The thing is, when I wanted a yellow gold 36mm Rolex Day-Date replica for sale but didn’t have one, I could affect to regard that desire as a harmless foible in an otherwise irreproachable ethical life – a meaningless random quiver of the ol’ moral compass, as it were. Now that I have one I feel like Fate has called me on my bullshit. Oh, I wanted one all right. And now that I actually have one luxury fake watch, I feel filled with most unseemly ecstasy.
But the simple fact is, it’s a very cool watch. It’s an Swiss fake Rolex 1803 (the exact reference my uncle had on, fifty years ago) non-quickset, and it came full-set, as they say. According to the papers it was purchased at a US Army PX in Hong Kong, by a gent named John C. Elben, in 1967. The bill of sale says, enigmatically, that his rank was “Major (equivalent)” whatever that means. Major (or equivalent) Elben must have been having a good year. He did forgo the added expense of a bracelet (the watch came with a period-correct perfect fake Rolex strap and gold buckle, although I’m currently wearing it on an aftermarket gold Italian bracelet).
During the first week I had the best quality replica watch, it was necessary to advance the date by hand, from June 30th to July 1. It’s not as much of a chore as I thought it would be. It only took five minutes or so; you have to advance the hands past midnight, at which point the day and date both switch over, and then you turn the hands back to about 9PM and advance them past midnight again, which switches just the date; the day wheel doesn’t advance. For a high quality replica Rolex that’s pushing fifty it feels awfully solid in operation, which is partly thanks to a service it got before I got it. That day wheel jump is pretty exciting, it leaps into position with a satisfying clunk (okay, it’s not as exciting as, say, starting up the reconditioned engine in a vintage Miura would be to a car enthusiast, but what do you want, I’m a watch writer).
The movement’s a classic in 1:1 fake Rolex’s repertoire – the caliber 1555, which in addition to the 25 jewels in the movement, has additional jeweling in the calendar works, in order to ensure smooth operation and reduce friction. It has a Breguet overcoil balance spring, a freesprung balance with Microstella timing weights, and has kept time over the last two weeks – well, like a Swiss movement fake Rolex.
They say, don’t be afraid to meet your heroes. I knew from that experience of doing a week with two top replica Rolex Day-Dates back in 2016 that I enjoyed the experience of wearing one; what I didn’t know, of course, was what it would feel like to own one. You’re never quite sure until some time has passed – I know I’m not the only HODINKEE community member or watch enthusiast who’s scrimped and saved for The Big One, only to find that once it’s actually in hand, you just never quite warm up to it.
But not this time. Maybe the fact that the AAA replica watches celebrates a real personal milestone has something to do with it – in fact I’m sure it does. But I think the truth is, I wanted this wholesale fake Rolex for as long as I did, and I’m as happy with it as I am, because I too have reasons whereof reason knows nothing. It’s a wholly, completely unreasonable pleasure to put it on in the morning and see it glowing on my wrist all day, and the pleasure is all the keener for being irrational.