When Rolex announced the launch of the luxury replica Rolex Day-Date 40 watches in platinum earlier this year, it instantly became one of the most celebrated launches of 2022. Although it was the first time a platinum Day-Date had been available with Rolex’s iconic fluted bezel, the watch didn’t feature new complications or a radical new design. The AAA UK Rolex Day-Date fake watches, however, doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel to stand out. With its three-link President bracelet, ice-blue dial, and that unmistakable arced day window at 12 o’clock, there’s simply nothing else like it — and that’s been true since 1956.
In the 1950s, high quality Rolex replica watches was well on its way to becoming the watchmaker by which all others were measured, releasing the Submariner, the Explorer, and the GMT-Master — each one a game-changer in its own right — in the span of a few years. More than four decades after founding the brand in 1905 Hans Wilsdorf was still at the helm, and he remained as focused as ever on pushing watchmaking technology to new heights. Along with initiatives to create ever-more robust cases and movements, Wilsdorf was also engaged in finding new ways to reliably display the day and date on cheap Rolex copy watches dial – an addition he believed was just as important for desk-bound professionals as the “Pepsi” GMT bezel was for Pan Am airline pilots.
While the perfect Rolex Datejust replica watches had been a popular choice since its introduction in 1945, Wilsdorf sought to up the ante by adding a day display to the mix. This, however, wasn’t as simple as it might seem, especially since it involved making both day and date shift instantaneously and simultaneously at the stroke of midnight. To make it work required an extraordinarily powerful and precise movement that took five years and four patents to perfect, earning the nickname “the miracle of midnight.”
The Swiss movements super clone Rolex Day-Date watches has lost none of its lustre in the years since, with its popularity among heads of state throughout the 20th century earning it the nickname “the presidents’ watch.” It’s also been a popular choice among athletes and artists, with bold-faced names from Arnold Palmer to Michael Jordan to the Dalai Lama all joining the club. The 1:1 top Rolex Day-Date replica watches wasn’t just a hit in the English-speaking world, either. The Day-Date was made in 25 different languages, from Japanese to Italian to Ethiopian, with a Chinese version added in 1973.
As the latest in a long line of fake Rolex Day-Date watches for sale, the 2022 edition maintains the unmistakable look of the original, with a host of subtle upgrades. In addition to its fluted bezel, which required all of Rolex’s prodigious expertise to craft from platinum (a notoriously challenging metal), the new China Rolex replica watches features the calibre 3255, a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured in-house by Rolex. Among the highlights of this state-of-the-art calibre is its patented Chronergy escapement made of nickel-phosphorus, which increases energy efficiency and resistance to magnetic fields. It is also enhanced by Rolex’s blue Parachrom hairspring, an innovation made of a paramagnetic alloy which boosts reliability and accuracy by resisting temperature changes. The result is a Chronometer-certified movement that exceeds the specifications of the Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).
Throughout its history, the Day-Date has been available exclusively in precious metals, but that doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of options for anyone looking to buy one today. Rolex currently lists dozens of variations of the 2022 online Rolex fake watches, in 36mm and 40mm case sizes, with a dazzling array of dials, bezels and materials. In addition to this year’s new platinum models, the Day-Date 40 is also available in yellow gold, with a choice of sunray dials in half a dozen shades. It’s also available with diamond-set bezels, diamond hour markers, and in the case of one particularly blinged-out yellow gold version, a diamond-studded dial. Whether gold or platinum, diamond-studded or not, each Day-Date is as much of a 20th-century icon as its most famous wearers, many of whom must have paused as the minute hand approached 12, waiting to admire the miracle of midnight.
One of the Crown’s biggest achievements – just ask them, they’re happy to tell you – has something to do with Mount Everest. Evidence seems to suggest a Rolex probably wasn’t on the wrists of Tenzing Norgay or Sir Edmund Hillary when they became the first mountaineers to summit Everest (that was a Smiths, thank you very much), but no matter. There were some Rolex timepieces tucked away in their kits somewhere. Anyway, Rolex had been sponsoring and supplying expeditions with luxury replica Rolex watches since the 1930s, so its high-altitude bonafides are well established.
Perfect Swiss Rolex fake watches on Everest is nearly an entire sub-section of research in its right, but it got three new additions in the textbook this past auction season. All performed well, too, so let’s take a look at the watches, their journeys, and what they mean to Rolex.
