In October 1582, Pope Gregory XIII introduced what we now call the Gregorian calendar. This is the most widely used calendar in the world, so the vast majority of calendar 1:1 replica watches display dates according to it.
To what extent the calendar function is accurate from month to month greatly depends on the type of UK AAA fake watches it is included in. Most advance the date at midnight, disregarding the different lengths of the months completely.
Those fortunate enough to own perpetual calendars don’t have to worry about this at all because their high quality replica watches will automatically correct the length of each month and even account for leap years. The downside, however, is that because of this they are highly complex to make – and therefore expensive.
Don’t fret, though, because there is a middle ground between the most basic calendar copy watches for sale and complex perpetual calendars: this is the annual calendar, which automatically adjusts for each month with 30 or 31 days, meaning that it only requires manual correction in February.
Perhaps surprising to some, the annual calendar is relatively recent invention by Patek Philippe, and the first wristwatch featuring the new complication was the Reference 5035 in 1996. Patek Philippe decided to set its new annual calendar apart from its perpetual calendars by adding a practical 24-hour subdial instead of the moon phase found on the perpetual calendar.
Over the years the annual calendar has become an essential part of luxury replica Patek Philippe’s collection watches, benefitting from continual technical and aesthetical refinements.
A moon phase was eventually incorporated as well, now found in the highly popular Reference 5146. This model honors the original design of Reference 5035 but has a more classical appearance due to the moon phase display instead of the 24-hour subdial. A power reserve indicator completes the displays.
In 2016 Patek Philippe celebrated the twentieth anniversary of its annual calendar with the introduction of Reference 5396, which caters to more classically inclined clients by mimicking the design of a full calendar with the day and month indicated by means of two windows.
Intriguing is also that the popularity of the annual calendar saw Patek Philippe combine it with other complications such as a flyback chronograph. This resulted not only in beautiful Swiss movements fake watches like Reference 5905 and Reference 5960, but also created something entirely new – what you might call a “light” version of the more traditional complications.
While it wasn’t a perpetual calendar with split-seconds chronograph, it did combine two popular – dare I say practical – complications in a single watch at a more affordable price point.
Even for Patek Philippe.
How other brands got into annual calendars
Patek Philippe super clone watches for sale patented its invention of the annual calendar, granting the brand 25 years of dominance with this unique complication.
And yet many other brands have had annual calendars of their own in their collections. These are neither patent infringements, nor did the brands compensate China Patek Philippe replica watches for the use of technical designs.
Because Patek Philippe was the first, the patent its engineers filed was rather specific, providing other brands with enough room to develop alternative movements achieving a similar result.
While this ended Patek Philippe’s supreme, but brief, rule of annual calendars, it also played an important part in further popularizing the complication. The annual calendars from other brands not only introduced different designs, but some were offered at lower prices than Patek Philippe’s models.
This didn’t push Patek Philippe completely out of the game: the brand was not only the first to bring out the complication, that brand remains Patek Philippe, providing its top fake watches a certain prestige that remains appreciated.
Omega integrated an annual calendar complication into its Aqua Terra line.
While the Aqua Terra annual calendar is not a diver’s watch like the Bathyscaphe, it is still a reasonably sporty watch housed in a steel case. We also see here that 2023 Omega replica watches has an entirely different way of displaying the annual calendar functions, one that is similar to traditional day-date windows, only now the month takes the position of the day indication.
Quite different is the 2016 Omega Globemaster fake watches site, where the month is indicated by a hand that points to the different months placed between the hour markers on the dial.
The current popularity of the annual calendar can quite easily be explained: it offers a distinct advantage over a regular calendar while performing only slightly below the level of a perpetual calendar as only the date need be corrected once a year.
The price point of an annual calendar is more often than not considerably less than that of a perpetual calendar by the same brand. Add to this the technical coolness of the complication, and you have precisely what many people want.
While a perpetual calendar is very often incredibly cumbersome to set, with many annual calendars it is usually a breeze, which means it isn’t necessary to keep the replica watches shop on a winder.
Best fake watches brands often also approach annual calendars like they are a new complication, giving them more refreshing design, especially compared to perpetual calendars, which are often very classic in terms of styling.
Like the Roman emperors used to say: give the people what they want.