The Rolex Replica Yachtmaster II Regatta Timer, Ref. 116680

I’m going to be completely honest: I was thoroughly prepared to have a negative reaction to this watch. Let’s face it; it’s a head-scratcher for the average Replica Rolex/Submariner/GMT Master/Day-Date lover. First of all it’s pretty damned big. This is a 44 mm Rolex replica watches; it was born a 44 mm watch and it’ll die a 44 mm watch and that is nothing you or anybody else can do about it. You can have it in four different metals, and therefore, weights, ranging from steel (heavy) to gold/steel (heavier) to solid yellow gold (even heavier) to  platinum and white gold combined (Schwarzeneggerian). It has a Cerachrom bezel in an absolutely screaming shade of blue, and it says YACHT-MASTER in giant letters right across the bottom third or so just to remove any lingering shade of doubt in the minds of any small-craft skipper for leagues around that they are in the presence of, well, the Master of a Yacht; it is not an introverted watch by any stretch of the imagination.

On top of everything else,  the Yacht-Master II has a complication that pretty much no watch guy or gal ever can remember what do with, or has a perceived need for: it is a regatta timer, which is about as niche a complication as you can imagine. If you get a bunch of watch nuts together there is an excellent chance that you can get a more lucid explanation out of somebody for the Equation of Time than you can for a regatta timer (which is saying something) and it says something about the relative obscurity of the complication in general, and the relative niche-ness of the Replica Rolex Yacht-Master II in particular, that when we got it into the office we had five people who live and breathe watches sitting around scratching our heads because no one could quite remember how the darned thing works. You put all those things together and you should have a watch that a dyed-in-the-wool horological classicist should thoroughly disdain. Right?

replica_rolex_yachtmaster_1Actually, wrong. But let’s back up a bit.

First of all this is technically a very interesting watch and it’s worth your attention just on the level of interesting horological problem solving alone. A regatta timer is used by the skipper of a yacht to determine when their vessel is allowed to cross the starting line. Sailboats can’t just hover at the starting line of a yacht race, so what happens is that the racing committee establishes a countdown period during which the boats have to tack back and forth at the starting line without actually crossing; if you cross early, there is a penalty and if you are too cautious and cross late you will probably cross the finish line behind the boats that made it over the start line ahead of you. The countdown can be anywhere from five to ten minutes depending on the rules and race.

replica_rolex_yachtmaster_2The Yacht-Master II is a programmable, flyback regatta timer that allows you to select a countdown interval of anything from one to ten minutes; in addition if you have started the countdown early or late, you can synchronize your fake Rolex watch “on the fly” when you hear the second of the two audible signals which are usually given at the start of a race (the signal to start the countdown comes first, and is usually followed by a warning signal closer to the start). Here’s how it works.

To set the countdown timer, you turn the bezel (Rolex calls it the “Command Bezel”) a quarter turn to the left. This locks the lower chrono pusher and engages the setting mechanism for the triangular red countdown hand. You then unscrew the crown to its first position, and set the countdown hand – setting is one-way only but at 10 minutes, if you continue to turn the crown, the countdown hand will fly back to 1 and you can continue until you reach the desired number of minutes. When you’re done, you screw the crown back down, and turn the bezel back to its starting position, and you’re ready to regatta.

When the first gun (or other audible signal) is heard, you start the countdown . . . and that’s it. Now a really neat trick here is that you may, for some reason, have started your countdown too early, or too late.  If that’s the case, all you have to do is wait for the second gun/signal, and hit the re-set button – the seconds hand will fly back to the zero mark and begin running again immediately; and the minute countdown hand will fly back to the nearest minute and likewise start counting down again. It’s the fact that the flyback is to the nearest minute, not to zero, that allows you to re-synch your countdown with the official countdown time, that gives the Yacht-Master II much of its utility, and much of its technical interest.

replica_rolex_yachtmaster_3Okay, sure it’s technically interesting – but what about the aesthetics? All I can tell you is that, much to my very pleasant surprise, it was colossally fun to wear in every sense of the word. The fact that it is so unapologetically extroverted is actually the secret to its appeal.  The weight isn’t a problem (at least, not for me, and not in steel) and I found I could wear it all day without discomfort despite the overall size – partly thanks to the downward curvature of the lugs, which ensured a comfortable fit on my 7 inch wrist.  The sharply contrasting deep blued hands, white dial, and red countdown hand – and, yes, that bright blue bezel – give the whole Rolex replica watches sale a suitably jaunty, nautical feel and make it a pleasure to look at (and at night visibility is very good; the lume on the hands and dial is almost startlingly bright).

