A special watch to mark a special occasion

Three hundred and sixty-five days of 2022 have passed, and the next three hundred days and changes are ahead of us. The beginning of the New Year gives us a chance to reflect. You could call it soul searching or just chalk it up to a little random philosophical reflection. Either way, it’s a good time to prepare for the rest of the year. 
As Lex mentions in his article, you should write these things down. Otherwise, accountability can become a bit of an issue if these goals are between you, the floor, the ceiling, and the walls. The Fratello team is leading by example, as we all decided to express our 2023 horological goals as an article. That way, you, our lovely readers, can hold us accountable. I have decided to keep my goals simple. There is no need to go overboard with what you think you can achieve, so keeping these reasonable goals already makes me feel optimistic. While these goals are attainable, I don’t think they are boring at all because two of my key purchases will mark special occasions.
When faced with the prospect of purchasing a special watch, I came up with several options. With a price tag well over 8k Euros, it was clear that the Rolex 16570 was still very much out of reach. In the course of my search, many more options came to mind. In fact, the first week completely backfired. It left me dizzy with the range of options available. So with that in mind, I set some guidelines.
A lot has happened since I started writing this article. In fact, I’ve already made up my mind and even bought the watch. However, I won’t talk too much about it here. If you listen to the Fratello Talks podcast, you already know what it’s about. For this post, I’ll only reveal some of the options that have flashed through my mind.
I believe any replica watch you purchase for yourself that is not a family heirloom or a piece that you give special meaning to is for sale. These watches have satisfied my curiosity in the past, but now take up valuable space in my watch box. Selling them will not only provide a budget for future purchases, but will also clarify my collection. A few years have passed since I acquired these watches, but they just don’t fit into my collection anymore.
It’s more of a lifestyle goal than a watch-related goal. However, as someone who likes to wear (and photograph) his watches with purpose, it does tie in with my horological endeavors. It’s an easy goal, but one I really want to do more of this year.” You might ask, “Do more of what? Well, a little more of everything. Last summer, my diving plans came to naught, but I’m determined to get back in the water this year. Camera in hand and air tank on my back, I wish I could share these adventures and the watch I wore while embarking on them. But that’s just one very specific example.

1812nycadmin / April 1, 2023 / new

Luxury Best Rolex Metal Collection. 14K Gold

Gold’s role in watchmaking far predates the invention of the clock, and the precious metal can be found in the earliest time-measuring devices of various ancient cultures – sundials and millimeters in China and Babylonia.
It is favored for its visual beauty and resistance to tarnishing and corrosion, offering the perfect combination of aesthetics and function. Thus, for centuries, it has been to watch not only cases but also many inner workings forged in gold. Its durability and natural anti-magnetic properties have led it to be used to protect the back plate, bridges, and gears.  eada0b273c4613ee373d46735da5ea79-600x400
Throughout its history, the brand has offered models made from different purity of gold; 9 K and 14K were popular in their more mature years due to cost-effectiveness and certain import laws in some countries. In modern times, any Rolex watch, certainly a gold watch, is a reflection of luxury and achievement, and only 18K is considered good enough.
However, it was only in the mid-1970s, when it became legal to sell 18K gold replica watches in the United States, that the lower alloys began to fall out of fashion. You could still buy Rolex watches made of 14k until the 1990s.
Because 14K gold contains a higher percentage of hard metal, it is a more durable alloy than the 18K gold that Rolex uses exclusively today. And, because less gold is in the mix, it is also less expensive to produce.
Because of this, 14k remains one of the most popular grades in modern jewelry, and the vast majority of wedding rings in the United States are made from it.
Pure gold removed from the ground is classified as 24 karats. In addition to being virtually unusable as a watchmaking material, it has no particularly pleasing color. Beauty emerges when it is mixed with other components in varying proportions. It is easier to think of these blends in terms of “parts of a whole.” Thus, 14K is the 14 parts of the 24 types of gold.
The end of this federal legislation coincided very well with the quartz crisis that forced Rolex to change its marketing strategy. The influx of cheap and extremely accurate electronic watches from Japan effectively crippled the traditional Swiss industry, putting nearly two-thirds of them out of business in less than a decade. While they fared better than most, Rolex was still forced to start trading on other qualities inherent in their products, such as heritage, craftsmanship, and, most importantly, desire. Instead of just making the best mechanical watches, they have now become the ultimate lifestyle brand. Along with this came a commitment to using only the finest materials, and as a result, 14k gold was slowly replaced by 18k gold across the board.

