The power of the story behind the replica watch

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Why exactly do people buy luxury items like high-end mechanical wristwatches? It’s an interesting psychological question.

We don’t really need them, especially in this decade when our smart devices automatically sync the time to the web. There’s no need to wind, and no need to worry. Still, many of these replica watches fetch astronomical selling prices. What’s the secret?

Over the years watches have been my passion, and through studying them, one thing has become clear to me: Their value comes not so much from what they can do, but from how they make us feel. And furthermore, when there’s an interesting story connected to a watch, it suddenly becomes infinitely more desirable. The most irresistible timepieces are the ones that capture the imagination.

The famous Moonwatch – the Omega Replica Speedmaster did just that in 1969 when one of the greatest stories in history, the first man on the moon, became a reality. Strapped on Buzz Aldrin’s wrist with an oversize band to accommodate his space suit was an cheap Omega, and that perfect brand positioning catapulted Omega’s popularity. Almost fifty years later people are still talking about it. Because the story is so unforgettable, the replica watch is remembered too. Now I admit, it’s not a new marketing tactic.

Rolex was one of the first luxury watch brands to play the imagination card. Images of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on the summit of Everest, Mercedes Gleitze crossing the English Channel, or a Rolex diving 10,916 meters below sea level in the Marianas trench were some of the first to catch people’s attention.

During the war years these attention-grabbing stories were regularly found in black and white advertisements splashed across newspapers. Rolex replica was daring, pushing the limits, and going further.

The “story of Rolex” is one that marketing genius, Hans Wilsdorf, took great care to write. In the popular mind a Rolex was the wristwatch of an adventurer, a conqueror, a hero.

The famous James Bond played a lead role in that same story. Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, was a big Rolex fan too, and the dapper secret agent with his gadgets always wore the finest timepiece. Sean Connery wore a Rolex Submariner, reference 6538 on a leather strap in 1962’s Dr. No.

Magnets and a handy Buzz-saw were hidden in Bond’s Rolex 5513 Submariner in Live and Let Die. Besides saving his life, that fake watch was also showed its use by unzipping women’s dresses from a distance.

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Rolex was a regular feature in the Bond franchise, but other brands made their appearance there too, including replica Breitling, Seiko and Omega, and there’s even a Hamilton Pulsar with an LED display from 1977.

Stories have the power to influence how people feel – and that has been the secret to success for the elite names among watchmakers. They know how to utilise the power of association.

When I see an replica Omega Speedmaster, immediately I associate it with images of NASA and the conquest of space. The stories tend to stick in our memory, even if the features of the watch are forgotten.

The same psychology is at work when celebrities are seen wearing a particular watch.

When it’s Sylvester Stallone wearing a replica Panerai, we associate it with Rocky Balboa or even Rambo. When Brad Pitt is seen wearing a Patek Philippe Nautilus, or buying Angelina Jolie a Patek Philippe Minute Repeater ref. 7000 for $390, there’s a story. Perhaps it’s a romance, I’m not sure…

One of TV’s most popular dramas of recent times is Mad Men. Don Draper (played by Jon Hamm) is the main character of the show and is highly regarded for his fashion sense. The watch that seems to get the most screen time in the series is the Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso.

The stories that surround these replica watches have the power to tap into our emotions. They’re what make any good watch irresistible.

How Snoopy Ended Up on an cheap Omega Speedmaster Dial

It is no secret that besides blogging about replica watches for ukomegareplica.co.uk, I also love to collect watches — especially iconic watches like the Rolex GMT-Master, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, Rolex Datejust and, of course, the Omega Speedmaster Professional. I own several of the last model. Ever since I bought my first Speedmaster (more than 15 years ago) I have been hooked on this watch. Not only do I love the design of this chronograph (one of the most clean chronograph dials around); I also like its connection to the Apollo space program.

