We all suspect that Swiss made fake Rolex and IWC will probably introduce new iterations of the Milgauss and Ingenieur models this year. The prime opportunity to do so would be at Watches and Wonders, which is happening at the end of next month. But actually, that wasn’t the inspiration for this article. No, it was an Instagram post that I stumbled upon while scrolling through my feed. When I saw it, I immediately showed it to my colleague Lex, who was sitting right next to me. Both of our jaws dropped to the floor, and we were getting more and more excited with each picture that we looked at. But then we saw its price tag…
The fat-bezel fake Rolex Milgauss
I’m talking about this 1959 cheap replica Rolex Milgauss ref. 6541 that’s being offered for $265,000 in the US. Of course, this is way out of our league, but it’s still nice to dream big sometimes. It looks so good with that textured dial and the applied markers at each quarter that match the sword-style hands. And then, of course, there’s the cherry on top in the form of that high-voltage seconds hands. The 39mm case and the wide bezel show you that this copy watch can take a beating. But I guess I should go and look at other options.
A later 1:1 replica Rolex Milgauss reference 1019 isn’t cheap either, and it doesn’t have that quirky seconds hand. But with a value somewhere between €20,000 and €30,000, it’s certainly a lot more affordable than the 6541 mentioned above. I’d go for one with a silver dial, like this one from South Africa, for example. The bracelet definitely needs some TLC to get rid of the play, but the lume on the dial looks finger-licking good! But let’s see whether there’s a nice luxury replica IWC Ingenieur UK out there for even less than this US$25,000 Milgauss.
An IWC Ingenieur replica without an integrated bracelet, please!
I’ve never really been a fan of AAA quality replica IWC’s Ingenieur models with integrated bracelets. Of course, they’re high quality fake watches made for a specific purpose, but they look too awkward to me to ever seriously consider buying one. If I were going to buy a pre-owned Ingenieur, I think I’d go for the devil’s reference 666. For example, this one from Japan, offered for ¥478,500 (about €3,350), looks great with a nice patina on the dial. It’s the perfect under-the-radar engineer’s copy watch. It almost looks like a very straightforward everyday watch with the time and a date function, but the 13mm thickness tells you that there’s a little more going on here.
I’m curious whether or not Swiss movement copy IWC UK will go the integrated-bracelet route for the upcoming reintroduction of the Ingenieur. I guess most people are waiting for a version with an integrated bracelet. And even though IWC super clone for men would be a little late to the game, I think that style is still very popular these days. But wouldn’t it be cool to see a re-edition that’s inspired by the earlier Ingenieurs?