When Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins blasted off from Kennedy Space Center in 1969 to start their journey to land the first humans on the Moon, the three astronauts were prepared with NASA-issued Omega Speedmaster Professional chronographs. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface, quickly followed by Buzz Aldrin – Michael Collins flew the Command Module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while his two crew members were on the lunar surface. And when Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the Moon, he had his Omega Speedmaster Professional strapped to the exterior of his spacesuit. After that, the Speedmaster became famous all over the world as the “Moonwatch.”
While, since the Speedmaster is now such a varied collection of different replica watches, the models known as Moon watches are the direct descendants of the watches worn by the Apollo 11 astronauts. Like their predecessors, the modern Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch models are stainless steel chronographs with 42mm cases, black tachymeter bezels, black dials, and hand-wound movements. The cases of the Moonwatch professionals are asymmetric, characterized by twisted lugs and crown guards.
Today, Omega gives the choice of Hesalite crystals (like the vintage versions) or modern scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, along with the choice of a matching steel bracelet or black leather strap. Apart from that, those Moonwatch models with sapphire crystals on the dial-side also have sapphire on the display case back for a view of the movement inside. Current production Moon watches run on Caliber 1861 (or the derivative, Caliber 1863, for the exhibition case back versions), which is distinguished from the original Caliber 321 that powered the original Speedmaster Professional fake watches that went to the moon.
One thing you can’t neglect here, it must be noted that Omega did revive the famed Caliber 321 movement in 2019 and has used it across some particular Speedmaster editions but not the regular production Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 42 models – yet.
However, next time, we will talk about the main design specs between the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch vs. Speedmaster ’57. These specs apply to the regular-production models and not the particular limited-edition versions.
The year of 2021 marks 70 years since the original release of the Luminor collection by Panerai and, continuing the stream of new replica watches commemorating that anniversary this year, the brand has unveiled the Luminor Marina Ref. PAM01313. The new model comes on the heels of the unveiling of three ultra-luminous Luminor Marina models, together with the launch at Watches & Wonders 2021 of the new volcanic fibratech material developed by the brand and first applied to the Luminor design. Different from some of Panerai’s previous releases this year, the new PAM01313 will be a forever addition to the Luminor Marina collection.
This new Luminor Marina is foremost different by its deep blue sunray dial, finished using a satiné soleil method and accented throughout with highly visible Super-LumiNova details. The dial hosts a familiar modern Luminor configuration, complete with sandwiched markers throughout — enlarged Arabic numerals for the quarter hours, with prominent tick markers for the in-between positions — and a subtle date window at 3 o’clock. On the other side of the date window is a subdial, again using a sandwich dial structure that tracks the running seconds with a small, stylized pointer. There are two straight, sword-shaped hands on the whole dial for timing and minutes.
The model uses the familiar 44-mm x 15.65-mm Luminor-style case, complete with its faceted, pillow-style outline, thick straight lugs, massive encompassing crown guard, and smooth bezel. The sturdy brushed case offers a 300-meter water resistance, keeping the automatic movement inside, Replica Panerai‘s in-house P.9010 Calibre. This automatic mechanism is capable of three days of power storage and hides in a solid, stylized case. The watch comes standard with a blue alligator strap and a blue rubber band for those who like a sporty look.
The famous green Rolex submarine is a polarizing view of the brand’s famous diving watch. Although its diameter remains the same as that of the classic model and other designs, at 40mm, it is by no means your average Submariner. Fake Rolex developed the Submariner in 1953. When it was unveiled at the Basel watch fair, the Submarine was the first in the world to offer a 100m waterproof watch. This is also the first professional series diving watch produced by Rolex. The first model was made of stainless steel, and there was no date mechanism on the dial.
The next popular upgrade came in the form of ref. 16610 in the late 1980s, which was the first Rolex Submariner to run on the Cal. 3135 movement. Decades ago, a variation was launched under the reference number 16610LV to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Submariner and was fitted with a stunning green aluminum bezel insert, earning it the nickname “Kermit” among collectors. Moreover, it was the first Submariner to consist of a ‘Maxi’ dial with larger hands and hour markers.
