Watches used to be something that attracted a particular kind of obsessive, narrow-interest, hyper-critical constituency. They still do, but apparently, there are more obsessive, narrow-interest, hyper-critical individuals out there than I thought – or maybe something even more strange has happened, which is that perfect replica watches uk have become appealing to (say it ain’t so) people who don’t have crippling neuroses.
In any case, if you write about high quality fake watches, nowadays you don’t assume that everyone’s seen everything. That means that sometimes you think about things you haven’t thought about in a while and find that they’re not only still interesting but also more interesting than you remember.
So it is with the Swiss made replica IWC reference 3521. The 3521 is a member of the Ingenieur family, which, if you want to phrase it unfairly, is IWC’s version of the Milgauss, which is to say both of them are watches that were originally designed to protect the movement against high-intensity magnetic fields.
Milgauss means one thousand gauss (a unit of measurement for magnetic fields) but cheap UK fake IWC chose to go with a name that said who the watch was made for. “Ingenieur” – a watch for engineers, whether you were working at the nascent CERN or in a hydroelectric or hey, given the era, nuclear power plant. Such individuals would find themselves working in close proximity to magnetic fields of unprecedented power.
The best 1:1 replica IWC ref. 3521 was antimagnetic to 40,000 A/m, which is more than enough for any reasonable person (for reference, that’s about 500 gauss). The reference was made until 2001, and although top quality copy IWC still has Ingenieur watches in its collection, they don’t have the soft iron inner case used by the older antimagnetic Ingenieur models.
There are some interesting parallels between the Royal Oak and the Ingenieur SL watches – both were designed by Gérald Genta; both were steel integrated bracelet luxury sports fake watches online; both were introduced in what for the time were oversized cases; both achieved greater commercial success with the introduction of smaller cases; both used automatic movements from Jaeger-LeCoultre (in both instances the base caliber was the JLC cal. 889). One of the biggest differences between the two is the price at auction – Sotheby’s sold a 3521 in 2020 for the slightly staggeringly low sum, at least by modern super clone watch collecting standards, of $4,410.
So why are the auction prices four to five times less for the 3521 than for a mid-size Royal Oak? I think part of it might have to do with the size – at 34mm, the AAA quality fake IWC ref. 3521 feels a little small, to me anyway, in a way that a 36mm watch doesn’t. But I think the price difference also reflects the fact that the two companies, both historically and even in the present day, just have different identities.
Swiss movement replica IWC has always been thought of primarily as a technical watchmaker and of course, Audemars Piguet is one of the Big Three of Swiss fine watchmaking and is today what it’s always been – a maker of high-end luxury copy watches, exclusively, with an enviable pre-owned and vintage market. But what that does mean is that if you are interested in a vintage, Genta-designed, integrated bracelet, steel sports watch, your expectations have been set by the Royal Oak or Nautilus, so if you find a best quality fake IWC ref. 3521 for sale or at auction, you and your wallet might be in for a very pleasant surprise.