The state of the watch market in 2023

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It’s easy to see that the watch market in 2022 will be volatile. We had already experienced massive watch price inflation that had swung downward even faster than when prices rose. There is a perfect storm of external forces such as inflation and global market confidence combined with internal forces such as gray market investors and artificially choked supply that could collapse the watch market in 2023.  13165PRT_6 13165PRT_7
On the surface, all of this may sound like a bad thing, but ask yourself, “Who is this bad for?” Arguably, the factors that caused this bubble will be the ones who suffer the most and therefore drive them out of the market. This puts the average watch collector who has remained patient over the past 3-4 years in the best possible position as they can now purchase replica watches from authorized dealers, such as fake Rolex, or purchase used watches at reasonable prices.
A person’s buying power plays a large role in choosing what they want and need. As inflation continues to spiral out of control, the value of our currency decreases. This makes the divide between choosing what one needs and wants even clearer, which is evident in our 2022 watch market. Due to inflation, inflated prices have become so high that the free market is beginning to fight back by reducing demand in the watch industry.
You can call it anything you want, but the monetary relief program is free money for many people who don’t need it. We’re not talking about people struggling to get by, but a large percentage of the country received funds they otherwise wouldn’t have needed. All this extra cash has contributed to inflation and increased demand in many industries, including watches.
Whether outside investors, traditional jewelry stores, or individual watch dealers, there are already clear signs that sellers have been choking off the supply of many popular copy watches. You may be wondering why anyone would do this. The reason is that once you restrict supply, demand and prices go up in the hope that the restricted models are now considered “investment watches.”
This internal force in the 2022 watch market makes me happiest. It looks like buyers are finally starting to wise up and are no longer swayed by the second-hand market or the games of authorized dealers. It takes two to tango, and when buyers have finally had enough of overpricing, it will naturally drive prices down. Now let’s wait and see how far buyer inaction can drive prices down when buying certain watches.
At the peak of the watch market in 2022, the situation is unsustainable. Collections become investments, and prices become uncontrollable. I can speak for many watch enthusiasts when I say that we prefer to operate in a watch market where we can buy the watches they want without waiting, being asked to buy other watches to get the ones we want, or paying inflated prices on the secondary market.
What we expect is that this whole experience will lead to brands understanding the needs of their products in a better way. Over the years, they have seen stress tests on the prices of their products and can justify the expansion of production internally if needed.

The Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K

The idea of a gold dive watch is neither new nor so strange. After all, Rolex introduced a gold version of the ref. After all, Rolex introduced a gold version of the ref. 1680 Submariner in 1969, with several iterations on the same theme. In a more modern context, Seiko has made dozens of models that the replica watches under $100 with the allure of “gold,” Omega offers their Seamaster 300 in three precious metals, and even Oris and Doxa have recently dipped their toes into the gold river.

Perhaps now more than ever, the line between watches and jewelry is quite blurred, and watchmakers are boldly bending the traditional rules. Consider the new and polarizing two-tone Explorer, the limited reality of the $70,000 DOXA chronograph, or the comic-themed Audemars Piguet. Like the watch above, the solid yellow gold Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K is an ambitious and divisive piece that incorporates the typical Tudor characteristics that are both common and uncommon.  0d0e2531ae97cd6a6712ece68d6c9fbb-600x400 7df9de9381636435bf02db24e349b68e-600x400

Controversially, like the 925, the 18K has a display case back. Unique to this model is a pair of included straps – a brown alligator leather strap and a green/gold fabric strap, both with matching 18k gold hardware. No gold belt is offered, and without it, the Black Bay 18K weighs just 103 grams and wears no differently than the other versions of the Fifty-Eight, which isn’t surprising considering its similar weight and stock mounting options.

My first-hand impressions come from the general coloring and how different the greens can be depending on the available light. In bright sunlight – or perhaps in the overstuffed light of a boutique – the green is quite powerful, with minimal yellow undertones that remind me of banana leaves. But in more casual lighting, or even in the balanced light of a pair of strobes, I found the color to be a deeper olive green, more richly saturated, and a more austere hue. The combination of green with the gold case and accents is unlike any other gold dive watch I’ve encountered. To my eyes, this warm and unpretentious color makes this gold watch look like it is made of bronze.

