As we all know that Longines doubled down with the release of the Record collection last year. Illustrating just how serious they are about creating classically handsome and highly accurate replica watches, with price tags that won’t break the bank. The result was their first-ever COSC-certified collection that combined a variety of dial options and colors, with four different sizes of stainless-steel cases. I have to say that while the collection remained steady in the Longines wheelhouse, there was just that little something missing to greatly draw me in. That was until this year when the replica Longines launched a decidedly luxury version with a blue dial and 18k rose gold case.
The most interesting thing about the Record collection is that each and every version is powered by a chronometer-certified automatic movement, with this version using the Caliber L888.4. Exclusively manufactured for the fake Longines by ETA, the COSC-certified movement uses a silicon balance spring and maintains a power reserve of 64 hours. The case is sized at 38.5mm and made of 18k rose gold with a see-back case back and a water resistance rating of 30 meters. While the sunray blue dial is kept clean and simple, with golden bar indexes marking the hours, and a date window at 3 o’clock. To strap the golden Longines Record to the wrist is a dial-matching blue alligator leather strap.
The case of the fake model is nicely sized and should suit a variety of wrist sizes n paper and indeed in person. And having owned last year’s version of the Record, it’s easy to draw comparisons between their similar comfort-chart on the wrist. But when you strap on this new version, it’s immediately apparent that there’s gold in them hills. After all, this is a solid piece of 18k rose gold. It’s not overly heavy though, and when combined with the grand blue of the sunray dial it wears as gorgeously as it looks.
However, fans of a Calatrava-style case and the classic dress watch style want that little something extra to make their statement. It also wouldn’t hurt if – like me – you’re a sucker for accuracy.
The Rolex tends to create a top-shelf version of the Submariner diver’s watch when they developed the Yacht-Master in 1992. Rumor has it that Rolex wasn’t rather brave enough to make any drastic changes to the design of the Submariner itself, resulting in the Yacht-Master being adding to the catalog as its own model. Both models may look similar with the use of a dial topped with lume, a robust Oyster case, and a timing bezel, but they come with two totally different functions. While the Submariner is meant for use while far below the surface of the sea, the Yacht-Master is better suited for the decks of a yacht.
We can see from its name that the Yacht-Master was developed as a tool-watch for sailing, offering waterproof up to 330 feet via a Triplock screw-down crown, a maxi dial with fat hands and larger hour markers, a secure three-link Oyster bracelet, and a bidirectional rotatable timing bezel. Most references feature a bezel crafted from precious metals and distinguished by a sand-blasted insert and raised high-polish graduations. It’s worth knowing that the fake Rolex Yacht-Master was initially only offered in an all-gold finish, with more affordable two-tone options hitting the market shortly after. Tapered lugs complement the luxurious style of the bezel nicely, giving the Yacht-Master a look that stands apart from its muse the Submariner.
Getting back to the Yacht-Master’s status as a sports watch together with a boating replica watch, the bezel’s primary function is to measure amounts of time while at sea as well as sync with race start times. With a build similar to the Rolex replica Submariner, you can expect some of its key functions to operate in the same way.
The first ten minutes on the bezel can be used to sync with Regatta start times, which can be done by aligning the zero position on the bezel with the minute hand, then using the 10-minute hashes to count down to the race start time. The bezel can also be set a certain amount of time into the future, allowing the minute hand to countdown towards that set time, essentially functioning as a timer.
Measuring elapsed time via the replica Rolex Yacht-Master bezel is rather straightforward. To begin with, rotate the bezel in either direction to sync the zero position with the minute hand. The minute hand will point to the amount of time that has passed once finished.
All of these choices are very useful while sailing but have some applications towards life on land too, making the fake Yacht-Master ideal for any lifestyle.
Let’s say, apart from the amazing replica Longines Heritage Military Watch with its faux-patinated dial, and new ladies’ sizing for the Heritage Legend Diver, we were also treated to the great-looking Heritage Skin Diver. And it’s that last replica watch we’re going to have today.
I know this watch during a meeting with fake Longines executives and people said that it would not officially release with the first wave of 2018 products. It would become available in late 2018, they said. As you can see, it’s a really great-looking tribute to a historically popular Longines, the Longines Nautilus Skin Diver – the first dive watch from Longines actually. It’s a watch that I’d personally like to spend some more time with in the future outside of the less than ideal context of a trade show booth.
You’ll see an embossed image of a diver with a spear with the words “The Longines Skin Diver Watch” on the back. The unidirectional bezel is very simple to turn thanks to the deep crenelations along its edge. This bezel is made of PVD-coated steel that has been executed to recall the original plastic one found in the late ’50s original.
The Skin Diver’s dial is one place where it really excels. A similarly thick application of faux-aged lume fills the arrow-shaped hour and minute hands, which traverse a dial that has a course, anti-reflective property to it. This is one of the darker applications of faux-aged lume that I have seen on a model that nods to a brand’s heritage, Longines or otherwise.
The movement inside is the L888. The Skin Diver derives displays for hours, for the minutes, and for the seconds, with an impressive power reserve of 65 hours from this movement.
Besides, there are three straps and bracelet options: a plain brown leather strap, a black tropic rubber strap, and a mesh steel bracelet. And while each has its own appeal, I think that two of them are the winners, with the nice mesh bracelet option taking the slight edge while you consider that each option will set you back the same amount of money, the price is rather cheap.
All in all, the replica Longines Heritage Skin Diver is a great-looking contemporary fake watch with more than ample water resistance that revives an important design from the Longines archives. It manages to do this while incorporating enough modern features to excite watch collectors.
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 1950s and 1960s. 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 to 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 the 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 1990s, the Seamaster became Bond’s signature watch. After that, every main Bond film has featured the Seamaster and 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 sports 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 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 a 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 an 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. They’re also the date window at 6 o’clock for added practicality and the red details on the dial stress the sporty nature of 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—Breitling, 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 movements 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 about the newest addition: the Seamaster Olympic Official Timekeeper.
As we talked about 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 it 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 Aerosmith, 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 fiber. 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 are 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 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 are 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 a 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?