The explosion of the vintage watch market over the past few years has been nothing short of a phenomenon. In the dizzying modern age of technological innovation, there still seems to be something so appealing, so indescribably ‘cool’, harking back to the days of the classic mechanical wristwatch. A smartwatch or an iPhone may tell the time more accurately, but in terms of expressing personal style, nothing beats wearing a small piece of history on your wrist.
More and more people are discovering a fascination with owning and collecting vintage copy watches, and the industry itself is immense. If you are new to the field, the sheer scale of everything there is to learn can be daunting to say the least.Even though the internet has made it possible to instantly access huge amounts of information, simply finding a place to start is something of a challenge.
That’s why we have put together this handy guide, where we have trimmed it all down to the most important points for those now getting started. Read on below to find out all you need to know about buying and owning vintage luxury watches.
The bad thing is that there is no simple answer. In fact, you could ask 10 different people when ‘vintage’ officially starts and receive 10 different answers. For some it goes by date, but even that seems open to interpretation. One person might consider anything before 1990 as vintage, someone else will say it has to be pre-1980s. Another group tends to believe a watch qualifies as soon as it is superseded by a newer version, and others will point to when a certain component marks the point of vintage. Different from the world of classic cars, there is not one unanimous definition. Generally, it’s any watch that is over 30 years old. But this is n0t a hard and fast rule. So while it may not meet the strict definition of a typical vintage watch, it is however collectible.
Finally, it may be easier to say what is vintage or not vintage. First of all, you will come across many occasions where the word is used interchangeably with the word “second-hand”.
The most important thing is that although it maintains the same caliber of 3130 as its precursor, it is now (finally) an official chronograph-certified frame. ref. 114200’s relatively short production cycle and its timer-level movement make it an interesting choice for collectors. It is easy to buy Rolex inexpensive watches in the secondary market that are much lower than most other Rolex models. It will not be surprising to see the value of Air-King ref. 114200 increase significantly in the future.
Nevertheless, as a welcome and carefully planned change, the days of this generation of Rolex Air Kings are numbered. In 2014, after more than 70 years of continuous production, it quietly withdrew entirely from the catalog. Many think this will be the last time we see it.
To everyone’s surprise, just two years later, a wholly different “Samurai Watch” appeared. It was ref. 116900. Sharing the 904L steel case with Milgauss ref. 116400, this newest version of the Rolex Air-King measures 40mm and has the same anti-magnetic properties as the well-known Rolex fake watch.
Just like the current Air-King 116900 and Milgauss, it also has the same Cal. 3131 movement, with a blue parachute hairspring and paramagnetic components. However, although the interior design is as modern as possible, the exterior is concerned with the historical role of the watch.
Only one version has been released. The dial has an explorer’s 3/6/9 hour index, but a prominent minute mark (white printing) is added, making it one of the most recognizable dials in Rolex’s current portfolio. A pilot’s model is perfect. The black dial is inspired by traditional cockpit instruments. ref. 116900 Air-King is also the brand’s first and only watch with two different colors of crown logo and “Rolex” title.
Nowadays, the official retail price of replica Rolex Air-King ref. 116900 is $6450. As one of the brand’s entry-level fake watches, it sells at the same price as watches such as Oyster Perpetual and Explorer. Like these two, it retains the essence of Rolex always doing the best; making durable fashion tool watches.
Rolex Air-King has a huge history, and one is still strong. In fact, its popularity today may be higher than ever. Whether you choose contemporary or classical models, it has unparalleled value.
There’s a lot to consider when choosing the right replica watch. Unlike other brands, which tend to have only one truly iconic piece in their portfolio, Rolex is anything but shy in choosing. Different case sizes, materials, ages, complexity and overall aesthetics offer a myriad of options to find the perfect Father’s Day watch.
Supposing you’ve so far narrowed the field down to pre-owned and not vintage, we’ve decided to break down some of the pros and cons of some of our favorite models from the brand to give you a bit of insight as you approach that big decision. In the end, personal preference is destined to succeed when it feels right on your wrist, but if you need some help picking out the perfect style for Dad, this guide can at least start guiding you in the right direction.
Being the classic to end all classics, the replica Rolex Submariner is the most logical jumping-off point for this list. Not only is it a true classic design and pedigree, but it’s also a fitting tool for a watch that works from day one to as many hits as you can throw at it. Because of its long history, there are many different models and references to choose from. However, the Submariner 16610 came to mind for this list as it strikes the right balance between modern functionality and slight vintage charm.
The Submariner 16610 is the ideal blend of fashion, functionality, and durability. With its striking blend of masculine features and delicate craftsmanship, the ref. 16610 is the perfect watch for the active father in your life. This particular model is comprised of an all stainless steel case, which showcases the gloss black dial bordered by a black bidirectional bezel. The dial features a luminous white hourly scale that gives you greater visibility underwater. The dial also has a sturdy Oyster bracelet made of hand-brushed stainless steel. The Rolex Submariner 16610 is the perfect choice for any Rolex collection, especially for an important father in your life.
The Submariner 16610 is the last reference from fake Rolex to feature an aluminum bezel insert – known to slowly fade with age and give the Sub a very special aesthetic characteristic – alongside the modern convenience of being fitted with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal rather than the acrylic crystals fitted to vintage models like the Submariner 5513. It was also powered by the Rolex 3135 and still powers modern submarine models. Finally, it has reached an ideal price position, as it is currently cheaper than its older predecessors and more modern counterparts, both of which have redesigned casings and ceramic bezels.
