There’s no doubt that Instagram has changed the watch industry forever. New timepieces are revealed almost weekly, and get logged in both the public consciousness and the now-well-preserved digital annals of what-came-out-when. It’s easy, then, to lose track of perfect UK replica watches that were released before the social media era, especially in the last 20 years. It’s always fun to show an example of a pre-IG watch to someone who swears they’ve seen it all, as they reconcile in real time the fact that an ultra-cool watch by a brand they love had slipped their radar. The truth is, before Instagram (and Hodinkee), there really wasn’t a good way to track what luxury fake watches were being released. So I thought, in celebration of 10/10, that I’d show you a few of those pieces that I remember seeing and loving, in the hopes they might join the Instagram hayride.
Replica Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar with Split-Seconds Reference 5004 Watches
Launched in 1994 and discontinued in 2009 at the dawn of Instagram, the 5004 is one of those best replica watches that’d be the piece everyone fought for if it were released today. It’s basically a 5970 perpetual calendar chronograph, but with a split seconds feature, a 3.5mm smaller case diameter, and in my opinion, the greatest cosmetic detail on a modern-era Patek: a split second pusher in the center of the oversized winding crown. The currently available top copy Patek Philippe ref. 5204 watches is an updated version, but something has been lost in the 36mm dimensions that make the 5004 a one-of-a-kind reference.
Fake Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Survivor Watches
AAA wholesale Audemars Piguet replica watches has been shaking things up with their design and manufacture since long before it was expected of brands to do so. A really great example of this is the Royal Oak Offshore Survivor. If this cheap super clone watches came out today it would most likely sell out of its 1,000-piece run faster than it did in the late 2000s. It’s big, it’s knurled, it’s milled and drilled, and it’s got a stovepipe-shaped crown and skeletonized pusher guards that clamp down like hinges on a Pelican case. There doesn’t seem to be anything structurally about it that makes it more suitable for survival than any other Offshore model is, and its PVD coating seems to come off fairly easily, but I’m a sucker for a narrative, and if you are too, you’re already trying to hunt one down. It’s bold, it’s weird, and what better way to create scarcity than to have already released it more than a decade before you ever heard of it?
Rolex Submariner “Panama Canal” Replica Watches
No brand in the history of mechanical timepieces has been more disciplined in its releases than the mighty Swiss made Rolex fake watches. It’s this very commitment to being regimented, patient, and downright strict that makes enthusiasts go nuts for any deviation from the norm as the brand has carefully established it. If I told you that in 1999 Rolex made a Submariner celebrating the transfer of the Panama Canal from the United States to Panama, you’d probably have a hard time believing me. And even if you did believe that, you certainly wouldn’t think the watch features a seal of the Panama Canal on the dial. ‘Rolex doesn’t do that!’ you’re thinking to yourself. And they don’t! But they did. (They produced a handful of other “double-signed” replica watches for sale around this time, as well.) Limited to 75 pieces (ref. 16610 in steel and 16613 in two-tone), the watch has enjoyed somewhat of a second life at auctions, seeing as it stands so far apart from Rolex’s offerings of the last 20 years. I don’t think I’ve ever seen this watch on Instagram anywhere, and I wonder if someone posting a wrist roll wouldn’t get comments calling the watch into question.
It’s normal to be skeptical of that which we haven’t yet seen and accounted for, and I’ll admit it still happens to me sometimes with top replica watches I didn’t know existed from an era I thought I knew. If age has a benefit, it’s memory and experience. I remember these watches being either sold in a boutique or available for resale just a few years after, and it’s always been interesting to me that Instagram can’t account for the product releases of the past the way it can in real time. It’s also a really great reminder that 2022 fake watches from the past can tell a more powerful story set against the backdrop of the present than they might have been able to the day they were released. That’s why we hold onto things – so their story runs against the grain of future times. After all, investing isn’t always a cash business.