In a man’s life, certain birthdays develop greater significance than others – or at least create a whole lot more angst. Your 40th can prove particularly tricky as you struggle to convince yourself that the best years of your life still lie ahead. But this milestone birthday also presents a golden opportunity to buy yourself a genuinely serious replica watch. Time+Tide’s advice: instead of getting all misty-eyed for your lost youth, console yourself with some of these ideas for a new 40th birthday watch.
The TAG Heuer 160th Anniversary Carrera
The black leather strap replica TAG Heuer Carrera 160 Years Silver Limited Edition (available for purchase here) is a versatile yet classic watch and quite possibly my favourite from the maison in the last 20 years. This is a pure Carrera, a clear and distilled version that approaches the epitome of what a chronograph should be, perfectly placed in the Goldilocks zone with its slender 39mm case. It offers a a razor-sharp monochrome visage on a classic black leather strap that means it’ll go with any outfit from a merino knit to a sharp suit. But don’t be fooled by the head-turning looks – the strong Heuer 02 calibre under the caseback means this is a highly functional and accurate sports chronograph. Put it to work!
Price: $9350 AUD
The Rolex Submariner
Let’s all be perfectly honest: while this is seldom used for diving these days, the Submariner is still for many the diver’s watch. And despite its metamorphosis into a mainstream status symbol, the black ceramic bezel replica Rolex Submariner is still a bona fide tool watch. Viewed through this lens, you will find a perfectly sized everyday companion that delivers comfort, impeccable build quality and a toughness that will live through pretty much any adventure you care to tackle.
Price: $12,900 AUD.