Diver With Tropical Dial
Here it is easy to spot the Super Compressor case, with its characteristic cross-hatched crowns. Manufactured by Piquerez, it relied on the increased water pressure to further seal the case as a diver went deeper and deeper, with a caseback pressed more firmly to the case as the diver progressed. The replica Longines trusted this ingenious case construction for its dive watches from the late 1950s onward, beginning with that model, before the releasing of the other one in the early 1960s. The reference switch was accompanied by an increased water resistance to 200m and the replacement of the automatic caliber 19AS with the higher beat movement.
Very obviously, the dial has turned brown from age, allowing us to describe it as truly tropical (some light pitting can be observed on the close-up pictures too). The tropicalization is a coveted feature, especially when the phenomenon is homogeneous across the dial’s surface; here it looks stunning, especially with the patinated radium on the handset and painted indexes. The 42mm case remains sharp, with well defined lugs, but the seller notes that the bottom crown is a replacement part. The caseback features the expected diver embossing and the serial number is engraved on the inside.
Piaget Coin Watch
Piaget took advantage of the slim profile of its excellent caliber 9P in many ways: for thin pocket watches, jeweled manchettes, dress watches, and also coin fake watches. Coin watches were a way for manufacturers to show off their watchmaking and casemaking skills, and were offered by Rolex, Corum, Vacheron Constantin and Piaget, among others.
The present replica watch shows a double case, with hinged Piaget clock inside the carved 1904 coin, the same type that housed the historical watch that we had highlighted two years ago. The coin is a respectable 35mm diameter, with a thickness below 4mm – quite an accomplishment, as the 9P movement itself is 2mm thick. The watch is reported to have been manufactured in the 1970s, which seems consistent with other examples auctioned before.
1956 Omega Seamaster XVI
This replica Omega Seamaster reference 2850SC was produced in 1956 for the 16th Olympiad, which took place in Melbourne, Australia. It features the automatic caliber 471 with a full rotor, which is pretty cool for a fancy gold dress watch. At 34mm, it’s also a great option for men and women (you could even share with someone). Thinking of summer travels, this watch would be right at home on the Italian Riviera. Where will you take it? The full listing is right here.
Diver With Tropical Dial
I guess that you might still remember Ben’s love preference to this watch. If not, the watch above will easily show you why he said it as “one of the best buys in vintage Replica Patek Philippe right now.” The fake watch is actually one of the first automatic wristwatches from Patek Philippe replica, depending on the excellent caliber 12-600AT, which features an unbelievably beautiful rotor in 18k gold. No expense was spared on the elegant case, and the dial is grand enamel, a delicate process that has a high rate of material loss.
So today, this yellow gold example also bears the coveted Tiffany & Co. signature on the dial, which makes it rarer (but of course, adds a sizable premium to its price). The case still shows the gold hallmarks and nice lugs, while the crown correctly bears the characteristic “double P.” The dauphine handset is sharp, although it seems to show some light oxidation on its facets. On the wrist, the 35mm diameter wears larger than you would expect.
I went very deep on this attractive Lip recently, reaching the conclusion that out of the different configurations found, the one with orange chronograph hands seemed the most correct. Since then I have kept digging and two interesting facts confirmed my findings. First, the reference book on Lip written by Marie-Pia Coustans was updated, and now features a blue chronograph with orange hands (and the original black strap with rally blue checkers). And then this chronograph with black hands just appeared with the seller confirming that it came from an old stock.
What is NOS here is not the whole fake watch, but each of the parts; the French watchmaker who is offering this chronograph purchased the Lip inventory when the company went bankrupt in the 1970s. This explains the most suitable condition of the dial and case. However, as far as I am concerned, this is just the fact that black chronograph hands are mounted, as those were present in many other chronographs from Lip. And inside you will find a manual-wound Valjoux 7733 that you could wish to be in mint condition as well.
The Advanced Research Travel Time is an obvious departure from previous Advanced Research watches. It is, first of all, the first Advanced Research replica watch to not be an annual or perpetual calendar; it is the first not in a round case; and moreover it’s pretty completely non-traditional in styling. What’s more, it’s the first Advanced Research watch to present an innovation in a material other than silicon.