As you know, Omega has produced quite a few limited editions based on the original Speedmaster Professional. Some like these limited editions, others don’t. However, the fact is that some of these limited editions do appreciate in market value quite well after a few years. One of these models is the Omega Speedmaster Professional “Snoopy Award.” My professional career started around the time this model was introduced (2003), so it was only a lack of funds that prevented me from buying Speedmaster Snoopy back then. Ever since, I have longed for one, but also noticed that over the years they became increasingly difficult to find, at least for a reasonable price. Recently, I decided to go for it despite the high price (compared to that of a standard Omega Speedmaster Professional). I justified the purchase by telling myself that the longer I’d wait, the more expensive it would get, anyway, right? You can read about the efforts I made to obtain the Speedmaster Snoopy here. After showing my precious new Speedmaster Professional with a Snoopy (turned into an astronaut) to some people, a number of them asked why I wanted a cartoon character on the dial of my watch. I was already aware that many people had this perception of the Speedmaster with the Snoopy dial, also given the fact that it was initially sold to a lot of women (women seem to love Snoopy a lot).

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If you are a Speedmaster aficionado as well, and you know a thing or two about the Apollo missions, you probably are already familiar with the use of Snoopy by NASA. In 1968, NASA chose the famous beagle as an icon to act as a sort of “watchdog” over its missions. In the same year, NASA decided to use a sterling silver Snoopy pin as a sign of appreciation to NASA employees and contractors together with a commendation letter and a signed framed Snoopy certificate. Each of the sterling silver Snoopy label pins has been flown during a NASA mission. Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, who created the “Peanuts” comic strip (featuring Snoopy and Charlie Brown) was a supporter of the NASA Apollo missions and agreed to let them use “Snoopy the astronaut” at no cost and even drew the Snoopy figure for the sterling silver label pin.

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In May 1969, the Apollo 10 mission flew to the moon to do the final checks in order for the following mission, Apollo 11, to land on the Moon. The Apollo 10 mission required the LM (lunar module) to check the moon’s surface from nearby and “snoop around” to find a landing site for Apollo 11. Because of this, the Apollo 10 crew (Gene Cernan, John Young and Thomas Stafford) named the LM “Snoopy.” The Apollo CM (command module) was nicknamed “Charlie Brown.” Fast-forward to 1970. In the interim, humans had set foot on the moon and, about one year later, the Apollo 13 mission was meant to bring another team of NASA astronauts to the Moon (Lovell, Swigert and Haise). The mission’s objective was to explorer a certain area on the moon called the Fra Mauro formation. It didn’t get that far, as there was an explosion on board the service module at approximately 200,000 miles distance from Earth.

NASA’s ground control came up with a solution in the end, which required the astronauts to get creative with some materials on board their module. After fixes were made and all systems worked (more or less) again, the crew started their journey to Earth. This is the really quick version of the story of course; the entire adventure is depicted in the 1995 movie, Apollo 13, starringTom Hanks (an avid Speedmaster wearer himself, probably becoming one after his role in this movie). Now comes the part where the Speedmaster played an important role. The Apollo 13 crew needed the replica Omega Speedmaster watch, first to time ignition of the rockets to shorten the estimated length of the return to Earth, and secondly, to time the ignition of the rockets to decrease speed and raise the flight path angle for re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. This second operation was crucial, since any mistake in the timing could have led to an incorrect entry angle and, as a result, potential disaster for the crew. As explained before, NASA used the Snoopy award for special contributions and outstanding efforts from both NASA personnel and contractors. On October 5th, 1970, NASA gave the Omega Speedmaster a Snoopy award to acknowledge the crucial role the watch played during the Apollo 13 mission.

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In 2003, Omega introduced the Speedmaster Professional “Snoopy Award” to commemorate this 1970 milestone. Although the watch was a limited (and numbered) edition, Omega produced a whopping 5,441 pieces of the Speedmaster Snoopy. The number has to do with the 142 hours, 54 minutes and 41 seconds that the mission lasted. A bit of a stretch, in my opinion, but a nice idea. Omega’s reason for introducing this fake watch 33 years after the Apollo 13 mission, and being awarded with the Snoopy, is unknown to me. Based on the brand’s other limited editions, I would have expected such a release on a 30th or perhaps 35th anniversary rather than a 33rd. Despite the relative high number of Snoopy Speedmasters out there, you’ll have to search to find one at a decent price. Also, beware of Snoopy Speedmasters that had the dial and caseback fitted later on (Omega delivered them to service centers as spare parts). Always make sure you buy a Speedmaster Snoopy with the original anthracite (Snoopy) box, certificate of authenticity (with matching number on the caseback). There should also be a copy of the original Snoopy appreciation certificate with the watch.

