Three years ago, perfect replica Rolex unveiled the waterproof replica Sea-Dweller in an updated 43mm case, with cyclops date magnification and red text for “Sea-Dweller”. The cyclops window was certainly a talking point back then and hasn’t quite subsided yet. But there is no disputing the demand for this watch massively outweighed that of the outgoing Sea-Dweller 4000 that it replaced.
In 2019, Swiss made fake Rolex extended the range with a two-tone steel and 18k yellow gold option — or “Rolesor”. This is the first time a Sea-Dweller, the most professional of its professional watches, has been rendered in precious metal. However, Rolex still passes it off as a homage to its original Deep-Sea prototype from 1953. An interesting fact is that this prototype included these gold parts because the tools of the time could not machine steel to the exactness required. The specifications called for intricate details to survive the depths of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
The 2017 Sea-Dweller forms the platform for this model with the fully graduated 60-minute bezel in black Cerachrom having gold-toned numerals and gold Sea-Dweller text on the dial adding an overall more luxurious feel. The bi-color Sea-Dweller can reach the same depth of 1,220m as the Oystersteel counterpart though the added heft of the gold on this watch may get you there sooner.
The price of the two-tone quality Sea-Dweller replica at retail is €15,000. But you’ll be happy to know the listing I’ve found on Chrono24 is only at a slight premium of €15,976, without the waiting list.