The first and well most obvious innovation is the “compliant (flexible) mechanism in steel.” This is the mechanism for adjusting the GMT indication forwards and backwards.
You can see the “compliant mechanism” on the left, and it’s a pretty piece of work. It’s all in steel; there are no exotic materials used, and while Patek Philippe replica says it required considerable computer time, as well as high tech manufacturing methods (the press release isn’t special or unique but electric spark erosion is a reasonable candidate) it is still, strictly speaking, traditional watchmaking with traditional materials. It is fun to think, given its appearance, that it might have been nicknamed “the Crab” at Patek.
The level of precision required probably could not be achieved with classical methods – the clearance between the leaf springs, where they form an “x,” is only 150 microns – but the whole thing is hand-finished (which must have been, given the configuration of the mechanism, and to put it colloquially, a royal pain in the ass for whomever had to do it) and it seems very cool on the other hand. It has a kind of intuitive appeal; I guess there’s no one who could imagine such a thing but the basic principle, and construction stuffs, which seem obvious and self-evident when you see it working. The simplest way to understand how it works is to watch this little short from the fake Patek Philippe.
The Crab (if I may coin a nickname) has many advantages over the usual GMT switching mechanism used by the fake Patek – lower parts count (12 parts for the whole assembly, as opposed to 37 in the standard mechanism) and, just as significantly, no gears or pivots. That means no need for conventional lubricants, no friction anywhere in the mechanism, and very probably, much better durability and general functionality. The only downside I can see to it, is that it doesn’t seem repairable; if there’s damage or wear, you’d have to swap out the entire mechanism for a new one – the shell would molt the Crab, instead of the other way ’round. It’s damned clever, anyway.
If you take a closer look on it, you’ll find that the innermost coil of the new version has a slight swelling in the coil, similar to the one in the outermost terminal curve. Just as the geometry of the outermost coil duplicates many of the advantages of the Breguet overcoil, so the new geometry of the inner coil duplicates that of a balance spring with a properly formed inner terminal curve. The basic idea behind all this, is to set up the balance spring so that the center of gravity of the spring always coincides with the exact center of gravity of the balance – this is the basic precondition for isochronism. With the addition of the new inner terminal curve, the replica Patek’s been able to get very fantastic rate stability out of the watch, just as what we have mentioned above, the spec is just -1/+2 seconds per day.
At the same time, there is an analogous technique with traditional balance springs. Just as the outermost coil geometry of the Spiromax duplicates the effect of a Breguet/Phillips overcoil, so the inner geometry of the 2017 Spiromax duplicates the effect of a mathematically correct inner terminal curve in a steel or alloy balance spring. One such curve is known as a Lossier curve and it was widely used by the American watch company, Waltham, in its high grade railroad best replica watches.
There is also a large number of us would prefer the quartz movement watch. However, not many mechanical watch purists can get behind battery-powered movements, but like it or annoy it, quartz is a major part of watchmaking history and the Beta 21 is definitely worth discussing. Longtime readers might remember a little thing Jack and I put together called “Quartz Week,” a series of stories dedicated to all things quartz. Week was not exactly well-received, but it was absolutely educational. One story I wrote was a list of the most collectible Beta 21 watches, and one of those watches was the Rolex replica watch. I was lucky enough to see one in the metal recently at Christie’s, as they have a white gold version coming up for auction in Geneva on Monday.
First things first – the Beta 21 movement is gorgeous. While it is kind of a pain to actually keep, it is a really historical part of watchmaking that’s also just flat out fun. In case you don’t know what the Beta 21 is (no judgement), here is a brief history. The main goal was for the caliber to be as accurate as possible, but alas, the results were not as wonderful as the CEH had hoped. The Beta 21 was implemented in a range of wristwatches from the fake Patek Philippe to the IWC Da Vinci to several strange Piaget models. But, for me, the Beta 21 is all about the Rolex.
