Rolex-like homage watches: where to buy?
If you are looking for the solid god Rolex Presidential model for $200, good luck. There are a lot of fakes.and plenty of people willing to take your money, but you are unlikely to wind up (pun intended) with a decent watch.
If you have your heart set on a Rolex, you can try some of the watch forms and look for a vintage one, I saw a gold filled (?) 1950s model with a leather band the other day going for $2000. It looked pretty cool, but I wouldn't spend that much on a vintage piece without my jeweler looking at it.
Hope this helps.
I've got a Seiko 5 which wants to be a Rolex when it grows up. I didn't realize that when I bought it -- I didn't get that the fluted bezel was so strongly associated with the Datejust.
I paid about $60 for mine, but the current Amazon price isn't bad at all. Try searching for variations on the model number to find it in other finishes -- that usually works for Seiko 5s on Amazon.
You can buy a vintage Rolex for considerably less money, especially now. A vintage submariner can be bought for between 4 and $6000.
Generally speaking, there exists a watch which represents good quality and original design in almost every price range. You just have to look for it.