There is no arguing with this fact — the luxury fake Rolex Submariner is a front crawler — not a breast-stroker. It raced to success with its patented Oyster case comprising a bezel, case back, and winding crown hermetically screwed down against a middle case section. The crown in itself was an intricate multi-part arrangement featuring a gasket system that Rolex replica uk has since gone on to refine in the form of its Twinlock and Triplock sealed zones.
A race to the top
Also embroiled in the race to create the first purpose-built dive fake watch was the aforementioned Blancpain Fifty Fathoms. The two manufacturers were neck and neck at this point, with the release of the first Fifty Fathoms watch in 1953 — the same year that the first initial waterproof fake Rolex Submariner was built, albeit not able to enter full production until the following year. Still, the Rolex Submariner’s iconic dive watch design would prevail and is now one of the most globally recognized watches of all time.
The first Submariner Date version was released in 1969, bringing a whole host of different case materials and dial colors to the catalog. And yet the no-date Submariner watch is a “no-frills” collectible that still appeals massively to purists today. Newer Swiss automatic movement copy Rolex Submariner watches belonging to the 6-digit generation are fitted with unidirectional bezels topped with Rolex’s proprietary ceramic material — Cerachrom. These new models now come in ever-so-slightly larger cases measuring 41mm. However, the 40mm Rolex Submariner ref: 116610 replication remains one of the most popular and readily available modern-day dive watches on the pre-owned market. Its stainless-steel oyster bracelet with a glidelock clasp is one of its many appealing qualities, preventing the high quality replica watch from becoming accidentally loosened whilst secured over the top of a diving suit.
Readily available it may be, but those pieces come at a price. The appreciation of the most recently discontinued clone Rolex Submariners is almost as legendary as the watch itself. If that’s the era that speaks to you most, however, you’ll be able to find a good example available for top dollar.
At a glance:
Model ref: 116610
Case size: 40mm
Case material: 904 stainless steel
Water resistance: 300m
Dial: Black / luminous hour markers and hands/cyclops date at 3 o’clock
Movement: Automatic/in-house/Caliber 3135 / 48-hour power reserve
Strap: Oystersteel bracelet/Glidelock clasp