There’s always one watch release each year that gets collectors all hot and bothered, and that release usually comes from fake Rolex. Not one to disappoint, for 2020 the watchmaker launched the new generation of its steel bracelet copy Rolex Submariner and Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date, which are two of the coolest divers’ watch collections the world has ever seen (even the King, Elvis Presley, was spotted wearing one).
Historically speaking, the Rolex Submariner Ref.116610LV replica is particularly special for Rolex because it’s the brand’s first modern divers’ watch. It’s been worn by Hollywood actors, sports legends and pretty much every other set of noteworthy people you can think of. Unsurprisingly, the news of this year’s novelties sent buyers into a spin. So much so that the price of copy Rolex’s other Submariner models, including the now-discontinued green Submariner, skyrocketed overnight in the pre-owned luxury market.
The nickname assigned to the green ceramic bezel copy Rolex Submariner is “Hulk”, which is an obvious reference to the fictional superhero and gamma radiation scientist Bruce Banner. Good luck getting yours––they’re going for 80 per cent over retail on the second-hand online platform Chrono24.
Rendered in platinum, with 56 brilliant-cut diamonds set in the bezel and hour markers, this is an exceptionally rare example of a luxury fake Rolex “President” with an asymmetric tapisserie guilloché dial. The dial engraving ripples in an outward pattern centred on the date window.
It is rare for the Rolex manufacturer to offer examples of their timepieces that deviate significantly from the underlying reference design, and this is one of three in this style that Phillips is aware of. Day and date are in Arabic. The Rolex Day-Date ref.1804 replica with diamonds bezel features a platinum bracelet, which is correct for this particular example. Estimate: $US 100,000 – 200,000 There are many additional top quality copy timepieces worth exploring, including a lot donated by U2’s Bono, as well as a pair of pocket watches owned by Andy Warhol and John Lennon. While the lots available are certain to pull the heartstrings of watch enthusiasts, it is also important to note that Phillips and numerous consignors have shown a great deal of heart in the assembly of this catalogue. Multiple charities will benefit from the donated lots.
Phillips has also waived the buyer’s premium in many cases. The recipient charities include those mentioned earlier (One Drop and Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation) as well as Give Peace a Chance, SeriousFun Children’s Network and the Safe Water Foundation. Check out the outcome of bidding on December 12.