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Leonardo DiCaprio Enjoy A lot With His Vintage TAG Heuer 1000 Replica Watches

Since Leonardo DiCaprio was awarded in the Oscar, all his fine and excellent works are back to people’s life. While when I was see his movie the Wolf of Wall Street. He was the one who always show great faith in the personal speech in front all his audiences. There is a plot that he is speech with all his listeners when he was on a high temper, he even throw his yellow gold case TAG Heuer 1000 copy watch to the crowds. And he even told them it was worthy 4000 dollars.
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Dive Watch:Hands-on with ZRC Grands Fonds 300

First, the bad news: it doesn’t look like French brand ZRC is planning to sell its recently introduced re-edition of the Grands Fonds 300 outside of France, which might result in your having to find a retailer willing to contact ZRC directly, or planning a trip to France, if you are interested in getting one. The good news (I guess) is that this might save you quite a bit of money, since the more desirable W510013 model, with the large set of hands, retails for 3,390 euros.

However, if you’re still determined to lay out the cash and jump through the logistical hoops to acquire this timepiece, which is understandable considering the final product, here is — as promised in last week’s Dive Watch Wednesday — what you need to know about this rather unique looking diver from the past with the crown positioned a 6 o’clock:

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First of all, the new Grand Fonds is extremely close in its design to the original, which was introduced in the 1960s and served as a best cheap replica watch for the French Marine Nationale. So, except for the significantly better-overall build-quality, the slightly changed bezel, and the increased diameter of 40.5 mm (from 36 mm), you are essentially getting a watch that looks like it came directly out of a Cousteau movie.

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The reason for placing the crown at 6 o’clock is quite easy to explain: it is, in theory, a much safer location for diving and also makes the watch more comfortable to wear. If you add the massive bracelet that only folds over the crown when fully screwed in, you get even more safety. But you also get a bit of a hassle if you tend to flip watches and/or have to change the time often (fortunately, this version doesn’t come with a date). Add to that a nontraditional, reversed order in which to unscrew and wind the crown (indicated by a black or red arrow), plus a much thicker bracelet, and you suddenly begin to understand why ZRC packages this luxury replica watch in a winder instead of a standard box.

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Another specialty of the Grands Fonds 300 is the flexible strap: the large, spring-loaded elements on both sides of the case each offer around 5 mm of additional length (which might be interesting for people with hairy wrists). In theory, this means you can wear the watch tightly on land and also benefit from an auto-adjusting bracelet when you wear it over a dive suit.

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Since there is no micro-adjustment available for the mostly brushed bracelet (and no half links), it’s possible you won’t find a “just-right” configuration and will have to wear the watch a bit more loosely during those times when there is no dry suit between your wrist and your watch.

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You can, of course, also opt for the less expensive version fitted with a strap, but given the company’s heritage as a bracelet specialist and the Grands Fonds’ history itself, we think it just wouldn’t feel the same.

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Also, the rather basic clasp (very similar to the one used on the original) performs well but doesn’t match the rest of the tag heuer replica watches, quality-wise.

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Luminosity and readability are great, even though the numbers are, somewhat surprisingly, not filled with Super-LumiNova. And you’ll get used to the unusual bezel markings quite easily.

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As explained in the last week’s article, the unidirectional bezel comes with an additional opening (Easy Clean System, or ECS) to make it easier to clean after a dive. Let’s hope it doesn’t let dust enter too easily.

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We were told that there are (for the time being) 500 pieces per version. Since it isn’t sold as a limited edition, we don’t know how this number will evolve over time. We do know, however, that a 2,490.00 to 3,390.00 Euro list price for an ETA 2824-2 based diver is a lot, even though there are no other off-the-shelf parts, the quality is great and the historical legitimacy of this model is there, as well: it’s made by the same brand, and the same family, as it was more than 100 years ago.

Plus, this might be one of the rare occasions when wearing the re-edition actually is more satisfying than finding its vintage predecessor.

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Best replica Watch , A Good Chance!

Marvin was founded in 1850 by two brothers (by the name of Didisheim) in Saint-Imier, in the middle of the Jura. Before we write yet-another-romantic-but-sad-story about a watch company that didn’t survive the quartz crisis in the 1970s but DID have some nice cheap replica watches before that time we are going to stop here.

Just a few years ago, Marvin Watches Co was brought back to life again by its current owners, true passionate people about watches and the watch industry. We know, because we’ve met them during BaselWorld and at their current headquarters in Vaumarcus, Switzerland.