The Rolex Hulk ref. 116610LV also entered the market as Rolex replica was rolling out its fashion “Maxi” dial, which is over deserving of that name with bigger hour markers and wider hands with white gold surrounds. The Rolex Hulk dial features a charming metallic sunburst finish in Rolex’s iconic green hue that radiates from the middle of the hands. The hands and hour markers are also made with Rolex’s Chromalight luminescent material, which emits a long-lasting blue glow in the dark.
The “Super Case” of the Rolex Hulk gives the same 40mm diameter as its 5-digit Submariner predecessors, only now it concludes much thicker lugs and crown guards. The result is a more angular and modern aesthetic that provides an overall larger appearance on the wrist. The shell also maintains a relatively thin profile, just over 12mm thick, giving the wearer the best in terms of bold appearance and comfort.
With a newer case came an upgraded Oyster bracelet. This time, it’s decorated with solid end links, solid center links, and a machined Oysterlock clasp outfitted with an ingenious Glidelock wetsuit extension system. The Glidelock system features a particular design that allows the wearer to adjust the length of the bracelet up to 20mm in 2mm increments, without the use of tools. In addition to diving, this feature also has practical daily use, as it can also adjust the bracelet to accommodate the wrist as it fluctuates throughout the day.
While it’s undoubtedly an intriguing watch to examine and wear, the 116610LV wasn’t almost as popular among collectors when it was initially unveiled in 2010 as it is today. However, the fake Rolex Hulk ref. 116610LV is in very high demand with multi-year waiting lists at retailers, making it almost impossible to buy brand-new without spending a significant amount of time on a waitlist.
To most casual watch watchers, almost all Panerai watches look essentially the same. After all, the brand adheres to a strict design language for all its models, derived from mid-20th century classics. These design traits include generously sized cushion-shaped cases, minimalist dials with a mix of Arabic numerals and stick hour markers, plenty of lume, and prominent winding crowns. However, there are some important, albeit subtle variances, between the different replica Panerai watches. So, if you’re completely unsure what kind of Panerai model you have, read on for some easy ways to spot the signs.
Today, Panerai makes three main case shapes: Luminor, Radiomir, and Submersible. Yet, there are also several variations of these cases like the Luminor 1950 and the Radiomir 1940, which we will get to below. Panerai usually includes the name of the main model on the dial of the watch. So, to find out what the Panerai model is, the first thing you need to do is check the dial for a name.
It’s crucial to note that the Submersible was once part of the Luminor collection, which explains why you’ll sometimes see “Luminor Submersible” on the dial. Panerai officially established the Submersible as a separate collection in 2019, so all Panerai Submersible watches produced before then will have both the Luminor and Submersible names on the dial.
Panerai Radiomir watches do not have any crown guards around the winding crown. The standard Radiomirs include a conical winding crown and thin wire lugs while the Radiomir 1940 models have a cylindrical winding crown and thicker lugs.
What’s more, Panerai Luminor replica watches have an oversized semi-circular crown guard bridge protecting the winding crown. You’ll sometimes hear the name Panerai Luminor Marina. This is not the name of a special model style, but rather, the label given to Panerai Luminor watches that include a running seconds indicator at 9 o’clock.
Although no longer part of the current collection, another Panerai model worth knowing is the Mare Nostrum, which draws its design inspiration from a vintage two-counter chronograph made in the 1940s for deck officers. ifferen the cushion-shaped cases of the Radiomir, Luminor, and Submersible, Panerai Mare Nostrum watches have round cases that are fitted with a pair of chronograph pushers framing the winding crown.
Overall, the fastest way to know what Panerai models you have is to remember that Radiomir watches don’t have a crown shield, fake watches have large semicircle crown shields, diving watches have rotating diving rings, and Mare Nostrum watches have circular cases with timing devices. So, do you have a favorite Panerai model?
Paying homage to an affiliation that has spanned more than century, Longines has created a limited edition pocket watch honoring equestrian racing – the Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch Jockey 1878. Hewn from solid 18k rose gold, the equestrian-themed pocket watch is said to imbue the Swiss watchmaker’s passion for horse racing, and features an engraved motif of a horse and jockey on its case back.
Limited to just 20 pieces in total, the Equestrian Pocket Watch Jockey 1878 is actually an exacting pocket watch Longines ever produced with a chronograph complication.
Besides, according to Longines, this early adaptation of what would go on to become one of the most important complications in both pocket watches and wristwatches alike, meant that their replica watches were very popular items at racetracks across North America in the twilight of the 19th century.
