Last updated: 08/07/2022
Not long ago, most fake Rolex watches were generally divided into two size categories: 36mm to 40mm for sports watches, and 36mm or smaller for non-sports watches. Things have definitely changed at Rolex since then; browse the brand's current catalog and you'll find plenty of watches with cases larger than 40mm.
The largest Rolex case size you can find today is 44mm, which would have seemed implausible 20 years ago. However, as we've seen replica watches getting bigger, we've settled for the fact that the once "oversized" 44mm watch is now just a standard big watch. Even Rolex has joined the 44mm watch club with two collections: the Yacht-Master II and the Deepsea Sea-Dweller.
Some people might be hesitant about the idea of a 44mm watch, especially one made by replica Rolex manufacturer. However, that's the beauty of offering variety - each with their own peculiarities. Keep in mind that Rolex currently produces watches for men and women ranging from a tiny 28mm to a generous 44mm and beyond. If the larger end of the case size range piques your interest and you're curious about a 44mm Rolex watch, read on for all the details.
There are currently only two Rolex watch models with a 44mm case: the Yacht-Master II and the Deepsea Sea-Dweller.
The largest case size that Rolex currently offers is 44mm, which, as mentioned, is only found in the Yacht-Master II and Deepsea collections. This large-sized case is a recent addition to the Rolex lineup, as it began with the Yacht-Master II released in 2007. Prior to this, the largest Rolex case size was 40mm; so going up to 44mm is quite a leap!
Today, the second largest size in the Rolex catalog after 44mm is 43mm, the only size in the latest edition of the Sea-Dweller replica watches. Additionally, there are 42mm Rolex watches in the form of the Sky-Dweller and Explorer II, while some other models like the Submariner, Datejust and Oyster Perpetual have 41mm cases.
It's not uncommon for Rolex to launch a brand new watch model. But in 2007, Rolex did just that, with the Yacht-Master II. While it bears almost the same name as the Yacht-Master (originally launched in 1992), the style and function of the replica Rolex Yacht-Master II are no different.
The newest 44mm Yacht-Master II is not only large, but complex. Rolex developed the Yacht-Master II for the competitive sailor; therefore, the watch is equipped with a regatta chronograph, which the wearer can synchronize with the official race start time to know exactly when it starts. In addition, the countdown function has a mechanical memory programmable from 1 to 10 minutes and can be synchronized dynamically. While this rowing-ready feature is ultra-niche, to say the least, the advanced mechanical performance of the Yacht-Master II is impressive nonetheless.
So far, Rolex has mentioned the Yacht-Master II four times, each with the 44mm cases, bi-directional rotating Ring Command bezels and three-link Oyster bracelets. Here to see the details:
It's also worth mentioning that those eye-catching bezels are adorned with "Yacht-Master II", not just decorative; they're Ring Command command bezels that interact with the movement inside the watch. In short, the wearer turns the bezel to set the programmable countdown timer on the Yacht-Master II.
Rolex originally fitted early Yacht-Master II replica watches with an in-house Caliber 4160 automatic movement, but with the release of the steel Yacht-Master II in 2013, all models switched to calibre 4161. According to counterfeit Rolex, the Caliber 4160/4161 has a total of 360 parts and took more than 35,000 hours to develop.
In 2017, Rolex replaced the original straight dial with the Mercedes dial that is customary for fake Rolex sports watches, giving all Yacht-Master dials a new look. The square lume-filled hour markers at 12 and 6 o'clock are also replaced by triangular and rectangular markers, respectively. Despite these dial updates, Rolex maintains the same Yacht-Master II references.
If onlookers thought the 44mm size case was one, and with the Yacht-Master II, Rolex once again surprised us with the introduction of the Deepsea for the following year. Rolex is already a master at high-end divers with its Submariner and Sea-Dweller collections, but the Deepsea saturation dive watch takes things to a whole new level.
The replica Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller can withstand crushing pressures up to 12,800 feet (3,900 meters) below sea level, and the Ringlock construction of its 44mm case largely determines its performance. The Ringlock consists of three main parts: a titanium case held in place with a steel pressure ring, a 5.5mm thick domed sapphire crystal (no Cyclops on the date), and a nitrogen alloy steel ring wedged between the case and the crystal. The watch also has a helium bleed valve to release the gas accumulated in the watch, a black Ceracrom unidirectional 0-60 chronograph bezel, and a sturdy oyster bracelet with a Glidelock clasp extension system.
The first Deepsea Sea-Dweller watch included a customary black Rolex sports dial with Mercedes hands and lume-covered timepieces. However, Rolex introduced a special D-Blue dial variant in 2014 to commemorate James Cameron's record-breaking dive into the Mariana Trench. Since then, Rolex duplicate has been offering the Deepsea in black and D-blue dial versions.
Since the watch debuted in 2008, grade AAA+ Rolex has produced three generations of Deepsea replica watches UK, each with a 44mm case, all in 904L stainless steel:
In Watches & Wonders 2022, Rolex introduced a subtle update with a new Deepsea reference. However, as it has been said countless times before, exact 1:1 Rolex only focuses on the tiny details. The new new Deepsea Sea-Dweller ref. 136660 includes a slightly thinner bezel, which means the sapphire crystal now has chamfered edges to accommodate the lower bezel height. Also, the date window is a bit larger (8%), and Rolex has eliminated the extra Fliplock clasp extension.
Rolex's approach is generally conservative, with most luxury watches historically being 40mm thick and below. However, the brand has increased case sizes across several models; the replica Rolex Submariner has increased to 41mm, the Yacht-Master collection now includes a 42mm variant, the Sea-Dweller has increased to 43mm, and even the understated Oyster Perpetual lineup has expanded to include a larger 41mm case option. However, 44mm is the largest Rolex case size, which begs the question - is 44mm too big for a Rolex watch?
The simple answer is, if it fits your wrist, then no, it won't be too big. Not everyone can buy a 44mm watch, Rolex or otherwise, but there's no denying they look really good on some wrists.
It's also important to remember that measurements on paper don't always tell the whole story. For example, while both the Yacht-Master II and the Deepsea have a 44mm case, the Deepsea wears more due to its thicker (17.7mm) profile.
In short, regardless of case size, before deciding what's too small or too big, it's best to try a watch to see if it fits your particular wrist. At times, the size of a paper case can be misleading, and nothing provides the same experience as operating a watch in metal and having the opportunity to try it on your wrist.