We have some serious contenders with very amazing features this week: a replica Rolex MilSub, and a fake Breitling Co-Pilot. The sword handset and fixed bars of the Submariner were actually military requirements while the huge chronograph from the Breitling exhibits the oversized minute sub-register found in the previous AVI models, and also on the Breguet Type 20. We have also included some more unexpected models, including a Movado diver, and a Yema Flygraf. This is your Bring aLoupe for September 29, 2017.
The cheap Breitling replica watch shows its stylistic evolution from the reference 765AVI with the very same oversized 15-minute register aimed at pilots. While, they are clear differences between the two Breitlings: the case diameter of the 7650CP gained an extra milimeter and a half, to 42.5mm, and the Co-Pilot also sports a bezel in anodized aluminium, instead of the stainless steel part of the AVI.
The present exemple shows a very clean dial, which allows us to really enjoy the luminous 3-minute demarcation inside the minute counter, and the reverse panda configuration that Breitling introduced in the late 1950s, with the SuperOcean chronograph reference 807. The bezel is also extraordinary well preserved; often these have many scratches and wear. The crown and caseback are signed as they should be, and the serial number pinpoints the manufacturing of this Breitling to 1969. Eventually, the chronograph movement Venus 178 is said by the seller to be running without issues.
One of the many modifications required by the British Ministry of Defence, was the addition of fixed lugs to eliminate the possibility of losing the watch owing to a faulty spring bar, which of course means this Submariner has to be worn on a NATO strap.
This Flygraf comes full set, something we see rarely (let’s be honest, Yema was never a top-end brand in France but rather, more of a utilitarian one, so original box and papers were not often kept and preserved by the owners). The dial design also manages to be pleasantly harmonious, by effectively turning the day-date display into a 4th sub-register, framed in the grey V-shape that surrounds the two other counters. The bezel is in good condition, while the case-back still exhibits the Yema emblem, and the serial numbers are deeply engraved.
The “Super Sub Sea” moniker referred to both the Zenith and Movado waterproof replica watches
, not such a surprising fact given that the two companies were under the same ownership for almost two decades from the late 1960s onwards. This also explains how Zenith calibers like the El Primero chronograph movement, or the automatic 2552PC used here, which can also be found in Movado fake watches.