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There are some factories recently making Patek Philippe 5167A-001 Aquanaut. The first good maker for this was V6 Factory (V6F) and was ruling the market for quite a while. After that MP Factory was following with pretty much the same details with V6F except the movement. After mid 2018, PF make a breakthru by making the same models with also armed with A.2824 movement just like MP factory. Suddenly on August 2018, KMF was in the market with the same model of production armed with Miyota based movement. The strenght of KM factory is on the case shape perfection, very close to genuine. Those factories are making some perfection on their 5167A-001 build. However, since the caseback is open, there always be a flaws on movement look, because they are using Miyota or A.2824 movement which clearly smaller compare to genuine patek calibre 324 movement.
Contributing to the competition, one of well known factory, ZF also make this Patek 5167A-001 with some more perfection to what is available from other factories as I mention above. Here i will give you 5 reasons why you should choose this Patek 5167A-001 made by ZF :
NO 1 : PERFECT DIMENSION AND PACKAGING
40mm case size, and 8.5mm case thickness is the genuine dimension. And ZF comes extremely match with what it should be :
When you talk about packaging, PF was leading the market with quite nice Patek paper box on every of their Patek build. However, ZF make even better with bigger hard paper box, complete with tags, as you can see below
NO 2 : BETTER CASE SHAPE AND FINISHES
The shape of the case especially from the side has been one of the issue when you compare other factories. However ZF made the shape even better on their build.
The only issue is the crown size is still a little bit too big when you compare to genuine. Apart from that issue, ZF made the case perfectly on shape and case brushed finishes compare to other factory available.
NO 3 : THE BEST DIAL DETAILS AND COLOR
As you know, Patek aquanaut has a very unique dial, a combination of block pattern dial with a very uniqe black to grey dial gradation. This is probably the hardest part to be replicated. Some other factory are good enough to replicate this dial, but ZF made even better especially on shiny effect under light circumtences. Below are some of pictures of ZF Patek Aquanaut dial :
NO 4 : BETTER MOVEMENT DETAILS
- By using the same Miyota 9015 movement based, ZF successfully created better looks and details to copy Calibre 324CS. The main plate movement is bigger compare to other factories, and this will create smaller gap between case and the movement edge, just like genuine.
- All engravings on the movement are perectly replicated neatly by ZF
- ZF using Platinum plated movement plate and rotor which is made according to the genuine movement, the best looking 324CS Movement (it is the only version on the market which has the same position of balance wheel as the genuine, High-quality polish finished and slim movement plate.)
NO 5 : BETTER DATE FONT STYLE AND SIZE
As far as I can see, the date font size is bigger compare to other factories, and the font style is correct.