Rare Omega replica watches up for sale at Christie’s

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Omegas have always oozed ‘cool’, whether on the wrist of a secret agent or an astronaut – and a rare example represents prime dinner party conversation fodder, even if your guests are nowhere near as interesting. Auction house Christie’s is currently holding an online-only sale of rare examples…

Space-age Speedies

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The online-only auction includes a selection of Omega Speedmasters and Seamasters, plus a few rarities of the Constellation variety. The headlining lots are the white gold Speedy produced in 1994 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, and a 1995 X-33 previously owned by Russian cosmonaut Sergei Zalyotin, who wore it on missions to both the Mir and International Space Stations. Considering the recent interest in genuine ‘space replica watches’, the latter might prove a particularly shrewd purchase. Also very much on the Classic Driver style radar are the ‘Anakin Skywalker’ and Chronostop Seamasters, but perhaps the most beguiling is the beautifully patinated Constellation, delivered new to Switzerland in 1954.

Long time head of Swatch’s Omega replica retires

Swatch named Raynald Aeschlimann to head its Omega replica watch brand after its long-time president announced plans on Wednesday to retire.

Stephen Urquhart, a 69-year-old dual British-Swiss citizen, is resigning his leadership post at uk Omega replica but will remain “available for special projects,” the Swiss replica watchmaker said in a statement.

Aeschlimann, Urquhart’s second-in-command, takes over at the maker of Speedmaster and Seamaster timepieces as the Swiss replica watches industry is being buffeted by twin forces: low oil prices, hurting Russian and Middle Eastern sales, and slowing Chinese economic growth.

Omega replica has been among bright spots for Swatch of late, posting strong sales during this year’s Lunar New Year holiday – Hong Kong is the biggest market for timepieces – even as demand for the company’s higher-end replica watches that include Breguet were sluggish.

Aeschlimann has been vice president of sales at replica Omega since 2001 and on Swatch’s extended group management board since 2013.

Omega CEO, Stephen Urquhart Talks The Survival Of Artisan Replica Watchmaking

Baselworld is just around the corner and as a precursor we got to sit down with the CEO of Omega, Stephen Urquhart, for a chat about their latest collaboration with Eddie Redmayne for the new Globemaster, the survival of artisan replica watchmaking in the face of technology and his opinion on women wearing men’s replica watches.

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Award-winning actor Eddie Redmayne recently helped launch the new replica Omega Globemaster which has achieved the status as the world’s first Master Chronometer.

In explaining the new Hollywood partnership, Urquhart believes that Redmayne is the perfect ambassador for the Globemaster brand in today’s market. It all comes down to an air of humility in both the man and the watch.

“Most of its values you can’t see because it’s in the movement,” says Urquhart.

“Eddie Redmayne is the face for this sort of market today because it’s a contemporary and forward looking watch. He is humble and this is a good thing in a world of showmanship.”

For Omega Replica Watches, the new Globemaster marks a significant milestone in the Swiss brand’s history. This is namely because they deliberately avoided taking too many cues from the past as most luxury watchmakers do. This strategic move, Urquhart believes, is an underlying value of the Omega replica name which have seen their replica watches become part of the Olympics and space travel to the moon during the early days.

“The Omega Co-Axial movement started in 1999 which was our way to get the brand back to where it should be in terms of mechanical watchmaking,” he explained.

“It took a lot of time, but we created our own Co-Axial movements in-house by 2007, then used silicon in 2008 and now we’ve mastered the magnetic problem which is rampant in the world today where people don’t realise.”

The Globemaster may sound like a traveller’s timepiece, but Urquhart tells us that this is certainly not the case. Interestingly, the name was a household name used by fake Omega watches in the 1950s for early constellation models. Trademark regulations meant that they couldn’t use this name in the United States and so, the Globemaster remained dormant for forty years in the vault.

“When my team and I decided on this watch, we couldn’t believe no one had used it [the name]. If you don’t use it, the name loses all of its value. So we brought it back.”

The resurrected timepiece now carries a lasting and forceful aesthetic to design which Urquhart believes is at the heart of every replica Omega watches piece without having to rely on the overused heritage tag. The 39mm specification was itself a true testament to this statement.

