-Introducing a new interview feature, in which asks prominent figures in the replica watches industry about the fake watches they would never part with. Up first is Watch Club co-founder and expert Rolex replica watches.
The “Pizzigoni” name has been embedded in London’s vintage replica watches scene for four decades, since Parma native Giuseppe Pizzigoni, then working in the restaurant trade like so many Italian immigrants, realised what a rich seam the capital was for watches to sell back to the booming market in his homeland. Roaming the stalls and shops of Portobello and Bermondsey to find undervalued classics, he built up a major clientele – and it wasn’t long before his teenage son Danny got the bug too.
“I’d follow my father around, and I got hungry for it myself and started making a name for myself,” says Danny. It paid off: at 44, he is the co-owner of Mayfair’s Watch Club, one of the most influential vintage dealerships in London, and counts celebrities and international collectors on his client books. But it was on a trip to Yeovil, aged 17, that he first came across the Replica Rolex Daytona watches that now means the most to him.
“Dad knew about this chap down there with a Daytona to sell. It was the first time I’d seen such a nice 6263, and I was so struck by all the literature and packaging that came with it – it was full box and papers, and I still remember that mothball smell. We talked about it all the way home.”
The watch was snapped up, and – Danny assumed – sold on. “When I turned 40 in 2011, we celebrated in Italy, and my dad gave me this box with a 6263 in it. I looked at it, and said ‘Is it the Yeovil one?’ It was. He’d kept it for me all those years.”
Dating from 1985, the cheap replica watches uk is relatively late in the 6263 lineage (the reference ceased in 1987 after 16 years), but is the embodiment of vintage, pre-Zenith Daytona style.
“Dad also gave me a Zenith Daytona for my 21st which I still wear all the time, but I do prefer the earlier style of the 6263,” Danny says. “The contrast colours, the fonts, the domed plexiglass – it’s iconic, and it’s tied to an era of design which can’t be bettered.”