It’s a funny world we live in, Daan. Here we are, six months after the perfect replica Rolex Perpetual 1908’s first bout, and now I am making a case for it. It shows that anything is possible in our Sunday Morning Showdown series. It’s also the logical effect of simple choices. And given the choice, I would still pick the Code 11.59 Selfwinding over the luxury fake Rolex Perpetual 1908 any day, as I did last year. But this is a different battle, so it calls for a different choice.
So, why would I pick the Swiss made replica Rolex over the Breguet after fiercely defending the Code 11.59 for its watchmaking merits? The answer to that is simply a matter of style. Sure, Breguet is a brand that I appreciate for all the obvious reasons. As one of the most important brands in watchmaking history, Breguet’s story is the most interesting of all. Add the focus on the traditional art of watchmaking, and there is a lot to love. And I do have a great love for the brand. Reviewing the Marine Alarme Musicale 5547 was truly a transformative experience, and the Marine Tourbillon Équation Marchante 5887 was a jaw-dropping piece. And more recently, having the chance to wear the Classique Répétition Minutes 7637 showed what makes Breguet so special. Where it gets a little complicated, however, is with super clone Breguet’s designs.
A matter of taste
Quite a few of Breguet’s replica watches online are far too classical for me. And in the end, the design decides whether I or anyone else falls in love with a watch or not. While I could choose the Classique 5157 for its representation of watchmaking tradition, stunning dial, beautiful movement, and impeccable finishing, it just would not fit my style.
It’s funny, Daan, because I love seeing you wear your white gold Classique 5907. It fits you like a glove, and on a nubuck strap, it looks amazing. But sometimes a watch is simply not for me, and that is the case with the Classique 5157. But what makes the cheap replica Rolex Perpetual 1908 the right watch for me? If you read our previous Showdown, you will see that I do not hate the Perpetual 1908. I merely question its relevance in the AAA quality fake Rolex universe. I stand by that, but it doesn’t mean that I do not prefer it over other watches from different brands.
The brilliance of copy Rolex’s design
Looking at the 1908, it simply is a masterclass in what makes best 1:1 replica Rolex so good at designing watches. The brand took the first Perpetual models from the early 1930s to inspire the new 1908. It might sound confusing with the 1908 name, but that refers to the year that Hans Wilsdorf trademarked the term “Rolex.” The design is rooted in those first Rolex Perpetual fake watches online that were made when the spirit of exploration ruled the world. With people conquering dark times in economics and politics, the ’30s also marked the age of daredevils and record-setters. Those were the days of aviation pioneers like Amelia Earhart and Howard Hughes and explorers like Knud Rasmussen and Junius Bird. These were people who conquered challenges that many had deemed impossible up to that point.
On top of that, the 1930s saw the rise of jazz music’s popularity and were the heyday of the Art Deco movement in art, design, and architecture. And those days and their accompanying spirit influenced the new 1908. But as we know from high quality replica Rolex, it’s about creating modern-day relevance for a design rooted in the past. And that is what the designers have succeeded in doing. The watch has a modern 39mm case that we know from the top super clone Rolex Cellini. But it is slimmed down to 9.5mm thanks to the new automatic caliber 7140. This modern movement doesn’t hold a candle to Breguet’s beautiful caliber 502.3 in terms of class and sophistication. Nevertheless, it is a reliable and reasonably attractive movement that will serve its users well for decades.
But where the best quality replica Rolex truly shines is in the modern interpretation of the 1930s style that inspired it. The railroad minute track and the combination of fonts used for the dial work really well. The sans-serif font for the 12-3-9 numerals is a modern nod to the Art Deco style, as is the font type used for the numerals in the sub-dial at 6 o’clock. The small seconds sub-dial, which visually rests on the cut-off indices at 5 and 7 o’clock, is another stroke of brilliance to create a visual balance that works. I know you have issues with the hands, Daan, as they seem too thick. But I think that they’re perfect in both style and execution.