Best Quality Fake Rolex Ref. 6269 “Le Hibou Grand-Duc” For Sale

Gemstone set Daytona’s made from precious metal are nothing new today, but in the 1980s, it was quite trailblazing for Rolex replica to offer its sports models in such a configuration. When you like them, it doesn’t get much better than this diamonds dial copy Rolex Daytona Ref. 6269 “Le Hibou Grand-Duc.” Made for the French market, it features on the caseback the French import marks and Rolex France’s logo. Its name, meaning “the owl Grand Duke” is also inspired by the image shown in the French import mark.

Crafted from yellow gold is this 37mm Rolex Daytona copy watch set with 44 brilliant-cut diamonds, while an additional 240 grace the dial in a stunning pave setting. Even when making a precious watch such as this, Rolex still values legibility highly. Therefore, the subdials are kept intact, and blue sapphires take on the role of hour markers on the dial. This strong philosophy of creating gem-set sports watches in an uncompromising way is also what has given Rolex such an impressive reputation in this field. The Ref. 6269 “Le Hibou Grand-Duc” is powered by caliber 727, based on the Valjoux 72, and is extremely rare as only 30 have been created.
This particular watch was auctioned in 2018 as part of Phillips “Daytona Ultimatum” auction in Geneva. The best fake Rolex Ref.6269 was sold for CHF 606,500, nearly spot-on in the middle of its estimate, which was between CHF 400,000 and CHF 800,000. Given its rarity, as well as its precious nature, this is not an overly large sum when it comes to a vintage Daytona of this pedigree. The fact that it is set with gemstones most likely has something to do with this. Such watches tend to be slightly less appreciated, although that is slowly, and rightfully changing, with prices themselves changing at a much faster page. With the developments in the vintage market the last couple of years, especially for a brand such as Rolex, it is very likely that it will achieve a must higher price when auctioned again today.

Can A Quality Replica Rolex Watch Truly Be Underrated?

We’ve seen the Daytona, the Submariner, the Explorer, and even Oyster Perpetual everywhere. Are there really still under-the-radar midcentury Rolex replica models?
If you’re an anti-Rolex watch guy, the answer is no, because all Rolex models are overrated. If you’re a Rolex fanboy, the answer might be no again, because every Rolex is great. I like to believe I’m in between those two camps, insofar that I like vintage Rolex but could never wear their modern sports models (not least because my wrists are too small). To me, in comparison to the well-known and infinitely talked-about models that we all know, maybe one watch can be so far below the radar that it’s truly underrated. So here’s my play — that watch is the cheap copy Rolex Oyster Precision 6426.


Before I go on, some quick caveats: First, in the world of Rolex, I’d be considered “new”. I’ve held some vintage Subs, I’ve read some books, I’ve owned some pieces, but I’m by no means an expert. And second, yes. It’s a small watch. But hear me out. The Oyster Precision line was the absolute entry-level for Rolex from the early 1960s to mid-1970s and represents the quintessential purity of Rolex DNA.

The best fake Rolex reference 6426 is a no-date, 34mm stainless steel Oyster case watch that was originally offered on a folded link Oyster bracelet. It notably features a manually wound movement — being the most “affordable” Rolex of the day (I believe it retailed originally for $99), it skipped the famous perpetual rotor, which also made for a thinner case, among the thinnest Oyster cases in Rolex history. This manual movement may be a turn-off for many who know Rolex for their perpetual movements, but I’m of the firm belief that it adds to the charm of this piece.

Movement aside, this watch exemplifies everything that makes Rolex Rolex. It’s shock-resisting, antimagnetic, originally waterproof up to 165 feet, and built with the clean, crisp lines that defined an era for Rolex that’s maintained to this day. When complete with its Oyster bracelet, its outline is that of a pure Rolex copy sports watch. Add that to the human-material connection of winding this watch every morning and the simplicity of a dateless dial, you begin to see its appeal. This was then the everyman’s Rolex, now it can still be worn the same way.


So, why is this watch underrated? It’s not particularly rare, it’s not particularly expensive, and it’s a stunning example of midcentury Rolex simplicity — but we don’t see it much out in the world. I suspect it’s a combination of it not being a desirable reference and is still considered “small” by modern standards, it hides easily under the piles of amazing and popular models from the same era.

It’s anyone’s guess. But my two cents is that the steel case fake Rolex Oyster Precision reference 6426 deserves some love and far greater recognition than it currently has as a pillar of Rolex design sensibility.