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So now you know. When there is a Snoopy on an cheap Omega Speedmaster dial, it actually means something. In the end, of course, one need not be versed in all this history to purchase and appreciate this replica watch; one may just be a fan of Snoopy. A review of the Omega Speedmaster Professional ‘Snoopy Award’ can be found here. More information about Omega Speedmasters in general can be found on the Speedy Tuesday page on Replica Watches.

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Dangers ratchet up for Swiss replica watches industry

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Swatch’s empire includes the luxury watches brand Omega

These are worrying times for Switzerland’s watchmakers. The industry is in deep recession. Hit by China’s crackdown on corruption, terrorism in Europe, and the rise of the smartwatch, exports in the first seven months of 2016 were 11 per cent lower than a year earlier, the Swiss replica watch federation reported last week.

In the towns and valleys of west Switzerland, where production is concentrated, memories remain fresh of the 1970s, when the sector was almost destroyed by rival Japanese quartz timepieces.

The recovery in the 1980s is attributed to the late Nicolas Hayek — a Swiss forerunner to Apple’s Steve Jobs — who took over the company that became Swatch Group and made the iconic plastic Swatch watch synonymous with Swiss survival instincts and ingenuity.

This time it is Hayek’s son Nick, the current chief executive of Swatch, on whom the industry’s future largely rests.

Swatch is a sprawling conglomerate of which its eponymous mass-market watch is only part. The empire also includes luxury brands replica Omega and Rolex, mid-range products such as Tissot, and extensive component-making operations. As such, Swatch is for the Swiss what Volkswagen is for Germans — an industrial icon controlled largely by a powerful clan (At VW, it is the Porsche and Piëch families .)

Presenting weak half-year results last month, Mr Hayek dismissed the industry’s woes as transitory — the result of economic conditions, shifting tourist flows and the strong franc. He predicted a recovery in the second half of the year. But can Swatch — whose shares have fallen 30 per cent over the past year — really lead another turnround?

A new book is causing a stir in Switzerland this summer by attempting to rewrite the Swatch story. When corporatism leads to corporate governance failure: the case of the Swiss replica watches industry is not the snappiest title. But the authors from Zürich’s Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability reach an explosive conclusion: rather than being the industry’s potential saviour, Swatch has become emblematic of “Swiss corporatism” that has stifled competition and the creation of new markets.

Authors Isabelle Schluep Campo and Philipp Aerni argue the 1983 merger that created Swatch was largely about financial engineering and protecting Swiss banks’ interests. They say steps essential to the turnround had been taken before the senior Mr Hayek took control.

The book argues that, like Volkswagen, Swatch — whose board chairman is the chief executive’s sister, Nayla — takes pride in contravening norms; but its past success and strong local reputation risk distracting from possible dangers ahead. Most pertinently, the group has failed to develop breakthrough products comparable with the Swatch watch in the 1980s, despite dabbling in new battery and car technologies as well as traditional replica watch making.

Nevertheless, they argue, Swatch will be protected by tougher “Swiss-ness” laws which from next year will increase the share of local production required for a “Swiss made” stamp — at the expense of rivals seeking efficiencies through global production chains. “The Swiss replica watch industry of today is much less prepared to face the challenges related to disruptive technologies than was the case in the 1980s,” the book argues.

Unsurprisingly, Swatch rejects such accusations. “This so-called study is full of false information, allegations and wrong assumptions,” it told the Financial Times. “The track record of the last 40 years of successful entrepreneurship … speaks for itself.” In its defence, Swatch has innovated, launched replica watches uk with “smart” functions and takes pride in its record of watchmaking technology patents.

But maybe that is not the point. Swiss watch industry leaders believe luxury mechanical watches are about timeless qualities, not functionality; they are jewellery for the wrist. Indeed, smartwatches could encourage a new generation to wear devices in the same place. Continental Europe’s family-run industries would no doubt be weaker if they always heeded the advice of governance experts.

Then again, the Swiss industry cannot afford to ignore the threat to its cheaper products posed by smart watches. This time last year, VW was closing in on becoming the world’s biggest carmaker before an emissions scandal linked to its culture tarnished its image. Could Swatch be riding for a similar fall?

The Omega Replica Watches Of Michael Phelps

Big events are a great time to do some watch spotting.

