Anyone who follows the high-end watch auctions – because ultimately, they like retro super clone watches for sale –will know that some vintage pieces can fetch a fortune. And it’s true to say that anyone who has bought ‘right’ within the past 15 years will likely realise a handsome profit if they decide to sell.
If you happen to like the look of older luxury replica watches but don’t fancy dealing with the downsides of owning them (they can be fragile, expensive to service and maintain, and not always especially suited to regular use), there has never been a better time to buy a modern-day look-a-like.
Here are 2 retro fake watches we rate highly.
Fake Patek Philippe Ref. 5531-G
Swiss made replica Patek Philippe has been making world-time wrist watches for the best part of a century, and vintage examples with cloisonee enamel dials invariably fetch a fortune at auction – in 2021, a ’50s model with a dial decorated with a map of Eurasia sold for $7.8m at Phillips. Which makes the new 1:1 fake Patek Philippe Reference 5531 World Time with minute repeater seem like a bargain at only around a mill.
Replica IWC Ingenieur Automatic 40
AAA quality replica IWC introduced the Ingenieur back in the ’50s for lab workers and engineers, giving it a specially-developed ‘Pellaton’ automatic movement encased in a Farady cage to combat magnetism. Designer Gerald Genta freshened it up in 1976 to create the ‘Ingenieur S/L’, which cheap fake IWC revisits with the new Ingenieur Automatic 40. It keeps the S/L’s screw-down bezel, grid pattern dial and integrated bracelet but gets crown guards and the new Calibre 32111 movement. From £10,300.