I’ve always preferred rubber watch straps, like Hublot’s Big Bang series, various Omega seamaster, Blancpain scuba, etc. Considering the comfort and functionality of watch straps, I’m wondering if Rolex rubber straps would be fragile. It wasn’t until I tried the rubber strap on the replica Rolex Explorer II watches that I must say I was pleasantly surprised with the results, the strap is superbly made and tough .
After replacing the rubber strap, the watch seemed much more sporty, and the buckle matched its strap, a black strap that slowly shrank from 21mm wide to 16mm to be able to fit the buckle it wore, and I had to get used to the tapered shape of the strap.
The steel makes this watch more robust than previous models, and more in keeping with its own definition of adventure. The crystal is a sapphire crystal, which is even more durable. Personally, I love the blistered date window on its dial, and with the addition of the luminescent hands on the dial and the separate orange 12-hour hands, it’s just perfect for me!
I’ve been wearing this watch for about 3 days and it gives me the same feeling as always, my love for it hasn’t waned or any dissatisfaction, the flexibility of its rubber strap is also surprisingly close to the wrist, making the watch more comfortable to wear, it has the added benefit of being able to display unobstructed in the radar coverage area and not being disturbed by magnetic fields, based on the new features of this watch, I guess there’s still some time to get used to it slowly, and the process in between is exactly what I’m enjoying!
In any case, a replica Rolex watch with a moon phase display is special. In its entire history, Rolex didn’t make many timepieces with this complication. In this case, the Ref. 6062 must be an even more special one, as Rolex has integrated into this watch a variety of complications that were not available at the time Common Features.
This watch, made in 1953, is powered by an automatic movement, has a full calendar function and a water-resistant Oyster case. 1950 Even in the era of luxury timepieces, it was not common for them to be fitted with water-resistant cases. From this point of view, Rolex was ahead of its time and decades ahead of the curve. It’s fair to say that Rolex created one of the first high-end, sporty, complicated watches in a way that’s particularly popular today. The case of this watch is made of steel, which is also rare, as most Ref. 6062s are made of yellow gold, which is more in keeping with the style of the time. The appearance standard for luxury timepieces.
With a diameter of 36mm, this watch is still very wearable even today. Its appeal is further enhanced by the screw-down crown and the stainless steel Jubilee bracelet. The dial gives it a vintage appeal, not only because of its rare complications (for a Rolex), but also because of the design decoration. The gold leaf-shaped hands and hour markers contrast with the stainless steel case and bracelet, giving it a vintage feel. In addition, the “human face” moon phase, a time-honoured tradition dating back to the earliest days of watchmaking, further accentuates the vintage appeal of this Rolex. The unique personality of the watch.
replica Rolex watches has always been known for producing high quality and reliable movements. We only need to browse through the brand’s current list of movements to see that over the past few decades, quality and functionality have been part of Rolex’s mechanical engineering The top priority.
Introduced in 1988, the 3135 calibre is the main movement behind many models and is also responsible for constructing things like second time zones and day calendars. A solid foundation for a complication movement. In recent years, however, the 3135 movement has been relegated to the background, and the 32xx series has begun to shine accordingly. It is expected that the 31xx movement will be completely replaced by the 32xx in the coming years. But long before the new calibers took the stage, Rolex relied on the 15xx series to guarantee accurate timekeeping.
When it comes to automatic movements, the Rolex 1575 is the best of the best and has everything going for it. It is hardwearing, robust, elegant and an excellent timekeeper. Interestingly, after a thorough overhaul and after leaving the Rolex Service Centre, these movements are sent to COSC for testing and remain A daily error of -2/+2 seconds. This was a technical feat for a movement of its time.
Introduced in the mid-1960s, the 1575 movement has a not-so-grand history as a movement. Rolex produced the 1575 movement because it needed a robust and reliable automatic watch. And the 1575 movement has successfully accomplished the task.
