting in March 2018, IWC debuted its IWC Racing Team, becoming the very first watch brand to race in classic car events with its own car. Commemorating this milestone achievement is the new replica Rolex Chronograph Sport Edition “76th Members’ Meeting at Goodwood.” The silver-plated dial features black subdials at 12, 9, and 6 o’clock, an outer tachymeter scale, and contrasting blue chronograph hands. Beneath this panda-style tricompax dial beats the in-house Caliber 69380, with a 46-hour power reserve. Limited to 176 numbered pieces, it has a 44-mm titanium case that offers exceptional protection against magnetic fields thanks to its soft-iron inner cage. The lower part of this cage is visible through the caseback and designed to resemble a brake disk; a “76” in honor of this year’s 76th Goodwood Members’ meeting, is inscribed in its middle.
In terms of performance, Submarines are the gold standard for diving watches. The 16610 is waterproof to a depth of 1,000 feet thanks to its watertight Oyster case and helically pressed crown and case. Equipped with a Rolex caliber 3135 – a COSC certified robotic motion design and build entirely by Rolex – the Submarine provides original reliability, accuracy, and resistance. The Rolex Submariner 16610 is not only the greatest way to celebrate an educational accomplishment but also a perfect watch to accompany your recent grad as they begin the next phase of his life. For those that want to get their recent grad a Submariner but do not want it to have a date display, the Submariner no-date ref. 114060 is the perfect option. As its name suggests, the ref. 114060 does not include a date window, therefore offering a flawlessly symmetrical face. As the latest version of the no-date fake Rolex Submariner, the 40mm Oyster case comes with a black Cerachrom ceramic bezel and thicker lugs and crown guards. Prized for its appearance and durability, Cerachrom has a gorgeous sheen that will not fade – even after prolonged sun exposure. What’s more, ceramic is also resistant to scratching, making this Submariner the ideal everyday watch. Like other Submariner watches, the ref. 114060 is water-resistant to 330 feet and has a fantastic Chromalight lume that glows blue in the dark. Additionally, the Glidelock system on the Oyster bracelet allows the band to be extended by 20mm should it need to fit over a diving suit, however, you don’t have to be a scuba diver to wear this watch, and it looks just as striking when paired with a suit or casual outfit. Even though the replica Rolex Datejust 36mm is classified as a gent’s watch, the highly versatile case diameter works well on wrists of any gender. For a timeless design that will never go out of fashion, the Rolex Datejust 116200 in full stainless steel with a smooth domed bezel fits the bill perfectly and is another great option for the only watch your recent graduate will ever need. The Rolex Datejust is waterproof to 300 feet (100 meters) due to its screw-down crown and impermeable fluted caseback. This watch is as timeless as it is iconic – tasteful, functional, and most importantly durable. If you think your Rolex Datejust is the perfect watch for your recent graduates, but you think they might get some use of the rotating timing panel on the Submarine, then the Rolex Datejust trading chart “Thunderbird” is the perfect watch.
We all know that Rolex is a huge investment. But it can also be a great one. Yet the way people invest in Rolex is changing fast. While you used to be able to get the Rolex you wanted at a good price from a local dealer, the brand’s popularity made it almost impossible to get through retail, making second-hand Rolex watches particularly popular with collectors. Because the retail market is so volatile, and because Rolex watches are famous for holding great value, many collectors are increasingly turning to the secondary market to grow their collections. Actually, in many cases, we would say a used Rolex is the best Rolex that money can afford. A brand cheap Rolex can cost you anywhere between seven and fifty thousand dollars – even higher for some of the rare, gold, and diamond-encrusted references. However, what’s great about the secondary market is that you can have much more flexibility with your budget, often allowing you to buy a Rolex for significantly less than retail. What’s more, for those of you who have larger budgets, your money can go much further with a used Rolex. For example, instead of spending so much on a contemporary reference from a retailer that will at the first decrease in value you can invest in a vintage Rolex that has been steadily increasing in value. In many ways, when you order a new luxury watch, it’s like a brand new car. For most brands, the minute you take them off the lot, they are down in value. However, when you buy a pre-owned watch, you keep this price decrease because it has already been absorbed by the original owner. This means when you invest in a used replica Rolex watch, the chances are much greater than the price will rise during the years that you own it, instead of decreasing at all. Second-hand Rolex watches are also valuable, and collectors have discovered they can wear them for years and sell them for the same price, even more than the original price. While Rolex has more than a dozen collections, each with its own references, the retail selection can often be quite limiting. For instance, many years ago, fake Rolex made GMT-Master ‘Coke’ bezels but now only makes ‘Pepsi’ and ‘Batman.’ Being open to replica watches on the pre-owned market actually gives you so much more selection and choice. In reality, many of the industry’s most collectible Rolex watches are actually stopped or vintage references. What’s more, the second-hand market allows you to buy watches that you would otherwise have to wait years for.
How much do you know about the nickname of Rolex? From athletes to soda flavors, there are two superhero nicknames, batman and hulk. One is GMT-Master II and the other is a Submariner, so in this video, we’re going to look at Rolex batman and the Rolex hulk and see which one wins. About 10 years ago, Rolex replica introduced two new stainless steel Submariner models with beefier super cases, featured by thicker lugs and crown guards, despite retaining the same 40mm diameter. This pair of new-gen Subs also had ceramic bezels and bolder “maxi dials” with bigger hands and lume plots. One was the Submariner ref. 116610LN with a black bezel and dial while the other was the Submariner ref. 116610LV with a green bezel and dial. The 116610LV was not the first green Submariner that Rolex made. However, it was the first Submariner with a green Cerachrom ceramic bezel and also the first to have a matching green dial. Considering the heavier shape of the new green submarine and the prominent use of green throughout the dial and bezel, the nickname “hulk” is perfect in the sense of the umpire 116610LV. Rolex released a new stainless steel GMT-Master II with a blue and black Cerachrom ceramic bezel three years later. Not only was this the first-ever blue and black bezel made by fake Rolex, but it was also the brand’s first two-tone Cerachrom ceramic bezel. Up until then, Rolex maintained that it would be impossible to make a bi-colored ceramic bezel, thus explaining why the then-current GMT-Master II models were only available with monochromatic ceramic bezels. However, the band proved itself wrong, signaling the return to the two-tone bezel that made the original GMT-Master so popular. It’s crucial to note that the nickname is attached to the bezel and not to the special reference, which clarifies why both the previous ref. 116710BLNR and the new ref. 126710BLNR (released in 2019) are both famous as Rolex replica watches; however, the new edition is also known as the “Batgirl” due to its slightly more refined case shape. Both the Batman and the Hulk feature 40mm stainless steel cases, rotating bezels, and similar dial layouts with Mercedes-style hands, a date indication, and lume-filled plots for hour markers. Both are also decorated with sapphire crystals with the familiar Cyclops magnification lens over the date window. Moving onto the bracelets, the Hulk watch is fitted with a three-link Oyster bracelet with brushed surfaces, equipped with a Glidelock clasp, allowing divers to lengthen the bracelet up to 20mm in 2mm increments to fit over a diving suit. On the contrary, the Rolex Batman 126710BLNR features a five-link Jubilee bracelet with high-polish center links and a clasp fitted with the brand’s 5mm Easylink extension. So choosing between these two popular Rolex tools is a matter of deciding which feature is most useful to you and which color scheme is best for your taste.