#TBT-Tag Heuer Replica For Sale Online

There’s always a beginning to the story: something that draws one’s interest to a certain brand. Today’s #TBT relates to that beginning, for me at least, and highlights a popular luxury fake watch for sale in vintage circles outside of just those who admire the brand name on its dial. It’s a watch that has gained interest amongst fans of fdivers, military pieces, movie-related timepieces, and, most commonly, admirers of vintage Seikos. Today’s #TBT is about the vintage Seiko 6105-8110.

The Seiko 6105-8110 is the watch that drew me into vintage Seiko. I can’t quite remember how I stumbled upon it, but I can recall seeing it 4-5 years ago, looking at it on eBay and then moving on to something else. I had not really read enough about Seiko at that time and wasn’t compelled to spend decent money on what I considered to be a fairly pedestrian brand. Somehow, I kept running across the watch on various forums and I decided to start doing some reading. Ultimately, I decided that I wanted one in my collection and set about finding the right example. After a couple months, I located one on the SCWF from a seller in the Philippines (yes, good sellers do exist there) and I made the purchase. The watch then took its time getting through German customs (at least a month) before finally arriving on my desk. Needless to say, I was impressed.

The Seiko 6105 series replaced Seiko’s original professional diver, the 62MAS, in 1968 and was produced until 1977. In its first execution, it was produced with a clean, symmetrical case. About midway through its production cycle, it was replaced by the asymmetrical piece you see here. The case design is notable as it sets the tone for large, slab-like, case to be seen later on the beloved 6306/6309 series. Additionally, it represents Seiko’s first asymmetrical case, creating integrated crown guards that, stylistically, are seen up through today’s SKX007.

The Seiko 6105 comes in at an impressive 44mm in diameter and features a 17 jewel automatic running at 21,600 bph. It has a quick-set date does not hand-wind due to Seiko’s magic lever system. It claims a water resistance of 150 meters and has a bi-directional rotating click bezel. The crystal, as the scratches clearly show, is Seiko’s in-house Hardlex mineral glass. Lug width is 19mm. The crown, in lieu of a screw down method, uses a turn and lock system that is unique to this model; its functionality and longevity was clearly seen as questionable versus traditional screw down crowns. The case-back is screw down per the typical manner.

Finishing on the Seiko 6105 is impressive and uses a matte finish on the top of the case and polishing on the sides. In fact, the case, overall, is impressive. From almost every angle, there’s a lot happening and it has an almost organic, amoebic, feel to it. It’s very 1970’s, but in a good way if that makes any sense. The dial is business-like with applied indices that are filled with lume. It contains minute markers outside of the indices that are mimicked in a chapter ring that slants up towards the crystal. It should be noted that this chapter ring, which was also found on the first execution 6105, is still present today in Seiko’s dive watches. Hands are extremely basic and well designed as rectangles with lume. The sweep seconds hand, though, is where it gets interesting. It’s a basic spear until the endpoint where it’s capped off with a unique shape and what was previously a red-filled dot followed by a dot filled with lume matching the rest of the dial. It’s a hallmark of the model that stands out whether the red has faded beyond recognition or not. One final note regarding the dial is its restraint when it comes to verbiage. Seiko placed its name on the dial using applied chrome and then printed “Automatic”, water resistance and the Suwa symbol in white. It’s a case of “less is more” and is simpler than the 62MAS before it. Finally, the classic Seiko bezel is updated from the 62MAS by introducing a triangle at 12:00. Here again, the same bezel is with us today and is great in its simplicity.

Regarding popular culture, the Seiko 6105 is famous for its presence in Apocalypse Now on the arm of Martin Sheen’s character, Captain Willard. The famous image is easily found by doing a simple search online. Related to this, though, is the fact that the 6105 was somewhat of a popular choice amongst soldiers during the Vietnam War. It was sold in military PX’s and while not cheap, it was certainly less expensive than, say, a Rolex Submariner.

