Why I Bought It: 1:1 Best UK Sale Fake Rolex Stella-Inspired Oyster Perpetual 41 With Turquoise Blue Dial
There aren’t that many rules that I apply to watch collecting, as is probably evident from the eclectic (or, less kindly, somewhat messy) assortment of watches I’ve amassed over the years and the variety of stories of how they came to be in my chosen set.
One rule that I’ve found critically important, though – and generally violated only to my regret – is that it’s crucial to handle a watch before buying it. Photos are nice, and friends’ eyewitness accounts can be helpful, but there’s nothing like building one’s own impressions of how a piece looks in the case and feels on the wrist.
Naturally, this story is about how I completely violated that rule and nonetheless came away happy with a watch that few people would have guessed I’d buy: the recently launched Oyster Perpetual 41 from Swiss made Rolex replica with a bright turquoise blue dial.
Why – and how – I bought a best fake Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 and how it fits
In my friend Terry’s watch collection taxonomy, this one is a “fun” piece all the way – a watch that brings a smile anytime it’s on my wrist and whose price was sufficiently within my means so that I’m not constantly fretting about its value.
At the same time, it does have some aspects of a “foundational” watch as it’s a piece from a bedrock brand that can serve as a core element of a respectable collection for many years to come.
As regular readers might recall, my history with Rolex is pretty minimal; five years ago, I felt compelled to describe why I’d never owned one and then not that long thereafter why I’d bought my first, a GMT-Master II “Batman,” which I sold to a friend in early 2020. And I’d made pretty clear my concerns about the world of vintage Rolex collecting, including the popular frenzy associated with the Paul Newman Daytona model as well as my dislike for the phenomenon of false scarcity in the world of steel sport watches.
Along the way, though, I also spent a fair amount of time talking with my Rolex-loving friends about their interests in both contemporary and vintage Rolex pieces, and at auction previews had come across several examples of a whimsical line of Rolexes that really piqued my interest: the Stella lacquer-dial Day-Dates with their riotously colored dials.
One clear sign that you are falling in love with a watch is that you put it on, take it off, find an excuse to put it on again, and repeat the process until it becomes a bit embarrassing. I found myself doing this with some vintage Stellas but never quite got to the point of bidding on one as my level of ignorance of things vintage Rolex led me to be cautious.
That’s not to mention that the hammer prices for excellent examples were also fairly astronomical, especially for a “fun” watch: witness the CHF 200,000 price paid for a yellow gold, yellow dial Stella at Phillips last year.
Fast forward to September 1, 2020, when perfect replica Rolex announced its new watches for 2020. My recollection, now backed up by reading articles and viewing YouTube posts from that day, was that the vast majority of attention was drawn to the re-launch of the slightly reprofiled Submariner, with much less notice (and, in many quarters, negative reactions) to the 36 mm and 41 mm Oyster Perpetual variants with brightly colored lacquered dials.
Where some self-professed Rolex authorities saw “imitation Nomos dials,” I saw what is now much more commonly accepted: a tip of the hat to the vintage Stella watches and an opportunity for fans of that look to get into the game in a much more affordable way.
After bouncing the idea off a couple of pals and asking for opinions on the 36-vs-41 debate, that night I wrote to a local Rolex authorized dealer asking for a 41 mm in turquoise blue – and found to my surprise that I was number one on the waiting list. The rest, as they say, is history.