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How The Cheap Replica Rolex Explorer 1016 Became My Rite of Passage

How The Cheap Replica Rolex Explorer 1016 Became My Rite of Passage

I’ve been writing this column for a few months now, and before I get into this one, I just want to remind y’all that HODINKEE invited me as a style guy … not a fake watch guy. I’m an enthusiast (that’s for sure), but most of you know way more than I do about this cool world of perfect replica watches.

I say that, because this month I’m diving deep into my favorite watch of all time – which is a cheap fake Rolex Explorer 1016 – and I know what you’re thinking: “We’ve heard about that one already.” Yes, you have, because it’s the greatest watch ever. For me, at least. I’ve had mine for 20 years and although I love the idea of top Swiss replica watches, I really only own a few, and only one of them – the 1016 – brings me this kind of joy.
For a lot of guys, a Swiss made copy Rolex is a rite of passage. Maybe others scratch that aspirational itch with a car, a job, a trip, a mate, a degree. I had always admired 1:1 fake Rolexes and what they stood for, but couldn’t seem to find the one that was my style.

Before that, I played around with some best quality replica watches. I had a beautiful blue-faced Omega Seamaster, a sleek and right-sized white-faced Heuer Carrera, and the masculine, black-faced Heuer Autavia, all with leather straps. The Autavia’s was a black perforated racing strap, which I thought was cool. And they all had complications. And, when I was younger, I really liked that. I used to time myself doing stuff, holding my breath, walking upstairs … whatever. I’m a sprinter at heart. But as I got older I started wanting more of a pure timepiece, something that just … told … time.

By 2001, I felt like I had kind of earned the Swiss made replica Rolex, at least as much as anyone could. Ann and I were living in Wisconsin at the time because I had been hired to lead the design team at Lands’ End. My mandate was to bring “style, but not too much.” Don’t get me wrong. That place is a well-oiled machine and they are not messing around – to date, I have not worked for any other company with such a strong work ethic, commitment to their customers, and a pool on campus. But the office was literally in the middle of cornfields.
We wound up staying out there a good while longer than Ann had planned. By that time, we had five girls and had managed to sock away some shekels for college – let me tell you, the cost of living is pretty amazing in a city without an international airport. I started really wanting the big super clone watch and I think I just thought … why not? What was the use of leaving New York and waking up at 4:30 every morning for work if I couldn’t indulge and get something I had admired for my entire life.

The cost was a factor there, but on top of that, it was 2001 and I was buying it on “the Internet,” from a Texas-based company called Wingate, kind of the original copy watch marketplace. Buying wholesale replica watches over the internet seemed weird in 2001. Yes, people were shopping online, but they definitely weren’t spending money like this online. We talked it over in our “computer room.” Does anyone call it that anymore? This was the dedicated place that my daughters would play The Sims and we would do our banking and send the occasional email. I pulled up the Wingate page, which probably took about six months to load all the photos, on our turquoise-backed iMac, and we slowly scrolled through.
The AAA quality fake Rolex Explorer 1016 was so plain and so practical and so great. I guess I thought of it as the working man’s best quality replica Rolex. It wasn’t a watch stuck in time; it was a watch basking in time. Of course, it had the stature of the brand, but then the minimalism of the bezel, Arabic numerals, and black dial … it looked downright spartan. Simple, understated, beautifully designed, proportionally balanced. It was, and remains, a utility replica watch online at heart. It rewards a second look, not the first look. You never have to take it off, and I hardly ever do. I genuinely feel like something is missing when I don’t have it on, like my balance is off without that extra 3.4 ounces on my left wrist. I swim in it, I sleep in it, I walked my daughter down the aisle in it, I wore it to both my parents’ funerals and fully intend to keep wearing it until my own.
What do you get when you find your one super clone watch to rule them all? The most precious thing of all. Time. I’m not just talking about all the hours I save when I don’t have to decide which watch to wear. I’m getting that time back. It’s also the time I spent searching for it … thinking about it … showing it to Ann … wondering if I should pull the trigger. That was time well spent. And maybe that’s a ratio thing, too – the longer the hunt, the better the catch. Although would it have been any less awesome if I hadn’t waited until I was 40 years old? Who knows. This Swiss movement fake Rolex is so perfect for me, I would have taken it as soon as my wrist was big enough to fit.

This tale of an octopus wrestler’s high quality fake Rolex Explorer worth $126,000 will change the way you view your watch

This tale of an octopus wrestler’s high quality fake Rolex Explorer worth $126,000 will change the way you view your watch

Question: How do you catch and wrestle a giant Pacific octopus? The answer, of course, is very, very carefully. That’s according to the Canadian Television Network who reported the extraordinary tale of a veteran octopus wrestler whose 1953 best Rolex Explorer replica watches with black dial sold at a New York auction house last month for $126,000 USD.


