We like to talk about vintage copy watches a lot within the Fratello team. While the daily routine is largely focused on the most recent developments in the world of watches, the most fun for many of us lies in the world of yesteryear. It’s a world full of history, remarkable watches, incredible stories, and quirky details. It inspired us to come up with a series of articles focusing on the best watches per decade from a select group of brands. Some of them priceless; some of them still affordable. But all of them are remarkable watches. In this third installment, we will take a look at the best quality fake Breitling watches from the 1950s.
The cheap copy Breitling watches from the 1950s? What does that actually mean? Every week we try to come up with a small selection of special watches for several reasons. Maybe they are the icons, maybe they are the affordable options, maybe they are technically brilliant, or maybe they look amazing. It can be anything really as long as they stand out. We’ll try and mix up things as much as possible. And I will define an entry-point watch, my preferred choice, and we’ll close out with the icons where money is no object.
The great importance of Breitling in the fifties
Breitling was one of the most prolific watch brands in the 1950s. But I have to be honest here, while we decided to start this series in the 1950s, Breitling released some of its most iconic models starting in the 1940s. Mike wrote a great article about vintage black leather strap fake Breitling in conversation with two vintage clone Breitling experts @watchfred and @rene_jk. When you read it, you’ll quickly find out that the brand has shaped the way we look at watch design today heavily. And it started doing so in the 1940s with the Premier and the Chronomat. Especially when it comes to chronographs, Breitling is the brand that shaped what they look like today.
And over these last couple of years, Swiss movement copy Breitling has been picking up on that by releasing some great vintage re-issues. It has to be said that Breitling CEO Georges Kern and his team have been working with Fred Mandelbaum (watchfred) to make sure the re-issues are historically spot-on. It’s why they are praised by both vintage collectors and the wider watch buying audience. And you have to give the brand great credit for that. It has created a renewed relevance for the brand and its incredible history. And it won’t come as a surprise that you will find some of these icons in our list of five remarkable Breitling watches from the 1950s.