Russell Crowe’s Cinderella Man Swiss Rolex Submariner replica watch is up for sale for a knockout price

Russel Crowe is a well-documented collector, known for purchasing watches from various brands to commemorate the films he starred in. We know this first-hand having personally discussed many of the actor’s watches after sitting down with him before he sold off a bunch of his pieces at Sotheby’s. Recently a new Russell Crowe watch has surfaced for sale via retailer Fog City: a 2005 cheap fake Rolex Submariner Date ref. 16610 engraved with “Cinderella Man 2004 Vincit Qui Se Vincit RC”. Based on his trend of engraving the movie and its year of filming on the caseback of his watches, it is abundantly clear that Crowe bought this watch to commemorate Cinderella Man – in which he played the lead role of boxer James J. Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who bounced back to challenge for the world heavyweight title. The Latin phrase on the engraving is a stirring paean to self-mastery and translates to “He conquers, who conquers himself”.

The 2005 Rolex Submariner Date ref. 16610 copy with steel bracelet offered for sale is part of a complete set with all of the original paperwork, boxes, and even hang tags included with the purchase of the watch. The fact everything was kept is further evidence of the fact Russell Crowe has the mind of a collector, ensuring all the key assets of watch investment were maintained.
As for its condition, the watch almost appears to be brand new. As you look closer you begin to see signs of its wear, with small knicks to the tapered bevels of the lug shoulders. The brushing on the bracelet, however, is in excellent condition. Factoring in the slight blemish to the link adjacent to the clasp, as well as the lug bevels, I would infer the watch has not been refinished as these are small indicators of natural wear. I would infer Russell Crowe wore the luxury clone watch, and that it was not a safe queen by any stretch.

As for its price, Fog City is taking enquires now with an asking price of $22,350. When you consider the celebrity factor at play here, the price is a reasonable request. As a 2005 model, it will not patinate in the manner that older tritium models do, but it’s modernity means this is by no means a fragile piece of celebrity memorabilia – it’s something you can actually wear.
For more information on how Russell Crowe approaches his watch purchases, and the films he has celebrated with Swiss movements replica Rolex watches, definitely check out the video above. Below are some more shots from the Fog City listing that reveal the watch’s overall great condition. If you happen to purchase the watch, please send us a wrist shot or wrist roll!

Blake Buettner – UK High-End Fake Breitling B09 Chronograph (with Pistachio Dial)

Well, this is a first. I don’t often find myself coming back to a Breitling replica after shows like this, but here we are. I like the direction Georges Kerns is going with Breitling these days, and the B09 is exactly the kind of watch I was hoping to see from them. This is a green dial fake Breitling Premier ‘Heritage’ watch, meaning it pulls from the brand’s considerable history without being an outright re-issue. While it does borrow some styling cues from a different era (the ‘40s), it doesn’t read as an outright throwback. There’s enough modern design here to hold its own as a new watch in 2021.

This is a hand-wound chronograph done right. There’s no date, and it gets a relatively slim 13mm case, which tells me they’ve paid attention to the little things. The chronometer spec B09 movement inside is in-house, and while not necessarily beautiful, it’s got a certain raw charm to it that I appreciate. Then there’s that dial, I know green is having a moment right now, but this is different, it’s “pistachio”. This is a green that’s not shying away from anything, and if you want the steel case, this Breitling Premier copy with Swiss movement your only option.

This is a handsome copy watch that falls somewhere between dressy and sporty, and I’d have loads of fun trying all manner of straps on it. At over $8k the top quality copy Breitling ain’t cheap, but there’s clear value here for the money and it still falls within reach of mere mortals, unlike a Patek Perpetual Calendar, or some such thing…

Top Quality Fake Omega Speedmaster (Professional) “Moonwatch” Watches Online

Not all of these cheap fake Omega Speedmaster models in this section are considered a “Moonwatch”. Many of them were introduced way before NASA chose Omega to become the official timepiece for their astronauts. Despite this, we will still use this category for them in this Speedmaster buyer’s guide. These early models are considered to be the forerunners of the Moonwatch. Their existence is vital to the history that was to come. And, to be frank, they are too beautiful to ignore.