The 1575 movement is an improvement on the 1560 movement, which has a frequency of 2.5 Hz and a power reserve of 44 hours. The 1575 movement builds on this success by increasing the frequency to 2.75 Hz and adding a stop-seconds function, most notably the Added 4 hours of power reserve.
The 1575 movement is 28.2 mm in diameter, contains 25 jewels, has a date display and is equipped with a wound balance spring. Since functionality is the main priority in the designer’s mind, the touches are not worth writing a book about. The baseplate has a speckled pattern, while the bridge is decorated with a light micrograin.
Functionality and ease of repair are the highlights of the 15xx collection. The barrel bridges are sturdy, but not bulky, housing the barrel underneath. The wheel system bridges also keep all wheel systems under tight protection.
Of particular note is the escapement wheel’s shock-absorbing function. This function is most commonly used on balance wheel pivots, but is unusual for escapement wheels. Other brands also have it, but it is rare and can only be found on the back of the watch, suggesting that it is more for “show” than for function. In the case of the Rolex Caliber 1575, the escapement wheel is visible on both sides of the dial and the case back. The pivots of the escapement wheel are in good condition, and the extra protection has undoubtedly had a positive effect. The escapement wheel of most Rolex movements today is equipped with a shock absorber.
The balance wheel is fitted with a star-shaped fine-tuning screw that can be turned clockwise or counterclockwise as needed to adjust the balance inertia and the rate of the watch. The caliber 1575 has a non-jamming balance, which eliminates the need for an adjustment pin (fast or slow hand). The adjusting pin varies the oscillation period by controlling the effective length of the hairspring. The disadvantage of this system is that the adjusting pin can be displaced if the watch is shocked, which can lead to errors in timing. This problem is eliminated by the fact that the snubless balance has no adjusting pins and is adjusted by its own moment of inertia.
The mass of the oscillating weight is large enough to carry out the heavy task of winding the watch. The oscillating weight rotates around a central pivot (rather than a ball bearing) and is held in place by two rubies, which reduces friction and improves performance. This design can also be seen in the Rolex 30xx and 31xx movements. In addition to the oscillating weight and escapement wheel shock absorbers, the instantaneous-jump calendar function of the 15xx series is also used by Rolex to this day.
First, let’s clarify a point. Please note that the 1575 caliber has only a basic time and date display; correspondingly, the 1575 GMT caliber has only a GMT time display function. In addition, when a watch powered by the 1575 movement is dismantled, the movement bridges may be marked “1570”! . This is not necessarily incorrect, just something that would have happened in those times.
The date was changed at midnight, with the aid of a cam, a spring and a jewel. When the time comes to midnight, the lever to which the jewel is attached jumps into the cam cutout so that the date is exactly at midnight. Midnight produces change.
Caliber 1575 is also a consumer-friendly movement that has remained accurate, robust and reliable for many years after it left the factory. Not the most elegant or visually appealing movement in history, but when it comes to performance requirements, it’s always perfectly suited to the task.
The Cellini collection is a tribute to Benvenuto Cellini and the Renaissance pontiffs and king sculptors and In tribute to the master goldsmith, Rolex has created a collection of watches engraved with his name. The art of watchmaking has evolved from the personal domain of a single artisan to the professional collaboration of a master craftsman. Each Rolex watch is the perfect combination of expertise and craftsmanship. Today, the Maison de la Haute Horlogerie presents a brief review of the replica Rolex Cellini watches,the official model number 4233/9.
In the 2014 Baselworld, Rolex introduced a carefully revised Cellini to meet with the general public, dogtooth rings and other classic features applied to the new Cellini model, but today we are introducing the old model busy so there is no dogtooth rings and other famous features.
The watch is made of 34mm diameter 18K white gold and 18K pink gold case, with pink gold hands and Arabic numeral hour markers. The watch is clearly readable on the white dial, with a powerful crown at 12 o’clock. On the side of the watch, we can see the two-tone shades of 18-carat white gold and 18-carat rose gold. The crown is also engraved with the classic crown logo, and the short lugs are designed with a slight curve, which gives the watch a hint of an artist’s touch. Breath.
