With some 200-plus days of sunshine a year, the city of Bend, Oregon defies all stereotypes of the western state as rainy and wet. Bend boasts some of the best weather in the state, its sun-soaked skies so intoxicating that it inspired the logo for handcrafted bracelet company WristBend. “The colors at sunrise and sunset are magnificent here,” says co-founder Kelly Zimmerman. “It has that rainbow motif that we love.”
WristBend was founded in 2018 as a modern wristwear brand – think leather, beads, rope, and cuffs. A self-professed “Hermès Junkie” and lover of fashion and design, Zimmerman is also, unsurprisingly, huge perfect UK replica watches fan (there’s even a WristBend bracelet named Daytona).
When it comes to high quality fake watches, “I love the precision, the geometry and look,” she says. “A watch is a piece of art. It tells the time, the date. You learn movements and references along the way, but what really attracted me was the statement and fashion.”
Rolex is Zimmerman’s sweet spot and she owns some seriously enviable pieces, but what’s perhaps more telling are the AAA cheap replica watches she’s coveting right now and why. There’s the Rolex Submariner “Starbucks” she’d like to own, if only just to pit against the “Hulk” and “Kermit” she already has (“I’d love to have one from every generation and collection,” she says. “I love everything, that’s the problem.”). Or there’s the super desirable green-and-gold “John Mayer” Daytona that she’s eyeing up for her 60th birthday – our interview reminded her to “text my AD” in Connecticut – referencing one of many Rolex authorized dealers across the country that she seems to have on speed dial.
Swiss made copy watches don’t collect dust in Zimmerman’s safe; they are truly worn and loved. She wears a watch every day and, “If I don’t wear something for a month or two, it’s time to let somebody else enjoy it,” she says. And though her collection once read like a Who’s Who of the top marques – Omega, Panerai, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Patek Aquanaut (“I do have seller’s remorse on that, oh well … ”), to name a few – her collection today has slimmed down to around eight to 10 pieces, all Rolex. “I may be boring in that respect, but I’ve really homed in on my collection and what my tastes are.”
Read on for a tour of four of her favorite Rolex replica watches wholesale site – and one item she loves that’s just a little too big for her wrist.
1989 Gold Replica Rolex Daytona 16528 Watches With a Zenith Movement
Zimmerman loves vintage Daytonas and their timeless proportions – “they’re classic tool Swiss movements fake watches that you can wear every day and do anything in,” she says – and she even remembers buying her first one. It was March 29, 1997, and she paid – wait for it – $7,400. She’d bought it from the watch dealer Matthew Bain, in Miami Beach, Florida, where in the 1990s Zimmerman kept a condo for when she wasn’t in Connecticut, running her fitness business (the East Coast was home for 25 years before she relocated to Bend). Zimmerman bought her first watch from Bain in 1992 and she credits him and his partner Ali Sinnes for schooling her in all things Rolex. By 1997 and some 15 top Swiss replica watches later, Zimmerman had worked her way up to finally securing a Daytona. “My love for the watch goes back to that first one, way before all the hype,” she says.
The Daytona’s link to racing – and especially Paul Newman – also resonates with Kelly, a motorsport fan. “In Connecticut, I lived right down the street from Paul Newman’s daughter, who would walk up and down the street walking her dog – wearing his luxury online Rolex Daytona fake watches,” she recalls.
This 1989 model, purchased in March 2020, holds pride of place in her collection. “I just had to get my hands on a gold one with a black dial,” she says. “It’s stunning and if I had to get rid of everything, this is the one I’d keep.” A good choice, especially as it ticks all the right boxes in terms of collectability: An inverted six on the dial, five-digit reference and Zenith movement, one of the last external calibers that Rolex used before developing its own.
1997 Steel Fake Rolex Daytona 16520 Watches
Another five-digit model purchased from Bain, this 1997 replica Rolex Daytona watches for sale was bought in September 2018 as a full set. “I purchased it soup to nuts, with the box, papers, anchor and tags. So it’s pretty complete,” she says.
In steel, with a white dial and snailed black sub-counters, it’s the kind of everyday 2021 super clone watches paypal that she’ll pair with a white T-shirt and jeans – her go-to wardrobe in Bend these days – but equally something more dressed-up. “Living on the East Coast, I had my fill of Prada and that type of thing, but it was always very casual. My favorite designer right now is Paul Smith. I love his sense of color and have some of his suits that I wear with sneakers – and this watch. It’s just fashion perfect.”