The watch world is in an uproar today with the release of two new Explorer collections and a new Explorer II. Many speculated that the iconic Adventurer tool watch might be getting an upgrade since this year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Explorer II collection. However, this remained a mystery until this morning when Rolex unveiled their latest offering at the watch show. Surprisingly, the Explorer line features a two-tone finish and a reduced case size, while the Explorer II now features a 3285 movement and some aesthetic upgrades.
The Explorer is one of Rolex’s most underrated models. While the Submariner, GMT Master, and Daytona all have rotatable bezels and complications, the Explorer keeps it simple, with just a dial for the time and a sleek bezel. It is this elegant simplicity and versatility as an everyday watch that has attracted many collectors to the Explorer collection.
With the launch of the new collection comes the integration of the 3230 movements, which replica Rolex released in 2020. It features the brand’s patented Chronergy escapement with a more efficient skeletonized construction and antimagnetic nickel-phosphorus material. The movement also offers a larger power reserve of up to 70 hours and features the already proven Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorber.
The infamous rugged mountaineer’s tool is shown in a slightly more sophisticated design featuring a polished gold bezel, crown, and center link. Gold also adorns the lacquered dial with gold-edged hour markers and gold hands. It also features a reduced 36mm case size and a 3230 perpetual movement.
While the Explorer was developed for mountaineering and another rugged terrain, the Explorer II’s niche lies in cave exploration and other adventures in dark environments where the wearer may not see daylight for days on end. Its signature features include a fixed 24-hour bezel and coordinating arrow hands on the dial that can be used to track the time in the morning and afternoon. Had the Explorer II been a newer model, the arrow hands would also have been separate, effectively turning it into a GMT watch that could track a second-time zone.
Only now, the case has been improved to feature slimmer and less chunky lugs, which we suspect may affect the overall fit of the watch. However, until we can get our hands on the watch itself, this remains unknown. The new lug design isn’t surprising, as fake Rolex seems to have adopted a slimmer profile in many of their new offerings.
Root beer reminds us of simpler times – the days of pouring drinks over ice cream instead of ice cubes. But we had to grow up somehow, and luckily for us, we got something just as sweet with the Rolex GMT Root Beer bezel.
Rolex first introduced the GMT-Master in 1954 in response to the aviation world’s need for a timepiece to help pilots and crew keep track of time while traveling across multiple time zones. The result is a sports watch that includes a 24-hour bezel that corresponds to the GMT hand on the dial to track two different time zones simultaneously. Since its release, the fake Rolex GMT-Master has grown into an impressive collection of replica watches worn by everyone from professional athletes and celebrities to pilots and military personnel.
Now, it may not be as satisfying as your childhood drink, but the Rolex Root Beer GMT is certainly a fun way to indulge in a luxury watch. With that in mind, it probably goes without saying that not everyone agrees. Some Rolex GMT-Master enthusiasts find it hard to accept the idea of a brown color going further than a leather strap. However, for those who prefer root Rolex beer bezels, these watches are a real treat.
When Rolex released its updated Root Beer Bezel in 2018, it really reinvigorated collectors’ admiration for this unique timepiece. For starters, we hadn’t seen a Root Beer GMT in over a decade, and while it was never the most popular GMT model among collectors, it was appreciated for its unique aesthetic and the mark it left on the collection. So when Rolex replica reintroduced the Root Beer Bezel in 2018, many were shocked to see its return.
We know, the biggest and most notable upgrade to the bezel is the use of Rolex’s proprietary ceramic material, which the brand calls Cerachrom. Looking at some of the earlier root beer bezels made from aluminum, one can see that many of them had scratched and faded over the years. By using this new, incredibly durable, and fade-resistant ceramic material as the bezel, Rolex is able to ensure that these warm colors remain more or less indefinitely. The two-tone Root Beer bezel made of ceramic is also noteworthy because it is extremely difficult to manufacture. Rolex could have just gone with an all-brown Cerachrom bezel, so the effort to return to a two-tone bezel, but in more modern colors and materials, is certainly noteworthy.
The dial has also received a much-needed upgrade. Instead of a brown sunburst as before, the dial is glossy black with Everose gold markers applied and filled with a blue Chromalight luminous glow. It’s a watch that makes you smile, as brown is still an unlikely color to appear on a watch. However, the way it blends with the lacquered black dial and the warm 18K ever-rose gold makes it feel effortlessly stylish and modern.
