RXW Subpro, that's the watch that integrates the features of Milgauss 6541, Comex Submariner and Explorer I Ref. 1016. I've never heard of this brand before, RXW is a Japanese brand, it mainly reproduces those antique watches that have been discontinued, including Rolex, IWC, Omega, etc. Here is the original source about RXW Subpro: Alternative Scheme of Rolex Submariner 16610: RXW SubPro | Rolex Chat, I must admit, it is a perfect substitute for Submariner, what's your opinion ?
RXW was a Japanese brand, it was belonged to Ginza Ken Trading Co., perhaps most of us were not familiar with RXW, but it followed the design spirit of some classic historical models, especially those discontinued Rolex watches, used more accurate modern technology to reproduce them, created a series of products with reasonable price to satisfy those consumers who couldn't buy their favorite watches at sky-high prices from antique market. So, RXW occupied a unique position in watch industry.
Watch Gallery Ginza Ken Trading was originally a watch store, which was located in Metropolitan of Ginza district, Tokyo, Japan, it not only sold new watches, but also dealt with used watches and some famous brands'antique watches, such as Rolex, Omega and IWC, etc. In Ginza Ken Trading store, there were almost 500 watches on sale at any time. Takeshi Sato or Ken Sato was the owner of the watch store, he was a famous watch collector, and very familiar with evolutionary history of antique watches(especially Rolex), structures and maintenance. Ken Sato reveled in sailing, so the interior furnishings in the store were full of ocean atmosphere, the store looked like a cabin and was exhibiting watches that Ken Sato collected from home and abroad.
Due to years of experience in shop, Ken Sato has contacted with many enthusiastic watch fans, a large part of them loved Rolex antique watches very much but had no chance and budget to buy, because most of this type of watches has been discontinued, antique watches were very rare and expensive, at this time, a crazy idea was born in the mind of Ken Sato, he planned to make watches for these friends by himself. He choosed the best materials and OEM factory(reportedly, this factory was the contractor of cartier), which showed his meticulous brand persistence, but also took account of reasonable price. Finally, Ginza Ken Trading released its own brand – RXW(Rock Excel Watch), which meant good quality watches as solid as rock. By word of mouth recommendation, RXW quickly caught the attention of enthusiastic watch fans around the world.
In watch industry, RXW was generally regarded as Homage Watch, it referred to those watches that were reproduced in order to pay tribute to the classic, they were different to Replica Watch and Pirate Watch, this has been confirmed by RXW's design concept and watch quality. Took RXW SubPro for example, it was a masterpiece and integrated advantages of Rolex's two famous models – 6541 Rolex Milgauss and Comex Submariner, SubPro was also the first watch that RXW released.
RXW SubPro used SUS316L antimagnetic steel, case diameter was 38mm(crown not included), 11mm thick. The steel material of case has been tested to ensure that it wouldn't rust, could undertake high pressure and antimagnetic to 1000 Gauss. Solid and adjustable Oyster bracelet with 14 links, which was suitable for being worn on various sizes of wrists. Acryl Crystal, 4mm thick. ETA 2892-A2 movement, its inaccuracy was less than 10 seconds each day.
The dial of RXW SubPro perfect mixed the features of three most respected Rolex antique watches – Milgauss 6541, Comex Submariner and Explorer I Ref. 1016, this also reflected an idea that Ken Sato wanted to add elements of his revered watches into the pioneering work. Now, Milgauss 6541 was a very rare and precious Rolex watch(auction price was more than millions of NT dollars), 6541 was the first-generation Milgauss watch, Rolex invented it between late 1950s and 1979 because of antimagnetic need in technology and workplace, Lightening Bolt second hand was the biggest feature of Milgauss. RXW SubPro also has 1000 Gauss antimagnetic ability. But why did "Comex” was printed on its dial, I thought this was because Ken Sato admired Comex Submariner. RXW SubPro's waterproof performance was improved from Milgauss 6541's 100 meters to Comex Submariner's 200 meters. The 3-6-9 hour markers reproduced the feature that was originally belonged to Explorer I 1016. So, I thought RXW SubPro was not only an alternative scheme of Submariner, but also had unlimited styles of Milgauss and Explorer.
What about professional evaluation of RXW SubPro ? Rolex amateur collector Tito thought RXW SubPro was far better than Tudor, even better than Submariner 5513(a bit exaggerated ?), the overseas price of RXW SubPro was very attractive, only 680 dollars. To give a judgement, he quoted a passage of Antoine de Saint Exupery in one of his reviews: "La perfection est atteinte non quand il ne reste rien ajouter, mais quand il ne reste rien enlever", English translation was "You know you've achieved perfection in design, not when you have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away". RXW SubPro integrated three watches'features, although it didn't meet this outline that was about simplicity requirement, its appropriate performance made Tito willing to cast aside such a standard to praise RXW SubPro was a good watch that had both external performance and internal sincerity.
After SubPro, RXW launched EXP/EVO, UTC-Master, Magnetix, ZeroMaster, MoonStars and other Homage Watch to pay tribute to Rolex Explorer I, GMT-Master, Milgauss, etc. In my opinion, it was very troublesome to order watches from Japan through the netwrok or overseas, if you were interested in RXW SubPro and just had a chance to travel to Tokyo, Japan, you might wish to visit this legendary store Watch Gallery Ken Trading and Ken Sato, that would give you a more pleasant experience.
On some shopping sites such as Ebay, there were a large number of Replica Watches that were imitated from RXW, if you wanted to bid or buy RXW watches on the network, first visited RXW official website(http://www.rxw.jp) and got some information, RXW Submariner was only sold at the price of $100 ? Obviously, it was a fake.