At 44mm in diameter, you’d expect the Seiko 6105 to wear like a behemoth on the wrist, but that simply isn’t the case. Perhaps it’s the soft shape or the slim lug width that helps, but it really wears much closer to 40mm. Speaking of those slim lugs and what lies between them, you’ll notice a rubber strap. However, this is no ordinary rubber strap but a waffle strap that was standard issue on watches such as this. In my opinion, this is the only strap that belongs on this best sale replica watch online. Of course, finding an original strap is problematic as they’re extremely rare, expensive and often damaged. Luckily, seller “wjean” on eBay has fantastic replicas for sale that fit the job. If you end up owning a 6105, I highly recommend buying one of these straps.

Finding a Seiko 6105 is not overly difficult, but finding a good one can be another story altogether. You’ll note from my example that the dial exhibits some characteristic “wabi” or lume rot characteristic of vintage Seikos. However, this example isn’t bad compared to many and it looks authentic compared to the vast majorities that have been refinished. This brings me to an important point; there are loads of 6105’s for sale and most of those have been altered. When it comes to alterations, they range from refinished hands and dials to parts replaced with aftermarket items. A tell-tale sign is the sweep seconds hand; if the colors are too poignant especially when compared to the rest of the dial and hands, something is wrong. You have to be very careful about buying a 6105 and ensure that you are getting something that meets your expectations. I’d generally say that perfect looking pieces are rare as most lived a hard life, but they do exist and are priced as such. Good, solid pieces have now appeared to eclipse the $1,000 mark and excellent pieces are hitting $1,500 and above. The market, at this time, seems to appreciate well-restored and refinished pieces, but, for better or worse, I am a stickler for originality. Another item to check for is crown to ensure it is the original stating “lock” with the rotating arrow. Bezel inserts are also often replaced with aftermarket inlays so do some homework on this as well.

The Seiko 6105 is an iconic watch in the Seiko diver chronology. It has a great case shape paired with an equally fantastic dial design. It was the beginning of my journey down a path of collecting most of the Seiko divers and it still remains as one of my favorites and perhaps the most distinctive. Its appearance in a legendary movie doesn’t hurt either. Feel free to share your thoughts below on this week’s #TBT or on which Seiko diver got you hooked!

Baume & Mercier Promesse Ladies’ Watch Collection

Baume & Mercier has been turning to its extensive best sale replica watch archives to inspire its recent men’s watch collections, such as the Clifton. Last year, the Swiss brand launched a new watch line for ladies that takes its aesthetic cues from past models. The new Baume & Mercier Promesse, now in stores for Mother’s Day, is influenced by a classical model from the 1970s.

Baume & Mercier’s history with women’s watches stretches at least to 1918, when the founding duo of William Baume & Paul Mercier began creating jewelry watches in the Art Deco style of the era. The brand introduced the influential Marquise ladies’ watch, with a bangle bracelet, in the 1950s, and went on to introduce several award-winning models in the 1970s, including the Mimosa, Galaxy, and Stardust.

The 1970s also spawned the ladies’ watch model that most directly influenced the design of the new Promesse collection, which is characterized by the juxtaposition of an oval-shaped bezel inside a soft, round case.

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The Baume & Mercier Promesse collection — Baume & Mercier’s first entirely new ladies’ luxury replica watch line in nearly a decade — consists of 14 total references, in two case sizes (30-mm diameter and 34-mm diameter), and contains models with both Swiss quartz and mechanical automatic movements. They are available with either bracelets, whose curves accentuate those of the polished steel cases, or calfskin leather or satin straps. The oval bezels are either highlighted with mother-of-pearl, capped with 18k rose gold, or set with diamonds. The dials are either decorated with a “drape” guilloché pattern, or carved from mother-of-pearl. Baume & Mercier describes the design aesthetic of the new collection as “a visual interpretation of the ripples produced by a drop of water.”

All the top quality replica watches have Roman numerals at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions and interstitial indices (diamond-set on some models). The Promesse watches with mechanical movements (Ref. 10182, 10183, 10184, 10162, and 10163) all have sapphire exhibition casebacks that display the finely decorated movement, which includes a rotor adorned with côtes de Genève. Prices for the Baume & Mercier Promesse watches, which the brand says will be available at select retailers nationwide starting in September, will start at $1,900.

