I fully realize that my taste in replica watches is not what you could call “traditional” by any stretch. I adore the likes of URWERK. I love bold black and bright yellow color schemes. And I can’t get enough of the liberal use of alternative materials in watchmaking (think carbon fiber composites!). That’s not very classic, yet I do have a healthy respect for timeless classicism in watch collecting.
Being a part of the Fratello team, I, of course, have a strong appreciation for the Omega Speedmaster and its historical journey to the stars. I may not own a Speedy just yet, but that’s only because I’m taking some time to find the right one. There are many other “staple” watches that many of our kind covet and collect. Just look at the popularity behind classics like the Patek Nautilus and the AP Royal Oak! Both classics that I would be proud to call my own. You may have noticed one glaring omission from that list, though. That’s right, the green ceramic bezel copy Rolex Submariner.
The perfect dive watch?
It could be argued that it’s the perfect dive copy watch. To be honest, I wouldn’t argue against you. The dimensions are possibly some of the most comfortable you’re likely to find in pretty much any non-dress watch. It’s a true icon in the world of watches, and it’s one of the few watch designs that transcends our community and has made its way into all walks of life. Heck, the makers of the Call Of Duty series of games even give you the chance to adorn your character’s wrist with a not-so-subtle homage to the Submariner. Of course, there’s the classic black 16610LN, or if you want a splash of color, you could even choose a 16613 Bluesy.
I couldn’t even get one anyway…
If you’re reading this article, I’d suggest it’s fair to say you’re a watch fan/collector. So you’ll more than likely be well versed in the fact that the Rolex Submariner clone with steel case is very difficult, if not impossible, to walk in and buy from your local Rolex dealer. Waitlists of several years and purchases of less desirable watches to “qualify” you are the name of the game when trying to get yourself a Submariner at list price. The easiest method for most is on the second-hand market, where there are Subs a-plenty. The main difference being the price tag is significantly above the list price. Owners and unscrupulous dealers looking to make a quick buck are ruining the market for people who genuinely want to own and wear a Rolex Submariner.
Thankfully, I am not one of those people. Of course, I wouldn’t entertain paying those, quite frankly, absurd prices on the second-hand market. I also wouldn’t be bothered about buying one at list price. Not even if I were offered one today. Now, let’s remove the concept of purchasing a watch at list and flipping it at a profit. Because as much as I have disdain for this, I get it. Who doesn’t want a few grand in their pocket to go and purchase something else they do want for free essentially? I can’t fault the logic. But, if I was offered a Swiss movement replica Rolex Submariner at the list price, I would not be interested.
So I hear you asking, “why?” I also hear the inevitable cries of “Rolex bashing”. Well, to those about to throw their arms up in despair, remember Fratello is a broad church. We are all watch lovers and collectors with massively different collections and preferences. I’m not saying the Rolex Submariner is a bad watch. I’m not even saying Rolex itself is bad. You need not look very far to find plenty of Rolex-positive articles among our pages. It’s just that I don’t desire a Submariner, so the cries of “why?” deserve a thorough response.
I have already admitted that the watch is a timeless classic, offers some of the best wearable dimensions I’ve ever come across, and is an icon that transcends watch collecting. So why would I not want one? Well, there are a few reasons.
All aboard Rolex hype-train!
I don’t like being told what I should like, covet, and wear. The number of posts that I see on social media, and even sometimes in the comments on Fratello, where people make a statement that top quality copy Rolex is the best. That the Submariner is the ultimate watch for every situation, or that nothing else can compare. I hate that mentality that other people’s tastes should be discarded and a perpetuated one-track message forced upon the masses. Rolex is not the only answer, Rolex is not the single best watchmaker to have ever existed, and Rolex does not make the undisputed single most excellent watch ever in existence. Chill out and open your minds, people.