The watch is paired with a brown alligator leather strap, stitched with white silk thread, with a pin buckle buckle design in 18k white gold. The Cellini collection is dedicated to the Italian artist Cellini. A sculptor, jewellery craftsman, art theorist and writer par excellence, Cellini was a man of many talents. He maintained in his cosmology many elements of individualism that originated in the Renaissance. He was highly regarded by the Pope, the Grand Duke of Florence, and the King of France. He was a representative of the decorative school in stylistic sculpture, and he was the only artist of his time who advocated the restoration of heroic qualities in sculpture.
In the white gold Cellini model, the hours and minutes hands are also in 18-carat rose gold, as are the hour markers at 6 and 12 o’clock. Crafted in 18-carat pink gold, it is simple and easy to read on a white dial. The hand-wound movement inside this Cellini is engraved on the caseback with the Cellini logo and the iconic Rolex crown. LOGO, which is not found in the Rolex Oyster model. It is clear from Baselworld 2014 that Rolex will make a big push in the Cellini, and I personally feel that the new Cellini changes the It was a great success and I loved it.
Today,replica Rolex watches steel watches are so good at preserving their value that even if you realize you’re not making the right choice, you can get out of it without losing a few hundred dollars. But the goal here is to help you determine if the Rolex Explorer I 214270 is right for you.
The Rolex Explorer I 214270 is essentially a hybrid of the Oyster Constant 39 and the Submariner “undated”, with case, bezel, dial, bracelet and movement. This cleverly leads us to my point that, in terms of price and features, many people think they will get the best of both worlds if used with the Explorer I.
It is essentially OP’s 39mm Oyster monocoque mid-shell, with a slightly curved profile compared to the flat trapezoidal profile of the 40mm Oystersteel Submariner. The Explorer I has different baffles: the OP has a dome-shaped, highly polished baffle, while the Explorer I has what Rolex calls a “smooth” baffle look; it’s just as well polished, but with a flat surface rather than the raised edge of the OP. There’s no Cerachrom anywhere on the Explorer I, which means you’re sure to get at least some swirls on the steel bezel, but you definitely don’t have to worry about breaking the Cerachrom stall insert. “The Explorer I is very water resistant to 100 meters, while the submarine is rated at 300 meters. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, it will indeed be a game of trade-offs.
The movement inside the Rolex Explorer I 214270 is the Rolex 3132, the same movement as the Oyster Perpetual 39. Between the Submariner “No Date” and the 3130, the only major difference I can find is that both the Explorer and the OP have “high performance Paraflex shocks”, while the Submariner with its professional dive watch pedigree, oddly enough, does not. You’ll see the Paraflex shock absorber for the Rolex Explorer in the picture below. Although they all have the highest chronometer-second accuracy (2/2 / + 2) and a 5-year international warranty like all Rolex watches produced today, the OP, Explorer I and Submariner all have a power reserve of 48 hours, far less than the new generation of Rolex 32xx calibres with a power reserve of over 70 hours. Learn more about this.
The dial of the Rolex Explorer I 214270 now features a blue Chromalight display – essentially a BGW9 luminous material that lasts longer than the more common Super-LumiNova C3, but is less bright when charged. I prefer Chromalight’s long-lasting blue tones to the temporary Super-LumiNova light show seen on Panerais and other products.
The previous Explorer I’s compact minute hand was updated at BaselWorld 2016 with the Rolex Explorer I 214270, which is not lifted from a 36mm carry tab, but is designed for a 39mm wide watch. By my estimation, I shouldn’t be using one of those small Explorer’s at all, and it shouldn’t last that long. Other than that, the quality of the dial remains very high. The 18ct Platinum Index and pointer are great for adding a touch of luxury. The hour and minute hands seem to have a slightly arched curve, which gives them a louder and higher appearance. The hour hand looks flat, but sanded evenly with dots, very cool. The icing on the cake is the laser-etched and difficult-to-photograph Rolex crown, which is present in every Rolex sapphire crystal at the 6 o’clock position. (It will be seen in the image above.) It was so small that light had to shine on the small etch in a certain way, to the point where the naked eye could barely see it by chance, but there it was.