The ‘Jürg Marmet’ Rolex 6298 Replica Watches
First up, the best-performing watch of the bunch – and honestly, for me, one of the best wholesale Rolex replica watches of the auction season. Not only is it “historically important,” as auction houses are fond of saying, but this watch also just looks damn good. Let’s start with the story, since that’s what turned an otherwise humble pre-Explorer ref. 6298 into a CHF 289,800 hunk of steel.
This Rolex belonged to Jürg Marmet, a Swiss engineer who also happened to be quite the mountaineer in his younger years. In 1953, Marmet was part of an expedition to Canada’s Baffin Island – look way up at the top of the map to find it – an expedition Rolex happened to sponsor, so he got this high quality US Rolex copy watches, engraved “Baffinland” on the caseback. Turns out Marmet was just getting started when he made the journey to Baffin Island: In 1956, he was tapped for a Swiss expedition to summit Everest – three years after Norgay and Hillary conquered the peak, it was finally time for the Swiss to get another crack at it (they came just short in 1952; more on that expedition in a minute).
This time, the Swiss made it, and Marmet became just the third person to summit Everest, after Norgay and Hillary. For good measure, the expedition was also the first to summit Lhotse on the way up to Everest, the fourth-tallest peak in the world. As I said, whether a particular watch was actually on someone’s wrist at the summit can lead to nearly endless debate, but what can’t be debated is that this watch went through the absolute ringer with Marmet, from Baffin Island to Lhoste to Everest.
According to Christie’s, the 6298 came from Marmet’s family, and it looks absolutely gorgeous and honest. The dial’s taken on that warm, sand-colored patina you love to see, and the rest of the watch looks like it’s got some scratches and nicks on it. And when you get that perfect storm of condition and original provenance, you get a big result, probably as high as you’ll see for a watch that, on the outside, seems like an unassuming, time-only 36mm cheap Rolex replica watches.
The ‘Norman Günther Dyhrenfurth’ Rolex 6098 Fake Watches
Next up was this ref. 6098 that sold at Phillips for CHF151,200. This particular AAA replica Rolex watches belonged to a fella named Norman Günter Dyhrenfurth, who was part of that Swiss expedition to Mount Everest in 1952, the one that came soooo close to reaching the peak but stopped about 1,000 meters short, blazing a trail for the next year’s ascent. (The following year, the British expedition with Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary would make it to the top.) Turns out, Rolex covered its bases, sponsoring a number of Swiss and British expeditions, providing each of the mountaineers a watch that was supposed to be returned after the expedition. All the guys on the 1952 Swiss expedition were even from Geneva – imagine how badly Rolex must’ve wanted its hometown team to make it to the top. Guys like Dyhrenfurth were supposed to give their watches back to Rolex after the expedition. But whoops, he forgot, and 70 years later we’ve got its story to tell.
Phillips says that Dyhrenfurth gave his watch to the eventual consignor in 2017, a few months before he died. In addition to the provenance, the watch itself is interesting – it’s engraved “B6” on the caseback, and doesn’t even have a serial number between the lugs (this kind of reminded me of this steel 1:1 fake Rolex Day-Date watches that Christie’s sold this week, which also has no serial number, often presumed to be because these rare steel Day-Dates were given to Rolex watchmakers). Phillips makes no guesses as to what the B6 engraving might be, but it’s somewhat reminiscent of other Everest watches we’ve seen: some examples from the 1953 Norgay-Hillary expedition have been engraved “H2,” H6, and so on, along with the mountaineer’s name (but those examples also had serial numbers). But perhaps B6 denotes Dyhrenfurth’s expedition?
Unlike those perfect Rolex replica watches, this example also didn’t have the mountaineer’s name or expedition engraved on the caseback, something that would be engraved for the expedition. Otherwise, the watch itself looks very similar to Hillary’s Rolex we’ve seen at the Beyer Museum.
So why did Dyhrenfurth’s Rolex super clone watches online site sell for about half the price of Marmet’s? Surely, it’s not just because Marmet made it to the top of Everest, while Dyhrenfurth came up short, right? (By the way, Dyhrenfurth did eventually summit Everest, leading the first American expedition to the peak in 1963.) In addition to the honest condition and direct, straight-from-the-family provenance of Marmet’s watch, it likely had to do with some of these interesting, unanswered questions about Dyhrenfurth’s Rolex.
