Icons From Rolex, Patek Philippe, And Audemars Piguet Fake Watches UK Wholesale Are Losing Momentum

“The only way is up.” Yazz sang it back in 1988, and for investors, it’s a dogma. But what if reality is different? Much of the astronomical rise in prices for some brands’ models can be attributed to the birth and rise of a new type of collector — the AAA UK replica watches investor. But the only way is no longer up. Yes, on the secondary watch market, premiums for selected timepieces are still at historical and hysterical highs. But there are signs that the rise of Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Audemars Piguet icons is losing momentum. Are we witnessing the start of a massive and quick downfall? Or are we merely looking at a normal and natural correction?

Love for a watch can be based on passion, but it also can be based on greed. When you truly love a watch with all your heart, you don’t care too much about how it performs on the secondary market. That’s because you like wearing it way too much, and you don’t dream of selling it. But when you are an investor, your love for a watch is purely and solely based on its financial performance. The way investors operate has made a huge impact on the watch market, not just in terms of price developments, but also in the way that high quality fake watches are perceived.

Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Audemars Piguet icons

For better or worse, it’s all about the money. Unstable financial markets and low interest rates made money worthless to investors. However, 1:1 luxury replica watches from the most prestigious and famous brands — the main players are Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Audemars Piguet — proved to be a great alternative. Thanks to a perfect storm that, apart from low interest rates, also consisted of a global virus outbreak and production shortages, the secondary watch market experienced a period of unprecedented growth since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020.

The arrival of aggressive watch investors created a feeding frenzy that both bewildered and disgusted longtime watch aficionados. A watch was no longer an artisanal object of desire. Instead, a watch had become a commodity. But with a world slowly but surely adapting to a new reality, the prices on the secondary market are no longer on a steep rise. That’s bad news for investors but good news for the watch fan who’s in it for the Swiss made copy watches, not the money. Well, I wouldn’t bust out the melted butter just yet. The watch market is still heated.

A price avalanche or a small correction?

Let me give you an example. Last year, popular Rolex replica watches for sale like the GMT-Master II, Daytona, and Submariner traded on the secondary market with up to a 50% premium — that’s the list price plus half of it on top. But a recent Morgan Stanley Research Foundation report shows that Rolex prices are now -9% on the secondary market compared to the peak they reached in April of this year. The trend is no longer pointing upwards, but downwards, and that’s a first in a very long time. That downward trajectory could be explained by raging inflation, the collapse of cryptocurrency, and declines in the stock market. Also, the fact that people can spend money on holidays again has shifted the attention from super clone watches online store to travel.

Still, we need to monitor the prices closely in the coming months to find out if we’re dealing with a massive price avalanche or a normal, small correction. And please keep in mind that despite the decline, luxury Swiss movements fake watches from the likes of Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Audemars Piguet still performed better than stocks or crypto in 2022. And that’s even taking into account that some Royal Oak and Nautilus references saw a price dip of up to 30% since April of this year.

Available again

The biggest difference between Rolex and both Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet — the three undisputed kings of the secondary market — is volume. Rolex churns out close to a million perfect replica watches per year. The traditional Haute Horlogerie brands Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet have a yearly production of around 68,000 and 45,000 pieces respectively. A Rolex is, in many ways, less exclusive than a Patek or an AP. The average price of a Rolex is also much lower than that of an average Patek or AP, and there are many more of them.

While you can still forget about finding a steel Daytona, there are signs in the market that some steel top fake Rolex watches, such as the 36mm Explorer and Air King, are slowly but surely making their way to the brand boutiques and official dealers again. That means that some key factors of investing in a Rolex — the basis for the investment being the watch’s solid reputation of desirability and a scarce number of alternatives — are under pressure, as the drop in prices shows.

What is normal?

Now that the only way isn’t up anymore, where is it going? Back to normal? But then again, what is normal anyway? A world that went through a pandemic and is trying to find its bearings has to deal with a war on the outskirts of Europe and faces inflation that is at a 40-year high. That is the current normal. That’s the macrostate we’re in. The microstate — the $20 billion secondary market for luxury China replica watches — has our beloved timepieces in the world’s spotlight more than ever. We have the internet and social media to “thank” for that. But the digital world also narrowed the scope.

