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50 Years Of The Copy Quality Rolex Sea-dweller

Of all the dive copy watches ever created, one holds a special place in history, as both an icon of all things horologically cool but also a great in the field of research and innovation. That is the Rolex Sea-Dweller, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year (1967-2017). We explain why it’s an icon and speculate on how Rolex will celebrate this anniversary.

A purpose-built watch for pros
The Sea-Dweller’s history is deeply linked to the history of diving on its own, and essential to the development of the dive watch that started in the 1950s. After WWII, leisure diving grew in popularity and dive watches began to be commercialized for military, professional and civilian use.

The birth of the dive watch can be summed up by one timepiece, the Submariner ref. 6200, the world’s first commercially produced dive watch that was released in 1954, boasting a 100m water resistance (which later improved to 200m). Then in the 1960s, experiments with saturation diving for commercial deep-sea divers had begun bringing about the need for watches with greater water resistance. At that time, the standard Submariner ref. 5513 could endure 200m of pressure but the goal of Rolex was to triple it.

replica Rolex Submariner Ref. 5514
replica Rolex Submariner Ref. 5514

Experiments were carried by Rolex in collaboration with COMEX, the French deep-sea diving specialist, leading to the invention of a feature that would later become the hallmark of the Sea-Dweller: the helium escape valve.

The valve was first retrofitted on best cheap fake Submariner ref. 5514 watches made for COMEX, but in 1967, Rolex introduced the Sea-Dweller ref. 1665, the first watch designed with helium escape valve that was also available for civilian purchase.

The early models from 1967 – production was estimated to slightly over 100 pieces – were very similar to the Submariner ref. 5514 COMEX. Key characteristics of the early Sea-Dwellers are a “double red” dial – having two lines of text on the dial in red print – along with “Submariner 2000” and “patent pending” engraved on the case back (as Rolex had then filed for, but had not yet received, the patent for the helium valve).

The Evolution
Several evolutions took place over the life of the Sea-Dweller. Very rare examples include the “single red” model, which were prototypes (with estimated production of four watches) rated to 500m.

The 1967 Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 Replica Watches
The 1967 Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 Replica Watches

One of the best-known variants is the “Double Red” Sea-Dweller (with the “Submariner 2000” mention too), produced from 1971 to 1977, featuring a 2000ft or 610m water resistance and “patent pending” caseback.

In 1977, the Replica Rolex Sea-Dweller transformed again, becoming a model nicknamed the “Great White”. This model got rid of the red lettering on the dial as well as any mention of “Submariner 2000”, so as to better differentiate between the Submariner and the Sea-Dweller models.

Then in 1978, while the ref. 1665 was still in production, Rolex introduced the Sea-Dweller ref. 16660 that fitted with a sapphire crystal, a bigger helium release valve and an improved depth rating of 4,000ft or 1,220m. Finally in 1988 came the Sea-Dweller ref. 16600 that was powered by the modern calibre 3135, while also having solid end-links on the bracelet and a glossy-finish dial. After many decades in service, the Sea-Dweller was finally discontinued in 2008, replaced by the extra-large Deepsea that was 44mm in diameter.

Modern Days
Rolex stopped the production of the Sea-Dweller 4000 to replace it with a timepiece that had even greater water resistance: the Deepsea Sea-Dweller, rated to 12,000ft or 3,900m.

A rare Fake Rolex Sea-Dweller
A rare Fake Rolex Sea-Dweller

While technically more advanced, the Deepsea couldn’t replace the Sea-Dweller in the heart of collectors and perhaps for that reason the Sea-Dweller 4000 returned to the catalogue in 2014 as the ref. 116600. That model has all the same features as the classic Sea-Dweller: 1,220m water resistance, a helium escape valve, no magnifier on the date, but also some subtle improvements, including a slightly slimmer case, ceramic bezel and adjustable Glidelock bracelet.

What about the 50th anniversary?
With such history and pedigree, it would be difficult for Rolex to pass on the chance for a 50th anniversary Sea-Dweller. Many expect to see a “red” version of the Sea-Dweller 4000 that harks back to the 1970s version.

