You must have noticed the perfect replica Omega Speedmaster “Tintin” ref. 3188.8.131.52.01.004 on my wrist. It’s not mine. It’s RJ’s — no surprise there — but he didn’t mind taking it off so I could have a go. He even switched the standard steel bracelet for a very funky GLC strap. And just as this cheap fake Omega Speedmaster is not your typical Speedmaster, the strap is not just any old strap either.
The top super clone Omega‘s brick-red strap is made from the leather seat of a vintage Mercedes-Benz 190 SL, a convertible that could be ordered with either a removable hard top or a foldable soft top. The car was produced from the mid-1950s until 1963, and it certainly was pretty. And so is the perforated strap that, in my humble opinion, perfectly matches the colorful and racy 1:1 fake Omega Speedmaster Professional Racing.
You know, of course, that the Swiss made replica Omega UK got the nickname “Tintin” because of its red-and-white-checkered outer ring on the dial that resembles the rocket that got the Belgian reporter to the Moon. RJ bought this particular example in Tokyo back in 2017. He got a discount for waving his EU passport and paying by credit card, resulting in a price that’s around six times less than the average price for a Tintin on Chrono24. You do the math. While having another coffee and a second slice of pizza, perhaps? In any case, after digesting this episode of Coffee Corner Watch Talk, please enjoy a great copy watch online week!