Today, we are bringing you five incredibly killer replica watches just begging to be worn. These are replica watches that many may see as grails, at different price points: a Replica Rolex COMEX Sea-Dweller, a Universal Geneve "Nina Rindt" chronograph, a Breitling chronograph for the Royal Canadian Air Force, a Breguet Type XX, and an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak A-Series.
Rolex COMEX Sea-Dweller reference 1665
When it comes to Replica Rolex diving watches, it is axiomatic that the "MilSubs" issued to the British Ministry of Defense and the COMEX-issued replica watches are some of the most desired. A big part of their allure is that these were replica watches built and meant for specific professional purposes. And while I would generally take a MilSub any day over an equivalent fake watch issued to the Compagnie Maritime d'Expertises (COMEX for short), this particular Sea-Dweller stopped me dead in my tracks when I saw it.
This Sea-Dweller dates to 1979 and was serviced and polished by Replica Rolex in 2008, but is still such an intact and beautiful specimen of a tool. Check out how cool the original owner's name, Peter Connor, looks in script on the caseback, too. As an additional plus, it comes with box and papers.
This COMEX Sea-Dweller is available for $125,000 at H.Q. Milton. (More on H.Q. Milton here.)
Universal Geneve "Nina Rindt" Compax reference 885103/03
The UG "Nina Rindt" Compax chronograph has absolutely taken the collecting world by storm. I remember missing out on a few 2-3 years ago under $3,500 on eBay. But now, these replica watches are changing hands for much higher sums. Our friends at analog/shift recently acquired a rather special Universal Geneve "Nina Rindt" that we featured on HODINKEE back in February. It has changed hands a couple times since then, but has now ended up for sale.
This is a later version of the Nina Rindt, and features the wide luminous register hands and a later painted Universal logo (a rounded U inside a rectangle) and "Universal Geneve" text on the dial all on one line. The earliest version had thin register hands and an applied steel "U" that is more angular and not inside a square, as well as "UNIVERSAL" being larger and above "GENEVE".
And yes, that dot over the 90 should look similar to the painted aluminum bezel inserts found on calibre 321 Speedmasters. Those on these UGs are a few millimeters smaller, but I believe they all came from an external Swiss supplier with that style of printing.
Given how many people have begged analog/shift for first dibs on one of these, they thought the best approach would be to accept offers over two weeks and then just take the best offer at the end. That way, no one would feel they did not have a crack at it. I have heard on good authority that there has been interest upward of $15,000 and I personally would not be surprised if it surpassed $20,000, but we shall see. If you are interested, send your offer to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 31. Check out the dedicated page here.
Breitling Chronograph for the Royal Canadian Air Force
The one-button chronographs made for the Royal Canadian Air Force remain one of my favorite military chronographs. They are just so unique and aesthetically pleasing. Made by a number of manufacturers, those made by Omega are the most desired. Christie's sold one for $14,021 in 2010 and Zaf Basha told me about three years ago he listed one on his site over $15,000 and it was sold within a couple hours.
All that being said, I have long felt that the Breitling ones were undervalued and underappreciated. We wrote a piece about them three years ago. They are among the top vintage Breitling replica watches you can find, in my opinion. I love the pop of orange from the central seconds hand on these Breitlings and the lume-filled blue steel hands.. This particular example appears to have been issued in 1969 and correctly has tritium lume as evidenced by the "SWISS MADE T" signature at the bottom of the dial. The dial is just gorgeous and the fake watch overall, from the case to the movement, seems to be in great condition.
This Breitling RCAF chronograph is available for $4,950 from WatchesToBuy.
Breguet Type XX Chronograph
Speaking of Zaf Basha, I thought I would show you the killer Type XX he just listed on his site. You may remember that we showed you a Type XX not too long ago that sold almost immediately after the article went live. That fake watch generated a lot of interest and inquiries, so I thought I would take the opportunity to alert you that another is for sale.
According to the Breguet archive extract, this fake watch was delivered to the French Air Force on May 8, 1958 and according to the marks on the back, it was last serviced by the French Air Force in 1980. It is just always amazing to see so many of these Type XX/20 chronographs with over 30 years of service for the French Air Force, as evidenced by the "F.G." (or "Fin de Garantie") stampings on the casebacks.
This Breguet Type XX is available from ClassicWatch for $14,750.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak A-Series reference 5402ST
We don't need to tell you that the Royal Oak is a design classic. Love it or hate it, the RO dynasty started with the 1500 numbered reference 5402ST A-Series steel watches. You can read more about the details of the A-Series in this article by Ben. They remain highly collectible, and I think will remain strongly collectible into the future.
The first Royal Oaks were almost always replica watches that people bought to wear, so as a result many have extremely worn (or replaced) dials, stretched bracelets, and heavily polished cases. By comparison, this one, though not perfect, looks great and is in the sort of condition where it is begging to be enjoyed (with care, of course) and not just put away in a safe.
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