It has been almost half a century since the replica Omega Seamaster and Rolex Submariner have been in furious competition. These fake sports watches were quickly increasing in popularity in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Omega and Rolex were still two of the top brands in the industry. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that they would each develop their own best iteration of the dive watch.
Omega issued the Seamaster in 1948 in celebration of the brand’s 100th anniversary. The initial design drew inspiration from the brand’s existing dive watch models, like the Marine. However, with the Seamaster, the Omega wanted to create something a bit different. They wanted to make a sports watch that was not only utilitarian and functional but also stylish enough for daily use.
However, several years later, the replica Rolex was set on the same mission. They wanted to develop a tool fake watch that was both practical and modern enough. The result was the Submariner, a dive watch with a slightly less sporty design that could seamlessly transition from a dive to the dinner table.
Once the rolex Submariner came on the market, Omega realized their competition immediately. Although the design element was obviously crucial, this was still a battle of dive watch versus dive watch. Omega understood they needed to set the Seamaster apart. So, they started drawing their attention on its capabilities, namely its water resistance. This ultimately spurred them to divide the Seamaster into two subcategories: the sportier Seamaster Professional collection and the dressier Seamaster Aqua Terra collection.
In the meantime, Rolex stood firm in its development of the Submariner. Part of its charm and allure is that it has remained greatly unchanged since its inception. However, Rolex upped the ante by giving the Submariner some pop culture exposure. The Submariner was the private watch of choice of beloved actor, racer, and avid watch collector, Steve McQueen. And, although the Seamaster has since become the official watch of 007, actually, it was a Submariner that appeared on the wrist of the particular agent in the original 1962 James Bond film, Dr. No.
Therefore, some years later, when Pierce Brosnan took on the role of 007 in the 1990’s, the Seamaster became Bond’s signature watch. After that, every main Bond film has featured the Seamaster and the forever secured a place in pop culture. The Omega replica has even gone on to release unique edition versions of the Seamaster to commemorate milestones in the film franchise. However, the Omega and Rolex have remained neck and neck in the never-ending battle to produce the supreme sport watch. Both have concentrated on developing their respective timepieces as well as carving a place for each of their models in pop culture. Anyway, which one do you prefer?
Most Rolex watches are easily recognizable mainly thanks to the brand sticking to certain special design standards, whether that’s the case size and shape, bracelet type, and bezel style. What’s more, Rolex replica watch collections are also varied and that’s mostly due to the various dial options available to the consumer. The Rolex also has in its catalog some very funny dial materials such as semi-precious stones and even space rocks, along with standard colored metal dials! Today let’s see an intriguing Rolex Day-Date equipped with a meteorite dial.
To create their meteorite dials, Rolex uses material from the famous Gibeon meteorites. Named after the Namibian town it was found in, the Gibeon meteorites fell to earth during the prehistoric times, covering an area stretching 171 miles long and 62 miles wide. The indigenous Nama people had been taking the meteorites to create tools and weapons for generations and in 1838, English explorer James Edward Alexander came across the material during his travels. He sent some samples back to London where renowned scientist John Herschel confirmed their extraterrestrial origins.
Specially cherished for its crisscross-like Widmanstätten pattern, the replica Rolex treats the Gibeon meteorite material with an acid wash to stress its design prior to making the dials. The meteorite dial on this Rolex Day-Date model adds a captivating look and fascinating texture to any Rolex replica watch it is used in. Nowadays, strict Namibian laws protect the meteorites, thus these famed rocks can no longer be taken from where they lie.
One unique model that Rolex showcases these rare meteorite dials is on the ultra-prestigious platinum fake rolex Day-Date watch, which is still a part of Rolex’s current catalog. This Rolex President features a 36mm case, smooth domed bezel, and the well-known President bracelet with semi-circular links.
We see the feature date window at 3 o’clock on the dial—magnified by the Cyclops lens on the crystal—together with the full day of the week displayed on the window at 12 o’clock. The funning thing, rather than hours, there are Arabic numeral minute markers, further accompanied by a duo of diamond indexes at 6 and 9 o’clock. The Day-Date 36 model runs on the fake Rolex Caliber 3155 automatic movement with 48 hours of power reserve.
