Let’s get ready to rumble! Which is the ultimate best fake Rolex GMT-Master?

OK, this was a tough challenge and an ugly battle predictably ensued. Essentially, we scoured the vaults of Bob’s Watches and found some of the best fake Rolex GMT-Master options around. But which is the ultimate winner? From classic Coke to the freshness of the Pepsi’s iconic red and blue bezel, we’ll admit that tempers ran hot on this one as the Time+Tide team fought it out.
Luke Benedictus’ choice: The cerachrom bezel Batman, ref. 126710

There’s one overwhelming reason that I’m rooting for the Caped Crusader here. Obviously, it’s got everything to do with the bi-colour bezel and, more specifically, the intersection where the two colours meet. Because, frankly, there’s some weird voodoo shit going on here. The two colours don’t actually blend together, but you have to really stare to see the dividing line where black hits blue. Like the horizon of the ocean, I can gaze at this for hours. Team Batman all the way.
Price: $15,995 USD, available at Bob’s Rolex ref. 126710 replica watch with black and blue bezel.
Nick Kenyon’s choice: The classic Coke ref. 16710

Don’t get me wrong. I love the classics. If it’s Vivaldi or Miles Davis, Oscar Wilde or Ernest Hemingway, Breguet or Dufour, the classics are enduringly brilliant because they can stand the test of time. But there’s also a part of me that is an enthusiastic contrarian. I love quartz watches from Japan, mostly because they are fantastic replica watches, but also because I think they’re generally underappreciated. And that’s exactly why I love the stainless steel case copy Rolex GMT-Master II ref. 16760, more fondly known as the “Coke”. While most vintage Rolex fans passionately argue that the “Pepsi” is one of the best watches in the game (and it is), there’s something about the comparative ugly-duckling with the black and red bezel that I just love. It was the first GMT-Master II reference ever made and it was also the first to feature the now iconic cyclops date magnifier. No Rolex Pepsi can claim those prizes. Plus, if anyone tells you that Pepsi tastes better than Coke, they’re either lying or … Actually no, they’re just lying.
Price: $10,995 US, available at Bob’s Luxury Replica Watches.

Research On UK Best Replica Rolex GMT-Master II Watches Online

The 18k white gold fake watches have black dials.

At its beginning, in 1954, the bezel of the GMT-Master II was made of Plexiglas and the color and the white scale were printed on the underside. From 1959 to 2007, quality fake Rolex produced the bezel in aluminum, with the colors applied via an anodizing process. This was followed by a track made of zirconium oxide ceramic and with it, problems with the color. Monochromatic bezels were standard since two-tone tracks appeared to be a technical impossibility. But Rolex persisted in its research and found a solution for the first Batman by 2013. It developed and patented a process for the monobloc bezel that added a metallic salt on one half of the bezel prior to heat treatment in a kiln. The final colors were produced by sintering in a kiln at 1,600 degrees Celsius for more than 24 hours.

A second problem was achieving the desired red color for the blue-and-red Pepsi bezel, since there is no mineral-based pigment that produces a rich red. After years of research, perfect Rolex replica came to rely on a ceramic based on aluminum oxide and added chromium oxide, magnesium oxide and a rare-earth oxide to produce the red half of the ceramic bezel. For the blue color, one half of the bezel was saturated again with a metallic salt solution prior to sintering.

Even close examination reveals the superior finishing, like the color transition on the bezel.

The bezels of the Batman and the Pepsi are based on different ceramic substances, zirconium oxide and aluminum oxide, which explains why the blue colors on the two bezels look so different. On our test watch, the blue appears much brighter than on the new Pepsi model. However, the incident light plays a major role on our perception of color and as always, there are slight differences among the Pepsi bezels.

Both materials forming the track condense and shrink during the sintering process and must be machined with diamond tools to the exact measurements. To ensure that the numerals remain perfectly legible, the entire ring is coated with platinum using a PVD process and then carefully polished to leave the precious metal behind in the recessed dots and numerals. Both processes have been patented by Swiss made fake Rolex. In addition to its scratch resistance, the ceramic bezels have the additional advantage of being UV resistant and do not fade.

3 reasons why luxury UK Rolex fakes are getting so good, and some tips to avoid them from Watchfinder

Rolex fakes have existed for a very long time. But where it used to be pretty easy to spot an impostor – from the dull lustre of the cheap materials, to laughable aesthetic inaccuracies, to the sound of the rotor rattling from across the boardroom table like a bag of Skittles – it is now increasingly difficult. It’s something Watchfinder has demonstrated in this extraordinary comparison video.
As I’m sure almost all of you will know, the meteoric rise in the popularity of steel Professional models like the Submariner, GMT-Master II and Daytona has meant that enthusiasts are paying as much as four times more than retail to get their hands on one. Such is the demand for these products.
This means that now, more than ever, these illegitimate watches are really, really big business. And because only the uppermost echelon of AD cohorts can buy the real deal, fake Rolex watches with Swiss automatic movement are now also a mighty economy in their own right. As time goes on, the money invested into making them much higher quality is justified by the exorbitant prices, running now to the thousands, not hundreds of dollars people are prepared to pay for fakes.

So, with this in mind, Watchfinder talks through how this has happened and three reasons why the cheeky buggers making best 1:1 Rolex replica watches are getting much, much better at it. So, pay attention, and challenge yourself to spot the differences. Because it sure ain’t as easy as it used to be. And that’s coming from someone who actually owns a Pepsi, granted one longer in the tooth than this version, that incidentally is 100 per cent authentic and photographed by us.

3D printing

Although still in its infancy, what 3D printing has been able to accomplish in its relatively short existence is staggering. A full-sized house, guns and even human tissue – all these things have been 3D printed. The potential of the technology appears boundless. It comes as little surprise then that the people making these high-quality fakes have flocked to 3D printers to help them replicate — with pinpoint, faultless accuracy — these counterfeits.

As Watchfinder also points out, the technology is becoming so accessible and cost-effective that low-volume, high-quality fakes are relatively inexpensive to create. And it’s as easy as pressing CTRL+C and CTRL+V – the rest is taken care of. 3D printing has democratised the process of rapid prototyping, and the net results are fake watches that, to the naked eye at least, look indistinguishable to the genuine product.

Quality control

As Watchfinder rightly points out, Rolex cannot release a product until it is 100 per cent perfect. If they did, it could potentially destroy their brand, and seeing as Rolex is one of the most recognised and valuable brands on planet earth, faultlessness is an imperative. When models with faults do make it to market, boy do they make a stir.

The demand has never been stronger

Fake Rolex models with high quality don’t occur in a vacuum. The demand for them, as stated earlier, has never been higher. Because of this, the counterfeiters are incentivised to make a better final product, and they can charge more for it. The escalation in aftermarket prices is commensurate with the escalation in the price of fakes. As Watchfinder observes, there’s a loyal and global fan base of consumers who are giving more and more oxygen to this particularly nasty industry.

Conclusion

So what’s to be made of all this? Well, unfortunately, the salient takeaway from this excellent video, at least for myself, is that you shouldn’t buy a modern Rolex unless it’s from an authorised dealer. Need I remind you of the close to home Horology House hoax of 2020?

Of course, the trouble with saying, “Don’t buy a Rolex clone unless it’s from an AD” is that’s much easier said than done in 2020. So what’s the solution? Perhaps Watchfinder can create a video to address that great burning question next.