Omega, a lot of people like brand, it is also one of the Swiss brands that have been mostly replicated by watch factories in China. About the movement you saw in replica Omega watches, actually it has passed through several stages in our industry, and now, the clone Omega 8XXX series movement from VS factory has become more and more accurate. Today, I would like to talk a bit about the movement, its history.
The first stage, Sea-gull movement.
Before 2011, at this stage, all factories are just staying on how to make a case that looks like original, the movement is simplely installed with Sea-Gull automatic movement, without decoration, some are even without Omega logo, so, it would be easily identified if a Omega with transparent crystal back. Check the photo below.
The second stage, Citizen 8215 plus fake movement plates.
This stage began from 2012. Some factories released the movement that was based on Citizen 8215, and covered with decorated plates, whether for Planet Ocean or other Omega replica watches, this was a big improvement at that time, check below, the movement looks better, right?
However, this movement has some issues. When you shake the watch, the seconds hand will stop. The seconds hand continues to move when you set time. The jewels are pasted on the movement plates with glue, the jewels and screws could easily fall off to break the movement itself.
The third stage, Hangzhou 6770 movement plus fake movement plates, or Asia 2836 movement plus fake movement plates.
After six years, in 2018, some manufacturers published another good looking movement that is based on Hangzhou 6770 or Asia 2836. This movement solved several bad issues that appeared on Citizen 8215. However, its function is still different from original. The hour hand can not be independently adjusted, the balance wheel is not black and has a smaller size than original.
The fourth stage, In-house 8500 movement by VS factory.
Completely developed by VS factory, not based on any Asia movement. Each screw and jewel on the movement has their own purpose, the jewels are not plastic any more. The functions of this movement are completely the same as genuine. The position and size of the balance wheel are correct.
I do not know if VS factory will develop more advanced movement in future, but this in-house 8500 will be used in their replica Omega watches next several years, and the movement appeared in the third stage is still being used by many small factories in our market, you need to open you eyes in order not to get the cheap quality replicas.
By the way, just received news from VS factory, the Seamaster No Time to Die now is updated with real Titanium, here come the watch photos.