Omega Speedmaster CK2915 Replica With Steel Case
The very first Speedmaster as Omega introduced in 1957 had reference CK2915. Together with the Seamaster 300 (CK2913) and Railmaster (CK2914), this model was part of this professional trio featuring curved lugs, a black dial, and broad arrow hands. Initially meant to be a sports chronograph, using the dashboard clocks of Italian sports cars of that time as an inspiration. They were advertised with racing cars. But the chronograph was useful for many other sports as well. Also, the chronograph was useful for those who needed to time events and tasks outside sports as well. The first Speedmaster has a diameter of 38.6mm, a lug size of 19mm, and a lug-to-lug size of 48mm. In the first three generations of Speedmasters, the lug width and lug-to-lug size do not change.
The Omega Speedmaster copy for men has multiple versions (you will find a -1, -2, or -3 added to the reference number) that could be considered more or less as small updates if you want. If you are looking for a CK2915, expect to pay a fortune (recent results have sky-rocketed the price of the CK2915). More important perhaps: try to find an original one that has not been tampered with. There is so much money involved in these very first models, that it also attracted people whose intentions are not always honest. Newly-made cases, movements from other watches, refitted bezels from a later period, and so on. Be very cautious when you get one offered.
The CK2915 houses the Omega caliber 321, with a column-wheel chronograph. This Lémania (based on the caliber 2310) movement went out of production in 1968 when Omega introduced the Speedmaster Professional 145.022. Then, in 2019, Omega clone announced the return of the caliber 321. First introduced in an all platinum version of the Moonwatch, and in January 2020 in a steel “Ed White” case.

Speedmaster CK2998 & 105.002
Often considered to be the second-best thing when it comes to vintage fake Omega Speedmasters. This particular reference number already looks a bit like the “Moonwatch” with its black bezel and Alpha hands. Where the first Speedmaster had a bit of a military look, in my opinion, this watch is a more subtle sports chronograph. The black bezel also changed the diameter of the watch from 38.6mm to 39.7mm. Lug width remained 19mm and the lug-to-lug is 48mm.
There is quite a bit of variation in the CK2998, where the different styles of hands are the most important identifier. One of the most sought-after CK2998 models is the one with the “lollipop” chronograph second hand.

The 105.002 needs to be mentioned as well. There is actually no real difference between the last variation CK2998(-62) and the 105.002 except for the reference number. Omega changed the reference number syntax, which means getting rid of the CK identifier and 4 digit numbers. The 105.002 was actually made in a very small period of time (1962) before its successor was introduced (105.003). This makes the 105.002 perhaps even more collectible than some of the CK2998 models.
Expect to pay approximately €25,000 for a Speedmaster CK2998 in good condition. When there are a box or/and papers as well, the price will be influenced. You might also be interested in the so-called FAP models that were delivered to the Peruvian Air Forces. When the CK2998 is in near mint condition, expect to pay much more than the €25,000 mentioned. Especially if it is one of the first iterations, prices can almost triple. Just try to think of what’s important to you when collecting, before you make a purchase.
Omega Speedmaster 105.003 Fake With Black Dial
The 105.003 reference already looks a bit more like the Speedmaster Professional “Moonwatch”, with its white baton hands. This Speedmaster is actually the most affordable pre-Professional model out there. Prices of this cheap fake Omega Speedmaster 105.003 reference have gone up in the last few years, expect to pay at least €17,000 for one in good condition. The 105.003 is often referred to as the “Ed White”, as he used this watch (and most probably even two of them) during his spacewalk in 1965.

As you can read in another article here on Fratello (How the Speedmaster became the Moonwatch), the 105.003 was the watch used by NASA for the qualification. Although Omega shipped the successors of the 105.003 for use during Extra-Vehicular Activities by NASA astronauts, the 105.003 was also used by NASA. These watches were in NASA’s possession as they received some for the qualification procedures, and they were used during Apollo missions.
The Speedmaster 105.003 was introduced right after the “transitional” 105.002, in 1964. It was in production until 1969. In some old catalogs, you will find the 105.003 advertised next to the 105.012/145.012. In 2020, Omega clone introduced the Speedmaster Calibre 321, based on this 3rd generation Speedmaster. You will find it further down in this article.

