The ref. 5226G indicates where the Patek Philippe Calatrava Replica line is going – more contemporary design, albeit still informed by vintage models hence the faux vintage lume, which is enhanced with sharper and higher quality detailing.The scale of the projection meant the patterned dial and hobnail case were instantly obvious. Though unexpected elements in an entry-level Patek Philippe, they work well together, both on screen and in real life.
Although the dial brings to mind a vintage military watch, the polished case with its hobnail band and the applied numerals on the dial give it a refined feel.Granted, the individual elements of the ref. 5226G are ordinary and well used, which is perhaps why the model was criticised for being seemingly derivative.
But the ref. 5226G is a Best Patek Philippe Replica– as it is with Ferrari the name is worth a lot – and it is a well-balanced package across all dimensions, design, size, finish, and feel. Admittedly, the ref. 5226G is fancier in terms of execution compared to most other Calatrava models. Also important is the fact that the ref. 5226G has an unusual aesthetic that is classical yet recognisable, an achievement for a watch in this segment.
Between the two, I prefer the time-and-date ref. 5226G because its thinner, simpler form feels more elegant and concise. Though I appreciate the technical innovations in its bigger brother, the ref. 5236G feels bulky due to its thickness. At the same time, the simplicity of the Luxury Patek Philippe Replica Watches allows the details on its case and dial to be more apparent.
The hobnail pattern on the case middle is a pleasing detail that gives the watch a distinctive feature but one that is subtle. The hobnail bezel of the ref. 6119 has its fans but some will no doubt find it too much. On the ref. 5226G, the three rows of hobnails are only visible in profile.
The hobnail decoration means the ref. 5226G has the most elaborate case found on an entry-level Calatrava. The clous de Paris case decoration is unique within the line and historically only found on complicated watches at a far higher price point like the Cheap Replica ref. 5531R Minute Repeater World Time.
The hobnail case is obviously more challenging to execute than the typical stamped case of most recent Calatrava models. For one, there’s the challenge of accommodating the pattern despite having lugs. The solution is simple: a two-part case where the lugs are separate from the case middle and instead connect to the case back.
While the case middle is complicated, the bezel and the lugs are simple and rooted in historical designs. I like especially the flat bezel and angular lugs that call to mind vintage models such as the ref. 3448.The style disappeared for about half a century, but made its return with first the Luxury Replica Watches ref. 5235 Annual Calendar Regulator and more recently the impressive ref. 5236P In-line Perpetual Calendar.
The pointed lugs and smooth bezel give the watch a satisfyingly sharp look that’s perfect for the modern dial. In fact, the coherence between the case and the dial is another reason the I prefer the the ref. 5226G to the ref. 6007A, which had a case with soft, rounded lines.A final comment on the case is about its size, which is largish for a Calatrava at 40 mm but still compact relative to most modern watches.
Case aside, the ref. 5226G Best Replica Watches easily distinguished from earlier generations of Calatrava models by its dial. Finished a granular stamped pattern that’s almost organic, the dial is adventurous for a maker that is mostly about traditionally-styled watches.The dial is replete with interesting details. For instance the different fonts and colours complement each other, while it has a depth often lacking in no-nonsense military-style dials thanks to the stamped texture and applied markers.
The textured surface has been given a gradient finish that gently darkens towards the edge and culminates in a black minute track. Though a “smoked” finish is common today in practically every price segment, the graduated colour is especially useful on the ref. 5226G. It offsets the granular texture and leaves the dial looking more dynamic.
The luminescent paint on the hands and indices are a dark beige, which adds a warm tone to the elegant replica watches dark dial and is also perfect match for the charcoal tone. Typically I am not a fan of such artificial patina, but here it has been smartly utilised in terms of complementing the dial rather than to create a faux-vintage look.
But beyond the obvious features like the lume and texture, the dial has quite a lot more to offer. The sporty feel of the textured dial is enhanced by details such as the centre seconds as well as the Arabic numerals, which are typically elements associated with military-inspired Genuine Fake Watches.