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Mad Dave

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6,223 posts

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Hi All,

I spent last week in Turkey and was absolutely staggered by how good some of the fake watches were - sapphire crystal glass, all chronos working, nice smooth automatic movements. Some of them were very nice watches in their own right! I was almost tempted to buy one or two lesser known watches (U-Boat for example) as they were very nice. I resisted the urge though - they were actually quite expensive, and I didn't like the idea of buying a fake!

One of the funniest things I heard was on a market stall, the vendor shouting at the top of his lungs "100% genuine fakes" wink

Dave

funkyol

1,644 posts

107 months

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Hmm, good until the bezel or numbers fall off, the chrome on the bracelet wears off, or they start losing 5 mins a day. Or until you get them wet and they fill up faster than the Titanic.

MacGee

2,410 posts

118 months

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i bought some 2 years ago...dont swim with them, but still going strong...

ShadownINja

56,652 posts

170 months

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funkyol said:
Hmm, good until the bezel or numbers fall off, the chrome on the bracelet wears off, or they start losing 5 mins a day. Or until you get them wet and they fill up faster than the Titanic.
scratchchin Sounds like the real thing. Apart from the waterproofness... possibly.

Mad Dave

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funkyol said:
Hmm, good until the bezel or numbers fall off, the chrome on the bracelet wears off, or they start losing 5 mins a day. Or until you get them wet and they fill up faster than the Titanic.
Very possibly. I hadn't appreciated just good the fakers had become. Judging by the prices that 'no box, no papers' watches fetch on eBay, maybe others don't realise either!
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Dominic H

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120 months

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Mad Dave said:
funkyol said:
Hmm, good until the bezel or numbers fall off, the chrome on the bracelet wears off, or they start losing 5 mins a day. Or until you get them wet and they fill up faster than the Titanic.
Very possibly. I hadn't appreciated just good the fakers had become. Judging by the prices that 'no box, no papers' watches fetch on eBay, maybe others don't realise either!
Agreed about the ebay point Dave. I've just come back from Fethiye and was shocked at how good the fakes are....

robwilk

126 posts

68 months

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I was in Malaysia last year and was browsing a large copy watch shop when the owner saw I was wearing a sub and produced a copy sub identical to mine that I had side by side with my genuine sub and I could not find a difference, I'm sure a trained eye could but I defiantly could not. the shop owner then told me to tap the glass and the copy sounded totally different much less robust. He never told me the price but it would easily fooled me.

Mad Dave

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Yeah sapphire crystal glass sounds different to normal glass. One shop owner complimented me on what a good copy my Tag F1 was - I'd probably have been flattered, except that it's not fake! Lol wink

yeti

10,339 posts

163 months

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Mad Dave said:
sapphire crystal glass
I doubt that. Unless you tried to scratch it with a piece of quartz crystal?

Seight_Returns

1,017 posts

89 months

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Out of interest, what prices were they asking pre/post haggle ?

Nolar Dog

8,786 posts

83 months

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I've seen some amazing fakes out in Thailand.

Watches I mean wink


Family Guy

802 posts

96 months

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Bought a load of Turkish fakes about 10 years ago, Tags and Breitlings. Some were quite good fakes but my fave was a green face Breitling. After a few months of wearing it everywhere it started to rust. At the same time i bought a Tomy watch for the misses. After a quick dip in the pool we couldn't work out what had happened to the numbers on the face, until we realised it had completely filled with water. Still it was pretty water tight as not a drop dripped out biggrin We also bought my mother-in-law a GUCCI watch until we got home and realised it was in fact a CUGCI.

Great holiday, and i'd buy more if we went again thumbup

BigBen

7,630 posts

118 months

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I have a knock of Nigel Tag Monaco that kept going for 4 years or so and still looks very good. Quartz mech so keeps better time than my genuine Breitling.

Interestingly when browsing the fake watch mall (Lowu commercial city) in China almost every shop keeper commented on my genuine watch whilst selling fakes that were almost perfect to my eye. The interesting bit is they could spot it on my wrist from over a meter away so there must be some other 'tells'.

But fakes these days are not like those of ten years ago where the metal discoloured and they felt a bit loose, they are actually quite impressive.

Ben

jamoor

7,335 posts

103 months

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http://www.jpc8118.com/

He has the best fakes going.

Have bought several, one one was a dud which promptly got refunded.

Lil' Joe

1,510 posts

74 months

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I am genuinely interested Jamoor in what they are like. Do tell.

robwilk

126 posts

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BigBen said:
Interestingly when browsing the fake watch mall (Lowu commercial city) in China almost every shop keeper commented on my genuine watch whilst selling fakes that were almost perfect to my eye. The interesting bit is they could spot it on my wrist from over a meter away so there must be some other 'tells'.
Ben
I had the same thing happen in Thailand the other week and walking through the night market the copy watch man spotted my genuine planet Ocean and shouted out that he had copies of the same watch, ( they were rubbish though looked nothing like the real thing.)

Nolar Dog said:
I've seen some amazing fakes out in Thailand.

Watches I mean wink
yep they have fake everything out there wink

Edited by robwilk on Friday 19th June 05:37


Edited by robwilk on Sunday 21st June 06:04

jamoor

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Lil' Joe said:
I am genuinely interested Jamoor in what they are like. Do tell.
I am no watch expert, but they are absolutely excellent, they are well represented in the pics, I am fairly sure he will take them back if you don't like them, although some of them are pretty expensive.

I have bought 3 - breitling navitimer, panerai and patek.

All three have been very good watches.

Also those people that laugh at fakes? fk em, the reason I buy them is because I like the design, I don't go around waving it in peoples faces, there's perfectly good reasons to buy a replica without looking like a complete arse

Edited by jamoor on Friday 19th June 10:06

Trommel

12,429 posts

147 months

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jamoor said:
fk em, the reason I buy them is because I like the design
Of course it is. When does your MR2F355 arrive?

I've seen a fake Explorer from there - £50 and subjectively to the semi-interested observer the only noticeable error was the size of the crown - the dial was especially good. Sounded like a garden shredder when the rotor spun, so I doubt it's still going.

Justayellowbadge

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jamoor said:
there's perfectly good reasons to buy a replica without looking like a complete arse
There really isn't.

Lil' Joe

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All the atches I saw were around $250 so £150. That is a lot for a watch that is not real when there are otheres out there that ar just as nice? I am genuinely interested. How do they feel in the hand? Are they automatic etc? Did the paint peel off etc?


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