There are many different types of watch bezels that serve many different purposes, the most common of which is the rotary timepiece bezel on a diving replica watch. In costume models, they are usually decorative, aesthetic elements that can come in several different styles. However, on a utility table, a table box is usually used to add an additional, specialized function.
With a chronograph, you will usually see a tachymeter bezel, marked with units to help drivers measure speed and distance. On the vast majority of GMT watches, there is a rotating bezel engraved with a 24-hour scale that works in conjunction with an additional hour hand to keep track of an additional time zone. While these watches are useful, perhaps the most important is the rotating chronograph ring on the diving watch.
When the rotating bezel was first introduced on dive copy watches by Blancpain in the early 1950s, it was long before the invention of the digital dive computers that you might be familiar with today, with their ability to measure everything from depth to the necessary decompression stops.
However, back in the early days of scuba diving, a simple but foolproof system to record how long a diver had been underwater was to use a reliable and better water-resistant dive watch to measure elapsed time. Even in the modern era, a well-made and dependable mechanical timepiece is the great backup to the electronic wizardry of dive computers, with no batteries to die out and a waterproof case that is massively robust.
So how do fake watches work? There is a long list of requirements that a timepiece must possess before it can officially qualify as a dive watch, and some form of elapsed time indicator is one of them. The rotating bezel, engraved with 60-minute markings, is about the most rudimentary and straightforward method that has ever devised.
Just before the original descent, the wearer turns the bezel so the 12 o’clock indicator (usually conspicuous in some way, maybe by the use of a luminous pip) aligns with the minute hand. After that, it is just a matter of reading off where that hand is in relation to the bezel as it continues its way around the dial during the dive.
Therefore, if the minute hand is pointing to the 20-marking on the bezel, then the wearer has spent 20 minutes underwater. While the design and execution are simple, a rotating timing panel allows the diver to do no calculations in his or her head because there are so many other things to consider when diving, which is certainly a good thing.
It is easy to dismiss this argument as the tendency of most watchmakers at this year’s Baselworld replica watches fair to err on the side of caution when releasing new timepieces.
However, Seiko surely bucked this trend, unveiling quite a few new and exciting timepieces, and surprising the collective horological community with this, the new Seiko SNJ025 Solar ‘Arnie’.
A faithful re-creation of a cult classic, the Seiko H558-5000, the new SNJ025 Solar does a good job of paying homage to the original timepiece that earned its colloquialism as a result of being worn by the one and only former “Governator” of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, in several of his biggest hits, most notably Predator.
For a start, the Arnie benefits from a fully automatic calendar accurate to the year 2100, alarm and power saving function, and an LED backlight.
What’s more, as a dedicated dive replica rolex watch, the SNJ025 is capable of 200m (660ft) of water resistance and utilizes a screw-down crown, screw-down case back and unidirectional rotating bezel.
The rugged exterior of the Arnie has surely been made with a hardwearing, go-anywhere philosophy in mind and a black silicone band complements the commanding 47.8mm case’s stainless steel and plastic construction.
Powering the cult wristwatch is Seiko’s dependable and creative H851 Calibre, a solar-powered movement that gives a pretty staggering amount of accuracy – ±15 seconds per month, to be precise.
All in all, the price is very cheap, and if= you’re in the market for an affordable dive watch with a good amount of novelty and heritage, this watch is hard to pass up.
As a watch brand, Hamilton replica has a unique and impressive history. Its history spans two continents, nearly 130 years, and includes every watch style imaginable. From elaborate dress watches to sheer tools, Hamilton’s catalog is deeply ingrained and embedded in our culture in a way that few watch brands can. The Hamilton watch has seen time on screen and been strapped to the wrists of members of our armed forces. And we’re willing to bet that if you don’t have one yourself, you know someone else does.
Hamilton’s new Khaki Navy Frogman collection is completely in line with the brand’s tendency to dig into its archives and polish vintage models up for modern tastes. It’s an outstanding look, to say the least, and a clear example of form following function. Legibility is important in certain military applications, where large Pointers, generous lubricants, and clear Arabic numerals are deliberate features.
Hamilton’s first mass produced Frogman debuted in 1951, and it was based on the aforementioned military pieces. The Frogman also marked the second time a Hamilton replica watch appeared prominently in a film, a tradition that continues to this day.
The current version of the Frogman pays fitting tribute to this history, but it’s also a modern diving instrument through and through. It is still functional, it is still special, it is completely mechanical in nature, and it provides the user with satisfactory tactile feedback when time needs to be set or the watch needs to be wound.
Hamilton’s modern Frogman comes in a variety of materials and colorways to suit any taste. At 46mm, the titanium version is an imposing and sporty contemporary timepiece. Diving rings and second hand accents give the fake watch a stylish style with its black dial. Its case, made of titanium, is light and comfortable on the wrist, ready for any water adventure.
The Khaki Navy Frogman from Hamilton strikes a great balance between modern sportiness and classic military tool-watch appeal. The watch inspired it, has always been a technological marvel, able to do its job humbly under any circumstances. This latest edition takes a leap aesthetically and is not only a reliable and reliable companion, but also has a distinctly modern feel.