Social media, in particular, is the perfect instrument with which to paint a perfect picture. To put it bluntly, “Subs” and “Nautili” surf the wave of the algorithm and generate the most likes, propelling their wearer/posters to Insta-fame. Of course, Rolex has always been a symbol of success, but the new digital way of “showing off” watches has affected the watch market and also put niche brands such as Patek and AP in the limelight. As a result, an influenced group of “watch enthusiasts” behave as status seekers who are obsessed with the exact same fake watches paypal. And that has led to unavailable watches and caused prices on the parallel market to skyrocket. Is this the new normal?

Status-heavy watches

It is true that luxury replica watches site have found a place in the public eye on a scale that we have never witnessed before. So the new normal is indeed a watch world that will be strongly influenced by online hype and trends. And as a result, buying a Rolex with a discount at your local dealer is unlikely to ever happen again (believe it or not, in the not-so-distant past, you could actually haggle over a Rolex at the dealer).

Yes, the growth of the secondary watch market started to stall in the second quarter of 2022. But overall, the secondary-market performance of watches is still very strong. The steel Nautilus 5711 will remain soaring high because it’s out of production. The 2022 fake Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watches will continue to shine because it’s being made in such low quantities. And because the Rolex presence on the internet is disproportionate to the number of watches the band produces, higher-than-retail prices will continue to exist for the most recognizable (status-heavy) models. I’ve asked myself before what could burst the Rolex bubble. Well, cranked-up production, raised interest rates, and a positive stock market sure will be beneficial. But better availability and cranked-up production will only help so much.

Embrace the “new normal”

The excessive growth in the secondary market has halted and is on a downward trajectory. But there’s also a solid baseline of value found in luxury timepieces from brands like Rolex, Patek, and Audemars Piguet. For these manufacturers, embracing the “new normal” is easy. But it’s brands that didn’t rise alongside this power trio who need to be worried. These are brands that are perceived as strong through the eyes of the well-informed best replica watches fan but don’t mean a lot to newcomers. Sure, some brands profited from being able to offer alternatives to the Royal Oak, for instance.

The Ecstasy Of Gold: Luxury UK Replica Vacheron Constantin 222 Vs. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 16202OR Watches

One, two, or more replica watches for sale are thrown into the arena to be either torn to shreds or effusively exalted by each defending editor. We have some extremely hot-off-the-press timepieces to get us back into the action — the Vacheron Constantin Historiques 222 and the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 16202. Both have roots in the 1970s and are bathed in glorious gold for these particular references. Will the comeback kid 222 knock the integrated links of the 50-year-old Royal Oak? You decide in the voting section below. And don’t forget to leave a comment to voice your decision.

Firstly, a little housekeeping is in order, as it has been such a long wait for this next SMS edition. We hosted a tag-team tussle between four Breitling Premier Heritage models in our previous outing. This happened to be our first four-way fight, although the rules stated that two chosen AAA UK fake watches must collectively win the consensus to be crowned the victor. If you glance at the voting chart, it’s pretty clear who the outright winner is, but let’s break it down.

The winner is Jorg’s first pick, the salmon-dialed, steel-cased Datora, taking 47% of the vote. Ben then chose the blue-dialed steel Duograph, garnering 21% of the share. Taking third was Ben’s second pick, the gold Datora at 17%, and lastly was Jorg’s second choice, the gold Duograph at 15%. As this is a tag team, we combine each editor’s side and can see Jorg clinches the title with 62% of your votes. Ben scores a lowly 38% with his Premier Heritage picks, but today, he’s back for blood

After the gold dust settles

The combatants today are fresh 2022 releases. That said, their design lineage stretches back 50 years. The high quality replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watches possibly needs no further introduction, but some may need to get up to speed with the Vacheron Constantin 222. The brand celebrated 222 years of continual production in 1977 and commemorated the occasion with reference 222. Jörg Hysek, the designer, took the hot new concept of the early ’70s and explored Vacheron’s take on the integrated-bracelet luxury sports-watch design. Fast-forward a few decades, and the 222 began morphing into the modern-day Overseas to carry on the legacy. Yet, the 1977 form was revitalized for 2022 as a near 1:1 recreation — albeit dressed in the most precious garb of gold.

