We witnessed Geneva play host to a handful of replica watch auctions last week, with the likes of Christie’s, Phillips, and Sotheby’s descending on the city and dropping some hammers. As the dust settled, it is obvious that the fake vintage Rolex reigns supreme, with the Rolex Daytona Ultimatum sale at Phillips selling all 32 of its lots, the price is rather cheap. The big one in the mix – the one-of-a-kind white gold Daytona, dubbed the “Unicorn” – gave buyers some kind of a horn, selling at a low price as well, making it the second cheapest Rolex ever sold at auction.
While the conversation around casa de Time+Tide this week has been mostly centered around the ever-increasing demand for vintage Daytonas, and whether their astronomical prices are even sustainable, what also began to emerge as a trending topic was the apparent flow-on effect these high prices are having on other brands like the replica Omega, who smashed their Geneva auction estimates right out of the park and even broke a few records of their own.
Of course, it had the celebrity factor. It might not be much of a surprise to see a few Speedmasters enter the mix, but it was to see that at the Phillips Geneva Watch Auction: Seven, all smashed well through their estimates. There was the first-of-its-kind Omega Speedmaster ref. 2915-1 “Broad Arrow”.
It’s only inevitable that as prices for fake vintage Rolex watches continue to skyrocket, collectors are going to look to get their thrills elsewhere. And with a history as storied as theirs, vintage Omega is showing that it’s the answer.
Not to get too metaphysical with you on a Saturday morning, but does three replica watches count as a list? Honestly, I have no idea anyway, and the fact is I couldn’t find too many more ‘true’ champagne dials that were released in 2018. And there’s even one or two I can think of that aren’t *technically* public yet, but proper, cork-popping champagne? Not so many. Why is that so? Perhaps it’s because champagne is an acquired and, dare I say, sophisticated taste.
A dial variant of last year’s two-tone number, this version swaps out pedestrian black for fantastic champagne! To be honest, it looks gold as well.
Montblanc’s dials have been promoted to the next level in 2018, with this smoky, gradated champagne number being a case in point. And while it’s offered on the chronograph versions too, this simple 1858 Automatic is our personal pick.
It is no surprise to all that the amazing Grand Seiko is on this list. Those who know their champagne dials are amongst their finest work.
There have been varying interpretations of Bond’s military rank but in the books at least in the films, it was not a cover or an honorarium but a reflection of Bond’s service during World War II, in the Royal Navy. Daniel Craig’s Bond appears to have served in either the SAS or SBS before joining MI6, but in You Only Live Twice, The Spy Who Loved Me, and Tomorrow Never Dies Bond is portrayed in his Royal Navy uniform.
The replica Omega watch has released the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M “Commander’s Watch” Limited Edition at an event in London to commemorate Bond’s long use of the Seamaster in films, as well as its long relationship with the Commander. The use of the Seamaster was according to Omega suggested by costumer Lindy Hemming, who was costume designer for Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, and Casino Royale.
Says Hemming, “I fought for Bond to wear an OMEGA fake watch because I wanted to change to a replica watch that I felt was appropriate for a naval commander to wear, my father had been in the RAF but was friendly with navy men and I remember as a child one often visiting us, and he always wore this OMEGA, which impressed me a lot – this unusually sporty design that looked as though it was built for purpose.”
The Commander’s Watch Limited Edition is technically identical to other Seamaster 300M Diver’s watches, with a 41mm case, and Omega caliber 2500 movement with co-axial escapement. The major difference is in the color scheme, with a strap and bezel that reflects the colors of the ensign of the British Royal Navy. The bezel is blue ceramic with a Liquidmetal scale, and the dial is white ceramic.
The 007 “gun” logo is present on the rotor and also on the tail of the second’s hand; other than that the front of the watch has no 007 brandings. The Commander’s Watch will also be provided in gold; in steel production will be 7,007 pieces and in gold, only seven. The yellow gold fake model has a ceramic bezel, white ceramic dial, and Ceragold numerals and markers.