The Commemorative ‘Raymond Lambert’ Rolex 6298 Replica Watches
Okay, finally we get to the last one: commemorative replica Rolex watches shop given to Raymond Lambert, who was also on the Swiss expedition with Dyhrenfurth in 1952. In fact, Lambert, along with Norgay, were the two who reached the highest-recorded point at the time when they attempted to, but ultimately fell just short of summiting Everest. No doubt, they established a route to the top for the British expedition the next year.
A year later, when Hillary made it to the top, he recalled “an incredibly lonely sight, the battered framework of the tent that Tenzing and Lambert of the 1952 Swiss expedition pitched over a year before and where they had spent an extremely uncomfortable night without food, without drink, and without sleeping bags. What a tough couple they had been, but perhaps not very well organized.” (Well, there was also a monsoon and they were effectively climbing without oxygen at that point.) Hillary added that Norgay and Lambert were likely not adequately hydrated, relying mostly on cheese and melted snow by then.
Unlike Dyhrenfurth, it seems that Lambert returned his Rolex fake watches for sale at the end of the expedition. In return, Rolex gave Lambert this commemorative watch. As Phillips points out, this watch was likely serviced by Rolex at some point: While we can date the case to about 1953 (based on its serial number), the caseback is engraved 1967, illustrating that the watch was most likely taken in for a service that year, and Rolex probably serviced the dial and swapped in a new caseback (but still reproduced the original caseback engraving “Expedition Suisse À l’Everest 1952 – Raymond Lambert”).
No doubt, a combination of this service that compromised some of the Swiss made Rolex replica watches’ originality, along with the simple fact that it was given to Lambert after his Everest expedition made it sell for “only” CHF 69,300 at Phillips. Interestingly, Phillips mentions that Lambert’s original watch, the one that did take on the mountain, “resides within Rolex’s collection.”
In 1960, the bathyscaphe Trieste descended 10,916 meters (35,814 feet) to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest point in the ocean. Attached to the outside of the Trieste was the 1:1 replica Rolex Deep Sea Special watches, a huge prototype of a watch with a massive bubble crystal, specially designed to make the trip to the bottom of the ocean. It worked: After the dive, the Deep Sea Special was found to be in perfect working order (now, Deep Sea Special No. 3, the one that took this trip, sits in the Smithsonian’s collection).
Today, Rolex is continuing its legacy of deep-sea derring-do with the launch of the new Deepsea Challenge. It’s crafted out of what AAA US Rolex fake watches calls RLX titanium – which makes it the brand’s first all-titanium watch – and is rated to an unfathomable 11,000 meters (36,090 feet) of water resistance. There are two stories here: the water resistance and the titanium. Let’s start by getting wet.
From the Submariner (1953) to the Sea-Dweller (1967) to the Deepsea (2008) to the Deepsea Challenge (today), we’ve always known that Rolex takes water resistance pretty seriously. And really, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the “Deepsea Challenge” name – that was back in 2012, when Rolex produced a prototype for Avatar filmmaker James Cameron for his solo dive down into the Mariana Trench. That watch was produced in just eight weeks, but it did what Cameron and Rolex wanted it to do: It survived the dive, proving Rolex had the water-resistance chops to make a watch that could handle the pressure at the literal bottom of the ocean. However, that watch was still experimental, not yet ready for mass production. Today’s 2022 replica Rolex Deepsea Challenge watches is the commercial representation of that original experiment from a decade ago.
The new high quality copy Rolex Deepsea Challenge watches measures 50mm in diameter and 23mm thick (of that, 9.5mm is the sapphire crystal). Rolex tests the Deepsea Challenge to 125 percent of the actual water resistance it’s rated for (i.e., 13,750 meters) and developed an enhanced high-pressure tank with long-time partner Comex to test this waterproofness (James is going to dive a bit deeper into the brand’s testing processes in a follow-up article). It’ll cost you $26,000.
For perspective, the current Rolex Deepsea is rated to 3,900 meters, so the Deepsea Challenge is rated to roughly triple that (and, for comparison, the Omega Ultra Deep introduced earlier this year is rated to 6,000 meters).
