Some people said that even brilliant flowers also arrived at the time of the attack; Even beautiful face also can not stand the test of time, only elegant, can transcend time. Yes, elegant woman is noble and demure. So, here, I’d like to introduce you several elegant ladies’ watches, shinning your light.
This fake Rolex watch equips with the unique, delicate and precious dial, decorating with dazzling diamonds, also with 36mm diameter Oyster case, making the whole watch become the model of firm and elegant, perfect and delicate. And at the heart of this white gold pointers replica Rolex watch is 3155 movement, so precious ad reliable.
Rose Gold Pointers Replica Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Watches
For this shiny fake Rolex Datejust which is full of femininity, upon the black dial which decorated with unique sparkling diamonds, forming eye-catching contrast, more showing the modern flavor for the elegant women. And the bezel also becomes the stage of presenting diamonds, everything is so remarkable.
It is said that, statistically, the first high-end watch that brought by most of people should be Rolex. In most of the occasions, choosing a Rolex could never be wrong. Choosing a suitable watch not only can make you feel cool but also present your unique taste, making you full of confident in your daily work. Here, I’d like to show you some classic Rolex watches.
Black Dial Fake Rolex Submariner 116610LN-97200 Watches
Among all the replica Rolex watches, the fake Rolex Submariner watches can be said as the most famous and popular. Seeing from the whole, this steel case fake Rolex continues the symbolic Oyster case, unique pointers and calendar window, with 40mm diameter, 300m waterproof and 3135 self-winding movement, all these details make this fake Rolex more steady and elegant.
White Scale Fake Rolex GMT-Master II 116710LN-78200 Watches
This fake Rolex also has been called as “Green Hand”, for it carries the green GMT hand, presenting the three time zones, very practical for this function. What’s more, this excellent fake Rolex GMT-Master II also features the unique 904L stainless steel Oyster case, decorating with black Cerachrom bezel, which can be said as a delicate handicraft.
The charming blue dial Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master copy watch, a sailors’ watch introduced in 1992, underwent a major facelift recently in both its design and technology. In 2012, Rolex released a version with an Oyster case made of its patented alloy Rolesium, and a cool, blue dial with brushed sunray pattern.
Rolesium, a material developed by Rolex and used here in the Yacht-Master’s 40-mm diameter Oyster case, is an alloy of 904L stainless steel and platinum. The bezel, which rotates in both directions and now has a notched ring with 120 gradations, is made entirely of 950 platinum. It has a smooth, sand-blasted finish, except for the raised numerals and indices, which are polished. The hour markers on the nautical-looking blue dial are made of 18k white gold and filled with a luminescent material called Chromalight, which gives off a strong, blue-tinted glow in the dark. Rolex’s traditional Oyster case — with a middle piece crafted from a solid block of the corrosion-resistant alloy and a fluted, hermetically screwed caseback — is water-resistant to 100 meters. The screw-down crown is protected by a crown guard built into the middle case and also features the patented Triplock water-proofing system. Another Rolex trademark — the “Cyclops” magnifying lens over the date, is found at 3 o’clock and made of highly scratch-resistant synthetic sapphire.
Inside the Yacht-Master beats Rolex’s manufacture Caliber 3135, an automatic movement that has been certified by the Swiss testing agency COSC as a chronometer. Like other Rolex movements, it features an oscillating system with a blue hairspring made of Parachrom, an alloy developed and patented by Rolex. According to the company, this hairspring is highly resistant to shocks, magnetic fields and temperature variations, which ensures greater stability in timekeeping precision.
A sold-link Oyster bracelet in 904L stainless steel completes the package, with polished center links and satin-finished outer links. The improved Oysterlock safety clasp, another patented Rolex development, has a security system to prevent accidental opening and also contains the Easylink quick-extension technology, which lets the wearer easily increase the bracelet length by about 5 mm. Technical specs for the big calendar Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master fake watches (retail price: $11,550) can be found below the photo.
