Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 36

For most people, TAG Heuer is a very appealing brand due to its famous ambassadors such as Leonardo Di Caprio, Cameron Diaz , Brad Pitt, Maria Sharapova, Uma Thurman and many others.  Within the past few years these celebrities have been the face of the brand and have won the attention of both horological aficionados and, simply, people who are looking for a beautiful luxury accessory. Looking back at the innovations in the area of creating the finest chronographs, you realize that Tag Heuer is not just the result of advertising. It is an exceptional and revolutionary source of high precision timepieces with a powerful influence on the evolution of modern time keeping devices.

The TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Caliber 36 is an extraordinary watch. It has a large 43 mm case and it is in all ways a sports watch, functionally and aesthetically. If you haven’t tried wearing any similar design before, it will feel very heavy and big. It is a manly timepiece and definitely an instrument with complicated timing functions. All these being said, you can’t help but notice that everything about it is perfect; just as it is. After a few moments it doesn’t feel that heavy.  Probably because, its complex features get your full attention and make you feel like a kid with a new toy.

Dial copy

As mentioned previously, the case measures 43 mm and it has a well protected screw down crown which carries the TAG Heuer shield armor logo. The dial is black color and it has very visible hour markers in polished steel, as well as marked seconds around the dial. The bezel is also made of polished steel with a discrete black marked tachymeter. The whole design is very complicated and perfectly put together. If you take a closer look at the dial you will see how the 9 o’clock dial is actually a cutout vertical strip that allows the black and red hands to be seen and move to indicate the current seconds. The 3 and 6 o’clock dials are variations of the common circular dial distorted by a silver plate with the words “Caliper Chronograph” stamped on it.

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What I found to be a negative aspect of this design is the fact that the dial is not visible at night. It only has a thin strip of luminescent coating applied on the hours and on the minutes hands. These hands are hardly visible and just for a few minutes after a charge. Simply take this as a heads up so you know what to expect from it.

Just like all two button chronograph watches, the TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Caliber 36 can be started with a push on the top button. The start button has a solid click feel to it. When turned on, a second push to the top button stops the chronograph. The watch keeps pretty good time. It doesn’t need the use of a winding box during the night or any resetting in the morning. I am quite pleased with its accuracy.

Back Case

Clasp

The watch has a solid stainless steel case back, fitted with six screws which are spread out evenly, but two of them are intentionally placed exactly at the 9 and 3 o’clock position. The back also has the writing „Grand Carrera” on top followed by “Tag Heuer” in the middle and “Swiss made since 1860” on the bottom.  Everything about the back case feels authentic and well designed. I am quite impressed with the craftsmanship of this model.

Genuine Tag Heuer Carrera

Genuine Tag Heuer Carrera

While the watch is heavy and large, it actually feels small and comfortable on my wrist. This is due to the well-made leather band closed by a deployment clasp that contains two small buttons making a noticeable click on open and on close. The small buckle is engraved with the TAG Heuer shield armor logo. It is considerably small but very visible thus allowing you to easily see where to detach the strap.

My favorite watch in the Grand Carrera range is definitely the TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Calibre 36.  This is probably because while most of the Grand Carrera range focuses on elegance, the Calibre 36 found its way into the sporting category, with its leather strap and complex sub-dials. It is a premium timepiece with an indistinguishable design. A priceless asset for any watch collector.

Replicatimes.com

As the name also suggests, these are times for replicas, times when our best reasonable option is an imitation watch.  We have to admit it; the only alternative to an extremely pricey original watch is a perfectly cloned timepiece. And this is how our search for the ultimate knockoff starts. Let’s see if this search will end here at Replicatimes.com, or if it is just a one-time stop in our quest for the best replica merchant.

replica times

PROS:

Replicatimes.com looks quite good. It is a carefully designed online store with an obvious focus on promotional incentives. It plays it safe with a black background enhanced by silver and red accents, respecting its overall elegant appearance. The layout is pretty simple, but it still manages to boost numerous banners, an impressive menu and some pretty interactive features. Judging only by the homepage one could say that we are dealing with a real professional of the replica industry.