The Tag Heuer Monaco fake watch is a legend in the vintage watch world. The most appealing design element of the Monaco 1133 is, of course, its bold square form. In a sea of round replica watches, the lines of a square shaped case launched in 1969 really stood out. The case was actually designed and made by well-known case maker Piquerez. The size is 39mm—particularly for a vintage timepiece, which is a rather larger size—and sits quite high on the wrist due to its movement within. This replica watch surely has presence. Look closely and you’ll see the vertical grain of the stainless steel, which adds great texture to the look of the watch. In the end, the case includes the two chronograph pushers on the right-hand side, while the winding crown sits rather unusually on the left-hand side. The 100 meters water resistance of the square Monaco case was also hailed as a triumph during its era.
The dial of the replica Tag Heuer Monaco 1133 is beautiful as well. While McQueen’s version, 1133B, had a blue dial, this particular version is a 1133G with a gray dial. The circular minute track contrasts beautifully with its square steel house, while the pair of rounded square registers mimics the case shape. There also the date window at 6 o’clock for added practicality and the red details on the dial stress the sporty nature of the Monaco. There has also been a handful of instances where McQueen was spotted wearing a Rolex but let’s not get off topic.
Another significant factor of this unique vintage Heuer Monaco 1133G is its steel link bracelet. It comes equipped with a rare and original “Mark 1” bracelet made by Novavit S.A where the outside of the clasp is signed with the Tag Heuer logo and the inside includes the NSA hallmark.
On March 3, 1969, a group of brands—Breitilng, Hamilton-Buren, Heuer, and Dubois-Depraz—unveiled an automatic chronograph movement that they had been collaborating on. Even though the statement claimed that this was the world’s first automatic chronograph movement, there is some dispute to this story since Zenith introduced the El Primero movement earlier that year in January and Seiko also had 6139 automatic chronograph movement produced for the Japanese market in ’69.
No matter who was first in the industry, the Tag Heuer Caliber 11 was the company’s first and arguably most popular automatic chronograph movement. While, the early Caliber 11 movement did have some technical problems so the company improved upon it and quickly released variants Caliber 11-I and Caliber 12.
What are your ideas about the original Tag Heuer Monaco vintage replica watch? Do you like the shape and distinct dial design?
Coming once every two years, these great offerings have typically been re-skinned versions of the Omega’s most significant sport replica watches collections, with details paying tribute to the host cities of the current games; However, there’s a second, rather newer, and lesser-popular collection of Olympic watches that eschew the aforementioned visual codes and dates tied to specific games. These are famous as the Olympic Official Timekeeper Collection watches, which pay homage to the many different original analog stopwatches used to time the games, and today, we’re talking at the newest addition: the Seamaster Olympic Official Timekeeper.
As we talked before, the Olympic Official Timekeeper doesn’t leverage any of Omega’s existing collections or design language. It’s these timekeeping instruments – the same ones used to measure the fall and rise of world records – upon which the collection is based. The last addition to this collection was motivated by the pocket watches built by the fake Omega to time the 1932 games in Los Angeles. This time around, this new Seamaster took design cues from the dials of stopwatches deployed at both the 1976 Innsbruck winter games, and the summer Olympiad in Montreal of the same year.
While, if it weren’t for the Olympic ring motif at 6:00 on the dial, the black-on-white variant could be mistaken for a vintage auto racing watch, or perhaps the spiritual successor to the original Speedmaster Racing in 3-hand form. Either way, the source material for this special replica watch was significant in that those stopwatches were among the last analog timing instruments used at the games before the full advent of digital timekeeping. Compared to the original 1932 pocket watch, it’s a decidedly racier, albeit slightly austere and modern aesthetic that seems to have more in common with speedometers of sports cars in the early eighties than timekeeping for the global Olympiad.
Now, it’s probably worth saying that this is a Seamaster in name only – aside from the signature twisted lugs, there’s nothing about the new Olympic Collection that would suggest any carry-over from the fake Omega’s current Seamaster offerings. Well, being based on a stopwatch used to measure speed nearly defaults it to being a Speedmaster, but that’s an argument for another day. It’s hardly a knock against the collection though, as this is absolutely a sporty and handsome watch in its own right, and one that should age with a little more grace than the more thematic Olympic editions.