Speaking of quality of execution, while I clearly think there’s a lot of work to be done in the crystal and dial department, Rolex has been the King of the Hill (in partnership with Seiko) split in terms of looks at four-figure prices. The overall feel, feel and look of the case and bracelet is stunning, even though they have eliminated the angled tilt of the polished lugs of the older generation of professional watches.
The look and feel of the buckle is also expensive. A large number of milled metal rotating parts have excellent mechanical resistance and close with the most reassuring click. The Explorer has an Oysterlock safety clasp, which has a second folding closure for additional security against accidental opening (the OP has a single closure). However, the Explorer I doesn’t have Submariner’s Glidelock adjustment system, which extends by up to 20mm in 2mm increments, and instead has the Easylink system, which comes with a half-link tab that you can extend or retract to snap the watch down.
In the era of mechanical watches in the 20th century, Rolex has always been a leader in the global watch industry, and its superior craftsmanship and technology still keep Rolex at the forefront of the watch industry with Patek Philippe, Blancpain, Breguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Piaget.
replica Rolex watches is a symbol of excellence and reliable performance. Rolex watches have always been the world’s leading brand in the field of watchmaking, with Swiss quality standards. Rolex watches are highly valued for their “stable, suitable and unobtrusive” design style, and their durability makes Rolex an exceptional value.
Rolex watch type
The classic, sedate Rolex Logbook was born in 1945 and was the first watch to have a date display on its face. A few years later, the watch’s crystal face was fitted with a small, convex lens (Cyclops eye), which has since become a symbol of Rolex for a generation.
The Oyster watch became a symbol of accurate and reliable quality. To mark this momentous occasion, Rolex launched this commemorative watch in 1953: the Rolex Explorer. The watch is equipped with a sturdy all-steel strap and a new double-clasp winding crown with a double waterproofing system. The Explorer is the first Rolex watch specifically designed for professional use. In this way, the explorer type has established its unprecedented symbolic status.
Born in 1953, the Rolex Submariner, popularly known as the Water Ghost, was the world’s first watch to be water-resistant to 300 metres, and the Oyster Constant-Speed Submariner is a model of rugged durability. Whether underwater or at a dinner party, the Submariner model is a rugged, reliable and comfortable sports timepiece.
Oyster type constant motion deep sea type
The success of the Rolex Oyster DEEPSEA is due to a number of groundbreaking technological innovations, including the new Rolex case construction, the Ringlock System, which ensures that the watch can withstand the intense pressure in deep water. Designed especially for the very demanding professional diver.
While the Rolex Greenwich is specifically designed for professional use, its unparalleled functionality and design make it popular with travelers as well. In addition to the different time zones, Greenwich’s sturdy material and easy-to-match exterior make it ideal for traveling around the world and attending any occasion.
The Rolex Dittona is a professional racing watch that can be described as “the watch of legends”. The short-distance chronograph movement of the watch is accurate to 1/8th of a second and the tachymeter scale on the outer ring reads the speed data immediately after a certain distance travelled, making it a must-have for drivers. It is a popular choice for those who seek speed and elegance.
It’s a series specifically designed for yachting events (Rolex is obsessed with sporting events and extreme sports) and is similar in function to the Submariner series, but with more female users, it’s sized to accommodate female wearers.
The only collection that doesn’t use the traditional Oyster case design, if you want to buy an understated and simple model that’s sturdy and stable at the same time. Cellini would be a very good choice.
Rolex’s overall strategy is more conservative, as evidenced by the fact that the majority of its models are designed with an oyster case and are relatively simple and functional. Each generation of watches is an upgrade and improvement in detail. The advantage of doing so is that Rolex watches are strong enough to last, and are relatively stable in price on the secondary market, so Rolex watches are very well preserved.
