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Trusted Submariner

This FauxLex Submariner is what really got me going on fake Rolexes. I got it about 7 years ago and it still runs like a champ. Movement is 21-jewel Swiss ETA 2836, bi-directional winding, quick-set date snaps instantly at midnight. Sapphire crystal, perfect date display, screw-down crown. Over the years it's had a few thin scratches around the front bezel but no real problems - this thing is great!

But I did have to paw through a lot of fakes, even "Swiss" fakes, to finally come up with this one. Even in the same batch I found a bunch of cosmetic rejects, but this one passed long careful examination.

The movement is bi-directional winding, marked "Swiss made" and yes, there is the ETA stamp at the center / bottom edge (see the close-up photo). The movement fits the case - this watch does not use a plastic spacer ring!