Luxury Swiss Fake Rolex Watches UK Fined €91.6 Million EUR For Banning Online Sales

Rolex replica watches for sale is facing a €91.6 million EUR fine for banning the online sale of its product by authorized distributors for more than a decade, per France’s Haute Autorité de la Concurrence.

The national competition regulator stated that the luxury 1:1 Rolex fake watches brand’s digital sales prohibition was “serious,” as it “amounted to closing a commercialization channel, to the detriment of consumers and distributors, while online distribution has been growing momentum for the past 15 years for luxury goods, including watches.”

Top AAA replica Rolex watches previously justified the ban as a measure of protecting its branded products from counterfeiting, but the board dismissed the Swiss label’s argument, stating that it was not proportionate. Additionally, the regulator cited several competitors that have “put solutions in place,” particularly technologically, to engage in online sales while safely combatting counterfeiters.

The organization explained that because Rolex created “a program for the online purchase of pre-owned cheap Rolex copy watches, whose authenticity it guarantees” with a retailer, “an absolute ban on the online selling of its products cannot therefore be justified.” However, Rolex did not face any penalties for alleged price restricting, with regulators stating that “the evidence in the case did not prove Rolex France had restricted the pricing freedom of its authorized retailers.”

High quality Rolex replica watches has not yet commented on the news. The Haute Autorité de la Concurrence expects Rolex France, Rolex Holding SA, Rolex SA and the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation to clear the fine.

Lost And Found: Vintage UK 1:1 Best Rolex Submariner Replica Watches Discovered On The Ocean Floor Returns Home After A Five-Year Adventure

Skiing down Mont Blanc, sailing the Pacific Ocean, and sitting lost in a septic tank for over a year. These are just some of the incredible adventures that Ric Outrim’s perfect UK Rolex Submariner replica watches has endured, and it has kept ticking without complaint. But its greatest adventure has just wrapped up, and this one took almost five years. 

The lost and found vintage Rolex Submariner

Back in July, we brought you the incredible story of Ric’s lost Rolex Submariner. Australian professional surfer Matt Cuddihy found the high quality Rolex fake watches while he was snorkeling and collecting rubbish off the Queensland coast near the surfing town of Noosa. Ric saw our story on Fratello, and before long, he had proven his connection to the lost Rolex thanks to an inscription on the back of the top Rolex copy watches, which simply reads “R. Outrim, Presented 1971.” It turns out that it had been under the ocean for four years — first lost in 2019, then found in 2023. (A quick side note, dear readers: we came across a separate story of a Rolex found in Queensland, which we covered here. It is unrelated to Ric’s story.)

The moment Ric knew that someone had found his luxury replica Rolex watches, he “broke down and wept.” When he realized that he would get the watch back thanks to Matt’s honesty and efforts, he said, “I am so grateful for this to be returned. It’s unbelievable. You would never think this could happen. I am so emotional.” 

Life’s adventures with a Rolex strapped to the wrist

Ric had a special attachment to his Rolex Submariner. It had accompanied him on every twist and turn of his life’s journey since he received it at 18 years old from his father, a sailor and former member of the Royal Australian Navy. Those adventures included tying the knot, winning a few sailing races, backpacking across Europe, and working in Switzerland. The Swiss made fake Rolex watches was a connection to his father, who died in the early 2000s. “It’s finally come back home; it’s a big thing,” Ric said.

Overjoyed, Matt told Fratello that he was “stoked” that Ric had gotten his Rolex back. “I am so stoked for Ric. His Rolex is right back where it should be — on his wrist telling time and ready for more adventures. I told him I didn’t want to see it in my aquatic garbage collection again!” In addition to sharing his find on Fratello in an attempt to find the owner, Matt had also posted on his social media to more than 25,000 followers. At the time he was overwhelmed by the response, but it was only by chance that Ric had seen the Fratello story and reached out. 

Rolex refurbished and back at home again

When Ric was able to prove his ownership of the AAA Rolex super clone watches, Matt helped put him in touch with Rolex so that he could have the barnacle-encrusted timepiece repaired. In December, the watch returned from Rolex. At Ric’s request, the brand had completely refurbished it and included the original parts with the watch. Inside one of the zip-lock bags was even one of the barnacles that was attached to the watch when Matt found it in the ocean. The watch also arrived on a period-correct Oyster bracelet from Rolex (Ric had lost the original and was wearing the watch on a Velcro band when it fell off his wrist in the surf). 

Fratello understands that just one watchmaker at Rolex was the dedicated expert on the refurbishment from start to finish. The process took the greater part of six months, something that touched Ric. “I would like to say ‘thank you’ to that watchmaker because it’s clear how much love and effort went into this project,” he said. “We had lunch together with the Rolex team in Brisbane. It was missing for such a while that I had sort of reconciled with this sense of deep loss. I never thought it would come back to me, but Rolex was amazing. The people there were so good to me. They gave the watch so much special attention.”