Bill Hook is a Vancouver Island resident who dropped out of high school at 15 to become one of the first scuba divers in British Columbia. His Swiss movement copy Rolex Explorer watches was a gift from his first wife and he wore the watch while taking part in spearfishing and octopus-wrestling competitions in Victoria and Seattle.
As Bill explains in the story, timing is vital when you’re wrestling a giant Pacific octopus. “You go out and dive down and look at the rocks and if you could see some crab shells out in front, you had an octopus den,” Hook told CTV News.

“When it came out, the one who found it gets first chance at catching it. Then when you catch it, you can get your arms around it and it will have its arms around you, and you swim to the surface,” he explained. “They did that in Victoria for years. It’s politically incorrect today. But people don’t realize we have the largest octopus in the world here.”
When he wasn’t outmuscling terrifying cephalopods, Bill’s trusty Rolex replica watches for sale accompanied him on a host of adventures through Europe, Australia and Africa, including to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. After Hook’s wife “walked out” on him in 1980, he credits the Rolex with helping him out in his dating life, too. “I mostly wore it out tomcatting,” he says.

Last month Bill, now 89, sold the watch through the Philips Auction House in New York. They described the steel bracelet fake Rolex Explorer Ref 6350 as “An exceptionally well-preserved, early, and extremely rare stainless steel wristwatch with gilt honeycomb dial, and bracelet, with box, and signed provenance letter”.
Phillips’ estimate for the sale was $50,000 – 90,000 USD, but it eventually sold for $126,000 USD to an anonymous US buyer. Hopefully the lucky owner appreciates the watch’s rugged history, too.

For what this story ultimately reaffirms is the super-tough nature of the AAA quality fake Rolex Professional range. One effect of the current Rolex scarcity is that the brand’s watches are increasingly regarded as luxury accessories rather than hard-living tool watches. But the cheap super clone Rolex Explorer was, after all, released to commemorate Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s ascent of Mount Everest in 1953. It’s a watch that’s literally built for adventure. Octopus wrestling may not have been on the Explorer’s original remit, but Bill’s story proves that it’s more than equal to the task.

Cheap Replica Rolex Explorer II Series Waterproof Stainless Steel Case Watches For Sale

Cheap Replica Rolex Explorer II Series Waterproof Stainless Steel Case Watches For Sale

For 2011 Rolex offers a new Explorer 2 to follow up last year’s new Explorer. While the Rolex Explorer series copy watches were bumped up to 39mm last year, the Explorer 2 is the Rolex sport watch with a modern size of 42mm in width. That is 2mm larger than the Submariner, and it likely wears better than the 43mm wide Submariner Deep Sea. Also new is the return of the orange GMT hand in addition to the Maxi-dial like size of the hands and hour indicators.

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In a 42mm wide case, the Explorer 2 is in 904L steel with a mix of polished and brushed surfaces. While known for its white dial Rolex fake watches, the Explorer 2 now comes with a black dialed version as is traditional for the line – both in lacquer. Contrast on the dial on both models remains excellent, with the signature large orange GMT hand remaining on the dial. Both dials feature “Chromalight” luminant. The hands are all in white gold. I have had arguments with people about Rolex hands being in white gold. While not all of them are, many of the newer Rolex models have white gold hands. Says it right here in the Rolex material!
The case looks great with its steel on steel fixed 24 hour bezel. It is water resistant to 100 meters. Sapphire crystal is double AR coated and has a date magnifier lens. Inside the watch is an in-house made Rolex caliber 3187 COSC Chronometer certified automatic. It has the time, date, and GMT hand – and a 48 hour power reserve. Would have been great to see the watch have the glide-lock clasp of the Submariner, but then the Explorer would encorach on its territory.

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It has a steel bracelet with an Oysterlock clasp and Easylink 5mm comfort extension link. Not sure exactly what that is yet, but it sounds like a nice microadjust system. Rolex offers yet another watch we all want. Funny how something like “42mm wide” is enough to get me excited in the Rolex context. This and the new Daytona styles are the big news for Rolex this year – the 36mm wide models are looking smaller and smaller!

Cheap Replica Rolex Explorer Series Stainless Steel Case Replica Watches

Cheap Replica Rolex Explorer Series Stainless Steel Case Replica Watches

Given the buzz and angelic choral singing surrounding the new ceramic-bezel Rolex Daytona, we’ll give you a pass if you didn’t notice that Rolex quietly updated the Rolex Explorer. A subtle update, this refreshed Rolex Explorer series replica watches features a set of fully lumed numerals and a re-sized handset, marking a course correction for one of Rolex’s most recognizable and enticing entry-level models. The Rolex Explorer has long stood as the entry point for Rolex’s most sporting group of watches, and it’s easy-wearing charm and versatile design belies its history as one of the brand’s most prolific adventure companions. This newly refreshed iteration is a practical and useful nod to the Rolex Explorer’s roots as a sport watch and adds some much-needed refinement to the modern design.

