Are cartoon-themed replica watches the same as the joker in the office with the cringe-worthy Marvin the Martian silk tie on a Tuesday? I think not. In fact, some of the best examples of cartoon characters, whether they be Disney or Anime, are so discreet that you barely notice them. And in the context of a watch world that often takes itself way too seriously, who can resist the smile-a-minute cheer of a simple Disney watch with Mickey showing the time with his gloved hands?
We’ll start with the more downplayed yet totally unexpected 2020 knock-out by Snoopy, the top dog (sorry) of the horological cartoon world. Fresh and unlimited, this blue and silvery white version of the classic Speedy prompted Nick to proclaim it the feel-good blue ceramic bezel Omega copy watch of the year. If it wasn’t, then it did a damn good job of trying.
The classic 42mm fake Omega Speedmaster case with its moon watch accoutrements, is a triumph of balanced vintage functionality. In this version, the fresh blue of its indices, slim sword hands and sub-registers shows just how much difference the injection of a colour can make. But while there’s a certain charm to the tiny Snoopy tap-dancing within the running seconds at 9, this pales when you turn the watch around for what is nothing short of a mechanical miniature theatre act unfolding. Watch our video here. Price $14,700 AUD