I Had No Idea...

...that this watch that saw and liked so much was actually an homage to a vintage Patek Philippe, Ref. 130, which was originally produced in 1943:

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In fact, I was so smitten by the design that I bought two, at the same time, this one in black and gold:

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This was two months ago when I bought these and just last night watching YouTube I discovered that they were homage watches to the Patek. I actually like the Forsining design better, since it incorporates a date window in the otherwise blank area of the Patek, increasing the visual balance. In addition, the Forsining is 40mm and the original Patek was a scant 33mm.

I guess I'm drawn to classic design, as many of my favorites exhibit vintage looks, including Roman numerals and Chemin de Fer. I'd probably go nuts looking at Greg's @Aurelian vintage collection.

Anyway, it's kind of embarrassing that I didn't know this when I did my review but I thought I'd share this revelation. I'd be interested in seeing other homages to some lesser-known vintage watches.

Cheers! 馃嵒

-Eric

PS In case you're interested in the original Patek, here's a good video on it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bf-J5oS7lEE

Nothing embarrassing at all, you saw a design you loved and got two. Surprised you didn't get more ! Finding out later that its based on a classic design just shows you have a good eye for watches, that is well known (to me anyway) on WC.

IIRC my 37mm Geckota is also an homage to the Patek...

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I knew the design was not original but I did not know where Invicta was getting their inspiration.

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weedge

Nothing embarrassing at all, you saw a design you loved and got two. Surprised you didn't get more ! Finding out later that its based on a classic design just shows you have a good eye for watches, that is well known (to me anyway) on WC.

What a nice thing to say! Thank you! 馃

skyblue

IIRC my 37mm Geckota is also an homage to the Patek...

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Beautiful watch, and a great size!

IvanRomero

I knew the design was not original but I did not know where Invicta was getting their inspiration.

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I do have a soft spot for Invicta's "normal" offerings. I'd love to see that watch with contrasting black numbers & hands!

You are too nice to my collection of old junk.

Once you see enough watches you will the the constant borrowing, sometimes from unlikely sources.

If you are going to take inspiration, it might as well be from the best.

Pallet_Fork

I do have a soft spot for Invicta's "normal" offerings. I'd love to see that watch with contrasting black numbers & hands!

They do have quite a few variations but I think all of them (well at least the ones I have seen) have a matching dial and arabics. I think one version has Roman numerals but again, they match the dial color.

I figure every watch I own is a homage to some other watch. And all watches are homages to this...

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Check the Tissot Telemeter 1938 that has a similar design

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If you like that very old and rare patek, here is a slightly newer take on it and larger... 39 or 40mm if I recall.

Tried it on once, nice classic design, maybe a tad boring. It's yellow gold though.

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