In love with a vintage 1:1 fake TAG Heuer Monaco? Meet the classic watch alternatives

If you have recently taken a more serious peek behind the horological curtain to the world of luxury replica watches beyond, the chances are you’re already discovering it isn’t just a world – it’s a universe. Despite the myriad makes and models on offer, certain fake watches for sale consistently rise to the surface as the most talked about, the most written about and consequently the most coveted, bought and sold.

For anyone who lives life by not following the crowd – or who wants a watch they can actually get hold of – what should be on the radar? We chose five ‘legend’ high quality replica watches and asked five leading watch professionals to suggest a more imaginative alternative.

Launched in 1969 as the world’s first water-resistant, square-cased chronograph, the cheap fake TAG Heuer Monaco was meant for more sophisticated buyers than purely sports-orientated Heuers such as the Carrera and Autavia. Initially a flop, it became a horological legend after LVMH bought perfect copy TAG Heuer in 1999 and capitalised on the Monaco’s link with Steve McQueen and the 1971 car race movie Le Mans.
“If you like the squared-off case of the Swiss made fake TAG Heuer Monaco but wish the bezel channelled more of an Omega Speedmaster vibe, take a look at this Certina. It offers an automatic movement with day and date indication, but also adds a tachymeter scale to the square bezel. It’s definitely quirky but, in my opinion, there’s something undeniably cool about it.”

Since it was first shown at the Basel watch fair in 1954, the best 1:1 replica Rolex Submariner has been widely regarded as the benchmark among steel-cased dive watches. Despite the fact that millions have been sold during almost 70 years of unbroken production, it remains coveted the world over – and, as with several other Rolex super clone watches for sale, is virtually unobtainable over the counter, pushing secondary market prices way above retail.

“One of the most popular top quality replica Rolex Submariner references among vintage enthusiasts is currently the Reference 6538 version, known as the ‘Sean Connery’ because the actor wore one in his first four James Bond movies. Good examples are hard to find and values are high – but a little more than £3,000 will get you a brand new Tudor Black Bay 58 that looks very similar and is perhaps more practical to wear on a daily basis.”

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