Fed up with discussing numerous oversized sports watches, I decided to explore fresh options at the Zhanxi Road watch market today. While strolling past the ZF store, I engaged in a conversation with the staff to learn about their upcoming initiatives. Unfortunately, as 2018 drew to a close, I discovered that ZF would halt its research and development of new watch-making technology, awaiting the release of innovative models at the 2019 Basel and SIHH exhibitions. Concurrently, the store manager presented me with a replica of the Patek Philippe Calatrava watch. Initially unimpressed by its seemingly ordinary appearance, my surprise grew when I learned about its price. Astonishingly, this replica commanded a significantly higher price tag compared to other elegant timepieces such as the IWC Portuguese 7 Days Power Reserve and the Rolex Oyster Perpetual from the AR factory. Despite my initial perplexity over its high cost, upon closer inspection of the case and movement decoration, I recognized this replica as a masterpiece of top-notch quality craftsmanship.
ZF has introduced three variations of the replica Patek Philippe Calatrava 5296G, as depicted in the accompanying photos. These options include a stainless steel model with a black leather strap, a rose gold case paired with a brown leather strap, and another stainless steel variant with a brown leather strap. Ample stock is available for each model.
Measuring 38mm in diameter and a mere 9mm in thickness, the case suggests an ultra-thin automatic watch design. This dimension renders the timepiece well-suited for a broad audience. In comparison to the IWC Portuguese 7 Days, the Patek Philippe Calatrava 5296G stands out as a more fitting candidate for your ideal watch, thanks to its simplicity and elegance. The minimalist design and straightforward functionality contribute to an unparalleled stability in this replica watch.
The case boasts a full polish and features a smoothly rounded bezel. Additionally, the transparent crystal case back, reminiscent of the genuine watch, reveals intricate engravings on the back side of each lug.
Examine the dial closely, and you’ll notice it’s not an off-white shade but rather a refined ivory color. The applied hour markers and hands exhibit a sleek silver-white hue, while the date window, positioned at 3 o’clock, displays the current date in a sharp black font. It’s these meticulously crafted hour markers and hands that truly showcase the superior manufacturing precision of the ZF factory.
The movement employed is a replica of the PP Cal. 324SC, derived from the authentic Japanese Miyota 9015. In my perspective, the most reliable and precise movements utilized in replica watches are the Asia ETA 2834, 2836, and the Miyota 9015. ZF factory has acquired Miyota 9015 from Japan and implemented certain modifications. Notably, the balance wheel is strategically positioned, and the movement plates, as well as the auto rotor, are meticulously decorated in a 1:1 fashion to emulate the genuine Calibre 324SC.
The replica comes with a black leather strap crafted from authentic calf skin leather, featuring a premium textured embossed crocodile print. This particular type of leather strap is designed for durability, ensuring a lifespan that extends beyond five years, providing you with long-lasting quality.