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Reviewing the Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Speciale Unico Ceramic

While Hublot celebrates 10 years of the iconic Big Bang line with a series of 10 unique haute joaillerie Big Bang Unico creations priced at $1 million each, the brand is also releasing a new Big Bang Ferrari Speciale model which is definitely more suited for everyday wear. Available in two editions, black ceramic with red, white and blue details, or gray ceramic with gray and white details, it pays tribute to one of the very best of the Cavalino Rampante’s creations: the Ferrari 458 Speciale. Scroll down to read the review from Monochrome Watches contributor Robin Nooy.

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The Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Speciale Ceramic, in either of the two color options, is still a very outspoken watch, not least due to its size. It is not a top quality replica watch for gents who prefer to fly under the radar. When you consider the car that served as its inspiration, this shouldn’t be a surprise: both are quite ostentatious creations in their own right.

The car that inspired the Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Speciale

Just for those (like myaself) who are into cars as much as they are watches, the Ferrari 458 Speciale is a beefed-up, “this one goes to 11” version of an already awe-inspiring car. The designation “Speciale” was first assigned to the 458 Italia’s predecessors, the 348, 360 Modena, and F430.

Compared to the stock 458, the Speciale boasts an engine update, aerodynamic upgrades, a cosmetic stripe down the center of the car, and the extended use of weight-saving materials. A 35-bhp increase, a 90-kg drop in weight, and a 1/10-second quicker to 60 mph are the primary results of these adaptations.

Ferrari 458 Speciale

Whereas most car manufacturers try to improve from a 6 to a 7, Ferrari tries to go from a 10 to an 11, or even maybe a 12 — always skipping one or two steps to offer a car that seemingly pushes the boundaries of engineering even further and does things that were considered impossible before. Even though the speed vs. power war between sports car manufacturers is an ever-present one, I do feel that the past couple of years, things have moved forward at an extremely fast rate. This is most definitely not a bad thing, because 10 years ago cars like the 458 Speciale and the bonkers LaFerrari (The “Ferrari TheFerrari” according to ex-Top Gear’s James May) wouldn’t have been possible.

However, it does raise an age-old question: where does it all end? Who cares! I’ve got my lotto ticket – if it pays off, I’ll send you a picture of my new car!

Design:

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Moving from the car to the watch, it’s immediately evident that a lot of design cues from the car have been transferred to the watch. The most obvious would be the matching strap, with either a white-blue or a white-grey racing line from end to end. The same racing line runs along the center of the car, from bumper to bumper, as a clear distinction from the standard 458. Furthermore, the mesh used for the various air-intakes and grills on the 458 Speciale are mimicked on the dial, a trick we have seen on more than one occasion with racing- or car-inspired watches. To set off this limited-edition piece even more, a polished prancing horse has been placed upon the dial, and one of the pushers features a Ferrari logo in red or gray.

The 45-mm-wide case is constructed from black ceramic, with a satin or polished finish on various surfaces. The black ceramic bezel features six trademark H-shaped screws in black titanium, with a red composite-resin lower bezel. The highly scratch-resistant material Hublot uses is a zirconium-oxide mixture. Starting with a powder, pigments are added to obtain a certain color, after which the mixture is injected into a mold, which is then baked under intense heat and pressure, and then pressed into a pre-formed cast. The result is a material that is extremely hard and durable. Hublot is also exploring new varieties or composites with ceramic, for instance bright red or yellow ceramic or their Magic Gold composite claiming to be the only scratch-resistant gold alloy in existence.

The engine:

Inside the black or grey case ceramic case you will find the HUB 1241 Unico automatic flyback chronograph movement, developed in-house by Hublot. The story behind the movement is quite interesting, finding its roots in the now-defunct movement specialist BNB Concept. Parts of BNB Concept’s assets were purchased by Hublot’s Jean Claude Biver, including its machinery and its lead designer, Mathias Buttet. One of the results of the partial takeover is Hublot’s in-house-made Unico movement, developed to replace and reduce the number of outsourced Valjoux 7750 movements used in Hublot timepieces.