True to the original, which is kept at Longines’ museum in Saint-Imier, the exclusive pocket watch’s dial is very traditional, and features slim Roman numerals and an Arabic minute tracker decorating the crisp white dial.
The steel hands on the Equestrian Pocket Watch Jockey 1878 are finished with a distinctively blue hue, and the sub-dial, which displays the running seconds hand, is located at six o’clock.
Moreover, the engraved case back of the pocket watch can be opened so that owners can admire the bespoke movement, which has been made exclusively for Longines.
Housed inside the solid 55mm rose gold case is a manually wound movement which features a column-wheel chronograph, which can be actuated by pushing down on the engraved crown.
With Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival now in full swing, we reckon that the pocket watch could be a great addition to any outfit, and it’s refreshing to see a watchmaker with a history as rich as Longines still producing these classic timekeeping devices.
In addition to the already available blue, grey and black models, Longines is expanding its HydroConquest collection with three new models in many different kinds of variations of green.
While their sister company, Tudor, has attracted a huge following for its old-fashioned, vintage-style watches, replica Rolex is notorious for improving only in design and never recreating past Rolex-inspired vintage watches. However, while not producing any thoroughly traditional watches, Rolex did achieve some subtle, vintage-inspired design features to other very modern watches they make today.
Most apparent among the various vintage design elements is the red line of text on the dial of the new Rolex Sea-Dweller reference 126600. An obvious throwback to Rolex’s early Submariner and Sea-Dweller watches which had their respective names printed in red letters on the surfaces of their matte black dials, the red line of text on the dial of the new Sea-Dweller 126600 is an unmistakably vintage-inspired design element, which Rolex has recycled and reintroduced on an otherwise very modern and technologically-advanced, luxury dive watch.
Like the red line on the dial of the latest Sea-Dweller, the bright orange 24-hour arrowhead on the latest Rolex Explorer II is a design element borrowed directly from the original 1971 watch. For a number of decades, this style of 24-hour hand was totally absent from the Rolex watches catalog, during which time, the Explorer II shared a 24-hour hand design with Rolex’s GMT-Master II line of watches.
However, in 2011 for its 40th anniversary, the Explorer II line received a complete change, both inside and out. Even though the big majority of the new Explorer II was entirely different from the original version and classifies it as an undisputedly modern timepiece, the large, orange-colored, arrow-shaped, 24-hour hand is aesthetically almost identical to the one on the original version of the Explorer II from the early 1970s.
An important part of the allure of the fake Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO is rooted in its vintage-inspired design elements, such as its red and blue, “Pepsi” bezel insert and its Jubilee-style bracelet. The very first Rolex GMT-Master watches from the mid-1950s were made from stainless steel and fitted with half-red, half-blue bezel inserts; however, ever since the introduction of Cerachrom bezels, half-red, half-blue “Pepsi” bezel inserts were only available on the 18k white gold version of Rolex’s GMT-Master II.
What’s more, the new black Cerachrom bezel is more than a little reminiscent of the black acrylic bezels that were fitted to some vintage Daytona chronograph references manufactured during the 1960s and 1970s. Although the two materials are greatly different in a multitude of different ways, the black Cerachrom bezel on the new 116500 Daytona is very much the contemporary equivalent of the black acrylic bezel that can be found on a number of highly-desirable, vintage Rolex Daytona references.
In most cases, Rolex replica will just keep pushing their designs as they continue to refine and refine their watches. However, they occasionally borrowed small design elements from some early watches and applied them to the latest version of the evolving watch. Sometimes these design elements are imagined or modernized to reflect the progress and improvement of existing materials and technologies.
The new replica Tissot gentleman is an outspoken timer. The basic idea behind it is very simple, to do a versatile, looking at a wallet is very direct, you can make it, give it some additional technical features that make it different from other watch price ranges, and use design cues more expensive watches are not so simple and easy from a very well-known company.
In regards to the amazing watch, there will be black, blue, and white dial models, and it’s going to be provided on both a steel bracelet with polished center links and on a strap. The movement is the 80-hour Powermatic movement with silicon hairspring, which should offer much stronger resistance to interference from magnetic fields than a conventional Navarro-type alloy.