Rolex manufacture Caliber 3135, bidirectional self-winding via perpetual rotor; COSC-certified chronometer; 31 jewels; frequency = 28,800 vph (4 Hz); Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring with Breguet overcoil; large balance wheel with variable inertia;h igh-precision regulating via four gold Microstella nuts; traversing balance bridge
Central hour, minute and seconds hands; instantaneous date at 3 o’clock with quick setting; stop-seconds function for precise time setting
Oyster (monobloc middle case, screw-down caseback and winding crown) made of Rolesium (combination of 904L stainless steel superalloy and 950 platinum); polished finish; diameter = 40 mm; bidirectional rotating bezel made of 950 platinum, sand-blasted finish, polished raised graduations; screw-down crown with crown guard and Triplock triple water-proofing system; scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with Cyclops lens over date and double nonreflective coating; water-resistant to 100 meters; stainless-steel Oyster bracelet with polished center links and satin-finished outer links with polished edges; folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Easylink 5-mm extension
DIAL & HANDS
Blue dial with sunray finish, 18k white-gold hands and appliques with Chromalight for long-lasting luminescence, red seconds hand
The stainless steel case Rolex Daytona 116520 copy watches have been with us for over 16 years, from its debut in 2000 until its replacement, the part-ceramic 116500 (hands-on here) debuted in 2016. The steel Daytona has not only been a rare bird that Rolex has often made extremely difficult to obtain, but also an icon among luxury chronographs. I had one around for a couple of weeks and, not too long after starting to wear it, I asked myself the question: is the steel Daytona a real watch lover’s watch? Has it aged well? Has it retained its magic, or has its fame made it let its guard down as competition became fiercer every year? Lots of questions on my mind, so I set off seeking answers.
A Brief, Non-Teary-Eyed Recap Of The History Of The Rolex Daytona
There’s a saying in Hungarian that, in direct translation, goes like “it’s coming out my elbow by now.” Although, come to think of it, I am not quite sure how this scientifically questionable saying caught on, the Daytona’s history at this point may very well be coming out your elbow too – you have heard it so many times.
If you have no friends and want to make sure it stays that way, try and meet new ones in hotel lobbies, or on the internet, mocking everything, all the time. Alternatively, just learn these numbers and use them often at public gatherings: 6239, 6240, 6262, 6269, 16520, 116520. There are more of these Daytona references, but these shall already suffice to keep decent and fun human beings from spending too much time around you, should you talk about these frequently. The emphasis is on not calling everything by its reference all the time like a total douche – and not on being ignorant about watch history.
Although Rolex has been producing chronographs since at least the thirties, the Daytona’s history can actually be traced back to the fifties, when Rolex made a few chronographs which they at times rather unimaginatively titled “Chronograph.” The five lines of boasting on watch dials was but a mere dream at that point. Rolex appears to not really want you to know much about these ousted models – not one pre-Daytona chronograph is in their otherwise really quite detailed history page, nor is one in their yet more detailed history page on their press-only site.
In a nutshell, the so-called “pre-Daytona” history that you may want to know is the fact that the Cosmograph name Rolex registered as early as 1955, and that the reference 6238, introduced in 1961 (some sources say 1963), was a solid-looking Cosmograph that didn’t yet have the Daytona name added to it. What Rolex does want you to know is the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona reference 6239 from 1963, the first “proper Daytona.” It was nicknamed “Daytona” after Rolex’s association with the Daytona International Speedway began in 1962. Still, to date, the full name of the Daytona is Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona.
Let us leap into the future, leaving the rest of Rolex Daytona history – filled with weird, fascinating and rare references – to you to research, and get straight to the Rolex Daytona reference 16520. Notice the 5-digit reference as opposed to the modern variants’ 6-digit number. Introduced in 1988 and in production until 2000, the 16520 is often referred to as the “Zenith Daytona” as it was equipped with the Rolex 4030 caliber, a movement based on the Zenith El Primero that Rolex modified mainly by fitting a different escape wheel and hairspring, and by dropping its operating frequency from the El Primero’s famed 5Hz to 4Hz. Before 1988, Rolex Cosmograph Daytonas used hand-wound, Valjoux-based calibers.
