Parts of the Omega’s hot-sellers, including the awesome Dark Side of the Moon series were, according to many of the brand’s devoted followers, just too thick and too wide for their own good, forcing some to leave their wallets in their pockets and their otherwise much desired fake watches at the stores. Now, with this replica Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Apollo 8, we see those rare occasions when a brand listened and brought us a hot new release that answered their cries – even though this meant going against previous self-imposed rules or breaking through hitherto sacred glass ceilings in creativity.  omega watches
I have to say that the Omega turned against some hardcore rules with the Apollo 8 and I think understanding these is more important than knowing the Apollo 8 story inside out. Firstly, as we will see, the movement choice plays an important role in rendering this Apollo 8 as special as it is – and Omega’s option of movement in itself is noteworthy for two reasons. To begin with, it is very rare that we see a big brand place a “lesser” movement into one of its higher-positioned collections; and yet, that is what happened here.
Apart from the issue of movements, the  Omega replica has also shown off its capabilities of – finally! – getting genuinely creative with the original Moonwatch look and produced something that, now that it’s here, makes me want to ask “why didn’t this happen sooner?” Moreover, I think we’ll agree it is exceedingly rare that we see major brands take this much liberty with a core product. To spice things up, the  Omega replica not only took things all the way, but have not chickened out of making the Speedmaster Apollo 8 a non-limited edition.
Cutting to the chase here, the reduction in thickness is as noticeable as it is awesome. That is very amazing and very impressive. The previous versions were somewhat a burger, something they made up for with their bad ass space-age, black/grey/white ceramic Speedmaster vibe.
Don’t make things wrong, at 44.25mm wide, the non-limited edition Apollo 8 is as wide as its previous, modern styled, Moon-themed ceramic counterparts from Omega, but it looks and wears considerably smaller owing to a noticeable reduction in its thickness. This is made possible by Omega setting its fancy and complicated co-axial movements aside – all of which come equipped with automatic winding – and replacing it with a customized version of the hand-wound caliber 1861 found in its classic Moonwatch and renamed to 1869 for this “Moonified” variant.
Losing the thick automatic winding construction meant that the case of the replica Omega Speedmaster could be 2.5mm thinner than those of previous replica watches, therefore now coming in at “just” 13.8mm thick. Correct, that’s still substantial but, as you can find some shots further above, this means that the fake watch can now at last lay flat on its lugs, as any dignified, non-obese watch case on a leather strap should be possible.

This time, I’ve decided to feature some rare vintage replica watches that we seldom see in this column. It begins with an oversized sector dial Longines, and consists of a fair share of chronographs as well, from the unusual Speedmaster “Holy Grail” to a colorful Breitling Top Time.
Top quality replica Longines with Sector Dial
Before recently coming back into vogue on modern wristwatches, Sector dials enjoyed their heyday in the 1930s. This configuration, favored by Omega replica and Longines, offers outstanding legibility and a very pleasing look. This explains how this very watch reached three times its high estimate at auction back in 2015. Its special case size needs to be pointed out – standing at 37mm, it is definitely oversized for a 1930s wristwatches.
The interesting thing is that it features soldered lugs as frequently seen on many military timepieces. From the Longines archives, we know that it was delivered to Longines’s agent in Poland in March 1938. As expected with a snap caseback, the dial shows a bit of aging, but the attractive second and hour rings are well preserved. The contrast between the blued handset and the red seconds hand on the two-tone sector dial is to me the winning argument of this rare Longines. 
Here, the “Holy Grail” comes on the correct bracelet, this replica watch used in the 1980s and resembling to some extent to the Rolex President bracelet. The painted indexes on the dial shows the light patina that we were expecting from a watch of that period, but the thickness and length of the minute and hour’s hands likely indicate that those are replacement parts.
The other is the replica Omega Holy Grail
There are many reasons to love vintage Movado chronographs. First, their movements M90 and M95 (two- and three-register) are in-house and quirky: they start and stop with the lower pusher and are reset with the upper one, the opposite of most other chronographs.
Here, this chronograph comes with a nicely brushed dial, which tritium lume allows date to the 1960s. The tritium shows the same patina on the hands and the dial, which is always a reassuring sign. The seller mentions some lume loss on the dial, and a couple of dings on the case, most notably on the bezel and the upper left lug. The “Sub-Sea” engravings on the caseback confirm the original waterproof of the Borgel case.