I’m one of those people inclined to look at wrists parading by, whether it’s on the street, in a café, or on television. Nothing is more fun to me than people/wrist watching. I love to see what various people choose to wear on their wrists, even if I can’t always ask them why they chose what they did.

I am also a sports fan and I’ve been keeping an eye on the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. And with the media and the state of sponsorships the way they are, I find such events to be a great opportunity to check out wrists.

I have already found four Richard Mille replica watches on four different athletes in Rio – one of whose belongs to gold medalist Wayde van Niekerk – which you can see in Richard Mille On 4 Athletes’ Wrists At The 2016 Rio Olympics.

Other replica watches that caught my eye include Usain Bolt’s very gold Hublot Big Bang Unico Usain Bolt – I particularly like the gold-colored strap on this one! – and Michael Phelps’ latest deep-water treasure: the replica Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Master Chronometer Chronograph.

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Michael Phelps wearing his stainless steel Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 M

American swimmer Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympian in history, now having won 23 gold medals and another 5 silver and bronze for a total of 28 Olympic medals over the course of four Olympic Games, an all-time record. He is also the world recorder holder in 100-meter butterfly, 200-meter butterfly, and 400-meter individual medley.

In addition, he is an Omega replica ambassador and has been since 2004, a longstanding partnership.

In an interview with an Omega spokesperson in August 2016, Phelps was asked, “In all of your Olympic Games, how important has Omega timekeeping been in your results?”

The six-foot-four swimmer’s answer, though expected, still seemed heartfelt to me. “I’ve had the privilege to work with some amazing companies in my life, [but] working with fake Omega I honestly can say is the best. We’ve spent the longest time together and they feel like a family to me. Being able to have the best timing system in the world at our events, every single year . . . we know the times are great. We know the times are perfect. There’s nobody else I’d rather be with.”

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Michael Phelps also very much likes the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Black Black

While Phelps has been seen wearing the stainless steel Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600 M co-axial chronograph during the Games, in another interview he mentioned that he also is very fond of the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Black Black.

But it was the fake watch he wore to an swiss Omega event called “Swimming Legends” that took place on August 15, 2016 at the Omega House in Rio de Janeiro that particularly caught my eye: the Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Master Chronometer Chronograph.

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Michael Phelps’s personal Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Master Chronometer Chronograph as photographed in Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Olympic Games

This is a new version of the Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M powered by automatic Omega Caliber 9901/9900, which is certified by Omega’s new METAS certification as a chronometer. Its co-axial escapement is joined by a free-sprung silicon balance spring. The watch is also resistant to magnetic fields up to 15,000 Gauss.

But even more than its interesting mechanics, I have to admit that I just really like the looks of this new version of the Planet Ocean, which is water-resistant to 600 meters. I enjoy the blue color scheme and the Sedna gold elements that go so unexpectedly well with the tool watch look.

Sedna gold is an alloy proprietary to cheap Omega watches that contains gold, copper, and palladium; it is 75 percent pure, though, making it an 18-karat gold alloy.

This watch’s helium escape valve and the fact that it can withstand a depth of 600 meters makes it a true diving instrument. However, the stunning contrast of the 18-karat red Ceragold diving scale against the perfectly polished blue ceramic background of the bezel perched upon the two-tone case is pure luxury.

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The back of Michael Phelps’s personal Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Master Chronometer Chronograph as photographed in Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Olympic Games: note the special engraving

Though it is doubtful that this technologically advanced wrist instrument will ever see real diving time — though I have no doubt it will visit the odd pool over the course of its lifetime — Omega certainly puts its money where its mouth is: the Seamaster Planet Ocean line boasts a full four years’ worth of guarantee.

Omega is the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games. For three special-edition replica watches by replica Omega commemorating the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, see Omega’s Olympic Bid: Rio 2016 Seamaster Diver, Seamaster Bullhead, And Speedmaster Limited Editions.

Quick Facts Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Master Chronometer Chronograph

Case: 45.5 x 18.87 mm, stainless steel with Sedna gold and blue ceramic and Ceragold rotating bezel; water-resistant to 600 meters; helium escape valve

Movement: automatic Caliber 9901/9900 with co-axial escapement and free-sprung balance with silicon balance spring; official METAS certification as a chronometer; resistant to magnetic fields up to 15,000 Gauss; twin serially operating spring barrels for 60 hours of power reserve

Functions: hours, minutes, seconds; date, chronograph

Price: $124 / $190

Omega CEO and President Talks about Rio 2016 and the Precise Olympic Timing

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Raynald Aeschlimann, CEO and President of Omega Replica Watches.

