We can’t discuss the 2021 watch year without delving into the novelties launched by the two juggernauts of watchmaking, high quality fake Rolex and Patek Philippe. The big news with the Explorer I is that it has gone back to its original size, down from 39mm to 36mm, and it is absolutely perfect.
I love that the gold case copy Rolex Daytona watch now features a subtle but very useful enhanced Chromalight display and actually like the two-tone version of the watch as well. Do I think Rolex could have been a bit more daring when it came to the 50th anniversary of the Explorer II? Well, like a lot of fans, I would have loved to see a 1655-inspired new watch at 39mm or 40mm; instead, the change to this model was subtle.
It stayed at 42mm but with a subtly sleeker case now featuring the enhanced Chronergy escapement caliber 3285 inside it. But the bigger news for me was the stunning array of meteorite dial copy Rolex Daytona that included three of the most ravishing watches, each with a meteorite dial, in Everose and yellow gold with matching metal bracelets, and in white gold on an Oysterflex strap.
It perhaps says something that even on the limited budget of a watch journalist, if given the opportunity, I would find some way to own this watch. The other Daytona which I lusted after was the new Everose gold watch with a sundust dial set with baguette diamond indexes. This dial is a stunning dusty washed pink that is different from the matching Everose gold dial that appeared on this watch previously.
The new 28mm fake Rolex Lady-Datejust rounds out this year’s gem-set introductions and is available in either 18K yellow or 18K white gold. And the models practically drip with the 1,089 diamonds set onto each of them from their cases to their bracelets. The President bracelet alone is set with 596 brilliant-cut diamonds.
The new diamonds case copy Rolex Lady-Datejust models feature fully paved diamond dials hand-set with 291 diamonds and black PVD coating on the gold Roman numerals. The watches are powered by the Rolex calibre 2236 that was released in 2014 and has a Syloxi silicon hairspring. This diminutive movement also boasts a 55-hour power reserve.
Priced at $131,100 in yellow gold and $134,400 in white gold, the new gem-set Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady-Datejust copy watch is a surefire stunner worthy of a closer look.
Let me start by saying that I’ve had quite the week. Summer doesn’t seem to want to end, the T+T Team are working really hard on a few very exciting projects that we’ll be able to announce soon, but that wasn’t all. We were lucky enough to attend the first replica watch event in real life for the first time in almost exactly a year and it was great to catch up with several Melbourne-based collectors, as well as see some pretty special watches up close and personal.
Also, this week we took a close look at a watch that isn’t a new release, but does have a new element to it. The watch in question is the black dial fake Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 126710 BLRO that was released in 2018. The element I’m referring to is the colour of the bezel, which has been a hot topic of conversation at T+T HQ. Is the bezel different at all, or is it just the lighting? If it has changed, what are the differences in colour? In our video review, Andrew recalls seeing the watch for the first time at Baselworld and wondering if there had been a mistake, or if these were the colours that Rolex had originally intended? The red seemed more like purple. And the blue, a bright violet? In a photo we tracked down by @swisswatchonist the riddle looks to be solved. When the Swiss movement copy Rolex Ref. 126710 BLRO was first released, Rolex may have used the bezels (known as MK1) from the first ever Cerachrom Pepsi bezel from the white gold GMT Master-II Ref. 116719 BLRO, before tweaking the ceramic composite mix to create the darker, more saturated and infinitely less bright MK2 bezels that we see today. You can see the most recent steel 126710 models side by side in our video below. Interestingly in a post on the Rolex Forums however, the MK1 bezels actually look to be a lot closer to the colours of the previous generation of Pepsi in the Ref. 16710, both in their shade and how bright they are. Regardless of what the exact reason behind the differences in colour, the blue and red bezel copy Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 126710 BLRO is a watch with a lot of history and a lot of hype behind it, so make sure you check out the review to see if it lives up to all the love that it gets.