How good are "replica" watches can be?
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On One Hand: They Can Look Real
Replica watches are made to resemble high-end, expensive watches from brands such as Diesel, Prada and Gucci. Replicas sell for a fraction of the price and often look quite similar to the original. It is quite feasible that even someone with a moderate interest in and understanding of brands and watches could be fooled by a replica. They allow people luxury without the price.
On the Other: You Get What You Pay For
Replica watches are often made with cheap parts and will rarely last as long as their high-end counterparts. They also do not come with the same warranty that the authentic watches do. Further, if a company or individual is selling a replica watch that has the name or design of another brand, note that the sale is illegal. (It is not illegal if the seller is selling a watch that looks similar to another style but isn't branded the same way.) Many replica watches will fall apart within a few months. Depending on how often a buyer wants to wear it, it might be a more cost effective investment to purchase the real deal.
Good is a relative term. Replica watches often look decent enough and the average passerby won't know the difference. The material, however, is most often much lesser quality and the watch does not last as long as an authentic version. A buyer's intent, as well as his budget, can help determine whether a replica or authentic watch is right for him
I wore a fake Cartier tank watch for a few years. The guy who sold it to me told me it was counterfeit. Every time he saw me wear it he acted surprised that it still worked. The watch looked just like the real thing.
Now I have no reason to dress up so I don't wear fancy watches.
Depends.. they can look convincingly like the real one, but they wont last as long. Or they probably don't have a warranty. Some use dodgy material too, and might cause rashes. With the real ones, you pay for the brand, quality, and warranty.