For vintage collectors, Longines replica is one of the most storied names. As part of the Swatch Group for some time now, I’d actually say that there was a bit of an awkward period back ten years ago or so. Longines was successful during this period, but I always found their vintage-inspired pieces a bit “off”. They looked ok from a distance, but the brand would make them too thick or add some silly wording on the dial. In my view, this kept a lot of good watches from becoming great watches. In the last few years, though, Longines has flipped the script and their stuff is fantastic. I could list several watches from the brand for this article, but my favorite is the aaa copy Longines Heritage Classic.
In a move that would never have happened years ago at Longines, the 38.5mm fake Longines Heritage Classsic comes in at a reasonable and just 12.1mm thick. Despite the use of an automatic movement, that fact is thankfully nowhere to be seen on the dial. Hooray! With a lug to lug of 47mm, this one also wears beautifully.
Even our team member Ben ended up grabbing one. The sector dial is a perfect look and the purposeful case has enough heft to work in all sorts of environments. For €2,000, this is a really great option. Oh, and for those who aren’t sold on this color combo, best quality copy Longines just dropped a version with a black dial.
As far as rectangular watches go, none are quite as well-known as the legendary Reverso. Ninety years ago, Jaeger-LeCoultre replica created the Reverso as an ingenious solution for polo players who wished to protect the glass of their watches while playing matches. With its swivelling case and distinctive Art Deco lines, it was to become a classic of 20th century design. Swiss Made Fake Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Nonantième
This year, in conjunction with the 90th anniversary of the Reverso, the ‘watchmaker’s watchmaker’ presents the latest episode in this story – a celebratory piece with a display that’s never been seen in the collection. Here, we bring you the details and our thoughts on the new rose gold case replica Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Nonantième (French for ‘ninetieth’), which showcases a completely novel visual expression to an alliance of several classical complications. The Case, Dial, and Hands The best 1:1 fake Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Nonantième is presented in a standard Reverso case. Rendered in pink gold, it features emblematic design elements like the three clear-cut gadroons at the top and bottom, elegant rectangular lines, and, of course, the special hinge that allows the case to swivel and flip front-to-back. Measuring a sizeable 49.4 x 29.9 mm, the Reverso Tribute Nonantième is a little unwieldy – not helped by the fact that rectangular watches tend to “wear larger” on the wrist as well. As such, having a bigger wrist is probably a necessity to pull off the Reverso Tribute Nonantième with panache. When it comes to the dial, the front end will be familiar to most. Its design is classic Reverso: a silvered, sunray-brushed dial with golden applied indices, and dauphine hands. In the lower half of the dial, a bosom-style moonphase display is set within the small seconds counter. Beneath the 12 o’clock marker is a large date display, framed by an applied filet of pink gold that echoes the rectangular shape of the dial and case. Of note is the visual and textural contrast between the brushed surface of the dial and the polished pink gold elements – stunningly gorgeous. Flipping the case over reveals an entirely new expression of some of watchmaking’s most familiar complications. Dramatic and captivating, it is unlike anything seen on a high quality copy Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso before. The solid pink gold case back is dominated by two round apertures of different sizes, arranged like a figure-eight and encircled by gadroons that echo the rectilinear gadroons on the upper and lower edges of the case. The small upper aperture displays a semi-jumping digital hour indication – a first for the Reverso. In the large aperture below the hour, minutes are displayed on a rotating disc that is partially concealed by a three-quarter plate lacquered in vivid blue and sprinkled with tiny golden stars to depict the night sky. Within a small circle at the centre, an applied golden sun and moon pass above a horizon to indicate night and day. Finally, in the semi-circle below the horizon, a JL logo is set on a sunray-pattern background. As a whole, the display is irrefutable evidence that creativity and craftsmanship thrives at the Jaeger-LeCoultre manufactory. One cannot help but feel, however, that the semi-jumping digital hour should’ve been ‘instantaneously jumping’ given the watchmaking prowess of the brand. One possible explanation for the lack of it is size constraint. Apart from being more mechanically sophisticated, an instantaneously jumping digital hour is also more power-hungry and will likely require larger, or more mainspring barrels. With the current size of the watch, a further increase in dimensions to accommodate extra parts is simply out of the question.
The Movement Driving the white dial replica Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Nonantième is the 230-part, in-house manufactured Calibre 826. The brand new, manually wound movement has a short-ish power reserve of 42 hours (so you’ll have to wind it everyday to keep it going) and operates at a stately 3 Hz frequency. It shows the same time on both faces of the watch, in addition to displaying the grande date, moon phase, and day/night. As there isn’t an exhibition case back, the movement cannot be ordinarily seen by the wearer without first opening the case. But with the track record of Jaeger-LeCoultre, you can count on the Calibre 826 to be finished way beyond engineering/functional standards.