We will start with a Patek Philippe replica watch in stainless steel this week. Of course, its dial has been replaced, but the rarity of this watch in this metal easily trumps that fact. We keep the chronograph love going with an oversized Omega, relying on the caliber 33.3. Then what could represent time-only pieces better than a Chronometre Royal from Vacheron Constantin?
Replica Patek Philippe chronographs are some of the most coveted vintages watches around, and this model is no exception. Initially launched in 1940, it was designed as a sporting chronograph, hence the water-resistant case manufactured by the famous case maker Francois Borgel (later renamed Taubert Freres). Only around 750 examples were produced between 1940 and the late 1960s (regular production ended in 1965, but some examples from as late as 1968 have been found), and of those, the vast majority were cased in yellow gold.
This makes this stainless steel piece a rarity, which explains why we dedicated an article to the previous steel example with Breguet numerals that we saw. The seller of this 1463 adds that the present watch is the only stainless steel known with a two-tone dial that sports Breguet numerals and a pulsation scale. He also offers the extracted certificate that documents the dial replacement in 1998. The watch was previously auctioned by Antiquorum in 2004.
As for the replica Omega watch, originally introduced in 1933, the caliber 33.3 is one of the most iconic chronograph movements used by Omega. Its two-register layout looks especially fantastic in an oversized case, like the present one, standing at a respectable 37.5mm and seemingly unpolished. Please don’t forget it, in the early 1940s, the regular diameter for wristwatches was more in the lower part of the 30mm range. This chronograph also sports the characteristic oval pushers, often nicknamed “olive pushers.”
The dial is also untouched, showing the correct amount of patina and light aging that you should expect from a 75-year-old watch. The seller indicates a small scratch on the dial at seven o’clock, visible just above the painted numeral. He adds that the watch was serviced in 2017 (and has worked well ever since) and that an extract from the Omega Archives will also be provided.
During over 160 years of its rich history, from Moon Up to the Star, luxury watchmaker Omega replica has traveled further than any other competitor and became one of the most famous watches in the world. Swiss factory has huge wonderful achievements and surely the most notable of them all is the fact that it was the first (and only) watch on the Moon, back in 1969. As a matter of fact, Omega’s Speedmaster chronograph, introduced in 1957, was the only wristwatch that passed all tests and was able to withstand zero gravity and extreme conditions of space exploration. That is the reason why it was well-qualified NASA for manned space missions.
From then on, Speedmaster was worn on all six lunar landings, which gave this watch another calling “Moonwatch”, and even now, it is still the official chronograph on every single NASA flight. Under the Water, however, the replica Omega didn’t just go up and above, it was also the first diver’s watch in 1932, and Omega has been creating replica watches that reliable even underwater ever since. The Omega Seamaster, produced since 1947, typically with a stainless steel case, helium escape valve, and engraved with hippocampus logo, can withstand depths to 300 meters. There are several models and variations of Seamaster, and ever since 1995, and the major feature of James Bond movies, agent 007, is wearing exactly this type of watch. Then the fake Omega Writes Sport’s History Measuring time for sports events is also one of the things that the Omega is famous for around the globe. The switzerland-based manufacturer has been responsible for measuring time for most prestigious competitions for over a century at least.
Since the tenth Olympics, which were organized in Los Angeles in 1932, the Omega replica was the official timekeeper for 24 Olympic games (including the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, as well as the 2008 Summer Olympics). Besides, the omega will do the same in two years in London, and that will be a crucially important event for this watchmaker because it will be the 25th time it will serve as official timekeeper and it will also be the 80th anniversary of first involvement in the most important sporting event all over the world. In 1999, Omega made yet another remarkable and historical achievement by the successful development of Calibre 2500, the very first mass-produced watch incorporating the co-axial escapement. This invention of Englishman George Daniels was one of the more important breakthroughs in horology, because it eliminates one of the shortcomings of the traditional lever escapement, and results in longer service and greater accuracy over time.