Like the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925, I don’t envy Tudor the display case back. But I certainly prefer the engravable and would suggest – given the price point – a higher level of finish to the movement. This is not a movement that needs to be seen in its current form. Instead, it’s the kind of watch one might want to engrave.

If you compare it to other Black Bay models, you’re paying a massive premium for gold. On the other hand, if you compare it to other luxury replica watches like Rolex, Panerai, and Omega (let’s not confuse the issue with gold timepieces), you’ll find that Tudor’s usual relative position is still in play – but the brand is now playing in a completely different market.

While Tudor usually does well in the steel market, the competitors I mentioned above have a presence in steel and gold. I’m not saying these other brands have better gear (I like 18K even more than many of its competitors’ options); I’m just suggesting it’s a different scenario and Tudor doesn’t have a specific heritage to fall back on that translates for their core audience of enthusiasts. While I’m not crazy about this particular Black Bay, I do instead admire this bolder phase of Tudor.

In my personal opinion, the Silver Fifty-Eight 925 is a much more successful product due to its great quirkiness. As much as I’d like to think of the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18K as a Black Bay that happens to be gold, I find it to be more of a gold fake watch than Black Bay. It seems to be intended for a completely different audience than watch fans who prefer steel dive watches (like me). The Black Bay collection is vast for Tudor, and while I will continue to dream of a Fifty-Eight with a Tudor GMT movement, I can see why they wanted a “bold gold” move at the top of the collection. Perhaps it could even be bolder and more golden.

Newly Arrived & Great Vintage Tudor Submariner 7928

Today, Tudor watches have their unique design language. Still, for much of the brand’s history, Tudor has shared case components with its Rolex siblings, and these models are often the most interesting for watch enthusiasts to study and collect. As the price of vintage Rolex Submariner watches has risen yearly, many collectors have turned their attention to vintage Tudor Submariner models, which are often much more reasonably priced to purchase than their Rolex brand counterparts.  39761af3334f50b8a70e80bc79b95169-600x400 ac3f0f0d69dde80c4a592d3379dbd5ee-600x400
The Tudor Submariner is an excellent example of the brand’s ongoing commitment to offering a high-quality alternative to Rolex products. For almost as long as Rolex has been selling dive watches, Tudor has been making timepieces specifically for divers and the underwater world. When it comes to water resistance, the difference between Tudor and Rolex watches is almost negligible here.
Tudor watches need to meet rigorous quality standards to be sold in the copy Rolex retail network, and their standard case components guarantee the same level of water resistance. The only real tangible difference between Tudor and Rolex vintage dive watches is the type of movement. While the Rolex may be more accurate, the Tudor Submariner must have the same water resistance depth as its Rolex brand counterpart.
In addition, like its Rolex-branded cousin, the surviving TUDOR Submariner Ref. 7928 features surprising variations in the dial, bezel, hands, and crown protector. 7928 is the most diverse single model in the TUDOR Vintage Submariner collection. This further adds to the excitement of today’s collectors and makes the ref. Seven thousand nine hundred twenty-eight is a popular target for vintage TUDOR enthusiasts.
Except for the movement, the vintage Tudor Submariner 7928 ticks all the same boxes as some of Rolex’s most famous vintage divers, but it often comes at a fraction of Rolex’s price.
While Tudor is undoubtedly Rolex’s more affordable sibling, the brand is strong enough to stand on its own. In the glory days of mechanical replica watches, Tudor Submariners were issued to members of numerous military branches, including the Marine Corps. While they may never reach the eye-popping expensive values of vintage Rolex watches, that’s what makes them worth collecting.