It certainly is a name easy to remember. This being said, if the looks, quality products and services rise to satisfactory standards then the website could actually become a huge hit. You will notice a pretty out of the ordinary classification for the main menu bar, on the very top of the page. The products are divided by Gender, Movement Type, Diamond and Gold features. It is unusual for any online store to prefer this type of categorization instead of the regular Shop-by-brand approach. Still the later couldn’t be fully avoided so if you scroll down you will finally see a pretty inclusive “Watches by Brands” list-type of menu.

I got to hand it to it. The products are very well classified into sub-categories depending on the main characteristics, brand and original collection name. Frankly, it is the best classification I have seen so far. Indeed, what isn’t anywhere on the different filtering options is the “Swiss movement” type. Browsing through the products and noticing the $250-$300 price range, the only logical conclusion that comes in my mind is that these are all Japanese movement watches. Furthermore, the description page doesn’t reveal additional details about the type of movement these watches carry. The specifications only say “Automatic watch” or ‘Quartz watch”. There is no mention of the manufacturing country of the inside mechanism.

ReplicaTimes.com offers a very inclusive range of convenient payment options. These various payment methods are: Paypal Visa, Mastercard, Western Union and Bank Wire. It is always nice to find a merchant who provides so many different payment choices so that the customer can really choose the most suited one.

CONS:

The company claims to offer a one year quality guarantee, eligible for a full refund if the problem is determined by quality flaws. However, reading the very complex and intriguing Return Policy page you begin to comprehend that its impossible to comply with rules may very well mean that you will never be able to take advantage of this policy. The last statement from this page outlines quite nicely the ambiguous one year Guarantee they pretend to offer: “If you aren’t satisfied with your purchase: You may be eligible for a return or exchange depending on your situation and the type of item involved.”

In my opinion, the shipping information isn’t clear enough. It appears that when you buy one watch the delivery costs are about $25, and if you buy a second product then you benefit from free shipping for the additional item. This makes me think that you still pay $25 for the first replica from your order. Also, it seems that Western Union and wholesale orders get free delivery as well. Generally, orders are shipped through EMS, DHL or UPS, and the delivery takes about 5 – 7 days. The receipt of the package is guaranteed and if the order isn’t received then a claim is opened and the products are reshipped free of charge.

Pictures: What I absolutely didn’t expect from this company was to find only one single photo per product. Yes, that’s right. There are no detailed pictures for its watches. Each item has only one average quality photo, mainly showing just the front part of the watch. This limitation of its product pictures makes me doubt the quality of the replicas and the company’s liability.

Domain registered: USA

Customer service: To my amazement, there are still out there companies such as Replicatimes.com which do not invest in customer service. I am saying this because the website only provides a contact email address. It does not offer a phone number or a live chat option.  You may not realize how important is to be able to reach an operator and communicate in real time. It is essential especially when we are talking about a company selling replicas online.

Summary:  Replicatimes.com knows how to fake it! It fakes being an elegant website, having good quality products, viable satisfaction guarantees and after sales services. Sadly, the truth is that it fails to prove the quality of its merchandise; it provides an impossible to comply with warranty and does not have a reliable customer services.

Luxurywatcheshq.ca

The main reason why we all love complicated timepieces is because of the luxury granted to those wearing them. We all dream of enjoying the luxury of a beautiful watch and we will always be on the lookout for the next best source of high quality replica watches.

PROS

When you open Luxurywatcheshq.ca you find an exceptionally looking website. The page surprises you with a classy design, elegant details and sleek banners. This is what I like to call the „all black” part of its home page. If you scroll down you unveil a brighter part of the e-shop. The store manages to perfectly balance elegance with functionality- on the top there is a minimum of buttons and functions, whereas on the lower side we notice a stuffiness that invites you to start shopping at once.