Last week, we brought you the news about the incredible precision timing of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games by replica Omega, which has been the Official Timekeeper of the Olympics for years. You can read that story here. Now, we talk with Omega CEO and President Raynald Aeschlimann about what it takes to stay on top of timing the world’s largest sports gathering.

HT: What is the main message for Omega to get across to consumers via the Olympics?

RA: “ It is all about the emotion of being closer to the consumer and bringing dynamism to the brand. We have been the Official Olympic Timekeeper for 27 times before this one. This marks the 28th time. Sports are in our DNA, having key ambassadors is in our DNA and we want this message to be very clear to the consumer.

HT: How all encompassing is the timing of the Olympics?

RA: “Much of it is in the Guinness Book of records. How long we have been the Official Timekeeper and the millions of blocks of data that are recorded by Omega replica in these two weeks. This year we have 41 different categories of sports, so we have 41 world championship sports at the same time that we are timing. We must be 150 percent ready and precise. Our mission is for the athletes – we have to make them feel the precision is there so they are confident. We have to do this for the judges, so they are confident. Nobody is asking us or telling us to continually improve, but we have to. So we do a lot of training, just like the athletes, to be our best.”

HT: So how do you be that best?

RA: “We have to always come with new technology. Sometimes it is totally revolutionary and sometimes it is something new that helps. This year our newest camera takes 10,000 pictures per second in those last crucial seconds of track and field. Image that. 10,000 pictures per second just to make the end of the races absolutely clear. WE have three levels of sensors for track and field — just to be better because we want to be on the forefront of technology. There is no question about being more than 100 percent perfect. This is high pressure, but this goes back to our DNA, this pressure, this drive for precision. That is why people feel good when they buy our replica watches.”

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Historic Omega 1906 pocket watch.

HT: Do you feel people still think of the original Omega pocket watches that timed the Los Angeles Olympic Games back in the early 1900’s when they think of Omega?

RA: “We have such a history of early sports timing and some of the images of those early races and the pocket watch timing are really inspiring. So with this history, people do remember this white dial, the red accents. We are known for that and some customers still see the white dial of the Olympic chronograph as being the face of cheap Omega. We are the brand of the chronograph, from the moon watches with the famous tachymeter to today’s watches. Bringing that past forward to today is part of our brand image and it makes us successful.”

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Rio 2016 marks the 28th time Omega has been the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games.

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy: Replica Omega Speedmaster Mark II

As many watch enthusiasts are aware, the wide-ranging Omega Speedmaster series — with its Moonwatches and auto-racing legends — has become one of the most popular and iconic series of replica watches available today. Each of the collection’s modern pieces, and subsequent “sub-series” like the Moonwatch, Speedmaster ’57, and Mark II families, have all built individual stories around themselves, attracting plenty of appreciation, for both the modern and historical versions, from connoisseurs and collectors of horology.

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The Omega Replica Speedmaster, originally released in 1957, went on to become the timepiece of choice for racecar drivers, astronauts, and various other adventurous types. But the line did not become iconic overnight: it was through years of tedious research, development, and field-testing that the Speedmaster series foiund its way onto the wrists of the people who needed them most. One instance of this testing was in the late 1960s, as part of a secret research project, conducted jointly by Omega and NASA, called “The Alaska Project.” Omega, looking to continue to improve its space-ready replica watches, worked with NASA to produce a number of prototypes to replace what would later be called the Moonwatch.

But in 1969, after about a million Swiss francs (approximately $7 million when adjusted for inflation) had been spent, and several years’ worth of man-hours had been worked, in trying to produce the perfect space watch, NASA ultimately decided the original Omega Moonwatch was sufficient for its mission to exploring the great beyond. Thus it happened that replica Omega, rather than creating the ultimate watch for space, used its findings from the project and began applying them to other models that would be available to the general public.

