A few months ago, we came across a rather special prototype (first spotted by Jake at Rolex Magazine), a titanium edition of the cheap fake Rolex Yacht-Master 42 worn by Sir Ben Ainslie. Rolex has never used titanium to make an entire watch. Period! Until the discovery of this prototype, a No-Date YM with a matte titanium case. It seems that luxury replica Rolex UK was going back to its roots with experimental watches, testing purpose-built models in real-life conditions. Ainslie has been spotted on several occasions with this watch, including during the 2021 Prada Cup. The copy watch in question was an instrumental take on this white gold version, made in an alloy named RLX Titanium, with a matte dial and no date.
Having spotted this best quality replica Rolex in the wild inspired us to adapt the concept to a standard edition available to the general public. So here’s what could be the first-ever commercialized Rolex titanium watch, a sporty, toned-down super clone Rolex Yacht-Master 42 Titanium. The way we’ve envisioned this watch is relatively simple: a 42mm case in a matte, darker titanium tone, yet identical in shape and proportions to the white gold version. The textured bezel with its raised scale would also be retained. In addition to having a time-only display, the dial would also display a new matte texture and hands matching the colour/material of the case.
Below deck, we’d find the classic calibre 3230, shared with the Submariner 124060. And to continue with the nautical/regatta vocation, this version could be worn on the brand’s superb Oysterflex rubber bracelet – we don’t honestly expect AAA quality fake Rolex to release a textile NATO strap… This way, this 1:1 replica Rolex Yacht-Master 42 Titanium No-Date could recuperate the sporty credentials of the YM collection while still being different from the Submariner.