While the perfect replica Rolex GMT-Master frequently worn by literary loose-cannon Hunter S Thompson is probably in the possession of his widow, Anita, it hasn’t been seen since he died in 2005. Should it ever show up for auction, it would attract serious interest from buyers and be a very cool copy watch to own, given its previous owner and his notoriety.
Thompson, who wore a 16700 ‘Coke’ version similar to the ‘Pepsi’ one pictured above, made several references to hisluxury replica Rolexes (he is believed to have owned more than one during his lifetime) in his writing. In one memoir he writes of being in Saigon at the tail-end of the Vietnam War and selling a best 1:1 replica Rolex for $200 so that he could pay his tailor.
Could that copy watch turn up in a Vietnam pawnshop one of these days? Even if it does, we’ll probably never know.
It’s no secret that I am a fan of the Rolex GMT-Master II with the blue and black bezel – a watch known as “Batman” to some. There’s something strangely magnetic about that watch. And one reason that I am drawn to it is that it strikes me as a pure piece of modern perfect Rolex replica watches design and manufacturing. The bezel colors paired with the overall contemporary styling of the numerals and case proportions make it a quintessential modern offering from the Crown. This isn’t a re-issue or a new interpretation of something old. There is no vintage predicate for it. But what if there was?
This year, when the new updated 1:1 UK fake Rolex Air-King watches was announced at Watches & Wonders, it struck me in the same way my Batman does. It bears the vintage Air-King moniker, in the equally vintage typeface, but there’s no Air-King of yore to which it directly calls back. It’s a reinvention of the form with no forebear.
It was actually this new Swiss made replica Rolex Air-King watches which led me to a twisted thought exercise: imagine what presently non-existent vintage Rolex models might look like if they did exist. My adventure began with the Air-King because, to my mind, it is the most outlandish model to come out of Rolex in some time. And its outlandishness is not paired with some highfalutin complication like, say, the Yacht-Master II (A watch that you won’t find here today because – well – I couldn’t do it justice with my rudimentary graphic design skills). No, the Air-King is a time-only watch. So I began to think how it might look, say, 40 years ago.
My first thought is it would have to be larger than standard 34mm Air-Kings due to the colorful design. I figured it would be a model that would sit side-by-side with the Rolex Explorer 1016 in display cases. So 36mm was my number. And since cheap Rolex copy watches is nothing if not economical, I figured the dial design would borrow heavily from the 1016 much the way the modern Air-King shares the three, six, and nine with the modern Explorer. I then worked to create a vintage-evocative numeral set for the pilot-style Arabic numerals adorning the dial which I took from vintage Oyster Perpetuals of the past.
The result is a watch that I think works in the vintage context. In fact, it almost changed my perspective of the modern execution. I decided to give my vintage piece crown guards and imagined that the 2022 refresh was actually a return to tradition in my invented universe. Would I see this luxury Rolex replica watches differently today if this watch really existed? Who’s to say, but being able to manifest this 36mm yellow and green Air-King on a computer screen was satisfying, nonetheless.
As I was doing this, I looked down at the Batman on my wrist. “Why the hell not?” And so that adventure began, which was a bit trickier than you might think, considering that there is no blue-and-black vintage GMT-Master bezel. In any event, I powered through, determined to invent a ref. 1675BLNR.
Overall, I like the way it looks with the slightly faded bezel, matte dial, and painted markers. I could see this Swiss movements Rolex fake watches being a stealthy hit back in the day, say around 1978. But I couldn’t stop there. 2022 was the year of left-of-the-dial releases, and one watch epitomized that about as literally as any can: the “Lefty” GMT-Master II. So you know I had to play around with that one. To be honest, this works too! If anyone has access to a time machine, let me know as soon as you’re done reading this. But of course, there’s more.