“We just felt that 39mm was the right size for that shape,” says Urquhart. The older watches from Omega replica were the bigger models such as 41mm and this new push for more streamlined watches is a big first step for the brand. Fans of bigger timepieces need not feel worried though. Big replica watches will still be Omega’s passion and their new collection of the Seamaster Planet Ocean will be a showing of this.

Women’s replica watches will also be a key target for cheap Omega UK in upcoming pieces. Asked about the growing trend of women wearing smaller men’s replica watches, Urquhart buoyantly supported this idea.

“Yeah, sure. Why not? I mean women drive men’s cars. A BMW is a man’s car. A woman’s car is a car.”

On the innovative material front, Liquidmetal is one of the latest developments to come out of the Omega house. Given that the brand is a forward-thinking name, we had to find out what was in store for the future of material advancement in watchmaking.

As an example, Urquhart told us that Fake Omega was now working on a new alloy for a prominent golfer. He added that the goal was to make a watch that the golfer wouldn’t feel on his wrist at all.

“I don’t want to give away too much on movement, but I think there’s a whole new world out there. It’s important to keep the same technology of a wristwatch which has been around for 300 years, but with new ways of expressing it. It’s challenging.”

Technology it seems, has not taken anything away from the Omega heritage. If it’s done well without compromise on quality, Urquhart will gladly embrace it.

“In the case of our Dark Side Of The Moon timepiece, we’ve been told for the last fifteen years by everybody that we needed a black watch. Everybody has black fake watches, PVD and of all that,” he recalls.

“We waited. We don’t want to bring out a black watch which can’t be repaired or handed down in fifty years time. So I think done in that respect it’s very important.”

Achieving pure aesthetic form from cutting corners is one thing, but for Omega at least, going against this trend and building replica watches that help to keep its lasting value is the only way.

The Omega Replica Watches That Survived 340 Days in Space

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International Space Station (ISS) crew member Scott Kelly of the U.S. shows a victory sign after landing near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, on March 2, 2016. US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko returned to Earth on March 2 after spending almost a year in space in a ground-breaking experiment foreshadowing a potential manned mission to Mars.

Commander Scott Kelly emerged from his Soyuz transport capsule yesterday after spending 340 days living in space. It was a remarkable feat that captured the public’s imagination more than any space flight since perhaps Apollo 11. So it’s fitting that strapped to his wrist, as he waved to his terrestrial welcoming committee, was the same hand-wound mechanical chronograph that Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong wore on their fateful Moon mission in 1969 — the Omega Replica Speedmaster Professional.

The Speedmaster Professional, or “Speedy” as it’s known to its legions of fans, has been a NASA-approved timepiece ever since the mid-1960s, when Ed White wore one strapped on the outside of his spacesuit while performing the first American extra-vehicular activity (EVA) “spacewalk” on his Gemini 4 mission. It was worn on every Apollo mission, from the tragic launchpad disaster of Apollo 1 to the last Moon mission of Apollo 17. It even earned NASA’s highest award for helping save the endangered Apollo 13 crew and their crippled craft, by timing a critical engine burn to correct their trajectory. In the 1970s, the Speedmaster was re-approved by NASA for the space shuttle program and remains the only watch approved for EVA. Pretty remarkable for a replica watch that debuted in 1957.

When it was first introduced by Swiss Replica Omega brand, the Speedmaster was marketed as a motorsports watch, with a tachymeter scale to time laps on a track. But after Wally Schirra wore one for his Mercury-Atlas mission in 1962, NASA put the Speedy and several other wrist chronographs through a battery of torture tests — heat, cold, vacuum, vibration — to determine which could stand up to the brutal environment astronauts would face in space and on the moon. Only the Speedmaster survived, and the rest, as they say, is history.

The technology of space travel has evolved greatly since the 1960s in almost every respect. So the fact that a hand-wound mechanical wristwatch, developed before the first man went into space, was strapped to Scott Kelly’s wrist during his year on an orbiting space station is not only amazing, but also a testament to the fact that sometimes low tech is still the best tech. And it wouldn’t be surprising if, when the first astronaut steps foot on Mars, on his or her wrist will also be strapped an Omega Replica Speedmaster Professional.

The season’s must-have replica watch: Omega Globemaster

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Swiss replica watches brand Omega recently revealed its Globemaster chronometer – and we’re loving it for the season.

Inspired by the brand’s early constellation models, the Globemaster feature a pie-pan dial made famous by the 1952 model.

