5 dress/everday automatic watches worth checking on AliExpress
Within the vast and enormous world of AliExpress there are already a few brands that outsand for us watch enthusiasts as solid options with a wide variety of homages. However, we do often find gems that not everybody talks about. Today I am sharing 5 beautifully executed and nicely finished dress and everyday type pieces that take cues from different design schools which anyone can pull off on their wrists. Let´s take a look!
# 5 : Pagani Design PD-5080 Jazzmaster Viewmatic homage
Taking a direct hint of a Hamilton Jazzmaster and the American Classic line this Pagani Design does not hide where it got its asthetics, they even printed the "Pagani Design" and "Automatic" on the dial with the Hamilton logo Font. Now that we have addressed the big elephant in the room we cannot deny the fact that despite being a homage, this watch is well executed with its bezel and lugs polished, 5 stunning radial sunburst dial options (the blue my of favorite of course), applied dagger hour markers with a double marker at 12 o'clock, and a simple and elegant painted framed date window at the 3. We also have dauphine hands with a slight touch of lume on the inner portion, both the hands and hour markers are faceted to give this dial more depth and presence on the wrist.
Finally the glass is a hardlex crystal one, there is a display caseback window to aprreciate a nice rotor with the PD logo, and a leather strap to complement the dressy look with a deployant buckle. Dimensions 40mm on diameter and 20mm on the lug width that still are suitable for a dress watch.
# 4 : Parnis 6497 Tangente homgage
Here is where Parnis despite making for most part spot on homages, take the time to shake things a bit and present their own interpretations of them; sometimes these iterations are a huge miss but on this particular one I consider it to be a nice hit. This watch speaks Nomos Tangente all over it, however, Parnis has decided to print all the arabic numerals and for functionality of the inner Seagull 1731 Automatic movement, keep a simple date window at 3. The case and lugs also present softer lines different from the industrial straight ones found in the Tangente, and to top it all the small seconds subdial at 6 for a clean and still simple overall look.
Same as the Pagani Design glass is hardlex; dimensions are kept at 41mm diameter and 20mm lugwidth which sets it rather as an everyday piece suitable for plenty of different scenarios and outfits. My favorite one definitely is the rose gold case with salmon dial.
# 3 : Sea-Gull 819.07.6004 Tangente Homage
If during the past few years fashion brands have been cashing in on the minimalist trend why cannot original chinese manufacturers such as Sea-Gull do the same? This Sea-Gull is a straight homage to the Nomos Tangente Neomatik, at least on its dial which is executed to the detail. The Bauhaus design school asthetics have proved to be a pilar in modern design watchmaking that through minimalism has helped in attracting more and more people into buying watches. With a thickness of just 9mm, 39mm in diameter and 20mm lugwidth, this timepiece dimensions are very conservative, making it a true unisex choice.
# 2 : Parnis PA6088 Datejust homage
This list could not have been complete without some flare coming from the house of the five pointed crown. The Parnis PA6088 nods at the datejust as the supreme everyday/dress piece, a timeless design suitable for anyone, anywhere, no matter dressed up or relaxed on casual clothing. Now, I am aware the Pagani Design Datejust may offer an overall better valueXmoney, nevertheless, at 41mm on diameter and more than 50mm on the lug to lug it is more of an option for the bigger wrists.
This Parnis sits at 39mm on diameter and 48mm on the lug to lug making it a much better and suited option for many of us. In addition, Parnis does offer same as with the datejust a whole variety of options on the bezel (plain or fluted), bracelet ( 3 link Oyster type bracelet or 5 link Jubilee type) and a combination of these options with additional dial tones to please a larger crowd. I personally purchased the Blue dial (no surprise there) with a polished bezel on a 3 link bracelet and cannot wait to try it on my 6 inch wrist.
# 1 : Sea-Gull 819.12.6075 Calatrava 5196 homage
Saving the best for the end and to complete the list let's start by saying this Sea-Gull packs a ST17 high frequency movement that runs at 4hz or 28.800 vibrations per hour in a 10mm width case, a display caseback window with a decorated movement to appreciate and a proportioned diameter of 40mm. Surely this dial takes the frame of a Patek 5196 but separates itself with different daggered markers at the cardinal point hours and simple batons at the rest of them, printed minute markers and a framed subseconds dial. The cherry on top or in this case at the bottom, is the proudly "China Made" printing below which sends a very clear message which says chinese watch manufacturing is here for the long game, and I quite like this.
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