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From this was born the Mark series, originally the Mark II Ref. 145.014, easily recognizable as an example of the funky, 1970s style of replica watches characterized by thick cases, hidden lugs, and unusual colors. This series, while not as recognizable as the Moonwatch or George Clooney’s 1957-inspired Speedmaster, has nevertheless over the years developed its own well-deserved following, and still today represents a distinct watchmaking era in Omega’s history. Thus, in 2014, Omega revived the original 1969 piece in a largely faithful re-interpretation for modern consumers. It produced two interesting models to pay homage to ‘70s classic (which we will be looking at today), and one with a unique dial and case variant in honor of the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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These modern watches (References 327.10.43.50.01.001 and 327.10.43.50.06.001) have each been designed to reflect the maximum amount of “vintage flair,” while still offering excellent modern attributes. With a 42.4-mm brushed steel case and accompanying Omega link bracelet, the modern piece is no longer the wide behemoth it might have been viewed as a few decades ago, but still sits rather thick upon the wrist as a result of its unusual, ovular-shaped case. There are two dial options — either the grey “Racing” style with its eye-catching orange accents or the classic black dial more reminiscent of other Speedmaster sub-series. Both feature a black outer tachymeter scale; an outer minute ring (a signature of the Mark series); three subdials to measure running seconds, chronograph minutes, and chronograph hours; and a date window at the 6 o’clock mark.

Also note the utilitarian, swordlike hour and minute hands, and the central chronograph seconds hand that is unique to the Speedmaster. Within the case resides the automatic Caliber Omega 3330, an in-house movement that incorporates some of brand’s best modern technical innovations, such as the co-axial escapement and the silicon balance spring, which gives the piece an approximately 52-hour power reserve of extremely accurate timekeeping. If you are currently searching for this piece, you’ll be able to find starting at $370 depending on the dealer.

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The fake Omega uk brand, to its credit, has devoted quite a bit of effort to produce some very interesting historical re-interpretation fake watches in the past few years. Of course, it helps that the brand has some of the most historically iconic pieces of the past century in its lineup. With this said, the modern Mark II re-interpretation is a solid example of a well-developed historical model. Many of the original watch’s features are unchanged in the modern version, right down to the two dial options. Also, the case proportions and ‘70s styling are more or less the same, as are many of the less obvious features, such as the black outer tachymeter scale and subdial hands.

Of course, as with any modern re-interpretation of a vintage replica watch, Omega has made a few minor adjustments for the benefit of the contemporary consumer. These include a modern automatic chronograph movement, which replaces the 1969-era, hand-wound Caliber 861; more indented subdials; the modern Speedmaster chronograph seconds counter; and, perhaps most obviously, the 6 o’clock date window. Other subtle changes include the tachymeter scale being slightly thinner to increase the visibility of the dial, as well as a slight coloring on the outermost edges of the minute ring, which are most noticeable on the “Racing” dial variant.

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The Omega Replica Speedmaster line will continue its status as a legend within the world of horology, an honor well-earned after the watch’s trip to the moon, not to mention the millions of dollars spent in research, development, and advertising. As such, it is to the brand’s benefit to continue producing modern replica watches with much of the flair of their historical predecessors. Furthermore, it is to its benefit to continue catering to that growing base of educated consumers looking to own a modern watch heavily based on a lesser known historical model—such as today’s contemporary Speedmaster Mark II.

For our most recent article, in which I compare the modern Longines Legend Diver Watch to its vintage counterpart, vist ukomegareplica.co.uk.

Caleb Anderson is a freelance writer for various publications. Since first learning about horology, he has garnered extensive knowledge on vintage replica watches, and spends much of his time sharing his opinions within the field. Currently located near New York City, he is a persistent student in all things historical, a writer on many topics, and a casual runner.

Olympics: Saina Nehwal receives special Omega replica watches

Bengaluru, July 12: As a tribute to Rio Olympics 2016, the official timekeeper of the Games – OMEGA, today (July 12) unveiled three timepieces in the presence of India’s ace shuttler Saina Nehwal.

Since 1932, Omega has been the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games on 26 occasions. And this year too, the luxury Swiss replica watch brand will be in Rio.

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Saina Nehwal (right) display the Omega special watch she received.

To celebrate Rio Games, Omega had a special event in Bengaluru on Tuesday. As a gesture of good luck, PH Narayanan, Brand Manager of Omega India, presented Saina with special Omega replica watches.