“A friend for the rest of my life”

Ric always wanted to have the watch completely refurbished while keeping as many of the original components as possible so that he could take it surfing and swimming again. Not only has that happened, but the perfect Rolex replica watches has also become a story of friendship. Matt and Ric met for lunch in Noosa and now are regularly in touch, sharing a passion for nature, the sea, and surfing. “I’d like to have Matt as a friend for the rest of my life. He’s a person of very high caliber,” Ric said. 

The next plan? Ric wants to take the refurbished wholesale fake Rolex Submariner watches to the spot where he lost it and go surfing with Matt. “Now that it’s back, I’d like to go back to National Park where I lost it surfing, go surfing with Matt, and retrace my steps with it on my wrist.” So perhaps, in a sense, the watch’s adventures are just beginning again, not ending with this chapter of the story. 

Final thoughts

We don’t like to inject ourselves into stories like these too much at Fratello. However, Ric insisted that he add a “thank you” to the author and the editorial staff for helping him in the journey that reunited him with his Swiss movements Rolex super clone watches. “You are one of the people who brought this whole thing together with your stories on Fratello, Henry. The whole experience was surreal. Thank you,” he said. Personally, it has been a touching experience for this writer to have shared some of this journey with Ric and Matt. I am so happy to have seen the watch returned to its rightful home. Thanks to RJ and Fratello’s managing editor Nacho for championing this series too and setting up the articles and photographs for publication.

This experience has given Ric a new appreciation for Rolex, watches in general, and the community of enthusiasts. And while Matt, who has become a Fratello reader since the first part of the story broke, would love 2024 China replica Rolex watches, he says he likes the approachable vibe and designs of modern Tudor, a fitting watch for the wrist of a professional surfer and someone who spends his private time in the water cleaning up his local beaches. This is how the story ends. For now, I wish you all a happy holiday season and look forward to bringing you more stories next year.

Hello, Newman: A Collector Looks Askance At The Cult Of The UK Perfect Paul Newman Rolex Daytona Fake Watches

Those two words conjure up a number of associations: actor, successful Le Mans endurance racer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and loving family man among others.

But for watch lovers, the name “Paul Newman” is associated first and foremost with Rolex, and in particular with a subset of that brand’s AAA Rolex Daytona replica watches with specific dial characteristics, including a recessed outer seconds track and subdials that feature block-shaped hash marks and Art Deco-style Arabic numerals.

Over the past few years I’ve bought vintage watches (see A Contemporary Watch Collector Goes Vintage), purchased my first Rolex (see Great Rolex Experiment With the GMT Master II Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Crown), and mused in print here at Quill & Pad about the value of rarity (see The Value Of Rarity: Christie’s Auctions A Black-Dialed A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 In Stainless Steel) and the drivers of auction valuations for vintage watches.

But I have to confess that none of that has fully prepared me to understand the cult of the Paul Newman Daytona, which has now been whipped into an outright frenzy when Phillips auctioned one of Mr. Newman’s very own luxury UK fake Rolex “Paul Newman” watches at its October 2017 auction in New York (see Paul Newman’s Own Paul Newman Rolex Daytona To Go Up For Auction).

Update: the watch went under the hammer for an eye-watering $17,752,500!

So what to make of the whole Newman mania and how likely am I as a collector to join the crowd of rabid enthusiasts seeking to buy one of these pieces?

Why I’m a “no”

If you’ve ever watched episodes of “Seinfeld,” you will have picked up pretty quickly that Jerry had a particular dislike for one of his neighbors, a postal worker known only as “Newman.”

In subsequent interviews, Seinfeld has explained that there was no specific reason why his character hated Newman, but I know my reasons for being reluctant to embrace the cheap replica Rolex Paul Newman Daytona watches.

Always too much: I’ll confess that I have flirted with the idea of going after a “Paul Newman” Daytona more than once in the past, but each time I do, the asking price has escalated into a range that I find unacceptable.

The analogous example that comes to mind here from the vintage car world is the Fiat Jolly, a “resort car” with wicker seats and a fringed top that was originally manufactured circa 1960 for Italian seaside resorts.

When a nice used Jolly was $20,000 I thought it might be fun at $10,000. When I finally sucked it up and was prepared to spend $20,000, the number had become $40,000. Now the number is closer to $100,000, and I don’t think I’ll ever go there!

Similarly, as the ‘Paul Newman’ has taken on cult status within and beyond the watch world, the prices have gone up exponentially.

A watch for people who don’t know watches: One reason for the explosion in value is that the Paul Newman Daytona has become a popular purchase well beyond the world of serious vintage collectors or even of watch enthusiasts in general.

While I don’t begrudge the various celebrities and self-characterized “ballers” who have discovered the Newman Rolex copy watches for men but aren’t in any way students of horology, I don’t have to like what the mainstreaming of the ‘Paul Newman’’s appeal among the affluent has done to its valuation and public perception.

A few years ago, I bid at auction on the leather “Eisenhower” jacket that Ike himself wore during the planning for the D-Day invasion, four-star shoulder patches and all, without having done any research on it or analogous items.

Had I prevailed, my guess is that serious devotees of presidential history and military memorabilia would (and should) have viewed me in the same vein as I see some of the current generation of Paul Newman buyers.