The nice thing about being a watch manufacturer with some history, is that you might have some antique catalogs and drawings of watches that once were yours. Marvin has such luck, as they made pretty nice (and affordable) pieces in the 20th century. Some of their current models are also based on those vintage timepieces but Marvin also invests quite an amount of time and resources in designing new swiss replica watches as well. The Loeb collection is a perfect example of that.

However, we love watches that have some ‘vintage DNA’ and picked the Marvin M115, which is their own code for the Marvin Regulator Automatic from their Malton collection. This 42mm diameter round watch has a very cool Regulator feature that we’ve seen on other watches as well (Chronoswiss, IWC, Sinn). Chronoswiss was the first to design a Regulator for a wrist watch, as it is normally something for clocks, and it has been their ‘signature’ watch ever since. Marvin designed a Regulator as well, in three different flavors and here is what we think.

Marvin M115 Regulator

Marvin achieved to design and produce a round watch with a classic looking regulator lay-out, without becoming old-fashioned. This Marvin M115 is a modern wrist watch that’s suitable for the young executive that wants to have his first decent timepiece without having to pick entry-level models from big watch manufacturers and wants to refrain from buying vintage 35mm classic watches as well. Marvin Watches Co uses a nice modern 42mm case with some kind of design signature in the side, as shown below.

Marvin Malton Collection

Inside is a Swiss made movement, based on Dubois-Dépraz caliber 14072. This movement features the Regulator lay-out, a 38-hour power reserve and a date indicator. The date indicator has a small magnifier under the sapphire crystal. As you can see below, the mechanical movement is relatively standard but does have a customized case back for Marvin. However, if you are new to mechanical watches or this will be your first mechanical timepiece, you’ll be excited to have a glance at the movement every once in a while.

Marvin M115 Regulator

As you can see above, the straps have a quick-release to be removed from the case very easily. We’ve seen this system with some Patek Philippe watches as well. By sliding the small button with your nail, you make the spring bar a bit smaller so it can be released from the tag heuer replica watches case. A very convenient method to change your straps.

Marvin M115

We are impressed by the design of the case and the clean classic Regulator dial (without becoming a timepiece that’s too classic for young people). The M115 comes with a black dial with grey sub dials, a grained silver dial and a white dial. We’d pick either the grained silver dial or the white dial with the very nice blue hands and matching blue numerals. Being able to read a Regulator dial is a matter of just moments and this feature does give a nice classic nod to the timepiece.

Fratello Classics: 5 Vintage Watches For the Budget-Minded Aficionado

Let’s say you are on a budget of $1,000 – $1,500 for a nice timepiece. If you care about things like warranty, water resistance, no maintenance for the next five years and so on, you may want to skip this week’s Fratello Friday article on vintage watches. If you are living your horological life a bit more on the edge, however, I encourage you to read on.

If you have unlimited funds to spend on a vintage timepiece, you can find that perfect Rolex Submariner or that interesting, early Omega Speedmaster. However, for those who do not, the team at Fratello Watches offers up some very interesting, alternative vintage watches — hidden gems, if you will — that can be bought for much less.There may be brands in here you’ve never heard of; after all, quite a few manufacturers of mechanical watches were swept away in the 1970s due to the so-called quartz crisis. Other brands will be more recognizable, either because they never went away or because a new company bought the name and started a whole new business.

1. Alpina Sea-Strong Startimer

Alpina is known today for its sporty and affordable watches, made at the Frédérique Constant manufacture in Geneva. Long before Frédérique Constant CEO Peter Stas revived it, Alpina was already making very cool swiss replica watches. Exhibit A: this 1970s Alpina Sea-Strong Startimer. We’ve found one for sale for just over $1,100.  This is a Lemania-based chronograph; in fact, it contains almost the same Lemania movement that Omega used in some of its Speedmaster watches in the 1970s (Mark III, IV and ‘125‘). The only difference is the lack of a 24-hour indicator, and you can live with that, right? Why is it so cheap? Well, the current seller is not 100% sure about the case since he couldn’t find another identical watch. If you are a purist, this one might not be for you. If, however, you are looking for a nice vintage piece with a very solid movement, you might want to make an offer. More information can be found here.