Tissot replica has extensively and actively used Powermatic sports. And the extended power reserve and non-magnetic balance spring represent a set of technical features usually associated with much more expensive replica watches. The original version of the gentleman watch, introduced last February, had a slightly different phone and a cross dial with a two-tone watch in solid gold. The gold frame has been replaced by polished steel in the new model, the crosshair is gone, and the original alpha hand is now a little square.
Interestingly, this special version of the Gentleman did already exist, before the Powermatic version was announced – however, those are priced at a cheap price on a bracelet and have quartz movements, so if you happen to visit Tissot online and see a Gentleman with this design, at that price, it’s one of the quartz models.
However, the cost is so totally different that I find it difficult to begrudge the Gentleman its borrowing of design cues. The fake watch is going to be available at the end of October and the statement from Tissot says the retail price at launch will be $775 for bracelet models.
It may be perfectly true that the Gentleman is based on a vintage Tissot watch – I always wish, when a brand says there’s an original upon which a fashionable design is based, that they’d specify which one and provide images, but I don’t doubt that there was something in Tissot’s production in the 1960s to which the Gentleman bears a resemblance. In any case, the price is low enough, and the value offered high enough, to make it an interesting proposition in its own right. Its design may pay homage to an instantly recognizable watch from another company but the price sure doesn’t. Of course, the Gentleman is not equivalent to a Rolex in other important elements – to pick just one, Rolex is doing what I think is the best bracelet in any price business now; The list goes on and on. But if you want a snazzy watch that costs less than dinner for two and two theater tickets, you may want to get to know this slightly derivative but still attractive gentleman better.
If there’s one kind of watch that can be described as “go anywhere, do anything” — it’s Submariner. Somehow, it works with jeans and a T-shirt, but it also makes you look at home with tuxedo sleeves. There is no sign of sparkling Sub – even with more flamboyant colors in green and blue special versions. Most importantly, it’s tasteful.
Versatility is also reflected in cost. The price of Submariners varies greatly. A new dateless watch (no. 114060) costs $7,500 — assuming you can even find one, since most retailers have long waiting lists — and a rare vintage watch can bring even the wealthiest watch lovers to tears.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Submariner has become highly collectible by true enthusiasts, and this iconic replica rolex watches enjoys one of the best resale values on the second-hand market.
The most expensive submariner of all time, the 1956 submarine watch dial no. 6538, was so unique and rare that it sold for $1068,500 at auction in June 2018. And while the amount of more than $1 million may seem astronomical, what’s even more shocking is that this remarkable Submariner has no bezel or bracelet.
Of course, you don’t need that deep a pocket to make a smart investment in a Rolex Submariner .The timeless quality and durability of the design and manufacturing process means they are truly replica watches that can be passed down from generation to generation.
The Submariner is very powerful; it contains a lot of technological innovation in a bulletproof shell. It can go with anything, it’s a great investment, and it’s waterproof far beyond the reach of mere mortals. But let’s not kid ourselves — we’re still missing the biggest reason it’s one of the most iconic watches of all time.
It got the honor by associating with a man. Although the Sub has had a number of super-cool fans since its launch – Steve McQueen, Robert Redford and Bert Lancaster are all fans – its reputation was assured when James Bond checked the time of the 6538 in the glow of a cigarette lighter in Goldfinger.
The Rolex Submariner appeared in 11 bond movies before omega became the official supplier of watches for the 007 films. In Fleming’s original novel, the fake watch was also the first choice for a super spy, and was used more than once as a knuckle-cleaner when he really didn’t want his opponent to get up in a hurry again (mi6 had to pay for repairs every time).
The same Bond magic has done Rolex (and Aston Martin) more good than any clever advertising campaign can do. In the 1960s, it was impossible to be cooler than Sean Connery, who wore Submariner.
While the Tudor brand has been found in the 1920s, the company is enjoying a strong Renaissance after it was “re-launched” in 2007 and reintroduced to the US market in 2013. Without a doubt, it’s the Tudor Black Bay that gains the most attention these days. However, the Tudor Heritage collection is also central to the brand’s revival. As the name suggests, the Heritage collection includes modern reinterpretations of vintage Tudor replica watches, and here we take a look at three of them.
In 1957, Tudor introduced the first alarm watch, Tudor Advisor 7926, with a 34mm Oyster case and two winding crowns, one at 2 o ‘clock to activate the alarm and one at 4 o ‘clock for time setting. It uses the manual winding Adolph Schild 1475 movement, and Tudor produced the Advisor 7926 until 1968.
