With Grahame Fowler, Supreme Collector Of COMEX Perfect Fake Rolex Watches UK Divers
Grahame Fowler isn’t new to HODINKEE, and he certainly isn’t new to watches. Far from it, in fact. He is one of the consummate watch collectors on the planet and one of the early adopters of vintage military 1:1 UK replica watches as objects of collectibility. He began his career in 1980s England, at a time when old (parlance of the times) military watches were sold by the tray-load in flea markets like London’s famed Portobello Road.
He developed his specific taste during that time – that being battle-tested, honest, and commissioned mil-spec fake watches for sale from brands like Rolex and Omega. As you might have seen from a video we published almost a decade ago, he has a particular affinity for military Submariners, also known as Mil-Subs.
But his interests are not confined strictly to military timepieces. Over time, he has amassed one of the most complete, and enviable collections of COMEX Rolex divers, of both the Submariner and Sea-Dweller variety. Though he’d love to own an example of each high quality replica Rolex COMEX dive watches, he doesn’t because, as he puts it, “The prices have gone crazy.”
For those of you who might not be familiar with this five-letter acronym, COMEX is representative of a longer French spelling for the Compagnie Maritime d’Expertises – a global organization specialized in engineering and deep-sea diving. For much of the company’s existence, from the early 1960s to the late 1990s, its divers (and office workers) wore best copy Rolex dive watches specially made for them and stamped with the company logo.
Over time, these corporate timepieces, many of which saw a great deal of time deep underwater, have become insanely collectible. They’ve even popped up on episodes of Talking Watches with John Mayer and Reza Ali Rashidian.
In this episode, Fowler – from his Long Island warehouse filled with vintage Italian Scooters – shows us his COMEX collection, which ranges from the earliest to the latest days of the double-stamped special divers. It’s rare to see a collection this focused and we’re glad to be able to bring it to you today. But don’t think we sat down with the master of military cheap replica watches without seeing some from his vast treasure chest. From COMEX to Mil-Spec, this is Talking Watches.
Replica Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513 Watches For COMEX With Non-Logo Dial
This is the sort of watch that cements Mr. Fowler as the real deal in watch collecting. This is an early prototype Swiss movements fake Rolex Submariner COMEX watches, only there is no COMEX stamp to be found. This piece dates back to 1972 when the two companies were working in tandem to create what would be a decades-long working relationship. One thing to note on this piece that separates it from your “run-of-the-mill” ref. 5513 Subs: This one has a helium escape valve on the side. This is, what the kids call, a “real one.”
Fake Rolex Submariner Ref. 5514 Watches For COMEX
Now we have a watch that looks a bit more familiar when it comes to the COMEX and Rolex partnership. And that’s because we now see the COMEX stamp. Fowler himself calls this particular model, the re. 5514, “the pinnacle in the Rolex, COMEX lexicon.” That’s because you won’t find any standard vintage Rolex replica watches online site with that reference number. It was made specifically by the Crown and only designated for its COMEX watches.
Rolex Sea-Dweller Ref. 1665 Replica Watches For COMEX
No doubt that Fowler loves his AAA super clone watches to be original, and to be rare. In the case of this ref. 1665 Sea-Dweller, we get both as it features a 600m dial (significant because it’s the first dial ever issued for this model), as well as killer patina. Fowler refers to this one as “The classic Sea-Dweller.”
Rolex Submariner Ref. 16800 Fake Watches For COMEX With Matte Dial
We’re reaching the point in the collection where we hit peak horological esoterica. Take this matte dial 16800, for example. At first blush, it’s like any COMEX stamped ref. 16800 only it’s more unique than you may realize. The matte dial is significant here because only 50 were ever made in this configuration which includes a sapphire crystal. That’s a rare combination if there ever was one.
Replica Rolex Submariner Ref. 16800 Watches For COMEX With Glossy Dial
This is our first gloss dial wholesale replica Rolex watches diver in Fowler’s collection and gives us a better sense of what makes the above, matte dial, ref. 16800 so special. But this one’s no slouch, either. It was released in a slightly less limited batch of 150, and its glossy black dial features a form of aging where the dial has cracks and splinters in it. In vintage watch-speak, we call that a “Spider dial.”
Fake Rolex Sea-Dweller Ref. 16600 Watches For COMEX
At this point it might be difficult to tell one COMEX from another, but we did try to warn you that this collection was focused. Here we have the most recent of COMEX divers in this ref. 16600. This dates back to 1996 and represents what Fowler calls, “The quintessential modern COMEX.”
Rolex Submariner Ref. 5517 ‘MilSub’ Replica Watches With Maxi Dial
As promised, we didn’t let Fowler on camera without showing us at least some military luxury fake watches. Here we have a ref. 5517 MilSub that may have belonged to an intelligence officer due to its scrubbed back (meaning the absence of its issuance engravings). Now, it may not look quite right at first glance. That’s because it’s missing its 60-minute bezel. As Fowler explains, many Rolex replica watches store lost their original parts over time with service. But don’t fret, because he has sourced one and is ready to put it on this watch and make it complete.
Omega Seamaster 300 Fake Watches Issued To The SAS
If you thought we were only going to cover Rolex here, this one’s for you. This Seamaster 300, with baton hands, was issued in 1967 and represents the first batch of military Seamasters ever issued – a batch of just 50. Fowler tells us that this was a prototype batch where Omega was testing the Swiss made replica Omega watches to see if they would even work. The watch belonged to a member of the SAS, but you’ll want to check out the video for the full story.