Les Artisans de Genève is a new company that focuses on recreating classic watches from the past, but updating and personalising them where they see fit. There is no doubt in my mind as to the quality of their work, or the qualifications of their artisans, but this is a novel practice that I imagine will divide the community down the middle. Using a base model from a brand’s current range, elements of the case, movement, and dial are modified or replaced in homage to an old, out-of-production model. Their first piece – Les Artisans de Genève Tribute to Rolex Daytona 6263 series replica watches – takes inspiration from one of Rolex’s most iconic models, but brings it back to life and up-to-date, in their own way.
This is the first watch from Les Artisans de Genève, and it is available with either a black or white dial. These Rolex cheap fake watches, produced in seriously limited runs, start life as a Rolex Daytona 116520 before being transformed into a ticker from antiquity. Before I delve into the specifics of this watch and how these craftspeople have simultaneously changed and stayed true to the Rolex Daytona 6263 in the creation of this homage, I feel it would be beneficial to place this company in the wider context of watchmaking and ask whether we have seen anything like this before.
When I first read the press release, I thought I was looking at the proposal for a Swiss-based Bamford Watch Department, but that’s not the case at all. This company takes a different tack to the concept of customisation of a Rolex in the style of Bamford or Made Worn (this Rolex Milgauss by Made Worn is still my favourite Rolex ever). This is more like an homage, with a restoration to make the watch a contemporary piece. It kind of reminds me of ICON Automative and what they do with cars.
Getting to the nitty-gritty… The original Rolex Daytona Big Red 6263, released in 1967, was powered by a Valjoux 75. That was a manual machinal movement replica Rolex watches. This version features a modified 4130 base calibre, an automatic movement. Two major customisations have been made by Les Artisans de Genève to put their stamp on the project: a nicely decorated 22 carat gold rotor weight bearing their name has replaced the standard oscillator; additionally, a gold balance bridge has been installed, changing the overall appearance of the calibre.
Rolex Sky-Dweller Series Gold Dial Leather Strap Limited Edition Watches For Sale
Back in 2012, Rolex cheap replica watches released a rare brand new model with the Sky-Dweller timepiece family . I say “rare” because it is not common for Rolex to release a totally new family of timepieces – with also a new name. The Rolex Sky-Dweller is also among the most complicated modern Rolex watches, because it contains a movement that combines both a GMT indicator as well as an annual calendar (it tracks both the date as well as the month, so you only need to adjust the date on those years where February does not have 28 days).
From a technical perspective, the in-house made Rolex calibre 9001 automatic movement fake watches are rather cool. As with the chronograph movement inside of Yacht-Master II models, this movement features a unique system were the bezel is used to help adjust the watch. The way it works is pretty cool, because the watch only has one crown and no pushers, the bezel is turned either to the left or to the right to assist with with adjusting the various functions. It works surprisingly well and is part of the complicated mystique of the Rolex Sky-Dweller, among the rare “complicated” Rolex watches. Of course, Rolex could make more complicated watches if they wanted to, but given the efficiency machine that they are, they do so sparingly, because complicated movements take a lot more care to assemble without issue.
What also makes the Rolex Sky-Dweller series replica watches unique is the case size. At 42mm wide, the Rolex Sky-Dweller is among just a few “larger” Rolex watches, with the Explorer II 42mm and, once again, the Yachtmaster II. If you are used to 42mm wide watches, expect the Rolex Sky-Dweller to wear rather big given the widely spaced lugs. It wears a lot more like a 44mm wide watch, for sure. Of course, it comes with an Oyster-style case with has that distinctive popular Rolex look and 100 meters of water resistance.
When Rolex debuted the Rolex Sky-Dweller, it only came in gold – but in 18k yellow, rose (Everose), and white gold. For 2014, Rolex doubled the collection from three to six watches. There still aren’t any new material options, but there are new dial styles (which are those models represented in this article), as well as new options for straps or bracelets. You’ll notice that Rolex offers certain dial versions of the Rolex Sky-Dweller on a strap and other dial versions on matching 18k gold bracelets.