I said the AP needed no intro, but this particular Royal Oak reference 16202 is also new for 2022. This Royal Oak represents fifty years of non-stop production and a relatively unchanged design since its inception in 1972. The artist, Gérald Genta, conceived his vision in record time following a short-notice request from Audemars Piguet. What followed was a design language that came to define Audemars Piguet to this very day. The latest model celebrates a half-century of excellence by executing this model in 18K pink gold and a smoky slate-gray dial. Not only that, but the Swiss made copy watches also has the new caliber 7121 to boot. So, with our gladiators at the ready, let the games begin.

Jorg — Vacheron Constantin Historiques 222 Replica Watches

This one is difficult for me, Ben. You know how much I love Gérald Genta’s trilogy of sports fake watches for sale. More specifically, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” is the Swiss maestro’s best creation out of all the spectacular designs. To give it even more praise, give me a choice to pick one watch to wear for the rest of my life, and I will most likely choose a steel Royal Oak “Jumbo” and never look back. So, are there genuine reasons for me to go up against the latest-generation Royal Oak “Jumbo”? There are.

The first thing I did was place both watches side by side to look at their designs. What stands out immediately is that the Royal Oak was less defined when it came into existence. The 222 is defined by that typical 1970s signature that we know these replica watches for men for, similar to the Rolex Oysterquartz. The design of the 222 is firmly rooted in the ’70s, whereas the Royal Oak’s design is timeless. It still feels as fresh and unique today as it did in 1972. So, we can credit Gérald Genta for creating something truly remarkable. Not that we don’t already, but seeing the watches side-by-side reminds us of the man’s brilliance.

The brilliance of a young Jörg Hysek

But Jörg Hysek wasn’t exactly doodling nonsense with his pencil and paper. His design of the 222 “Jumbo” has this 1970s pizzaz that makes it such a remarkable product of its Audemars Piguet Royal Oak decade. Seeing the combination of the 37mm tonneau-shaped case with the notched bezel, the well-balanced dial, and the elegant bracelet make this an iconic statement. It is exciting to see that design coming back to life in the new Historiques 222 because we haven’t seen it as part of the Vacheron Constantin collection since 1985. While we sometimes see glimpses of the roughly 700 pieces produced of the 222 “Jumbo” in 37mm — the 2022 super clone watches also came in a women’s 24mm and mid-size 34mm — it is still special to be reminded of Hysek’s creation. And that’s why this new modern version of the 222 is such an exciting new introduction.

For five decades, the Royal Oak “Jumbo” has been available (somewhat). Therefore, it has been part of the horological landscape for a longer time, and its existence feels natural. But seeing the Historiques 222 come back to life is exceptional, and judging by the reactions, I’m not alone. At the launch of the new Royal Oak “Jumbo” earlier this year, almost everyone agreed that the latest model was a perfect next step for the Royal Oak. It was met with approval and a deserved “well done.” But was there any real buzz? If there was, I couldn’t feel it.

The Vacheron Constantin 222 in yellow gold tops them all

When Vacheron Constantin announced the new Historiques 222, the fervid passion was incredible. The best replica Vacheron Constantin Historiques 222 watches was met with resounding praise and was possibly the most exciting release of Watches And Wonders 2022. I shared that sentiment, as it was my favorite release of the show. But does that make the new Historiques 222 my pick over the Royal Oak? In stainless steel, definitely not. But as presented in 18K yellow gold? Oh my, yes.