This replica watch was first launched in 1970, and one year after the Beta 21 was completed. It’s unclear exactly how many examples were made between 1970 and 1972, when the model was discontinued. As with many things concerning vintage Rolex, it’s hard to know figures for certain since Rolex will neither confirm nor deny in most cases.
The watches are separately numbered and there are pieces known to exist with numbers over 1,000, but there are several schools of thought as to how many total pieces exist and what the yellow gold/white gold split is like. One theory is that there were just over 700 examples made in yellow gold and just over 300 examples made in white gold. Another is that there are closer to 900 in yellow and 100 in white. In the end, some suggest that there are actually two batches of these fake watches, with 900 in yellow and 100 in which in each batch, with 2,000 existing in total.
The white gold model you see here is number 794 and is in new-old-stock condition. This is unusual for any watch, let alone a Beta 21 Rolex. It features a heavy white gold case with a fluted bezel and a tenacious bracelet with faceted links. Rolex always seems to make the best bracelets, and this unusual one is no exception. I chalk it up to the NOS condition, rarity, the fact that it is a historical piece, and that it is accompanied by a 1986 service invoice and green hang-tag.
When it comes to top-quality designer replica watches, you surely have a lot to choose from. People will try and pull off something big, bright, and shiny most of the time. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Big and shiny watches will always be “in”. However, it would be a major understatement to say that rubber watches are catching up in popularity, and it’s no secret why.
On top of the durability aspect, rubber replica watches have another important quality. Generally speaking, they look less flashy than their gold plated knockoff counterparts. To begin with, besides bearing a more subtle look overall, and rubber watches are much easier to pull off as being authentic because they don’t look so luxurious. Who would dare to challenge you that your watch with a rubber bracelet isn’t real? By going for a more rugged look, you are effectively upping the believability factor on your watch.
Three Incredibly Handsome Rubber Replica Watches
There are tons to choose from so ultimately the choice will be yours as to which specific model you’ll fall in love with, but let’s take a look at just a few of the top rated rubber watches out there.
The Breitling Transocean is actually a very expensive watch, although it is a rubber bracelet, but this model has a toned-down look which is more modest and believable than it would be with a gold plated wristband. Full of function, features, and just oozing class, the Breitling Transocean is arguably one of the best replica watches in the world. Durable as it is handsome, this watch is sure to last the test of time and will undoubtedly be able to stand up to whatever wear and tear you have in store for it.
In addition to being one of the more stealthy-looking rubber replica watches you can buy, this classy timepiece has one feature not found with too many other brands – the dials are on the left. If you wear your watch on your left wrist like many men do, you won’t have that bad feeling of the dials digging into the back of your hand. U-Boat watches are notoriously well-made, and the replicas are no different.
The fake Panerai Luminor
The Panerai Luminor is arguably one of the cheap replica watches in the world. It’s sleek, sophisticated, and wonderful. Yet when paired with the rubber strap, it bears an undeniable sense of ruggedness. You can easily pull this one off with a pair of shorts and a polo shirt. But it also totally works with a business suit. Versatile and fashionable, when it comes to rubber watches this is really a model you can’t go wrong with.
U-Boat Flightdeck Replica
U-Boat is a very famous and popular brand among race car drivers, high fashion enthusiasts, and wealthy businesspeople. This one is typically only available on the more replica watch sites out there. The U-Boat Flightdeck does a masterful job of giving a sharp and sleek look without sacrificing a bit of functionality. This watch is perfectly balanced. It carefully walks the line between luxury-chic and rough and sporty. With just about anything you will be wearing you’ll look good.
No matter which one of the stunning rubber watches you choose, you will likely be very excited. Just remember to do your shopping on watch sites only, and avoid sites that advertise impossibly low prices. Even though the bracelets are rubber, you don’t need to skimp on price too much. Buy your rubber replica watches from a trusted source. You will certainly wind up with a quality watch that will last you a very long time.
