A homage watch is a timepiece that is designed to resemble and pay tribute to a popular and often expensive luxury watch, without being an exact replica. Homage watches are typically created by smaller, independent watch companies and are intended to capture the essence and style of the original watch without infringing on trademarks or copyrights.
These watches often mimic the design elements, such as the dial layout, hands, case shape, and overall aesthetic of the luxury watch they are paying homage to. While homage watches are not authentic luxury watches and may not have the same level of craftsmanship or materials, they can offer a more affordable alternative for people who appreciate the design of the original but cannot afford the high price tag.
It’s important to note that homage watches are legal as long as they do not directly copy trademarks or logos, and they are marketed as homage or tribute watches rather than counterfeit products.
Chinese homage watch brands have made significant strides in recent years and have gained recognition for their craftsmanship and affordability. Here is a list of the best Chinese homage watch brands.
San Martin produces high-quality dive watches inspired by well-known luxury brands like Rolex and Seiko. They are known for their attention to detail and use of quality materials.
Their focus on the quality have garnered positive feedback, especially in terms of the case and band finish and the dial details. However, their pricing might deter buyers, you can usually find another same design option from other homage brands.
Below one of their most popular homage watch, San Martin BB GMT Watch sn0054.
STEELDIVE is a Chinese homage watch brand established in Guangzhou China in 2008, and now they are a watch manufacturer integrates the R&D, production, OEM, sales and service. Possessing the manufacturing workshop with the dust-free production environment that covers more than 2200 square meters.
This brand is known for making watches that homage to the Seiko dive watches, such as the 62mas watch. So here is the comparison between their and the original one.
Pagani Design copies established brand iconic designs and offers them at an aggressive price. I kept seeing pictures, posts, and reviews touting how good they were for the money, but also some negative feedback to complain their quality, the long delivery time and the aftersales service.
Below the pagani design Seamaster watch is their most popular collection.
They have an excellent reputation, and they are particularly strong when it comes to recreating classic dive watches, so people often compare it with the san martin watches due to the quality. However Heimdallr can be recognized a different level than san martin, as they bring the audience more original watches.
The Heimdallr 62mas watch is one of their best seller.
Cronos has gained a reputation for its community because of their quality control and value of money. Each Cronos watch is a testament to the brand’s dedication to crafting timepieces. But just like san martin watches, they are lack of the innovation on their original designs, so most of their watches are homage to established brand iconic designs.