Alpina Sea-Strong Startimer

2. Seiko 5 Sports Speed-Timer “Bullhead” 6138-0040

Vintage Seiko tag heuer replica watches are booming. Just dive into this category and you will see how large the following is. For $999 (or a good offer) you can become the owner of this 1970s Seiko Speed-Timer “Bullhead.” (The “Bullhead” nickname comes from the look of the crown at 12 o’clock with chronograph pushers on either side.) Seiko might be still frowned upon by snobbier watch collectors, but the fact is that it does deliver superb-quality watches for the money. We have a lot of respect for this Japanese company, both for its historical timepieces as well as its modern pieces. Seiko cheap good replica watches are known for their simple-looking but reliable movements, as well as for funky 1970s designs. The size of this watch makes it a very easy timepiece to wear by modern standards. More information can be found here.

Seiko Speed-Timer "Bullhead"

3. Yema Chronograph

This company is probably unknown to most people nowadays, yet it actually still exists. It was founded in France and was owned by Seiko for before falling back into French hands. If you search for “vintage Yema watches” you will come across some pretty awesome-looking pieces, with unusual names such as Seaspider, Yachtingraf, and so on. We found this Yema Chronograph with a two-register chronograph movement (Valjoux 7734) and a date window at 6 o’clock. This 39-mm timepiece would fit most wrists and has a cool 1960s/early 1970s look. It comes with a plexi crystal and can be fitted to a leather strap but would probably look even more “military style” when worn on a NATO strap. At $1,050, this watch isn’t outstandingly cheap, but it might be an interesting purchase for those who want to own a cool vintage chronograph. More information can be found here.

Yema Chronograph

4. Omega Seamaster Chronostop

This is, of course, a brand we all know well. Although this watch pushes the limit of the stated budget constraints, and would need a new strap and perhaps a bit of cleaning, it is an awesome watch to own. This 1969 Omega Seamaster Chronostop has a hand-wound caliber 865 (yes, a variation of the famous Speedmaster Professional caliber 861 movement). The Chronostop name was used for various models in the Omega luxury replica watch collection, and also for the Genève collection. This watch features one pusher to operate the chronograph seconds hand. The same pusher is used to start, stop and reset. The chronograph seconds hand can be used like a normal second hand as soon as you push start and just let it run, but you can also use it to time things within a minute. Of course, you can manually zero all hands by using the winding and setting crown, but if you’re doing this a lot, you might rather go for a proper chronograph. We’ve found this $1,200 watch for sale here. Again, it might need some work.

Omega Seamaster Chronostop

5. Enicar “Birks of Canada” Chronograph

The name Enicar should ring a bell for many watch lovers. This brand made a lot of nice watches in the past — including the Enicar Sherpa, one of its best-sellers — and had its own in-house-developed movements. Actually, Chronoswiss used the Enicar Caliber 165 movement in its Régulateur Automatique top quality replica watch. The Enicar watch company still exists today, but doesn’t have much of a presence. This Enicar chronograph with “Birks” printed on the dial is a 1960s or early 1970s watch that was retailed by Birks of Canada, hence the name on the dial. It was more common in those days to have the name of a retailer printed on the dial. This particular Enicar watch has a 37-mm diameter — which is small — but perhaps the cool thing about it is that it has a Valjoux Caliber 72 movement inside. That’s right, the same caliber that was used on those early (Paul Newman) Rolex Daytona discount fake watches for sale. The case of this Enicar has a C-shaped look that was quite common in those days as well. If you don’t mind the 37-mm size, and the fact that it has no “real” watch brand name on the dial, this could be an awesome watch to own. It is mainly the Valjoux 72 movement inside that makes this watch the most expensive one of the bunch. It is being offered for $1,599 or your best offer. We included it on this list because you can probably bargain your way down to below the $1,500 threshold.

More information can be found here.

Enicar "Birks of Canada" Chronograph

Ball Watch Engineer II Volcano Features New Antimagnetic Case

In 2014, Ball Watch broke new ground in antimagnetic watch technology with the introduction of its Engineer II Magneto S, a tag heuer replica watches that featured an inner shield, made of a patented alloy called “mumetal,” which protected its mechanical movement from the adverse effects of magnetic fields. This year, the company takes the concept a step further with the Engineer II Volcano, which boasts an entire case made of antimagnetic mumetal. I got my first look at the replica watch sale this week at the JCK watch and jewelry fair in Las Vegas.

