Founded in 1993 in Harajuku, Tokyo – ‘A Bathing Ape’ or ‘BAPE’ is one of the leading casual fashion brands in the world and a brand synonymous with urban style icons like Kanye West & Pharrell Williams (who’s clothing line Billionaire Boys Club is co owned and head designed by BAPE founder Nigo).

Bape Type 3 Bapex Watch

The company specializes in men’s, women’s and kids’ lifestyle and street wear, but on this occasion it is a watch that has caught our eye. The BAPE Type 3 Bapex watch launched recently, and this newest incarnation of BAPE’s ode to Rolex is heavily inspired by the timeless Rolex Daytona.

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Now a kill-joy would say it is not the same as buying the real thing, and ultimately they would be right, but we can’t help but feel that the Bape Type 3 Bapex Watch is still a nifty bit of kit. Instead of a Swiss automatic movement which is resident in the Rolex Daytona, The Type 3 is powered by a reliable and more affordable Japanese quartz. The external aesthetic is nonetheless special, with a robust yet elegant polished stainless steel casing, and a choice of black or white dial options (the white face just pips it for me). The Type 3 features chronograph dials, the company ‘Ape’ logo on the face and also on the back of the watch, and displays the rather tongue-in-cheek lines “made by human” & “ape shall never kill ape.”

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It retails at around the £500 mark, which when you consider the Rolex Daytona comes in just shy of £8000, you really would have yourself a bargain – Copycat or no copycat! Let us know what you think of the Bape Type 3 Bapex. DS

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