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.
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.