Let’s say you’re in the market for a vintage Rolex watch and prefer to buy one that’s not been polished or at the very least, only lightly polished. How do you know what the seller is advertising is true? Although it’s difficult to know for certain, there are a few things you can examine.
Remember that it is quite rare to come across a vintage replica Rolex that has never been polished. Many owners dutifully sent their watches in for servicing and more likely than not, the watch underwent a polishing at some point or another during its history. It’s more realistic to look for vintage watches that were skillfully polished, complete with crisp edges and close-to-original silhouettes.
Some Rolex owners prefer not to polish their vintage watches to keep the original integrity of the watch but are perfectly fine with having modern watches polished to keep them looking as new as possible. It really is a matter of personal preference.
However, if you have a factory-original vintage Rolex that has never been polished, now is not the time to begin. It’s worth mentioning again that untouched Rolex watches are much more valuable within vintage collecting circles than restored ones. These timepieces may look beat up and worn out to the untrained eye but to passionate collectors of old watches, these are vintage beauties that are becoming harder to find in original condition.
It’s quite common for people trying to sell their Rolex replica watches to have them serviced, buffed, and polished first, thinking that they’ll get a better price because of it. Unfortunately, this can sometimes have the opposite effect on the value of the watch – not to mention the additional cost of the service and polishing itself.
If you’re looking to sell your pre-owned watch to Bob’s Watches, we always advise against having it polished beforehand. If it is a model that should be polished, we can always have it done on our end, but polishing the wrong vintage watch can take hundreds or even thousands of dollars off its resale price. Lastly, when it comes to your own personal watches, if you are unsure as to whether or not you want to have it polished, sometimes waiting till you’re sure is the best way to proceed. Remember, you can always have a watch polished, but you can never un-polish one.
While both collections offer a rich assortment designed to satisfy any and all tastes, the Planet Ocean stands out at the front. All in all, it comes in over a hundred different flavors, with four sizes, five different metals, five dial colors, and three complications.
However, while the luxury of the collection is undeniable, the significance of each model remains very clear. Even the smallest model in the collection has a noticeable heft to it, equipped with a significantly thicker case than the replica OMEGA Diver 300M model to cope with the pressure of a 600-meter water-resistance rating.
In terms of functionality, you can choose between a simple time and date model (which makes up the majority of the available models), a small number of GMT models, and a few chronograph models. The chronograph model is only available in the largest size, 45.5 mm, while the GMT model is only available in 43.5, but you can choose from a wide range of time and data models.
All in all, the OMEGA Planet Ocean collection manages to navigate between the ability to have an all-around sports model and the general bearing of a luxury model – all from a manufacturer that is at the top of its game.
Breitling’s Superocean line is a much purer collection than Omega’s. You won’t find any fancy new alloys or molten gold liquids here, and the chronographs with date functions are among the most complicated. You won’t even get a helium vent on every model, and only on those rated at 1000 meters and deeper.
While the engineering may not be as advanced as that of the Omega watches, the Superocean is amazingly talented. Overall, there’s nothing about the Breitling Superocean that feels subtle, but that’s exactly the point. These larger-than-life professional replica watches are aimed at people with outgoing personalities, and they do their job brilliantly.
The Rolex submarine is already running on the ground, but even though it has captured the imagination of a wide range of admirers, there is still a lot of work to be done. Over the next six years, eight Rolex Submariners were released, some at the same time, and some with a few changes to each in order to refine the overall design.
After a turbulent first few years, the Submariner reached a certain level of consistency in 1959 when the Ref. 5512 appeared. With that model, all the components fell into place so effectively that the basic architecture of the model remained the same for the next half-century.
This model combines all the elements of the eight previous versions of the Submariner and brings them together for the first time. The Reference 5512 boasts a 40 mm case, Mercedes hands, full markers on a redesigned bezel, and the introduction of the most important previously unseen addition – the crown guard. In fact, everything you’ll find on a modern version of Rolex’s iconic dive watch starts here.
The result was so successful that there was essentially nothing left to do as far as the core aesthetics were concerned. Until the introduction of the Super Case in 2010, most of the major changes to the replica Rolex Submariner line were related to improved materials, updated movements, or minor design modifications.
However, there was one exception. With that in mind, they were not the only Submariner watches of that period. 1969 saw the release of the first Submariner with a date, the 1680 model, thus splitting the opinion of the Submariner line and the legions of watch enthusiasts.