uxury timepieces are an integral part of the modern classy man or woman’s wardrobe and who wants to make a statement. As far as luxury watches go, the choices are nearly endless between the different brands, specified features, and aesthetics. But some are more recognized than others.
One such iconic luxury brand is the Panerai, an Italian watch manufacturer founded by Giovanni Panerai in 1860. Their collections boast of timepieces that were made in-house or through collaborations with other renowned companies and were even used in key events like World War II.
However, like with all luxury watches, the Panerai label comes with a price tag that is most times, simply too high for the average Joe.
Kimsdun Luminous Military Luxury Watch
Enter replica watches – crafty clones that allow you to enjoy a watch that looks like the real thing but at a fraction of the price. For every authentic luxury watch, there are hundreds, if not thousands of replicas, so the options can quickly become overwhelming – and even though cheap, you still want a timepiece with decent quality.
The Kimsdun Luminous Military Luxury Watch is one replica of the Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 automatic watch that is really worth the money. For $18 on Aliexpress, the Kimsdun scores well in its appearance and is by far more budget-friendly than the $18,000 Panerai Luminor.
The Kimsdun watch features a polished stainless steel frame with a faux leather band design, a circular 44mm dial, and a buckle closure. And while the display is circular, the frame is braced in a near-square cage that makes it a great transitory watch for people who are used to circular watches. And it sure does tell the time with two functioning minute and hour hands, a weekly display, and a complete calendar. The three hands on this watch are luminescent, meaning you won’t have a problem telling the time even when it’s dark.
At 78g, the Kimsdun watch has a decent weight to its bulk and is not as featherweight as many replicas. A close-up look at the Kimsdun Luminous Military Watch reveals a couple of differences and elements it’s missing from the authentic Panerai watch.
First, it comes with a case holder that is installed backwards. The pin that reveals the crown opens at the bottom on the Kimsdun but opens at the top on the authentic Panerai watch.
The authentic Panerai watch comes with a low-profile brushed finish, unlike the shiny finish on the replica watch. Another feature on the authentic Panerai watch that the Kimsdun replica doesn’t come with is the see-through back that reveals the skeleton - mechanisms and gears. The replica with an opaque metal back.
On the authentic Panerai watch, the date counter is placed where the ‘3’ on the hour would be – on the replica, the ‘3’ is still printed with the date counter beside it. Another minute detail is that the date counter on the authentic Panerai watch comes with a black background and white number – the colors are reversed on the replica.
With the authentic Panerai watch, changing the bands is easy as it comes with holes on the sides where the bands go in – the replica doesn’t come with these. However, for a replica that’s a-thousandth the price of the authentic Panerai watch, there is only so much you should expect. But despite its differences, the Kimsdun watch is easily one of the best high-end replicas of the Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 automatic watch – it is affordable enough for just about anyone and is a great casual fashion watch.
To potentially get one of these bad boys, check out the AliExpress website.