On our editorial call where the team comes together and plots the upcoming content, we broached this very subject and we all nodded in agreement when our resident viking, Thor, proclaimed a steel case copy Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Navy Blue Marine Nationale on a fabric strap as his prediction. With this watch being the closest thing to Marine Nationale watches of the past, it would be the easiest thing for Tudor to put together – perhaps distinguishing the watch from the standard production Navy Blue with a co-branded dial or even an engraved/commemorative caseback.
Tudor Marine Nationale Pelagos Copy With Blue Bezel
Personally, I think the best move for Tudor x Marine Nationale would be to do something special with the Pelagos diver. If I were in the military, of all the divers in the catalogue the Pelagos would be my pick to wear. Why? It has the greatest depth rating being water-resistant to 500 metres. It has a robust titanium case and matte ceramic bezel that will stand up the best to daily wear – especially in regard to military routine. Lastly, the blue dial of the Pelagos has the strongest association with the squared hour markers of the vintage ref. 9401 Snowflake and is effectively that aesthetic re-interpreted into modern production.
The luminescent material on the bezel and dial provides ample legibility in darker settings and the stepped dial makes the time that much more readable. The bracelet extension system is perfect for those who find themselves in and out of wet-suits, the patented Tudor extension system self-adjusting as the watch is worn. If they wanted to break the internet it could even be an opportunity to introduce the perfect copy Tudor Pelagos in a 40mm case, but realistically I do not see that happening. It would be a crazy mic-drop moment though. As the watch currently stands, however, I do believe it would be the best fit for the partnership in the modern era and would elevate the attention towards the robust diver.
The luxury fake Patek Philippe reference 570, nicknamed ‘Calatravone’ —Italian for large Calatrava—, has been a favorite amongst collectors thanks to its large case at 37 mm, flat bezel, and vivid modernist design. Introduced in 1938, the iconic reference 570, which is a larger version of Patek Philippe’s reference 96, was manufactured with both subsidiary and center seconds configurations in stainless steel, yellow, white, and pink gold, and platinum cases.
Fresh to the auction market and one of the most impressive specimens to grace the auction market in recent years, the present Patek Philippe Calatrava reference 570 replica in stainless steel from 1942 features an extraordinary two-tone dial with Breguet numerals. To date, only two examples with the present dial configuration —two-tone dial with Breguet numerals and railway track— have appeared on the market, no less in such original and stunning condition.
Not only is the two-tone effect dazzling and visible, but all hard enamel graphics are also present, showing that the dial has not seen intervention throughout its lifetime. As an added bonus, the dial is confirmed by the Extract from the Archives as being satin-finished with black enameled Breguet numerals, adding to the collectibility of the timepiece. The case too is in a most appealing condition with sharp facets and crisp sides. So enigmatic is this dial design that top quality copy Patek Philippe chose to use this configuration in their reference 5196 in platinum.
Sold for CHF 3,297,000 Swiss Francs —approximately $3,659,670 USD.
I like how IWC replica chooses to honor their back catalog in so called “Tribute” watches. They are never straight up re-issues, rather, they capture the intended aesthetic within modern IWC design language, packed with modern IWC tech. We’ve seen it with their Tribute to MK XI, and this year we get the Tribute to one of the great ‘90s sport watches, the IWC reference 3705. This is the luxury copy IWC ‘Tribute to 3705’ IW387905, and we tried it out next to my own ref 3706, the steel cased sibling to the 3705.
The perfect copy IWC 3705 was a touchstone moment in its use of ceramic as a case material when it was introduced in 1994. It wasn’t the first to use the stuff, but it was the most extensive application within a tool watch to date. Omega used a ceramic and metal mixture called ‘Cermet’ in a special order Seamaster in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, while Seiko used a ceramic coated shroud on the 6159-7010 ‘Tuna’ from the mid-’70s. IWC more fully embraced the material with the release of the Da Vinci ref. 3755 in 1986, which housed a rather impressive perpetual calendar chronograph automatic movement (with no pushers required). Heading into the ‘90s Rado was making very Rado-looking ceramic watches as well (something they continue to pioneer today), but it wasn’t until the 3705 came along in 1994 that a ceramic case really took a broadly palatable form.
The 3705 featured a case made entirely of ceramic. Formed from zirconium oxide powder that’s been pressed at very high pressure, the case is extremely hard, and thanks to the small grain microstructure, quite crack resistant. The matte black appearance is quite lovely, falling somewhere between warm grey and jet black. It’s not tacticool, or murdered out, rather it has a softness that imbues an impressive and unchanging character. The crown and pushers are steel as they couldn’t be produced in ceramic at the time, something that’s changed with the Tribute model.