Project X DS7 Custom Paul Newman replica Rolex Daytona watches and other colorful variants (Project X DS4, DS5, DS6) seem to be some of the works in our “Watch Assumption” series become reality. I mean, of course, there are some varieties and colors, but for some brands, you are just unlikely to see something crazier than other products. Rolex is a good example: despite the great interest in new designs, unless you go to some after-sales custom shops, you will not be able to use the Lime Green Submariner (maybe for good reason) or directly from A tribute to the company’s retro-style Rolex. The problem with Project X, an independent company that provides customized services for watches from original brand manufacturers, is that we solved a Rolex watch that we would not normally see customized: Rolex Daytona.
Obviously, this is not the first rodeo of Rolex Daytona. As early as 2010, they launched three limited edition series, these series are easily sold out. Like their previous attempts, this latest grouping still complements Rolex Daytonas in the 1960s. They replaced the bezel with a carbon black finish, and installed the display back cover (of course sapphire crystal) around the back of the watch. The Project X Custom Rolex Daytona you purchased also includes the original solid back cover.
The most likely to attract people’s attention is the dial of Project X Custom Rolex Daytona of this product series. Project X has properly linked them to family cars on the racing track. You have a DS4 in Bugatti blue, a DS5 in British racing green and a DS6 in GTO red. Frankly speaking, it is these dials that make them different – if you are looking for such a Rolex Daytona, you already know the ins and outs of the watch itself.
The latest member of the DS series is Project X Custom Rolex Daytona DS7. As the brand describes it, “Antique watch enthusiasts will immediately realize the look and feel of the original iconic“ so-called ”Paul Newman Rolex Daytona in the 1970s. Project X is about six A similar project was done years ago, and they said it was the most successful version to date, and it ’s easy to understand why. Since the resale price soared in the auction market, the original Paul Newman Daytonas had already sold Hundreds of thousands of dollars. Although the price increase is still to be discussed, the iconic design of Rolex Daytonas in the 1970s is something that many people want to enjoy, but-it ’s hard to say that this is even less.
In my opinion, the most striking new replica Rolex watches of the Swiss brand at the 2017 Basel International Watch and Jewelry Show is the Rolex Cellini Moonphase. Not only is it a brand new model, it is not only a brand new model, but also includes a new movement and a series of complex functions, which have been at least for decades, but have not yet become part of the Rolex product portfolio. In Rolex’s words to me, this watch is to express the “purpose and balance” of Cellini’s moon phase, (interpretation) “a rare artistic expression opportunity for Rolex designers.”
Rolex redesigned and relaunched the Cellini collection in 2014. Since then, the brand has launched an unprecedented series of four different movements for the official watch series. These include a limited-time Rolex Cellini, a Rolex Cellini Dual Time with date dial, and 2017 Rolex Cellini Moonphase. For the longest time, Rolex is passionate about producing high-quality watch movements. The reason for this is that they want to reduce the possible problems of the movement for consumers, while also improving production efficiency. As a manufacturer of some high-end watches in the mass market, Rolex understands the complexity of mechanical movements to a certain extent (except time or date). In fact, it is rarely trusted by the wearer. This means that they want to focus on the needs of modern customers, and let more niche watchmakers focus on producing more complex watches for enthusiasts, which can be produced in small batches.
Therefore, it is extremely rare for Rolex to introduce new functions, and it is more common for Rolex to only introduce new watch personalities. The last time they executed things like Rolex Cellini Moonphase happened to meet Rolex Sky-Dweller, which also got a cheaper new version in 2017. Sky-Dweller combines GMT (second time zone) complications with an annual calendar (calendar that takes into account both date and month). Rolex’s annual calendar complication is new, but it can be said to be a practical function, and it is also very smooth on the dial. However, the moon phase complication (especially on watches) is definitely an emotionally complex contemporary practicality. The moon phase indicator is designed to track the moon’s approximately 29-day period between the waxing and drooping phases. With the help of smartphones and other more useful weather and environmental condition indication technologies, it is indeed rare for someone to rely on mechanical timepieces to understand the phase of the moon, not to mention any reason for actually needing to know this information. .
