In our Pre-Owned Spotlight series, we will bring some of the luxury UK replica watches that crossed our path during the week to your attention. This is not sponsored in any way but purely based on what our editors come across and find interesting for whatever reason. This week, we shine the Pre-Owned Spotlight on Cartier Santos, and Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust.
One watch from my collection that I regret selling is a Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust 17013. It stayed in the family and found a good home, but it’s a watch that truly enjoyed wearing. One of my favorite Oysterquartz models is the ref. 17014 in steel and white gold. It’s the high quality fake watches I’ve included in this week’s pre-owned selection. But the one I will start with is a darling for many of you, the Cartier Santos.
Cartier Santos Replica Watches
The best replica Cartier Santos watches — or, officially, Santos de Cartier — was a commercial version of the Cartier Santos Dumont, which was only available in precious metals. The Cartier Santos in both steel and gold and steel came out in 1978 (we wrote about it here). More specifically, it debuted on October 20th, the same date that the Swiss made copy watches above will go up for auction at Bonhams. The NY auction house is offering this 1990s Cartier Santos in gold and steel just three days from today as part of its Fine Watches and Clocks auction.
It’s amazing how little information Bonhams is giving on this 1:1 replica watches in comparison to other auction houses. The listing even lacks a reference number for this example, which happens to be 2961. It measures 29mm in width and 41mm from lug to lug. Inside is a Cartier caliber 077, based on ETA’s caliber 2671. Bonhams estimates it to sell for between $3,000 and $5,000, which seems spot-on. Remember that you have to pay a premium to the auction house.
Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust 17014 Fake Watches
Rolex introduced the Oysterquartz in 1977 as a spin-off of the regular AAA fake Rolex Datejust watches (16000 series) and a successor of sorts to the Beta-21-powered quartz ref. 5100. There were three flavors — one in all steel (ref. 17000), one in steel and yellow gold (ref. 17013), and the one I’m highlighting here in steel and white gold (ref. 17014). The first models only had one line on the dial stating “Oysterquartz” at 6 o’clock and “Rolex Datejust” at 12 o’clock. The perfect replica watches above is from 1979. And as you can see, the wording had changed to “Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust” at 12 o’clock, and the famous “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” wording was printed at 6 o’clock.
Cheap Rolex super clone watches discontinued the Oysterquartz in 2003, marking the end of the line for the brand’s quartz movements. Unfortunately, it was also the last time that Rolex used this case (it was also used for the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date ref. 1530 in the mid-1970s). These replica watches wholesale used to be fairly affordable, but they’ve gone up in recent years (like almost every other Rolex model). It’s still an amazing watch, though, and the quartz movement with its incredibly loud tick is not your average cheap plastic quartz caliber.