Could This Solid Gold Stone-Dialed 1:1 Replica Rolex Submariner 16618 Be My New Grail?
I have tried several Rolex Submariner fake watches online over the years, from vintage to modern (ceramic). Again and again, though, I’ve concluded that the Submariner is not my thing. I prefer the Sea-Dweller. Whether a 1970s reference 1665 or one of the models up to 2017, the Sea-Dweller is the model for me. However, my encounter with this perfect replica Rolex Submariner 16618 with lapis lazuli dial changed my opinion on this generation of Submariners.
Rolex Submariner 16618 Lapis Lazuli
Recently, we got our hands on a large collection of luxury fake Rolex Submariner watches from one of our readers. Among them was this 1990s Rolex Submariner 16618 with a lapis lazuli dial. Now, the 16610 is my least favorite Rolex Submariner replica for sale. Somehow, the dial of the Submariner 16610 looks off to me, probably due to the relatively small hour markers. The 16610LV “Kermit” tackled this problem using a “maxi dial.” However, the lapis lazuli dial in the reference 16618 turns the standard 16610 into something truly mesmerizing.
This best 1:1 replica Rolex Submariner reference was in production for a long time and is the successor of the reference 16808. Fitted with the caliber 3135, the reference 16618 was introduced in the late 1980s, and it remained in production until around 2008 when the 116618 was introduced. The AAA quality fake Rolex Submariner 16618 with a lapis lazuli dial was introduced in the early 1990s and is considered to be very rare.
I’ve developed an appreciation for stone dials in the past few years. Although a malachite dial in a gold watch is one of my all-time favorite combinations, this blue lapis is stunning. The typical high end fake Rolex model to have stone dials is the Day-Date, but best quality replica Rolex has also used stone dials in other models from the catalog. Recently, the Yacht-Master was paired with a Falcon’s Eye dial. And more than once, Swiss super clone Rolex has used meteorite dials in its modern sports watches.
The lapis lazuli dial in the cheap replica Rolex Submariner gives the watch a chic look. It’s also perhaps the epitome of luxury to turn a steel diver’s instrument into a full-gold watch with a stone dial. It isn’t very sensible, but it does look amazing. Whereas a gold Rolex Submariner 16618 with a blue dial fetches between €20,000 and €30,000 depending on the condition, the same watch with a lapis lazuli dial fetches several times those amounts. Currently, on Chrono24, there isn’t one below €100,000.
On the wrist, this top quality replica Rolex Submariner with lapis lazuli has a huge presence. Any full-gold watch does, but the blue stone makes it extra special. Aside from the price tag, I could see myself wearing this watch. It has even made me set some notifications on Chrono24 for whenever a reference 16618 pops up.
I advocate wearing gold watches, but I know this is just personal taste (or, according to some colleagues, a lack of taste). Years ago, I wasn’t comfortable at all wearing gold, but at some point, I let that go and decided I shouldn’t care about what other people might think of me or my copy watch. I can recommend this to everyone if you’re not already doing so.
Gold Oyster bracelet
The gold Oyster bracelet is part of the wearing experience, of course. Although the links appear solid, they’re hollow, so the watch isn’t as heavy as the successor with solid gold center links. It is still heavier than that era’s stainless steel Rolex Submariner super clone paypal. Whereas the steel reference 16610 and 14060 models have a fully brushed bracelet, the gold and bicolor models have polished center links, which are often called “PCLs” among collectors and enthusiasts. The polished links are always prone to scratches, but you just have to deal with that. Nothing beats a couple of battle scars anyway.
The Swiss movement copy Rolex clasp on these references is simple but effective. There are no signs of an on-the-fly adjustment system as those only came later on. Adjusting the bracelet via the holes in the clasp is very pragmatic. You just need a toothpick or a similar-sized item to resize it.