I feel like I’ve been scouring the internet with relative regularity for vintage 1:1 fake Rolex Datejust models over the past two years. They’re such common watches that literally 99% can be swept aside before finding something remotely interesting. Then, those that are interesting usually suffer from some malady. Whether it’s a dial with all sorts of lume rot, missing lume, an overpolished case, or something else, the run-of-the-mill vintage Rolex Datejust replica for sale is often a watch that was ridden hard and put away wet. Therefore, when a special one arises, it’s notable. The lavender Rolex Datejust 1601 super clone online before you is one of the special pieces, at least in my eyes. But as you’ll see, it wasn’t an immediate purchase.
“Lavender” is a relatively strong term for the dial in these images. In person, there’s no doubt that the perfect fake Rolex Datejust 1601 in question has a grape-like hue, but the degree is highly dependent upon the lighting. At times, it takes on a very grayish, almost graphite tone, and at others, it’s positively purply. This color shifting wasn’t evident on the website, though, where the lights were bright and the dial looked pinkish. I had never really seen anything like it. I had read about so-called lavender dials, and I asked Eric about them. He posits that luxury super clone Rolex actually produced dials in this color and that they’re not, as many sites proclaim, gray dials that have changed over time.
A no-lume dial
One piece of evidence that supports Eric’s view of lavender as an original color is the lack of tritium on this dial. Yes, this is a so-called no-lume dial, the style that our Thomas “From the Streets” van Straaten favors. In any case, lume had a way of eating into dials and/or aiding patina, so a “sterile” version like today’s piece has likely been preserved in its original state. At least that’s my theory… Regarding the no-lume dial itself, lore tells us that these were principally intended for the Japanese market due to the country’s ban on imported radioactive substances at the time. That also makes some sense, although I’d love to see some sort of official proof.
What I can tell you is that a no-lume-dial cheap fake Rolex Datejust 1601 (or any Datejust, for that matter) was not a watch on my radar. I like lume, even if it’s long dead and gone on a vintage watch. Normally, a watch without it just feels too dressy and stodgy. However, there’s a nice benefit when lume isn’t present. The dial should never really age unless moisture enters the case. We may wonder what our vintage replica watches paypal will look like in decades, but this piece should look the same. The other aspect that I enjoy on this watch, in particular, is that the lack of lume truly allows the dial to shine. There are fewer distractions, and the dial is simply more elemental.
For the same reason that a no-lume dial normally doesn’t appeal to me, the same can be said about a white gold fluted bezel. I know that the AAA fake Rolex Datejust 1601 is the absolute expression of the lineup, but the fluted bezel also often seems finicky and, frankly, too “country club” for my tastes. Here again, though, in this example with that dial, polished hands, and indices, the bezel worked so well. The addition of the jewel-like Jubilee bracelet sealed the deal. Alas, though, there was no deal. I left Eric’s place, but I texted him later because the watch had left an impression. I casually mentioned that if the buyer canceled to please keep me in mind. Roughly a week later, the text came in, and it was Eric. Shortly thereafter, we reached a deal, but I would have to wait to retrieve it.
As you can see, the day came, and the Swiss movement replica Rolex Datejust 1601 is now firmly in hand. When I first had the unopened package in front of me after nearly two months, I performed my normal ritual. I waited and thought about how I’d never be able to repeat the moment of seeing the watch for the first time again. Thankfully, upon opening it, the magic that I felt during my brief time with the watch returned. I sized the bracelet via the clasp and tried it on for size, and what a beauty! There are plenty of watches that one should try, but there’s something truly special about a vintage top quality fake Rolex on a ref. 6251 folded Jubilee. The comfort is simply beyond compare. Another detail worth noting is the lovely case, which is in fantastic condition.