If comments sections are to be believed, the worst thing one could do to a watch is add a date window, but no one really seems to mind this addition to the cheap fake Rolex Submariner. I’ve always wondered why this most maligned feature in most other makes gets a pass from enthusiasts with AAA replica Rolex. Is it because the Crown can do no wrong? Is it because of the brand’s history with the date window and the Datejust in the 40’s? Or have we simply been Stockholm-syndromed by Swiss made fake Rolex into being okay with an asymmetrical dial? I’m not sure, but what I can say is that this reference has an abundance of fans such as early Talking Watches alum and writer of my favorite episodes of Seinfeld, Spike Feresten.
In any case, my best guess as to why the 1680 holds such a grip over collectors, is that they fulfill almost anyone’s checklist for “desert island watch.” This debate has caused much digital ink to be spilled across message boards new and old, but if I were picking a vintage copy watch for my own Castaway test a sharp perfect replica Rolex Submariner Date from the ’70s would be at the top of my list.
First and foremost, you get the durability and reliability of a luxury fake Rolex, easy. Also, these can still be made pretty water-resistant if you check in with your watchmaker regularly, so we’re good there. While the date may not be the most important thing if you don’t have any presentations due, it will do really well in letting me know how long I’ve been stuck without company. Lastly, and this may be a little idiosyncratic, but I’d love to see how the top super clone watch ages as it spends time out in the (hopefully) tropic sun. In any case, pick up your own island companion right here.