As auction season in Geneva nears, exciting pieces are emerging in other less publicized areas of the market. This week's roundup is one of the best in a while, thanks to the inclusion of a number of extraordinary sports pieces. Between a breitling replica confirmed Speedmaster prototype, a Ref. 5512 Submariner owned by a New York Mets pitcher, and a Heuer Montreal with racing provenance, there's a lot to love. Then factor in two of the finest anti-magnetic replica watches ever made from Patek Philippe and IWC, and you've got a roundup with some serious meat on its bones.1970 Omega Speedmaster Professional Prototype
I'm not going to dance around the elephant in the room with talk of the moon mission. This is a special watch. If you're not sure what I'm talking about, I'd suggest focusing a tad bit closer on the bezel and edge of this Speedmaster's dial. Unlike the bulk of examples that were manufactured around its time of production, this one's tachymeter has been printed on its dial so as to make way for a rotating bezel. This is a combination I've personally never seen, and am therefore delighted to learn of its existence.
If you pay attention to the vintage market, you'll know that wildly configured iconic replica watches of dubious authenticity and provenance are often sold as prototypes, with only the word of one supposed expert to support such a notion. That's why this fake watch is noteworthy ?it's not just a prototype, but a confirmed prototype. Biel's Omega Museum has corroborated its prototype status, even going as far as to inform prospective bidders that its movement numbers further confirm it to be a prototype. Above all, this highlights the power of diligent record-keeping, and the importance of the heritage-focused departments at our beloved brands.
The only detail I question is the reference number that the auction house believes it corresponds with. It's listed as a "Ref. 2413" as a result of a faint inscription on its caseback. Omega collectors will know that the Ref. 2413 is in fact a time-only fake watch powered by the ultra-thin Cal. 360. My guess is this number on the caseback is for internal records purposes in reference to the project.
Dr. Crott Auctioneers will offer this rare Speedmaster in a sale taking place on November 15th in Frankfurt. Its estimate has been set at ?2,000 to ?2,000. More details along with the rest of the catalogue can be found here.Rolex Submariner Ref. 5512
Some replica watches are tough to follow. Like what you ask? replica watches like prototype Speedmasters. With that said, I'd argue this next one is in no danger of bringing about a lull of any sort. Unlike the aforementioned Omega, this Replica Rolex is free of any experimental components, but what it lacks in that department is made up for and then some in others. It has a story, and an impressive one at that, which surely ought to make it move fast.
As the heading would suggest, you're looking at a Ref. 5512 Submariner, but a particularly desirable one, seeing as it's fitted with a Mark 1 Maxi dial. This configuration is often referred to by collectors as the "King Maxi," and is just about as tricked-out as no date matte dial Subs get. What's more, the original owner of this example was a pitcher for the New York Mets by the name of Craig Swan, who was with the team from September of 1973 until May of 1984. Interestingly enough, Swan was the highest paid pitcher in Mets history at the time of resigning his contract following the 1979 season.
Even if you set its provenance aside, this is still one ridiculously attractive Sub, and not one of those cases of a beat up fake watch that's redeemed by its story. From the correct insert to the appropriate crown, all expectations are met, and then exceeded upon inspection of its unpolished case. This continues after directing your attention toward the dial and handset, both of which are flawless and complete with matching luminous applications.
This Submariner is being offered for sale by a collector who goes by the handle @sumnersdr on Instagram. It's been priced to sell at $27,000, and its movement has just been overhauled. Additional photos can be found here.ADVERTISEMENT Heuer Montreal Ref. 110.501
Thought the provenance fest was over? Far from it, my friends, as we're keeping things rolling with another timepiece owned by no ordinary John Doe. While Heuer's Montreal has never been known as a favorite amongst collectors, it's always stood out as a uniquely functional piece thanks to an internal bezel that pulls double duty. With both tachymeter and pulsation scale markings, the fake watch was capable of of calculating more than the average chronograph, which also made it appeal to a wider audience.