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The HUB 1241 Unico movement is made up of 331 components. It measures 30 mm in diameter and 8 mm in thickness. It operates at a rate of 28,900 vph and has 72 hours of power reserve. The movement has a 60-minute chronograph with a flyback function, allowing the counter to snap back to 12 o’clock instantly after resetting the chronograph. It also includes a skeletonized date wheel, visible through the date window at 3 o’clock. A nice touch is the yellow piece beneath the window, in the same color used for the Ferrari logo. The yellow is the official color of the city of Modena, Italy, the birthplace of the brand. Of course, both front and back are covered by sapphire crystal, and the caseback allows a big view onto the movement and the wheel-like rotor — another hint, albeit a more subtle one, to the car that inspired the best sale replica  watch for sale design.

Concluding words:

The Hublot Big Bang Ferrari 458 Speciale Ceramic comes on a black rubber and red or gray leather strap and includes a separate black leather strap. Both color versions are limited to 250 pieces, and are available at a price of 24,800 euros.

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Ferrari is one of the most prestigious, if not the most prestigious, car manufactures that a watch brand could partner with. Its fanbase – for both road cars as well as its racing team — is one of the most devoted such followings in the world. Over the past few decades, the link between Ferrari and high-end watches has been as hair-raising to cheap replica watch as a Formula 1 race. Hublot made its initial splash in the early 80’s with its then-unprecedented rubber-clad sport watches – but the brand really did not get the attention it deserved until that grandmaster of the watch industry, the inimitable Mr. Biver, took to the helm and quickly made Hublot into a cultural phenomenon with its porthole shaped cases. It is nice to finally see the elite carmaker paired up with a watchmaker that can match the brand, not just in styling and performance, but also in the luxury and pride of ownership.

Hands-On With the Devon Tread 2

The Devon Tread 1, the brainchild of Southern California-based designer Scott Devon, is a watch about which I had heard much positive buzz over the past few years, but one with which I had little in the way of actual experience. With WatchTime’s emphasis on mechanical Swiss-made (and yes, some German-made and Japanese-made) timepieces, this highly unorthodox, made-in-the-USA brand had gotten lost in the shuffle — until recently, when I received the opportunity to get my hands on the new Devon Tread 2, the follow-up to the Tread 1, which incorporates several design and technical upgrades as well as a chronograph function.

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What made the Devon Tread 1 such a fascinating piece of horological high-tech — and a finalist in the Best Design and Concept Watch categories at the Geneva Grand Prix, the first American discount fake watch for sale brand ever to attain such an honor — was its patented “Time Belts” movement technology, which employed a system of tiny fiberglass-reinforced nylon belts to indicate the time. The technology behind these fibrous belts (just 1/1000th-inch thick) is taken directly from the aviation industry, in which they are used to indicate vital stats like air speed and fluid levels on cockpit instrumentation boards. Reading the time on the belts is easy and quite intuitive: Hour digits scroll by on the horizontal belt while minutes tick away on the vertical one.

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The Devon Tread’s “hybrid” system uses belts mounted on a central chassis and driven by two tiny microstep motors which, in addition to all the watch’s other functions, are directed by a minuscule computer called a microcontroller. It’s definitely not your traditional mechanical watch (there is no mainspring; energy is stored in a lithium-polymer battery pack), but definitely not your run-of-the-mill, quartz-controlled electronic watch either.

As one might expect, the power reserve of the Devon is impressive — a full 14 days after receiving a full charge from the high-tech “charging cradle” built into the cheap replica watch box (a dark tower of a device that brings to mind the Monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey). For the Devon Tread 2, its inventor made some small revisions to the original — eight industrial-looking screws to fasten the bezel to the case, replacing the Tread 1’s complex bracket system, a more “knife-edged” look for the articulating lever on the side of the case, a more integrated strap-to-case connection — and one major one, the addition of the chronograph.

