The luxury fake Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time is designed to be the ideal travelers’ companion. Can this new model – inspired by lesser-known replica Patek Philippe pilot watches – meet the claim? We explore the watch in this in-depth test from the WatchTime archives. Original photos are by Patrick Mokesch.
Swiss replica Patek Philippe has reinvented an aspect of itself with the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time. When the Geneva-based company introduced the first model in white gold in 2015, it was met with great excitement. As a unique specimen that differs from the highly desirable sporty copy models in its Nautilus and Aquanaut collections, Patek is known primarily for its classical designs. Now a traditional brand like 1:1 fake Patek Philippe can find inspiration from its own rich history without creating something entirely new. The AAA replica Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time traces its origins from a lesser-known part of the company’s history – its own pilots’ watches. The Ref. 5524R recalls the design of vintage copy Patek Philippe pilots’ watches from the 1930s with its bold luminescent numerals and hands.
Unlike the white-gold version with its matte blue dial and light-colored case, which gives the perfect fake watch a decidedly sporty look, the 2018 rose-gold model emphasizes elegance – supported by the warm tone of the case, the sunburst finish on the dial and its gradual tonal change from brown to black, plus other details like applied rose-gold numerals with luminescent coating and a rose-gold prong buckle. In combination, these features present a unique and elegant pilots’ copy watch. Vintage-inspired numerals and two crown-like pushers on the left side provide added character and show that the Swiss made replica watches offers an extra function – in this case, an easy-to-use second time zone.
Time Zone Setting
Top Swiss replica Patek Philippe has found a solution to these problems. Essentially, this involves the Travel Time’s two pushers, which allow the local time to be adjusted in two directions, and the two day/night indicators on the dial that enable both times to be read intuitively in a 12-hour format. Also, the date advances in both directions when the local time is set so that no correction is needed here either. Again, like our example above, if traveling to the next time zone to the west, pressing the upper pusher once will show both times correctly as well as the date. In contrast to a 24-hour hand for the home time, best quality fake Patek Philippe uses two 12-hour hands, with the advantage of being able to “hide” the second hand when not traveling, thus making the dial tidier and even easier to read.
This isn’t the first time this movement has been used with this function – it has powered classic luxury replica Patek Philippe Calatrava models and been used in the Aquanaut and in the Nautilus in combination with a chronograph. Now for the first time, Swiss movement fake Patek Philippe has equipped the Calatrava Pilot with a system designed to prevent accidental adjustment of the time zone. The corrective pushers can be locked in position by turning them one-quarter clockwise. A one-quarter counterclockwise turn releases them for use – a cool feature that bestows the pushers with their mysterious aura. There’s a low risk of activating the pushers in an unlocked position, especially since a gold copy watch is not generally subjected to hard use. If the quarter-turn is too complicated, it is also entirely possible to leave the pushers in the unlocked position.
There’s also plenty to see on the back, thanks to the transparent sapphire caseback. The in-house movement 324 S C FUS with self-winding mechanism sports a gold oscillating weight with circular graining. The bridges are decorated with a côtes de Genève finish and beveled and polished edges. The screw heads are carefully polished in-house by wholesale replica Patek Philippe. This is yet another indication of why best fake Patek Philippe watches demand such high prices – there’s an impressive degree of handcrafting and manual finishing in each timepiece.
That the base movement itself is from an earlier generation can be seen from the relatively low power reserve of 35 to 45 hours. For some time now, wholesale replica Patek Philippe has relied on the Gyromax balance and fine regulation via poising weights, which allows the hairspring to expand and contract freely for improved results. The fake Patek Philippe Seal sets standards for decoration as well as strict specifications for rate accuracy. These watches must show average rate results of -3 to +2 seconds per day. Their watchmakers adjust the replica watches for sale in all six positions, which is rare in the industry. On the timing machine, the super clone Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot showed a superior average rate of +1.5 seconds per day. The maximum deviation between the various positions, at 8 seconds, is only average.
A less exciting feature of the high quality copy Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time is its price of $49,560, but this is still within the normal range for a gold Patek Philippe replica watch with complications. For this price, the buyer can be assured of superior finishing and excellent value. Even though the Calatrava Pilot does not achieve the same aftermarket prices as the steel Aquanaut Travel Time (which can reach almost double the new purchase price), there is no immediate 30-percent depreciation that one may see with other brands.
Our test fake watch convinced us in every way – with its attractive, easily recognizable and slightly sporty design, the practical and easy-to-use second time zone with ingenious lock-down pushers, plus its superb execution and finishing in every last detail. There are no notable weaknesses, and for travel, it proves itself to be simple to use and easy to read. The price is appropriate and is justified by retaining its high value. The cheap replica Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time can be recommended as an excellent travel watch, and not just for air travel alone.