The fake Rolex Sea-Dweller was manufactured with both the “Sea-Dweller” and “Submariner 2000” names printed in red text on the surface of the dial for the first ten years of its existence. While in 1977, Rolex launched a new Sea-Dweller – still under a special replica watch which gave up the red lines of text, together with the Submariner name, in favor of a whole black and white dial.
Owing to the monochromatic text of the dial of the new Sea-Dweller, the watch gained the nickname the “Great White” among Rolex collectors, as a means to help distinguish it from the earlier replica Sea-Dweller watches that featured red text on the surface of their dials. Besides, this change to a totally black and white dial for the Sea-Dweller would be a lasting decision that would stand for forty years.
To accompany the updated dial of the “Great White” Sea-Dweller, the case-backs on the new generation of these replica watches received slightly more refined engravings, in which the Rolex name curves along the arc of the fluting, rather than appearing in a straight line.
The replica Sea-Dweller starts its life as a Submariner that had been modified to be even more water resistant in order to withstand even greater depths below the surface of the ocean. The dial of the Sea-Dweller also had the Submariner name printed on it for the first 10 years of its existence, so it was somewhat unclear as to whether the Sea-Dweller was a separate line of watches, or just a particular version of the Submariner that had been designed for more rigorous professional use.
Although the absence of red lettering made for a rather noticeable visual change, the removal of the Submariner name was the most important change that accompanied the arrival of the “Great White” model. Without the Submariner name appearing on the dial, it was an obvious signal to the public that the replica Rolex intended the Sea-Dweller to be its own line of watches, separate from the Submariner, and filling a slightly different niche within their lineup of highly competent, professional watches.
The replica “Great White” Sea-Dweller remained in production for roughly five years, during which time a number of small changes took place, and five different dial variations were manufactured.
Even though it is not the most valuable iteration of the Sea-Dweller that the fake Rolex has ever produced, the “Great White” is the watch that helped distinguish the Sea-Dweller as its own unique line of highly specialized, ultra-water resistant, tool watches – separate from the Submariner and specifically engineered for the rigors of saturation diving and professional use.
Founded in Le Locle in 1865 and now owned by LVMH ,the Zenith Swiss watchmaker has just released a new replica watch called the Defy Lab which is claims is the most accurate mechanical watch in the world. What Zenith says they’ve done is basically throw out the balance spring principle which has been the embodiment of mechanical watchmaking since British physicist Robert Hooke came up with the idea around 1660, and Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens built a functioning timepiece based upon it several years later. With the Defy Lab Zenith has made a new single-piece oscillator made of monocrystalline silicon, the base material for silicon chips, which takes the place of the 30-odd components of a balance spring system. It is also 10 times thinner at just 0.5 mm.
The Defy Lab’s movement beats at 15 Hertz to put it in perspective and drop science, with an amplitude of +/- 6 degrees, and features a 60-hour power reserve, more than 10% increase over Zenith’s iconic El Primero. While the new Defy Lab movement is a bit bizarre looking, and certainly not as elegant as a typical balance spring engine, it has other advantages including no need for lubrication, ultra-high resistance to variations in temperature, gravity and magnetic fields; on this last point the watch exceeds ISO-764 magnetic criteria, meaning it can withstand 1,100 Gauss.
The fake Zenith is unveiling 10 collector’s edition versions of the Defy Lab to start, and all have already been pre-sold. The 44 mm case of the Defy Lab is also a departure from the norm, being the first to be made from Aeronith, which Zenith replica says is the world’s lightest aluminum composite. The brand developed it using a proprietary “high-tech process” and says it is 2.7 times lighter than titanium, 1.7 times lighter than aluminum and 10% lighter than carbon fibre. Zenith credits Guy Semon, CEO of the LVMH Watch Division’s R&D Institute, with help in developing the new case and movement, and apparently LVMH Watch Division President and Zenith CEO Jean-Claude Biver is sending a signal here that LVMH is prepared to invest so much in technological development, another shot across the bows of replica Rolex, which keeps still the leader in vintage watchmaking creation.
It seems that most actions made by Rolex bear great fruits in the end all the time. Each separate element that goes into any one of their designs has a target; whether it’s to increase the appearance or the functionality, everything has to earn its place.