2000 saw the debut of the Rolex Daytona 116520 and with it the famed Rolex 4130 caliber that is, of course, beating inside this review unit as well as the latest, 2016-generation of the Daytona. The dials and the bracelet have also been changed around 2000, but this is not a comparison between these earlier models, so let’s concentrate on this review’s 16-year-standing “Steel Daytona” – as is called in hush whispers among watch enthusiasts who have been familiarized with the stupendously long waiting lists and stratospheric, albeit reportedly self-inflicted exclusivity of it.
About Why The Steel Daytona Has Been So Difficult To Get
I mean, I dare not think how many articles, forum posts, Q&A’s I have read and discussions I have had about the Rolex Daytona, and a lot of them at least touched upon this remarkable exclusivity of the steel Daytona. If you had the gold one it just meant you had more money to spend on it, but in watch enthusiast circles rocking a steel one to this day means you likely dedicated a lot of effort in hunting one of these down – if it were to come from authorized sources, that is.
One thing I hand on heart do not recall reading or hearing is what could very well be the real reason for the limited availability of the steel Daytona: its movement (and, since its 2016 update, which we’ll look at in a separate review, the ceramic bezel), that is very costly and difficult to produce. Time and again we see brands painstakingly develop complicated movements or other features which they will only make available in precious metal cased versions – even if other models of the same brand do come in steel. The reason behind this tactic is that the much higher mark-up on precious metal cases help cover the very high costs of both the development and the manufacturing of said new movements or features.
Just to find a most fitting example from Rolex’s recent past: the new “Pepsi” GMT-Master II (hands-on here) with its bi-color, massive-pain-in-the-neck-to-make ceramic bezel, that (some say, and I agree) to date comes exclusively in white gold because the bezel is just too difficult and costly to make in the price range and in the volume of steel GMTs. Based on what I learned about manufacturing colored ceramics, I’ll go so far as to say the source of the issue is in the pigments used to color it as pigments don’t take the heat required to produce ceramic quite well and often form faulty areas in the surface. The “Batman” or “BLNR” is a modern steel GMT that has a bi-color ceramic bezel, but with two easier-to-produce colors. Okay, we got super side-tracked here.
All this was to say that steel Daytona supplies have been consistently limited likely because it has a movement that was and perhaps still is very difficult and expensive to produce up to Rolex standards at steel Rolex price points – even if the white luminescent indexes Rolex Daytona 116520 fake watches‘ retail price has admittedly almost doubled between 2000 and 2015.
Some Food For Thought Concerning The Daytona’s Allure – And If It’ll Last
Cutting straight to the chase, the Rolex Daytona 116520 changes its looks like few other watches do: it can quickly (and without notice!) transform from being one of the most versatile, elegant and sporty watches to one of the most boring and sedative timekeepers. I wish I didn’t have to, but feel like I should, so I’ll say that design preferences and the effects of a watch’s aesthetic are down to personal preferences, so your experience may differ from mine – but I will say there’s a good chance that some time into wearing the steel Daytona you’ll come to a similar conclusion as mine.
The Daytona provides one unquestionably iconic aesthetic and beholding a piece of that can feel both rewarding and infirmative. Here’s my issue with it: most iconic designs that you see gazillions around you are only appreciated by die-hard fans and enthusiasts if said designs have fascinating details and numerous variables. Think of the 911, for example. It’s everywhere, but you can change its specification, not to mention various special editions, limited production runs, technological variations and other factors; so, while a considerable percentage of 911 drivers may be yahoos who know nothing about the car, true enthusiasts remain loyal because there are always details that they find fascinating.
This steel Rolex Daytona 116520, over its 16-years, I feel, has failed to offer a refreshing range of fascinating details – let alone offer many of them. Even tracking the serial numbers and production years have been killed off in 2011 with the introduction of soulless random serials. Rolex’s reasons to keep things this very consistent are to be discussed in a separate article – because this does happen for a few logical reasons – but their cumulative effect on the steel Daytona ownership experience are very much relevant here.
Walk into the Rolex booth at Basel and you would be forgiven for thinking that everything is hunky dory with the world watch business. Everything about Rolex exudes quiet optimism and restrained confidence. Business for this behemoth of horology seems entirely in a state of normalcy. While outside waves of chaos and trepidation seemed to be permeating booths, meetings and journalism, things at Rolex seemed calm and confident.
