I know, I know. For those who have not seen the Trading Faces story that started it all, the first trade I dissected was the acquisition of this cheap fake Rolex Submariner 114060 that I now no longer own. As I noted in the original story, the Submariner was a watch I wanted long before I was well and truly a watch geek. It was a grail or goal watch before I even understood what a grail watch was. It is such a legendary watch design, one that has been imitated and homaged time and time again. In a visual dictionary, next to the term “diver’s watch” there would be a picture of a luxury replica Rolex Submariner – no shade to Blancpain.
As a 2012 perfect fake Rolex Submariner 114060, the watch was produced the year it made its debut. While some had their objections, I actually really dug the larger and more brutish maxi-case style. It is such a sturdy, robust and reliable watch. But, as the first Submariner with a ceramic bezel, it was one of the markers of AAA quality replica Rolex making the more obvious transition from best in class “tool watches” to luxury sports copy watches. With a lug-to-lug of 48mm, the watch looked fine on my smaller wrist. And the glidelock extension system meant I could find the perfect fit each passing season as my wrist would slightly fluctuate in size. I acquired the watch in May 2019, trading away my 1:1 fake Omega Speedmaster Automatic and Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse to make it happen.
I wore the Swiss movement replica Rolex religiously the first year, ever so slightly less the second as my collection grew the following year – but it was definitely in my top 3 most worn of 2020. Since then, however, my collection has grown exponentially. I am not trying to brag, I always joke when people recognise my collection far exceeds my means that a Ragnarok of sorts is likely inevitable the day I have more responsibilities (like children). I point it out because as my collection has evolved, the high quality fake Rolex Submariner’s place in my collection changed.