A few core pieces of tech allow the best replica Rolex Deepsea Challenge watches to achieve a rating of 11,000 meters of water resistance. First, there’s Crown’s patented Ringlock system. As a former lawyer who once tried to apply for a patent in law school (and was promptly denied) for a friend/client who thought he’d developed a totally unique and novel process of beer fermentation (turns out we were very wrong, but the beer still tasted good), I couldn’t be satisfied until I found the Rolex Ringlock patent filing, so here it is: a 2007 Rolex filing for a “Sealed wrist watch case” – not new technology, but still worth highlighting.
Basically, the Ringlock is a stainless steel inner ring within the case on which the crystal is mounted on one side, and a titanium caseback on the other. This is designed to reduce stress on the case by diverting the pressure on the perfect Rolex fake watches’ crystal to this strong inner ring (since the crystal has such a large surface area, a lot of force is exerted on it as a watch goes deeper underwater). Since the Ringlock takes the brunt of the pressure instead, the case itself can be thinner than it otherwise would be. In fact, in the patent, Rolex says that this is the exact problem they were trying to solve, writing in the patent application, “the problem which occurs when making a sealed wrist watch case which is resistant down to very great depths, typically of between 3,000 and 5,000 meters, is, in particular, its thickness.” Yeah, the Deepsea Challenge is a thick hunk of titanium, but without the Ringlock, it’d be an even thicker hunk of titanium. With the Ringlock, the Deepsea Challenge is a watch that can be feasibly worn by divers more serious than me (or, at least someone who’s got more serious wrists).
Like its ancestors – the Sea-Dweller and the Deepsea – the Deepsea Challenge also uses a helium escape valve that allows helium molecules to safely escape instead of blowing out through the watch’s weakest point (like shattering the crystal). Rolex patented the mechanism back in 1967 and it’s still serving dutifully in its more serious professional diver’s luxury Rolex replica watches.
One interesting difference to note on the Swiss movements super clone Rolex Deepsea Challenge watches: Unlike the Sea-Dweller or Deepsea, it doesn’t have a date. Unlike the Sea-Dweller, which was originally designed for divers who’d hang at the bottom of the ocean for days at a time at a SEALAB, the Deepsea Challenge is designed for short-term deep diving like Cameron’s adventure to the bottom of the Mariana Trench – no need to know the date when you’re merely testing the limits of humankind (and watchmaking) for a few hours at a time.
Okay, on to the other big news: The wholesale replica Rolex Deepsea Challenge watches is made of titanium, the Crown’s first all-titanium watch. It uses Grade 5 Titanium, an alloy that also includes aluminum and vanadium. I’m going to talk a bit more about titanium in our upcoming Weekend Edition, but perhaps the main reason for using titanium here was practical: When you’re making a watch this big, using a metal that’s lighter than steel makes it that much more wearable. Titanium is about 40 percent lighter than steel: The Deepsea Challenge weighs 251 grams; in steel it would’ve weighed more like 350 grams.
As you might already know, titanium is more difficult to machine than steel, most notably because it has something called a low modulus of elasticity, engineer-speak for the fact that it flexes and deforms somewhat easily (more easily than steel, for example). Rolex said that, while it took three years to specifically develop the Deepsea Challenge, it has been working and experimenting with titanium for much longer. Indeed, that 2007 Ringlock patent specifically mentions using titanium a number of times; the implementation of the Ringlock on the original Deepsea has long used a titanium caseback because of its flexible properties that allow it to withstand pressure at extreme depths – a classic illustration of “bend, but don’t break.”
What We Think
I had the opportunity to see and wear the new Deepsea Challenge a couple weeks ago in Geneva. It’s very clearly not a watch for me – I wore a 34mm 1950s Rolex into the meeting with the company’s head of R&D, which he thought was quaint for a number of reasons, mostly because the only thing it said on the dial was “shock-resisting.” Kind of like showing a Ford exec today the Model T. Rolex uses its dials to make testimony of all the incredible technical feats of any particular watch, and the Deepsea has feats to spare.
Look at the wrist shots here and it’s clear this thing’s about as likely to slide under a cuff as I am to slide into home in the World Series this week. But this is the type of watch that’d look better on top of a wetsuit than under a suit anyway. Top Rolex fake watches mentioned it’s been experimenting with titanium for years, and it shows. The titanium is finished beautifully, matte and brushed on most surfaces of the case and bracelet.
