Some of the more collectible replica vintage Heuers have been the so-called pilots’ version of the Carrera in recently years. This was an early 1970s automatic chronograph produced in solid gold, with the familiar C-shaped case. For sheer audacity – these fake watches were made in solid gold and came on gold mesh bracelets – it’s different to think of any real competition in the world of the fake Heuer watches.
According to a recent episode of Talking Watches, we can see that Mario Andretti has one. So did his former teammate, the Swedish driver Ronnie Peterson. Today, we’re introducing a very special piece that is a re-edition of the Carrera that the “SuperSwede” received from Jack Heuer upon winning the Jo Siffert Prix Rouge et Blanc Award at the 1972 German Grand Prix. The original watch, which sold for a cheap price at Sotheby’s in 2016 and is now in the replica TAG Heuer Museum, came engraved with words “SUCCESS RONNIE PETERSON FROM JACK W. HEUER.” As a whole, fewer than 500 of the model in yellow gold are thought to have been made, and several of them ended up on the wrists of famous drivers of the day. Last November’s Heuer Parade saw two of these replica watches come up for sale.
To commemorate Peterson’s career and benefit the Ronnie Peterson Foundation, the replica TAG Heuer has made a single gold replica of his original 1158. The gold case and Milanese bracelet are on point re-editions, as is the look of the dial. But where the original 1158 came with the in-house Caliber 12 movement, an upgraded version of the Caliber 11, the new replica watch comes with what TAG Heuer today calls a Caliber 11, which is a Sellita base caliber outfitted with a chronograph module from Dubois-Depraz.
Ronnie Peterson raced in Formula One from 1970 to 1978 for three teams. Over the course of his Formula One career, which was tragically cut short – he died in 1978, at 34, as a result of injuries sustained in a crash at Monza – Peterson won 10 Grands Prix and reached the podium 26 times.
However, the auction, titled Les Grandes Marques à Monaco, takes place May 11 in Monte Carlo, and is focused on all things racing. This unique and popular TAG Heuer replica is lot 111 and has been listed at a rather affordable price as well.
It became rather obvious that President Obama was actually a watch lover over the years. He always wore a replica Tag Heuer 1500 Two-Tone Divers Watch while he was still a senator. He began switching some watches for different occasions before taking command of the White House. Now, we’re going to take a general look at some of his most worn Rolex watch and other brands during his presidency, as well as this first big fake watch purchase which he’s a private citizen again.
Before he became the president, Obama’s secret service staff gifted him a specially-made Jorg-Gray model JG 6500 chronograph you can only find in the secret service gift shop. This birthday present became a regular in the watch-rotation — wearing it at important events like his inauguration and Nobel Peace Prize ceremony together with daily meetings and events.
At the time, this stainless steel watch sold at a good price and it was outfitted with a Japanese Miyota Caliber OS-20 movement. The watch is stately, with an oversized 41mm case, as well as a dark, beautiful face with the secret service emblem positioned just above the 12 marker. This replica watch is sharp and versatile — sleek enough looking to accompany a tux, yet, refined enough that it wouldn’t catch attention when his sleeves were rolled up.
Now that Obama is a private citizen again, he’s been advising people he’s quite happy to make his own schedule again. And looking at the new piece of jewelry on his wrist, we can only assume he’s just as satisfied with his newfound freedom to wear whichever timepiece he wants — and he chose well.
The Rolex Cellini fake watch, in white gold, is just the sort of luxury watch we’ve been dying to see on Obama’s wrist. Like the president, the watch is refined, poised and handsome — characterizing a clean white dial, three hands, simple hour markers and a striking serrated bezel. There’s no time zone, moonphase or even date — and at 39mm, it’s not oversized or in your face. The 18k white gold can even fly under the radar as stainless to the untrained eye, making these replica watches online the ultimate discreet, amazing timepiece.
However, this is a Rolex replica anyway. And ringing in at around $12-thousand, it’s clear that every understated detail has been carefully crafted. You’ll find a bidirectional self-winding via perpetual rotor inside with a flared screw-down winding crown that keeps water out for 50 meters.
However, we’re excited to see Obama sporting a Rolex, and we’re even more impressed to see what other models he may add to his collection in the near future.