The D-Blue version of the Rolex Deepsea Imitation watches
The D-Blue version of the Rolex Deepsea Imitation watches

Yet, Rolex doesn’t just do vintage-inspired pieces, instead preferring to introduce high-end versions of existing models to mark anniversary’s, as it did with the platinum Daytona for that model’s jubilee. Even if precious metals go against the very nature of the replica rolex sea-dweller automatic watches with green ceramic bezel, Rolex could potentially do a gold or platinum version of the watch.

Another possibility is a different dial on the steel version of the Sea-Dweller. Why not a graduated tone dial colour, as seen in the Deepsea D-Blue? We’ll find out very soon.

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Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions Presents Rare Replica Rolex Military Submariner At March Sale

The next Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions vintage replica watches sale will have a rare Rolex Oyster Perpetual Military Submariner, ref. 5513 in stainless steel as its star lot.

The model was ordered by the Ministry of  Defence in the early 1970s with specific requirements including fixed bars so that the straps could not be pulled off, and sword hands for increased legibility.

The 1975 watch (pictured top) has a pre-sale estimate of £40,000-60,000.

rolex submariner automatic men's copy watch
rolex submariner automatic men’s copy watch

The Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions Fine Jewellery, fake rolex submariner automatic plated steel & gold blue dial men’s watch and Silver sales takes place on 15 March at Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire.

The auction will have significant pieces from Rolex, Omega and Glashütte, along with important ladies watches by Louis Jardin and Jaeger-LeCoultre.

rolex submariner copy watch
rolex submariner copy watch

Another Rolex certain to get collectors competing is an  Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona in 18 carat white gold which has an estimate of £7,000 – 10,000.

A Bovet Sportster Saguaro ref. C806.1, wrist replica rolex submariner automatic-self-wind black mens watch in 18 carat gold from around 2010 is another star lot with an estimate of £8,000-12,000.

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Counterfeit Rolex Watches Stripped From West Midlands Crooks Fetch £10k At Auction

The timepieces went under the hammer along with other items including jewellery, designer clothes, mountain bikes and bottles of brandy, vodka and whisky.

The ill-gotten gains up for auction were a mixture of court seizures and items recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act  and Police Property Act.

Cash raised under the two acts goes into the West Midlands police and crime commissioner’s £1 million Active Citizens Fund, which supports good causes around the region.

Among the items sold at the auction were a Replica Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II for £6,000, a Rolex Submariner for £3,000, and a Rolex Datejust for £1,300.

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old rolex replica watches

Meanwhile a 9ct gold chain went for £1,600; bottles of whisky, brandy and vodka for £65; a Carrera Virtuoso bike for £70; three North Face jackets for £200 and a collection of radiators for £20.

Speaking after the auction, police and crime commissioner David Jamieson said: “These tainted trinkets are the result of people’s suffering.

“Criminals preyed on victims to earn their dirty money. This auction sends a strong message that crime doesn’t pay and justice catches up with criminals in the end.

“It is great to see ill-gotten gains helping community projects across the West Midlands.

“The money raised from these auctions will make a difference to active citizens across the region.”

Chris Aston, from Aston’s Auctioneers, said: “These West Midlands Police auctions are the most exciting auctions we hold – with the biggest variety of items on offer – and they certainly make a change from the traditional antique auctions like people are used to seeing on TV.

“The best part for both ourselves and the bidders is the fact that all of the items are sold ‘without reserve’ so items start off very low, attracting plenty of bids and ultimately selling to the highest bidder with a 100 per cent sale rate – the very definition of the word auction.”

Ben Johnson, jewellery and watch specialist at Aston’s, said: “We were incredibly happy with the jewellery auction yet again – there is an insatiable demand for recognisable watch brands such as Rolex, Tag Heuer, Breitling and Omega – particularly from overseas bidders in the current climate.

“Anyone wanting to take advantage of this very strong market is welcome to bring items into one of our valuation days for a free no-obligation estimate.”