1812nycadmin / September 22, 2022 / new

Rolex Yacht Prestige

Rolex Yacht Prestige vs Yacht Prestige II watches

The Rolex Yacht Prestige collection has two very different watch lines. Although they share similar names and are even members of the same collection, the Rolex Yacht Prestige and Yacht Prestige II are very different timepieces from the inside out. Historically, the “II” designation at the end of a Rolex replica watch name has been used to indicate an evolution or upgrade to an existing watch line. However, the Yacht-Master II is not an upgrade to any of Rolex’s previous watch lines and is unlike anything that has appeared in the Rolex catalog before.  49fbb7dbc2f75cbb9242afe862561385-600x400 420fe6dfbcd41c9817df93326ce27be7-600x400
So, what is the difference between the Rolex Yacht-Master and the Rolex Yacht-Master II? Please read the rest of our comparison guide to find out.
The original Yacht Prestige was released in 1992 as a luxurious version of the traditional copy Rolex watches without any specific features or complications that would make it specifically designed for boating or sailing. With a standard depth of 100 meters and a bidirectional rotating bezel made entirely of solid 18-carat gold or 950 platinum, the Yacht Prestige is designed for those who prefer the aesthetics of a sports watch but whose lifestyle does not require all its highly specialized functions.
With a 40mm case, a traditional 3-hand display, and a dial that follows the conventional design of Rolex sports watches, the original Yachtmaster’s look can best be described as a luxurious version of Rolex’s iconic Submariner. While some critical aesthetic differences help distinguish it from the rest of Rolex’s watch collection, the Yacht Prestige’s overall design is broadly similar to Rolex’s classic sports replica watches.
In contrast, the Rolex Yacht Prestige II is a highly specialized regatta chronograph featuring a programmable countdown timer with mechanical memory for instant synchronization with the official countdown clock and flyback and flyback functions. With a case diameter of 44 mm and a bezel (and dial) explicitly designed for regatta timers, the Rolex Yacht Prestige II is a watch designed for regattas.

1812nycadmin / August 28, 2022 / new

In-House and Outsourced Movements, how much do you know?

If you’ve always enjoyed debates and furious arguments, an interest in luxury replica watches is your thing. Horology gives watch aficionados endless opportunities to argue about various topics, from movements to dial text. Advocates will say for one brand against another – sometimes to the point of frenzy – or will get so passionate about the whole vintage vs. modern debate that you start to worry about their blood pressure.
One of the classic points of contention is the respective merits of luxury watches that use movements designed and built by the manufacturer itself (often referred to as “in-house” movements) versus those supplied by third parties or “outsourced” movements. As with any discussion, there are pros and cons on both sides, so below, we’ll look at things in more detail and try to figure out the details.  --IMG_2375 --IMG_2376
There is the whole issue of semantics. Most outsourced movements, especially Swiss watches, are made by ETA, which has a virtual monopoly. ETA is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Swatch Group, which owns Omega, Hamilton, Tissot, and other brands. So does this mean that those Swatch-owned manufacturers who use ETA movements can also say they make them in-house?
It’s all a bit vague and mysterious. Still, there is no doubt that the word carries a certain charm among collectors and brings with it the subtle connotations of exceptional craftsmanship, heritage, and prestige.
There are other benefits for a brand to manufacture its mechanisms, not just figuratively. Complete quality control of the entire process can only be a positive approach. Construction techniques can be standardized and explicit materials are used for each step. Moreover, for those who like to show off their handmade beauty through the sapphire case back, The fake watches can finish the movement as they wish.
That said, ETA also offers ébauches, the essential components of the movement, which can be assembled, modified, and decorated according to each company’s specific requirements. On the other hand, repairing an ETA movement is usually much cheaper than an in-house movement. It is not difficult to find a freelancer to repair an ETA. In contrast, only watchmakers working for a specific brand have the skills and equipment to work on a genuinely proprietary movement.