Why “Volcano?” Because, the company says, volcanoes are among the most ideal environments for exploration and research into antimagnetic technologies because of their natural links to strong magnetic fields; volcanoes inspired Ball Watch’s researchers to further develop the magnetism-resistant mumetal alloy beyond its initial usage, as a protective inner “diaphragm” surrounding the movement, and incorporating it into the components of the best quality replica watch case itself.

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The case band of the Engineer II Volcano, made in Switzerland, is made up of superimposed layers of carbon and mumetal. Further playing on the volcano theme, the finished case (45 mm in diameter and 12.4 mm thick) sports a textured carbon look that resembles cooled lava rock. In fact, the watch’s entire ensemble is inspired by volcanic rocks and ash and fiery lava. The dial is predominantly slate-gray, with subtle touches of red. And it wouldn’t be a Ball Watch without the hallmark ultra-luminous H3 gas tubes for nighttime legibility — 15 of them in total here, used in the indices and the hour and minute hands.

Ball Engineer II Volcano

The Ball Engineer II Volcano is powered by the automatic BALL RR1102-C caliber, which boasts a COSC chronometer certificate. In addition to its uncommonly high resistance to magnetism, the watch can withstand impacts of up to 5,000 Gs and is water-resistant to 100 meters. It has a screw-down winding crown and a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. Completing the volcanic look is a choice of either a black rubber strap or a canvas NATO strap in gray and black stripes. The price is $3,700, making it a relative bargain compared to other mechanical top quality replica watches with high antimagnetic protection. Below is a live shot of the Engineer II Volcano taken at JCK.

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Seiko 6138 Yachtman vs Tissot T12 Chronograph

When we last took a reader’s survey about 9 months ago, we found out that you’re craving reviews of swiss cheap replica watches. Well, in today’s #TBT, let’s talk affordable vintage chronographs. More importantly, let’s talk about vintage watches that are actually easy to source and, furthermore, will truly fall within the price ranges I provide.

If you’re like me, you’ve read countless reviews about cost conscious vintage watches and it often turns into a discussion about little known brands that used a good Swiss movement, perhaps shared a case with others, and then died an unsung death in the mid to late 1970’s once the quartz crisis took hold. These brands made some great pieces, but unless you’re a true student of the game, they may leave a collector wanting for a brand with a little more name recognition. A great example of this is the multitude of watches that go by the name of “Poor Man’s Heuer Carreras”. I personally like these watches a lot and they do have nice pedigree, but if I were being completely honest, I’d rather wear a real Heuer Carrera.

So what’s one to do if they want a legitimate, credible vintage chronograph made by a well-known, respected maker? Here are a couple good suggestions: Seiko and Tissot. I am offering two choices from different countries because, despite my endless preaching from the vintage Seiko pulpit, I know there are some of you who will simply never feel like a watch is good enough unless it says “Swiss” on the dial. Well, more power to you, and more Seikos for me, but I’ll reluctantly kowtow to your wants and desires and provide a continental choice.

Seiko 6138 and Tissot T12

We’ve spoken a lot about Seiko on these pages so I’ll spend a little time giving a very brief history on Tissot. Tissot was founded in 1853 in Le Locle, Switzerland and really blazed trails by offering the first mass-produced pocket watch in that year. They went on to introduce a number of firsts: first anti-magnetic watch, first discount fake watches made of stone, wood and plastic. Interestingly, they merged with Omega back in 1930. Lemania, the movement maker joined the group 2 years later and became the chronograph movement maker for the brands. Having a captive chronograph maker enabled both Omega and Tissot to become official timing partners for many events such as the Olympics, Formula 1, and other sporting events. Oh, let’s not forget that it allowed Omega to compete for, and win, the spot as the Moonwatch with NASA. If you’re following me this far, and know anything about the cost (a lot) to develop a movement, you’d be correct in guessing that Tissot and Omega used a lot of similar or even same movements over the years. At times, Omega used a slightly more advanced version or one with more decoration, but perhaps think of it like VW and Audi. VW and Audi both use many of the same engines; Audi may receive a slight bump in horsepower and is generally surrounded by more luxurious trappings, but the bones are the same. So, in the end, what I am driving at is that one can often find a nice vintage Tissot chronograph movement that carries much of the prestige of what inside a far more expensive Omega. Incidentally, all the brands I mentioned: Omega, Longines, and Lemania have been under the Swatch Group since 1983.

