I didn’t quite know what to make of them when I first saw the new gold Daytonas at Basel. After the phenomenal success of last year’s new steel and Cerachrom Daytona, further extension of the line seemed inevitable, and precious metals the logical step. But I did not expect – and was somewhat confused by – the choice to pair these yellow, white and Everose gold Daytonas with an Oysterflex bracelet. Add to this the fact that I was feeling some pretty intense feelings about the new replica Sea-Dweller and Sky-Dweller, and it’s fair to say that I didn’t give these new models the attention they deserved.
Well, that changed last week when I got to spend time with some new pieces here at home, and while the shine hadn’t worn off the two ‘Dwellers, I found myself coming back, again and again, to the yellow gold Daytona. It’s a decidedly modern take on the powerhouse chronograph, with its high-contrast black and gold colour scheme and blend of materials including ceramic, gold and rubber.
While the upgrade to Cerachrom is significant, that’s something we’re all pretty familiar with now; instead it’s the Oysterflex that radically changes what this watch is, and how it wears on the wrist. Oysterflex, in case you need a refresher, is Rolex’s extremely over-engineered take on sporty rubber, first spotted on the Yacht-Master. The bracelet is a thin blade of titanium/nickel alloy, clad with a layer of comfy black elastomer. Further adding to the ergonomics are the clever, flexible ‘wings’ on the underside of the bracelet, ensuring a good and comfortable fit, especially in hot weather. It’s good to see that this version utilizes solid gold end pieces, as the gap between bracelet and case was one of the weak points of the Yacht-Master. Oysterflex turns the Daytona into a legitimately sporty/casual option, potentially opening up the Daytona to someone who wouldn’t normally have considered a gold sports replica Rolex.
The case is bold and bright, as only yellow gold can be, but it manages to avoid the status statement of being a solid gold Rolex. I might have been unsure of them at first, but these fresh new Daytonas are quickly winning me over. You might be worried that the combination of heavy case on a light-weight bracelet results in a watch that’s top-heavy and floppy on the wrist. Thankfully it doesn’t.
Last week, we have talked something about a Rolex ‘Paul Newman’ Daytona which was being auctioned by Sotheby’s Australia the following night. Well, we discovered that the watch hammered in at a very expensive price (including buyer’s premium), making it the most expensive wristwatch ever happened in Australia.
To find out more about what’s going on in Sydney on Tuesday – and what this means for the Australian vintage watch scene – I talked to Hamish Sharma, Head of Jewels at Sotheby’s Australia, who was still recovering from such an exceptional result.
Anyway, we really have to begin before the night. The Rolex replica had a phenomenal amount of interest prior to the auction. Many people came to see it, and there was strong international interest. They just wanted to see the watch, collectors that already owned vintage Rolex, and don’t want t lost the chance to see the Paul Newman up close.
What does this result says about the Australian market for vintage watches?
We’re getting strong results compared to the Geneva and London auctions, and considering our smaller population we’re well represented. There are big collectors with deep pockets in Australia.
Why is this watch so special?
Well, aside from the fact that the fake Paul Newmans are extremely popular, this example was fresh to market, and had been in the same family since it was purchased, and it came with all the paperwork. Given the provenance and condition people were glad to bid with confidence.
However, there’s a big resurgence in interest in vintage replica watches, driven by a younger, millennial demographic. At different times in history, different objects resonate, and cheap watches are one of those things. It’s more than a trend, and it’s an acknowledgement of workmanship and a recognition or reaction to a world that is heavily digitised.
Well, look at the Daytona, what were these selling for 20-30 years ago? And look at them now. Do you get that sort of a return on a house? But seriously, I always suggest people seeing a proper financial adviser.
That’s the dream. I’d love to be in a position to auction off an entire, mature collection. I can’t do it with just 10 watches, but I can see it happening in the future. Based on our performance I’m confident we’d get a top result.
If you really want to get away with wearing a replica and passing it as authentic, you have to have the ability to search for perfect replica watches. Just being able to see a watch from the front isn’t good enough, as there is often as much detail put into the sides, the back, and the crown as there is on the face of the watch. This is why if you are trying to find top-quality watches, getting watch 360 views is necessarily important.
Directions for you to See Watch 360 Views
When you are trying to check out watch 360 views online, look no further than Perfect Watches. We have nearly 200 watches available that feature the 360-degree view so that you can see every angle of the watch. Let’s take a look at some of the top-quality replica watches which are available here.
Of all the available watch, 360 views are especially handy when used with the Breitling Transocean. This is such an amazing watch that it deserves to be respected from every angle. Breitling replica aren’t known for being cheap or badly made, so it’s an important one to look at all the way around. Since the originals aren’t affordable watches by any stretch, the replica versions need to look every bit as amazing. Otherwise, they won’t pass as authentic.
Another one, Patek-Philippe is an iconic watchmaker which is known the world over for producing perfection designed for your wrist. Their watches feature lots of small details as well, so with these watch, 360 views are really important when you are trying to decide if the watch is going to be one you will buy or not.