1812nycadmin / July 22, 2022 / new


Most Memorable Featured Storiesof Luxury Watches

Every month we buy and sell hundreds of authentic luxury replica watches from some of the most famous and prestigious manufacturers in the entire world. As you might imagine, the owner of such a company would also have a large personal collection of fine timepieces, but which one do you think would be their favorite?  rolex-datejust-31mm-278289rbr-white-gold-and-diamond-automatic-white-dial
In this article from the Wall Street Journal, we take a closer look at a watch of this description and find out exactly what makes it so special. As you can guess from the article’s title, it’s definitely a Rolex, but you’ll have to read the full story to find out which one it is
Transparency has been one of the basic principles of our replica watches since day one, and we openly post the purchase and sale prices of each model on our website. We are often referred to as the “Kelly Blue Book of Watches” because anyone can now go to our website and instantly find out what it costs to buy a watch and how much they can get for it if they plan to sell it.
Certain luxury watch brands, such as Rolex and Patek Philippe, are known for having ultra-desirable models that are completely unavailable at the retail level and sell for several times more on the pre-owned market than their original new retail price. However, this is the case for almost every brand, and for many other luxury timepieces, huge savings can often be found by shopping on the pre-owned market.
The luxury fake watch industry has grown considerably over the past decade, with more and more people interested in researching and collecting watches every year. As one of the most trusted pre-owned Rolex brands with over a decade of experience in buying and selling some of the world’s most exclusive luxury timepieces, we are often asked questions about the watch industry and its current trends.

1812nycadmin / February 16, 2022 / new

This Singular Seiko Vintage Reference Points To Japan’s Incredible Olympic History

It was a punch in the gut to fulfill executives’ desire to become a truly global brand. Shortly after the 1960 Rome Olympics, Seiko made preparations for the ’64 Games a top priority, with extensive engineering, production of many timepieces, clocks, and replica watches, and a thorough marketing effort to promote Seiko worldwide. plus9time’s Anthony Kable’s excellent analysis of the various timing devices involved in the ’64 Olympics is well worth a read.
While anything related to Seiko and the ’64 Summer Olympics is well worth collecting, there is one single reference that takes the gold medal in terms of desirability, and that is the Seiko 5718-8000 Counter Chronograph. What makes this watch stand out is its unusual feature of a two-digit counter at 12 o’clock controlled by two pushers on the left side of the case. The button at 10 o’clock advances the counter by one digit and the one at 7 o’clock advances the counter by a full 10 digits. This is a unique feature, and the only Seiko watch with this complication.
The 5718-8000 uses Seiko’s first chronograph movement, the 5719, and adds the complication to it. 5719 is known as the Crown Chronograph. According to the book “History of the Seiko Quick Timer” written by Sadao Ryugo, it was not Toshihiko Ohki, the father of the Crown Chronograph, who added the complication to the 5719 movements, thus creating the Olympic timer, but his superior Tsuneyoshi Ono.
The fake watch was made in very limited numbers. Exact production figures do not exist, but expert Erik Strickland, who owns two 5718s – the executive version with silver and gray dials – speculates that there were about 100 of them. It was only sold for 15 days, so there would not have been a large production run.
Strickland has both known executions, but finding them won’t be easy.” Diligence and time – it took about three years for the charcoal set – to check the saved searches and stay engaged,” he said of his hunt.” It sounds long, but when you’re hunting a bunch of stuff and learning, the time doesn’t really drag.” Two of his examples were shot for this story.
For him, the replica watch represents not only years of searching, but one of Seiko’s most thoughtful designs.” The chronograph hands are a different color than the running hands and have more contrast with the dial, so you read them first. White on gray, black on white. Designers often get this wrong. Also, any time you look at it, some polished hand, applied detail, or angled track will catch the light. In a way, it was the grand rise of Japan on the global stage, and for Seiko, it was the time when the brand became the “Seiko of the World” as we know it today.

1812nycadmin / November 2, 2021 / new

Getting Into Pre-owned Replica Watches?