Yes, this is an extroverted watch, but the quality of execution is very clean and very high (as is usually the case with Rolex) and it’s so much the opposite of what I’d ordinarily wear that having it on gave a feeling almost like a Walter Mitty fantasy coming to life. I felt like a guy who’s worn a blue suit and rep tie and driven a four door Merc his whole life, who somehow one day finds himself in a pair of ripped jeans and a beat up flight jacket, cruising down some winding secondary road on an old shovelhead Harley, and suddenly catches himself thinking, My god, all the wasted years.  Ultimately I started to feel that objecting to the over-the-top-ness  of the Yacht-Master II was silly, even narcissistic – if you go into a Joss Whedon actioner expecting a Lars Von Trier art-house tearjerker to unspool, you probably have only yourself to blame.

replica_rolex_yachtmaster_4It is a rationally appealing uitlitarian tool Rolex replica watches? I’m not the one to ask. There is no way for me to evaluate what someone who actually owns a ’36 Herreshoff classic yacht and takes it on the regatta circuit would actually think of the Yacht-Master II, or whether they would find it useful. But I can tell you that it is actually a ton of fun to wear, and a big part of the reason is the very thing many object to at first  – that this is a watch that pulls no punches when it comes to being larger than life.

It has that one most essential element for something to be a successful style exercise: the courage of its convictions, and if you think of yourself resolutely as a smaller-than-forty millimeter, tasteful restraint kinda guy, get one on your wrist for a surprisingly refreshing change of pace, and you can feel larger than life too.

Two Replica Rolex Daytonas Watches UK

Today we are showing you three great chronographs, all currently for sale. There are two screw-down Replica Rolex Daytonas and a waterproof Minerva. Of course, the Christie’s Lesson One Daytona sale back in November sent Daytona interest and prices soaring to new heights. Although the Daytona is by no means a rare Rolex replica watch, finding good examples is getting increasingly difficult. Many are finding their way into permanent collections rather than being passed between dealers, but here we’ve got two killer watches.

Rolex Replica Daytona ref. 6263 with Sigma Dial

Rolex Replica Daytona ref. 6263The Rolex Replica Daytona reference 6263 with black dial, white registers, screw-down pushers, and a black bezel, is about as classic a vintage Rolex as you’ll find. John Mayer and Ben even discussed the 6263 in the very first Talking Watches. Andrew Shear of Sheartime is selling a spectacular one with a sigma dial, which means that at the bottom edge of the dial, you will see two small sigma symbols on either side of the “T SWISS MADE T.” The sigma symbols mean that the dial has gold indices, in this case white gold. Collectors love the little details on Rolex replica watches, and having the sigma dial makes it more valuable and desirable.

RolexThis Rolex replica watches Swiss includes all the original paperwork and has never been polished. Just look at the nice thick lugs and the full kit this comes with. It is clear that the Rolex collector community is increasingly placing value and desirability on unpolished, original thick cases, and this 6263 from 1973 is in mint condition, which you just don’t see too often with Daytonas. Most were bought to be worn, not stashed away in boxes unused, and they show it. This one is available for $42,500 at Sheartime.

Rolex Replica Daytona ref. 6265 with Tropical Dial

Rolex Replica Daytona ref. 6265Of course, a hot commodity among vintage Rolex collecting are watches that have gone “tropical,” meaning the black color has faded to brown over the years. Matthew Bain is selling a circa 1970 Rolex Replica reference 6265 Daytona, which has a steel bezel and screw-down pushers, with a dial that has turned beautifully and uniformly brown. You can see the condition of the case here, but the chocolate color of the dial really shows through in the picture up top. We saw this watch at the Miami Beach Antique Show back in January and it was one of the highlights of the weekend. The price is $95,000.