 

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Charging the watch, through the use of electromagnetic induction, takes a few hours, but as mentioned previously, once its battery is fully powered up, you’re good to go for about two weeks — certainly a boon for anyone who chooses to wear this timepiece (as I did) on a long overseas trip and does not want to carry the somewhat bulky case/charging device with him on the journey. In fact, you can make the power reserve last even longer than that by simply switching the watch to its “off” position: press the pusher on the right and the belts will cycle from the current time to a default mode that displays how many hours are left in the power reserve. When you switch the watch back on, the belts will move back to the correct current time. Also, thanks to the clear sapphire dial, which enables a view into the high-mech wonderland of the movement (it would not surprise most that Scott Devon started out in automotive design), switching on and off makes for a dynamic tableau, as the wearer witnesses the gears and belts zipping around into place.

Despite the somewhat intimidating size of the tonneau-shaped case, the watch is very comfortable on the wrist — the black rubber strap helps — and despite its “sporty-techie” look, I found that it paired up as well with a dark suit as it did with casual clothes. (Interestingly, while wearing the Tread 2 amongst a crowd of watch aficionados, more than one of my peers asked if I was wearing a Richard Mille upon seeing the case’s distinctive shape peeking out from my shirt cuff.)

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The Devon Tread 2 is, of course, an attention-getter of a timepiece, due to its size and very unusual look. If you’re like me, you’ll actually enjoy demonstrating to curious strangers how it works, i.e., how the belts move from power-saving mode to timekeeping mode at the press of a button. It’s also, at times, a very audible watch: the telltale click of the hour change — say, when 11:59 switches over to 12 noon — could act as a reminder, or a quiet alarm, for wearers who tend to lose track of time.

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However, if you’re planning to use the chronograph function — which is activated by shifting the watch into chrono mode by means of the articulating lever, then pressing on the crown’s center button to start and stop — be prepared to draw attention from those in immediate earshot. The ticking of the chronograph seconds is crisp and loud. It’s probably best not to activate the stopwatch when you’re in an important business meeting or attending a church service. Engaging the lever in the opposite direction puts the top quality replica watch in yet another mode, in which the minutes belt functions instead as an indicator for the running seconds. Again, this will mean your watch will tick very audibly every second (and also will drain the power faster), so you may want to use this mode sparingly.

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In summation, I found the Devon Tread 2 to be both a fun “novelty” timepiece as well as one I was proud to show off in watch-enthusiast circles. Serious gearheads whose tag heuer replica watch tastes lean toward the exotic, and aficonados of the steampunk look, will probably appreciate it even more so. While I’m not sure it would ever become an everyday watch, I very much appreciated my time with it — and can’t help but be very intrigued by what the brand might have in store for us in upcoming Devon Tread models.

The Devon Tread 2 model I reviewed, with the full brushed stainless steel case, is nicknamed “Shining” and priced at $10,950. Five other models, with progressively scarier nicknames and all priced at $11,450, are also available: Starry Night (steel case, black DLC bezel), Nightmare (steel case with black DLC coating, black belts with gray numerals), Bloody Mary (black DLC case, red numerals and black belts, black anodized movement), and Murder (steel with black DLC coating and red accents, red numerals on black belts). A white ceramic-case version, nicknamed “Ghost,” is also planned, with price yet to be determined.

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Scenes From the WatchTime/F.P. Journe Collectors’ Event in Miami

Miami’s most ultra-luxe shopping destination played host to a lively gathering of avid swiss replica watch collectors, and a rare U.S. appearance by a watch-industry rock star, on June 8, as WatchTime and F.P. Journe co-hosted an exclusive cocktail and dinner event at the brand’s boutique in the Bal Harbour Shops.

More than a dozen watch aficionados and fans of the F.P. Journe brand were in attendance, along with myself and WatchTime’s event manager, Minda Larsen; the manager and staff of the F.P. Journe boutique; Montres Journe U.S. brand director, Pierre Halimi; and of course, the guest of honor and main attraction, company founder and namesake Francois-Paul Journe. The French independent watchmaker, who created his first watch in 1983 and founded his eponymous brand in 1999, posed for photos with guests, showed and discussed his latest watch releases (including the F.P. Journe Elegante, the brand’s first dedicated ladies’ watch collection, which made its official U.S. debut at the event), and autographed copies of F.P. Journe: The First 30 Years by Kiran Shikar, a 214-page hardcover reference book tracing his life and career.