The top menu bar is reserved for only four brands: Rolex, Breitling, Omega and Audemars Piguet, all watches available only with a Swiss manufactured mechanism. While on the left side menu you find over a dozen watch brands, also exclusively equipped with a Swiss mechanism. The merchant provides all major company names with an impressive history in the watchmaking industry. If you were looking for a particular time piece for a while then there is a pretty big chance you will find it here.

These replicas are pretty pricy, but you must consider the fact that all of them are Swiss made and equipped with an ETA movement. Swiss watches are the best quality available on the replica market, the closest version of the original watch and in almost all cases it is worth paying the extra hundred dollars for acquiring a Swiss knock-off. It will look, feel and work just like the real watch. Luxurywatcheshq.ca sells these high quality replicas for $350 up to $900, depending on the model and its functions.

To my surprise, the brands are nicely organized into sub-categories bearing the names of the original collections. Additionally, for improving the usability of the website there is a very simple filter which allows you to sort the items by price or by name. The product description page is quite clean and tidy. It presents technical data about the watches, written in correct English and neatly constructed. Even a watch illiterate person would be able to fully understand the details and particularities of each product, and conclude if it worth buying.

CONS:

Potential customers are advised that the merchant provides only a one month warranty. Also, if from the first moment you receive it you are not happy with your purchase then you need to immediately contact customer service and return the products within three days from the delivery. For quality problems, pictures will be needed for processing the complaint. And most important, the shipping charges for returning the items are the customer’s responsibility. Ouch! The whole policy is overly discouraging. We are talking about Swiss made replicas priced and $350 up to $900, and the company only provides a one month warranty? For a Swiss watch? No, that can’t be right!

Luxurywatcheshq.ca accepts Visa, Mastercard and Western Union payments. I have noticed that the Western Union receiver is from China so logically if the customer needs to send the money to China then this means the company is also based in China. Now, the question is: are these watches really Swiss made or are these just some other overpriced cheap Asian replicas?

The company ships packages worldwide with EMS and DHL. The delivery fee is $25-$30 per item which seems quite expensive. A tracking number is provided for the package and the delivery time to North America and Europe is approximately 5-7 working days via EMS, while to other countries it may take up to 12 business days or more.

Pictures: The pictures are pretty good, but the downside is their small size. However, the clarity of the image is very high and you can see all the important details of the watch. The attention to details goes as far as taking pictures of the watch in the dark to show the glow  of the luminescent hour markers and hands, and to photograph the back of the replica without its cover so you can see the complexity of the inside mechanism. I am pretty sure these pictures are property of Luxurywatcheshq.ca as the watermark with the website name is stamped repeatedly on the photos making it impossible for someone else to use the images on another site.

Domain registered: CHINA

Customer service:  The company can be contacted only by Contact Form and by email at tradebeeline@gmail.com. These are the only available ways of reaching the customer care department, and honestly I am very disappointed of the lack of attention it offers to this very important aspect of its business. The email address doesn’t represent any security or assurance that we are dealing with a reputable company. On the contrary, it makes us wonder how little we know about this merchant and what a bad choice it could be.

Summary: Luxurywatcheshq.ca has all the qualities of a sophisticated and respectable online merchant: an elegantly designed website, detailed product pictures, superior quality Swiss watches and prices that reinforce its image of an exclusive store. But when you put all this in balance with its weaknesses, you find out that its weaknesses weight more: poor customer service, a non-existing warranty, expensive shipping and unreliable payment methods.

Okreplicas.net

If you were looking for an OK replica store then this may be just the right one for you. Set in motion your passion for beautiful timepieces and start searching for the ultimate replica watch, a “pièce de résistance” for your collection.

PROS

Scrolling down through the “Watches Catalogue” we observe that the company sells almost all famous watch brands. The collection is excessively inclusive. Classic watches or fashionable watches, you will find them all here. And what about the prices? Basically, all products are advertised with a discount starting at 30% and up to 50%. Nevertheless, the final price seems to be about $100-$180. Allegedly, the $100-$150 watches are Japanese quality while the $150-$180 ones are equipped with an automatic movement. Even with an incredibly large discount, $180 for a Swiss made watch seem highly unrealistic.