Hands-On The Rolex Replica Datejust Pearlmaster 39

For many diehard Rolex replica uk fans, what Rolex represents is the highest development of a certain approach to watchmaking: unpretentious, tough, high-precision, and with an absolutely uncompromising attitude towards quality, but definitely without unecessary ornamentation. For serious, Sub/Milgauss/DeepSea/Daytona fanatics, a grudging appreciation for a Day-Date is generally as far as they’re willing to go, but for that crowd, real Rolexes are tool watches, and the fewer decorative flourishes, the better.

Rolex Replica Datejust Pearlmaster 39Now obviously this is a perspective we understand – but at the same time, when we saw the Rolex Replica Datejust Pearlmaster 39 watches at Baselworld earlier this year, we were absolutely incredibly impressed by the degree of attention to detail that they exhibited. Let’s not beat around the bush; these are gem-set gold Rolexes and they’re never going to be anything other than gem-set gold Rolexes, and if they’re not for you, you are going to know it within a nanosecond of looking at them. But what we would encourage you to do, even if you are convinced this sort of thing is not your brand of vodka, is to look at just how well they’re done. So let’s put down the pitchforks and douse the torches for a minute and look at what we’ve really got here.

The new Pearlmaster 39s use the same case shape as other Datejusts, but come in three variations: yellow gold with orange-gold sapphires, yellow gold with blue-green sapphires, and white gold with pink-blue sapphires; each variation also has a matching dial. The sapphires are chosen so as to present a very specific color gradient around the bezel; each is cut in a trapezoidal shape so that they fit together perfectly evenly, to form an uninterrupted ring of color around the face of the fake Rolex watches. The sapphires are set so perfectly, and the colors selected so meticulously, that it is near impossible to tell where one color stops and another begins.

Replica Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 39We’ve been fortunate enough, over the course of the last few years, to spend some time in Switzerland and seen horological gem setting for some of the most expert brands being done, and also some time at the Rolex manufactories themselves, and have gotten a bit of insight into what this sort of work actually entails. Horological gem-setting, contrary to what you might think, is quite a bit more involved than just taking gemstones and festooning a cheap Rolex replica watches with them; it is a very specific variation on the gem-cutter and jeweler’s art and has its own specific demands. First of all, getting a high quality gemstone of any kind generally involves a certain amount of waste. As a rule, you may end up losing up to fifty per cent of the carat weight of a stone before you get a finished product. Horological gem-setting is especially unforgiving because the stones absolutely must be of a certain very exact size and when they are set side by side like this, there is no wiggle room at all in either size or geometry; the fit has to be exact. The final polishing and cutting has to be done by hand, and the setting as well.

The second major challenge arises when you have colored stones that need to play nicely with each other. Very high quality colored gemstones are difficult enough to find; in the case of color gradient work, as in the Pearlmasters, it is necessary to source individual stones that have exactly the right combination of specific color and specific color saturation to make the color gradient effect seamless. Here, the wastage can really skyrocket and it is sometimes necessary to discard up to ninety per cent of a raw stone to obtain the necessary match. This is a major part of the reason that per total carat weight, high quality horological sertissage (gem setting) can be much more expensive than you would think just from stone quality and carat weight taken alone – it’s actually quite technically demanding and when you are trying to create the sort of visual effect we find in the Pearlmasters, there’s no middle ground; a stone is either exactly right, or it’s just not usable.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Pearlmaster 39The Pearlmasters also use the new Rolex caliber 3235 – this is the movement that was also introduced this year in the Day-Date 40 mm, and it’s a technically advanced mechanism that features Rolex’s new Chronergy escapement – a lever escapement with optimized geometry allowing for an increase of around 15 percent in energy delivery (the movement in the Day-Date is the 3255 however they’re the same basic movement; the 3235 omits the day wheel). The movement is a COSC-certified chronometer and just as is the case with the 3255 in the Day-Date, it’s also certified to Rolex’s own internal chronometer standards, with all the bells and whistles you’d associate with a high grade chronometer movement: Breguet overcoil Parachrom balance spring, Microstella free sprung balance, and so on. Each model is also fitted with a sunburst dial in one of three colors: red grape, olive green, and cognac.