Ok, so now it’s time to unveil the contestants. For this comparison, I chose two chronographs that are somewhat stylistically similar. They hail from the early 1970’s, which puts them right in the beginning of the lugless/C-case era. I’ve taken it one step further and have chosen two pieces, which can also be described as having “UFO” cases. The watches for comparison are the Seiko 6138 Yachtman and the Tissot T12 Chronograph.

Seiko 6138 Yachtman

No one knows why this particular Seiko 6138 is called the Yachtman other than the fact that advertisements from Seiko coined the term. Functionally, though, there is nothing to suggest that the swiss replica watch would work as a regatta timer. In fact, most now prefer to call it by the “UFO” due to its flying saucer-esque case design. The UFO rings in at an imposing 44mm, which places it square in the territory of similar vintage offerings from brands like Heuer at the time. It’s a good-looking chronograph with rather timeless color choices versus a lot of Seikos from the time. A black dial is nicely contrasted with silver subdials and orange/red highlights on the central chronometer hand, dial and the external tachymeter bezel. Pushers and crown are well proportioned for the case size. Naturally, it contains a Hardlex mineral crystal that is prone to scratching.

Seiko 6138 Yachtman

We last featured a vintage Seiko chronograph here. We all now know Seiko’s important place in watch history due to their release of an automatic chronograph in 1969, but suffice it to say, the company was not about to rest on their laurels. The 6139 movement was introduced in 1969 and strangely; the numerically backwards Seiko 6138 was introduced one year later. I need to take a moment and correct a misstatement in my 6139 article; the 613x movements were not modular. They are fully integrated chronographs, which makes them truly landmark as far as design and easily pits them against the Zenith El Primero. With that settled, the differences between the Seiko 6138 and its stable mate, the 6139, is that it added hand winding, and featured two chronograph registers versus one. The Seiko 6138 contains registers measuring minutes and hours whereas the 6139 only measured minutes. Also, unlike the 6139, the 6138 takes care of its day and date changing via pulling the crown out one detent and turning it either forward or backward. Inside, it features a column wheel and vertical coupling: all hallmarks of a serious chronograph movement. It’s a 21-jewel piece, at least in its early iteration that bumps along at 21,600 bph and has a power reserve of 45 hours. Finally, it has gained a reputation for being a reliable workhorse of a movement.

Seiko 6138 Yachtman

The Seiko UFO wears very well, despite its height, and fits in as a modern piece with its large case size. It’s a heavy piece that feels extremely solid as well. I’ve had this piece on a 19mm rally strap and it looks great but I’ve now chosen to pair it with a non-original, vintage Seiko oyster bracelet. The original bracelet looks more like a jubilee style and has become difficult to find on the secondary market. In any case, I ended up going with a bracelet over a strap because the weight felt better supported by something more substantial. It’s an enjoyable piece to wear for most occasions and it usually receives more than its fair share of compliments. Plus, it simply feels durable and able to withstand a minor beating. The chronograph function works very smoothly and has a nice tactile feel when depressing the nicely detailed pushers. Hand winding, via the unsigned crown, is also very smooth and on a par with most of the Swiss chronographs I own.

The piece you’re viewing, from 1972, has an unusual, if brief, story. I actually found this Seiko 6138-0011 on eBay and while I could usually care less about boxes and paperwork, the documentation included told an interesting tale and it certainly piqued my interest. Many different language options were offered on the day wheels for Seiko and this piece contains a day wheel in Farsi. It was actually sold in 1973 in Tehran, Iran. Perhaps it was with the original owner and left the country before the revolution, but we will never know. Somehow, it ended up with the seller in California who ended up putting it up for auction. Who knows what this watch has seen?

Seiko 6138

Finding a Seiko 6138 UFO is relatively easy despite the fact that it is a very popular model for collectors. It was made for several years and was seemingly popular when new despite a $145 price tag. Head over to eBay and you’ll be greeted with many specimens. Pricing ranges from $250 to roughly $600 depending highly on condition, whether it has been serviced, and if it is original. Aftermarket dials are everywhere on these pieces and I also see a lot of incorrect hands. Also check for original bezel inlays, as there are aftermarket parts for these as well. While I could normally care less about getting a bracelet with a vintage Seiko, this one deserves a substantial one in order to keep it firmly planted on the wrist. The best idea, as I always mention, is to join a Seiko forum and ask questions about a proposed piece. Buying a non-running example is risky before checking with your favorite disconut luxury watchmaker to ensure he or she services them.

