If you are looking for a guide through the turbulent market for high quality Rolex replica watches, you should look no further than Paul Altieri, a life-long collector who turned his passion into a business when he acquired Bob’s Watches, a tiny trading platform at the time in 2010, with a goal of creating a secure online marketplace for buying and selling genuine luxury 1:1 Rolex fake watches at their true fair market prices.
A regular contributor to debates on WatchPro over rising and falling watch prices on the secondary market over the past five years, his fundamental advice has never changed.
“I always tell people to buy what they love,” he urges.
“It’s easy to get wrapped up in the investment side of watches, but the most important thing is to find a timepiece that will make you happy,” he adds.
Of course, everybody loves a bargain, or at least perfect UK replica Rolex watches that will not plummet in value, as we have seen with the hottest steel professional models over the past year.
That has created opportunities. “For those who love sports watches, now is a great time to buy one because prices are lower than they have been in years,” Mr Altieri notes.
Or go a little more left field. Rolex’s dress watch collection, the Cellini, has been a little unloved in comparison to the sportier styles, but they are stunning timepieces represent value when measured against waiting list AAA Rolex copy watches in steel.
“Not only is the Cellini unlike anything else in Rolex’s modern lineup, but all Cellini watches feature cases made from either solid gold or platinum, and many can be purchased for less than the price of Rolex’s entry-level stainless steel sports models,” Mr Altieri advises.
Looking back over the past two years, it is clear to see a bubble developed for the most in-demand Rolex collections: China replica Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, Submariner and GMT Master watches.
The same trend drove prices for Patek Philippe‘s Nautilus and Aquanaut families, and Audemars Piguet‘s Royal Oaks.
Because waiting lists were so long with authorised dealers, customers had to buy from the pre-owned or grey market where prices soared.
A report released this week by Boston Consulting Group shows how the hot Rolex super clone watches online from the big three brands soared to three-times their authorised retailer prices by early 2022, but have been falling since.
It is worth noting that not every reference in the Rolex catalogue saw prices rise as far or fall as fast.
“For many years, a lot of Rolex’s other iconic models like the Datejust, Oyster Perpetual, and Air-King were all dramatically under-priced compared to their more-famous sports watch siblings,” Mr Altieri reports.
Ladies Swiss movements replica Rolex watches were the least volatile, selling for below retail prices until the final months of the price bubble.
This price stability is increasingly underpinned by a rising number of women catching the watch collecting bug.
“Women’s watches have done extremely well when it comes to value retention. Not only are an increasing number of female collectors getting into this hobby, but pre-owned prices for women’s luxury watches were significantly undervalued for many years. Beyond just experiencing less of a contraction in secondary market premiums, a number of women’s fake Rolex watches for sale from well-known brands have actually increased in value within the past year,” Mr Altieri reports.
At the end end of the day, the watch market is driven by the simple forces of supply and demand, and on the demand side, prices on the secondary market are affected by people’s tastes.
Recently, we have seen a trend for Rolex replica watches shop getting smaller. The days of 45mm monoliths are fading, and slimmer, less ostentatious styles are becoming more popular.
If you follow Mr Altieri’s advice to buy what you love, it is likely this trend is already affecting your purchasing decisions, which has a knock on effect on the secondary market as demand switches from larger to smaller Rolex fake watches site.
Mr Altieri agrees. “There has definitely been a growing interest in smaller watches lately,” he notes. “For quite a while, there was a huge industry-wide focus on oversized watches — even to the point where Rolex had started to release larger versions of its most famous models. However, now we are seeing a resurgence of interest in more compact and traditional case profiles, both among male and female collectors.”
Does this mean demand for chunkier cheap replica Rolex watches like Submariners is on the wane?
“I’m not sure whether the sports watch trend is actually fading, or if people are now just becoming aware of a much wider variety of different timepieces,” Mr Altieri replies.
With more watch collectors joining the party in the past two years than at any time in history, we are beginning to see how their buying habits evolve.
“Many people naturally gravitated towards sports watches due to their practical features and durability but, once those same people have been collecting watches for a number of years, it’s only natural for them to start branching out and looking at other designs that are different from what they may already own in their personal collections,” Mr Altieri suggests.
Some are broadening their collections into precious metal pieces, which is why we have been seeing a rise in popularity for two-tone, gold and platinum top fake Rolex watches over the past few years.
“The demand for stainless steel models drove up their prices to the point where precious metal versions had started to seem like bargains by comparison. On top of that, for the person who already owns several watches, opting for either a two-tone or precious metal model is an easy way to add diversity to their collection, while still sticking with a familiar style that they know works well on their wrist,” Mr Altieri says.