Made either in 18k Sedna gold, 18k yellow gold, or stainless steel, the timepiece comes with a choice of a silver or blue dial as well as a bracelet or blue leather strap for either option.

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Its fresh blue colour and sleek silver shade makes it a great option for the upcoming summer season.

The timepiece is powered by Omega’s signature Co-Axial Master Chronometer calibre 8900/8901 and features a case-body medallion engraved with an observatory and a sky full of stars.

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy: Replica Omega De Ville Prestige

As someone who very openly enjoys replica watches that many other people might not find as appealing, I pay particular attention to the series that many brands don’t feature on the homepages of their websites. The Omega De Ville Prestige collection, besides being a somewhat hidden gem within the larger sphere of Seamasters, Speedmasters, and Constellations, happens to fit this criteria.

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The Omega De Ville series was born around 1960 as part of the larger Seamaster series of watches. It was, at the time, the continuation of the classic dress watch heritage the Seamaster had embodied since 1948, but one that had become less important since the launch of the first dive watch in the series in 1957. It was in 1967 that the De Ville collection became independent of the Seamaster line, and began to develop its own individual charm and heritage. These were replica watches that continued to be dressy, classic, and elegant, but now appealed to a much wider market of consumers through their interesting designs, variety of cases — including squares, rectangles, and ovals — competitive prices, and timelessness of their dials.

Today, the De Ville collection, like other Omega collections, is a much larger collection of fake omega watches, with a multitude of “sub-series” hidden within. The particular “sub-series” we’ll be covering is the De Ville Prestige collection—a group of watches that continues to represent what made the De Ville series so appealing since its launch as an independent model in ’67.

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The Ref. 424.10.37.20.02.001 is the De Ville Prestige Co-Axial 36.8-mm. The replica watch, as its name indicates, is housed in a 36.8-mm case available in steel, yellow or rose gold, or two-tone (steel and yellow gold). Within resides the automatic Omega Caliber 2500— the very first Co-Axial movement available commercially (released in 1999), a historically important movement for Omega Replica and a major contribution to the world of watchmaking.

On the two-zoned dial, there is the option for either gold, white, blue, or silver, with applied Roman numerals at each quarter-hour, and tick marks for the remaining points. At the 3 o’clock position resides a utilitarian date indicator with sword hands for the hours and minutes sweeping over it. The last feature to notice is the chain-link bracelet—a bracelet somewhat reminiscent of the “rice-bead” bracelets so prevalent on vintage replica Omega. If you are on the hunt, Omega has this watch listed starting at $3,700, but it is possible to find it for much less at a dealer.

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While in all possibility Omega might not have meant for this watch to be a tribute to the more historical De Ville lineage, it is the contemporary series’ classic and timeless designs that give it a somewhat “vintage-esque” feel. From it being one of the smallest Omega men’s replica watches, with an approximately 37-mm case (still at least a millimeter or two larger than the vintage pieces); to its understated dial; to its sleek, most likely vintage-Seamaster-inspired hands; to, finally, its chain-link bracelet (probably more resilient than the stretch-prone rice bead version) — this watch gives the impression that it has not forgotten what made the De Ville so appealing decades ago.

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As you can tell, I like the modern Omega De Ville Prestige line. It is a collection far from the limelight that often graces Omega’s flagship collections, and, in my opinion, is one of the last holdouts, in a relatively affordable sense, of a classic replica watch meant to slip subtly beneath a shirt cuff. Some watches are underappreciated, some watches are understated; I feel that this watch happens to be both.

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For our most recent article, in which I compare modern and vintage examples of the Breguet Type XX, click here.

New Replica Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Limited Edition Begins Countdown to 2018 Olympic Games

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The next Winter Olympics, to be held in PyeongChang, South Korea, begin on February 9, 2018. Omega, official Olympic timekeeper since 1932, begins the two-year countdown with the launch of its Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra “PyeongChang 2018” Limited Edition timepiece.

After going to its Speedmaster collection to commemorate this year’s summer games in Rio de Janeiro (a Bullhead and a Speedmaster Mark II), Replica Omega turns to its sporty, maritime-themed Seamaster Aqua Terra family — characterized by its teakwood-deck-motif dial, here in blue PVD — to represent the PyeongChang winter games.

