Watch Insider’s Top 10 Watches Under €10K With In-House Movements

A regular reader, Nick Senn, inspired me to compile this Top 10 list recently, focusing on Swiss replica watches uk brands that offer models with in-house movements at what most aficionados would consider affordable prices. Here we re-present the list, with links to more info on several of the watches.

The upper limit of price here is 10,000 euros — not inexpensive, but in this day and age, quite reasonable for a cheap replica watches uk with a top-notch manufacture movement. You will find mostly larger, established watch brands listed here, rather than smaller, “exotic” brands, because these are the brands capable of producing movements in larger quantities and this of keeping prices a bit lower. Also, the brands shown here will tend to have a history of quality and offer good, worldwide after-sale service.

Breitling Transocean Chrono GMT: The chronograph specialist has shown with its in-house Caliber B04, and all its various versions, that hard work pays off. The price of this replica Breitling watches starts at €7,560, with a leather strap.

Breitling Transocean Chrono GMT

Cartier Calibre de Cartier Chronographe: Cartier has made great strides recently in becoming a true manufacture. The brand now offers numerous best replica watches with in-house movements to its customers. The Chronographe is equipped with Caliber 1904-CH MC. The watch shown here, with a steel bracelet, sells for €9,050.

Cartier Calibre de Cartier Chronographe

Chopard Superfast Power Control: With its new Fleurier Ébauches calibers, Chopard now has a range of in-house movements that are much more affordable than its existing L.U.C variants. The Superfast models are the first to be outfitted with them. Other collections, such as the Mille Miglia, will follow suit soon. The price of the replica watches uk shown with rubber strap: €7,990. Click here for more on the Chopard Superfast collection.

Chopard Superfast Power Control

Glashütte Original Sixties Blue: This German manufacture offers a wide range of in-house calibers. The new Sixties with a blue dial, containing automatic Caliber 39-52, is a particularly good deal. The Swiss replica watches here, with a leather strap, goes for €5,700. There is also a version with a big date, which you can read about here.

Glashütte Original Sixties blue

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar: This historic manufacture in Switzerland’s Vallée de Joux makes a wide array of movements, including  the one in this replica watch uk sale, Caliber 866. The Master Calendar on leather strap is priced at €8,450.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar

Montblanc TimeWalker TwinFly Chronograph: The renowned pen maker has become a serious watch manufacturer as well. The brand offers several in-house calibers for a reasonable price. This top Swiss replica watches contains Caliber MB LL100, with second-time-zone indication and fly-back chronograph.  The price on a leather strap: €6,590. (For Martina Richter’s review of the Montblanc TimeWalker TwinFly Chronograph, click here.)

Montblanc TimeWalker TwinFly Chronograph

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra >15.000 Gauss: Omega offers a wide range of well-made calibers, all offering an Omega-exclusive co-axial-escapement and now,  a movement that is totally antimagnetic. The first watch with this movement — €4,550 on a steel bracelet — offers real value for the money. For more info, read our article on this replica Omega watches.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra >15.000 Gauss

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 2500m 3 Days Titanio: The Swiss-made brand with Italian heritage now has an impressive portfolio of in-house movements. This distinctive divers’ fake watches uk is equipped with the automatic caliber P.9000. On a rubber bracelet, it sells for €9,200.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 2500m 3 Days Titanio

Rolex GMT-Master II: Even though Rolex prices have gone up dramatically in the past few years (that’s also why they hold their value, by the way), I would say that nearly all steel Rolexes are still a good deal. The new 2013 GMT is equipped with the in-house caliber 3186. The price of the Swiss fake watches uk shown here, with steel bracelet: €6,800. Click here for more detail on the new Rolex GMT-Master II.

Rolex GMT-Master II

Zenith Pilot GMT: When Jean-Frederic Dufour (recently named CEO of Rolex) took over Zenith, he brought the brand back to its roots. Today, it offers a wide range of excellent and affordable in-house calibers. This Zenith Pilot watch is equipped with the Elite 693. This 2015 cheap replica watches sells for €6,000.

Zenith Pilot GMT

Close-Up: Rolex GMT-Master II “Batman”

Black for  the night sky, blue for day — these colors just make sense, but if you expected to find them on the bezel of one of the world’s most famous GMT watches, the Rolex GMT-Master II, you would have been disappointed, until recently. In this article from WatchTime’s October 2013 issue, we take a look at the cheap Rolex replica watches that has been nicknamed “Batman.”

New bezel colors don’t usually generate a buzz heard ‘round the world, but this is Rolex. The bezel is the story here, so we’ll continue down that road. It’s fashioned from Cerachrom – replica Rolex’s watches version of ceramic, and though the bezel is two colors, it is a single piece. You might think “Of course it’s one piece; they just paint it two colors,” but that’s not how Rolex does things. Vintage collectors may love weathered, faded bezels, but today’s versions are built to last, so nothing is painted. The bezel is formed as a single piece, and in this instance, the whole thing starts out blue. Black is added to half of the bezel early in the production process when the ceramic is still permeable.

