Vintage Rolex replica watches are one of the most popular and collectible luxuries in the world. Having said that, but not all vintage Rolex watches are created equal, and there are a few models that seem to have been close to the top of every collector’s wish list.
According to their definition, these vintage watches for sale are no longer in production, and the current total number will continue to decrease. In addition, many vintage fake Rolex watches have a range of variations that make two examples of the same reference are likely to have slightly different dials, hands, bezels, and cases. Below, we will take a closer look at the history, significance, and defining features of the five classic Rolex sports models – the high-end Rolex GMT-Master 1675, exact Rolex Submariner 5512, premium Submariner Date 1680, high-quality Daytona 6262, and the luxurious “Paul Newman” Daytona 6239.
1. Cheap Rolex Submariner Date Reference 1680
The fashionable Rolex Submariner Date ref. 1680 made its debut in 1969 until around 1979. The reference 1680 is particularly important in the history of the replica Rolex Submariner because it is the first product to provide a date window, which is a major turning point in the history of the collection. One of the most notable features of the Rolex ref. 1680 can only be found in the early examples. The name “Submariner” is represented by red letters instead of all white letters. Because these so-called “Red Sub” watches are very rare for most men and women, they are now highly sought after by collectors.
Although collectors usually clamor for the opportunity to own a ‘Red Sub’ model from the first half of the production, the entire ref. 1680 range is an incredible collectible due to all the various dials that have changed over the years. In fact, there are so many dials in operation, and collectors named all of them to help distinguish them (Mark I through Mark VII). Marks VII and VIII even have the sub-category ‘Marks’ to help further distinguish the white-text examples of these Rolex Submariner copy watches in the UK.
2. New Counterfeit Rolex GMT-Master Reference 1675
The classic Rolex GMT-Master 1675 is one of the longest-running models in the history of the collection. It was produced for more than 20 years from 1959 to 1980. Of course, in the 21-year operation process, the reference 1675 has been modified and updated several times, including some modifications and updates that still exist on the imitation Rolex GMT-Master II models.
When the ref. 1675 replaced the original GMT-Master reference 6542, the Rolex pilot’s watch received serious upgrades, such as a larger 40mm case, crown protection, and an updated bezel with aluminum inserts. In the past few years, some important updates to the reference 1675 include changes in the shape of the crown guard, a redesign of the dial, Swiss ETA Movement improvements, and new bezel colors. Due to all these improvements and iterations over the years, the GMT-Master reference 1675 became the most vintage Rolex sports watches and examples occupy a wide range of variations.
3. Top 1:1 Rolex Submariner 5512
The best Rolex Submariner Reference 5512 is an updated Submariner that was manufactured from 1959 to 1979 for about 20 years. The introduced ref. 5512 is particularly noteworthy for the introduction of the Crown Guard and the Submariner collection of a larger 40mm case. The early ref. 5512’s crown guards were square, but these turned out to be too restrictive to access the crown, which caused Rolex to eventually modify them. In addition, unlike the ref. 5513, most Rolex Submariner replica watches have four lines of text on the dial due to the COSC certified movement. Especially the reference 5512 is most obvious.
Depending on the year of production, there are three different types of crown guards on the newest Rolex Submariner reference 5512. The first wave shield of Submariner 5512 is square. Rolex then replaced it with a pointed crown guard, and finally became a more rounded shape. Because there are too few square crown guards, these ref. 5512 watches often change hands at a higher price and can reach the six-figure territory.
4. Grade AAA Rolex Daytona Reference 6262
The cheap fake Rolex Daytona 6262 Chronograph is considered to be a transitional model, manufactured only for a short time, and is one of the rarest vintage Daytona references. Rolex only produced the ref. 6262 watches for one year in 1970, so its supply in today’s vintage market is very very rare. Introduced after the reference 6239, the ref. 6262 has an upgraded Valjoux 727 movement but is aesthetically similar to the ref. 6239, and also has a pump-style pusher and a metal tachymeter bezel that are popular with young gents and ladies.
The Swiss Rolex Daytona ref. 6262 is also interesting because of all its dial variations, given its incredibly short production cycle. Like the reference 6239, the ref. 6262 also has a black or silver dial, as well as an exotic ‘Paul Newman’ dial, and the yellow gold version also has a champagne-colored dial. Racing legend Bobby Unser even wore a copy Rolex Daytona ref. 6262 equipped with a black dial. The vintage Rolex Daytona 6262 is a very expensive reference to hunting down (although, quite difficult). However, if you really want to buy one, you will cherish it forever, because you know there are very few people who can afford it.
5. Designer Knockoff Rolex ‘Paul Newman’ Daytona Reference 6239
In the 1960s, Rolex provided a special Art Deco-inspired dial for its Daytona chronograph, which was classified as an “exotic dial”. In the beginning, these dials were very unpopular, and some users even replaced them with standard dials during daily repairs or maintenance. The Hollywood actors are willing to purchase these replica Rolex Daytona watches, and once the connection between Paul Newman and these exotic dial Daytona watches are established, their popularity starts to climb. Today, “Paul Newman Daytona” is the most coveted vintage Rolex watch for the money that you can buy.
Incredibly quality but cheap, these Art Deco style dials make Paul Newman different from any other Rolex Daytona replicas. So what are you paying attention to? These beautiful Art Deco numerals are on the chronograph. The stainless steel example with the ref. 6239 Paul Newman Daytona has a black dial with a white register or a white dial with a black register, although the specific example worn by Paul Newman is a reference 6239 with a white dial, which he first wore on the leather strap.