New Launched GMT-Master 126720VTNR

I am very excited today because I found a new watch, our life in Guangzhou will be back to normal soon, there was an outbreak of COVID-19 here half a month ago and it is now under control, luckily all the watch factories have accepted orders during this time and the shipments are now becoming normal.  1d0fc6ae04ef263963458459d0798309-600x400 1ec0942f17d334282a70e5c96a01703d-600x400
The new watch, I’m going to talk about is the GMT-Master II that copy Rolex just released in 2022. the GMT-Master II is a completely new face with a black and green ceramic bezel, we also call the GMT-Master watch Sprite. This watch is a left-handed model, well you can wear it on your left hand or right hand, it doesn’t matter, it’s the first time I’ve seen a left-handed Rolex watch.
The replica GMT-Master Sprite is made by the V9 factory, not the same V9 factory I mentioned before, the new V9 factory now has a new owner. The replica is made from genuine 904L stainless steel and the two main features of the watch are its black/green ceramic bezel insert and the crown on the left. The case has a diameter of 40 mm and is measured at 12 mm thick. On the black dial, the GMT hand in the center is green, exactly the same as the green ceramic on the bezel. There is a small crown marker between “SWISS” and “MADE” at 6 o’clock.
This GMT-Master replica Sprite model from the V9 factory is a good try, it’s okay quality and affordable, V9 has its price advantage compared to those GMT-Master replicas made by Noob or Clean. But the problem is that a factory-like V9 can’t make the best quality replica, which means that every detail of this replica is not top-notch, so that’s why I always suggest you buy replicas from big factories, even if they are more expensive.
The good news is that the Clean factory will launch this GMT-Master II Sprite soon, probably on May 10. Yes, it’s really exciting, we know that the ceramic bezel of GMT-Master II is a big advantage for the Clean factory and they will use the 3186 movements in this GMT watch. And the strap will be available in both Oyster and Jubilee.

What is a chronograph in luxury watch world?

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Among the various complications of luxury watches, the chronograph is undoubtedly one of the most useful. In addition to its usefulness, the mechanical chronograph is one of the most popular watches. A modern replica Rolex Daytona sells for about three times its new retail price on the secondary market – simply because the watch is so popular. What’s more, certain rare vintage chronographs, such as the Rolex “Paul Newman” Daytona, can be worth well over six figures. So, what is a chronograph?
A chronograph is a timepiece that acts as a stopwatch and displays the regular 12-hour time. The ability to accurately time is something we can all take advantage of, whether we’re participating in any number of sports, going out for a run, or even trying to make dinner without setting off a smoke alarm.
This feature has been around for over a hundred years, first on pocket watches and later on by Breitling, which pioneered much of the early development of wristwatches. Today, almost every brand has at least one chronograph in its arsenal, and the feature has evolved into several different types over the years.  
So, this time, we’ll take a look at some of the most popular variations and explain what makes each one different. But first, as you delve into the world of mechanical stopwatches, you’ll often encounter a few terms.
As the name implies, a subdial is a smaller dial contained within the main dial area of the fake watch. On a chronograph, these additional displays are called upon to measure different elapsed time readings.
Generally speaking, chronographs come in two forms, a double dial, also known as a double register, and a triple dial, or triple register. These names relate to the number of subdials used in each watch. Bi-complex models use two subdials, one of which operates continuously as a standard seconds counter, while the other is usually a minute totalizer that only starts to run when the chronograph is in use.
For three-hand replica watches, three subdials are used, again one for the main second’s hand, the second for the chronograph’s minute counter, and the third to measure the elapsed hours.
As a matter of fact, a double-plate chronograph records up to one hour, while a triple-plate model has a maximum of 12 hours. With this in mind, there are often variations and exceptions to this rule, depending on the movement and the design of the watch. We will see more details next time.

The best Rolex watches of the 1980s

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This time, we found the low price of the Rolex Submariner ref. 16800 to be downright confusing. In many ways, it’s the best of both worlds for the “old” Submariner. It updates the collection to a fast-setting caliber 3035 and includes a sapphire crystal for the first time. The model 16800 Submariner is also classified as a “diver” collection. 16800 Submariner is also a window into the use of tritium, which continues to age with its own lovely features, developing a rich and distinctive patina in the process. This combination of modern and vintage makes it a great everyday wearer, arguably more so than the more famous and collectible model.  image001 image004
While it’s true that big, flashy gold jewelry is a product of the 1970s, big statement pieces had their place in the 1980s as well. In this case, nothing speaks louder than a replica Rolex Day-Date solid gold watch, especially a President strap with a bark-textured center link, matching bark-textured bezel, and tiger-eye dial.
Like some of the other stone dials seen in Rolex catalogs, part of the appeal of this model is the simplicity of its dial, which is completely devoid of any indices other than the applied Rolex crown and printed text. While it is certainly not the only reference to use this dial, this particularly attractive model dates back to the mid-1980s and is instantly recognizable as an iconic “presidential watch” with its double calendar holes at 12 and 3 o’clock.
On a more modest note, the classic Rolex Datejust is another timeless option, a replica watch that will always be able to occupy a meaningful place in your collection. One of the older 36mm models is a prime example of a watch that newcomers to the collecting hobby can pick up the perfect “first Rolex” for themselves without breaking the bank.
Technically speaking, the roots of the two-tone trend can be traced back to the 1930s, but in the 1980s, the recession hit, budgets tightened, and the idea of more “affordable” luxury really took hold in watchmaking industry. Those who wanted more for less quickly fell in love with the two-tone trend, and the fake Rolex watch was happy to offer it. The Submariner is one of many two-tone models, which is somewhat surprising given how much the brand likes to capitalize on its tool watch roots. All in all, this move sets the tone for the Submariner as a status symbol, rather than just a piece of diving equipment.