Once the bezel hardens, the 24 hour graduations are engraved into the surface, then coated with a thin layer of platinum. Finally, a diamond polish produces a high gloss. According to Rolex, the final product is virtually scratchproof, highly corrosion-resistant, and its color is unaffected by ultraviolet rays, so it won’t fade.

Rolex GMT-Master II - front

Rolex enthusiasts love to give their replica Breitling watches nicknames like “Kermit,” “Pan Am,” and “Fat Lady,” to name just a few. The new GMT started picking up bezel-inspired handles almost immediately: “Poweraid,” “Bruiser” and “Phantom” among them. But “Batman” seems to be the one that’s sticking.

To complement the bezel, the Swiss replica watches UK for salesports a color-coordinated blue 24-hour hand and blue Chromalight luminous material on the hands and hour markers. Otherwise, most of the features carry over from the original 116710 GMT-Master II model. (The new model is Reference 116710BLNR.) The case retains its classic 40-mm diameter, and it is fashioned from corrosion-resistant 904L stainless steel. A Triplock crown ensures 100- meter water resistance. The model 78300 Oyster bracelet is also 904L steel with polished center links and an Easylink clasp offering a 5-mm comfort extension.

The sapphire crystal offers double nonreflective coatings and a trademark Cyclops magnifier over the date. The white-gold hands turn above a black lacquer dial. Below the dial, the COSC-certified Caliber 3186 movement features a Parachrom hairspring with Breguet overcoil. Price: $8,950.

Rolex GMT-Master II - side

Close-Up: Breguet Classique 5717 Hora Mundi

The Breguet Classique Hora Mundi, in simple terms, is the first example of a mechanical timepiece with an instant-jump time zone display. All of the displays jump between time zones with the push of a button. Once you see it, the concept is so intuitive, you wonder why it has not been done before.

The Breguet Classique Hora Mundi is equipped with the 5717 self-winding mechanical movement, which is based on Caliber 777 with a silicon escapement, in this case fitted with an additional module. The dial displays hours, minutes and seconds via centrally-mounted hands. The date is at 12 o’clock, and the city or time zone indicator is at 6. A large sun/moon or day/night display rests between 3 and 4 o’clock.

The instant-jump time zone feature with fully-synchronized displays is the showstopper. This is a world-first for a mechanical cheap Swiss replica watches uk, and indeed this timepiece has generated four patent applications. Here’s how it works:

From among the 24 available time zones, the wearer preselects two cities for which he wishes to display local time. Once set, he can instantly change all displays from one city to the other by pressing on the combined crown/pushpiece at 8 o’clock. For example, assume it is 4 p.m. in Paris on the 25th of the month. Rotating the combined crown/push-piece reveals “Paris” in the window at 6 o’clock, then the crown at 3 o’clock is used to set the hands to 4 o’clock and the date to 25, taking care that the day/night indicator shows the sun. For quick display of the local time in Sydney, the crown/push-piece is rotated to bring up the name of the Australian city in the window at 6 o’clock; the best Swiss replica watches then automatically sets itself to Sydney time. Accurate operation during setting is ensured by a stop second system. Since the difference in time is nine hours, the hour hand will move forward by nine hours. At the same time, the date will change to the 26th and the day/night indicator will turn to show the moon. When it is 4 p.m. in Paris, it is 1 a.m. the next day in Sydney. Once the cheap replica Cartier watches has been preset, the instant-jump time zone display system will instantly change all the indications – hour, date and day/night – from Paris time to Sydney time when the wearer presses on the crown/push-piece.

Breguet Classique 5717 Hora Mundi

The Hora Mundi also offers an original date display that makes use of a dragging disc. The disc appears in a window on the dial at 12 o’clock. The window is large enough to show three consecutive dates at once. To avoid any confusion in reading the date, Breguet’s top replica watchmakers have added a tiny retrograde hand, hidden beneath the dial except for the tip, and ending in a small circle that surrounds the date as soon as it appears at the left side of the date window. The hand follows the date through the day until it disappears at the right side of the window. At midnight, the hand jumps back to the left side of the window to indicate the date of the day just beginning.

The Hora Mundi’s four patent applications claim 1) a timepiece comprising a mechanism with two time zones, 2) the display of a time zone on demand via the main set of hands, 3) a programmable and reprogrammable mechanical memory wheel for a timepiece, and 4) a mechanism for displaying a temporal dimension by means of a dragging hand.

The Breguet Hora Mundi case measures 44 mm in diameter by 13.55 mm thick, and it is available in in 18k rose gold or 950 platinum, both water-resistant to 30 meters. The hands run over a solid gold dial available in three versions: the Americas, the European and African continents, or Asia and Oceania. The dial’s periphery has a silvered and circular satin-brushed finish, a border that is hand-engraved on a rose engine, and red-gold hour markers – or platinum depending on the case version. The dial’s center, depicting a view of the globe, is stamped and hand-engraved on a rose engine to create a “wave” motif on the oceans. The oceans are then given multiple coats of lacquer and the continents are polished. On the day/night indicator, the sky is made of lapis lazuli containing numerous pyrite inclusions that look like tiny specks of gold and represent the stars. The sun and moon are made of solid gold: yellow gold for the sun, rhodium-plated yellow gold for the moon. The cover for this disc, representing a cloud and bearing the Breguet name and the 2015 cheap replica watches UK serial number, is also made of silvered 18k gold and engraved entirely by hand.

