We’ve all seen them before. A watch that has very similar aesthetics and design language to a much more expensive timepiece, but the one you’re looking at is a fraction of the cost in comparison to the high end, big brand model. Welcome to the world of homage watches. Watches that pay tribute or share big aesthetic similarities to those in a much higher and unattainable price bracket (for some). This is a very controversial space in watch collecting. One side of the spectrum sees homage pieces as a great way to get a taste of a watch that may be severely out of the collectors budget. The other side sees homage pieces as a waste of money and the collector should just save for the watch that they want or another watch in general. Today we are taking a look at a watch that is an homage to the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona reference # 116515LN-0013 and does an excellent job in terms of aesthetic similarities, but carries some design changes to the dial creating a new look to a very familiar watch. Let’s take a look at the Pagani Design PD1664.
When I first opened the box, I was beyond surprised to see how beautiful the watch looked. I was even more surprised by the weight of the timepiece and the feel on the wrist. The watch has a perfect heft to it with a very premium feel and quality with the high polishing and perfectly contrasting black and rose gold colour scheme. The stock rubber strap is an added bonus to the watch for its flexibility and soft touch material, but I personally wish this piece came on a rose gold bracelet for that added dose of glint, glamour and conversation starting material, but the rubber strap is non-hair pulling and feels great so I’ll let it slide, for now.
Shifting focus to the dial you will notice similarities to its Rolex counterpart, but there are some aesthetic differences with this one as well. The PD1664 has a nearly identical dial design to the Rolex Daytona 116515LN-0013 with some aesthetic changes that, in my opinion, make the dial on the PD1664 cleaner, adds breathing space on the dial and makes it more pleasing to the eye. The Rolex has plenty of text on the dial with its brand name, model name, certifications and that bright red DAYTONA arched around the sub-dial at 6 o’clock, but the PD1664 keeps the text very minimal and manages to squeeze in a date window between 4 and 5 o’clock which is new complication compared to the Daytona, but the date placement on the PD doesn’t disturb or break the design at all. However, I am a person that doesn’t think a date wheel is needed on most watches and it is something that I think could have been left out of the design all together. Over the dial on the PD is a piece of sapphire crystal surrounded by a beautiful ceramic bezel insert. Powering the watch is a rugged and reliable (as I have stated multiple times across various reviews) Seiko VK63 meca-quartz movement. This allows for a ticking seconds hand in the 6 o’clock sub-dial, but for a smooth, sweeping tachymeter hand, creating a mechanical feel with the low maintenance of a battery. I understand choosing the meca-quartz movement was the best option in terms of keeping the cost lower, but Pagani could have used their DK line of automatic movements for a slightly increased price and given the buyer a true mechanical watch for a still unbelievable price.
The Pagani Design PD1664 is a truly fantastic bang for your buck and a watch that genuinely feels good when on the wrist. Homage or not, it is a truly beautiful timepiece and has all the right material choices to make it a great quality piece, but the Seiko VK63 is underwhelming in comparison to the movement choices that are available. This watch could have hit differently with a mechanical movement, manual or self-winding. If you’re interested in checking a Pagani Design out for yourself, check out their website or visit their store through AliExpress. Thank you so much for reading and have an amazing day!