The replica Breitling Superocean watches have gone on to become very collectible, there are two models which are still in good condition, are now high five-figure timepieces. This year is the 60th anniversary of the Superocean, and to mark the occasion, Breitling has launched a new version of the replica watch which looks back to the originals for its design cues, while at the same time looking very much forward from a technical standpoint – including the movement.
There are two sizes for your choice of the new model – 42mm and 46mm, with a 46mm chronograph available as well – and all three models are available in brown, blue, or black. We had the blue and brown models in the office and the brown model on a strap was the one I wore for a week. The blue version on a steel mesh bracelet is just as handsome as the brown model, and for the same reasons: clarity of design and great depth of color. I can only assume the black model would be just as handsome, although the rich colors of the dials and bezels for the blue and brown models is hard to pass up, if you’re going to go for color in a dive watch at all.
The strap on the brown version is rubber-lined leather and it’s very thick, giving every impression of being nearly as durable as the steel mesh bracelet. Ordinarily, I would prefer something a little less heavy, but as the 42mm Heritage Superocean watches are 14.35mm thick, the strap works well and actually harmonizes better with the overall feel of the watch than would be a thinner strap.
The buckle has a micro-adjustment feature, which lets you fine-tune the fit, although basic strap length is a little difficult to handle, as it requires cutting the strap to the approximate correct length first. The micro-adjustment mechanism is simple to use: Just push in to unlock it, and you can shift the point of attachment of the strap inside the buckle to suit.
Both the heavy rubberized leather strap and folding clasp are very sturdy and well made. Apart from legibility, though, it struck me during the time I wore it as a genuinely beautiful watch, with a sort of elegance I’ve missed in some of Breitling’s more recent creations. The shapes of the hands and indexes, as well as the warm richness and saturation of the dial and bezel colors, goes to show you that making an aesthetically nuanced tool watch needn’t be an oxymoron (I still can’t quite believe I’m describing a fake Breitling as “aesthetically nuanced,” but there you have it).
Owing to the closed caseback, you can’t see the movement, which is a bit of a shame, but you can definitely tell it’s there from the performance of the watch. Of course, this chronometer-certified caliber came through in daily use – I’d hope the watch to drift a little on its rate over time but at least during the one week period I wore it, it gained precisely one second per day, which is stellar performance by any standard. Wider use by Breitling of this movement (and I can only assume they’ll deploy it elsewhere in the next year or two) would make an important change in how potential buyers calculate the value proposition of the replica Breitling watches.
I purchased one of my own just several days after publishing the story because I couldn’t find it to give it back to the replica Omega. Soon it established itself in my collection as the go-to watch and took home the annual “Most Worn” title in 2016. At almost the halfway point in 2017, it seems that it will retain that title and the more time it spends on my wrist, the more I appreciate it. I enjoy it not just as a pure re-edition of this fake watch, however, as a Speedmaster with all of the line’s best attributes.
It’s exactly because of these reasons that I’ve always had a bit of an uncomfortable relationship with another beloved “FOIS” edition – the “First Omega in Space” in Sedna Gold. There is no doubt that it is an amazing watch, a deluxe version of my own, but I’ve also thought of it as a big departure from the Speedmaster and one that I wasn’t sure I really felt comfortable with. Speedy enthusiasts mostly welcomed the watch when it was launched in 2017, and some have tried their hardest to convince me of its appeal, but for many reasons I could not be unable to hear them.
To begin with, the very best and most defining attribute of the Speedmaster versus almost every other chronograph of the 1960s is its uniform black dial. The panda scheme is attractive, and the opaline dial and brown sub-dials of the Sedna Gold edition works particularly well, but it felt like Omega was encroaching into enemy territory – what I’ve learned since going hands on with the Sedna Gold edition is that another model set this precedent 20 years ago. Secondly, the most important is, I’ve always found that putting the Speedmaster in a precious metal was a bit of a bourgeois move.
It’s a Speedmaster with a panda dial. What could you possibly have against it?
I was struck right away with how gorgeous the Sedna Gold FOIS is in person. It looks nothing like my replica watch, but it looks nice as well. One thing I’ve noticed taking photos of watches for many years is that the better looking the watch, the easier it is to photograph, and here the photos speak for themselves.