In 2011, Tudor launched the first contemporary edition of the Tudor Heritage Advisor 79620T replica watch. Of course, Tudor redesigned the watch for a modern feel, opting for a wide 42mm titanium and steel case with an automatic movement. While there are several alternatives for different dial colors and bracelet, this special Heritage Advisor 79620T includes a matching steel bracelet and silver dial. There are ON/OFF alarm indicator of 9, alarm power reserve of 3, date sub-dial of 6, all protected by domed sapphire crystal.
In the 1960s, Tudor launched the Oyster Prince Ranger with a 34mm waterproof Oyster case, matte black dial and explorer-style dial featuring Arabic numerals at 3 o ‘clock, 6 o ‘clock and 9 o ‘clock positions. The dial has many glowing accents, the case has an automatic movement, and the Oyster style steel watch band includes a Rolex signature clasp. Tudor keeps producing the oyster prince ranger until 1988.
Fast forward to 2014, and Tudor showcases the faithful renditions of the vintage oyster prince Ranger and the Heritage Ranger 79910. The Tudor heritage ranger comes with a 41mm steel case that is 150m waterproof. Inside is a familiar black dial with three Arabic numerals. It is worth mentioning that Tudor chose to paint hour markers on the modern Heritage Ranger rather than using an application index in order to be faithful to the vintage version. Even the hands remain in the same as the original Ranger watch.
The Heritage Ranger 79910 comes with an automatic movement and has a power reserve of 38 hours, as indicated by the “automatic” on the dial.
In 1970, Tudor introduced its first chronograph series, the Oysterdate 7031, with a manually wound Valjoux movement (much like the old Rolex daytona). It comes with a large (at that time) 39mm stainless steel case with a pair of spiral timing buttons on the side of the upper crown.
To the untrained eye, most fake Panerai watches look very similar, so figuring out exactly what’s different between them can be challenging. However, once you get used to the Panerai watch, you’ll notice that each brings something different while still retaining the bold Panerai aesthetic that made the brand so famous. Today we’re talking about what the Panerai Radiomir Black Seal 8 Days will offer.
The fake Panerai Radiomir Black Seal 8 Days PAM609 sports a 45mm stainless steel case in the familiar Radiomir silhouette – cushion-case shape, wire lugs, no crown guards, and an oversized turnip-style winding crown. But, in spite of its large diameter, the PAM609 is relatively slim for Panerai standards, and sits comfortably on the wrist with a quite low profile.
As with most Panerai replica watches, the Radiomir Black Seal 8 Days houses a stark black dial with a mix of oversized and luminescent Arabic numerals and sticks. This special version has a “sandwich dial” – a style of dial that is constructed in layers, where the bottom layer includes the luminous material and the top layer features cutout indices to display the luminescence below.
The PAM609 is what is referred to as a “Marina model” in Panerai parlance, which essentially means that there is a running seconds subdial at 9 o’clock. In contrast, the PAM609’s sibling reference, the PAM610 is a “base model,” which means that it only consists of the hour and minute hands.
In case you’re wondering, the “Black Seal” label on the dial is a tribute to the Italian Royal Navy’s frogmen, also famous as “Gamma Group.” Panerai has a rich history of supplying these elite combat divers with Panerai dive fake watches as early as the 1930s.
Completing the look of the Panerai Radiomir Black Seal 8 Days PAM609 is a nice brown leather strap, accented with white stitching. The strap tapers slightly to meet the big stainless steel tang buckle, which is engraved with the Panerai name.
Turn the Panerai Radiomir Black Seal 8 Days PAM609 watch around, and you’ll get a notice of the manually-wound, in-house P.5000 movement operating at 21,600 beats per hour, via the sapphire caseback. Introduced in 2013, the P.5000 movement utilizes two mainspring barrels to achieve an 8-day power reserve, which echoes the vintage Panerai dive watches that were made for the Italian Navy about 70 years ago.
Although the Radiomir Black Seal 8 Days PAM609 is regarded as an entry-level Panerai watch, you get so much value with this unique model. Along with the unmistakable rolex replica, you also get an in-house movement and a power reserve that lasts for more than a week. That all makes for a value proposition that’s difficult to beat.