Ali Express fave Heimdallr keep making great looking homage watches, especially the dive variety. The latest Tactical Frog FX features a titanium case, 200m resistance, sapphire crystal and a Seiko NH35 auto movement inside. Details like the C3 lume, screwdown crown and ceramic bezel put this one a cut above the usual China based homage watches in our humble opinion. As you might expect this … Continue reading Heimdallr Pelagos Homage is Smooth As You Like
It’s the weekend, so as ever NWC has time to browse Ali Express sniffing for bargains. Here’s what we found; BARGAIN BIG DIVE STYLEE? Well, we wouldn’t dive using a £20 watch, let’s be blunt. Bit like the SAS going into desert combat using Daniel Wellington watches. But you have to admit the Foxbox 47mm is a big ol’ thing, with a certain Tuna Can … Continue reading Best of The Ali Express Summer Sale Watches
Fake watches are big business, so we hate to support it by spending £28 of the NWC magazine budget, but we had to know – is a £28 Moonswatch Mission to Mars replica any good, or just plastic toy rubbish? Here’s the good points; Quite convincing dial design, even down to sub-dials and chrono function works. Nice logo lettering on the wristband Bad points; Feels … Continue reading Ali Express Moonswatch Replica – Worth £28 of Your Hard Earned?
Back in November 2021, your NWC mag Editor was tempted by this Ailang twin escapement tribute to the Breguet Tradition. OK, so it’s not a tourbillon, it’s a Seagull or other Chinese movement with some kind of clutch or ratchet mechanism that spins two escape wheels as the mainspring unwinds. But it had a certain luxury look with a rose gold tone case, that handsome … Continue reading Reviewed: Ailang Breguet Homage: Lost In Translation
We wanted to see how cheap you go when it comes to watches on Ali Express. So we took the plunge and paid the princely sum of 0.08p, yes eight pence, plus postage, for this fine Tissot PRC200 look-a-like. No box obviously, no paperwork, just a cellophane sleeve and a padded envelope. Fair enough. We removed the plastic protector near the cown, pushed it in … Continue reading Can You Really Buy a New Quartz Watch For 8p?
What kind of watch can you get for just £6.50 these days? Yes, that includes postage. Well the answer is quite a good one, and no shortages, no panic, just a smooth Royal Mail delivery 8 days after payment. Yes this Field watch from TPW on Ali Express shows you can get a basic timekeeper for even less than Argos money. I mean, you could … Continue reading Budget Watches: TPW Field Watch, Reviewed and Rated
Who wouldn’t like Rolex Explorer Freccione GMT from the 80s? Classic lines, 40mm case size, fantastic tool watch. However, finding a good one can be expensive, like 20 grand plus expensive. Ouch. So if you love the style then China based brand Pagani have that all boxed off for you. The 42mm PD 1693 model was launched earlier in 2021 and really captures all the … Continue reading Pagani Homage to Explorer GMT Ticks All The Boxes
There are lots of Chinese watches on Ali Express that bear an uncanny resemblence to famous models from Switzerland, like this Paulareis blue and orange number. It retails for just under £20 including postage, which is super cheap – but is it any good? GOOD STUFF This is a big watch at some 44mm across, it has a fairly thick case too at 16.5mm, with … Continue reading Reviewed: Paulareis Omega Planet Ocean Look-a-Likey