Having said that, the moon phase indicator is a beautiful feature integrated in many exquisite timepieces, so we see a lot in the niche market of luxury timepieces that emotionally drive aesthetics. I must say that Rolex does not think of this complicated function, because Rolex’s goal is to manufacture high-quality watches that can be sold in large quantities. I mean, I think Rolex Cellini Moonphase is the first niche Rolex dress watch I have ever seen in my life. In addition, Rolex seems to be trying to attract the attention of other brands, which is a brand that many people think Rolex has stopped paying attention to. A version of Rolex Cellini Moonphase (No. 50535) will be launched in 2017. This means a case material and a dial option – at least as far as I know. Rolex is obviously testing the water to see how the passion-driven classic formal watches made by Rolex will work. This is as much as Rolex has invested in uncertain products for a long time. Although not everyone agrees with the success degree of 50535 Rolex Cellini Moonphase in the market, but I think most people can agree that this watch is very attractive.
It is slightly thicker than the Rolex Cellini with only the time function-the Rolex Cellini Moonphase case is also 39 mm wide and is available in 18k Everose gold. The thickness of the classic case combined with the moderate case diameter makes this watch look chic and elegant, giving a pleasant and fulfilling feeling. Attached to the case is a matching brown crocodile leather strap. I think if you want to match the watch with dark clothes, the black strap looks good too.
I sympathize with those who chose replica Rolex Explorer I 214270 watches. In addition to those who “understand”, just because they fell (because understandably) because of their handsome appearance, there are some super-thought Explorer I customers who have also made a fair decision. Before buying the first (or next) Rolex, some research is needed. They studied Submariner and Submariner Date and Oyster Perpetual, both of which are on the side of Explorer I in terms of price and function. I can connect with those who end in Explorer I 214270, but, nevertheless, I am still not sure if this is the watch I want to buy when I buy an affordable Rolex today.
The process of getting lost in hundreds of forum pages and watching comments is very easy, and there are countless minutes of videos dedicated to the hard work of making the “best for you” decision when choosing Rolex. You will find Cyclops fans, the biggest desk haters, Cerachrom ceramic bezel opponents and believers, OP (for our mortals, Oyster Perpetual) value proposition missionaries, fact sheet comparators, and the list is endless. When I look for the best Rolex watch to earn hard-earned money, I can use a psychological struggle to fill the entire article, or even the entire book.
Thankfully, these days, Rolex stainless steel watches have excellent value retention, so even if you realize that your choice is not suitable, you may be able to get rid of the predicament hundreds of dollars without losing more than one dollar. However, the purpose of this is to help you determine whether Rolex Explorer I 214270 is right for you. Rolex Explorer I 214270 is essentially a “dateless” hybrid of Oyster Perpetual 39 and Submariner, including the case, bezel, dial, bracelet and movement. This cleverly leads us to my point of view, in terms of price and functionality, many people think that if used with Explorer I, they will get the best of both worlds. Although there are many subtle differences between these three collections, their priorities and methods are not the same, but here is a quick introduction to the Explorer method that I am suitable to use. It basically has OP’s 39mm Oystersteel overall mid-shell, and its profile is slightly curved than the flat trapezoidal profile of the 40mm Oystersteel Submariner. Explorer I has different baffles: OP has a domed, high-polished baffle, while Explorer I has what Rolex calls a “smooth” baffle. Its polishing effect is equally good, but it has a flat surface instead of the raised bezel of the OP. There is no Cerachrom anywhere in Explorer I, which means you will definitely have at least some vortices on the steel bezel, but you absolutely do n’t have to worry about breaking the Cerachrom ring insert. “Explorer” I has a very good water resistance, reaching 100 meters, while “Submarine” has a rated water depth of 300 meters. As I am sure you have noticed, this will indeed be a trade-off game.