Outside of the case, the 3705 boasts some truly great proportions in its design. The case itself is a scant 39mm in diameter, and while not thin at nearly 15mm deep, the lightness of the case makes for an easy wear, a quality shared by the Tribute. The dial gets small sub-dials at 6, 9, and 12 o’clock, and Arabic numerals at each hour in between. It’s straightforward and not overpowering in the slightest, even if the proportions and negative space in between feel slightly dated (in a good way). Inside beats a humble 7750, which seems to add much of the heft (and wobble) to the watch on wrist.
The 3705, which was only produced until 1998, paved the way for the Top Gun range of Pilot’s watches from IWC today, each of which put a focus on material science and technical knowhow. The black dial fake IWC Pilots Tribute to 3705 is still very much a modern Top Gun watch, done in the style of the great 3705 before it. It’s not immediately apparent as a remake, because it’s not. As Tenacious D says, this is just a Tribute. The ‘Tribute to 3705’ (yes, that’s the official name) is a different watch than the 3705, and if you buy one expecting it to wear and look the same, you’re in for disappointment, friend. This is a very modern best copy IWC Pilot’s watch, done in the style of the 3705, and building on the ceramic case of the watch with a new material called Ceratanium. Thankfully, IWC Pilot’s watches are in a pretty good place right now, and with or without the 3705 connection, this is a pretty good watch. The Tribute gets a 41mm case made of Ceratanium, combining the material properties of titanium and ceramic. Think lightweight, strong, and scratch resistant. The material was first used on the Top Gun Double Chronograph introduced at SIHH in 2019 (or on Mega Man’s armor, if fictional materials count), and is unique for a few reasons. While high quality fake IWC calls in matte black in complexion, you could almost call it pewter or dark grey in direct light. This does not read as a blacked-out watch in the flesh, as the surface reflects a fair amount of light, even if it is matte in texture. That lightness isn’t just a visual thing, this is a relative featherweight on the wrist. Seeing images of the watch, and looking at the dimensions on paper, I was prepared to be dealing with a real beast on the wrist, but it’s surprisingly, almost shockingly easy to wear. Even accounting for the 41mm diameter, the 15.3mm thickness, and ~50mm lug to lug measurement, this is an effortless watch on wrist so long as you don’t have a tight cuff it needs to tuck under. The dial of the Tribute certainly feels more appropriately proportioned than its inspiration. The sub-dials fill out the dial and the negative space is held in check, it’s all perfectly …fine. It works, but I’d go so far as to say it’s lost a big part of the identity and charm of the original in the process. It’s objectively better, but at the same time, almost generic in comparison. A favorite feature of older Pilot’s watches is carried over here, and that’s the squared off hour hand and pencil minute hand. This execution feels like a breath of fresh air next to the broadsword hands of the regular production models. They are instantly recognizable, and as I mentioned to IWC CEO, Chris Grainger when he appeared on our podcast, I’d love to see them make their way into more references. At $11,900, the Swiss made copy IWC Tribute to 3705 is not an inexpensive watch by any stretch. The value feels well represented here, though. You’re getting an in-house chronograph with a ceramic titanium case and a limited production run of just 1,000 pieces. Plus, there’s a fair bit of heritage at play here, if you find value in that sort of thing. There are plenty of other great options when it comes to in-house chronos, from the new Speedmaster, to the Zenith Defy 21, to the Breitling B01, you might say we’re spoiled for choice these days. If you’re set on some black, and ceramic, you might also scope the Omega Dark Side Of The Moon Speedmaster in Pitch Black guise, it’s $100 more at retail, also has some great heritage, and comes with Omega’s co-ax caliber 9300.
Patek Philippe replica famously discontinued the 5711 in January, so its replacement could be released imminently. Rumoured to be 41mm titanium, featuring a sunburst blue dial, 41 mm replica Patek Philippe Nautilus President Thierry Stern has confirmed it will be a limited release.
It will therefore be challenging to obtain and secondary market prices will be high.
“This year’s releases promise to be explosive, with opinions guaranteed to be split as luxury copy watch enthusiasts make cases for and against their favourite models,” Arfan Mohammed, a watch historian who has traded luxury timepieces worth hundreds of millions of pounds, concludes.
“A year ago the Oyster Perpetual was a forgotten collection but now it’s one of the hottest Rolex designs. This obviously won’t be the case for every new super clone watch released at Watches and Wonders, but there will certainly be fruitful opportunities for prudent investors.”