What the Oscars could tell us about the future of men’s uk replica watches

Listen, I don’t want to cast aspersions on your immaculate dress sense. But I suspect that you’re not reading this while wearing a tuxedo, a white silk scarf draped over your shoulders with devil-may-care panache. No, please don’t apologise. To tell you the truth, I’m wearing my tracksuit pants, too. During the last 12 months between the lockdown(s), the social distancing and the working from home, Covid has accelerated a collective decline of our sartorial standards. Opportunities to dress up are more limited than ever. All of which gives this year’s Oscars a certain rarity value as a high-profile, formalwear event. At the Academy Awards, like it or not, Hollywood’s leading lights are duty-bound to scrub up, polish their shoes and try to remember what the hell they’ve done with their cufflinks.

Traditionally the only watch to wear with black tie was, of course, a dress luxury replica watch. What does that actually translate to? Well, five years ago, Time+Tide actually ran an article by former GQ Australia editor Ceri David on the rules of selecting a tuxedo-appropriate watch. The fact that it was sub-titled: “No Submariners with black tie” gives you the general gist. But just to recap here are Ceri’s black tie watch commandments in full:
While slightly censorious, this is all stock-standard advice. Except that it’s now routinely ignored. At last year’s Oscars, a large proportion of male attendees conspicuously thumbed their nose at the dress watch, refusing to be confined by any of this less-is-more hectoring. Sports watches, GMTs and integrated bracelets ruled the red carpet instead.
Spike Lee wore a cheap fake Rolex GMT-Master II in 18k Everose Gold, Josh Gad opted for a Chopard Alpine Eagle, Sam Rockwell picked a Rolex GMT-Master II 16710, while Oscar Isaac wore an Omega Speedmaster Apollo. The list went on and on. Poor Ceri would’ve been absolutely livid.

The most likely option is that we’ll witness the continued demise in formality with more sports copy watches and GMTs on display. One of the more conspicious watch trends over the last 12 months has also been the increase in coloured dials, in particular the tidal wave of green. Perhaps we’ll see brighter hues replacing the white or black dials of the traditional dress watch, even if they do clash a bit with the red carpet

Something else that could influence proceedings is the phenomenon of the socially distanced attendance. If you’re accepting an Oscar over Zoom there are certain optics to consider. Your appearance in such a scenario is essentially limited to the top half of your body alone. That means you have fewer sartorial weapons at your disposal to create an impression. This could well encourage some actors to go bolder with their accessories and opt for flashier, more look-at-me wristwear. Again, that sounds like bad news for the dress super clone watch whose basic premise is understatement and discretion.
Alternatively, some actors could decide that the whole black-tie rigmarole is utterly pointless when you’re sitting on your sofa back home. That was certainly the approach of Jason Sudeikis at the Golden Globes when he ditched the tuxedo in favour of a tie-dye hoodie.
There is, of course, another possibility. Perhaps having been starved of formal opportunities for so long, actors will pounce on this opportunity to escape the tyranny of loungewear. Delighted to dress up, they’ll kick off their UGG boots and set out to conquer the red carpet in style. After a quick YouTube refresher course on how to knot their bow-tie, they’ll reach for a dress watch – the confident restraint of their Calatrava perhaps or the Reverso’s art deco flair. Buckling on the leather strap, they’ll remember why these 1:1 quality fake watches are, in fact, the ultimate black-tie accessory. Well, except for a small gold statuette.

Carroll Smith’s Swiss Made UK Replica Rolex Daytona Ref.6265 on Auction Block

Just like with classic cars, provenance is key to determining the value of a vintage Rolex replica watch. Understandably there’s a flutter of excitement in the collecting community after news surfaced that a vintage fake Rolex Daytona ref.6265 UK that belonged to Carroll Smith, the legendary automotive engineer and author, is up for grabs at an online auction hosted by Christie’s Watches this month.

The Steel Daytona Ref. 6265 circa 1973 was, according to the Christie’s online catalogue, gifted to Smith by Cuddy Racing team at the 1973 SCCA L&M F5000 Championship Series. His name and the team’s name are engraved on the steel caseback. The silver dial Rolex Daytona fake watch is a chronograph with a tachymeter scale bezel that was launched by the Swiss watchmaker in 1963 and was named so because Rolex was the official timekeeper of the Daytona International Speedway. The most famous example, undoubtedly, belonged to Hollywood star Paul Newman. A racing enthusiast himself, a Daytona gifted to Newman by his wife Joanne Woodward, famously sold for $17 million a few years ago.

Smith was a race car driver, engineer and author. He worked with the legendary Carroll Shelby and the Ford Motor Company on the GT40 Le Mans program. Smith reportedly oversaw the preparation on the cars that won the 1966 and 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans, the compelling race inspired the 2019 film Ford vs. Ferrari. After his stint with the Ford, Smith would also work in Formula One, he briefly consulted with the Ferrari team. He also wrote a few books that were received well within the automotive community. Smith succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 2003 in his home in California.
According to Mike Fossner, Christie’s Watch Specialist, the real attraction of this Rolex copy watch with steel bracelet lies in the fact that ‘it was used for the purpose it was designed for’ at the highest level of motor sport. The watch is being offered for sale as part of ‘Watches Online: Discovering Time’ and will be sold along with two of his books Prepare to Win (1975) and Drive to Win (1996). The pre-sale estimate of the watch is $150,000-200,000 and bidding ends in 9 days.