The perfect fake Rolex Explorer II 16570 is a great watch for those who want the model but don’t love its latest and larger 42mm iteration. The 16570 is 40mm in diameter, more in line with the classic and vintage proportions of its predecessors.
The watch was produced from 1989 to 2011, an admirable run within the catalogue, utilising the 3185/3186 in-house GMT and date movements throughout.
One important note: it is believed that A-serial models will use a hollow link bracelet and D-serial models use solid end links – which may affect the fit and feel. Another thing to look out for — models with tritium dials have the potential to possibly patina over time!
In December 2017, the Washington Wizards were eating breakfast in a hotel ballroom before a road game. John Wall, then the team’s star point guard, entered the room with 15 green boxes in hand, each containing a perfect fake Rolex Day-Date. He proceeded to give one to every member of the team as a holiday present – the ultimate leadership flex for a franchise player.
For many of his teammates, most of whom weren’t stars, it was their first truly nice watch. Which makes a certain sense, because the Swiss movement replica Rolex Day-Date has become the unofficial starter watch for many NBA players. It almost feels wrong to call the Day-Date a “starter,” but we’re talking about the NBA, where Audemars Piguet, Hublot, and Richard Mille abound. In a world where players can wear just about anything they like, it’s worth noting that this particular watch is all over the league, on the arms of benchwarmers and All-Stars alike. With the NBA season tipping off tonight, let’s dig deeper into this seldom-discussed Rolex fascination. The aaa quality Rolex Day-Date copy launched in 1956, and gained its nickname as the “President” because it adorned the wrists of many U.S. Presidents. It’s always made of a precious metal and is the de-facto watch of success. Whether you’re President of the United States or a master of the hardwood, the Day-Date carries the same meaning: You’ve made it. Getting to the NBA is “making it.” Only one percent of collegiate basketball players ever play in the pros, and the draft itself is limited to just 60 selections. Over time, many players have chosen to mark their ascendance to “The League” with this watch. Pay close attention the next time you watch an NBA tunnel walk. This is where players – such as zf factory Rolex replica watch wearers Russell Westbrook and Damian “Dame Time” Lillard – show off their style on the way to the locker room. Very often, you’ll spot the iconic President bracelet on players’ wrists. So why does a 64-year-old watch design appeal to NBA players? Well, as with most things basketball, we can look to Michael Jordan. He’s been known to wear a platinum Day-Date – a case material worthy of a six-time, never-lost-in-the-finals champion. He made Nike cool, so it stands to reason he’d do the same for Rolex in the NBA. (He’s also been spotted wearing other truly incredible watches over the years, from an original Lange Datograph to pieces by Urwerk.) Modern NBA players have taken a page from Jordan’s book, treating the Day-Date as a stepping stone into the larger horological world. Kevin Love, power forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers, once said in an interview that looking at his luxury clone Rolex Day-Date is “a reminder that I don’t have a Paul Newman Daytona.” For NBA players, this is the gateway watch.
Lot 38 – Rolex Cosmograph Daytona “Big Red” ref.6263 Replica With Steel Case
Paul Newman’s wife, Joanne Woodward, gifted this timepiece to him in 1983, the year of their 25th wedding anniversary. On the back she had engraved “Drive slowly, Joanne” in order to encourage Newman to make some safe choices on the racing track. One year later, in 1984, Paul Newman gave his daughter’s then-boyfriend, James Cox, the fake Rolex Daytona ref.6239 I mentioned earlier (auctioned by Phillips in 2017). Perhaps Newman felt one Daytona in his collection was enough. He was frequently seen wearing the 6263 — the Phillips’ catalogue includes a famous cover photo of The Sunday Times magazine with Newman wearing the timepiece. In many of these photos, Newman has the pushers unscrewed so he can more easily employ the chronograph function. In 2008, Newman’s daughter, Clea, visited him in hospital and he gave her the black bezel copy Rolex Daytona ref.6263 during that visit. Estimate: $US 1 million+ Lot 63 – Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116500LN Fake With White Dial
This Daytona was donated by Shark Tank‘s Kevin “Mr. Wonderful” O’Leary in order to benefit the One Drop charity as well as the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. The lot is offered without reserve. The Swiss movement copy watch has proven very popular with the wardrobe department at Shark Tank. O’Leary pairs it with a red Rubber B strap made in Switzerland, which allows the timepiece to “pop” for the show’s audience. Estimate: $US 8,000-12,000
The original first-generation dials (Type 1) are characterized by the typical “pie-pan” dial design which was common for most other Day-Date dials of this period. The minute track slopes down like an upside-down ‘pie-pan’. The glossy look of the Type 1 (and also the Type 2 dials) is further enhanced by the Plexiglas “Cy-clope 136” crystal that Rolex fitted at the time.
Following the Type 1 dials of early 1970s (please take note that there is an overlapping period of all the dials and no clear cut off point) one can find the Type 2 dial, which doesn’t have the “pie-pan” design but is still marked T Swiss T. On these watches you’ll find different text colors (not only black lettering as seen on the Type 1 dial). They used gold lettering for yellow gold models and silver text for white metal watches.
The Type 3 dial marked “T Swiss Made T” with a flat dial design one can find predominantly in the single quick set Ref. 180xx of the later 1970s and early 1980.
The “final” evolution Type 4 dial was manufactured until the end of the 1980s and featured a Roman Nu-meral outer ring. Interestingly we can find several watches with Stella dials until the late 1990s. Most are fitted in platinum Day-Dates. Whether these last dials were left over spare dials owned by certain dealers or a late series by Rolex, remains unclear.