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Does the fact that a watch closely or maybe even exactly resembles another, possibly a higher end watch, turn you off?
And does the chance that someone may comment on your "replica" concern you?

In my case no; it's a case by case issue and I get what I like. I had a business aquaintance comment that I was wearing a "knock off" the other day and he appeared to get great satisfaction from it (he was wearing a lower end Omega).
I told him that this brief exchange appeared to make his day and for that me wearing a "knock off" was worth it.

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Actually I find anyone who even concerns themselves with what someone else or MFg wears or makes is a joke.

The answer is no it wouldnt bother me a bit, in fact I like the ide of buying a watch that generally is a fraction of the cost and keeps time just like the high dollar joke MFG!!!

I dont damn anyone for buying a high dollar watch be my guest "been there done that" But I would laugh at some clown who makes fun of a homage watch that someone is wearing. True Bikers have a saying "it isnt what your ride, its that you ride" well it is the same here, it isnt what you wear its that your wearing.
 

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I just ordered my first "Knock-off". I don't really care what people say because I have many high-end pieces and many low-end pieces. I know people who may own 1 high-end watch and this makes them feel good about themselves. Some of These same people like to knock others watches as a means of making them feel better about themselves. I just laugh at these types. I'm happy that these folks find self-esteem in a watch. If that works for them great. If they share their opinions with me about mine I usually pull out my G1 phone and show them photos of my own watch collection.
 

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I'm not cool with replicas at all. Replicas to me are watches that are made by a company however they execute them with some other brand's name and logo (typically a high end brand).

I am completely OK with homage pieces. These to me are timepieces that are made to resemble another brand's design/look but contain the name and logos of the company that actually is making the homage.

I own several homage timepieces. :)
 

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CurrentTime wrote:
I'm not cool with replicas at all. Replicas to me are watches that are made by a company however they execute them with some other brand's name and logo (typically a high end brand).

I am completely OK with homage pieces. These to me are timepieces that are made to resemble another brand's design/look but contain the name and logos of the company that actually is making the homage.

I own several homage timepieces. :)
Replicas I don't believe in either. I have several homages to high end watches ie. Invicta Pro Diver (Rolex Submariner). I will never purchase a replica or wear one. When I heard knock-off I thought you were talking about homage watches. Replica's are a whole other ball game. When I think of replicas I think of a smelly dude sitting on the corner of an intersection selling watches out of his coat.
 

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Nope, I am like you. I wear what I like and not what others think I should like or buy.
 

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It doesnt bother me at all............i wear what i like, if it resembles a high end company so be it.........most watches do..............i would love to own 20 different high end pieces, but i will never be able to afford that in my life, .......i do want a brietling superocean heritage, but that will take me a long time to be able to afford, and that will probably be the only high end piece ill be able to have..............so, i dont care if its an homage piece, if i like it, and its made well, im getting it........now, a replica is a no no to me..........i will not buy a replica.........:madd
 

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I think there is NOTHING wrong with "homages". If a legitimate established company puts out a watch that has similarities to another higher end watch that is fine with me. Like others have mentioned in this thread I may never actually own one of the very high end pieces, so this is a wonderful way I have a chance to obtain a similar watch.

I think that EVERYTHING is wrong with "replica" companies. Any company that puts out a watch and illegally puts the name of another company on it is 100% wrong. This is perpetrating a fraud. But more importantly I could not personally wear a fake and lie to myself and everyone else.

But homages like Marina Militare or others is fine with me.
 

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Homage, Replica, Copy, Fake: Personally, I have no issues wearing or owning three out of the four categories. As long as the watch being sold is identified correctly at the time of the sale. Fakes being passed as real by crooks is despicable. I don't currently have any replica or copies of any watches.

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Doesn't matter to me. I will wear what I will wear. I will say that the 2009 Watch International has opened my eyes a bit though.
 

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Obviously this is a touchy subject. Replica's are available everywhere for just about every product. A new product hits the market, within weeks, competition is out with thier version. look at ShopNBC or any store for that matter, they peddle 'Tiffany Style Lamps' computers from every vendor out there, cameras of every shape and size... Just about every product sold is a copy of someone else's original. Why do we hold watches to a different standard? A watch that is outwardly identical to another watch but with a different logo is still a copy of the original so what is the difference, and what is the problem?
 

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It only matters to me if one company is passing off a design as its own creation or original idea...to me that is a big fat lie! I think that it is fine for a company to take elements of a design and improve upon them, but to copy a watch and pass it off as your own...bad taste...

Take MM for example...they are clearly a Panerai homage...that is fine, because that is exactly who they intend/claim to be!
 

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i hate people who look down on others, i must admit, i do own a replica.. but this is simply because im 18 and cant afford a $5000 watch, i wanted to get some idea what it was like therefore purcahsed it, i always try to get a well made nice looking watch though.
 

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I think it's kinda fun to wear an $80 watch that has the "look" of a $7000 one.

As long as it doesn't portray itself as the real thing (i.e. counterfeit)

I was at my jeweler one day wearing my MM "homage" and we got to talking.

He knew it wasn't the real thing but when I said it was $80 from Hong Kong he said "well that sure beats paying over $5000 for the real thing"

I showed it to him, an asian copy of a Unitas-6497 movement, he said "hmmm, not bad."

We both laughed.
 

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In the end doesn't every watch look....well, like a watch? Case, dial, hands, etc....??? :%:%:%:%

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nothing wrong with a homage.replicas? yes.Never a good reason to buy one.Its illegal anyways.I've seen some funny ones.A company called Relax makes a sumariner.one of the coronet tips is bent down.:lolA member on another forum got one from a friend who was in thailand.It was a gag gift.It cost 25.00.He sent it to me to do a teardown on it and photograph it.later, it was sent to another member to see if it could pass the batting cage test.It didn't make it.I had this one at my watchmaker who specialises in Rolex and vintage Rolex.He had to look twice at this submariner to spot what was wrong.We did the teardown on his counter.just from looking at it, most would be fooled by it.all of the hallmarks, even the coronet etched in the crystal was correct.The only visible clues was the bezel insert and the glue on the lume pip.We removed the endlinks to look at the model number.That was a dead giveaway.The hologram on the caseback though was real.The links were interchangable with a real submariner.If the admin lets me do it,I can post this one and point out the faults with it.
 

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It does not matter to me. I like a timepiece that looks good and is accurate. If it happens to be a look a like, so what! ....Bob
 

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Most of the time I wouldn't even know that it is a homage or look-a-like of another watch. If I like, I like it.

You know what they say:
Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.
Charles Caleb Colton
, Lacon, volume I, no. 183
(1780 - 1832)
 
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