And why shouldn’t they be. Few brands dominate every aspect of their industry quite like Rolex does. And there are few brands that, let us be frank here, are under less pressure to innovate than Rolex is. The brand could easily rest on its laurels, year after year, as model after model flies off the shelves. And yet Rolex innovates. Each year it makes small and large changes to its portfolio, enticing customers constantly.
This year the brand launched seven new models.
A handy reminder, pun intended, of Rolex’s obsessive approach to making ‘professional’ wristwatches. The Rolex Yacht-Master II copy watch for sale is targeted at sailors. Now this is not a clientele that is new to the world of watchmaking. Several brands make regatta watches. What makes Rolex’s approach interesting is the clever use of the Ring Command bezel system to set the timer along with pushers to synchronise and countdown the start of a yacht race. Not to forget, however, that inside the watch beats a world class calibre.
This year Rolex unveils three new variants of the great Cosmograph Daytona chronograph fake watches with self-winding movements. Each watch, brought up-to-date with the latest in Rolex tech, features an Oysterflex bracelet, and the 4130 calibre complete with column wheel and vertical clutch for precise operation.
The first Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller replica watches with black dials were released in 1967. And fifty years later Rolex launches a brand new iteration that incorporates all the latest in Rolex technology. Thus making it the most up-to-date version of arguably one of the greatest diver watches ever made. From the Cerachrom insert to the state-of-the-art 3235 movement, this watch has everything that makes it formidable in the sea and dependable outside it.
And we save the best for last. exquisite replica Rolex’s Cellini family stands apart from the signature Rolex collections for its singular, elegant design. And this year Rolex unveiled a new Cellini Moonphase. Moonphases are all the rage right now, but this is how you do it right. The Cellini’s versatile dial design easily incorporates a spectacular moonphase complication. The moon is made of a piece of meteorite. This is Rolex. They don’t take half-measures. A brilliant watch.
Two new variants in steel and gold, with slight upgrades for legibility, make this a hard to beat choice for the world travellers. Like the Yacht-Master II, this watch too uses the Ring Command bezel system to set date, home time and destination time. All of which is displayed with uncommon clarity.
Datejust 41 and Lady-Datejust 28
Ah yes. The classic Datejust fake watches. Is there a watch that is more instantly recognizable on the wrist? And this year Rolex presents variants in steel and steel-gold. Rest assured that everything else about the watch is as great as it has always been. A timeless classic. Now in steel. Also a subtle reminder of how a famously masculine watch brand also makes exquisite women’s watches.
With the news of Paul Newman’s own Rolex Daytona copy watches with black crocodile straps heading for auction with Phillips later this year, the industry has been buzzing with speculation about its ability to dethrone the Rolex Bao Dai as the world’s most expensive Rolex ever sold. As exciting as this news is, it’s not the only watch heading for auction with ties to legendary celebrity.
Watches previously owned by celebrities have often pulled a healthy premium at auction, and we expect little to change in the case of the three watches featured below. The classic pieces from Cartier Tank replica watches with self-winding movements and of course Rolex, are all in respectable condition—perfectly capable of fetching a respectable price before even considering the icons whose wrists they once adorned.
Without resorting to hyperbole, it’s fair to say that Paul Newman’s personal Rolex Daytona is one of the most significant and iconic vintage watches to head to auction in over a generation. Not only did the piece give birth to the nickname of the “top Rolex Paul Newman Daytona fake watches”, but it also has never been sold publicly in all these years. Estimated at over $1M (with many speculating a price in excess of $5M), the piece will head to auction at the Phillips’ inaugural New York Watch Auction: WINNING ICONS – Legendary Watches of the 20th Century taking place on October 26th.
Viewed as one of the more significant artifacts to surface from the Kennedy estate in recent years, Jackie O’s Cartier was a gift given to her by her brother-in-law Prince Stanislaw “Stas” Radziwill in 1963 to commemorate the famed 50 Mile Hike completed by Stas and Chuck Spalding that Jackie wound up painting. Both the painting and the watch will hit the auction block with Christie’s in New York on June 21st as part of the Rare copy watches with white dials and American Icons auction.