Commenting on her association with the brand, Saina said, “There is a natural connection with replica Omega as it stands for precision, excellence and accuracy which are also the cornerstones of every sport. I am honoured to be here today for a brand that has been timing the greatest sporting event for the last 84 years.”

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Saina with the officials of Omega Replica

Omega replica launched 3 timepieces which are inspired by the glory, triumph and unbreakable unity that brings the world together – “The Seamaster Diver 300M Rio 2016”, “The Seamaster Bullhead Rio 2016” and “The Speedmaster Mark II Rio 2016”.

Saina will be participating in her 3rd Olympics this year. She made her Games debut in 2008 in Beijing. In the last edition in London 2012, she won bronze medal in women’s singles. Rio Olympics will be held from August 5 to 21.

Omega replica watches brand to branch out into sunglasses

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The first summer collection of Omega sunglasses will be available in Omega boutiques around the world from August 2016.

Luxury replica watchmaker Omega will launch its own brand of sunglasses later this year as part of a partnership with Italian eyewear maker Marcolin Group announced on Wednesday, expanding further beyond its core business.

Omega replica, part of the Swiss Swatch Group is best known for its precision timekeeping as a sponsor of the Olympic Games, but also sells jewellery and other accessories including leather goods and perfume.

Swiss replica watchmakers are struggling with weak demand for luxury items as fewer tourists shop in Hong Kong and Europe and a strong Swiss franc pushes up production costs.

In February, Swatch Group announced a five-year partnership with Italian eyewear maker Safilo to launch glasses under its lower-price Swatch brand.

The first summer collection of Omega sunglasses will be available in Omega boutiques around the world from August 2016, the companies said in a statement.

“Fake Omega is a strong brand so it should be able to branch out into sunglasses and other luxury products if carefully handled,” Kepler Cheuvreux analyst Jon Cox said.

“However, I would tend to think this is being done because of weakness in the fake watch market and the company is looking for fresh income sources given pressure on its core category.”

The expansion into sunglasses brings the Swatch Group into competition with Italy’s Luxottica which owns the Ray-Ban and Oakley brands.

TV appeal to catch muggers who stole £4k Omega replica watches from special forces veteran with Alzheimer’s

— Frank Marchington, 83, was attacked as he walked to the pub in Failsworth

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The family of an elderly special forces veteran with Alzheimer’s who was mugged for his treasured wrist watch have spoken of their anger in a fresh appeal.

Frank Marchington’s wife Lily and his daughter Deborah blasted the ‘disgusting’ attack which happened as Frank, 83, walked to his local pub in Failsworth, near Oldham.

Frank, a father-of-four and great-grandfather, served with the Royal Marines for 23 years and was part of the elite Special Boat Service unit.

He was given the Omega Constellation diving replica watch by the Marines after completing a special assignment in Bahrain. It’s worth £4,000, but is priceless to Frank and his family.

He was walking towards the Nelson Tavern on the corner of Lord Lane and Hulmes Road in Failsworth, but never arrived.

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He was jumped from behind then punched in the head by a thug who also stole his wallet.

Confused and shaken, Frank staggered home at around 9.30pm, telling his wife of 58 years Lily that no one was in the pub.

He told his family the following day and police were alerted. The attack took place on April 4. His family have now spoken to the BBC in a fresh appeal on Crimewatch Roadshow.

Lily said: “He has had the replica watch all these years and then someone just takes it. It is disgusting. He did not wear it everyday. He just must have fancied putting it on that night.”

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Frank, who has also relived the ordeal for the first time as part of the new appeal, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2005 and need constant care from his family.

His daughter Deborah added: “He is a proud man. A few years ago nobody would have taken that watch from him. He was angry and upset.”

Veteran Frank – who served in countries including Malta and Singapore – said: “He just come from behind, hit me and knocked me to the floor. He took my watch and, obviously, my wallet.”

Police have issued a fresh appeal for witnesses. Investigating officers said because of Frank’s dementia, he wasn’t appeal to give a full description.

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Pc Lee Cullen said a second attacker may have been involved. He said: “The watch meant a lot to Frank. He had it for 50 years. We think that this could have been a targeted attack and that he could have told somebody in the community about the watch. He was a very vulnerable man.”

The watch, which has a bronze face, was in very good condition and was kept in a box. It has a triangle stamp on the back of the face, alongside the words ‘Dennison’.

