Luxury replica watches as time-tested gifts and investment

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The World Wealth report states that high net worth individuals put 31.6 percent of their money on luxury replica watches, gems, and jewelry. Gems and jewelry seem to be more likely choices because they can be bartered and rise in value, but watches—that’s interesting.

This makes watches one of the top passion investments, even surpassing fine art, cars, and toys. According to the report, the value of watches keeps on rising in the past years regardless of economic instability—making it a good hedge against inflation, for example.

Watch expert Steve Kivel owns and runs Watch Central, a go-to hub for restoring valuable timepieces. Kivel says well-thought-of watch portfolios should include models from top brands, and each piece should at least have a 30 to 50 percent value increase over a period of 10 years.

Rolex still on top

Rolex remains to be the most sought-after investment grade timepiece all over the world.

Last month, a fake Rolex sale at Christie’s in Geneva raised a sum of $13.2 million. The watch was one of the 50 Rolex Oyster Daytonas made 50 years ago that was worth more than $1 million. Another example of a Rolex timepiece appreciating over time is the Rolex 1019 Milgauss. The model retailed for $300 in the ‘60s and is now worth $250.

The Rolex Submariner, which Kivel refers to as “the Apple stock of replica watches,” meanwhile, whose current value is at $1750, is expected to shoot up to 50 percent in 10 years. “You can sleep at night knowing that this could be one of the things locked up in your vault that is going to grow in value,” says Kivel to Bloomberg.

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Having at least one Rolex timepiece in your portfolio is highly recommended by timepiece experts.

Having at least one Rolex timepiece in your portfolio is highly recommended by timepiece experts.What other watch brands and models are worth investing in?

The replica Breitling Navitimer’s $395 current value is expected to shoot up to 30 percent in 10 years. There are only 2,000 pieces of the limited edition Navitimer Montbrilliant Legend, and investors seeking for a modern watch that can potentially to soar in value over time should consider this piece a must-have.

The replica Omega Cosmic Moon Phase can be bought at $5,500 today, and experts believe that its 10-year projection increase can go up as high as 50-55 percent.

A Tudor Heritage Black Bay piece is worth $3,554 today and collectors are won over by the modern design of the leather and fabric straps and the detail work all over the piece.

Vintage replica watches fetch more value

An investment-grade watch doesn’t necessarily mean that it should have state-of-the-art features. In some cases, simplicity reigns over extravagance. Patek Philippe replica is an epitome of this. The most expensive traditional wristwatch sold back in 2010 was a 1944 Patek Philippe piece that was bought for $5.6 million in 2010. Out of the 100 most expensive watches that were auctioned in history, 80 watches belonged to the brand.

Dan Wade of Paul Fraser Collectibles said that Patek Phillippe replica watches command high prices because of its workmanship, high-quality materials, and limited production. “The prestige of the Patek Philippe name makes its timepieces highly sought after; their scarcity pushes prices up,” said Wade.

Vintage watches such as the Patek Philippe are more likely to be assigned higher auction prices than brand new models. Toby Sutton of Watches of Knightsbridge, a specialist auction house for timepieces, believes that investors can get better value if they choose to put their money on antique pieces. “I would say 99 times out of 100 it is better value buying a pre-owned or vintage watch over brand new. Many pre-owned or vintage watches have increased considerably in value over the past decade,” said Sutton.

The value of Patek Philippe pieces is known to withstand tough economic setbacks. A recession wouldn’t affect the expected 50 percent value increase within a 10-year period of a replica Patek Philippe Calatrava that costs $175 today.

Milestone Replica Watches From Patek Philippe, Rolex, Longines, Audemars and Breitling

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The Rolex Sea-Dweller.

Watch brands love to celebrate anniversaries. Everything from foundational dates to anniversaries of key collections are fair game for a special edition, a collection overhaul or an improved movement. Here are five anniversary editions being released this year by replica Patek Philippe, Rolex, Longines, Audemars Piguet and Breitling.

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph.

The chronograph version of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak has become one of the world’s most iconic watches since it was introduced 20 years ago. To mark the occasion, a special anniversary RO Chronograph breaks the monotone mold and goes two-tone, with subdials a different color than the main dial. The three steel models and four 18k rose gold models all have the same automatic Caliber 2385, with a vertical clutch and a 40-hour power reserve, and the replica watches are water resistant to 50 meters. The main dial retains the trademark tapisserie pattern that is signature to the Royal Oak series.

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Breitling Superocean Heritage II.

The Breitling Superocean Heritage II celebrates the 60th anniversary of the the collection. It retains design features of the original 1957 model, including triangular hour hand, lozenge-like minute hand, and cone-shaped hour markers. A new ceramic ring on the bezel matches the dial, and the chronograph version comes with a rubber/leather strap. The 42mm and 46mm versions contain the replica Breitling manufacture Caliber B20, and the chronograph contains the Tudor Caliber MT5612 – which represents one aspect of the recent cooperation between the two brands that are now pooling their expertise in the development and production of certain mechanical movements.

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Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 6006G.

