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Hands-on With The New Breitling Superocean Heritage II

Say Breitling, and the mind of many people will immediately venture to a world of jet planes and aviation heroes. That is indeed where the brand made most of its legacy, but not all of it!

In 1957 Breitling introduced the very first Superocean. Although they weren’t the first major brand to launch a diving replica watch, the Superocean was the first with a water resistance up to 200 meters/660 feet, thanks to a monocoque case construction. In the decades following, the Superocean would earn its place in the Breiling line-up by gaining the trust of professional, sports and even military divers.

With the Superocean II Breitling has a modern diving replica fake watch in its collection, but given the brand’s history in this field, a more vintage outlook is also warranted, and for that, they have the Superocean Heritage II.

Available in a robust 46mm version, as well as a smaller 42mm version, these replica watches reflect back to the early days of the Superocean collection, now sixty years ago. Its classic look is evident from the rounded lugs, clean dial and sword- and arrow hands. Also notice the lack of crown guards, which was typical for early diving replica watches.

While the Superocean Heritage II may look vintage, it has a few modern aspects as well! The unidirectional bezel is crafted from scratch resistant ceramic, while inside the fake watch caliber B20 ticks. This movement originates from Tudor, where it powers, for example, the Black Bay steel. While some might have preferred a manufacture movement made by Breitling themselves, the move does make sense. Breitling has more a focus on chronographs, and since it is not part of a large replica watch-group, must be careful on how to utilize its resources. In return Breitling provides Tudor with their B01 Chronograph movement.

There is also very little to complain when it comes to the B20 automatic movement. It is Chronometer certified, comes with a power reserve of 70 hours and features a full bridge over the balance wheel, making it particularly robust. It is also an attractive movement, although you will have to take this for granted, as the replica watch is fitted with a closed case back.

Available in several dial colors, we found especially the blue and the brown varieties quite stunning. The brown because it is, in fact, a very warm color, and goes surprisingly well with the classic look of the Superocean Heritage II. Blue might be a more traditional choice, but Breitling gave the dial a velvet hue, which matches perfectly with the dial. Regarding strap and bracelets, there are several options available, from textured rubber and water resistant leather to a stainless steel mesh bracelet. Prices start at $4.075,

Vintage Rolex replica watch sells for record $219,000

There were some who predicted that the wristwatch would go the way of typewriters and videotapes. Not so. At Sotheby’s Australia’s May 23 Important Jewels auction a Rolex replica watch sold for $219,600 including buyer’s premium, way above estimates of $80,000 to $120,000. This is claimed as a new record price for any replica watch sold at auction in Australia.

Of course this was no ordinary replica watch. It was a Rolex Daytona, circa 1970, known as a ‘Paul Newman’ by collectors. The late actor wore one most of his life and a new generation of collectors regard these as the ultimate trophy timepiece.

The vendor was from Western Australia. The fake watch had been bought new and handed down through his family. It came with the original box and documents, including service certificates.

Vintage replica watches have become one of the hottest categories around the world and there are signs they are taking off here. The Daytona sold by Sotheby’s Australia went to an international collector bidding online.

Also in May, Mossgreen had more modest success with a gold Rolex President with lapis dial, selling for $27,280, and a vintage Rolex Explorer, circa 1971, selling for $12,400. Mossgreen’s best result was in November 2014 when it sold a Rolex Daytona for $93,000.

Gold standard

These are strong results for the Australian market, but pale into insignificance compared to the 18ct gold Daytona watch which fetched $US3.7 million at Phillips’ annual Geneva Watch Auction held on May 15, 2017. There are only three known examples of the Daytona in gold. The top five results at Geneva were all well above the million dollar mark.

Rolex and Patek Philippe dominate the international scene, to the point that rarites are now beyond the reach of the average collector. But as suggested by Adrian Hailwood, director of replica watches at Fellows Auctioneers in the UK, there are opportunities in the lower tiers.

Writing in the December 2016 edition of English car magazine Motor Sport, Hailwood predicts that vintage TAG Heuer, especially early model Autavias, are also about to take off.

“Watches that might have sold for £3000 10 years ago are now making £30,000, confirming Heuer as the next big thing,” he notes. These Heuers were the actual models worn by Formula One racing drivers in the 1950s to 1970s period. Known as sports chronographs, or tool replica watches, they are similar in size to contemporary replica watches. Vintage time-only fake watches are now seen as too small for modern tastes.

In demand

The Omega Speedmaster (known as the moon replica watch) and Universal Geneve’s Tri-Compax are others in demand. Vintage Tudor and Breitling replica watches are also recommended by Hailwood.

“Clean original examples of these are a great buy,” he says, “even if they have already started to go up in price.”

The sports fake watch concept dates back to 1926 when Rolex introduced its Oyster case, offering protection against water, dust and shock. They were cleverly promoted through real life events. In 1927 Mercedes Gleitze, a secretary from London, swam the English Channel wearing a Rolex Oyster. Aviators and mountaineers wore them, as did adventurer Thor Heyerdahl on his voyage across the Atlantic by papyrus raft.

These days they are more of a status symbol. According to Patti Sedgwick, head of Jewellery at Mossgreen, “men look at each other’s replica watches as an indication of how well they are doing”.

Why are omega replica watches are very costly?

1. Because They Can
Omega is one of the most recognizable and popular luxury fake watch brands. They’re a Swiss watchmaker with a ton of history, with Omega replica watches being seen on the Moon, James Bond’s wrist, Olympic athletes, business leaders, celebrities, etc. Ultimately brands charge whatever price people are willing to pay, and people are willing to pay a bit more for Omega.

2. They Are Very Well Made
I am a co-founder of Martenero Watches, launching later this year. We have closely examined a number of mid to high end watch brands, and Omega’s are typically very well constructed. Fine finishes, sharp lines and edges, elegant bracelets that don’t pinch or pull, domed sapphire crystals, etc. All these details require time and expertise, just like any other work of art or engineering. Doing it right costs more.

3. They’re Made in Switzerland
China is far and away the replica watch capital of the world. They’ve developed an enormous manufacturing industry, and have the scale to produce some really nice stuff far cheaper than you’d find elsewhere. Your iPhone is made there, which helps keep the costs down.

Omega is still made entirely in Switzerland. They no longer produce their own movements, opting for modified ETA movements instead, but keeping it Swiss adds a lot in terms of labor, taxes, and other costs.

4. They Advertise
Industry figures are a little nebulous, but Omega does events, sponsorships, movie product placements, celebrity endorsements, and tons of traditional advertising. Advertising is a good thing to do, the cost of which is usually passed on to the consumer.

5. Compared to Other Brands, They’re Actually Quite Reasonable.
You can find an Omega Seamaster or Aqua Terra for under 2k, and both are beautiful replica watches. The Speedmaster Moonwatch will set you back $3500. In fact much of the line is well under $5,000. Your entry level Rolex or Breitling will set you back around 6 or $7,000, and only go up from there.