Many people have already bought the Rolex they want to add this year, and half of them are in the past. However, some are still holding on, waiting for their names to appear at their local authorized retailers, while countless others are still debating which model they want to buy. We always recommend that people should buy what they like and personal preference should be the main deciding factor when choosing a watch. However, the truth is that a watch can often be used as an investment, and the potential future value of a watch is something you need to consider when making your decision.
Before we begin, it is necessary to clarify what we mean by “investing in watches” and to let you know that there is no “get rich quick” scheme here. On the contrary, this guide aims to highlight some of the currently undervalued replica Rolex watches, models that have recently been discontinued, and models that could be more expensive if you put off buying them for another year.
Few of the luxury watches available are more widely seen as a blue-chip investment than the fake Rolex Submariner, and 2020 has been a bumper year for the collection, with Rolex discontinuing all existing 40mm models , and launched a series of new models with 41 mm cases. As with any Rolex stainless steel sports watch released recently, the open market price for the new Submariner watch is very high. However, this means that the previous generation now represents a very attractive value proposition.
Other than that, the older generation 40mm case and aluminium bezel insert, especially the ref. 16610 and ref. 14060, also offering strong investment potential for 2021. Not only are they one of the cheapest Rolex Submariner models out there, but they were the last generation of classic scale watches before the Super Case and Maxi dials were introduced.
Finally, two-tone watches have made a comeback in recent years, so if you’re interested in adding a two-tone Submariner to your collection, you can choose from stainless steel and 18k yellow gold references. The price of the 16613 is almost the same as the all stainless steel model. For those looking for a stainless steel and gold aesthetic, this is a can’t-miss deal, and when choosing a two-tone Submariner Rolex, you can even opt for a blue or black dial and bezel.
By the time the Submariner Date Watch 16610 first appeared in the late 1980s, diving technology had evolved to the point where COMEX divers relied on mechanical watches as their sole timekeeping device. Although Rolex continued to supply COMEX with Submariner and Wavemaker watches for about a full decade thereafter, they were rarely used for actual deep-sea diving and were instead given to COMEX executives and other high-ranking employees.
The serial number engraving on the Rolex Submariner 16610 COMEX watch can be found between 1986 and 1997, although the Ref. 16610 itself was not officially unveiled until nearly 1988. Furthermore, it is estimated that only a few hundred watches were produced in total during Ref.’s ten-year period. 16610. 16610 watches were sent to COMEX. Also, since many of these watches are not used for commercial diving, these referees are not uncommon. The 16610 Submariner watch is in significantly better condition than some older COMEX-issued predecessors.
The Reference 16610 was the last Rolex model to feature the iconic COMEX logo on the dial, a relationship between the two brands that ended before the next-generation Submariner watch was launched. What’s more, aside from the engraving on the dial and caseback, the COMEX 16610 watches are otherwise identical to the standard production Reference 16610 Submariner watches as they do not include any additional features such as the prototype helium release found on the Reference 5514 valve.
In general, the Reference 16610 COMEX Submariner is more affordable than other COMEX cheap Rolex watches, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy to find or that they’re economical in any way. Regardless of the specific model or its unique attributes, all COMEX Submariner watches are considered the most desirable and collectible fake Rolexes on sale.
The reason COMEX brand Rolex watches are so rare and collectible is that they are never sold in any store, boutique or authorized retailer. To put it simply, there is no way for ordinary people to buy a COMEX brand Rolex watch for themselves. Instead, the co-branded watches were issued only to COMEX divers and other senior company officials. Additionally, these watches are produced in very small numbers, and many of them feature unique details that you won’t find on any standard production Rolex model.
Rolex co-branded dials are very rare, and even the most inauspicious examples usually garner some serious attention. However, the collector’s fascination with COMEX issued watches goes beyond the co-branded dial and is intertwined with the history and heritage that is the foundation of the Rolex brand. Arguably, no other Rolex watch embodies this pioneering spirit more than the COMEX Submariner and Sea-Dweller models, and the dive watch industry as we know it today will always be shaped by the partnership of these two pioneering brands.
For Rolex, they continued to use radium in some mobile models of the dial until the late 1950s. However, with the release of the first GMT-Masters, they opted to light up the bezel numbers at the same time. To do this, they used to paint with a different luminescent composition, strontium 90. Another isotope made by nuclear fission, which is actually quite radioactive as well.
Unfortunately, in August 1961, a Navy major, Willard Mound, sued the company for $5 million, which seemed to be too late. He bought his watch in Hong Kong three years ago and said he, his wife and all of their five children had been severely physically affected by exposure to the watch.
In 1962, Rolex replaced radium with tritium. Another self-luminous element is also radioactive, with a half-life of just 12 years, at a considerably lower, safer level. By comparison, the half-life of radium is 1602 years!
Tritium served Rolex until 1998 when they decided to change the material again, this time to Luminova, a completely non-radioactive colorant invented by Nemoto & Co. Ltd in Japan. While completely harmless, Luminova, unlike its predecessors, first needs to be exposed to light in order to glow.
After only a short run, Luminova was replaced with SuperLuminova in the 2000s. Basically the same, Superluminova is supplied by the Swiss company RC Tritec AG.
Finally, in 2008, Rolex once again upgraded the Chromalight. It emits a stunning blue light instead of green and lasts longer than Superluminova, which debuted on the new Sea-Dweller Deepsea and then rolled out across the portfolio.
In addition to being a useful addition to the hands and hands of a watch dial, the luminous material type is also a good way to judge the age of a Rolex.
Before the AEC called for a recall, the word “Swiss” was printed separately below the six o’clock position near the outermost edge of the dial.
A small dot appears below the hour markers but above the word “Switzerland”, indicating that they still have radium content, but were at lower levels between 1960 and 1963.?
The ‘Underline’ dials were produced for a very short period, between 1963 and 1964. They have a small horizontal line either above or below the hands and are thought to mark the changeover from radium to tritium. Of course, these are very rare and highly sought after on the vintage market.