Black PVD-coated examples represent Heuer's last effort with the Montreal, which understandably stands out as the most stealthy installment in the collection's production run. This piece stand outs further once you learn of its past on the wrist of Scott Harvey, an accomplished rally and performance test driver. Harvey is best known for having competed in rallies from 1961 to 2007, including the Pikes Peak Hillclimb, Carrera Panamericana, and the Rallye Monte Carlo. Throughout his rallying career, Harvey was also working at Mopar as a test driver. More info on his well-documented career can be found in this Flickr album, which I'd suggest taking a look at as well.
The fake watch looks to be in decent shape, with all luminous applications looking to be both original and matching. The only flaw of note is a small nick in the PVD coating around the five o'clock position. The make-up of this era's PVD coatings isn't comparable to what's being used today, not to mention Heuer's notoriously thin applications. Having said that, I've seen far worse examples, and would urge looking past this minuscule imperfection in light of the provenance.
This true driver's fake watch is currently listed for sale out of Bakersfield, California, in an eBay auction that will end on Wednesday. At the time of publishing, the high bid stands at just under $800.1961 Patek Philippe Amagnetic Ref. 3418
With three of the coolest sports replica watches you'll see all week out of the way, I thought we'd shift gears with something slightly more conservative. Externally, that is. To the untrained eye, this is your run-of-the-mill dress piece from Patek Philippe, but to those who know what they're looking at (or have had the distinct pleasure of unscrewing an example's caseback) it's anything but. In truth, this is a tool watch, through and through, designed with the meddling effects of magnetic fields in mind. On top of that, it's an exceedingly rare reference, and one most definitely deserving of your attention.
Patek Philippe produced the stainless steel Ref. 3418 for just four years, beginning in 1958. Throughout this limited production run, examples were fitted with the manufacture's nickel-finished Cal. 27-AM 400 movement, with soft-iron protective shielding. This innovative construction protected the timepiece's crucial components from being hindered by magnetic fields, which can damage a mechanical movement. Like the Replica Rolex Milgauss of the same era, these replica watches would've been sold to professionals working in scientific fields, where such forces were very much present.
One of my favorite facets of the Ref. 3418 is its bracelet, along with the way it's attached to the case. Unlike most mesh bracelets secured to Patek Philippes, this one features a tang buckle, keeping things to-the-point and functional. Not crazy about the mesh bracelet look? No sweat! Just remove the water-resistant caseback, and the bracelet can be removed and swapped with your strap of choice. This contrasts the majority of mesh bracelet pieces of this vintage, which were often permanently attached to the case.
Renowned Patek Philippe expert, author, and former Christie's International Head of replica watches John Reardon is offering this outstanding example via his latest venture, Collectability. The vintage Patek Philippe-focused outfit has this piece listed for $17,500. Should you be interested, contact email@example.com.IWC Ingenieur Ref. 666A
What's better than one important fake watch with anti-magnetic properties? Two. This next piece comes from IWC, and if you know anything about the brand, you'll know we're about to discuss an Ingenieur. While I'm a fan of the collection, I've never seen an example that stood out enough to warrant a feature, until now that is.
Like the Ref. 3418 from Patek, this Ingenieur was marketed as the brand's scientific offering, with its movement protected using soft-iron shielding. Where it differs from the previously featured piece is how it takes things one step further, with an added measure of protection. The dial itself of this piece is crafted out of soft-iron, ensuring that no magnetic fields whatsoever will rain on your parade. Pair that with an automatic, in-house Cal. 852 movement, and you've got a recipe for success.
This example is significant for two reasons. First off, it's a seriously uncommon variant of the reference to say the least, and one of those true "find me another" scenarios. The only other time I've seen one of these is in an IWC catalog, with no others having been offered in recent years, to the best of my knowledge. Secondly, it's both clean and complete, as its spotless dial and thick case would indicate. The presence of the original Gay Frères bracelet with correct 1A endlinks is a nice touch as well, which is also complemented by the original IWC box. If you want a genuinely top-tier IWC without having to try your luck at auction, this is the fake watch for you.
The collector Kevin O'Dell is offering this piece for $9,500. More information and photos can be found on his Instagram feed, @theydid.Replica Rolex Patek-philippe Iwc Omega Heuer Bring-a-loupe