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.”
At a certain point, it feels like Adam simply stopped caring about what the often cranky world of serious copy watch collectors told him he must own, and decided to just start having fun. He’d seen some of the custom pieces the folks at Artisans de Geneve have done, and one night while laying in bed, he decided to email them out of the blue with the idea for his own perfect replica Rolex Daytona.
After months of emails and Zoom calls, Adam and AdG founder John Isaac came up with the idea of a single gold 1:1 fake Rolex Daytona with screw down pushers and white, Paul Newman-style dial – similar to the 6263 featured above – but with their own tweaks. You see skeletonized sub dials, and a WHITE bezel. On top of that, the entire dial and bezel are luminous, so they light up in the dark.
Adam describes this project and the resulting Rolex replica for sale as one of the most rewarding things he’s done, and in many ways, it flies in the face of all the traditional watch nerdery that he’s subscribed to for so long – and that’s probably why it feels so good. This Swiss movement fake Rolex is his, in every single way, and it was born out of things that he loves for his own reasons. And there’s something beautiful about that.