I think we’ve all had the experience: a luxury replica watch looks great in the case or on the display tray but is somehow off when seen on the wrist. Or, conversely, some pieces seem a bit cold until they are strapped on and you’re checking them out as they peek out from under your sleeve.
For me, Patek Philippe ref. 3450 replica with gold case tended a bit toward the latter. I’d seen plenty of 3448s and 3450s at auction, and one of my pals, whose taste I respect deeply, has the 3450 as one of his top three objects of desire. And yet with its sober angles and relatively uncluttered dial it had never really called my name.
Once it was on my wrist, though, I got a much clearer sense of what all the fuss is about. At 42 mm in diameter it would be way too imposing, but at 37.5 mm it settles nicely into place and seems completely in proportion. And those long lugs hold the strap out just enough for it to wrap smoothly around your wrist as you contemplate it.
I’m a fan of a bit of clutter on my best Swiss Patek Philippe replica watch dials, but the relative openness of the 3450’s dial not only seemed just right once I had it on my wrist but seemed completely contemporary and much better suited to today’s casual lifestyles than some of the fussier dress watches I’ve worn. I’m not giving up on my other watches by any means, but wearing this piece reinforced the old dictum that a watch must be seen, and worn, to be assessed fully.
Quick Facts Quality Patek Philippe Reference 3450J Replica
Case: 37.5 mm, yellow gold with polished bezels and horizontal lug surfaces and brushed case band, central case back, vertical lug surfaces
Dial: brushed opaline dial with applied yellow gold baton indices and printed date numerals and brand logo; day, month, moon phase, and leap year indications in apertures
Movement: automatic Caliber 27-460 QB stamped with Geneva Seal 19,800 vph/2.75 Hz frequency, 38-hour power reserve
Functions: hours, minutes; perpetual calendar with leap year, moon phase
Production years: 1981 to 1985
Production volume: estimated total production 237 examples across all metals
Recent auction prices: (late 2020 to spring 2021) $225,000 to $285,000