The movement in Rolex Explorer I 214270 is the Rolex 3132 movement, which is the same as the Oyster Perpetual 39 movement. The only major difference between me and Submariner’s “No Date” 3130 is that Explorer and OP both have “High-Performance Paraflex Shock Absorbers”, and strangely, Submariner with a professional diving watch pedigree does not. You will see the Paraflex shock absorber of Rolex Explorer on the picture below. Although they all have the highest chronometer seconds accuracy (2/2 + 2) and a 5-year international warranty like all Rolex watches produced today, OP, Explorer I and Submariner all have a 48-hour power reserve, far less than Rolex (Rolex) new generation movement 32xx has a power reserve of more than 70 hours. Learn more about this. The dial of Rolex Explorer I 214270 now has a blue Chromalight display-essentially a BGW9 luminescent material, which has a longer lifespan than the more common Super-LumiNova C3, but is not bright after being charged. Compared with the Super-LumiNova temporary lighting on Panerais and other installations, I prefer Chromalight’s long-lasting blue tone.
Les Artisans De Geneve is a company that was created in early 2016 with a mission of “recreating” existing and vintage watches. Initially distinguishing themselves from the customizers like Bamford, they chose to create pieces like their tribute to the Rolex Daytona 6263 watch which strayed from being too radical in how it was reimagined. Later in the year, came this watch, the Les Artisans De Geneve & Kravitz Design LK 01 Rolex Daytona. Partnering with Lenny Kravtiz’s design firm, Kravitz Design, Les Artisans De Geneve went all out in creating a brash and audacious black DLC and gold Daytona on a black military cuff strap. The mere inception of this concept is designed to generate love or hate opinions, but after spending time with this watch there is one undeniable fact – the product is meticulously done and objectively impressive in its execution.
The LK 01 is based on- the replica Rolex Daytona watches Ref. 116523. This is the two-tone steel and gold model introduced in 2000, but the two have little in common when you consider the before and after. Les Artisans De Geneve disassemble the watch and movement by hand and then begin their extensive process of modifying the piece. The case is treated with a black DLC and the bezel is replaced with one that is bakelite treated, done using a machine that dates back to the 1970s.
I really appreciate the use of bakelite for the bezel as it’s a novel and actually practical material. For those not familiar, bakelite is a temperature resistant plastic made of phenol and formaldehyde that is flexible to mold and durable once set. This is no ordinary plastic, and vintage bakelite items like jewelry, billiard balls, and chess sets (among many other items) are highly valuable and prized. And, of course, the Rolex GMT Ref. 6542 has a bakelite bezel and was sold for something around six-figures. Of course, part of the reason for this value may be due to the fact that the watch was discontinued when the decision to fill the numerals with radium was met with the unfortunate reality that bakelite could break, subjecting the wearer to the radium. In any case, in a world of ceramic bezels, I really enjoyed and appreciated the distinct aesthetic and feel of the bakelite bezel on the LK 01.
The black bezel has white tachymeter numerals and indices with a gold inner and outer ring. In addition to this, the chronograph pushers and crown are also done in gold which contrasts quite nicely with the black DLC case. It’s far from being an entirely original pairing of contrasting colors, but the exquisite quality and finish is clear as soon as the watch is handled.
The theme continues on the dial, with gold hands and indices set against the black dial. It’s all pretty attractive but it’s impossible to not want there to be a line or two less of text. Some editing here would have aesthetically paid off, in my opinion. On the other hand, I think the touch of the red chronograph hand was a good choice in breaking up the gold and black aesthetic. That dual color scheme can get a little too serious, so this was a good decision. Legibility is sacrificed here, there’s no way around it. The polished gold hands are difficult to read if it’s a very sunny day (which we have a lot of in Los Angeles) and glare can make the dial unreadable. With that said, the polished gold hands are definitely part of this watch’s identity and I wouldn’t expect this piece to sacrifice style for practicality. That’s just not what it’s about.