I first saw the Genuine Fake Watches, I thought it must have been inspired by the “BigEye” designs popular in some chronographs from the late 1960s and into the ‘70s, a dial format distinguished by an enlarged right subdial on a watch’s face. Instead, the brand said it was based on a 1930s aviation design from a singular watch brought to the brand’s museum by a collector. Unfortunately, they are still unsure of the exact year of production, and, as of yet, no other copies have surfaced.
The Avigation BigEye uses a 41-mm brushed steel case, sitting prominently on the wrist and featuring two large pump pushers — all together giving it a very solid and durable appearance. Through each aspect of the piece there are obvious nods to a military style from the era, with a clear focus of form following function in the utilitarian design. On its Luxury Replica Watches black dial, the watch has simple yet distinctive attributes throughout, with its basic black-white design and added green SuperLuminova hints running throughout the large Arabic numerals and hands, as well as its three sub-dials for running seconds at 9 o’clock, a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, and a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock. As you might expect from the name, what makes these features truly distinctive is the “BigEye” 30-minute subdial, but also the style of hands used throughout such as the sword style for the hour and minute hands, the counterbalance on the chronograph seconds hand, and the unique design for the Cheap Replica Watches 3 and 6 o’clock subdials.
Of the few differences, most seem to be for practicality’s sake for the modern watch wearer. For example, the vintage model, in all likelihood, used radium for luminescence, where the new timepiece has opted to accentuate with SuperLuminova. As well, while the brand could have opted to use a hand-wound movement for Replica Watches historical accuracy — and possibly slimmed down the case thickness by doing so — they chose an automatic, which is an easier movement to have for a daily wearer. Yet, note that while they “upgraded” the movement, they held restraint in the minimalist design by avoiding adding an additional date window.
Longines, to its credit, is at the forefront of today’s vintage renaissance. With watches like the Legend Diver and Lindbergh Hour Angle providing the brand’s boutiques with plenty of heritage-focused designs, the brand has shown its finger is on the pulse of the vintage trend time and time again. The Fake Watches Avigation BigEye is another iteration of this expertise. While the watch itself lacks the rich history of many other pieces in its collections, the modern watch still held true to the design code of the vintage model while making only minor improvements. Overall, the watch has become a quick success and has set the bar even higher for a brand renowned for this type of watchmaking.