In the case of the swiss Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 6006G, it is the movement that marks an anniversary this year. Patek developed the Caliber 240 in 1977, at the height of the quartz era, when men’s wristwatches were much smaller. It had to be slim to compete with the much smaller proportions made possible by quartz technology, something achieved partly by using a small off-center rotor recessed into the plate. The movement is only 2.53mm thick, and today it is a mainstay of the slim Calatrava collection. The new Ref. 6006G contains the Caliber 240 PS C, with silicon-based components and a 70-hour power reserve.

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The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller.

The Rolex Sea-Dweller turns 50 this year, and gets a magnified date window to celebrate the occasion. The cyclops window, as it is called, has become an iconic feature of the fake Rolex Datejust and Submariner replica watches, but was never used before on a Sea-Dweller. The 2017 Sea-Dweller is not a limited edition but a renewed piece that replaces its predecessor in the core collection. The watch has been given three other updates: a larger case, a new movement and a redesigned bracelet. It contains The swiss Rolex automatic Caliber 3235, which complies with replica Rolex’s -2/+2 second daily accuracy rating, a higher standard than the industry norm.

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Longines Legend Diver

The Longines Legend Diver marks a double anniversary of sorts – it celebrates the 10th anniversary of the 1997 re-issue of a diver’s watch first introduced in 1960. Original details include the domed crystal and case shape. The new model has all the hallmarks of a modern dive watch, including a unidirectional rotating bezel – in this case, an internal bezel that can be locked – a screwed-down crown and caseback, and 300-meter water resistance. The indexes, digits and hands are covered with Super-LumiNova, which stand out against a black lacquered dial. It contains the automatic Caliber L633 (ETA 2824/2).

Carol Besler covers replica watches for Watch Journal, Watch Time, Robb Report, Nuvo, Revolution and International Watch. For more of her stories see replicabreitlingwatches.co.uk.

Replica Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante Watches

Baselworld 2017 sees the introduction of a new member of the famed Breitling Navitimer collection with a new movement and the addition of a split-second chronograph (rattrapante) complication. Containing the new in-house-made Caliber B03 automatic split-second chronograph movement, the replica Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante adds an uncommon complication to the Breitling Navitimer, and a complication that I don’t think I’ve previously seen from the brand.

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Split-second chronographs are coveted not so much for their functionality (although I do admit they are fun to play with) but rather because they are tricky to assemble. It was actually not until Richard Habring developed a special “low-cost” split-second chronograph module for the 7750 for IWC (where he worked at the time) that I believe the rattrapante mechanism was available for the (comparable) masses. Breitling’s B03 more than likely takes a different approach to assembling a split-second chronograph system, but is certainly more accessible in price than, say… one from Patek Philippe.

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Breitling further explains that the rattrapante mechanism module is produced using an efficient 28 parts and is designed to be totally removed – and if needed, replaced – to facilitate easy servicing. Further, Breiting claims that while the B03’s split-second chronograph has been specially designed to use parts which are simpler to produce than more historic rattrapante models, this also provides the mechanism with more precise and reliable use. I say this because many split-second chronographs, given the delicate nature of their construction, are not celebrated for their precision or reliability. Note the fun design element where the replica Breitling anchor B logo is split, so that half of it is on the main chronograph seconds hand, and the other is on the rattrapante hand.

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Rattrapante chronographs are a bit difficult to explain without demonstrating them. The idea is that a main chronograph is supplemented with an additional chronograph seconds hand (which hides under the main chronograph seconds hand when not in use). A pusher in the crown (in this case) is used to activate this additional chronograph seconds hand, which can be used to independently measure a one-minute interval while the main 12-hour chronograph is in operation. Prior to digital devices these were clearly a bit more useful, but in today’s “technique-eager” luxury replica watch world, lots of people swoon over mechanical technology such as this.

Navitimer Rattrapante

The Breitling Caliber B03 automatic chronograph movement is COSC Chronometer-certified and operates at 4Hz (28,800bph) with a power reserve of 70 hours. The movement features the time, date, and 12-hour chronograph with split-second “rattrapante” functionality. Otherwise, this is very much your traditional Navitimer dial, only in brown. The design comes complete with a slew of markers and indicators, including the famed rotating slide-rule bezel for making various mathematical calculations only people in extreme emergencies (or with extreme analog calculator fetishes) will rely upon.

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To launch the caliber B03, Breitling chose the 45mm-wide Navitimer replica watch with the brown dial in two case materials: steel, and 18ct red gold as a limited edition. The brown dials (Breitling actually calls them “Panamanian Bronze”) are matched to padded brown crocodile straps. Though Breitling replica will also offer the Navitimer Rattrapante on a leather or rubber strap.

To be honest, I’m not always sure who the target demographic is for split-second chronographs. It is a special sort of watch collector who values both sport replica watches and high-complications – but in the same timepiece. Breitling does well to reassert their design and production strengths with this new version of the B01 series movement as the B03. The Breitling Navitimer Rattrapante will be initially available in steel as well as in a limited edition of 250 pieces in 18ct red gold.