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Let's Talk About Replica Watches...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Pastafarian, Sep 30, 2010.

  1. Godot

    Godot Senior member

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    Amusing story. The Goldman's sued OJ Simpson over his gold Rolex. Upon examination, Simpson was allowed to keep his watch as it turned out to be a $200 fake and not worth the court's time. Who'd have thought that a man who murdered his ex wife & her friend would stoop to wearing a fake watch?
     
  2. bhall41

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    +1

    I can tolerate a 'homage' (e.g. watches made by Mk II) but a replica is completely tacky and almost certainly illegal.
     
  3. Zeppelin

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    To each his own I guess. Some just don't want to get it :) I found this quote quite amusing: Instead of buying one real deal just buy 20 replicas, and you'll have the best watch collection evah. Yeah, but what is the point in having a FAKE watch collection...? I'd rather have one genuine one to be proud of...
     
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    Apparently, the CEO of hublot could not spot a fake piece from the real deal and employees of my local tourneau keep telling me how hard it has gotten of late to spot fakes without having to inspect the movement especially with ETA based watches and franken fakes with mish mash of genuine parts. I am afraid the OP is correct, fakes have gotten scarily accurate with very minor tells that would never be spotted on the wrist.
     
  5. MikeDT

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    This threak is starting to sound like a broken record.
     
  6. HughJ

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    Where were you 20+ pages ago? :fistbump:

    I don't have a problem with the Alpha homages because they're clearly labeled as such and priced accordingly. The fakes.....well, frankly it's dull. I mean for a few hundred bucks you can find a vintage watch, get it spit and polished, and have something unique and interesting on your wrist. The need to use brand names to impress people so badly that you'd buy a fake is sad. But not as sad as posting a conversation with your sock puppet.
     
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  7. RSS

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    I disagree. Most can't tell the difference. But those who know the piece can certainly tell after examining it ... some pieces are so bad those who know the original can tell at a glance.


    This does not surprise me. Most people know very little about what they are wearing. But those do do know -- very few in number -- well ... see above.

    But Reev, after reading your friend's story ... I can tell you with absolute certainty that he does NOT know watches. At one point he made a critical error that tells me he is far from knowing watches.

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    Of course, if one is wearing a watch to prove something to others ... one needs a shrink more than a good watch.
     
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  8. RSS

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    I would disagree. You choose to wear 'crap' and it's your business alone. The only harm to others might be to their sense of aesthetics. Of course, that's not real harm. However, you choose to wear an illegal product and it becomes the business of others ... as others are harmed.

    If I discovered that an employee wore counterfit merchandise, I'd fire them. After all, I'd have no reason to trust them. If I discovered that a friend wore counterfit merchandise ... I'd reevaluate the friendship and shut them out rather promptly.
     
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  9. RSS

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    Rolex classy? Perhaps classy with a very heavy New Jersey accent. Or to look at it another way ... it's about as classy as this musical number was intended to be:
     
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  10. div25sec9

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    ...and to the girls carrying the fake Chanels and LVs
     
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  11. pkiula

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    Maybe so. If you stick in a small town with not many discerning folks in your circle, sure it can work. It won't work in any city for too long.

    Fakes are far from real quality today. It's easy to tell. Sorry mate.

    As I mentioned earlier, real Japanese replicas exist, but are hard to find. Those are indeed difficult to tell. But those are NOT found on the cheesy websites mentioned by the OP. Watches by Jessica, Brittany, etc are all crap and the disingenuous website that was shared earlier in the thread is fake as the watches.
     
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  12. icenyne

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    I just read all 28 pages of this thread and learned you people are really funny.

    By you people, I mean...never mind.
     
  13. MikeDT

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    Better not come here then, you'd have no employees or friends. Mind you if you're in the USA or UK, you could well be sued for wrongful dismissal.
     
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    I'm late to the game here, but I was just having this discussion with my Dad. My argument that if you care that much about what people think about you, use the few hundred you would have spent on a fake watch on something quality Ray-Ban or Persol sunglasses. He is willing to bet that even if you wore a $15K watch every day (which many of his co-workers do), you would get less comments on it than you would on a well done $30 haircut.
     
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    Um er Having counterfeit merchandise is a crime here. I know a Korean woman that got busted and lost a lot of money in legal fees not to mention her shop. IMO if an employee is committing a crime on your premiss, the termination would be for cause. You'd have to cross all the T's and dot all the i's and it would likely be contested but I think you could do it in the USA.

    Having said that, there are so many decent watches at the low end these days, why bother with a fake? On the subject of buying really high end watches, I've got a few that are worth a couple of thousand (high to me) and the only two people that have ever noticed was a hooker (also a friend) and another guy wearing the same watch at some clothing event. LOL :)
     
  17. dapperdoctor

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    I'd rather wear a respectable $100 watch than a fake one.
     
  18. PaisleySnail

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    I lose all respect for people that buy counterfeit merchandise of any kind.
     
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    Welcome to Styleforum PaisleySnail.
     

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