Today’s model is a cheap fake Patek Philippe. For science and astronomy fans, 2005 was a big year – the dwarf planet Eris (which is more massive than Pluto) was discovered, and the Huygens lander touched down on another remote world: Titan, mightiest of the moons of the ringed gas giant, Saturn. More prosaically but perhaps more immediately relevant to daily life, it was also the year that the very first YouTube video was uploaded: Me At The Zoo.
If your little Jack or Jill was born that year, and you happened to be feeling flush, I can’t think of a more memorable birthday watch than an unassuming gem from perfect replica Patek Philippe: The ref. 5959P, like the Double Split, was a first, but a rather more dramatic one as it featured the split-seconds chronograph caliber CHR 27-525 PS – nothing less than the first in-house chronograph movement ever produced by UK 1:1 fake Patek Philippe.
The Swiss movement fake Patek Philippe 5959P was released in a case small enough for it to seem a deliberate provocation on the part of Patek. At just 33mm in diameter, it felt to a lot of collectors more like a ladies’ timepiece than one designed for a general audience (albeit a very well-heeled general audience).
The 5959P was actually based on AAA replica Patek Philippe‘s very first split-seconds chronograph wristwatch, no. 124824, which was completed and sold in 1923. That watch, however, used a movement by Victorin Piguet; the diminutive size of the top copy Patek Philippe 5959P has kept it from zooming as viciously it might have in a different case (Patek would later release the movement in the 5950A, in 2014). Purely from an investment standpoint, Jack or Jill might give you grief for not waiting a year and getting them a 5711, to which I say, “that’s what you get for being born in 2005, kiddo, and guess what, I didn’t get you shares in YouTube, either.” Besides, the high quality replica Patek Philippe 5959P is a much more interesting watch. – Jack Forster