Additional technical information appears below the photo.

Breguet Classique 5717 Hora Mundi - back

BREGUET CLASSIQUE HORA MUNDI – SPECS
Ref. 5717BR/US/9ZU

Case: Round, in 18K rose gold with finely fluted caseband. Caseback hand-engraved on a rose engine and fitted with a sapphire crystal. Rounded lugs welded to the case, with screw-pins securing the strap. Screw-locked crown at 3 o’clock. Push-piece/crown at 8 o’clock. 44-mm diameter. Water-resistant to 3 bar (30 meters).

Dial 18k gold depicting the American continent, hand-engraved on a rose engine with a “wave” motif beneath a translucent lacquer. Silvered and hand-engraved day/night indication in 18k gold. Individually numbered and signed Breguet. Applied chapter ring with Roman numerals. City indication at 6 o’clock. Date aperture at 12 o’clock. Open-tipped Breguet hands in blued steel.

Movement: Self-winding, numbered and signed Breguet. Instant time-zone jump with synchronized date, day/night and city indications. Cal. 77F0 composed of base Caliber 777 with additional plate. 12 lignes. 43 jewels. 55-hour power reserve. Oscillating weight in 18k gold, hand-engraved on a rose engine. Flat balance-spring and Swiss straight-line lever escapement in silicon. Breguet balance wheel with four adjusting screws. 4 Hz frequency. Adjusted in six positions.

Strap: Alligator leather.

Also available with European or Asian dials and in 950 platinum with Asian, American or European dials.

Dive Watch Test: Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial

Recently, our editors went 11 feet under water to test various divers’ watches for legibility, ease of use, and toughness in actual diving conditions. One of these best luxury replica watches UK, all of whose test results were revealed in WatchTime’s December 2012 issue, was the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial.

The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-axial boasts very high-quality, well-crafted components, which contribute to its considerable sturdiness. The case, made of titanium, suffered only the slightest scratches during our test dive: The faint blemishes were almost impossible to detect on the sides of the case, which are satin finished.

The bezel remained unscathed because it has ceramic inlays like those on the bezel of another watch we tested, the Oris Tubbataha. The numerals and indices on the Omega’s bezel are made of “liquid metal,” a metal alloy with such a low melting point (400 degrees Celsius) that the molten metal can be pressed into the bezel’s notches without damaging the surrounding ceramic.

Steel alloys ordinarily used for men’s replica watches have a hardness between 200 and 240 Vickers, but liquid metal is harder: 600 Vickers. The ceramic used for the bezel is even harder (1,200 Vickers), so after the liquid metal has been pressed into the notches, any excess alloy can be scraped away without marring the ceramic. Omega’s combination of ceramic and liquid metal results in a very hard and finely crafted dive-time ring.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean - front/back

The ceramic on our test cheap Omega replica watches has the same lush blue color as the carefully crafted dial and the rubber strap. With its organic-looking surface and contrasting stitching, the rubber strap looks like leather and makes an elegant impression. It has a sturdy titanium clasp with two safety buttons and an embossed Omega logo.

The bezel is easy to turn, provided the wearer’s diving gloves are no thicker than 3 mm. The rotating bezel clicks cleanly into each of its half-minute settings without wiggling.

User-friendliness is unfortunately not as good under water as it is above. Reading the dive time is extremely difficult because the bezel doesn’t provide enough contrast. But even the time of day can be hard to make out: The hour and minutes hands, both with arrowheads, are so similar that they can be difficult to tell apart in turbulent or murky water. If you descend to darker depths, the luminous paint on the hands is too sparse to assure absolute clarity.

The paint itself shines very brightly and the minutes hand, unlike all the other displays, glows yellow rather than green. The indices are nice and wide, too. These features combine to make the time very easy to read on land both day and night. The poor legibility only occurs under water, so the watch’s legibility received an overall rating of “good” in our test.

Another shortcoming – and one that we found on nearly all of our test watches – is the crystal’s inability to compensate for the peculiar way that light refracts under water. The front crystal is highly reflective: If you turn the top replica watches uk even slightly, the dial you could read a moment ago can change into a totally reflective surface.

This effect disappears entirely when you return to the water’s surface, where you can view the face from the side to enjoy the three-dimensional look of the dial, which has applied indices and an applied logo. We weren’t so happy with the black date disk: It’s the only element that doesn’t match the blue of the rest of the fashion Swiss replica watches.

The date display can be reset backward if necessary, rather than having to move it dozens of days forward. It jumps forward to tomorrow or back to yesterday as necessary when you set the hour hand forward or backward in hourly increments.

The watch contains Omega’s own automatic Caliber 8500, which deserves kudos for its distinctive embellishments and modern construction, including a balance bridge rather than a balance cock, a freely swinging hairspring, and four regulating screws on the balance. The balance spring is made of silicon.  Download the full review here.

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