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If motor racing and precision timekeeping nostalgia is your thing, then Phillips Geneva auction kicked off with 42 spectacular chronographs from Heuer in the 60’s and 70’s.  From a time when motor racing was more of a gladiatorial sport than a procession around the track; where they used milk bottle tops for brake pads and wore short sleeved shirts to improve their sun tan. TAG Heuer cheap fake watches have perhaps not received the plaudits they should and there is, thanks to Steve McQueen, an overemphasis on the Monaco. Hence, this was an occasion to not only see the considerable line up of Heuer watches from arguably the most productive and imaginative era in the company’s history, but also (with the necessary funds) acquire some of the rarest and well preserved examples.

There was considerable interest in the sale, in the room and one various forms of media.  Online bidding played a strong part in this sale in moving prices and watches at the final bid. Vintage chronographs are definitely “en vogue” at the moment and with the likes of TAG Heuer, Longines, and Tudor all issuing “heritage” chronographs based on past designs.

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All watches in the sale were sold (one lot was withdrawn) and nearly all went over or substantially over the high estimate. The star of the show was undoubtedly Lot 3: The Heuer Autavia ‘Big Sub’, 1st execution dial, 2nd execution hands, but with the necessary documentation to show that was exactly how it left the factory in 1962.  All in, this watch went for CHF 137,500, above the high estimate, but only just. The best performance went to Lot 16: The Carrera “Yachting” with a rare tropical dial featuring a register at 3 o’clock displaying blue-printed sailing indications; selling for CHF 58,750 (more than three times the high estimate).

Examples than the ones auctioned by Phillips on this occasion. Also, there are now committed collectors for most brands out there; the auction market is no longer the preserve of the Patek and Rolex grail watches. However, with the general rise in the auction market in luxury TAG Heuer replica watches, even watches of this standard and vintage are beginning to see price escalation. If you bought low, and bought wisely, you are smiling now. For me, if I could have, I would have gone with Lot 11: A pristine example of a very rare Carrera ‘Indianapolis Speedway’ Dato 45: Made for the Speedway gift shop in about 1970.  So very iconic!  Nonetheless, even this former gift shop watch went above the high estimate for CHF 32,500!

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The sale was a great success. Not only for Phillips, but equally to show case the value in vintage watches from other brands that are preserved in exemplary condition. Vintage TAG Heuer replica watches UK are undoubtedly on the rise across the board and this sale only confirmed that. Great result for both Phillips and owners of vintage watches from brands other than those from the typical big performers at these auctions.

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Grand Seiko SBGA211 Snowflake Limited Edition Replica Watches UK

Grand Seiko’s replica watches UK famous ‘Snowflake’ has been with us for quite some time now (it was first released, as the SBGA011, in 2010), and it’s quickly earned a reputation as an exemplary everyday watch that manages to combine functionality and beauty in equal measure. Smartly, Seiko knew enough to leave one of the cores of the Grand Seiko collection well alone … until this year. The ‘new’ Snowflake is the SBGA211, and, thankfully, it’s virtually identical to the original — except for the dial. At the start of this year it was announced that Grand Seiko would be fully independent from Seiko — a move well overdue. The most obvious symbol of this change was that the characteristic (and idiosyncratic) Seiko/Grand Seiko double branding  disappeared from Grand Seiko dials, resulting in cleaner, less confusing dials. In the case of the Snowflake, this simpler design is a big improvement, giving a more balanced look that allows the wonderful texture of the Snowflake to shine.

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While this impossibly rich and subtle dial texture is what initially (and continually) wows people about the Snowflake, I actually don’t think it’s at the heart of the model’s success. I’ve worn watches with incredible dials before, and they still haven’t won me over quite as comprehensively as this comparatively simple Grand Seiko. No, the real reason the Snowflake is still such an in-demand model is because it’s an incredibly cohesive design that works on the wrist. It wears large (but not too large) at 41mm, and is neither too tall or too thin on the wrist. The titanium case and bracelet is light and exceptionally comfortable on the wrist, with a pleasing mix of polished and brushed surfaces. The case material is also a special hardened titanium, warding against scratches a little more effectively than ‘regular’ titanium. Wearing this watch reminds me strongly of wearing modern Rolex or Omega. Not stylistically (though all three brands are exceptionally good at making slightly conservative, casual, all-day, everyday pieces), but in terms of the strength of the design — the SBGA211 just feels exceptional on the wrist, and is exceptionally versatile. It’s a simple concept, but one that surprisingly few watches — let alone brands — master.

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Then, of course, there’s the movement. As I explained in my video review, Spring Drive is a genuinely innovative approach to achieving chronometric perfection, a proprietary combination of magnetic, kinetic and electrical energy, which offers the accuracy that comes with a quartz oscillator and the convenience (and many would argue, soul) of a spring-powered mechanical watch. Some people have a fundamental aversion to any high-end watch that isn’t 100 per cent mechanical, but I think the combination of the 9R65 Spring Drive movement’s beauty, exceptional accuracy (+/- 15 seconds a month officially, but unofficially often much better), 72 hours of power reserve Seiko fake watches, and the hypnotic, flawlessly smooth sweep of the seconds hand is enough to win most rational people over.

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