What has changed is pretty significant though. Omega has decided to work with gold, and not just any kind, preferring a unique and property combination of gold, copper, and palladium to achieve a warm tone that lies somewhere between red and pink gold. To complement it, Omega has created a brown ceramic bezel, which again offers a little more nuance then going with straight black ceramic.
Due to the color of gold, one of the most unsettling features of the watch, besides its distinct look, is it heft. As expected, the Sedna Gold version feels heavy on the wrist, and this isn’t something most Speedmaster owners will be used to. The great majority of these chronographs (and there are many variations) are made in stainless steel.
It would never be possible to say that one feature I miss in this present version is the distinction between the time-telling functions and the chronograph, which I thought was wisely done by using polished steel for the first, and painted batons for the second. For the Sedna Gold version, all of the hands (and the applied logo) are gold. Surely, the contrast between gold hands and white batons would have been too stark.
Last but not the least, we’ve got the chronograph. This model is a two-register affair that begins with a 41mm steel case that features the same curved lugs and crown guards as the watch with the addition of screw-down pushers. The black tachymeter bezel (made of anodized aluminum) ups the visual impact of the watch, while allowing the dial to remain crisp and clean. The totalizer at left counts up to 30 minutes and there is a running seconds register on the right.
The Best Replica Bell & Ross Advanced Research Program
The advantages of silicon are famous to us all. Its surface hardness and smoothness means that it’s likely to manufacture interacting mechanical watch components which don’t need oils, and which can be made with extreme precision too. This was also the year that the replica Bell & Ross its first Advanced Research Project watch: the replica Annual Calendar, in which the Silinvar escape wheel was first used.
Though silicon is sensitive to temperature changes, it’s possible to produce formulations that don’t have that property; Silinvar is one such formulation. The word has some deep roots in watchmaking, by the way; it’s related to the name Invar, which is the term for a special nickel-iron alloy with a very low tendency to expand when heated. It was created in 1896 by Charles Guillaume, who would win the Nobel Prize for it in 1920; Invar went on to be widely used in scientific instruments and in watch and clockmaking (high precision pendulum regulators often had Invar pendulums).
Nevertheless, probably the the single biggest news in the entire story arc was the introduction of the Spiromax balance spring the next year. Made of Silinvar, the Spiromax balance spring was formed in such a way as to give the advantages of a conventional Breguet or Phillips overcoil balance spring – basically, better isochronism than that obtainable from a flat spring – but with less height; all other things being equal, a Spiromax balance is one third the height of an overcoil balance spring. Spiromax springs are unaffected by magnetism. and with a mass much lower than Nivarox, less affected by external shocks, or gravity. The Spiromax balance spring was first released in a limited edition of 300 pieces in the replica Annual Calendar but it’s now widely used by Patek Philippe, in virtually all its replica watches other than high complications.
The reason I say “biggest news” is because the balance spring has such a huge effect on timekeeping. The introduction of the balance spring to watchmaking, by Christiaan Huygens, in the late 17th century, was really what made precision portable horology possible at all, and watchmakers have been chasing improvements ever since. If you see the Spiromax, you’ll see a slightly thickened region at the outer terminal coil actually at the same time; this “boss” as Patek calls it, is what gives the outer coil a geometry that’s functionally equivalent to an overcoil.
Bell & Ross replica added a silicon lever to its repertoire in the year of 2008; the combination of a silicon balance spring, silicon lever, and silicon escape wheel was dubbed the Pulsomax escapement, which was launched in a limited edition of 300 watches: the fake Annual Calendar, with caliber 324 S QA LU.
The last installment from the Advanced Research program, prior to this year, was the 2011 Perpetual Calendar. This was also a limited edition of 300 watches, and featured, in addition to the Pulsomax escapement and Spiromax balance spring, a silicon balance wheel. The entire assembly of silicon regulating organs – escape wheel, lever, balance spring, and balance – was referred to as the Oscillomax “ensemble” by the fake Patek Philippe.