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Fake watches

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by shifty_uk, May 31, 2010.

  1. shifty_uk

    Capodecina

    Joined: Sep 27, 2004

    Posts: 12,885

    Location: Glasgow

    What's the deal with these?

    To cut a long story short, I was pretty tipsy on holiday one night, went to look at the markets for the hand made jewellery/souvenirs and what not. Stumbled upon an array of fake but very nice time pieces and purely for the thrill of the haggle and slight annoyance of the seller, walked away with a watch 40 odd quid less than the asking price.

    Completely regret it now, as I own some very nice watches and probably wont ever wear it however I can't help but think for the price, a lot of time has went into this? It appears very well made - automatic watch, see through back completely stamped and branded on the interior components, stamped on the strap, crown, and face.

    I'd like to know how much money/effort actually goes into these? Does anyone actually buy them?

    Just wish it didn't say Patek Phillippe on it :o I'd probably wear it unbranded :p
     
  2. Participant

    Caporegime

    Joined: May 13, 2003

    Posts: 30,021

    Location: Warwickshire

    I'd be interested to see pics of the fake. How much did you actually pay?

    I've never bought a fake watch, but they do seem to be able to make them very well these days.

    Is it really automatic i.e. sweeping second hand?
     
  3. Efour

    Capodecina

    Joined: Sep 8, 2005

    Posts: 23,841

    Location: Norrbotten, Sweden.


    tee hee!
     
  4. shifty_uk

    Capodecina

    Joined: Sep 27, 2004

    Posts: 12,885

    Location: Glasgow

    :p

    @Robbie: It's pretty different to any of the Patek Phillippe models I've seen so in terms of looking like the real deal I can't say and I'm definitely not clued up on expensive watches.

    Here's a comparison between one of my other watches, I haven't set it to the right time but it is automatic:

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    As I said, if it was completely unbranded I'd definitely wear it.
     
  5. Participant

    Caporegime

    Joined: May 13, 2003

    Posts: 30,021

    Location: Warwickshire

    Looks nice. Who cares if it's branded, it's much nicer than your other watch, even if it is a fake :p.
     
  6. UKDTweak

    Soldato

    Joined: Dec 2, 2002

    Posts: 6,534

    Location: N.Ireland

    I bought a few fake watches in Egypt... although they look the part, they are terrible at keeping the correct time :(
     
  7. alex24

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 1, 2008

    Posts: 10,702

    Location: Chelmsford, UK

    May as well wear a bracelet then!
     
  8. neoboy

    Capodecina

    Joined: Mar 16, 2004

    Posts: 10,926

    Location: UK

    There are some very good fakes out there, although personally I wouldn't wear one.
     
  9. smokedog

    Mobster

    Joined: Jul 28, 2004

    Posts: 4,129

    Looks nice, much better than an Armani fashion watch.
     
  10. shifty_uk

    Capodecina

    Joined: Sep 27, 2004

    Posts: 12,885

    Location: Glasgow

    Each to their own, I love that Armani. :)
     
  11. Sukh

    Mobster

    Joined: Jan 29, 2007

    Posts: 3,583

    Location: Chelsea

    They look a bit clunky?
     
  12. Tachyon

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 26, 2003

    Posts: 2,108

    Location: Same oul' town

    Some of them are pretty crap while others are very similar and would certainly pass as the real thing to the average guy who isn't in to watches. Weight and attention to detail are very close on some of the better ones which would cost a couple of hundred quid and come with a Swiss movement and anti-reflective glass etc.

    Edit: As regards to anyone actually buying them, I know there's some active fake watch forums out there and it seems there's plenty of folks buying them.
     
    Last edited: May 31, 2010
  13. RadoX

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 24, 2006

    Posts: 1,752

    Location: Sheffield

    No Armani No Poonani
     
  14. hyper_piper45

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 12, 2003

    Posts: 2,706

    Location: Leicester

    No splash, no gash!
     
  15. markweatherill

    Mobster

    Joined: Jun 16, 2009

    Posts: 2,567

    Location: Bucks

    I acquired a broken fake Rolex some years ago. It simply didn't go. I suspected it was just overwound but all the same traded it to a friend. He hit it with a hammer - and it ran perfectly.
    Then, because the hammer blow had made one of the numerals fall off inside the glass, he took it to a watchmaker to have it serviced and the numeral stuck back on.
    The watchmaker said he'd never seen such a good replica. After he'd been inside it, the watch never ran again...:(
     
  16. RadoX

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 24, 2006

    Posts: 1,752

    Location: Sheffield

    haha gonna remember that.
     
  17. sanaxe1

    Soldato

    Joined: Nov 7, 2006

    Posts: 5,114

    Location: Nottingham

    No money no honey!
     
  18. MikeTimbers

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 6,578

    Location: New Eltham, London

    I have a real Tag and a fake one. I wear the fake far more than the real one and it keeps excellent time plus I don't have to worry about losing it or it getting scratched.
     
  19. supermodder

    Associate

    Joined: May 15, 2010

    Posts: 98

    Location: Ashford, kent

    I have a fake version of my rolex daytona, you could not tell the difference unless you knew your watches. I wear my fake for the same reason, very good replicas are worth the money especially if you have an original authentic one. I also keep my fake in the authentic rolex box with the certificate incase of a break in. The real one gets hidden away.
     
  20. Rotty

    Don

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 39,409

    Location: Notts

    The difference would be easy to spot