Perhaps my favorite detail on the case (and something other vintage nerds will certainly love too): The lugs feature polished chamfers, something that’s been missing from modern China replica Rolex sports watches until now. It’s one of those finishing details we might take for granted but is executed perfectly, evoking those early Sea-Dwellers where it all began. Oh, and another vintage-inspired detail: The Deepsea Challenge has a matte black dial, giving it a real tool-watch vibe, another feature we don’t see on many best quality Rolex fake watches today. The Glidelock and Fliplock on the bracelet make for easy adjustment on the fly – it can stretch to fit over a wetsuit for those looking to use the watch as intended (not something I tested). The Deepsea Challenge is about 61mm lug-to-lug, but if you’re in the market for a watch that’s rated to 11,000 meters, well, you probably don’t care – you also don’t really have any other choices. Really, the titanium does play a bit of a trick on your mind: It’s a big watch, but once you pick it up, it’s actually not unbearably heavy. My little wrists might’ve been a bit overwhelmed by the diameter and thickness, but I could lift my arm just fine with the 251 grams of titanium on it, I swear! Even for someone who’s into bigger watches, the Deepsea Challenge is a step up: The current Rolex Deepsea measures 44mm in diameter and 17mm thick. But, remember the water resistance specs. The Deepsea has about a third of the water resistance. Look at our photos of the prototype Deepsea Challenge (above), and it becomes pretty impressive that Rolex managed to shave so much size off that watch while compromising nothing in terms of technical specs.
The online replica Rolex Deepsea Challenge watches has about as many technical bonafides on the dial as you’ll find on any Rolex: In addition to the common statements about its movement (“Superlative Chronometer Official Certified”), there’s the depth rating, “Ring Lock System,” “Helium Escape Valve,” and the new Deepsea Challenge branding. And that doesn’t even get to its status as the brand’s first titanium watch. No matter if you’ll ever buy, or even wear (or even see), this watch, it’s impressive for all these reasons. It’s got Rolex tech from 1967 (the helium escape valve), 2008 (the Ringlock), and today (the titanium case).
Much is often made of the subtle march Rolex has made into the future, making small tweaks and improvements, but never changing anything too much at once. But when you zoom out and look at a model line across its entire existence – in this case, the Sea-Dweller and its 55 years of production – you start to see what Rolex is all about. The Sea-Dweller has always been about challenging the depths of the ocean, and the Deepsea Challenge is just the next step in that, producing a watch that’s literally rated to the bottom of the ocean (the maximum depth of the Mariana Trench is 10,984 meters, known as the Challenger Deep).
It’s worth mentioning – but not comparing – the Tudor Pelagos, a titanium dive watch with broad appeal in production since 2012 (its appeal only made broader this year with the introduction of the Pelagos 39). Unlike the Pelagos, the Deepsea Challenge is a supercar of a watch, throwing all of the brand’s current dive watch technology (well, all the technology that we know about) into a new, spec’d-out titanium package that’s been pushed to the max, while still being designed for mass production. Of course, the first titanium watch from Rolex will have many asking “what’s next?” But it’s very Rolex to introduce a new material in the most technically-capable dive watch on the planet.
Sure, actually using the absolutely bananas depth rating of the fake Rolex Deepsea Challenge watches shop site will remain theoretical for most of us. But for serious enthusiasts, this is a serious upgrade, doubling the effective depth rating of its deepest diving competitor, the Omega Ultra Deep, a watch that was introduced only six months ago and already had an absurd depth rating. Until now, prototypes like the original Rolex Deepsea Special from 1960, Cameron’s prototype Deepsea Challenge from 2012, and the prototype Omega Ultra Deep are the only watches to have reached the literal bottom of the ocean, traveling to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Now, Rolex has introduced a watch for commercial production that’s rated to the same depth. To be able to mass produce a watch of that technical capability is a feat of engineering, no matter the case size.
Further than that, the brand’s continued commitment to pushing its own technical limits is perhaps what’s most exciting. For a brand that first made the Submariner for divers in the ’50s, then the Sea-Dweller for SEALAB inhabitants in the ’60s, the Deepsea Challenge is a fitting next chapter to the story.