However, the bracelets of Rolex Replicas are no different. The trinity of metal bands outfitted across the various models in their catalog—the Jubilee, the President and the Oyster—are themselves minor works of art and masterpieces of engineering excellence.
But while the metal bracelets are the most outstanding, and rightly so, the fake Rolex’s leather straps receive the same obsessive level of scrutiny and perfection. Nowhere near as abundant, the watches they are attached to are chosen with the utmost care to improve the overall look and feel.
Substituting a fake watch’s metal bracelet for a leather strap gives you a totally new watch, in the same way that the appearance of a suit is completely chosen by different styles of shirt and tie.
There’s just something a little more business-like about a black leather strap. They give sports models a soberness that only increases their versatile nature and they can tone down the flamboyance of a yellow gold case or diamond accents on a dress watch.
The Cellini collection, named after the 16th century Italian sculptor Benvenuto Cellini, is as tastefully simple as Rolex gets. Their aims as pieces of jewelry to be worn on special occasions rather than as tools to help you through the day is underlined by their status as the only pieces in the brand’s lineup not to be housed in an Oyster case. The slim profile and graceful contours are designed to slip under a shirtsleeve for those events where black tie isn’t optional.
The ideal watch, then, for a leather strap. With their modest size, a metal bracelet would always look out of place, distracting from the refined look of the dial and the flowing lines of the case.
Our Rolex model is a great example. The 32mm yellow gold model launched in 1999 features a supple black leather Rolex strap that contrasts beautifully against the crisp whiteness of the face. Long, slender hands sweep over gold hour markers, giving an extremely legible readout, with the large ‘VI’ index being the only quirky detail on the otherwise unadorned façade.
The manually winding caliber and lack of a seconds hand only stress its position as an out and out showpiece—a replica watch for watch lovers and for those looking to top off a formal outfit with the final exquisite touch.
Black leather straps bring a new dimension to traditional Rolex watches. What are your thoughts on black leather bracelets for your watch? Do you like metallic bracelets?
Back in 2014, it was as a concept watch that AP hadn’t yet demonstrated a desire to sell to collectors when we first covered it which would later be famous as the replica Audemars Piguet Supersonnerie. The team in Le Brassus’s ostensible goal was to push the boundaries of chiming fake watch acoustics and to provide tangible evidence that the quest for continuous improvement in minute repeaters was as alive as ever.
The AP set up a sound-proof booth next year in which they could demonstrate the superlative tonality and volume of the new concept watch. I will always remember hearing this minute repeater for the first time, and that’s no hyperbole. The paradox of a minute repeater that chimes louder and clearer on the wrist than off was lost on no one. I would like to know exactly how it worked – and I don’t think I was just the only one.
The lucky thing is, Jack went in-depth on the subject back in 2016, writing the best explanation out there of how Audemars Piguet developed the Supersonnerie and why it’s such a very special repeater. But the story doesn’t stop there.
The Audemars Piguet presented the coolest replica watch each year that you possibly haven’t heard of. On the outside, it’s a platinum Jules Audemars dress watch with a smoky blue enamel dial and white gold hands. But inside, it’s every bit the triple-patented Supersonnerie we know and love.
Acoustically, can the new Jules Audemars Minute repeater match the funky concept watch that preceded it? Considering that it has a platinum case and enamel dial, you’d expect some loss of sound quality from the original, since it was built just for optimum tonality. However, after hearing this watch in a crowded booth at SIHH, I can confirm that it is much louder than your typical minute repeater, and, just like the concept watch, it’s louder on the wrist than off.
This fake watch makes perfect sense in business. It looks like your typical minute repeater, and chances are it’s the kind of design most collectors have in mind when they plunk down six figures for a chiming watch. Of course, the case is large, at 43mm in diameter and 13.15mm thick; but, then again, it’s not unusual for a traditional minute repeater to tip the scales in terms of size. These are not complications typically known for their slimness.
Flipping the Jules Audemars Minute Repeater over, you’ll find a beautiful relief engraving of a watchmaker at his bench. You’ll also see some perforations around this engraving. The Jules Audemars Minute Repeater is a normal replica watch for selling, but unsurprisingly AP says that very few will be made, and the price is rather affordable anyway.
