Inspired by a model launched in 1968, this Skipper picks up all its aesthetic codes.
In the 55 years between these two perfect replica watches, technology has evolved rapidly and TAG Heuer has integrated the production of all its movements. One wonders whether, in this case, the reissue might not be more “authentic” than the 1968 original. Let’s hope this test bench can answer the question.
The UK AAA fake TAG Heuer Carrera collection watches was launched in 1964 by Edouard Heuer. Revived in the 1990s after a long slumber, the collection has never since left the brand catalog, indeed becoming its spearhead line. The case is well known and thus both well mastered. The Skipper retains the 39mm diameter of the original models, while featuring the sharp edges of the collection’s emblematic lugs. The case is now equipped with a sumptuous glass-box type sapphire crystal which, in addition to the legibility and resistance offered by this material, enhances its overall elegance. While the dial faithfully adopts the look and colors of the original, it also features a small seconds and date at 6 o’clock. Only the “0” on the minute counters has been replaced by a “15”. This counter distinguished by its inverted graduation is dedicated to ocean races and regattas. As sailors have to cross the starting line at a specific time, the countdown on the scale enables them to anticipate the maneuvers preceding the start, so as to cross the line as close as possible to the set time. Meter graduations have been changed from white to black and this “infidelity” clearly enhances legibility. The same applies to the baton-shaped hours and minutes hands, which are now wider and finely openworked. Finally, the case is now fitted with a sapphire caseback and its water-resistance has been increased to 100m, which is entirely apt for a model christened Skipper!
The all-new Caliber TH20-06 is an improved version of Caliber TH02. The functions are orchestrated by a column wheel and the oscillating weight is now bidirectional. Despite its 4Hz frequency (2.5Hz for the 1968 model), the movement is endowed with a comfortable 80-hour power reserve. For this Skipper, it displays a 15-minute counter to match the original and respect the function dedicated to this luxury replica watches. For the rest of the range, the TH20 base will be available with a more conventional 30-minute counter. Technically, this movement has already proved its worth in terms of chronometry and reliability. The modifications made to it can only enhance its performance. Aesthetically, this new caliber is a, reassuring with its robust, sporty appearance and not lacking iin terms of both elegance and a certain degree of refinement.
The diameter of the case and the synthetic bracelet with folding clasp contribute to the high quality copy TAG Heuer Skipper watches‘ excellent wearing comfort. The strap is water-resistant, easy to care for and respects the original aesthetic and design. Despite the colorful patchwork of the dial, legibility is surprisingly clear, whatever the position of the hands. On the technical side, the chronograph controls are straightforward and lively. Our power-reserve measurements all exceeded the 80h figure announced by TAG Heuer, and the precision timekeeping, as confirmed by our table, proved to be simply exemplary!
Let’s be honest, watchmaking history is littered with often dubious reissues, sometimes deprived of all their true substance. To answer the question posed in our introduction, the Swiss movements replica TAG Heuer Skipper watches definitely doesn’t fall into this category. The waterproofing, glass-box crystal, black transfers on the counters and redesigned hands are all improvements that are perfectly in keeping with the vocation and essence of the 1968 model. The same applies to the ‘engine’ of this new TAG Heuer Skipper super clone watches for sale: an in-house self-winding (bidirectional) caliber with column wheel, date and small seconds display – all of which represent a considerable number of improvements while maintaining complete respect for the original. It’s pleasing to see cheap TAG Heuer replica watches’ efforts to focus on its historical fundamentals (chronographs, precision, reliability) to reach the maturity of this Skipper, which perhaps already marks a new milestone in the brand’s epic saga.