The last watch on this list is a perfect replica Rolex Datejust. It had to be a Datejust. It was the first Rolex watch I ever put on my wrist, and from the moment I did, I knew I would have to get one someday. And I should have years ago when they were still cheap compared to today’s prices. But I guess that every super clone watch enthusiast who has been into watches for more than a decade has regrets like that. I essentially have only one deep regret — not buying that 1:1 fake Omega Speedmaster “Moonwatch” ref. 145.022-76 from 1977, the year of my birth. But that’s for another time… Back to the Datejust!
The first question that pops up with a luxury fake Rolex Datejust is, “How would you like it?” For me, it’s very clear — a stainless steel case, a fluted white gold bezel, and a Jubilee bracelet. A very good pick would be a Datejust ref. 16234 that comes with a sapphire crystal and the caliber 3135. It was first introduced in the late 1980s, but it’s still a very good daily wearer because of its specs.
But after talking to Thomas, Fratello’s resident AAA replica Rolex Datejust connoisseur, and being reminded of how incredibly cool Mike’s Datejust ref. 16030 is, it’s the vintage charm I would go for. When I saw Mike’s cheap copy Rolex Datejust on his wrist last year when we had dinner at a local hotspot with Gerard, Timo, and Robert-Jan, I was really impressed with its charm and presence.
Vintage charm with a modern movement
The 1:1 fake Rolex Datejust 160xx series combines the best of modern-day practicality with vintage characteristics. The watch comes equipped with the automatic caliber 3035 that features the quickset date. The drilled lugs and acrylic crystal, however, give it a vintage charm. As you can see, Mike’s ref. 16030 has an engine-turned bezel. While definitely a cool feature if in good condition, I do prefer the more refined white gold fluted bezel of the ref. 16014. When it comes to dial colors, that would be the biggest question mark. While I usually go for black instantly, I will keep my options open when it comes to the high quality replica Rolex Datejust, and I will keep the year of production open as well.
The 16014 was introduced in 1977 — the year of my birth is a thing — and stayed in production until 1988 when the Swiss made replica Rolex Datejust 16234 was introduced as its replacement. So when it comes to the dial color and production year, I’m flexible. For me, it’s more about finding the right one in the right condition, and that could take a while.
Prices for the cheap fake Rolex Datejust 16030 go from a little over €4,000 up to €7,000 depending on condition and delivery with box and papers. Prices have come down for this Datejust only marginally, so I don’t expect to see big price drops anytime soon. But out of the three, this Rolex Datejust fake for sale is definitely the most affordable option by a mile and a great addition to any collection. I want one. No, I need one! That’s a joke of course, but it would be nice to own one.