After joining forces with NEIGHBORHOOD to reinterpret the iconic Rolex Daytona and Submariner, luxury watch custom specialists Bamford Watch Department has now aligned with BAPE for another streetwear-inclined variation of Rolex’s classic timepieces, this time featuring the Rolex GMT Master II fake watches with black dials and the Daytona once more.
Both transformed with a sleek black makeover, the top Rolex Daytona replica watch is punctuated by a prominent white BAPE head sandwiched among the chronometric dials with a subtle camo pattern adorning the dial. The GMT however, flaunts a more understated profile with the contrasting white elements surrounding the numbers on the dial, alongside the camo pattern and a magnified Cyclops lens showcasing the date.
Each equipped with Swiss movements Rolex copy watches and a BAPE laser-engraved branding under the chassis — find these limited edition styles exclusively at BWD and Bape flagship locations now.
In this feature courtesy of our friends at WatchTime Middle East, Dubai-based Christie’s watch specialist Remi Guillemin traces the evolution of the Rolex GMT-Master replica watches with self-winding movements —the iconic Rolex dual-time watch and among the most collectible models to date — through six important references.
Developed during the 1950s, the Rolex GMT-Master exemplifies the extraordinary success achieved by Rolex sport models. Among the most collectible timepieces to date, the GMT-Master was born when the now defunct Pan Am, at the time the world’s largest airline, commissioned Rolex to create a specifically designed watch that allowed its pilots to keep track of time in two locations.
Named after the abbreviation for Greenwich Mean Time, the Rolex GMT-Master was developed with an additional hour hand, revolving once every 24 hours, and a revolving bezel graduated for 24 hours. Throughout the years, reliability and quality of manufacturing led the GMT-Master to international fame, enabling it to become one of the most cherished Rolex wristwatches for the novice as well as the experienced collector.
Introduced in 1954, Reference 6542 was the first GMT-Master wristwatch and originated from a regular Rolex Turn-O-Graph Reference 6202, with a modified bezel and movement. The timepiece featured a bright acrylic or bakelite bezel insert with 24 hour markings printed on its underside and divided into red and blue sectors. The wristwatch was also bestowed with a beautiful black gloss dial with gilt printing, as well as a case without crown guards. Today, original models in mint condition are exceedingly rare and are cherished by the most sophisticated collectors.
Offered at auction by Christie’s in Geneva on May 16, 2016, the GMT-Master pictured above featured one of the most desirable and unique dials ever seen on a Reference 6542. Throughout the years, its dial color achieved an extremely charismatic copper/brick tonality resulting from the now well-known reaction of the dial varnishes of the period to time and exposure to external elements.
With a beautifully preserved and original case as well as a highly attractive bakelite bezel with intense colors, the pictured timepiece can be considered as one of the most collectible and appealing example of the first Rolex GMT-Master reference.
Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 1675
Succeeding Reference 6542, the GMT-Master Reference 1675 fake watches with steel cases were produced from 1959 to 1980. Through its long production cycle, the timepiece was astonishingly successful and captured the hearst of many.
Embodying Rolex’s quest to develop the most reliable tool wristwatch possible, this timepiece was created with crown guards as well as an aluminum bezel, enabling its resistance to potential shocks or exposure to external elements arising from active wear. Highly collectible, the GMT-Master 1675 was created in different variations, with cases made of stainless steel, steel and gold, and all gold.
Among the most collectible and rare variations of Reference 1675 are special orders, with many examples of timepieces specifically commissioned for the Middle East, including the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman.
Resurfacing in the market on extremely rare occasions, these examples require some expertise in order to assess their authenticity and condition. At auctions, such timepieces grasp the attention of the world’s most astute collectors in search of the rarest timepieces in order to complement their collections.
This exceptional Reference 1675 in stainless steel went on the auction block at Christie’s New York Rare Watches auction in December 2016 and features a dial featuring the “Quraysh Hawk” printed in different padded layers. At its center sits a polychrome enamel Dhow, or Arabian sailboat, replaced today by the UAE federation flag. The dial has Arabic text translated as “Ministry of Defense.” The rarity of the dial is further enhanced by its “radial dial” configuration, in which the markers are placed closer to the center of the dial and the bottom of the crest touching the rectangular 6 o’clock marker.
