There are plenty of watch lovers out there who yearn for a top quality Swiss watch, an Omega or a Rolex, or maybe an Italian/Swiss Panerai, but of course the high outlay remains a constant barrier.
There are any number of replica watches out there, watches which are exact copies of a well known model. These watches pretend to be the real thing.
But then there are homage watches. These are watches that do not pretend to be genuine, but they do admit to being a homage. They are recreated in the exact likeness of a Daytona or Planet Ocean, but branded with the manufacturer’s own name. And some of them can represent excellent value for money if you are happy to settle for an honest look alike, which is much more acceptable in the watch community than a replica.
One such brand creating homage watches is Alpha in the UK. Alpha describe themselves as inspired by European watch making traditions. They have over 20 years of experience in the homage business and create a large range of watches.
The watches run on an automatic movement and are made from 316L stainless steel and each comes with 1 year warranty. They are also tested with Swiss testing equipment, including for water resistance by Swiss technology vacuum equipment. They are only water resistant to 100 feet, but then the price of these homage watches is just £79.99.
Alpha regularly sell their watches on eBay under the name Homage Watches UK, and note that there is no law against selling a homage watch, but there is against selling a replica.
Alpha Omega Seamaster homage
Alpha Rolex GMT homage
Alpha Rolex Daytona homage
Joel Koster, Beach Boys homage
Speaking of homages, there is a 19 year old You Tube phenomenon called Joel Koster. Joel is an Australian who has the uncanny ability to reproduce complex Beach Boys songs, harmonies and instrumentation all by himself, and it’s genuinely hard to tell the difference. He can also do remarkable homages of well known Beatles songs.
Joel faithfully reproduced his favourite album Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys. To these ears it was near perfect, but he has now decided to re-record it as he wants to make it even more spot on. I grew up listening to these songs, and I find his versions simply stunning in their accuracy. He has also produced his own version of Brian Wilson’s not easy to emulate Smile. Joel doesn’t only sound like the Beach Boys, he even looks like a young Brian Wilson.
You can hear his original version of Pet Sounds below – he is also posting his work in progress of the new version.