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As we all know by now, AliExpress is an online marketplace that sells consumer goods at low prices and within those goods is a lot of great value, brilliant spec and impressive offerings, so here is a list of five that I think are worth looking at in July 2021.

1. Kuluze Titanium Watch

Kuluze is a relative newcomer to the world of watchmaking and this is one of their first releases. The reason why this made the list was because I think it offers great value for money as well as an attractive design and solid set of specs. Speaking of, these include:

These are a promising set of specs and with a price of sub £120 (£118) that makes it ever so more appealing and why it made it onto the list. You can see more information and purchase the watch here.

2. Feice Ultra Thin FM221

In my humble opinion, this has to be one of the best-looking watches to come out of China and it’s absolutely stunning with its deep, rich green textured dial, a beautiful elegant handset, great finishing, and a mixed finish bracelet. Top that off with a solid set of specifications and a decent price tag and you have a recipe for a great watch.

So at around £205 it isn’t the cheapest of offerings, but you’ll not likely see many of these floating around on the high street or Instagram for that matter and that to me, makes it even more appealing. You can see the full list of specs and more pricing details here.

3. Phantom Aquanaut

Another relative newcomer, the Phantom Aquanaut is a Seiko Turtle-inspired homage watch that caught my eye thanks to its bold colour choices and a decent array of specifications. Now I will admit that this is one of the more expensive offerings of a Seiko Turtle homage, but as mentioned this one just caught my eye, and not only that, but like the Feice, you won’t see as many of these as you would perhaps the more affordable offerings.

Priced at £110 it might be a touch on the pricey side, but if you’re after that famous case shape but want something a little different, then this could be right up your street. Plus I appreciate that it’s not another watch that uses a Seiko NH35 to power it. More info available here.

4. Rocos R0146

Rocos might not be a watchmaker you’re familiar with but they appear to be offering watches at the slightly higher end of the Chinese homage market. Their watches are usually £100+ and have great – albeit borrowed designs along with great specs and solid build. Their catalogue usually consists of Omega homages but they’ve been known to dabble with others as well.

Currently prices at north of £140 (£144), the R0146 is certainly on the more pricey side of the homage market, but their execution in terms of both aesthetics and build make these stand out as homages that are well worth their price tag. To learn more, click here. Note: at time of publishing, this watch is not available

5. Pagani Design Root Beer GMT

Pagani Design are often considered to be one of the best makers of great quality homages and this – one of their latest releases sets to keep on trend. The PD-1662 is a homage to Rolex’s famous GMT Master II and a lot of the design elements have clearly been carried over, most notably the now iconic case shape, handset and of course the classic colourways. But where the Pagani differs is price and the gap is monumental. The Rolex will set you back an eye watering £10K+ whereas the Pagani can be had at a fraction of that. Of course the two aren’t even in the same league, but for a small – affordable price you can have a watch that looks very similar to the Rolex.

Currently this homage will set you back around £70 and is available in a whole host of colours including the Root Beer colourway as well as the famous Batman, Coke and Pepsi. So if you really want that Rolex look without having to destroy your bank account, then the Pagani is well worth a look. You can find more info here.

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