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The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra “PyeongChang 2018” Limited Edition adds to the familiar Aqua Terra design codes with the words “PYEONGCHANG 2018,” in the colors of the five Olympic Rings, inscribed on the minute track. In an amazing coincidence, the numerals “2018” align precisely with the “18” and “20” minute indices, a phenomenon that cannot recur in our lifetime.

The stainless steel case measures 41 mm in diameter and includes a transparent sapphire caseback, which is decorated with the colorful “PyeongChang 2018” Olympic logo. The limited edition number of the replica watches (of which only 2,018 will be made) is engraved on the side of the case. Beneath the caseback, the wearer is offered a view of the watch’s movement, Omega’s Master Co-Axial Caliber 8500, which features automatic winding, chronometer certification, and a co-axial escapement, among other attributes. Available in March, the replica watch, priced at $160, comes in a special Olympic-themed presentation box.

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Vintage Replica Rolex, Omega, Cartier, IWC, Rado, Seiko and Other Brands Featured

International Vintage Replica Watch Company, a Los Angeles Based Luxury and Vintage Watch Company, has announced that it now offers consumers worldwide the most sought after vintage watch brands, available 24/7 online at UkOmegaReplica.co.uk

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Available are all of the pre-owned classics including the Rolex Automatic Datejust, 6694 manual wind, Air King, 1601, 16013, Oysterdate, Cellini and even a rare solid gold 1920’s model 3064 bubbleback. Omega vintage classics include the Deville, Seamaster, Geneve, Speedmaster, Constellation and others.

Offerings include 1930’s – 1950’s collector pieces, 1960’s retro models, 1970’s classics and 1980’s – 2000’s modern styles, all beautifully photographed in stunning detail. IVWC is world renowned for its premium quality selection and immaculately restored classic timepieces.

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“Demand for the classics is growing worldwide each year. They are excellent investments and personal heirlooms that you can actually wear and enjoy,” said a company spokesperson. “Like classic cars, timepieces are historical reminders of the spirit of man and machine. A fine replica watch can be passed down from generation to generation and enjoyed for decades.”

Featured brands include replica Omega, Rolex, Cartier, Uk Replica Watch Company IWC, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Tudor, Bvlgari, Rado, Movado, Longines, Seiko, Bulova, Waltham, Ricoh, Citizen, Enicar, Orient, Elgin and many others.

UK Omega Replica Company is the largest vintage watch dealer in the USA. With over 1000 original timepieces in stock, we have become a virtual super store for vintage and collectible timepieces. The eye-popping selection and quality of our products are very attractive. With a rainbow of colors and styles to choose from, each and every item is an exceptional specimen of the vintage, classic era and styling true to its original design. From sporty to elegant to classic, each item is exceptional and unique. Customers love to give and receive these treasures and many provide personal memories reminiscent of good times in their lives. We have cultivated many collectors and repeat customers that buy multiple items from us because they love replica watches, they are great investments, and it makes them feel wonderful.

The company ships worldwide and each order is backed by a 100% satisfaction and authenticity guarantee.

Luxury replica watches for hole-in-one at Omega Dubai Desert Classic

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An exquisite hole-in-one prize of a luxury Omega replica watch will be on offer when the Omega Dubai Desert Classic gets under way at Emirates Golf Club from February 4 to 7.

As the title sponsor of the longest-running European Tour event in the region, Omega will present an exclusive Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Master Co-Axial to the first golfer to ace the par-3, seventh hole at the Majlis course.

Best known for its role as Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games, the Swiss luxury replica watchmaker has been associated with the ‘Major of the Middle East,’ as the tournament is fondly referred to, for a long time, first coming on board as partner and official timekeeper before assuming the role of the title sponsor in 2009.

“The partnership with ‘golf in Dubai’ provides us with a fantastic platform to develop our brand in the region’s booming market and show the world we are a leading player in this sport,” said Raynald Aeschlimann, replica Omega’s vice-president and International Sales Director.

“The exposure we get from these two events as title sponsor is very important. You cannot measure this experience in terms of money, but there’s a very good response to all that we’ve done in this dynamic region,” he added.

“A thrill for everyone, the hole-in-one prize will certainly be a talking point among players and will help draw a big gallery to the hole. It will be interesting to see which lucky golfer walks away with the wristwatch that features an 18K red gold and stainless steel case,” he added.