Guests enjoyed wine, Champagne, and a deliciously decadent assortment of sushi and sashimi during the cocktail hour, while hobnobbing with fellow collectors, trying on best sale replica watches, and snapping selfies with Journe and each other. Afterward, because a night of haute horlogerie demands haute cuisine, the small crowd migrated downstairs to Makato, a high-end Japanese restaurant in the Bal Harbour Shops, where guests dined on a multi-course, family-style meal while sipping Chablis and Chateauneuf-du-Pâpe. Scroll down for photos from the evening’s festivities, and keep watching WatchTime.com for my Q&A with Journe, in which we discuss how the Elegante collection came about and what sets it apart from all other ladies’ watches from luxury brands.

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Hublot F1 King Power Austin

Hublot is celebrating the return of Formula 1 to the United States by unveiling their latest King Power luxury fake watch. The penultimate Grand Prix of the season will take place in the new “Circuit of the Americas” built in Austin, Texas, so Hublot, as the Official Watch of Formula 1, has named their new watch the F1 King Power Austin. Like the previous King Power Great Britain model, the design of this watch is inspired by Formula 1, with its carbon and titanium bezel having a perforated effect resembling a high-tech brake disc. The strap is made from black Hornback alligator leather, with red stitching to match the color of the dial. The top quality replica watch is powered by the Hublot HUB4100 automatic movement and has a power reserve of 42 hours. It will be limited to only 250 numbered pieces.

5 Limited-Edition replica Omega Watches Made for the Olympic Games

For many years, Omega has served as the official timekeeper of the Olympic games. In addition to its timing duties, Omega often releases timepieces celebrating the games and the nations that host them. For last year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Omega introduced the Omega Sochi Petrograd, which we covered here. Below, we take a look at five other Omega discount fake watches (in most cases, exclusive and extremely limited) made specifically for the Olympic games.

Among Omega’s other new models commemorating the 2014 Sochi games is the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Sochi 2014.” The men’s version, shown here, comes in a 45.5 mm stainless steel case. As a tribute to the Russian flag, minutes 1 through 5 are lacquered in blue; minutes 6 through 10 are lacquered in red.

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Among its collection of watches marking the London 2012 Olympics, Omega released the Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial “London 2012″ Limited Edition. In addition to honoring the 2012 games, the luxury fake watch commemorated the 1948 Olympics, which were held in London the same year that Omega launched the first Seamaster.

OMEGA Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial “London 2012” Limited Edition

For the 2010 Vancouver Games, Omega released this limited-edition Seamaster with a bezel in maple-leaf red.

Omega’s Limited Edition Seamaster for the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010

 

As part of its collection for the 2008 Beijing games, Omega released the Countdown 0 – Seamaster XXIX Limited Edition. The watch was a Beijing exclusive, available only during the Olympic Games. Only 88 were sold per day during the games.

Countdown 0 - Seamaster XXIX Limited Edition

Part of the Limited Edition Torino 2006 Olympic Collection, this Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Column-Wheel Chronograph featured the five Olympic rings as the counterweight on the seconds hand. The top quality replica watch was a limited edition of 2006 pieces.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Column-Wheel Chronograph from the  Limited Edition Torino 2006 Olympic Collection

Omega has already introduced its special watch for the upcoming 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.

Luxury Replica Watches In TV Series

Watches in TV series, we all know you have been trying to identify Jerry Seinfeld’s Breitling (or Cartier), Kim Kardashian’s AP Royal Oak (or Scott Disick’s), Dexter’s Timex, Charlie’s Rolex Yacht-Master and Tony Soprano’s Rolex Day-Date. And although Don Draper wore a Rolex Explorer in HBO’s Mad Men TV series, Jaeger-LeCoultre recently released a Mad Men special ‘Mad about Reverso’ that features a Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce logo engraved in the reversible back side of the best sale replica watches. So it seems that watch manufacturers are pretty aware of the fact that you are eagle eyeing the watches in TV shows.

