It's Friday once again, which means it's time for your weekly dose of the Internet's vintage fake watch selection. Since many seem to get a kick out of the less conventional options up for grabs in last week's roundup, I thought I'd try my hand at a sequel of sorts, with a group of hard hitting timepieces that ought to impress. Should sporty be your thing, I've got you covered with a rare Favre Leuba, complete with mountaineering provenance, an under appreciated diver from Vulcain, and a Wakkman triple date chronograph which I believe to be one of the better buys in accessible vintage fake watch collecting. At the smarter end of the spectrum, there's a rare WOSTEP watch, and the nicest Longines tank I've come across in a while. Buckle up https://www.replicaimitation.com!Longines Tank With Bakelite Box
Early tank-style replica watches will forever be held in high regard by yours truly. I've owned a few such small-cased beauties, all of which have been fitted with interesting dials. I find them a true joy to wear. Head turners they are not ?in fact, they go completely unnoticed in most instances thanks to their small and discrete case sizes, but if dropped jaws and the inducement of drooling amongst passersby are what you're out for, look elsewhere. This is the kind of fake watch that's for a select few who will appreciate it immensely. It also ought to bring a smile to your face upon glancing down at it every now and then. I speak from experience, after having been called out as "that guy" at that the table who's curiously smiling down at something glinting on my wrist.
This piece measures 20mm across, and 37mm from top to bottom, but despite the smaller case size, it ought to wear rather well on the wrist. Having addressed that, let's move onto the main attraction with this one: the stunning two-tone dial with a salmon colored outer portion and an inner section in beige. Combined with gold Roman numerals and a blued steel handset, this is a supremely handsome piece fit for the wrist of a discerning gentleman or lady collector.
While the fake watch itself is quite attractive to say the least, allow me to direct your attention toward the original box that the seller is including in the sale. It's finished in brilliant green bakelite, with intricate detailing and multiple Longines signatures, sliding open to reveal the fake watch within. I've seen other bakelite boxes from this era of Longines production, though I can't say I've seen one quite like this before, making it all the more exciting. I used to joke around with a former colleague of mine that I found the boxes, paperwork and vintage watch-associated ephemera more captivating than the replica watches themselves, and this box might be pushing me over into that camp once again.
An Italian collector named Sandra has listed this piece for sale on the Chronotrader Forum with an asking price of ?,200. Click here for the full scoop.Favre-Leuba Bivouac With Matterhorn Ascent Provenance
Everyone likes a fake watch with a story, and I'm no exception. The story that accompanies this piece, however, is perhaps one of the most badass stories I've had the pleasure of featuring in this column to date. As the heading would indicate, you're looking at a Favre-Leuba Bivouac ?a supremely cool fake watch to begin with, as a result of the incorporated altimeter and barometer complications ?with some seriously awesome provenance attached. This fake watch was once owned by a man named Charles Malfetti, who in 1969 used it to summit the Matterhorn.
On July 28, 1969, Malfetti began climbing the Matterhorn with this very fake watch on his wrist. Exactly one month later, on August 28, Malfetti successfully summited the mountain range. This provenance has been confirmed by the auction house offering the fake watch for sale, and along with the fake watch they will be including a framed set of documents including a Western Union telegram sent after Malfetti achieve his summit, along with a signed and dated ascension card and various photographs taken throughout the rigorous journey.
What's more, is the fake watch itself still remains in stunning shape, with a dial that appears to be flawless and a sharp-looking case. The condition of the bezel is also quite good. Bivouacs are often seen with heavily scuffed bezels, making this one a rarity. One last thing to note is that the Bivouac was the very first mechanical wristwatch offered with a built-in aneroid barometer upon its release in 1962, making it somewhat of a significant piece within the world of obscure sporting complications. You'd be hard pressed to find a more compelling example of this Favre-Leuba.
Skinner Auctioneers of Marlborough, Massachusetts, is offering this Bivouac for sale in their auction of clocks, watches, and scientific instruments taking place today (April 12, 2019), with an estimate of $2,000 to $3,000. While this is admittedly short notice, the fake watch will come up later in the sale, so there's still time to bid. Click here to see more.ADVERTISEMENT WOSTEP Triple Date Moonphase Watch
This next fake watch comes from the same sale as the Favre-Leuba above, though it's a radically different piece. In fact, this fake watch was at no point ever offered for sale as a commercial product. Its dial is signed WOSTEP, indicating that it can be traced back to the same Neuchâtel school from which modern titans of watchmaking royalty graduated, including Stephen Forsey, Kari Voutilainen, and brothers Bart and Tim Grönefeld. The list goes on and on.
