Regardless of what metric you go by, there is no more significant luxury watch brand on Earth than Rolex. From name recognition to reputation to actual sales numbers (Rolex accounts for nearly a third of today’s Swiss luxury watch market share), The Crown always comes out on top. So for anyone seriously considering a luxury watch, be they a seasoned enthusiast or a curious novice, Rolex is definitely going to draw some consideration at some point in their search. And for many looking into buying AAA Rolex replica watches, the question may eventually come down to whether they should purchase a modern Rolex or a vintage one.
Modern top US Rolex fake watches are undoubtedly impressive. Increasingly positioned as serious luxury items, much of the brand’s current output is flashy and bordering on ostentatious. They’re still excellent watches and as durable as ever, but one could argue that they lack the charm of Rolex’s vintage pieces. Once upon a time, Rolex produced tool watches for the everyman. And while they were always positioned as a higher-end brand, they were still something most middle-class people could save up for fairly easily — something that can’t really be said about Rolex today. So to celebrate Rolex’s twentieth-century heyday, we’ve gone and compiled this guide to the ten best vintage Swiss made replica Rolex watches out there.
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona “Paul Newman” Replica Watches
Even if you’re not familiar with vintage high quality Rolex copy watches, you’ve probably heard of the “Paul Newman” Daytona. An example of one of these watches, owned by the eponymous actor himself, once held the record for the most expensive watch ever sold at auction after a buyer paid for $17.8 million for it in 2017. The Daytona is Rolex’s chronograph, and the only thing separating a “Newman” from regular Swiss movements replica Rolex Daytona watches of the same vintage is the dial. “Newman” Daytonas have what Rolex used to refer to as “Exotic” dials. These dials, always in panda or reverse panda colorways, have a different font and slightly different markings compared to the standard Daytona dials, with their Art Deco numerals and square markings on the subdials being the most significant things to look out for. The dials were manufactured by a company called Singer, and they appear on a number of different Daytona references produced in the 1960s and ‘70s, but at a much lower rate than standard Daytona dials. Newman himself wore a ref. 6239, which has a steel bezel. More desirable is the ref. 6241, which added a black acrylic bezel. The most sought-after on the general market is the ref. 6263, which also has a black bezel but boasts a cleaner-looking dial. Wholesale fake Rolex Daytona references 6262, 6264, and 6265 watches also came with exotic Paul Newman dials. Expect a six-figure price tag for basically any Paul Newman Daytona.
Rolex Explorer Ref. 1016 Fake Watches
In some ways, the Explorer is 1:1 luxury replica Rolex’s most basic watches. A simple three-hander that tells the time and nothing else, the utilitarian timepiece became a legend thanks to its association with Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s summit of Mount Everest in 1953. Rolex marketed the Explorer as accompanying Hillary to the top of the mountain, which wasn’t entirely true. The explorer actually wore a Smiths watch, while he kept the prototype given to him by Rolex — not yet called an Explorer — in his belongings, and it’s unclear if it actually made it to the summit. The perfect Rolex Explorer fake watches officially debuted later in 1953 with the references 6150 and 6350 being the first to say “Explorer” on the dial, but 1960 is when the model really came into its own. That’s when the ref. 1016 debuted, by far the most popular Explorer model. Produced for nearly 30 years, there are loads of variations among 1016s in terms of dials and, to a lesser degree, movements, but any one of them makes an excellent addition to a collection. Plus, with prices starting in the low-five figures, they’re one of the best buys among vintage best Rolex replica watches.
Replica Rolex Explorer II Ref. 1655 “Steve McQueen” Watches
Debuting in 1971 as the concurrently produced sequel to the Explorer, the larger top super clone Rolex Explorer II watches quickly found a fanbase of its own. Sporting a fixed 24-hour bezel, lume at all 24 hour spots on the dial, and a bright orange GMT hand, the watch was designed for cave explorers and others who worked in darkness and needed their Rolex replica watches online site to distinguish day from night. The original reference of the Explorer II was the 1655, which lasted in Rolex’s rotation until it was replaced by the far more modern-looking ref. 16570 in 1985. Relatively unpopular during its production, the 1655 is now a hot collector’s item, though one has to wonder how much of that is owed to its “Steve McQueen” nickname serving as a stand-in for a much more expensive Rolex “Paul Newman.” However, unlike the late actor’s pal Newman and his Daytona, McQueen is not believed to have ever actually worn Rolex Explorer II fake watches for men (though he did own a Submariner). But at this point, the nickname is firmly established and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere.