IWC has a large number of very famous watch models to their name, such as, the Big Pilot, the Ingenieur, the Da Vinci and others. Today, we take a general view of their dressier models, the Portofino and the Portugieser Chronograph. Join us as we examine the similarities and differences between these two classic replica IWC watches. Here are the Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days and the Portugieser Chronograph.
The design of both these watches from the IWC collection, the Portofino and the Portugieser Chronograph, are greatly inspired by pocket watches. In fact, the very first time-only Portugieser (formerly known as the Portuguese) from 1939 was a hunter-style wristwatch powered by a pocket watch movement. While the Portugieser Chronograph version only the joined the lineup in 1998, it kept most of the signature design details of the inaugural model from 1939. The Portofino, on the other hand, made its debut in 1984, drawing inspiration from Lepine pocket watches.
As far as the size is concerned, the case of the Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days measures a generous 45mm while the Portugieser Chronograph is smaller at 40.9mm. Yet, due to their movements, the 11.7mm thick Portofino is slighter slimmer than the 12.6mm thick Portugieser Chronograph. The Portofino is crafted in stainless steel while the Portugieser Chronograph is in 18k rose gold in our specific examples. However, both collections offer models in steel and gold.
When looking at the face of the replica watches, you’ll find that they’re both expansive thanks to slim bezels. The Portugieser Chronograph ref. IWC fake watch has its characteristic duo of registers at the top and bottom of the dials—the minute counter followed by the running seconds, respectively. What’s more, the slate dial houses Arabic numerals all around in addition to the tachymeter scale on the periphery.
Conversely, the Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days model has its characteristic stick indexes encircling its silver dial joined by a sole Roman numeral at 12 o’clock. There’s also a subtle outer minute track. The well-balanced dial includes a date window at 3 o’clock, a running seconds subdial at 6 o’clock and a power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock.
Both the Portofino and the Portugieser Chronograph are amazingly popular models within the replica IWC catalog. And given their beautiful designs, that isn’t a surprise at all. The Portofino is larger but slimmer while the Portugieser Chronograph is thicker and includes the duo of pushers for more heft. One is manual while the other is automatic. In our examples, one sports a steel case with a light dial while the other has a rose gold case with a dark dial.
As with any other luxury watch, it really comes down to personal preference since either the IWC Portugieser Chronograph or IWC Portofino would be an awesome addition to any watch collection.
The first fruits of a more synergized approach to watch-making at LVMH comes to light this week, with the unveiling of replica Zenith’s Defy Lab, a collaboration between the best-decorated Le Locle manufacture, the R&D department of replica Hublot and Guy Semon, CEO of the luxury group’s R&D Institute, Watch Division, based at the fake TAG Heuer.
And the results are even more remarkable than Zenith’s landmark achievement to some extent, the legendary El Primero from 1969, the first serially produced chronograph capable of measuring to 1/10th of a second, made possible by the higher than normal oscillating frequency. Because today Zenith has announced a new movement beating at an incredible 15hz or ten times more accurately than the original El Primero.
Featured inside a revamped movement called the ZO 342 is a completely new regulating system dubbed the Zenith Oscillator, which replaces the coupled balance and hairspring system devised by the astronomer and physicist Christian Huygens back in 1675 with a single element measuring just 0.5mm in thickness.
The Oscillator itself is made from monocrystalline silicon and its two components replace the 30 or so parts that comprise the traditional sprung balance system. The use of monocrystalline silicon obviates the need for lubrication, resulting in less friction, which – in tandem with the increased frequency – achieves far greater accuracy for 95 per cent of its 60-hour power reserve.
This gives the Defy Lab a triple-whammy of credentials: chronometer certification awarded on behalf of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM), as well as thermal and anti-magnetic properties that meet criteria laid down by the International Organisation for Standards (ISO). As the replica Zenith describes it, “This mechanism opens up a new dimension, representing no less than a reinvention of the Huygens principle with another mechanical cheap replica watch.”
Initially offered in ten unique pieces, the Zenith Defy Lab features a 44mm case made from a patent-pending aluminium composite developed by the R&D team at Hublot, called Aeronith, which is billed as 1.7 times lighter than aluminium and 10% lighter than carbon fibre. The ZO 342 caliber measures just 8.13mm thick with the Zenith Oscillator itself visible through the open-worked dial.
Ultimately, it aims to industrialize the Zenith Oscillator in much the same way as the El Primero, but until then there’s the Defy El Primero 21, a chronograph capable of measuring to 100th of a second via a central seconds hand, the first series-made chronograph able to do so, and the debut piece in this newly-minted line of Defy watches.
We found most of our featured watches this week, with the very popular exception of the cover girl, a replica Rolex chronograph in superb condition. To round out the selection, we conclude with a dressy Vacheron Constantin model, which comes with full set.
For quite some time vintage Gallet have been on the rise, with the MultiChron Decimal chronograph being one of the most popular models around owing to its catchy good appearance. Interestingly, the manual-wound chronograph movement found in those watches is the Excelsior Park EP40, which helps to explain the unusual branding of this dial.
Actually, Excelsior Park is mentioned on the dial, but it is not the only name there as “Sinn” can also be spotted. It is not surprising given the close relationship between the two brands; Sinn often depended on the Excelsior Park calibers for its chronographs. The Decimal quite a rare one – the only recent trace of the watch is from a listing from five years ago, although another one seem to been sighted in 2003. This example is preserved in excellent general condition despite some aging to the dial (and some spotting), and it comes on a vintage bracelet, obviously made by Gay Freres.
The Daytona is apparently the most popular replica Rolex chronograph, but it was actually not created from a completely blank slate. The use of an Oyster case pre-dates the launch of the first Daytona watch, as the references 6034, 6234, and 6238 already benefited from it. This explains why those are often nicknamed “Pre-Daytona,” although they very obviously do not carry a scale on their bezel – the real design change that led to the Daytona as we know it.
The present Rolex watch shows an almost perfect dial, which allows us to experience the original beauty of its design. Its external scales are typical of the 1950s, in their printing and coloring, when the 3/6/9 demarcation on the minute counter was used for international calls paid in three-minute increments. The case condition matches; it is described as unpolished and judging from the thick lugs, it very much looks that way. The radium lume has taken on a very nice patina, which matches on both the hands and dial markers.
The KonTiki name comes from the fascinating expedition led by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl who was reportedly wearing an Eterna back in 1947. The name was used on many replica watches by Eterna, some of which were even military-issued divers. The present KonTiki is an often-forgotten model originally launched in 1958, just a few years after the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms and the fake Rolex Submariner. Its design underlines the focus on legibility, therefore, the generous application of lume on the hands and indexes.
Top Quality 1940s Breitling ‘Pre-Premier’ and a 1984 Rolex GMT-Master II
There is something about vintage Breitling replica watches, and that’s not enough for us. This “Pre-Premier” watch is no exception. First introduced by the fake Breitling way-back-when in 1939 with a black dial, the 734 boasts clean lines and a classic tool watch demeanor. This chronograph does not feature the word “Premier” on the dial like its younger sibling, but it is just as appealing. It has become one of the more desirable vintage replica Breitlings on the market recently. You can read more about this fake watch here.
It seems impossible for someone not to love a dive watch. There is something so rewarding about a classic tool watch, with its clean lines and rugged exterior. When the Aqua-Lung “Skin 666” was first released in 1962, it cost $100. Fast forward to today and this quintessential automatic dive watch is more expensive, but it packs the same punch. It was built to withstand pressures up to 660 feet deep and has a rich black dial fitted into the stainless steel case. You can read more about it here.
The GMT-Master is a classic watch that just keeps on giving. Here we have a GMT-Master II “Fat Lady” replica watch which got its unusual nickname from the fat stainless steel case that is much bigger than previous iterations. This later transitional reference also has the index surrounds that add something extra to the black dial. There are many reasons we are addicted to the GMT-Master II, including the Pepsi bezel and the comfortable Oyster bracelet.
The Schaffhausen-based factory released two unique edition models from the Ingenieur collection so as to celebrate this year’s Rallye Passione Caracciola. It is a regularity rally for historical cars made until 1980 which is open to all brand and car models. The Passione Caracciola rally is dedicated to the racing driver Rudolf Caracciola and the fake IWC Schaffhausen is the official partner of the event since the last year when the special regularity rally has been held for the first time.
The top quality replica IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Rudolf Caracciola” is dedicated to the German star driver of the 1930s. At the time, the Mercedes driver won three European Championship titles and took the chequered flag in 144 of the 204 races he finished. Caracciola was also known as the “King of the Rain” which was an allusion to his driving skills on wet tracks.
This special edition timepiece exudes with the simplicity and elegance of the case which differs from the technically inspired design by Gerald Genta previously used for this collection. The fake watch is housed in a sporty, stainless steel case measuring 42mm in diameter and 15mm in thickness. I must notice that the cheap watch looks much larger than it actually is because of its wide bezel.
There lies the slate-colored dial which is perfectly rounded with a tachymeter scale underneath the front sapphire glass. The dial comprises rhodium-plated hands and appliques that give the fake watch a technical, but totally elegant look.
The second special edition timepiece named Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “W 125” recalls the legendary Silver Arrow from Mercedes-Benz. Seventy-eight years ago, at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz W 125 with a V12 engine, the legendary German racing driver recorded 432.7 kilometers per hour on the Frankfurt-Darmstadt autobahn. So it is the highest speed ever driven on a public road at present.
This replica watch characterizes silver-plated dial contrasting starkly with the black hands and appliques. Both are chronograph sub-dials, the small seconds and the tachymeter scale imitate the instrument look found in the cockpit of a W 125.
The Ingenieur Chronograph fake Edition “Rudolf Caracciola” features a brown calfskin strap, the embossing of which is the reminiscent of the seats in racing cars of good old days, while the Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “W 125” is held to the wearer’s wrist by a luxurious strap made of black calfskin. Both models are issued in the limited series of 750 pieces each.
All the watches come with interesting stories. And working with pre-owned watches, we hear quite some of them at Crown & Caliber. The journey a watch takes before it gets to us has many twists and turns, and maybe even an unexpected name attached.
The watch in question was a replica Patek Philippe Calatrava. We were disappointed at the very first beginning. There was an engraving on the case back that we hadn’t known was there. This meant we would possibly have to remove it or sell it as-is, which could hurt the resale value.
One of our watchmakers looked over the watch and decided that the engraving was in fact done in the Patek Philippe factory. It was fine and delicate, reading, “Patek Philippe Pour Gobbi 150 Ans 1842-1992,” simply translated to “Patek Philippe for Gobbi 150 Years.” This could only be a reference to Gobbi Milano, the luxury fake watch retailer in Milan, Italy. The Gobbi name is associated with the highest quality of service along with one of the finest selections of high-end watches anywhere in the world.
Knowing we had a special timepiece on our hands, we dug further into the boutique’s history. Raimondo Gobbi opened the very first shop in 1842, and it’s been family-owned ever since. Its first services related to pocket watches and pendulum clocks. Ten years later, Raimondo Gobbi became the “Clockmaker of the Royal Court”. This distinction planted the roots for a prestigious factory. In the 1930s, Gobbi added jewelry to its already-stellar range of luxury Swiss watches. The original establishment was damaged during WWII. But, the Gobbi family opened a new boutique in 1949 in Milan, where it stands today.
Through years of satisfactory service and selling fine time pieces, the Gobbi name has obviously become one of legacy and luxury in today’s market. Present-day brands available at Gobbi include Patek Philippe, Rolex, Tudor, together with Gobbi’s jewelry collections.
Something made the watch different. First, it was the third example of this cheap replica watch in pink gold sold at public auction. Second, it was only the second known example of that reference in rose gold with a blue enamel dial. Therefore, the Gobbi Milano signature made this watch the rarest of the rare and certainly helped it sell for a high number.
The Gobbi signature clearly holds a special value. And for the typical watch we sold, the Gobbi engraving made a run-of-the-mill Calatrava into something really special. It’s interesting to run across an unexpected detail like that every now and then.
The newest replica omega speedmaster chronograph watch represents a truly appealing and well-rounded offering in the sport watch market, whether you look at any of the past legacy models or the newest modern versions. there are quite many reasons for you to choose it.
the speedmaster co-axial chronograph replica watch is an absolute stunner. the warm tone of the case and strap is perfectly matched by the rich iridescent of the black tachymeter bezel and dial. the finishing on the black dial is remarkable, smooth sweeping hands and scratch-resistant glassy with a subtle metallic look that is quite similar to the quality seen on the lovely black dial of the cheap watch. aside from the lightweight metal and the black coloring, this latest speedmaster is carrying the same look and layout as the current bi-compax speedmaster co-axial.
the whole case measures 44.25mm wide and is fitted with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal and one of omega’s signature ultra-wide display case backs. the transparent case back offers a full view of the omega calibre 9300 co-axial chronograph movement, boasting not only a column wheel but also a silicon balance spring on a free sprung balance. thirty hours of power reserve are provided via dual barrels and the movement is rhodium plated and finished with Geneva stripes. the 9300 offers a bi-compax layout with the running seconds at nine and the twin chronograph measure at three. the three sub dial has three hands, showing hours (max of 12) and minutes on one sub dial. and of course, there is one sub dial used for chronograph.
Just as many watch fans expected, the iconic replica omega speedmaster design and legacy should be protected and continually offered by omega, i also believe that the more versions the better. omega makes a lot of speedmaster variations and they generally expand from the original design and offer varying levels of sportiness (like the speedmaster racing) or specialty designs (like the speedmaster alaska project). the reason i like this model is that it offers all-star aesthetic with a lighter wrist presence and that distinctive blue dial. Just enough of a change to offer something new for buyers without messing with their winning formula. it’s what omega does best.
the omega replica is no more just a timepiece, but more a useful sports tool. with a highest tech chronograph movement and the looks to work in almost any situation, as long as you like the speedmaster’s with the relevant large size, this one should do nicely and stands out among the many other speedmaster variations as one that successfully departs from the iconic just enough to stand on its own.
As we heard this here and there, “Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” I think, it is rather befitting to cheap replica watches with a GMT or dual time zone complication. Because, let’s face it, having to calculate the time in another time zone can be a complex task, especially as you stumble through an airport in a jetlag-induced haze. With the replica Hublot’s latest Big Bang, the Unico GMT, what was already a simple solution to a complex problem has been made veritable child’s play with the push of a button.
The added simplicity is owing to the integrated proprietary module within the three-day Hublot Unico Cal. HUB1251 movement, which enables a second time zone – tracked by the conventional hour hand – to be instantly and independently adjusted in one-hour increments. This is done by operating the pushers at two and four o’clock, which adjust the hand forward or backward separately. These push-buttons are also fitted with a safety mechanism to prevent simultaneous operation, and their rectangular shape – reminiscent to that of the early Big Bang models – help distinguish the Unico GMT from the chronographs. Of course, being a Big Bang, the dial is open-worked and has large Arabic numeral hour markers, which – special to this model – alternate from dial to bezel.
Home time is indicated by an arrow-shaped fourth hand and, together with the conventional minute hand, is set using the crown. However, traditionalists will declare that this is not real GMT, as both times are displayed in a 12-hour format rather than the conventional 24-hour, but, to discern whether it is AM or PM at home, the fourth hand works in tandem with a circular day/night indicator in the middle of the dial.
The 15.85mm-thick case of the Unico GMT measures 45mm across with 100 metres of water resistance, and is available in both titanium and carbon fibre – in true cheap replica Hublot style – and is equipped with the ingenious ‘One Click’ interchangeable strap system to secure its ribbed black-and-blue natural-rubber strap. Beneath its mechanically elaborate exterior, this travel-friendly Big Bang Unico GMT is perfectly simple.
Selling a timepiece is a normal part of the acquisition and turnover process for many elegant replica watch collectors. While watch fans buy watches aims at keeping them for the rest of their lives, but others believe that the ownership experience of a watch is essential to one’s overall appreciation of it, and the only way to truly understand a watch (and their potential appreciation for it) is to actually own the timepiece and experience it firsthand.
The truth is that the large number of true luxury cheap replica watches are generally able to retain at least some of their initial value, certain select timepieces have the potential to appreciate throughout the years.
For the avid collector of luxury timepieces, selling your Rolex watches can be a necessary step of the collecting experience. Some watches are let go because they simply do not get enough wrist time, while others end up getting sold to fund future purchases. As a result, some of the factors to consider when purchasing a luxury timepiece are its ability to retain its value and the ease with which it can be liquidated should circumstances call for it.
You could go through a trusted brand who will give you the most when you are ready to sell your Rolex replica watch. While most true luxury timepieces fill these criteria to some degrees or another, no manufacturer produces watches that do so with such consistent regularity as Rolex. With an unparalleled level of international brand recognition, the fake Rolex watches can almost be considered a commodity; and even non-working examples can often retain the majority of their total resale value.
Rolex has been producing the same several lines of watches for the better part of a century. Besides, the overall designs of their watches have stayed very true to their original roots throughout the years, meaning that a replica Rolex manufactured 30 years ago is still every bit as relevant and wearable as it was when it first left the factory.
Thanks to their timeless designs, robust build quality, and widespread recognition as an international symbol of personal progress, there is always some level of demand for Rolex watches.
For those who want the experience of wearing a vast range of luxury watches, but who also do not want to indefinitely own every single timepiece that they have ever purchased, selling watches is an inevitable part of the collecting process. The ability to retain value and the ease with which a timepiece can be sold can change to a large extend.
It actually happened in 2011 that Omega released the Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph, a modern fashionable Speedmaster equipped with an all-new, 9300-series, two-register, automatic chronograph movement. Since then, they have officially called this collection a range of different and wildly confusing names, including the Speedmaster Moonwatch, although it very much belongs to that group, all fake watches that have absolutely never ever been to the moon.
This is to say that around the classic fake Omega Speedmaster “Moonwatch” grows an increasing variety of other replica Omega Speedmaster chronographs. And while the “original” Moonwatch I bet will remain unchanged until we colonize the moon, it also is one of the very few watches that deserve the label “iconic.” The good news this entails though is that the rest of the Speedmaster collections are free to change and evolve as the fake Omega and the market dictates. Now, with the Omega Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer, we see what that unequivocally dictated direction is, and I am glad to see and report: it means more wearable, technically more advanced, and visually more fascinating.
Before we go ahead, a quick word about the history of the racing dial, and especially an interesting quirk that you may want to know, next time someone poses as a historian and gives whatever storied explanation for the racing dial’s existence: “Despite great research and theory, the exact origin and purpose of these 1968 models is still shrouded in mystery.” These are replica Omega’s words on the racing dial – and I appreciate them being up-front about this fact rather than making up some faux, misty-eyed racing story instead.
Another important update is how the 9300 caliber has been updated to the 9900 version. There’s plenty of boasting on both the front and back to help you figure out if this is the latest generation of Omega in-house movements: the dial says “Co-Axial Master Chronometer” on it while the rotor has “Omega Master Co-Axial 9900” written in red. I was there at fake Omega’s event in Geneva in late 2014 when they announced their new partnership with METAS, and I also recall how many times since then I’ve had to fact-check the exact wording Omega uses to refer to these calibers.
It is quite confusing since the exact same watch refers to two very similar things in two different ways: as it turns out, “Co-Axial Master Chronometer” and “Master Co-Axial” mean that this watch is a chronometer, and, as the text on the rotor explains, also METAS-certified tested in-house by Omega. Apart from these updates, the racing dial returns once more – if I remember correctly, as a first for this larger Speedmaster – and with it also comes a new, perforated, sporty-looking strap. It really cannot possibly get any more confusing than Co-Axial Master Chronometer and Master Co-Axial – not to mention that not too long ago Omega Seamaster 300 dials said Master Co-Axial Chronometer, which already had the “Master Co-Axial” bit in it.
The eye-trickery comes from the fact that the Speedmaster Racing has a very thin case profile – in the traditional sense, that is. The super long, nicely curved, polished edge runs from the end of the upper lug and doesn’t end until the other corner of the watch. Now, the trick is in the fact that the case-back itself is just as thick as the case-band, but it is tucked away in a way that most of the time when the watch is on the wrist it cannot be seen at all. Therefore, when you look at the watch on your wrist, it gives the illusion of a slim cheap watch that sits a finger’s width above the wrist – this is possibly the best way to describe it. While it may sound clumsy – loosely worn replica watches I find look clumsy not all, but the majority of times – in truth it actually looked just fine in this instance.
Color is essential to all the items, so it also plays an important part in the success or failure of any design. Different colors and even different shades of the same color actually have a big effect on the way we look at an object and the value we place on it.
The trademark green found in the Rolex logo has a hug relationship with reliability, adaptability and, perhaps most of all, prosperity and wealth—it’s the color of money after all. There are some striking green replica watches in the catalog, maybe the most immediately recognizable being ‘The Hulk’ Submariner 116610LV.
A blue Rolex dial can come in sunburst iteration.
The two yellow gold Subs are fitted with the iridescent ‘Sunburst’ dial just like their angry green cousin, whose color shifts and varies according to the ambient light, while the dial on the Smurf is a flat, rich blue Rolex dial that matches its Cerachrom bezel. It benefits from the same class-leading features as the standard item as a tool watch; water resistant to 300m, and powered by the ultra tough caliber 3135 movement—as yet, there isn’t a No-Date Sub with a blue Rolex dial.
However, blue is another of the fake Rolex’s signature colors, and one used much more frequently in the lineup. In the world of color psychology, it has positive connotations of calmness and authority, trustworthiness, and confidence.
Blue Rolex dial watches have found its way, in a variety of hues, onto several of Rolex’s most famous models. Enhancing a unique design with a non-traditional color takes it in a whole new direction and makes a completely different statement to the more conventional monochrome versions. Where the replica Rolex has always been a byword for perfect understatement, their brightly colored range are for those comfortable drawing more attention to themselves.
Rolex Replica have actually launched three blue dial versions of their most iconic creation. The world’s favorite dive watch is available in yellow gold and yellow gold/stainless steel. It is also the only Submariner to come in white gold, which, not to be outdone by The Hulk in the unflattering nickname stakes, is affectionately famous as The Smurf.
The design of the Submariner is greatly ingrained in the psyche and the three blue additions are stunning accompaniments to the collection. Their choice of metals is aimed at appealing across the full spectrum of watch buyers. The yellow gold model is an overtly attention-grabbing watch, for those looking to stand out from the crowd, whereas the white gold version is a much more subtle affair, but still with an eye-catching element. In between, the yellow gold and steel type is perhaps the best of both worlds and the cheapest of the three.