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The premise behind Swiss Armand Nicolet's "O.H.M" family of products is simple and should appeal to a variety of replica watch collectors. "O.H.M" stands for "original historical movement," and the collection features new High Quality Replica Watches like the Armand Nicolet O.H.M L15 with nicely restored vintage movements inside of them. The movements are said to be restored by Armand Nicolet Men's Replica, and the idea is to combine the best of both worlds in terms of modern materials and construction methods, as well as a decent serving of authentic horological nostalgia.
Armand Nicolet produces a few replica watches in the O.H.M (OHM) collection, and the new L15 is among the better models as its dressy, traditional looks appear to fit the theme and size of the original A. Schild (AS) 1883 automatic movements rather well. So let's discuss the movement first, as this is going to be a major reason why someone will be interested in this replica watch. The design, while distinctive, isn't likely enough to attract consumers to the L15 collection. So, in my opinion, the real draw here is the combination of the design, materials, and the movement (along with the effort required to present it as it is done in this collection).
Armand Nicolet claims that all of the 499 movements in this limited edition were produced by A. Schild (a no longer existing replica watch movement maker) between 1967 and 1971. The actual dial of the replica watch says "O.H.M" 1967. The movements have been acquired by the brand and then go through a rather extensive restoration and rebuilding process. The movements are not restored in order to look as though they would in the late 1960s, but rather to look better, and on top of that Armond Nicolet includes some more modern parts and of course embellishes the movements with decoration.
The resulting movements are called the Armand Nicolet caliber AN0703A (aka AN-703A), and thankfully you can admire the movements through the rear of the case via the sapphire crystal exhibition window. Among the functional upgrades is the installation of a shock absorption system in the regulator. The movements have also been given a range of polishes, blue-colored (sadly not flame-blued) screws, and an overall healthy "high-end" sheen.
Functionally the AN0703A movements are "historical" as promised. They operate at 3Hz (21,600bph) with just 32 hours of power reserve. Accuracy shouldn't be too bad, but I think the most modern mechanical movements will likely beat these historic counterparts when it comes to that. The brand is very open about the movement and offers a lot of details about it here. What will make people attached to the OHM family is the story and the nostalgia. It is a fitting concept for a design such as that of the L15. Some of the other Armand Nicolet OHM replica watches don't necessarily have the right aesthetic fit for the movement theme in my opinion.