An 18K yellow/rose gold Royal Oak has always felt slightly uncomfortable to me. The highly technical nature of Genta’s creation combined with 18K gold makes the Royal Oak a striking statement, yes, but one that feels contradictory. A Royal Oak “Jumbo” needs stainless steel to be at its best. However, the Vacheron Constantin Historiques 222 shines bright in 18K yellow gold. It looks a lot more refined, classier, and easier to wear. The smaller 37mm size, the slightly more modest and elegant shape, and the bracelet work a lot better in yellow gold. Seeing the 222 return in 18K yellow gold makes me pick it over the Royal Oak “Jumbo” in any shiny precious metal.

A smart modern update

The hot topic for purists is the switch from Vacheron’s caliber 1120 to the modern caliber 2455/2. Are you a purist, Ben? From a nostalgic point of view, I understand that not using the legendary caliber 1120 was disappointing, especially as it was based on the same ultra-thin Jaeger-LeCoultre 920 that was used for the Royal Oak and the Nautilus. But the modern caliber 2455/2 is more reliable and accurate with its higher 28,800vph frequency than the caliber 1120 at just 19,800vph. And it adds the functionality of a quick-set date.

On top of that, the new caliber will be more accessible to service and probably more robust. And lastly, it makes for a better design with the date window a bit further from the edge of the dial. As a result, it doesn’t cut into the minute track like on the old 222. It is slightly thicker at 7.95mm than the original 7mm, but it still beats your Royal Oak, which is 8.1mm. So, I welcome the updated movement with open arms. Seeing the 222 return is a true joy. But the top Vacheron Constantin fake watches oozes brilliance. The quality of the construction, the finishing, and the movement are a lot better than in 1977. It makes the Historique 222 a €62,500 statement of pure brilliance. And it is my pick over your Royal Oak “Jumbo” in gold.

Ben — Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 16202OR Fake Watches

To clarify, Jorg, this is certainly not my Royal Oak. I wish it were; I’d move to Miami, start wearing white jeans, and bathe in aftershave. Unfortunately for me, the gold RO is but a dream. And dream I shall, as it nails the subtle iteration on a luxury stalwart. You mentioned how the buzz fizzled out shortly after the 50th-anniversary launch earlier this year. I also noticed the sudden drop-off of interest in the new Royal Oak. It undoubtedly explains why AP is giving the new collection a little boost to remind everyone of its existence. Sure, perfect Audemars Piguet replica watches wanted to honor the day the Royal Oak was born all those years ago, but it felt like it needed a bump up the inbox.

You may have explained why, considering these cheap fake watches do not appear dramatically different from what we saw last year or the many years before that. A movement upgrade is notable but doesn’t send a shot of adrenaline or make your spine tingle if the rest of it is the same. So, you said it well already; a knowing nod from the enthusiast crowd is about as much as we’ll see as a tribute to this great design. But I think it’s more than that. The perceived lack of availability is just a huge turn-off. Even if you haven’t registered your interest, visited a store, or picked up the phone to call a friend “that knows a guy.” Many are surrendering to the notion that obtaining a regular Royal Oak, let alone with a time-limited unique 50th-anniversary rotor in the back, is a futile fight.

AP is playing the long game

That said, that might work out better for Audemars Piguet in the long run. Those desperate to own a Royal Oak with the new caliber 7121 can say, “OK, I am not up for a bum-fight to get one with a special rotor. But I can maybe put my name down for the future.” These collectors now have a year to let the idea of owning a Royal Oak fester in their minds. As they read more, see more, converse more, and feed their enthusiasm, they can save up for it next year. I know this feeling, and you begin involving yourself in the goings-on with the brand and build relationships with the sales consultants. When the time comes, the sense of owning a timepiece you’ve studied for so long is euphoric.

And with replica watches wholesale as iconic as the Royal Oak, you’d be hard-pressed to find yourself disappointed. Especially in 18K pink gold, the Royal Oak emits a sharp yet classic aura. Now, Jorg, I can see you lament that this RO is fashioned from gold and not stainless steel. In 1972, a steel watch priced as much as a gold piece meant there was not as much traction for the Royal Oak in the early years. Time — and some considerable marketing investment — eventually gave the new AP the audience it deserved. Therefore, the fact that a gold version exists could be an afront to the original idea. But that’s the point! After all these years, the Royal Oak can still be shunned and then adored, owing to its disruptive nature.

