Originally Posted by Saltricks
You don't need to buy fake to get the aesthetic. This is what I've learned.
Well said. This sums up the replica, homage, counterfeit debate perfectly.
As a small time collector of vintage and modern mechanical watches, the owner of dozens of mechanical watches over the years (and bit of a watch snob), I started out wearing fake Subs and fake Tag divers (as a teen) that my dad would buy for me in southeast Asia on business.
They held up fairly well until I tried swimming with them. I never passed them off as real. I figured anybody knowledgeable would know. In fact, having access to cool fake watches in my relatively small Boston suburb actually made me look better than having a 'real' luxury watch (not all that uncommon). I was virtually a crime boss among my peers
I could care less if someone wears a fake, but I just think it's so cheesy to pass off a fake as real when asked. However, nobody ever asks. Nobody but other watch enthusiasts notice the watch on your wrist and they are often the one who can tell the difference.