In 2017, playing the inspired vintage game is still a very popular market. No matter the brand is big or small, accepted or less welcomed, it still keeps playing the game, like TAG Heuer’s new Monza, Girard Perregaux’s Heritage 1957, or even Tiffany’s East-west replica watches that takes inspiration from one of their desk clocks from the ’40s. And now Omega’s Global master Annual Calendar revitalizes the Global master and takes the heritage intended to a new level.
In the last few years, Omega has reissued everything from the MKII Speed master to the Seamaster 300, and even the weird and polarizing Bullhead that I still have a weird soft spot for. Last year brought the 3-hand date model of the Global master and the first movement to receive Master Chronometer certification, making it the most proper Omega ever produced. The Global master added a clever annual calendar complication this year, a change in dial color and a 2mm bump up in case of diameter (bringing it up to 41mm over the previous 39). It boasts the same cutting-edge features in its movement as the 2015 release did, a co-axial escapement, silicon balance spring, a free-sprung, adjustable mass balance, not to mention METAS certification against magnetic fields up to 15,000 gausses.
My first choice of Omega of the Basel world 2016 was that the Meteorite Speedy would be my top pick, but the Speedy proved too large for my liking after some days of wear. I didn’t get too close a look at the Global master in Basel, but I thought it might win me over after reviewing the press imagery.
Many of the folks who aren’t overly familiar with Omega’s history were brutally quick to jump on the brand’s back for “ripping off Rolex” by using a fluted bezel. we didn’t go into it much when first talking about the launch of the Global master or Annual Calendar, but Omega had a few variations of the Constellation back in the day that used a fluted bezel (seen here via Omega forums.net), so to neglect their history is unlucky. If you desire to receive even nerdier, the fact that the bezel is made of ultra high-polish tungsten, and the fluting is much tighter on the Omega than it is on any current Rolex makes them that much more distinct than one another.
with so much light reflection coming off the bezel, replica Omega was smart to leave the majority of the case in brushed stainless steel. Aside from a polished bevel running down each side of the case, the case lacks any useless details that would detract from the lovely “Pie-Pan” dial. I’m going to call this here and now. Sunburst gray with blue text and hands is THE one to buy. If you have a soft spot for gold, the Sedna Gold version with a slate dial is still respectable, and if you want to ratchet things way up to the platinum model, well, you’re on your own. The execution of this Annual Calendar is nothing short of awesome. Last year H. Moser & Cie rolled out their Perpetual Calendar that used a central pointer hand for the month indication at each of its 12 indices, but the use of script and a jumping pointer hand aimed at the gap between each marker gives a clean and concise read of month and day without cluttering the dial with an additional window. while not everyone will be fond of the script used for each month, I’ll take this over things like the Zenith El Primero Winsor Annual Calendar or other conventional executions any day of the week.
The Globemaster arrived on its matching blue leather strap. The strap was a comfortable fit for the piece until temperatures cranked up into the low 90s. The dark shade of blue matched most of my wardrobe, it’s another replica omega watches that I found to transition quite well from day tonight. On my 6″ wrist, the Globemaster was never overpowering on my wrist, but its cause is still somewhat thick, which means those liking a slim-cased watch for under their shirt cuffs might want to try on the cheap replica watches before purchasing. Of course, casual me went down the path of NATO. I wasn’t entirely sure how well the pairing would work out firstly, however occasionally throwing it onto a gray NATO strap worked out rather nice. But what you have to be warned of is that the watch winds up sitting pretty tall once you throw two layers of fabric behind it. If you’re already concerned about case thickness — after all the piece is already with the sickness of 14.71mm, you’ll want to stick with the suggested leather band.
Due to the clean dial execution and contrasting blue hands, legibility on the Global master is pretty gorgeous and special. It’s the kind of piece that you can look at quickly, though your focus seems no longer lean on to linger solely because of wanting to admire how the light reflects off it (rather than to read it). The polished Tungsten is perfectly reflective, so there’s no being “under the radar” when walking around with the Global master unless it’s hidden under a shirt or jacket cuff. Getting back to the whole Rolex comparison, this is one respect where I’ll admit a resembling. You can’t hide a Day-Date, surely you cannot hide a Global master without any doubt.