There are a few replica watches online that have perpetually caught my attention over the course of my endless enthusiasm. These aren’t watches I’ve owned, and they aren’t even necessarily watches I’ve yearned to own, but rather watches that have leased micro studio apartments in the basement of my brain. Sometimes I forget they’re there, and then I hear loud music or yelling, or a dog barking. One of those timepieces has been the luxury fake Panerai Radiomir UK in its most basic forms. I’m talking about the cushion case, dark sandwich dial, and faux-patina Radiomir.
But as a guy who spends most of his days wearing cheap replica watches that range from 36mm-40mm, the one thing that always kept the Radiomir at arm’s length was the size. I loved the aesthetic, the vintage inspiration, and the history, and I didn’t care if it was somehow passé or so 2006 to like the watch. I just liked it. But the 45mm sizing presented considerable issues for my ability to pull it off. And I suspect I am not the only one with that issue.
Over the years, 1:1 replica Panerai UK has released the odd limited run of 42mm Radiomirs, and with those wiry lugs, it’s a compact 42 – but those models seemed to appear and promptly disappear like a ship in the night. And then Watches & Wonders 2023 arrived, or as I like to call it, the time I completely misunderstood what aaa quality copy Panerai released… 2023.
I say that because, in March, Swiss made replica Panerai announced the Radiomir Quaranta 40mm Goldtech – a gold iteration of the watch with a white dial and gold accents that garnered a good deal of attention as W&W kicked off. That watch, with its combination of size and styling, represented everything I have always wanted in a Radiomir – except I was dreaming of steel.
Well, as it turns out, my dream high quality copy Panerai also launched this year – just earlier in the year by way of the Panerai Radiomir Quaranta fake for men in steel, which takes the tried and true design ethos of the commercial Radiomir (launched in the ’90s) and brings it down to a size I can jive with.
So when the opportunity presented itself for me to spend an extended time with the steel Quaranta, I jumped on it and proceeded to wear the 40mm Swiss movement copy Panerai Radiomir constantly – to the point where I really didn’t want to take it off. Of course, in the end, I had to – but let’s discuss what it was like when it was on.