The list below ranks our 2 favorite vintage replica watches, with a bias toward the ones that best reflect the decade’s aesthetic. They’re not just cool watches. They’re representative watches. And what they represent is an era of exuberant imagination.
Omega Constellation Manhattan Two-Tone (1982)
Is anything more ’80s than two-tone? I think not. The gold and steel case fake Omega Constellation Manhattan is a glorious mix of metals in a small case (sometimes with diamonds!) with a quartz movement – and the whole package really speaks to me. Much like the Piaget Polo, the cheap copy Omega Constellation Manhattan fits in that perfect category of jewelry-watch-meets-tennis-bracelet. I picture someone named Blair wearing it while hitting backhands after high-school detention. If this is your vibe, good news: The Constellation is still around. And it’s well overdue for a comeback.
Rolex Two-Tone Datejust (1982)
Yes, yes, the Two-Tone champagne dial replica Rolex Datejust pre-dates the 1980s (by more than two decades), but the ’80s were when it went mainstream – turning Rolex’s fluted gold bezel and two-tone Jubilee bracelet into an iconic combination. Magnum P.I. wore a Rolex GMT-Master, but actor Tom Selleck wore a two-tone Datejust (and still does). Patrick Bateman wore one as a murderous 1980s banker in American Psycho. In the years since, it’s developed a reputation as an old man’s watch. But as far as I’m concerned, this aaa quality clone watch is every bit as cool today as it was back then, not despite its ’80s-ness but because of its ’80s-ness. It’s equal parts Wall Street tycoon and Boca Raton retiree.