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While the reference number remains unchanged as 214270, a closer look will suggest a considerable refresh against the current generation that was announced in 2010. The 2016 Rolex Explorer retains the 39mm dial Rolex fake watches and, being a Rolex sport model, the case uses their 904L steel. The movement also remains unchanged, with the Rolex Explorer running Rolex’s 3132 Superlative Chronometer automatic movement, with 48 hours of power reserve, a Parachrom blue hairspring and Paraflex shock absorption.
With a minimal and function-driven aesthetic like that of the Rolex Explorer, it doesn’t take much to unbalance the design. The previous version (the 214270 up to Baselworld 2016) wore beautifully, but in the move from 36mm (reference 14270) to 39mm, some of the magic was lost. We saw the unfortunate shortening of the minute hand which was a bit too short to fill the dial or reach the minute track. With the new 214270, the Rolex Explorer returns to the proportions and design of the 14270.

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Those brightly polished arabic numerals are out, replaced by lume-filled versions similar to those seen in previous generations. While this is a small change, considering both the sporting and flexible intention of a watch like the Rolex Explorer, lume is important and should be an integral element in the Rolex Explorer’s design. Additionally, consider the Rolex Explorer’s roots. Today’s Rolex Explorer design is based on the 1016 Rolex Explorer which was launched in 1963 with painted numerals to offer as much glow as possible, a goal mirrored in this 2016 version.

Swiss Rolex Discount Stainless Steel Strap Explorer II Series Watches

Swiss Rolex Discount Stainless Steel Strap Explorer II Series Watches

Firstly a big congratulations to Leicester City for winning the Premier League.  They started the season with odds of 5000/1 to win the title and against all expectations they have done it!  In honour of this fantastic achievement we are doing a special Spot the Watch on their manager Claudio Ranieri.

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We have seen Mr Ranieri wearing watches before but haven’t taken a closer look until now.  It seems he quite likes Rolex.  The first model spotted on his wrist is a vintage Ref Replica Rolex 1655 Explorer II Series Watches.  The watch was originally designed for spelunkers, who needed to know whether it was say 4pm or 4am, when they were exploring deep caves with no natural light.  Italian collectors nicknamed this watch the “Freccione” for the orange arrowed 24 hr hand.   This works out quite well since Mr Ranieri is Italian. Maybe it can be given the nickname of the “Ranieri” in view of his fantastic accomplishment!

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The next watch spotted is from Jaeger LeCoultre.  It is the Memovox Tribute to Rolex Deep Sea Series Fake Watches.  This was produced in tribute to the original produced in 1959.  It was produced in two versions, the European and American versions.  Claudio Ranieri is wearing the European version which features a cleaner dial to the American version.  It would be interesting to know if he has ever used the alarm during a match.

The final two Rolex Cheap Copy Watches spotted are both from Rolex and they are both Daytonas. Whether it is a vintage or a modern piece the Dayton exudes the cool factor. The chronograph would be useful for timing the two forty five minute halves.

Swiss Discount Rolex Explorer Series Replica Watches

Swiss Discount Rolex Explorer Series Replica Watches

Rolex explorer II216570, with which, the Rolex Greenwich Series Fake Watches and log watches, form the rolex is the most popular style watch. The explorer, and other styles, are introduced in the late 1950 s; Unlike other styles, it currently has two kinds of style, is very popular, but also has a bigger difference. Type the first rolex explorer, 39 mm, it is the closest to the original version, type and explorer II size 42 mm, more adapt to the modern people’s taste.

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First of all, the earliest Rolex Explorer Series Replica Watches are dedicated to the exploration, especially the new land and diverse topography. Today, casio PROTREK multi-function watch or a similar solar power will provide a better service when you travel far, in the 1950 s and early 60 s, when the true polar and the world at the beginning of the peak to explore, also quartz table does not exist.

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Even today, if you are trying to explore Stainless Steel Rolex Fake Watches the earth’s magnetic poles or mountain climbing. Such as mount Everest, compared with quartz watch rolex explorer may still is a better choice, when exposed to high temperature and low temperature, and rely on the power of the external resources more easily damaged. Type rolex explorer II, however, can guarantee the work, even in extreme temperature gradient and no power supply condition, in addition to wear it every day or on a chain.