The fake Omega Seamaster 300M is undoubtedly one of the great watches on sale today and it’s such a standard that it’s almost out of the limelight. It comes in all sorts of flavors, but the plain Jane steel 42mm version on a bracelet is about as good as they come. Now, I was never a massive fan of the original 300M series, but when Omega copy dropped the current model several years ago, I became a convert.
This 42 mm replica Omega watch made serious strides in finishing and styling. The ceramic dial looks great, the in-house movement is METAS certified, and even the helium valve is a bit less noticeable. The best thing is that this watch comes in a wide variety of dial colors and retails for €5,100.
Not only does that price make it a compelling alternative to something like the Submariner, but these watches are actually available. If I compare this watch to the Tudor, the steel bracelet copy Omega has one real advantage. To those who aren’t watch nuts, the Omega name carries tons of cache.
People know high-end copy Omega and more often than not, they’re even more comfortable wearing one instead of a Rolex. I’ve had no less than three colleagues ask me about this fake watch. Guess what? All three brought one home.
Let’s start this list with something that oozes ’70s style. The top quality fake Omega Constellation Marine Chronometer ref. 398.0836 is the epitome of a 1970s watch because of its style and its quartz movement. During the most stylish decade ever — I’m not kidding — even the Constellation collection got an injection of wild and quirky design. The rectangular-shaped case was manufactured in Italy by Fernando Fontana and produced in Sesto Calende. It was cut from a single block of steel, and looking from the side, it has the style of a truncated pyramid. Add the 14ct gold bezel, the characteristic screws, and the typical way of integrating the text in the dial, and you end up with something extraordinary.
The case dimensions are 32.7mm wide, 49mm in length, and 12.9mm thick. The original bracelet that came with the watch was a solid heavy-links bracelet that gives the watch extra ’70s style. Putting the watch on your wrist is like putting a bracelet on your wrist. But don’t be fooled because this is a technical masterpiece. When Omega started developing its 2,4 Mhz Megaquartz series, the brand had set their minds to developing the most accurate quartz timepiece ever. And in 1974, when the cheap copy Omega Constellation Marine Chronometer was introduced, it had been certified as a “Marine Chronometer” with a routine variation of fewer than 0.002 seconds per day. Until this day, it makes it the only wristwatch ever to receive this extraordinary distinction. Unbeaten accuracy and style Looking at the catalog from back in those days, the watch was marketed as having a deviation of a maximum of one second per month. As a result, Omega had to come up with a way to set the seconds hand. To do so, the brand came up with a system called TSA (time second adjustment). It lets you adjust the hour hand independently with the crown. A separate small pusher next to the crown was introduced to hack the second hand with the atomic time signal for ultimate accuracy. The initial movement that made this possible was the Omega Caliber 1511. For the non-Marine Chronometer versions of the Megaquartz line, perfect copy Omega used the Omega Caliber 1510. For a long time, people believed that Caliber 1510 was less accurate. That, however, turned out to be not true. Later models (ref. 398.0832) used the Omega Caliber 1516 and featured a smaller case. The true magic for me is in the original ref. 398.0836 with its bigger case. A total of 5682 Omega Marine Chronometers were tested and certified in Becsançon. As they are made up of Caliber 1511 and Caliber 1516, the number of watches with ref. 398.0836, and Caliber 1511 is even smaller. The unique production number on the small plate on the case will tell you more details about your watch. The guys are omegamegaquartz did a great job in researching the different references. It’s not hard to find a steel bracelet replica Omega Constellation Marine Chronometer. There are always several pieces available on different platforms. Prices start at roughly 2.5K and move up to 4K for a piece in great condition. What you will get in return is unbeaten in both style and accuracy.
In this one year of ownership, I have worn the luxury fake Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321 a lot. My doubts about the sapphire crystal and ceramic bezel disappeared quickly. Not only because of practical reasons, as I started to wear this watch almost on a daily basis. But also because I think that if Omega would have fitted a Hesalite crystal and an aluminum bezel, it would have been a complete copy of the original Speedmaster 105.003 “Ed White” from the 1960s. I don’t think it was the intention to create exactly the same watch or recreate something vintage. But instead, a vintage-inspired replica watch for sale that has some modern practical features for everyday use. The sapphire crystal, two actually, also add some weight to the watch.
All the details of the case, dials, and hands are things I find myself admiring when wearing this watch. The faux-patina on the hour markers and hands seem to also have worried a few people, but it comes across more yellow-ish on pictures than in real life. Also, people who picked up theirs let me know afterwards their doubts about this completely disappeared. I never felt it was a topic, to begin with, but perhaps because not everyone had or has been able to see this stainless steel bracelet copy Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321 in the flesh. Really, it is no issue. Incredibly comfortable What I also quite enjoyed about this watch, is the comfort. I already touched the topic on the bracelet and its comfort, but the case diameter of 39.7mm definitely adds to that as well. I have two other straight-lug Speedmaster, the other Moonwatches are all 42mm with lyre lugs. My wrists measure 19cm in size, but the dimensions of the 39.7mm copy Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321 fit me very well. I have been asked to put the watch on a leather strap on multiple occasions, but I never did. I also never tried the velcro and NATO strap that come with this watch. Why? I simply never felt the necessity or urge to do so. I have plenty of 19mm straps, but this steel bracelet is so incredibly comfortable and nice looking, that I simply don’t want to.