Amazing Hublot Big Bang Unico SORAI Chronograph

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This fabled Africa owes its great magic to the presence of the “Big Five”: elephants, lions, buffalo, leopards, and rhinos. However, these animals and the incredible ecosystem they help to sustain are under constant threat. It is at this crucial moment that replica Hublot launches the follow-up to its 2019 joint project with Ambassador Kevin Peterson and his non-profit organization SORAI, which is dedicated to the protection of the rhinoceros, an incredible creature whose future in the wild remains rather bleak without help. watches
With such a goal in mind and an extremely cool brushed and polished dark green ceramic case, the fake watch once again features a fully skeletonized dial accented by a small black rhino statue under a running seconds hand at 9 o’clock. This color scheme works particularly well with the olive nylon camouflage strap and the black titanium mid-case and should be new to many fans of Hublot’s other, more vibrant special ceramic Big Bang watches, such as the “Millenial Pink” version designed for an Italian design house, or the bright yellow ” Magic Ceramic” version.
As we’ve seen before in other Big Bang collaborations, the SORAI version comes with a pair of prismatic straps that can be easily changed by pressing the black rectangular buttons at 12 and 6 o’clock. Both options are very cool – there’s a rugged canvas-style strap that fastens with Velcro, and a SORAI signature: a rubber-backed camouflage number that’s both wild and cool, and makes a surprisingly excellent textural contrast with the sleek ceramic case. Both are secured to the wrist by a branded ceramic clasp.
But for all the Rhinos, it doesn’t have to be that way. Hublot ambassador and former cricket batsman turned conservationist Kevin Pietersen believes he wants to help turn the plight of the rhino around with SORAI. Pietersen’s own African epiphany came on a miniature tagging safari in 2012, where he fell in love with these gentle giants while realizing that black rhinos were really close to the edge.
The collaboration comes at a time when much of the world is still grappling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, a global crisis whose roots can be traced back to the illegal wildlife trade, which is particularly poignant. Of course, no single replica watch or altruistic program can reverse the damage done by generations of poaching and illegal hunting, but Peterson believes that the more conversations there are, and the more people who travel to Africa to explore its wonders and see firsthand, as he once did, what must be done to protect these animals, the better our chances of avoiding another rhino extinction event.

Great Breitling Premier Heritage B09 Chronograph Green Dial

However, Patek Philippe and Tudor aren’t the only brands to use green on their new “Watches and Wonders” launches. Panerai has chosen to use green on a variant of its new Luminor Marina steel model, and you can also see green on new models from other brands.  Breitling watches en60288-1
Even Breitling, which is not included in the official list of brands participating in Watches & Wonders, has released some new models that more or less coincide with the timing of the digital event. One of the variants of the new hand-wound Breitling Premier Heritage B09 Chronograph features a stainless steel case with a unique double dial in pistachio green with Arabic numerals, giving the watch an inherent vintage aesthetic overall.
Another trend we noticed at Watches & Wonders – and one that seems to have carried over from last year – is that brands continue to incorporate playful and unconventional color options into their respective lines. Last year, we saw Rolex add a whole line of brightly colored dials to its updated Oyster Perpetual Calendar collection, and these new models have become very popular in the past few months since their announcement.
This year, a number of other brands have also added some interesting and rarely seen dial colors. One of the most playful is the new Sixty Five Marshmallow model from Oris Divers. The new model features a 38mm bronze case, a bronze bezel, and even an optional full bronze bracelet. But all bronze is something Oris has done before, and the real talking point of these fake Rolex watches is their “marshmallow” pastel dials, which are named Sky Blue, Wild Green, and Lipstick Pink.
Some brands like Breitling and IWC have just introduced one or two fresh colors into their lineups, but others like Zenith and Cartier have introduced new models in several different unconventional color options. Cartier watches have received a lot of attention in the last year or two and one of the reasons why the brand is so highly regarded is that it has many historic designs that have remained largely consistent over the years.
The new Cartier Tank Must watch are available in blue, green, or red and each comes with a leather strap that perfectly matches the color of its dial creating a new cohesive look for one of the oldest and most historic watch designs in the world. Featuring a stainless steel case and quartz movement, these replica watches are designed to offer a more affordable option than many of the brand’s other offerings and are the perfect style for anyone who already owns a more traditional Cartier Tank watch and loves its design, but wants to add some unique color to it.