Was this always the case? One of our avid readers – Johan – sent us a screen shot of the second part of A-Team’s pilot episode Mexican Slayride from 1983. Tim Dunigan plays ‘Faceman’ instead of Dirk Benedict  (who started from the 3rd episode) and wears an OMEGA Geneve f300Hz (tuning fork model), which – I guess – was already out of production by that time.

Lt. Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck next to Sgt. Bosco Albert ‘B.A.’ Baracus. Faceman is setting the watch on the next picture.

I am pretty sure that the watch featured in A-Team wasn’t sponsored by OMEGA or a jeweler. The same goes for a German 1980s and 1990s krimi called Derrick. Inspector Derrick always wore a fine watch (Rolex and in some occasions an IWC DaVinci). We did a special report on Derrick and his watches in 2005 already, click here to read it. I am not sure whether this TV show (with +180 episodes) aired outside Europe though. I am convinced that Inspector Derrick (Horst Tappert) was wearing Rolex watches from his personal collection.

Another famous TV show from back in the days is Miami Vice. Although Don Johnson is well known for wearing a (fake) gold Rolex Day-Date, he also wore an Ebel 1911 chronograph with a Zenith El Primero movement. In gold/steel of course, that’s how they rolled in the 1980s. Sponsored? I don’t think so. To demonstrate how these things change during the years, The Miami Vice movie that was done just a few years ago though, had IWC top quality replica watches all over the place and was clearly sponsored.

Is this product placement a bad thing? Of course not! Times are just changing and people pay attention to these details. Watch brands can exaggerate a bit, but in the case of Jaeger-LeCoulte and their Mad Men special (restricted to 25 pieces only, to be released in February), this isn’t the case. They didn’t overdo it. Although I have seen all episodes, I did not spot a JLC Reverso though, but I am assured it was in there.

Although watches in movies have been covered a lot on various websites and watch forums, it seems that information about swiss replica watches in TV Series are a bit scattered. Luckily, the guys from the Watches in Movies website have a special section for TV shows.

Why Do Comic Book Super-Heroes Never Have Time for Replica Watches?

Every time a watch brand lands a deal with an actor or a studio, and every time a watch is prominently featured on screen, the best quality replica watch online community immediately recognizes and responds to it. We know exactly which star wears what watch model — and also which ones immediately change their preferred watch brand as soon as the shooting is over. Of course, most of us can spot it if an actor wears a fake, regardless of how beautiful she looks next to Nathan Fillion and his Omega DeVille. But it seems that a hero has to be “real” to draw interest from the watch industry.

Allow me to explain what I mean. As a huge fan of comics and graphic novels, I rarely see anything that tells time on the wrist of a comic book hero – a fictional character that I usually have a much longer and intimate relationship than with any movie star playing that character. I basically grew up with Tintin, Asterix, Spider-Man, Batman, and other such icons. I lived in the Marvel and DC Universes for a considerable amount of time during my youth, I witnessed the rise of Image Comics, and I consider myself an honorary “Watchman” in every way possible. I also know that I was not the only one who made regular visits to the Far Side. But despite the huge influence and circulation of graphic novels (and let’s not even start with all the anime in Japan), the best cheap replica watch industry seems to ignore this entire segment of literature, while continuing to pursue product placement not only in films but occasionally in books and even in computer games (e.g., James Bond’s Omega Seamaster 300 in “GoldenEye 007” for the Nintendo 64) — not to mention some toys, if you remember our last article on that topic.

Linde Werdelin did at least use a graphic novel-style visual approach for one of its an ad campaigns a couple of years back, but in the sense of a proper product placement, we longtime fans now face the strange situation that we know that Robert Downey Jr. wears a Jaeger-LeCoultre as Tony Stark/Iron Man, but we have no idea not what the original Tony Stark — the one in the comics — wears on his wrist.

