Reza Ali Rashidian is the greatest dive fake watch collector in the world. Full stop. His name might not ring out like Pucci's does in the world of Daytona, or Goldberger's in, well, everything, but he's as serious as they come. He's so serious, in fact that he, along with Mr. Goldberger himself, produced the amazing book A Journey Into The Deep, which looks at the most important Replica Rolex dive rolex replica watches (available online in the HODINKEE Shop) in history. It is a staple of any serious Replica Rolex or dive fake watch collectors library ?but what most do not know is that Reza owns every single fake watch in that book. All 132 pages of it.
Reza is certainly a top-tier collector, and more than that, he's one heck of a nice guy. He also makes some points about why he's so enthralled with the deep divers versus the other Replica Rolex sports replica watches out there that I've not heard before. Overall, it's a fascinating collection. I'm thrilled to be here today to show you the official HODINKEE Talking replica watches with Reza Ali Rashidian.The Replica Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Given To Him At Age 13
This small size Replica Rolex Datejust with gold bezel and crown was Reza's first good watch.
Everyone starts someplace, and Reza started in a pretty good place. This small-sized Replica Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust with gold bezel and hands was his very first good watch, given to him by his late father when he was 13 years old. He wore it daily until his wrists outgrew the diminutive size. Considering the rest of the collection, it only makes sense that Reza started with a Replica Rolex.Rolex Deepsea Special Number 1
Why beat around the bush, right? Let's get right into the serious stuff. Reza owns a Replica Rolex Deepsea Special, an experimental diver created by Replica Rolex at the very outset of the undersea exploration boom. What's more, his is number 1. Yes, this is the very first Replica Rolex mega diver. Actually, it may even be the very first Replica Rolex Oyster dive fake watch ?launching the same year as the earliest production dive watches. While it's not the fake watch that accompanied the boys on the Bathyscaphe Trieste to the Mariana Trench ?that's number 3, and it sits in the Smithsonian ?there is a lot to love here.
Reza bought this fake watch 14 years ago in the November 2005 Christie's sale. He paid 322,400 CHF. Up until that moment, Reza had been collecting all kinds of Replica Rolex - vintage and new, all models ?and as he says, owning a fake watch like this brings an entire "weather system" with it. And it was here that he began to assemble the most important Replica Rolex dive fake watch collection on the planet. As an aside, to all those who said a Replica Rolex tool fake watch has no business being made in steel and yellow gold just this March? Yeah, makes sense, doesn't it.ADVERTISEMENT Rolex Sea-Dweller Ref. 1665 Single Red, Patent-Pending, With Valve
The Single Red is the earliest reference of professional dive replica watches from Replica Rolex.
When asked why he is so attracted to the Sea-Dweller, as opposed to the GMT, Daytona, or even the Submariner, his answer is simple and reasonable. He is drawn to the most extreme version of anything (for years, he was a competition vintage racer) and to him, the Sea-Dweller is just that: a competition, or performance grade tool. The Daytona, he says, was worn by people on the sidelines; the GMT by the jet-set or by working pilots (with some exceptions). But the Sea-Dweller was only worn by people with a very clear purpose. It is, in many ways, the purest expression of Replica Rolex watchmaking because no compromises are made.
The next four replica watches are considered pre-production Sea-Dwellers. This one here is a very rare "Single-Red" Sea-Dweller that features a case that reads "Patent Pending," indicating Replica Rolex's patent for the helium escape valve had not yet been granted. This example above has a helium escape valve in the mid-case, but he also owns a Single Red without an HEV. Pretty damn cool.Rolex Sea-Dweller Ref. 1665 Double Red MK 0, Patent-Pending, With Valve
This fake watch came immediately after the incredibly rare Single Red watches, of which less than a dozen are known. They feature the same case style but now have "Sea-Dweller Submariner" written on the dial ?thus the "Double Red." These dials have text that often turn pink with time, while the case still reads "Patent Pending." These replica watches were distributed to commercial divers for testing and not sold to the general public.Rolex Sea-Dweller Ref. 1665 Double Red MK 1, Patent-Pending, With Valve
We are now into MK 1 territory of the Sea-Dweller, but still patent pending. This particular example is one that has double red writing that has faded to pink. It does have a helium escape valve, but replica watches in a similar range, though seldom seen, may feature cases without. This one has a lovely faded bezel, too.Rolex Sea-Dweller Ref. 1665 Double Red MK 2, Patent-Pending, With Valve
The MK2 patent pending Sea-Dweller represents the final iteration of pre-production replica watches for the line. While we've focused entirely on them so far, patent-pending Sea-Dwellers are all effectively prototypes and represent a very cool part of the history of Replica Rolex.Rolex Sea-Dweller Double Red MK 4 For JANUS IV
While Reza has every iteration of the later, production style Sea-Dwellers, this one is very special. It was worn by a British-born, French-speaking former Green Beret who took the fake watch on several JANUS trials ?a series of experimental, open-sea, very deep dives in conjunction with COMEX and French navy. These worn replica watches are "holy grails" to dive collectors and it took years for Reza to find one in honest condition. His is remarkably honest and the warmth and vibes of this particular fake watch are really incredible.
This particular fake watch was given to its owner to celebrate successfully diving to 460m in depth ?an attempt at the world record at the time. The inscription on the caseback is so light, but so wonderful.ADVERTISEMENT Rolex Submariner 5513 For Comex
The special reference 5514 COMEX may be what many are after, but Reza believes there is something special about the basic stock 5513 with COMEX dial. The thinner cases, the retro-fitted dials, and the very simple fact that this was a special delivery version of a fairly normal watch, make this appealing.Rolex Military Submariner Ref. 5513 For The Iranian Military
You all know the story of the MilSub ?the fixed spring bars, fully graduated bezel markings, swords hands and the like. Reza's 5513 MilSub is something else though, having been issued to the Iranian military.
Reza himself hails from Iran ?he now lives in Europe - but this special-issue fake watch is what you'll find on his wrist most days. For those that appreciate things that require a closer look, this is about as interesting as you're going to find. To many, it's just a Submariner. To a smaller few, it's a MilSub. To almost no one ?except for you here now, you'll know it's an Iranian MilSub. So cool.Rolex Sea-Dweller Ref. 16600 'Sommozzatori'
This is a neat one, and represents one of the very last times Replica Rolex would mark the dial of one of its replica watches for anyone outside the company. Of course, Replica Rolex and Italy have a special connection, and this later reference 16600 for the dive unit of the Italian forces is pretty wonderful. Also, how fun is it to say, "Sea-Dweller Sommozzatori"?Further Reading / Watching
You may have missed it, but Reza was actually a guest at our H10 celebrations last December and gave a wonderful talk on dive watches. You can fake watch it right here. Furthermore, as mentioned, it is Reza's collection that is featured singularly in this wonderful book on the history of Replica Rolex dive watches. It was produced by Mr. Goldberger himself, and I can't recommend it enough.
Oh, and want more on the Sea-Dweller? Have a look at our reference points on the king of dive replica watches from two years ago.Replica Rolex Talking-watches Vintage-rolex Comex Replica Rolex-deep-sea