A generational shift

The changes to the new reference 16202 may be subtle, but they are appreciated. Firstly, I’m not sure how reference numbers are determined, but if I went from 15202 to the next version, I’d go with 15203. It may just be me, but that seems logical. I suppose it doesn’t appear different enough, or perhaps confuses the masses whether this is a new watch or a variant. A major number shift perhaps showcases a generational step without losing its rhythmic pronunciation of syllables. Either way, the updates under the hood make up for the perceived lack of change. Caliber 7121 now has a quick-set date adjuster in the crown, and the barrel ups the power reserve to 55 hours over the outgoing 40. While it comes with 0.15mm of added height for a total of 3.2mm, the overall case thickness remains a svelte 8.1mm, admittedly a touch more than the 222.

As always, the integrated bracelet is executed beautifully. It’s a testament to Genta’s detailed sketch that it happened to be ergonomic. AP might have reviewed the drawings, loved them, then dismissed the bracelet as too complex. Instead, that bracelet design found its way to showroom windows and has integrated itself into the watchmaking psyche as possibly the best bracelet ever. And if not for its technical prowess, definitely for its provenance. It’s certainly in the forefront of my mind when someone asks, “What’s the best luxury watch bracelet?” And seeing the links glisten in gold as you rotate your wrist is a welcome distraction.

Gladiatorial garbs

I guess you’re wondering what I think of Jorg’s chosen 222. Like him, I came away from the show with that fake watches online site as my everlasting impression. Watches And Wonders 2022 could’ve been a disastrous show with brands coming on board and messing up the frankly Richemont-run showcase that was SIHH. While the big brands brought the big guns, it was models such as Vacheron’s 222 and the Grand Lange 1 that I’d be more willing to put my money down for. And that’s saying something with so many heavy hitters on display. You may think, then, that I’m raising the white flag and avoiding the fight. Nope! The 222 generated unbelievable buzz, but the brightest stars burn fast. I feel that hype has a shelf life, and soon most collectors will return to the Royal Oak.

The problem is, what happens with the Overseas? The Overseas was meant to be the descendant of the 222 — a natural evolution of shifting tastes and modern sensibilities. And the Overseas was on a good run, stepping out of the Nautilus and Royal Oak’s shadow. Specific models even garner a waitlist and huge premiums on the secondary market. But by adding the 222 in the mix, Vacheron is interfering with the trajectory the Overseas was on. I couldn’t help but find myself uttering, “Wow, the 222 looks great. Does it come in steel?” I tell you what, Jorg. It’s terrific to back scrapping over-€60,000 gold replica watches store, but I feel my choice of the Royal Oak cannot be beaten.

Final thoughts

Jorg: You raise a valid point about the Overseas, Ben. But Vacheron Constantin is already ahead of you by making the Historiques 222 an homage to the 222 from 1977. The newly introduced Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Skeleton and the stunning Tourbillon Skeleton show the Overseas is still the de facto sports Swiss movements fake watches from Vacheron. While the 222 might have served as inspiration for the Overseas, the models represent different sides of the brand. It’s precisely why I don’t think the new 222 will hurt the Overseas. If anything, the two will strengthen VC, helping it become more of a household name.

Getting back to your Royal Oak, the selected pink gold version stifles the flashy Miami vibes compared to the 18K yellow gold version with a matching ombré gold dial. The smoky gray dial and pink gold are a more mature flavor than a solid gold shot to the tastebuds. Yet, in yellow gold, the Vacheron Constantin Historiques 222 is the perfect dish.

Ben: It was a perfect dish in the 1970s, but will modern tastes accept it as the third course of the sports-watch trifecta? The Royal Oak is still the first and most impactful entrée on the menu.