The fake Rolex Submariner series are great watches to check out with the 360-degree viewing feature. Originally made popular by Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger, the Submariner has become a cultural icon and status symbol. Now you can own the same prestigious brand, but the good news is that you don’t need to be a millionaire actor to afford it. While the model has the name “Grand Complications”, there is surely nothing sophisticated about looking carefully at this watch from front to back. Just use the watch 360 views feature. You will be able to see this decadent timepiece spinning slowly in a circle, giving you a clear look at every single centimeter. It’s the ultimate way to look at all the small details. After all, it’s the details that make the fake watch. So, you want to be sure everything is exactly as it is on the original. While these are incredibly handsome cheap replica watches, to begin with, the Rolex brand is a good one to check out with the 360-degree viewing feature because you want to be able to look for the serial number on the back.
Choose the Patek-Philippe, the Breitling, or one of the many Rolex watches from us. You’ll shop with confidence knowing that you will be getting a premium watch at a very fair price. We are your best choice.
Every time when my friends and acquaintances ask me for watch-buying advice, I never feel tired of replying, you know I am fond of watch selections, even though it may be just a replica watch.
However, something seemed to be changed: as watch auction prices have gone relentlessly up over the past few years (not to mention the retail prices of many brands), the two questions I’m most often asked are: “I’m hesitated between an X and a Y. Which one is going to hold its value better?” And: “I’d like to buy vintage and I can’t afford a Daytona or a Patek, so which other brands would make the best investment?”
Those two questions are essentially the same one in different clothes. But I have to answer you with words “Stop. You’re asking the wrong question.” Not because I don’t have a crystal ball (I don’t) but because I believe the whole approach is wrong – and a short road to disappointment.
Do you know the reason of purchasing the fine wristwatches? To tell the time, sure – and a flick of the wrist is more elegant and efficient than digging a phone out of our pocket. But that’s the least of it. We buy them because they are very nice, funny, technically intriguing, and an expression of personal style – like our cars, shoes, wallets or pens.
Do we choose those things based on their resale value? Well, cars – yes, to a degree. An Audi tends to lose a bit less than, say, a Chevrolet. But if you’re an Audi rather than a Chevy person it’s for many reasons besides resale, consisting of the greater pleasure of driving it.
Buy this to tell the time, not keep in a safe hoping it will make you rich
Aurel Bacs – who is as responsible as anyone for the huge prices being achieved by some replica watches at auction – has this to say: “I buy proper handmade suits but I have never thought to ask the tailor how much I could get if I sold it. To me the profit is my daily pleasure of having enriched my life with something beautiful that has soul, quality, charm – and yes, it even serves a purpose. So why on earth does the watch business have to be measured by ‘How much will I make if I sell it in a year from now?’ – or even ‘Will I get my money back?'”
This is not to say that only an exceptionally rare (vintage or modern) watch has any potential for financial return on investment. But the watch market is not the stock market. Heck, it’s not even the real estate market. The potential for quickly ‘flipping’ at a profit is virtually non-existent.
Therefore, As long as you can afford the difference, the money is not a matter at all. And then enjoy the three or four decades of pleasure that you will have until the cheap watch (with luck) appreciates in value.
The pleasure and happiness of both buying and selling vintage pieces originated from the special features of each piece. Delving into what makes a watch interesting and what makes it stand apart from a seemingly identical example is what we live for here at HODINKEE. This week’s watches, in all their diversity, refinement, and splendor, encompass that joyful feeling you get when you hold your new old cheap watch in your hand. A spectacular diving watch from Longines, an immaculate Heuer chronograph in olive green, and a Universal Geneve with a perfect wooden dial are just a few highlights from this week’s selection.
A 1980s Best Replica tag Heuer Chronograph
There are watches in great condition, and then there are those in exceptional condition, while this Tag Heuer replica is in the latter camp. Though a civilian watch, the look of this chronograph is completely military-inspired, from its olive green PVD coating and matching dial to the legible white lettering and orange accents on the handset. Add a matching bracelet in similarly incredible condition and you have quite the timepiece from right before Heuer became cheap Tag Heuer.
A 1960s Fake Longines Diver,
Starting in the 1940s and continuing on throughout most of the mid-twentieth century, Longines truly conquered both the air and the sky, with its perfect pilot’s watches and then like the ref. 7150-1 meant for diving. The most innovative detail of this watch is its ability to upgrade water resistance based on the external pressure, and it was even awarded mention in John Goldberger’s book Longines replica watches. Aesthetically, elements of this watch can be seen on Longines cheap watches till this day.
A 1960s Universal Geneve Dress replica Watch
As we all know that the Universal Geneve for their amazing chronographs and complications, but their simple time-only watches evoked the same clean lines and beautiful design codes. This example with a wood dial, however, is anything but simple. Different, and perhaps more subtle than a hard stone or a lacquered dial, this is a rather interesting dial application preserved in exemplary condition. Fitted in a slim stainless steel case, this is an elegant watch that required not to be overlooked.
The Full Set
There are more for your choice actually, including a 1940s Lemania Monopusher issued to the British Royal Navy, a 1950s Minerva Chronograph, a 1970 Rolex Oyster Date ref. 1500, a 1950s Eterna dress watch with applied rose gold numerals, and a 1978 Rolex Datejust.