The company is able to accept Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, JCB and Western Union payments. I must admit that I am really surprised to find an online replica merchant that provides these many and so divers types of payments. Depending on your payment resources or on the degree of confidence you have in the company you can choose one of the above options. Still, you might want to know that Western Union orders get an additional 15% off.

The main carrier used is EMS, but alternatively the merchant can ship also with DHL, UPS or TNT. The delivery to European countries takes 5-8 business days, while to other destinations it may take about 10 business days or more. Packages are shipped with a tracking number and the delivery is guaranteed. If the package is lost then it will be reshipped free of charge. And if you are looking to save on shipping costs then let me inform you that orders over $150 get free delivery.

The company provides a 15 days Exchange and Refund policy as well as a one year warranty. The Exchange and Refund policy refers to any defects or differences that you may notice on your product while the one year warranty covers only manufacturing defects. More precisely, wear and tear damages are not covered by the warranty. Overall, it seems like a pretty fair satisfaction guarantee.

CONS

Yeah, I guess you could say OKreplicas.net looks pretty OK. It is more than obvious that it was never intended as a refined online store of superior quality replica watches. It is just another average looking shop with a basic template, tacky color scheme and rudimentary usability. It pretty much looks unfinished, like a school project without your parents’ final touch. Do I like it? Honestly, my first reaction was to leave the site at once, but for the sake of this review I had to continue.

So let’s start browsing! There are two menu bars, one at the top for the promotional and informative pages, and a secondary menu on the right side of the page with the available brands. In the center we see three unaesthetic banners and a small selection of the “New Arrivals”, “Hot products” and “Specials”. I have noticed the Testimonial section of this site where there are quite a few comments, supposedly, from buyers. What I did not see was an option to post them and I am unsure of how objective these opinions are if the customer doesn’t have the freedom and a way of posting his review on his own.

My never ending problem with watch-sites is that most do not bother to invest in the usability of the online store, in making it easy for the customer to find just the right product. And it really is something very easy to achieve. Just add a filter or an advanced search, and browsing through the pile of designs will be a piece of cake. Okreplicas.net is one of the less considerate websites where finding a watch means you have to go through countless pages. However, when you do locate the right watch and you click on it, what do you find? You find a poorly made description page with a ton of information about the watches, but so randomly written that you simply cannot trust its accuracy.

Pictures: The pictures are of very poor quality and are available only in a quite small size. Luckily, there is an enlarge feature available. What I particularly like about the photos is that these show numerous parts of the watch such as the dial, back case, winding crown, inside of the band and the clasp. What I absolutely dislike is the fact that all the pictures have a watermark with the website name “idomontres.com”.

Domain registered: CHINA

Customer service: I was curious to see what ways of contacting the company we have. As anticipated, there are not that many options. You can get a hold of the customer care representatives only by contact form, by email or by MSN.

Summary: I think this is an OK replica merchant to deal with. Although its prices make you unsecure about the quality of the products, it manages to convince you of its professionalism with its fair satisfaction policies, with the diversity of its payment options and with the liability of its shipping method.

Dreplica.com

Now there is a new a doctor in the house, a doctor of beautiful luxury replica watches that promises to change the very core of this industry. For those with an irreversible and incurable passion for horological masterpieces there is Dreplica, the ultimate replica watches store.

PROS:

The main menu is located on the top of the page and it includes just seven watch brands, the bestselling ones. The prospects of such a limited collection may discourage your thirst for a new and exciting shopping session of replica watches, but as we very well know appearances can be very deceiving. Just as soon as you click on one of the categories from the main menu, a left side menu bar unfolds so you can peacefully browse its endless list of luxury watch brands. Here you will pretty much find replicas of the most loved designs ever launched on the market.

