Nasty in a good way, these early 16628s have so many little features that quickly turn me into a cheap fake Rolex Yacht-Master guy. This specific reference was introduced in 1992, ran for only a couple of years, and not all examples have tritium dials.
If you want to get super nerdy, some 16628 examples date to 1991, as perfect replica Rolex pre-produced the model a bit. I would have to find one with a tritium dial – the triangular plots applied directly on the dial are unique and quirky.
Similar to the Swiss movement copy Rolex Daytona and Explorer II white dials of the early 1990s, these 16628s have a “porcelain” effect due to a multi-layered lacquering process. The result is a crispy black font that hovers above the white surface upon close inspection, sitting between the layers of lacquer. If I had to lounge on the back of a yacht this Labor Day, sipping rosé, I would do so á la Succession’s Cousin Greg: “It’s an AAA quality replica Rolex; it’s not my favorite. It’s fine. I’ll wear it. It’s just not my favorite.”
Swiss made replica Rolex doesn’t really make unique watches – at least, not that we hear about. That’s what makes this platinum Yacht-Master, to be auctioned at Monaco Legend on April 22, so exceptional. It’s a one-off prototype Yacht-Master commissioned by former perfect fake Rolex CEO Patrick Heiniger in 1992, who had taken over as the CEO from his father, André, that same year.
Heiniger ordered the watch to celebrate the production of luxury super clone Rolex’s 10 millionth chronometer-certified movement, as shown by the “Dix Millionieme Chronometre” on the dial. In addition to the platinum case, bracelet, and flip-lock clasp, the unique grey dial is set with blue sapphires and diamonds. The whole package is wonderful and opulent and gaudy in the best way possible. AAA quality replica Rolex introduced the Yacht-Master line in 1992 as a kind of luxe alternative to the Submariner – the Sub was for divers in the ocean, the Yacht-Master for those cruising topside – and this prototype is the most Yacht-Master of Yacht-Masters.
For about as long as it’s been around, Rolex fake for sale has made accuracy and producing chronometers core to its identity and its omnipresent marketing. It’s even given other landmark chronometers (the 50,000th or 100,000th, for example) to historical figures like Churchill and Eisenhower. But for number 10 million, it went all out with a platinum cheap replica Rolex Yacht-Master.
In other words, when best 1:1 replica Rolex wanted to celebrate the most Rolex of anniversaries, this is how it did so. And it celebrated in the most Rolex of ways: the watch wasn’t intended for the public, only Heiniger himself. By the way, it was an achievement worth celebrating – as our old friend Joe Thompson reported way back in 2010, Swiss movement fake Rolex made another seven million chronometers from 2000 through 2010, blowing by its next closest competitor, Omega, which produced 2.3 million during the same period.
According to Davide Parmegiani of Monaco Legend Group, on the day Heiniger introduced the new yellow-gold high quality replica Rolex Yacht-Master in 1992, he had this platinum prototype on his wrist. Heiniger was CEO until 2008, and the Yacht-Master would be the only new model line he introduced during his tenure. Heiniger was just the third person to hold the top job at Rolex super clone online, after his father, who had run Rolex South America, took over the CEO position when Hans Wilsdorf died in 1960 (the job was left open for two years after Wilsdorf’s death).
Monaco Legend Group has placed the estimate at €1 million to €2 million (about $1.1 to $2.2 million), and has even guaranteed the low estimate to the consignor, said to be a descendant of the Heiniger family.