I asked at once if I could take the fake rolex watch out for several minutes of wrist time and to get the images you see here. The Phillips team kindly humored me, and I have to say that, as someone who is passionate about vintage Rolex replica, there is something really mysterious about this replica watch actually. It seems dramatic, I know, but it was one of those times when you’re in the presence of something particular or significant and you can feel it. I’m lucky enough that in the course of business, I get to see many amazing replica watches. Holding a Paul Newman Daytona is out of the ordinary. But this was extremely outstanding and extraordinary.
The condition of the watch is the first thing that stuck me a lot. If you’ve seen the photographs published in the Wall Street Journal (who first broke the news) or the New York Times, you might think the replica watch is pretty beat up. It’s not. This Daytona is in good condition, and has clearly been worn over the years, but the smudging on the dial’s creme-colored section isn’t nearly as stark as it appears in those photos, and the case and caseback show normal scratches from wear, but they don’t look especially beat up at all.
What’s more, the lugs look worn from wear, but not like they’ve been polished to death; the pushers and crown are still crisp, and the lume plots all appear to be intact and correct. If the watch wasn’t the ur-Paul Newman, it might not be the most desirable example, but thinking of the context, it’s far more preferable for the replica watch to show that it hasn’t been tampered with (and that it was actually worn) than for it to be in new-old-stock condition.
Putting the fake watch on my wrist was a rather surreal experience. Additionally, I’ve tried on plenty of 6239 Daytonas, and more than a handful of Paul Newmans, but this watch is just so damn cool. To know that Newman himself looked down at it, just as I was when taking this photo, is totally different. You can believe I took wristshots until I was politely asked to return the watch, and I don’t think this is a watch I’ll be able to get out of my head for quite some time.
Watching other collectors get excited about this replica watch was more than half the fun. Even more exciting for me though was watching other collectors react to it during the preview. Everyone from relative newcomers to guys who have been amassing brilliant replica Rolex collections since the days of Bubbleback supremacy were straight up freaking out. We’re talking about grown men giggling and asking their friends to snap iPhone photos of them standing next to the fake watch in its glass case. The entire experience was a nice reminder of how much fun this little passion of ours can be, and what a great community has sprung up around it since the days when this replica watch was Rolex’s worst-selling model.
The replica Omega‘s Aqua Terra has been a versatile normal man since it first surfaced in 2003, stylish and sartorial, but tough enough for the real world. This year the collection leveled-up to Master Chronometer status and we thought we’d take this sparkly 41mm rubber-clad model for a spin.
The most obvious significant changes have been decorated on the dial. The AT’s instantly recognizable striped finish is still there, only now it’s horizontal rather than vertical – a decision that the fake Omega explained by saying it was going to evoke yacht decking. While that’s a good story, for me the horizontal just looks better, no other reason needed. Speaking of this striping, one thing I noticed only when I was looking through Jason’s shots of this watch is that the lines of the dial aren’t even. Some are thick and some are thin, creating the optical illusion of a vanishing point at the centre of the dial.
The case of the Aqua Terra hasn’t changed obviously, and it’s still the same classic shape, with sporty, swooping, twisted lugs and polished surfaces aplenty. It’s a combination of casual style and dressy finish that helps the Aqua Terra’s chameleon-factor.
A rubber strap is a rubber strap, right? Well, it turns out not all straps are made in the same level and this particular version is very much at (or near) the top of the class. At first I thought it was one of those irritating proprietary straps, thanks to the metal end-piece, and I was preparing myself for some old-fashioned righteous indignation. The other nice features of the strap are the tropic-style print, and the wave-like ridges on the underside, a nice wearer-friendly touch.
The big story with the movement is that the whole line is now Master Chronometer certified, in line with the replica Omega’s push for technical innovation. What this means is that the whole watch) has been tested within an inch of its life to METAS standards, covering off accuracy in numerous positions and state of power reserve, water and magnetic resistance as well as the efficacy of the automatic winding.
I’ve always thought that the replica Omega excels at making fake watches with the actual wearer in mind, and this design approach is the secret to the Aqua Terra’s undeniable charm. The proportions are nigh on perfect, it’s legible, technically superb and user-friendly. The fact that it looks amazing just seals the deal.