Rolex GMT-Master Ref. 16758 SARU
With its expanding devotion to experimentation, Rolex produced some of the most highly coveted GMT-Master timepieces on the market today’ — including precious-stone-set examples of the Reference 16758.
Launched during the 1980s, the model was nicknamed “SARU,” in reference to the alliance of SApphires and RUbies that paid tribute to the original blue-and-red bakelite bezels on timepieces of the 1950s.
Highly unusual for a period where tool watches were initially cased in stainless steel, only a small number of GMT-Master wristwatches were crafted in yellow gold. Timepieces set with gemstones were considered to be some of the Swiss brand’s most exclusive creations and, when offered at auction, they often attract the attention of the most passionate collectors.
Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 16710
Throughout the years, the GMT-Master benefited from further technical enhancements, as with the appearance of the quickset and hack feature, enabling a quicker change of the date and time; and the use of a thicker case and a sapphire crystal.
In 1989, Rolex introduced the GMT-Master II, which featured a new caliber and a slimmer design. The Reference 16710, produced until 2007, enabled the quickset function for the 24-hour hand and encountered various changes to the bezels and bracelets during its production.
Well-received by Rolex collectors, the model could be obtained with an all-black, red-and-black or blue-and-red bezel. Throughout the years this reference was in production, the luminous material present on the dials gradually changed from Luminova to Super-LumiNova.
Some of the most collectible wristwatches part of the reference Rolex 16710 copy watches with black dials include examples with dials bearing the signature of the prestigious retailer, Tiffany & Co. As one of the world’s most renowned jewelry retailers, Tiffany & Co. was also known for selling wristwatches from a few manufacturers.
Scarce in today’s market, as the two companies have now parted ways, Rolex timepieces with Tiffany & Co. printed on their dials testify to the historical relationship between the famous jeweler and Rolex.
Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 116710 “Batman”
In 2007, the GMT-Master II Reference 116710 was launched. An important evolution for the model, the wristwatch was a hit once again and featured an important number of new characteristics, as well as multiple variations of the case and bezel.
The reference offered an improved movement, Caliber 3186, as well as a larger case, a new bracelet, a ROLEX engraving on the inner bezel ring, and a ceramic bezel. Attracting much success and representing the most technologically advanced GMT-Master to date, one of the most popular examples of the reference include the 116710BLNR, nicknamed “Batman” due to its black and blue accents.
Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 116758SA
Showcasing the creativity of the Rolex manufacture, one of the most acclaimed GMT-Master timepieces is the Ref. 116758SA with a yellow-gold case and a 24-hour rotating bezel set with precious stones, alluding to the highly successful precious-stone-set sport watches made by the brand during the 1980s.
Considered one of the most recognizable timepiece in the world, the Rolex GMT-Master has reached a status that only few other wristwatches have been able to match. With an identity and a case and dial design that have remained consistent over time, the GMT-Master attracts a wide array of enthusiasts and has earned its status as one of the most collectible Rolex wristwatches, fueling the desires of seasoned and novice collectors alike.
The original Rolex Paul Newman Daytona replica wactches have long been one of the world’s most sought-after watches – a holy grail of horology, as rare and remarkable as the man who gave it its name. After years off the grid, Newman’s personal timepiece has resurfaced and will go on the block in New York on October 26. It is expected to exceed a US$1 million bid.
For as long as man has admired vintage copy watches with white dials, collectors have speculated over the location of Newman’s legendary Rolex Daytona Cosmograph. The timepiece was a gift from the actor’s wife, Joanne Woodward, purchased for US$300 in the late 1960s. The back is engraved with the phrase “Drive Carefully Me”, a warning and well wish for Newman as he pursued his racing career.
The Rolex fake watches with steel cases remained with Newman until 1984, when he gave it to his daughter Nell Newman’s close friend and former boyfriend, James Cox. According to Cox, Newman once asked him for the time, to which he replied, “I don’t know—I don’t have a watch.” Newman then pulled the ultimate cool rich guy move: he handed Cox his Daytona and said, “Here, here’s a watch. If you wind it, it tells pretty good time.”
