This Cheap 3D-Printed Rolex Would Be Perfect For Spendthrift Giants

This Cheap 3D-Printed Rolex Would Be Perfect For Spendthrift Giants

There's no easier way to humblebrag about your success than by wearing a Rolex watch, and that's probably why the brand is also synonymous with knock-offs and replicas. Why pay tens of thousands of dollars for the real thing when you can get a close facsimile for less than $100? And why even spend that much when you can just get a 3D printer to churn one out?

This Cheap 3D-Printed Rolex Would Be Perfect For Spendthrift Giants

That's what Franc Falco did, and his 3D-printed Rolex Submariner replica would be hard to spot as fake were it not 300x the size of the real thing. Ironically, since Falco's replica actually relies on a cheap $US6 quartz movement, it probably keeps more accurate time than an actual Rolex, so it's not a complete waste of plastic filament.

Falco's even gone to the trouble of posting the 3D model on MakerBot's Thingiverse for anyone to download if you're interested in 3D-printing your own. To avoid a messy lawsuit he's removed the Rolex branding from the publicly available model and refers to it as a desk clock, but if you're handy with 3D modelling software there's no reason you can't just shrink his plans down and 3D print yourself a new 'luxury' watch on the cheap. [Thingiverse via A Blog To Watch]

This Cheap 3D-Printed Rolex Would Be Perfect For Spendthrift Giants

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    I suspect that Franc Falco made a 300x size model because his printer was incapable of making a normal-sized watch of decent quality and finish. Also, it appears that his watch is made of plastic? In order to accurately replicate a Rolex and its mechanism, you would need an extremely expensive 3D printer, in which case you might as well just use the money to buy a real Rolex. If accurate time-keeping is all that matters, I wouldn't even need to spend $100. A cheap Casio digital watch would suffice.

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