After chalking up 2021 as the most successful year for any auction house in watch-auction history, Phillips staged its highly anticipated luxury replica watches event at La Réserve Hotel. Over two days, the bumper sale generated far more than the pre-sale estimate of CHF 14.6-27.1 million. Let me share a few noteworthy highlights and picks from our team.
Replica Omega Ref. 145.022 Watches (Lot 111), 1970 — CHF 529,200
Original best UK fake Omega Speedmaster “Alaska Project” watches (a series of four secret projects) indeed caused quite a stir. The “ALASKA II” test watches were made for the Apollo missions and delivered to NASA in 1970. These prototypes were produced in a highly restricted number and have been extensively used in the space program. To that end, the white dial and “Apollo” hands were aimed at improving legibility in space. Within the family, they are closely related to the production Omega Speedmaster Professional replica watches for sale. Hailed as an “absolute endgame” for Omega collectors, the watch in this lot is one of the few which are not in possession of Omega, museums, or NASA.
Omega “Monza” Fake Watches (Lot 168), circa 1995 — CHF 252,000
This perfect copy watches has no serial number, and thus no extract from the archives to validate its existence. Therefore, only Swiss movements Omega replica watches could verify it was real. And according to the brand, this “Monza Speedmaster” belonged to a project that was undertaken during the 1990s but eventually aborted. Donning a white dial, this prototype is marked by a never-before-seen red “Monza” signature at 6 o’clock.
Replica Omega Ref. 145.0022, 345.0022 Watches (Lot 273), circa 2003 — CHF 32,760
Without a sensational label, this top super clone watches might have flown under the radar. Well, no, not to our Speedy experts in the house — they know a gem when they see one. In fact, this rare Speedmaster Professional prototype was the first to use the Omega caliber 3200A with a date function. This very timepiece was the official cheap fake watches used in the early 2000s to test the reliability of the then-new movement. Behind the lugs are clear engravings reading “NOT FOR SALES”.
Rolex Ref. 6239 Fake Watches (Lot 116), circa 1968 — CHF 1,724,000
And no, we didn’t forget Rolex. With the biggest selection on offer, most of the wholesale Rolex replica watches fell within or around their respective estimates. The top-performing piece was one nicknamed “The Crazy Doc”, once owned by music legend Eric Clapton. This watch is the only known yellow gold Ref. 6239 with a pulsometer scale. The pulsometer was first introduced in the 1930s, when doctors would start the chronograph and use it to count the beats of a patient’s heart. You can read about vintage pulsation AAA fake watches here. This lot commanded the second-highest price paid in the whole auction and set a new world record for its reference in yellow gold.