Panerai is one of the most iconic luxury watches brand. Loved by some, hated by few, it certainly makes a big impact when you see one. If you ask me, they are very east to recognize. The big, bulky case and the several dial models make it obvious that we’re talking about a Panerai timepiece.
The watch was released 2005, which means about 11 years ago, so naturally you’d assume that would give replica manufacturers plenty of time to start reproducing this beautiful watch. But sadly, this hasn’t happened on a large scale.
These watches were the first to glow in the dark of the depth of the seas. Panerai was actually the supplier for the Royal Italian Navy. This is how their history begun. I’ve always been fascinated by Panerai’s beginnings.
About the Radiomir, if you were curious about where does its name come from, I will tell you. Radiomir comes from radium, an element used in the making of these watches. The PAM isn’t an exact replica.
It’s a larger size, an oversize vintage watch that looks just remade for the current trends if you’d like. I like wearing this kind or Panerai replica because they’re rarely seen as fake watches and they come in so many variations that I’m having a hart time believing that someone has such an extensive knowledge to spot this one out for a fake straight-up. And the chances of meeting that person that just might do it are so very slim.
Launched in 1984, the Chronomat has become since one of the most important Breitling collections. These timepieces are known as supreme instruments for professionals. The Chronomat 44 it’s a symbol for performance, sporting feats and exceed personal limits. When the Raven model was launched, I thought that this is what Breitling did through this new design, they have surpassed their limits.
Perhaps that’s a bit of an overstatement, because I don’t consider replica watches (watches in general as well) to be pieces of jewelry, although there are some fine looking bling-bling exceptions out there. Nevertheless, I believe that watches reflect one’s taste, style, aspirations and ultimately, his personality. That’s why I think a watch should have its own, distinct, strong personality and fake Breitling watches are chock full of that.
Released three decades later after the first Chronomat was launched, the Raven has brought some novelty with it. The traditional Chronomat design was reinvented. It has come with an original new look and a focus on performance. Its features are more sporty and it has a much more technical appearance.
This baby is powered by a Japanese quartz movement. The gen comes with a 7750 type movement, probably modified by Breitling, but honestly, this doesn’t bother me at all. The running seconds hand is pretty small so it’s hard to tell that it’s not sweeping and the big chronograph seconds hands has a really nice sweeping motion.
Plus, don’t forget that nothing beats the accuracy of a quartz movement and if you don’t plan on wearing the watch everyday, you better don’t mind setting the time and date every time you get it on your wrist.
For all those who simply love racing as much as they love watches, Breitling for Bentley Barnato Racing is without a doubt a remarkable chronological work of art. It was named after the very famous race car driver Woolf Barnato.
He was part of the legendary Bentley team who won many races during the 1920s. At the moment, the Barnato Racing is one of the most sought after timepieces and it has won the hearts of numerous watch fans.
The issue is slightly compensated with extra-broad hour and minute hands, in addition to hour markers of the identical width: the various components are generously engrossed in Superluminova and can often be readable even just in the murkiest waters.
Another big mistake regarding the design of this Bentley Barnato Racing replica is the bezel. The bezel on my fake watch is not the standard Navitimer bezel, the one that comes with all original Navitimer timepieces. It is a Bentley bezel. And this mix-up is a clear sign that the watch is a poor replica.
But as you can tell in the photos above, its about wrist presence and class… and also the Breitling for Bentley Barnato Racing has both of them! This watch looks incredible around the wrist with it’s enourmous size yet keeps an amount of sophistication rarely connected with wrist clocks of the size like the Bentley Barnato Racing which is commonly less class, more jewelry/sporty. Inside the case is hidden a Swiss Valjoux 7750 automatic movement, embellished with 26 jewels.
While chronographs remain certainly one of the best horological genres, I concede that, sadly, some good examples can be displayed cluttered and hard to decipher. Thankfully, no such allegations could be levelled only at that chronograph which communicates using its individual with superb lucidity. Feuille, or leaf formed, hands beautifully indicate Arabic numbers, denoting time.
As the company evolved towards the idea of luxury, so did their timepieces and the people wearing them became more and more reluctant to exposing their wristwatch to even the smallest splash of water or the possibility of it getting all scratched up.
Alright, why does this fake IWC Portuguese has a solid back case, as opposed to the original model, which has a see-thru sapphire crystal one? Simple. It’s powered by a Japanese quartz movement, which keeps perfect time, as you’d expect from one of these babies.
This doesn’t bother me at all, considering that I probably won’t wear it every day, so I needn’t worry about the power reserve going bust and having to set the time again. Not that it’s hard, but still, I would prefer not to. Plus, some automatic movements don’t have a working chronograph function.
The watch is designed for pilots and has three chronographs. The design is made to resemble a fighter jet cockpit even to the way the date display looks like an altimeter. The three chronographs show time in hours minutes and seconds.
A fun watch for sure. Stylish and casual if you want it. Easy to accessorize with anything and such a simple and clean design. You do get a stopwatch function on the 12 o’clock chronograph and the 6 o’clock chrono is a small seconds hand.