We’ve tackled the world of vintage watches, the world of current representation, accessories, prints, and spoken word. We’ve rethought how the community can provide feedback directly to watchmakers, and we’ve even overhauled watch insurance there. We always did this with our watch lover’s hat on.
There has always been one category that we loved but didn’t know how best to contribute, and that was used watches. I want to clarify what I mean by that. It is not vintage watches, which we usually think of as watches made before 1990. And certainly not gray market watches, which for us has always represented something special in this world. What I mean here is simply watches that are defined as modern, but not brand new.
What makes the Crown & Caliber special? First of all, it’s not just a platform for you to list your best replica watches, nor is it even a consignment store. No, Crown & Caliber will buy your watch from you and get you paid for it. This solves a huge problem we see all the time – how do I move my watch so I don’t have to wait forever to get a new one?  IMG_4431 IMG_4454
Next, we want to look at the post-purchase process, which is another area where Crown & Caliber excels. After Crown & Caliber has purchased your watch, they will bring it into their state-of-the-art facility and have it inspected and serviced (if needed) by their in-house Swiss certified watchmakers. The watch will then be posted online for purchase.
We have searched the world for watch sellers and no one handles used replica watches with the integrity and customer-first perspective that Crown & Caliber does. We just love the way they do business. Yes, we are now one company and what that means for you is that in the next few months, you will see our two sites begin to work with each other to better serve you, the watch buying community.
The most amazing thing about this concept is that Hamilton Powell, the founder of Crown & Caliber, and I have been friends for many years. Neither of us is really ready for it, but the idea never left our minds. What has changed today? We are launching a small used selection on our website that will grow exponentially over time. As we’ve been saying for years, we know that selling a watch is just as important as buying one, and the level of trust required is no exception. So we’ve done this with you in mind – to make it a little easier for everyone to have an extra link in the nebulous world of watches.

1812nycadmin / May 5, 2021 / new

Luxury Replica Watch Buying Guide

Many people, including seasoned collectors, are confused when they try to distinguish between genuine and fake watches. Is it a trick? Don’t think of these words as synonyms. In this guide, you’ll learn about the huge difference between these two types of luxury fake watches and how they can help you become a more knowledgeable shopper and collector
A real watch is undisputed in origin, and not a replica or copy. This means that for something to be authentic, it has to be totally real. Authentic watches are genuine pieces from brands – think of the big players like Rolex, Tudor, Omega, Patek Philippe, and more.
We use the word authentic in the industry to distinguish between genuine watches and fakes that are widely copied and sold. When the dealer gets the watch, the first thing they do is check the authenticity of the watch. As a buyer, you should do the same. As a buyer, the first step in ensuring that you get a real watch is to buy it directly from a brand or a trusted dealer who can make sure it’s genuine.
But how can you distinguish if a watch is authentic? Well, we’ve made some useful guides to help educate buyers and collectors – both on what’s real, and how to spot inauthentic details.
To be an original watch, a watch must be a real watch. Because when you see a watch listed as original, it means that it is a real watch from the brand and has not been updated or changed since it was made and initially sold. Sometimes in the industry, we also call the original watch an “honest” watch. When we look at used fake clocks, especially old ones, we usually look for originality. This means looking for the right factory-mounted parts, whether they are scratched, notched, or faded.
We also look for things like custom details that were added after purchasing, like diamonds or enhanced bezels which were later-era additions and unoriginal to the piece. There are also a lot of buyers and collectors who will favor replica watches that have never had a polishing or servicing that could have stopped the natural aging process of the timepiece.
Decades ago, when people bought luxury watches like Rolex, it was perfectly normal for them to maintain, polish or spare parts. The problem is that while the company is using truly post-modern parts, they are still not the original parts or functions of the watch. Because this is a very common practice, if an antique watch is completely original, it is very special and valuable.