Cox claims he didn’t know how valuable the gift was until he attended a trade show and a man who spoke little English tapped him on the shoulder, saying ‘Paul Newman watch, Paul Newman watch.’
“I thought, What the heck? How does this guy know I’ve got Paul Newman’s watch?” Cox told WSJ Magazine in the June/July 2017 issue. “He obviously was a watch enthusiast and saw that I had the Daytona model. That kind of clued me in, so I did a little research.”
Now fully aware of the watch’s legendary status, Cox told WSJ Magazine he decided to sell it because “If Paul were alive, and I went to him and said, ‘Hey, you know that watch you gave me years ago? Turns out it’s super iconic and valuable,’ I think his response would be, ‘Well, what are you going to do with it, kid?’’”
His loss is the rest of the watch-loving world’s gain. We’ll have to wait until October to find out how much this piece of horological history will fetch, but we do know one thing: in keeping with Newman’s legacy of philanthropy, a significant portion of the proceeds will go toward the Nell Newman Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 2010 by Nell following her father’s death from lung cancer in 2008.
There were some who predicted that the wristwatch would go the way of typewriters and videotapes. Not so. At Sotheby’s Australia’s May 23 Important Jewels auction a Rolex watch sold for $219,600 including buyer’s premium, way above estimates of $80,000 to $120,000. This is claimed as a new record price for any watch sold at auction in Australia.
Of course this was no ordinary watch. It was a exquiste Rolex Daytona fake watch, circa 1970, known as a ‘Paul Newman’ by collectors. The late actor wore one most of his life and a new generation of collectors regard these as the ultimate trophy timepiece.
The vendor was from Western Australia. The watch had been bought new and handed down through his family. It came with the original box and documents, including service certificates.
Vintage Rolex Dayotna replica watches with self-winding movements have become one of the hottest categories around the world and there are signs they are taking off here. The Daytona sold by Sotheby’s Australia went to an international collector bidding online.
Also in May, Mossgreen had more modest success with a gold Rolex President with lapis dial, selling for $27,280, and a vintage Rolex Explorer, circa 1971, selling for $12,400. Mossgreen’s best result was in November 2014 when it sold a Rolex Daytona for $93,000.
These are strong results for the Australian market, but pale into insignificance compared to the 18ct gold Daytona watch which fetched $US3.7 million at Phillips’ annual Geneva Watch Auction held on May 15, 2017. There are only three known examples of the Daytona in gold. The top five results at Geneva were all well above the million dollar mark.
Rolex and Patek Philippe dominate the international scene, to the point that rarites are now beyond the reach of the average collector. But as suggested by Adrian Hailwood, director of watches at Fellows Auctioneers in the UK, there are opportunities in the lower tiers.
Writing in the December 2016 edition of English car magazine Motor Sport, Hailwood predicts that vintage TAG Heuer, especially early model Autavias, are also about to take off.
“Fake watches with white dials that might have sold for £3000 10 years ago are now making £30,000, confirming Heuer as the next big thing,” he notes. These Heuers were the actual models worn by Formula One racing drivers in the 1950s to 1970s period. Known as sports chronographs, or tool watches, they are similar in size to contemporary watches. Vintage time-only watches are now seen as too small for modern tastes.
The Omega Speedmaster (known as the moon watch) and Universal Geneve’s Tri-Compax are others in demand. Vintage Tudor and Breitling watches are also recommended by Hailwood.
“Clean original examples of these are a great buy,” he says, “even if they have already started to go up in price.”
The sports watch concept dates back to 1926 when Rolex copy watches with steel cases introduced its Oyster case, offering protection against water, dust and shock. They were cleverly promoted through real life events. In 1927 Mercedes Gleitze, a secretary from London, swam the English Channel wearing a Rolex Oyster. Aviators and mountaineers wore them, as did adventurer Thor Heyerdahl on his voyage across the Atlantic by papyrus raft.
These days they are more of a status symbol. According to Patti Sedgwick, head of Jewellery at Mossgreen, “men look at each other’s watches as an indication of how well they are doing”.