Swiss-Made UK Replica Rolex Day-Date Ref. 1803 in yellow gold (approximately $14,000)

Why it’s cool: The perfect replica Rolex Day-Date ref.1803 has been a classic since it debuted in 1956. It was the ultimate dress watch, loved by power brokers including Presidents Johnson and Kennedy, which is how it got its nickname (the President). It’s characterized by its roll-linked bracelet, day at 12 o’clock, and date at 3 o’clock. My favorite reference is the well-balanced 1803 from the 1960s, with a pie pan dial and stick indexes.

The only thing to note about the Rolex ref.1803 fake with gold case is it’s a non-quick-set date, which takes FOREVER to set if you aren’t wearing it every day. There are three ways to get past this, including an excellently lazy solution, which is to wait an entire month to wear it after it’s stopped, so you can pick it up where you left off. Alternatively, set the day and date between ten and two o’clock. Or just buy a newer reference with a quick-set date, for instance, the 18238 launched in 1988. With the later references like the 18078, you get stuff like bark-finishes which are niche but very cool.

Why it’s expensive: It’s Rolex, duh. And a timeless model that holds its value especially well. Day-Dates are only made in precious metals – white gold, rose gold, yellow gold, or platinum. (There are a couple of vintage steel versions floating around, but they are impossible to find and impossibly expensive.) All of which justifies prices varying from $9,000 to $14,000 depending on condition for vintage Day-Dates. If you’re talking modern, you’re going to be up there in the $33,000-plus range. But for all its pedigree, the high quality fake Rolex Day-Date has some caveats.

Look for a bracelet that’s original and that has enough links to fit (because once the older bracelets are shortened, they’re shortened for good). And be sure yours isn’t stretched out like an old sock, which is a tragic thing that can happen. On the bright side, Day-Dates are easier to find than a lot of Swiss movement clone Rolex models – we often carry vintage models in our Shop (sometimes with the days en español), and so does our new partner Crown & Caliber.

Antiques Roadshow guest in tears over dad’s best uk Rolex replica watch bombshell

The male guest carried two extra straps and an invoice along with his late dad’s Rolex replica which he purchased for £132 in 1972.

The guest said: “He bought it for himself in 1972, when I was seven and me, my mum, my dad and my brother went to Birmingham to buy it.”

He was left speechless as expert Richard Price told him the watch was worth around the £20,000 mark.

With shock written all over his face, he turned to his family and said: “It means absolutely everything to me, it’s part of my dad. Very, very special watch that is, and it will be forever.”

Richard said the straps alone are worth a “chunk of money”.
His late dad gave the Swiss movement Rolex Submariner copy watch to him months before he passed away.

The guest noted: “My dad, he loved this programme and he would have loved to see his watch on here but he wouldn’t have cared what it was worth.”

Fans took to Twitter to share their emotional reactions.One said: “The emotion of the guy knowing how much his late father’s steel fake Rolex Submariner is worth and his son’s face seeing his dad react like that is proper #antiquesroadshow.”
A second wrote: “Wow. That man only just did not cry. But £20k for a 50-year-old watch… pretty amazing!”

Another said: “Dad over the moon with the watch valuation.”

Richard explained: “Within that 10 year period this watch was made with six different types of dial but the important thing to see is that yours has feet first.”