Stylish reject: When the Daytonas with so-called “exotic” dials (with depressed outer rims in different colors from the main dial) were introduced, they were quite unpopular, and few were made. Once one of these high quality Rolex replica watches became associated with Newman, however, demand – and value – began to grow.

In a slightly different sense, we’ve seen a similar phenomenon with the Patek Philippe Reference 5020, a TV-screen shaped watch that has turned from a largely rejected ugly duckling into a “must-have” collector piece due to its rarity.

While the boxy hash marks and pronounced numerals on the Newman’s subdials are certainly distinctive, I’ll say the unthinkable: to me, they’re really not that attractive.

Tiny distinctions, big valuations: While this point isn’t unique to the Paul Newman, it certainly comes into play: if, in addition to being a Paul Newman, your best fake Rolex watches happens to have a retailer’s name like Tiffany or Linz printed on the dial, or even better the modest word “Oyster” printed beneath the main “Rolex Cosmograph” label on a tropical (translation: corroded) dial, you’ve just hit the jackpot to the tune of 700 large to $2 million plus.

By the time that we need to search for such minuscule distinctions to decide who has something of value, I’m smelling a bubble.

Frankens and frauds: Not surprisingly, what goes hand in hand with the point above is the irresistible temptation, at least for some, to turn less valuable Swiss movements Rolex Daytona super clone watches into more valuable ones by re-printing the dials or swapping parts.

While some counter measures exist such as verifying the serial number ranges, I’m thinking that there is no sure safeguard against finding after the fact that your “Paul Newman” actually has a replacement service dial installed in a watch that started its life as a garden-variety Daytona; your “untouched” dial has had some of its applied indices replaced; or that you’ve bought a piece like the so-called “Texas dial” watches (on which the outer seconds ring on the dial is at the same level as the main dial rather than depressed) that are of disputed authenticity.

Have you worn one: I have, and while it sits pretty nicely on the wrist the best word I can conjure up for the overall wearing impression is “flimsy.” That goes double for the original bracelets, which are far less substantial than today’s robust Rolex solid-link bracelets, and whose condition is often quite optimistically described.

If the description reads “tight” I translate it as “tinny”; “shows some wear” comes off more as “like wet toilet tissue” in my experience.

And as long as I’m at it, I’m not that fond of the pusher feel on the AAA China replica Rolex Newman chronograph watches, either; as watches from this general era go I’m much more drawn to pieces like the Breguet Type XX “big eye” chronographs both aesthetically and functionally.

Why I’m conflicted

Okay, so here’s the part where I confess that I idolized Paul Newman, the man.

Somewhere in a box, I still have the commemorative copy of People Magazine that celebrated his life. In my guise as a car nut and amateur open-wheel racer, I saw him as both a true enthusiast and a legitimate hot shoe.

Cool Hand Luke and his performance therein remain among my very favorites in the film world, and while I won’t go down the long list, many of his other performances have stayed with me as well.

Then there’s his and his family’s charity work, which the sale of his Daytona at Phillips this October will benefit, making this a great reason to support the sale of this particular top fake Rolex watches (proceeds from the sale will go to a charitable organization called the Nell Newman Foundation).

And at least by most accounts, he was a devoted husband and father. His famous line about being faithful to his wife Joanne Woodward “I have steak at home; why go out for hamburger?” was at the same time immediately memorable, mildly offensive (reportedly Woodward hated being compared to a cut of meat), and wonderfully endearing.

In addition, Newman was a legitimate “Rolex guy.”

He reportedly owned at least five different Daytona models over the years along with other Rolexes, and not only wore them regularly but gave many of them away to friends and family members.

Newman and Rolex are so tightly linked that for me, owning a “Newman” Rolex would be a suitable tribute to the man.

In my fantasies, at least, he must also have found the stock metal bracelets wanting as he wore his Daytonas on a variety of leather straps; for me both a further reason to admire the man and a potential mitigation for one of my objections to the best quality Rolex replica watches.

Finally, there are some aspects of the Newman Daytona look that I do find appealing! In particular I’ll call out the subtle pebble graining of the main dial, especially on the ivory-dialed pieces I’ve seen.

The bottom line

Let’s start with what is perhaps obvious: while I’m a great admirer of Newman and have a certain weakness for bidding on objects such as Eisenhower’s jacket and Albert Einstein’s watch (a story for another time, perhaps), this October lot at Phillips is going to be way out of reach for me.

I do plan on attending the auction, though, wish all the best to the prospective bidders and to the Newman charities that will benefit, and expect an astonishing hammer price.

While I do have some concerns that another childhood hero of mine, Arnold Palmer, will live on in the collective consciousness mostly as a lemonade-iced tea drink, I don’t think there’s any chance that “Paul Newman” will be remembered primarily as the name of a wristwatch given Newman’s many accomplishments and ongoing charitable legacy.

I don’t “need” to own Newman Rolex replica watches shop to show my respect for the man and I’ll probably do more good for those in need by continuing my regular purchases of Newman’s Own products – so I think I’ll stick to that!