The clasp has no quick adjustment system, you just need to move up or down a hole. It is very easy to do with a toothpick, and you can extend or shorten the bracelet in steps of 1/3rd of a link. Sure, it is a pity there is no easy adjustment system, also given the price tag of this watch, but on the other hand, it might have resulted in a large clasp. And truth to be told, I never changed it in the last 12 months.
In our world driven by novelties and social media, it’s sometimes easy to forget things that have been presented only a few years ago. But today, we’ll give a look at a watch that is somehow underrated, a discreet model that, however, encompasses all the savoir-faire of fake Omega… and more. With its focus on precision, and the addition of one of the most practical types of calendar, the Constellation Globemaster Annual Calendar is full of arguments, but also some polarizing details. So today, we’ll give a look back at this timepiece.
A TRIBUTE TO EARLY CONSTELLATION WATCHES As we explained in this in-depth historical article, the Constellation is one of the most enduring collections of Omega. It even came to life before the legendary Speedmaster. While today the name often refers to watches with integrated bracelets and bezel with signature claws, the high quality replica Omega Constellation started its life with a different objective.
Following a limited edition watch in 1948 to celebrate Omega’s centenary, the brand unveiled the series-produced Constellation, a family of luxury copy watches originally destined for men fitted with calibre 354, in 1952. Among multiple emblematic features, some distinguished the first members of the Constellation family: a star and the name of the watch above the 6 o’clock marker and a sealed caseback with a medallion featuring the Observatory of Geneva crowned by a constellation of eight stars. While multiple movements were available – calibres 351, 352, and 354 with bumper rotors and replaced four years later by calibres 500, 501, 505 and subsequently, in 1966 with calibre 561 for the date model, and eventually calibre 564 – all will be entirely devoted to precision, with chronometer certification. And this will become one of the hallmarks of the Constellation.
Another important feature of the early models is a design trait, the so-called “pie-pan” dials. With its raised central area and sloping peripheral chapter ring for the hour markers, the dial looked just like an upside-down pie-pan investing the watch with depth and originality. Described as a “12-sided” dial, the pie-pan models are hotly contested among vintage watch collectors.
With this in mind, and looking at the current collection… Well, you might now understand where most of the design elements are coming from. THE COMEBACK OF THE ORIGINAL CONSTELLATION CONCEPT, WITH THE GLOBEMASTER In 2015, Omega will unveil something fundamental for the brand, which isn’t a watch, but its Master Chronometer certification, now spread around almost the entire collection. In addition to COSC chronometer certification, the Master Chronometer certification goes eight steps further and replicates real-life wearing conditions to ensure the Swiss movement copy watch is resistant to magnetic fields and water – a certification that was conceived together with the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology METAS.
In order to present this new certification, which represents the epitome of precision and reliability for the brand, Omega decided to revamp the Constellation name, which was already representing, back in the days, the best of precision from Biel. And as an ode to the early cheap copy Omega Constellation watches, the Globemaster features a “pie-pan” dial and the Observatory of Geneva on the back. Originally presented in 2015 as a time-and-date watch, with an hour hand that can be set independently, the brand launched the following year a model with a highly interesting complication, the annual calendar.
More than any other genre, dive replica watches tend to look the most natural in steel and gold. I think it’s their easy going, highly versatile personality. A dive watch looks just as good at the beach as it does on a yacht as it does at the public pool, so it’s not much of a stretch to say it would pass muster in any metal – or combination thereof – that you can come up with. OMEGA – as you no doubt are aware – makes one of the best dive watches out there in its high quality copy Omega Seamaster Diver 300M collection. It shouldn’t be any surprise, then, that the series is replete with two-tone options. But here’s the kicker: Do you choose traditional yellow gold and steel – dearly departed ’80s Week would approve – or a combination of steel and OMEGA’s proprietary Sedna gold alloy?
(Sedna gold, as a reminder, blends gold – at least 75 percent of the final mixture – with copper and palladium to create a unique red gold variant with a particularly long lasting color.) I have my eye on the black dial and rubber strap combination in Sedna gold and steel, but there’s also something about the blue dial and bracelet option in yellow gold and steel that makes it difficult to choose. Sedna gold works nicely in both blue and black options, but I particularly appreciate how it complements the engraved black ceramic dial. Yellow gold and blue, on the other hand, is an old-school combination that immediately catches the eye. There are five different two-tone black rubber strap fake OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M variants currently available in the HODINKEE Shop. Each one features a bezel, crown, helium-escape valve, handset, hour markers, and inner bracelet links (when applicable) made of either yellow gold or Sedna gold. Pricing starts at $6,900, and extends up to $10,500.