As far as I can tell, the company sells both Swiss and Japanese grade watches. The Japanese watches are priced at 80GBP-100GBP and the Swiss watches cost over 200 GBP. Yes, the prices are in GBP which suggests that the targeted customers are from UK. On the product page you find the same type of cryptic text written in the same poor English. But, you got to admit that they at least try to provide all the relevant information about these watches, such as type of mechanism, functions, materials, colors, size and marks of authenticity. If you put some effort into it, you may end up actually understanding a few elementary facts about these replica watches.

The regular order processing time is of 24-36 hours. The packages are dispatched via Air international EMS or DHL Express, and the delivery time is 5-7 business days. All the orders are sent with a tracking number and a signature is mandatory for delivery. The best part about the shipping policy is that it is FREE. The company provides free delivery all around the world. Pretty convincing, isn’t it?

Good news, unhappy customers can choose to send the order back for a refund or exchange. If you receive your order and you are not satisfied then you can return it within the first 7 days and ask for your money back or within the first 30 days and request an exchange. The condition is that you immediately contact customer service in order to arrange the terms on the refund or exchange. The downside is that the customer pays for the shipping costs of sending back the products and when a refund is issued the bank will also deduct a fee from the refunded amount. So in the end you may end up losing even more money.

Dreplica.com is able to process payments in the following currencies: British pounds, euros and US dollars. You can choose to pay using one the following options: Western Union, Visa or Mastercard. The supported payment methods and the different available currencies show that the merchant is keen on providing the best personalized payment solution to each of its unique customers.

CONS:

I’m usually not that picky when it comes to the design of a site, but this one is too rudimentary to get away with it. 60% percent of the home page is filled with incoherent text about how great this company is and why we should buy our replicas from them. Judging by these English skills, I seriously doubt that the merchant is such a wise purchasing decision. The rest of 40% of this page consists of two banners, two minimal menus and a couple of “promotion products”. The overall appearance of Dreplica.com doesn’t have anything to do with what we call a professional online store. It resembles more to a blog than to an online shop. This is probably because of its wide banners and rich text boxes. It is not the type of page that sticks with you or the type you revisit out of interest. It looks too dull with its white background, black menu and orange accents. No one says that you must invest a fortune into the esthetics of your website, but at least make it look like a decent online store.

The selection of replica watches this company sells is indeed impressive, but browsing through all of them is such a nightmare. Don’t get me wrong, the products are beautiful, but do you really have to spend ages just to locate the models which interest you? Wouldn’t it be a lot easier if an Advanced Search option would be available on the site? My opinion is that this way a lot of potential customers would find what they want to purchase and probably order it, instead of abandoning the search and leaving the website out of despair.

Pictures: The product pictures are clearly not from the same source. From what I can tell, these are copied from at least three sources. From category to category, and even from product to product the style and even the number of photos vary. Some may have a black background while others may have a white or grayish one, some may be photographed up close and others from a distinctive angle. The good part about these images is that they do not have a watermark so these sources may even be different wholesale suppliers not necessarily similar replica online stores.

Domain registered: CHINA

Customer service: The company claims to offer customer service 24 hours per day 7 days a week. Allow me to seriously doubt this overstatement, especially when the live chat button blinks in the right side of the page saying “OFFLINE”. The so called 24/7 customer care department is supposed to be reachable by chat, email and contact form, whereas a contact phone line is not provided. What I have also noticed is that the customer service email address is a very disturbing Outlook account: replicawatchsale@outlook.com. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not judging the quality of their customer service by the looks of their email address, I am actually judging the liability of the company through the means of the services it provides. And if we summarize these services we fully understand that Dreplica may just not be the right remedy for our replica watch addiction.

Summary: Dreplica.com is an online store that provides an incredibly wide collection of replica watches at relatively low prices. The advantages you get when you buy your knockoffs from this website is that you benefit from free delivery, flexible and personalized payment solutions as well as a return guarantee. It does seem like a good place to start putting together your very own collection of luxury watches.