For those not familiar with the school, here's a primer. WOSTEP stands for the Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Educational Program, and it was founded in 1966 with the goal of training Americans in the art fine of Swiss watchmaking. At the time, the United States's title as the top producer of replica watches in the world was being endangered by the Soviet Union's efforts in the field, thus motivating government officials to collaborate with the Swiss in a nationalistic attempt to further educate and create the generation of great watchmaking minds. Since its founding, the school is less focused on the goal of revitalizing the American watchmaking industry, and is now simply one of the finest institutions at which one can learn this age-old craft.
My bet is that this piece likely would've been produced by a student of the Swiss watchmaking school in an effort to demonstrate their abilities towards the end of their training. I'd also add that whoever is behind this piece did an excellent job. Nice going, dude! Although the complicated timepiece sits in a gold plated case, it's still an interesting fake watch to say the least, given its connection to an institution dedicated to furthering the future of watchmaking.
The estimate on this triple date moonphase has been set conservatively at $500 to $700, so maybe there's a good deal to be had here. Find the full listing and the rest of the catalog here.1960 Vulcain Cricket Nautical Ref. S 2321 A
Having made mention of the uniquely complicated Bivuoac, I thought we might as well keep the weird-complication train rolling with the inclusion of another similarly idiosyncratic piece. In its more traditional forms, the Vulcain Cricket can represent one of the better values on the market, in my opinion. These replica watches are equipped with alarm functions, have a documented Presidential past that ought to excite any history buff, and are simply great looking. Plus, Captain Kangaroo himself wore one, so there's that. Despite all this, they can still be had for relative deals. With that said, this is no traditional Vulcain Cricket ?instead, it's what many regard to be the alarm fake watch in its most impressive form.
This is a Vulcan Cricket Nautical, which is without question one of my all-time favorite sports replica watches of the 1960s. Like a standard Cricket, the Cricket Nautical is equipped with the same chiming alarm function, but on this piece it serves a different purpose. Back in 1960, this wasn't the fake watch you'd use to keep track of your parking meter or an important upcoming meeting, but instead when you'd need to ascend to the surface of a body of water, as the name of the fake watch would suggest, without getting the bends. Aiding in this process are the decompression charts found on the surface of the dial and just below (the latter are revealed as the central portion rotates). I personally believe this to be one of the most fascinating dial designs of the mid-century, and the added functionality only makes it more irresistible.
The present example is being offered in excellent condition, with evenly aged luminous compound in its hands and on the surface of the dial. On all too many Cricket Nauticals, the green outer scale will fade to an indistinguishable tone, but on this one it's bright and clearly visible, which is certainly appreciated. You just don't see many replica watches with green details on them, making this already rare fake watch even more appealing. Should you be in search of a storied sports fake watch that's a bit off the beaten path, I can't think of a better option.
The Miami-based dealer Matthew Bain has this example in his inventory, and is offering it with an asking price of $20,000. I'd argue that it's a far more exotic fake watch than a lot of other sports replica watches in its price bracket, and one that offers a lot of enjoyment pound-for-pound. Check out the fake watch here.Wakmann Triple Date Chronograph
To wrap things up for the week, we've got a fake watch I'll often use to gauge exactly where the market for obscure vintage chronographs is at. It's a fairly common triple date chronograph manufactured by Wakmann, but not all examples of this fake watch were created equal by any means. Certain case and dial variants are much more sought after than others. I can remember the days when these could be had at G-Shock-like prices, but sadly those days are long gone. Still, they represent a decent value and indicate that the vintage chronograph market is strong and steady.
On some of these triple date Wakmann chronographs of the 1960s, you'll find a case that's a bit uninspiring and flat to the eye, but that's nowhere to be found on this example. Instead, this one features the more curvaceous lug shape that has come to define the more desirable class of these Wakmann chronographs. Factor in the "reverse-panda" dial, contrasting red chronograph hand, and moon-shaped date indication, and you've got a recipe for wrist-mounted success.
You'll also notice that this fake watch is powered by the Valjoux 72C, which as you might now is based upon the same caliber found in iconic chronographs like the Replica Rolex Daytona and Heuer Autavia, among others. The C that follows the 72 indicates its additional degree of complication, which in this case is a day, month, and date indication. All of this is contained within an unpolished case, complete with the original crown. For the money, it's definitely a lot of watch.
An eBay seller based in Chandler, Arizona, that goes by the monicker "bobothealligatorboy" (alrighty then!) has this piece listed with an asking price of $4,300. You also have the option to make an offer, so you might as well. See the fake watch here.Bring-a-loupe