We just looked recently at the new Everose Yachtmaster, and at its Oysterflex bracelet, and one of the observations we made in that story is that one of the things we all love about Rolex, specific tastes notwithstanding, is that the company brings an almost surreal level of perfectionism to what they do. We think that’s true of the Pearlmasters as well. As we know from Ben’s comprehensive story inside all the Rolex manufactories, not only does Rolex have its own foundry for making (for instance) the gold alloys it uses, it also has its own in-house gemstone evaluating and sorting department and it brings to its work with precious stones the same degree of narrowly focused perfectionism that it does to thing like designing and refining movements – which again, as we know from Ben’s story, is done by Rolex in a steady incremental fashion that largely passes unnoticed by Rolex clients but which nonetheless is an essential part of the company’s way of doing things.

rolex-replica-datejust-pearlmaster 39It’s the same, we think, with the Pearlmasters. It’s easy for many serious Rolex enthusiasts to dismiss gem-set Rolexes just as a matter of principle. But in person, these Rolex replica watches grew on us – a lot. They’re phenomenally well made, mechanically irreproachable, and just flat out beautiful. The level of attention to detail that went into their creation – including that devoted to the gem selection, cutting, shaping and setting – will very likely go right over the heads of a lot of the folks who end up buying these, but we hope it doesn’t entirely, because as we said of the Everose Yachtmaster, this is a very Rolex approach to luxury: the pushing of technical perfectionism to the point that it becomes a luxury in itself.

Rolex Replica Sea-Dweller Reference 1665 Watches UK

Rolex replica watches launched the Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller in 1967, a Rolex replica watches sale that was water-resistant to a depth of 610 meters (2,000 feet). The model was requested by the Comex S.A. industrial deep-sea diving company and was therefore fitted with a helium escape valve.

dci-treatmentHelium is the lightest element with the smallest atoms. Professional divers spend long periods surrounded by helium-rich gas as they breath a mixture of helium and oxygen rather than normal air, which is nitrogen and oxygen as the nitrogen can lead to nitrogen saturation of the blood (known as “the bends”).

The small helium atoms under high pressure can work their way into fake Rolex watches uk cases. As the diver ascends or decompresses, the helium expands. Unless released from the case, the expanding gas can pop the crystal off.

The collector community has christened vintage Rolex models with a great many nicknames. These include monikers that, for example, allude to superstar salad dressing manufacturers (Paul Newman dial), fear-inspiring eight-legged arachnids (spider or spider web dial), and even a U.S. state known for its “governator” (California dial).

I believe that many of these nicknames for rare Rolex dials were coined from 1990s through the early 2000s by influential collectors and vintage Rolex replica watches dealers.

Replica-Rolex-Sea-Dweller-1665While the exact origins of the word “rail” are not clear, this name is used for Rolex dials on which the letter C within the two lines stating “superlative chronometer” and “officially certified” line up as straight as train tracks.

Since the rail dials were only made for a short period of two years between 1977 and 1979, they are considered rare. However, it is important to remember that using the word “rare” is really is an oxymoron when talking about Rolex because there are just so many. Rolex probably produced thousands of Replica Rolex GMT Reference 1675 watches with “rail” dials.

Rail dials can also be found on Replica Rolex GMT Reference 1675 and the Explorer II Reference 1655 in addition to the Sea-Dweller Reference 1665 shown here. As they were only in production for a relatively short period of time, they are in high demand among collectors. This, of course, means that they command a higher price than their “regular” counterparts.

The replica watches uk is really comfortable to wear despite its hefty size and, in particular, its height of 17.7 mm. It is actually surprisingly light, weighing less than 129.58 grams.

Rolex-Replica-Sea-Dweller-1665The Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller Submariner 2000 was introduced in 1967 with two lines of red writing on the dial, which led to being unofficially referred to as the “Double Red.” Around 1975, the red words on the dial disappeared, leaving all the verbiage white, and the word Sea-Dweller was added, naturally also in white.

Considering how Rolex replica watches are perceived nowadays, it is quite interesting to note that in the 1970s a cheap Rolex Replica Sea-Dweller was a tool watch, and not a luxury timepiece. Although today they are still tool replica watches, they are something else as well.

To my knowledge, the Rolex Replica Sea-Dweller was the first diving watch outfitted with a helium escape valve in 1967, however Doxa claims to have offered the first to the public with its Conquistador dive Rolex replica watches in 1969 (the Sea-Dweller was initially only offered to commercial divers). And it was Rolex that patented the function.