It’s hard to imagine any perfect replica Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar as underrated or overlooked, but the oddball tonneau-shaped ref. 5040 is exactly that – a QP that qualifies as a value proposition. AAA fake Patek Philippe UK is famous for its complicated calendars as well as its shaped watches, and no reference combines those two separate legacies in a single watch quite like the Perpetual Calendar ref. 5040.
Introduced in 1992, the ref. 5040 was Patek’s first-ever tonneau-shaped QP and it even came outfitted with Breguet numerals and Breguet hands, making it the first serial-production luxury replica Patek Philippe wristwatch to include the combination. The ref. 5040 features the self-winding caliber 240Q with micro-rotor, the same perpetual calendar with moonphase movement found in the better-known and more classically styled ref. 3940.
Although it was most commonly offered in yellow gold throughout its production life, the 1:1 fake Patek Philippe ref. 5040 was also produced in smaller quantities in platinum and white gold cases. Despite its unconventional Art Deco-inspired profile, the Swiss movement fake Patek Philippe ref. 5040 maintained very wearable dimensions throughout its lifespan, measuring 35mm in diameter, 42mm lug-to-lug, and 9mm in height. I find the railroad-style minute track on the periphery of the dial to be an ideal frame for the slightly sunken sub-dials and applied Breguet numerals.
The high quality replica Patek Philippe ref. 5040 was produced for approximately 15 years, between 1992 and 2007. It was joined by a sister reference, the ref. 5041, with a slightly different case and dial design, between 1995 and 2003. In 2012, the tonneau-shaped ref. 5940 was added to the top super clone Patek Philippe catalog as a spiritual successor to the ref. 5040 and 5041. Unfortunately, there is no current-generation tonneau-shaped Patek Philippe QP, so the ref. 5040 still represents your best chance to buy.
Yellow gold and white gold examples of the cheap copy Patek Philippe ref. 5040 can all be found fairly frequently in the $40,000 USD ballpark, making them likely the most affordable Swiss movement fake Patek Philippe QP out there, while the platinum 5040 tends to carry a slight premium, as do examples of the slightly rarer ref. 5041.