In my years on the watch forums, trends come and go, but a few topics stand the test of time, and fuel sometimes heated debate among our fellow watch lovers. Omega Vs. Rolex… Divers watches on Leather straps , Mechanical Vs Quartz… Invicta watches…
The one hot topic I want to put out there today is about Homage watches, out of all the controversial topics I have seen on reddit, or Wus, or Omega forums, or Rolex forums, or Timefactors, etc… the Homage watch seems to produce the most intense responses. (Ginault watches, im looking at you)
Im a lover of watches, all watches, more specifically, I think i respect all watches, I may not like all watches, but I respect their place in the market. Some people take a very different stance, and see watches that are made to look like other watches as theft, or disrespect to the brand, or with outright disgust.
One thing that always confuses me is that certain brands of Homage watches seem to get a pass in the watch community, and some dont.
Maybe ill stop the rant there, as im not trying to start an argument.
What i am trying to do, is see what you think of Homages, ask if you own any, or if you have ever owned any?
Right now I own a few. to me a Homage watch lives on a sliding scale, from outright copy, to a loosely based tribute to an old watch from years gone.
My Steinhart OVM is a Homage, but to me its a tribute to a long gone watch that is over 100K if you can even find one (Rolex 5517 MilSub)
it pays tribute to the Rolex on the dial and hands, but the case is really not much like Rolex at all in dimension, size, or shape.
the watch that sparked this topic today is one i just got yesterday. Its a Corgeut Black Bay Homage. This is actually the 3rd one of these I have owned over the years. To me, this one rides the fine line between Homage and Copy. I prefer the sterile dial version of this model, and im glad Gorgeut no longer puts the Tudor Rose on the crown. There is no mistanking what this watch is trying to be, its not a tribute, its not loosely based on a watch, its basically a copy. Having said that, im still ok with wearing it, as it doesnt say Tudor anywhere on it, and the color combo doesnt actually exist in Tudors lineup.
but still, this watch is polarizing, there are huge threads about the Corgeut BB over on Wus, its debated, loved and hated. but for me, ill take it, I got it used for $50. it has Domed Sapphire, Miyota automatic, and screw down crown. and looks pretty cool. its my new weekend beater watch for the beach or down at my beach trailer. im not afraid to beat this one up.
So tell me, what do you think of it, and Homages in general.