The odds of a professional golfer making a hole in one on a par-3 hole are closer to 2,500 to 1, but the fake Omega Dubai Desert Classic enjoys a pretty decent record of 25 holes in one, including nine at the seventh hole, in 26 events.

With a gleaming lake stretching from the front edge of the tee to the green’s apron, the par-3, seventh, measuring 186 yards, is a great vantage point for spectators. Germany’s Martin Kaymer was the last to ace the hole, a feat he achieved in 2012.

Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice-chairman and CEO of golf in Dubai, the organisers of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, said: “With time, our association with Omega has grown to a whole new level, something which is a substantial upside for both organisations. Together, we look forward to making the 27th edition of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic one of the best yet.”

Now Is the Time to Cop these Ultra-Rare Omega Replica Watches

An Omega timepiece is the ultimate mark of a thrill-seeker.

The prestige Swiss label got its fast-and-furious cred in 1932 when it was named the official timekeeper of the Olympics. Then, Buzz Aldrin donned an Omega Speedmaster for the moon landing in 1969, earning it the nickname “Moonwatch.” Now, the timepiece is most commonly associated with a certain 007 secret agent, who’s favored Speedmasters since the 1990s.

Christie’s auction house has one of the best stashes of vintage Omegas around. Senior Watch Specialist Eric Wind told Maxim, “There’s been a big explosion in vintage interest. It used to be really focused on Patek Philippe and then Rolex, but as those values have gone up and more collectors have flooded into collecting vintage replica watches, other brands have had similar booms, and Omega is definitely one of them.”

Christie’s has jumped on the Omega bandwagon and is following up December’s $1.3 million Speedmaster auction with another sale, this time featuring various Omega models. The online auction ends on February 9.

One top lot has even been to outer space.

While this batch caters to Christie’s discerning clientele, this auction is also the perfect place for anyone to begin a collection. Wind said, “We’re continually looking for new customers. We even have some of these replica watches starting at $100, which is a great price for some of these rare Omega replica watches.”

Make your bids on Christie’s website if you’re feeling up to it. Below, check out some of the remarkable timepieces currently up for grabs.

Omega Speedmaster X-33

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Although this is a digital watch, it was designed in the traditional Speedmaster style. This particular watch belonged to Russian cosmonaut Sergei Zalyotin, who brought it along on missions to both the Mir and International Space Stations in 2000 and 2002, respectively. While it has patina in spades, it’s first and foremost a stellar piece of wrist candy.

Wind said, “[Omega replica watches] remain so popular today because they’re very modern. They’re big, easy to wear, and durable rather than petite dress watches that aren’t quite as appealing to a younger generation.”

Omega 25th Anniversary Speedmaster

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Speedmasters typically utilize steel, but this limited edition piece has upped the ante with white gold. It was created in 1994 for the 25th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission and is one of 500 of such replica watches made.

Wind said, “There is a real rarity as well with these pieces because sometimes we can say for a fact we know three of these were made or only one of a model was made, so that is something that can’t be recreated.”

Omega Constellation

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Here’s the wild card of the bunch. In stunning pink gold, this Omega Constellation was originally gifted to an American man in 1957 by the Hākim of Bahrain, Sheikh Sir Salman II bin Hamad al-Khalifa. While the conspicuous coloring indeed turns heads, it also bespeaks Omega’s commitment to elegant and classic designs.

According to Wind, we don’t commonly see such one-of-a-kind pieces these days, when “watch companies are owned by luxury conglomerates that are approaching things more from profitability rather than in the days when these were much smaller companies that were tailoring their goods for specific clients.”

Omega Seamaster 120

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The Seamaster was first unveiled in 1948. All the same, it remains a centerpiece of the Omega lineup for its clean dials and sharp, modern looks. This one dates back to 1968 and is endlessly versatility.

“The other thing about Omega is that they sort of fit into this tool watch aesthetic that is really popular,” Wind said. “They’re bigger replica watches, chunkier watches, and chronographs, as well as dive watches.”

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

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This one hasn’t got the same history as the others, but it’s certainly part of a long Omega tradition. This Seamaster was manufactured in 2005 as part of a limited edition collection for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy. Though it stands out with blued steel hands and red numbering, it most prominently evokes the Olympic games that gave this watchmaker its cred.