Sometimes it’s fun to dream a little. This is especially true when it comes to hypothetical future 1:1 Swiss replica watches purchases. With that in mind, we gave a handful of Hodinkee staffers a totally hypothetical budget of $20,000 and asked them to pick a single watch that, should they find themselves burdened with such a stack of cash, they would love to own.
The resulting high quality fake watches cover a wide range of tastes, from dressy and old school to modern designs, independent brands, and more. Take a look below and then let us know in the comments what you would pick if you were given the same budget.
Replica Rolex Day-Date Ref. 18239 Watches In White Gold
Twenty grand is a good chunk of change. For that kind of cash, I want something substantial, something timeless, something gold. But also something I can wear every day. So I landed on cheap UK fake Rolex Day-Date ref. 18239 watches in white gold. This is the Day-Date that Rolex introduced in 1988 and produced through the early 2000s. Sure, the vintage purist in me wanted to go for an even older 1803, but I decided on the more recent reference for a few reasons.
First, this is when top Rolex copy watches introduced a double quick-set caliber, meaning both the date and day can be changed with a quick turn of the crown. Second, those old examples get worn down, and the bracelets get stretchy. If I’m wearing a Day-Date, arguably the most luxurious of luxury AAA replica watches on the planet, I want to feel lavish, damn it. I want solid bracelet links, a sapphire crystal, and a date I can easily change in a few seconds.
Just in the past week, I’ve seen a couple of examples on bracelets in great condition listed for around 20 grand (here and here). I chose white gold first of all because they’re a touch more expensive than yellow gold and why wouldn’t I stretch every penny out of my budget? But also, for $20,000, I want something I can wear every day. I’m a little too self-effacing to wear yellow gold Rolex Day-Date fake watches for sale all the time, but a white gold one might be just sneaky enough that I could make it work.
And when the modern version of a Day-Date 36 costs about twice as much as this, I might even say the 18239 is something of a value proposition.
Fake Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 5000G Watches
Yes, in real life, and particularly in my real life, Tony is right. $20,000 is a lot of money. But, in the land of picking Swiss made replica watches for “content,” my initial reaction was, “well, that’s not enough.” Luckily, I found something worth my while after consulting the various watch lists I maintain for an “if I ever hit the lottery” kind of rainy day. I love a 1990s Patek. It’s a bit classic and a bit ugly or odd in the way that only this decade can deliver.
The ref. 5000 leans towards the classic end of that spectrum whereas the ref. 5085 Neptune hits the other. The resulting 2023 super clone watches is dressy enough, sporty enough, and just off the beaten track enough for me to wear most days. Flip the 5000 over, and we find an exhibition caseback showing off the caliber 240 PS. This is the same base caliber as the ref. 3940, heard of it? Beyond a nice view of Patek’s excellent finishing, I love how the movement fits this smaller case, more like it was made for this sizing as opposed to how it fits the up-sized big brother ref. 6006.
I’m taking the white gold variant of this 33.5mm best quality replica Patek Philippe Calatrava watches which can still be had right at our $20k number, luckily. At this price point, I’m looking for wearability and a bit of wow factor in a design that hits the right notes for me. From the sizing to the dial design, this “dated” Patek has all that and more.