Tissot T12 Chronograph

I am not going to kid you; I have been looking at T12’s for a long time. In this case design, Tissot offered up everything from a simple 3-hander, a compressor style diver, and some sort of world timer. The chronograph is today’s focus, though. When I say I was looking at these for a long time, what drew me to them was the bulbous case design, which I always found to be a pure form. Plus, the dials always appealed to me for appearing clean and uncluttered. I don’t know why I waited until roughly a week ago to grab one, but it probably has a lot to do with a comment I made about the intent of the article; specifically, there are always affordable pieces available in one condition or another. The other reason is that I could not figure out how large the piece is from the pictures and a diameter measurement usually does not tell the entire story. Well, the one you see here was spotted and bought in person.

Tissot T-12

This Tissot T12 contains the Lemania 873 movement. Not ringing a bell? The 873 is, mechanically, the exact same movement as Omega’s 861 caliber. Do you need another hint? This, folks, is the same movement found in the vaunted Speedmaster Professional; the same best replica watches that is qualified for space travel. It’s a manual wind, cam lever operated movement that also operates at 21,600 bph and has a 40-hour power reserve. It contains three registers in the familiar 3-6-9 positions, which measure hours and minutes while showing a running seconds hand. Did I mention that this movement has real pedigree? Furthermore, like the Seiko, it is highly reliable and, depending on your watchmaker, easier to repair than the Seiko.

When I mentioned I hadn’t bought a T12 before because I was unclear on how it would fit, it’s really because I thought it would be a massive piece that I’d wear once a month and then resign it to safe queen status. Well, sometimes, as they say, the proof is in the pudding. When I first saw the T12 shown here, I couldn’t believe its normal size despite measuring in at 43mm. I strapped it to my puny wrist and, perhaps, due to its hidden lugs, the piece wears much smaller than its size. A lot of it likely has to do with the case design that doubles as a very thick bezel. This serves to create a relatively small area that is contained under the crystal; it is porthole like. Additive to that is the fact that the tachymeter bezel (mine is slightly misaligned) is also internal. Back to the crystal: it is a beautifully formed acrylic piece that integrates with and follows the curvature of the case and lies smoothly on the surface.

Tissot T12

Let’s talk in detail about the dial because it’s fantastic. The complex design, I am guessing it was manufactured by Singer, is a 3-register piece that follows the panda format: black step-down subdials on a white dial. It also features interesting, inwardly angled and applied hour markers that further assist in making the watch seem smaller. The subdials contain two red stick hands and one in white. Beefy, tritium-filled, rectangular hands take care of the time keeping duties while a unique red, diamond-shaped hand is the centrally mounted chronograph hand. Yes, there is a lot going on here, but it never really appears as loud; the details simply work.

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It’s time for more details; one turns the tag heuer replica watches over to reveal a nice case back depicting a ship. I’m not sure if this refers to Tissot’s Navigator or Seastar line but it’s nicely done. It is a press fit case back and sits smoothly against the wrist. The pushers are simple pump affairs and the piece carries a nicely signed crown. Returning to the case back, it gets interesting as the attachment for the bracelet is actually done via a hoop that is integrated into the case. Verbally, this is difficult to describe but it’s probably the largest detractor on the watch as it makes fitting NATO straps or normal straps nearly impossible without some sort of custom attachment. One could cut a normal strap but you’d need a mandrel to thread through the strap ends to keep it affixed. However, all is not lost as the original bracelet is a very high quality affair made by, none other than, Gay Freres. Yes, the same Gay Freres that made bracelets for some very high-end brands and was ultimately gobbled up by Rolex in the early 2000’s. It’s a really nicely made “compact oyster” design that suits the discount fake watches well. Furthermore, the clasp has a huge range of adjustability: so much so that I did not need to remove any links. Oh, and lastly, it is date stamped and puts this piece at 1970.

Finding a T12 chronograph isn’t terribly difficult. I think that the round, UFO styled case puts off a lot of potential buyers. This is a shame, though, as the aforementioned details and serious movement offer a lot for the money. I also think it looks infinitely better in person than in pictures. Speaking of money, expect to pay around $600-1400 for a T12. I often see pieces with ratty dials at the lower end or pieces that have had the fine matte finished case polished to a high shine; the case and bracelet should have a matching finish. Check to ensure the hands are correct and if the chronograph is functioning properly. I’d also steer clear of buying “head only” pieces due to the odd bracelet fitment and also because the bracelet is of nice quality. Finally, regarding the bracelet, try to check for stretch, as this is also common.