1812nycadmin / October 25, 2019 / new

Top Lady Watches from Our List

Every two years, it rolls back and forth, every two years, we hide behind the sofa, cover our eyes, cross our fingers, and the only biennial auction of replica watches — bonkers-bonanza — becomes something we can take a bite of as watch lovers. The auction, scheduled for November 9 in Geneva, has undoubtedly become a beacon in watchmaking history, not just for the often thrilling sale of luxury watches, but for the remarkable cause it supports.
The Only Watch auction was founded in 2005 to raise money to support the fight against Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Some of the best names in watchmaking have launched unique watches, and the money will go towards further research into the debilitating condition that affects thousands of people around the world.
So far, each version of this well-intentioned campaign has raised a few issues, but this year’s unique ideas from the 50 contributing brands may reflect a shift of attitudes in the industry more than ever.
Above all, the exhibition showcases striking works that are clearly designed for women. While it’s true that the replica watch industry has undergone a positive transformation, it’s worth noting that more than 10 percent of watches submitted to the industry are for women. Even though the rate is not too much, but it is a great number when considering how much easier it is to sell a unique watch to a man than it is to a woman (mainly because of market size). watches for lady IMG_2580
So the first of the top five is a watch for high-end jewelry lovers. Quartz (in this case ETA01) driven jewelry pieces like Boucheron Ajouree Amvara are often received from fans of watches, as they are really more like Philippe Dufour’s masterpiece, but I celebrate the growing number of serious watches by women, and there must be a place for these intersecting fake Rolex watches.
This may not be the brand you could imagine seeing on this list. Given that the watch is 45 millimeters in diameter, it’s not clear why it’s here. But here’s my reason: the fake watch uses a ‘classic’ feminine palette, materials, and decor. While there’s no rule that men can’t wear light blue or blue topaz, it’s just not common. As soon as I saw this Hublot, I was sure it looked best on a woman’s wrist.
On the right woman’s wrist, this piece is the most revealing of the series. It is a strong brand name, an uncompromising diameter, an unabashed expression of Hublot’s technology, and a statement of power and status that is nothing else on this list. This is a watch that you coordinate your powder blue Ferrari with a matching sunseeker yacht. It’s a brazen, unfettered journey of confidence that you see every day in the male watchmaking industry. It’s a rare style that looks very nice on a woman’s wrist. That’s why it’s cool,

1812nycadmin / September 16, 2019 / new

Brief Introduction of Replica A. Lange and Sohne Watch

A. Lange and Sohne watch was founded by Adolf Lange in 1845 and it is one of the first watchmakers to set up shop in the now-iconic town of Glashutte in Germany. Before establishing his namesake brand, Lange worked as an apprentice under experienced watchmaker J.C. Friedrich Gutkaes. They primarily made timepieces on commission for elite clients. It was here that the replica Lange not only refined his watchmaking techniques but also developed a detail-oriented and customer-focused work ethic.
Lange graduated from his apprenticeship with honors in 1835. He decided to further his education with a well-respected chronometer maker after continuing to work under Gutkaes for a few years. Soon, he returned to Glashutte to establish his own workshop. 
In the early years of the business, Lange began innovating at once. In 1846, he developed the three-quarter plate, which is still used in the brand’s movements today. In 1848, Lange was presented with a unique chance. He was provided the office of Mayor of Glashutte and accepted. During his tenure of nearly two decades, he transformed the modest town into the thriving industrial center for watchmaking we know today.
The early 1900s marked the beginning of a hard period for the fake A. Lange and Sohne and the world. The political unrest of WWI, the economic downturn that followed, and the continued strife of WWII would greatly affect the town of Glashutte and the replica watch manufacturing there.
During the Second World War, A. Lange and Sohne produced oversized replica watches for the German Air Force. However, soon following the war, the company faced severe repercussions. In the final months of the war, their workshops were caught in a bombing raid and destroyed. By 1948, the Lange family was expropriated, and the Soviet administration nationalized the company’s remaining property.
The most notable of their new offerings was the Lange 1, which incorporated a brand new patent. The outsize date draws inspiration from one of Adolf Lange’s masterpieces, a clock designed for the Semper Opera House in Dresden in 1830. This key date feature continues to be used in most of A. Lange and Sohne’s watches today.
After a decade of restoration work, the replica A. Lange and Sohne workshop reopened in the remains of the destroyed building in 1945. In the years since its re-invention, the brand has gone on to create over 40 new movements, garnering over 150 international horological prizes.

1812nycadmin / May 11, 2018 / new