2021 Vintage Rolex Tiffany Dials Datejust

Rolex Tiffany Dials Datejust

Tiffany stamped Rolex watches are some of the most sought-after and collectible products in the vintage watch segment. They constitute a prized segment in the already booming market for vintage Rolex replica watches and offer the brand recognition of Tiffany & Co. and Rolex.  168623-040315-13
The fact that Rolex Tiffany dials are no longer being produced following their discontinuation in the early 1990s means that there are now a limited number of examples to choose from. And the number of these watches is dwindling as collectors snap them up. The double-signed dial adds another sense of rarity and distinction to an already sought-after model, and Rolex collectors prefer models that have a little flair to make them stand out.
It is not uncommon for a Rolex replica watch with a Tiffany dial to sell for twice or three times the price of a comparable model with a standard dial. Moreover, if the watch happens to be accompanied by the original Tiffany & Co. documents from the time of its original purchase, it is almost guaranteed to increase its resale value and collector’s value even further.
In August 2020, Christie’s sold a Tiffany dial fake Rolex Submariner ref. 1680 for $43,750, which is of a vintage Submariner 1680 with a standard dial. In November 2018, Phillips sold an Explorer II ref. 16570 with a Tiffany dial for over $32,000, and in December 2020, Sotheby’s sold a steel GMT-Master 1675 with a black bezel and stamped Tiffany dial for $44,100.
For vintage Rolex collectors, the Tiffany dial represents a bygone era in the company’s history. Rolex now prides itself on a fully autonomous production process and a strict level of quality control. Co-branded dials, not to mention the highly inconsistent dial printing process that occurred during the Tiffany & Co. partnership, are not tolerated by today’s Rolex – which is exactly why collectors will pay a premium for them.

The modern Spitfire features elements of the classical IWC

The two dots on either side of the triangle are borrowed from historic pilot’s watches. In a dark cockpit, it ensured – and continues to ensure – better positioning of the watch’s hands. This triangular beige coating is a nostalgic accent on the dial. The same beige hue – and the same nostalgic sentiment – is repeated on the two main hands as well as on the three markers used to display the quarter, half, and three-quarter hours. On the other hand, the bright green luminescent coating on the hour and minute hands and the four indicators is a feature of IWC Pilot’s replica Watches dating back at least to the Mark 11.
IWC’s self-winding Manufacture caliber 32110 is another addition to this functional pilot’s watch. The fake watch 32000 was designed as a basic family of movements with a focus on robustness and reliability. Just like the basic chronograph movement 69000 before it, this new creation is intended to replace the externally sourced movements from ETA and Sellita.
Advanced movement technology makes lasting autonomous operation possible. Among other new traits here, IWC has used silicon components in its movements for the first time. Both the escapement wheel and the anchor are made of this hard-wearing, non-magnetic material, but unfortunately, the balance spring is not, so a soft-iron inner case is still needed to enhance protection against magnetic fields. A newly developed lubricant extends the life of the components.
The movement is not visible through the opaque double case back but is made in the manner that is characteristic of IWC. Typical details consist of solid bridges decorated with Côtes de Genève, various circular graining motifs, above all, a skeletonized rotor with the IWC logo. In all cases, the rate value of the movement remains within the perfect 5-second chronograph range – not outstandingly accurate, but still robust and satisfying, as is the entire movement.
In summary, the watchmakers at Schaffhausen have incorporated a modern movement suitable for everyday use into a timeless timepiece with an unintended twist. The leather-lined and green textile strap refer to the aerial adventure of this round-the-world flight. Inspired by the color codes of vintage fighter jets, the strap keeps the watch close to the wearer’s wrist – reliable, stylish as well as idiosyncratic.