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“Should I buy a replica?” Is a question asked by 30% of people interested in watches online, according to the Swiss Watch Industry. It is striking that almost a third of people are looking for fake watches when there are many reasons not to buy a replica. But most of the online consumers still tend to choose the original ones from sites.
Despite the luxury watch industry’s efforts to destroy the replica market – in 2010, they steamed over 7,000 replicas in a marketing ploy. Still, people buy replicas.
However, one thing has changed. To buy a replica today, you don’t have to look that much. They are usually sold by private sellers on the streets of New York, London or Hong Kong, along with other fake items. So if you are using a replica, you probably know that it is fake.
If you are thinking of following this path, we hope you will think again after reading these.
5 reasons not to buy a fake watch
1. You Risk Your Reputation
Many fake watch owners think no one will realize they are wearing a replica. That’s why they decide to buy one. There’s the thought, “Why should I buy something real if I can buy something exactly the same for a lot less?” We are sorry to say, but this thinking is totally wrong.
A replica is never the same as the real one.
You can use your money to buy a watch made by Swiss watchmakers with hundreds of years of tradition and design, using the highest quality materials and, in some cases, spending years making a watch. Or you could spend $ 100 on a watch made by counterfeiters trying to create fake watches with bad movements and the cheapest materials they can find. It is very easy to distinguish a replica of a real watch. You feel when using it, and others will know that you bought an item from an illegal industry.
2. No Value in Counterfeit Watches
No value in fake watches, not even worth it to your children. Made without experience, with materials of poor quality and a movement that does not mark the time well. You cannot resell a fake watch, it will never be valued. Yes, you saved a few hundred dollars, but you had nothing in return. You could have saved for a year and bought a real watch.
3. No Diving For You
Replicas are not waterproof. Some say they are, but do you trust someone without any skills who tried to reduce production costs anyway? You can buy a semi-new dive watch for under $ 2000, which is waterproof for diving, bathing or rain. And you will have a quality watch that you can pass on to your children, and they to your grandchildren.
4. Fake Bracelets Burst Easily
In addition to a poor quality dial and horrible movements, fake bracelets are usually very poorly made. The bracelet of a watch should be structurally perfect as it is in constant motion throughout the day. Several fake watch owners saw their bracelets burst with a few months of wear.
5. You Support Worst Illegal Industries Linked to the Replica Industry
There seems to be something morally wrong about buying replicas, right? Rolex, Omega and Tag Heuer are huge companies with big money, who cares if they stop earning more? Well, in addition to destroying an industry that has been engaged in its production for hundreds of years, you also support the worst illegal industries in the process.
The counterfeiting industry is linked to organized crime, drugs, prostitution and human trafficking. The same people who sell fake Rolex may be involved in much worse business. Why support these industries just for a fake watch? You also cannot utilize useful apps in the context of using a smartwatch. Someone who greatest think cannot use it on a fake watch.
We can conclude that buying a replica is a very bad decision.