Robert Downey with JLC Amvox

One of the few exceptions: Tanguy and Laverdure, a French/Belgian comic about the adventures of two military pilots that was first published in 1961. In one of the more recent stories, a Breitling Emergency is introduced into the story, though the brand isn’t mentioned by name. Imagine how easy, comparatively cheap, and — most of all — unbelievable cool it would have been for a brand like Breitling to throw their support behind the great artist(s) behind the comic in exchange for this exposure. Or if IWC, for instance, convinced Buck Danny (another military flying ace character from a Franco-Belgian comics series) to wear a proper pilots’ tag heuer replica watch. It certainly would not require super powers to do a deal like that… and none of the heroes would switch to a different brand after the bad guys were defeated.

Breitling Emergency on Tanguy Laverdure

My Top 5 Moon-Phase Watches

A moon-phase complication simply brings a watch’s dial to life. The (usually) blue or black disks, with an elegant gold moon on them, are just awesome to glance at every now and then, especially when the sunlight catches them as you’re driving your car or sitting in your living room.

There are a lot of best sale replica watches with moon-phase indicators out there, ranging from fairly cheap to only affordable by a privileged few. As complications go, it is accessible to a wider range of watch enthusiasts than some others. For this list, price, materials, and availability were not factors. I just picked what I liked best.

1. Arnold & Son – HM Perpetual Moon

One of the brands that surprised me the most this year was Arnold & Son, with its beautiful collection of classical-looking watches that would suit a gentleman in his seventies as well as a young executive in his thirties. The moon disk on the HM Perpetual Moon is relatively large and enables Arnold & Son to put a very large Moon on it. The moon on the moon disk is hand-engraved and made from either silver or gold, depending on the version you choose. More about this watch can be found here on Fratellowatches.

Arnold & Son HM Perpetual Moon - dial cu

2. Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar

Although this watch’s name doesn’t immediately reveal the presence of a moon-phase complication, but its inclusion makes sense, since we built our calendar around the moon. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar has a beautiful moon-phase indicator at 6 o’clock, one element of this timepiece’s calendar complication. The watch includes day, date and month indicators in addition to the moon-phase. It is a very flat watch, with an elegant diameter of just 39 mm. More information about the JLC Master Calendar can be found here on Fratellowatches.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar - reclining

 

3. Patek Philippe Nautilus 5726/1A

How Patek Philippe arrives at its reference numbers remains a big mystery, but one thing is certain: the Nautilus Ref. 5726/1A is an incredibly sporty moon-phase watch! Like the Jaeger-LeCoulte Master Calendar, it has day, date, and month indicators as well. Patek’s in-house Caliber 324 serves as a base movement for these extra features.  This model was introduced in 2012 as an addition to Patek’s already impressive lineup of Nautilus watches. More about these new Patek Philippe 5726/1A models can be found here on Fratellowatches.

Patek Philippe Ref. 52761A

4. Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonphase

Is this the best of both worlds — the Moonwatch with a moon-phase indication? Purist fans of the Speedmaster Professional might get a bit nauseous when seeing all these variations on the original Moonwatch, but I certainly like it. The fourth subdial at 12 o’clock on the Speedmaster Professional Moonphase shows the date and moon-phase. In the past, there have been several variations on this discount fake watch (white gold, broad-arrow hands, et cetera) but this model comes closest to the original Speedmaster design, in my opinion. Click here for more on Speedmaster watches with a moon-phase.

Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonphase - reclining

 

5. Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre à Quantième Lunaire

Another Jaeger-LeCoultre? Yes. The JLC Duomètre à Quantième Lunaire is one of the nicest introductions in recent years by Jaeger-LeCoultre, in my opinion. I would need much more space to explain precisely how the watch’s “Dual-Wing” concept works, but the main thing to know is that one barrel is dedicated to precision timing while the second barrel is dedicated to the other functions on the dial. This Duomètre is a very complicated watch, able to display the moon-phase for both hemispheres. More on this JLC Duomètre à Quantième Lunaire can be found here, by WatchTime’s Mike Disher.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Quantieme Lunaire - reclining