I was determined to challenge my Photoshop acumen with the Crown’s most complicated watch: the Sky-Dweller. I went a little bit crazy with this one because I could. The basis for my design was a vintage, fluted bezel Datejust because the coolest thing about the Sky-Dweller for me is the functional fluted bezel. I then thought about how, historically, watch brands were making insanely complicated watches in cases sizes as small as 34mm (ahem, Blancpain in the ’90s). Considering this was an exercise in “imaginary vintage,” I made the decision to render my top Rolex Sky-Dweller replica watches in a 36mm case fitted – obviously – to a jubilee bracelet.
The result is a watch design that looks confusing and almost impossible. I’d venture to say that it might be impossible to manufacture a 36mm Sky-Dweller. But in my fictional universe, anything is possible. Here I once again looked to the wholesale Rolex GMT-Master fake watches for numerical inspiration. You’ll notice the 24-hour dial features the same numeral style as the bezels of vintage GMTs. The thought here was similar to that on the Air-King: Rolex would likely try to keep its typographical choices somewhat uniform.
I wrapped things up with something of a volley – or at least a model that technically did have a vintage predecessor but not in the way I re-thought it. That would be the Explorer II. Vintage models – known as the “Steve McQueen” – were notorious oddballs in the Rolex lineup. I based my new design on the modern AAA super clone Rolex Explorer II collection watches, mixing the marker styles of the current generation with the bezel of the McQueen. The result is a watch that I’m a bit on the fence about: A matte dial number with a Sea-Dweller-esque layout (with a bit of patina, for added effect).
In the end, this was just a fun exercise. We all play these games in our head, making design observations on every single new release. I just took that idea and put it in reverse. Let me know which of these is your favorite, or if there’s something from the modern best online Rolex replica watches collection you think I missed – other than the Yacht-Master II, of course.
Luxury menswear e-tailer, Mr Porter is getting in on the vintage watch market and, quite frankly, we are surprised it hasn’t happened sooner. Global management consulting firm, McKinsey & Co. says sales of pre-owned AAA UK Rolex replica watches reached $19 billion in 2019 and are forecasted to grow to more than $30 billion by 2025.
Pre-owned, of course, includes newer timepieces. For a breakdown, vintage is generally accepted to mean high quality Rolex fake watches created before the 1970s (the era when the quartz crisis hit), neo-vintage often refers to pieces created from the 90s to early or mid-2000s, but pre-owned can also include any piece that has, as the name suggests, already been owned at least once even if it was fresh-to-market in 2022. Nevertheless, those figures suggest clients are clamoring for rarity or, at least, pieces they can’t find at retail as demand continues to eclipse supply. Mr Porter has already been dealing in the pre-owned market, so the vintage and neo-vintage timepieces offer something “new” for clients looking for rarer historical pieces.
To get in on the frenzy, Mr Porter enlisted Eric Wind of Wind Vintage to help curate the initial offering, which will, at debut, only be available for the US market with a plan to expand globally throughout the rest of the year. Wind is a notable dealer in the US, who honed his expertise while he was a senior watch specialist at Christie’s, and has a roster of high-profile clients who seek out his vault of rare perfect super clone Rolex watches, as well as his knowledge to help refine their collections.
Highlights from Mr Porter and Wind Vintage’s new lineup include best replica Rolex “Pepsi” GMT-Master Ref. 16750 and Submariner Ref. 5513 “Meters First” watches, named for its water-resistance dial stamp which reads “Meters First” rather than “Feet First,” which became the standard from 1969. Both of these coveted Rollie references, however, have already sold.
“For me, it was just about finding a mix of cool watches,” Wind told Robb Report. “You always want to have Swiss movements fake Rolex Datejust watches, a Speedmaster and other cornerstone staples that are very reliable for someone to dip their toe into vintage.” He added that his demarcation for vintage is 20 years or older.
In total, there are just 12 watches available for purchase at the outstart of Mr Porter’s new venture and they range in price from $1,900 to $19,800. In terms of Rolex copy watches for sale still up for grabs at the time of publication, Wind says he thinks the steel 36 mm top Swiss Rolex Datejust replica watches might fly fast because it is new old stock from 1997. It also comes outfitted with an attractive white tapestry dial.