Everything You Need to Know About the Luxury Fake OMEGA Co-Axial Escapement

Back in the mid-1990s, the replica watch industry was very different from what it is today and mechanical watchmaking was still in its renaissance. Very few watch brands actually manufactured movements in-house, and even fewer brands had the ability or industrial capacity to reimagine the escapement and the oscillator, together called the regulating organ and these are the most crucial part of a watch. With the idea of improving the century-old Swiss lever escapement (developed in 1755 by Thomas Mudge and used in 99.9% of all movements), master watchmaker George Daniels developed the Co-Axial escapement, an innovation that OMEGA realised was groundbreaking. Understanding the importance of chronometry, a field in which fake OMEGA has achieved multiple records, the Biel-based brand took on Daniels’ idea and industrialised the Co-Axial concept. It would become a key element in the impressive precision of its watches and paved the way for OMEGA’s Master Chronometer certification. Today, MONOCHROME presents its latest in-depth movie, a borderline educational film that will explain everything you need to know about the OMEGA Co-Axial escapement.

The escapement is one of the most crucial parts of a mechanical watch. It is its brain. It gradually releases the energy of the mainspring. It works in conjunction with the oscillator, giving impulses to power it. In return, it is regulated by the oscillator. Its role is critical in the quest for greater precision, stability and durability in a watch movement.
Still today – and even more so a couple of decades ago – the Swiss lever escapement has been the norm for mechanical watches. It is used in 99% of Swiss and international movement production. The lever escapement was invented some 250 years ago by Thomas Mudge. Although it has been adopted universally, it has one fundamental flaw: it requires oil. Its sliding friction makes optimal lubrication crucial. The problem with lubricants (oil) is that they deteriorate over time compromising the stability of watch rates. In recent years, we’ve seen plenty of new escapement architectures unveiled by brands; however, most of them are produced on a small scale, and the lever escapement remains the only architecture produced at an industrial scale… Until high quality replica Omega changed this in the late 1990s with the Co-Axial escapement.
Some 50 years ago, one of the world’s most revered watchmakers, George Daniels, decided to question the uncontested pre-eminence of the lever escapement. Daniels knew there was room for improvement, mostly by reducing friction and offering better stability over time. His solution – at this stage still a prototype and a superb piece of horological ingenuity – was the Co-Axial escapement. Still today, his brainchild is the only ‘other’ escapement produced on an industrial scale along with the Swiss lever escapement.

Despite the ingenuity and proven results of the Co-Axial escapement, getting it into production wasn’t easy. Daniels travelled to Switzerland on countless occasions to present his invention to several brands. Unfortunately, the watch industry was facing the quartz revolution, which was celebrated as the future of watchmaking. As clever as his idea was, it hardly resonated in the watch industry. Still, Daniels persevered.
The first application of the Co-Axial escapement in a wristwatch dates back to 1974/1975 when George Daniels hand-produced the components to fit his Co-Axial escapement into the calibre 1045 of his personal steel bracelet replica Omega Speedmaster Mark 4.5 – a piece of watchmaking history, now exhibited at the Omega Museum in Biel. He made a second wristwatch prototype (a thinner wristwatch), and again, he presented it to several of the most prominent Swiss brands. Still, it wasn’t until the early 1990s when Daniels would find support and an optimal framework to develop and industrialise his escapement with OMEGA, a brand that has countless records in the field of chronometry (as explained in the history part of our movie). However, the ultimate determining factor of this success came down to the personal backing of Nicolas G. Hayek, Chairman of Omega’s parent company, Swatch Group.

And in 1999, OMEGA copy finally commercialised the first watch equipped with a Co-Axial escapement, marking a milestone in watchmaking history.