After reading the initial story of his attack in the M.E.N. the Special Boat Service Association is having a unique replacement watch made for him.

Police fear it could be offered for sale on the black market and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Cars and Replica Watches

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Most sought-after watch in the car world

If you attend any kind of social gathering where there are exotic and collectible cars, there’s a better than average chance that many of the car owners will be sporting interesting wristwatches. I’m not sure if the trend started with the iconic Steve McQueen sporting a large, square Heuer (pronounced Hoy Yer) Monaco when he played American racer Michael Delaney in the movie Le Mans. However, that’s when I bought my first cool watch and I have been afflicted with the watch and car bug ever since (it might even be an addiction).

It makes little difference what brand of car the owner love best – BMW, Ferrari, Porsche, or practically any other marque – most often he (but also, she) can be found wearing an interesting or even an exotic timepiece. If you have an interest in cars and replica watches, here are several highly regarded brands and selected models that might tempt you.

Rolex, the king of luxury replica watches. The annual Daytona 24 Hour endurance race is sponsored by Rolex replica. Many of the drivers run the event just to see if they can win and take home the coveted precision mechanical movement Rolex Daytona chronograph. This highly collectible watch is valued, in a stainless steel case and bracelet at around $140. Prices on gold versions can be double. Wearing one of these at a car event ensures that you won’t be mistaken for a poser. Fortunately, Invicta makes a respectable tribute watch called the Speedway and it can be had for less that $20 online or in some stores. It has a quartz, battery powered movement that greatly reduces the price and it keeps accurate time, despite the low cost.

Omega, the first watch on the moon. Before man space flight ever happened, NASA ran rigorous tests on famous brand chronograph replica watches to see which ones could handle the demands of outer space. Despite the fact that best known brands in the world were selected for evaluation, only Omega’s Speedmaster Professional withstood every peril outer space could throw at it. This is a timeless classic (pun intended) and, like the Rolex Daytona, has a loyal following in the watch world.

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Panerai, Italy’s most famous watch. Italian frogmen, during the Second World War, wore huge, easy to read waterproof Panerai replica watches when they swam into combat. Several years ago, when the Panerai brand was just a distant memory, celebrities were shown in magazines wearing a huge Panerai. Images of he-men Sylvester Stallone, Joe Montana, Arnold Schwarzenegger and a few others breathed life back into this fading watch company. A while back, Ferrari granted Panerai the license to produce Ferrari-Branded watches. That was a huge honor, indeed.

Breitling, for the airplane enthusiast. This brand is over a century old and sells replica watches that help pilots safely navigate using instruments. The most iconic is the Navitimer. Part wristwatch, part slide rule, this precision watch has a rotating bezel and calculating dial for use by pilots and navigators. Again, this watch tells the world that you are both a car lover AND an airplane enthusiast.

Swatch, the smart watch for the buyer on a budget. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a fake watch that is both functional and has car guy or gal qualities. Swatch sells chronographs, both large and small, that, despite their modest prices, provide good value and send off the right car geek vibe. It says, “I like and know good replica watches but I prefer to spend my money on cars and not expensive Swiss watches.” I own several!

A couple of final thoughts. Mechanical watches (one’s with a mainspring) are usually more expensive than battery-operated quartz watches.

If the watch has a built-in stopwatch, it’s called a chronograph. That’s not to be confused with chronometer. That’s a strenuous test that a Swiss agency performs on mechanical watches to ensure ruggedness and accuracy. Breitling and Rolex dominate the market for fake watches that are certified chronometers.

Many mechanical watches have self-winding mechanisms that, as long as the wearer is active, will keep the watch running. If the wearer leaves these kind of replica watches in teh drawer for a few days, then it will stop and have to be reset.

A water-proof watch isn’t always a watch you can safely use when you swim or go SCUBA diving. IF your hobbies extend to water sports, pick a “dive” watch like Rolex’s Submariner. It’s one of the finest underwater watches in the world.

This is just the tip of the ice berg when it comes to watches for the car afflicted. Hublot, Girard Perregaux, IWC, Heuer and many others have their fans among the car crowd. Pay attention at your next cars and coffee and seek out owners with watches that catch you eye. Everyone I have met at a C&C has been all to happy to talk cars and replica watches.