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Deanno1dad

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527 posts

110 months

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Firstly I'm not promoting fake watches at all..there seems to be a lot of websites offering apparently excellent quality top brand replicas.
Namely Breitlings,Tag and omegas etc for £90 etc

Has anyone ever been bold enough to check what the quality of these fakes are like..Doubt I would enter my credit card details on such a dodgy site anyway.but would be interested to know how good the fakes actually are and what reasons anybody would go down this route?



hollydog

1,030 posts

78 months

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thing is . is any 1 goin to admit buying 1 lol

NDA

11,337 posts

111 months

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I have. smile

I have some very nice real ones, (Breguet, Jaeger etc), but fancied a rubbish one from Thailand. I binned it when the battery ran out.

It was more of a joke than trying to pretend I had the real thing.

I wouldn't fancy entering my card details though - I bought mine face to face when on hols.

200Plus Club

1,066 posts

164 months

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yes. for working in, so if i scratch/crack it then it can go in the bin. i have a panerai luminor and an omega planet ocean, both of which work perfectly and look pretty damn good tbh. both were about 80 quid each from china, direct from a website. prob wont buy another, but purely for fact it does damage the real companies, but i wanted to see how good they were and what they looked like on the wrist.
the panerai is as close as dammit from the face view, altho an expert will spot the movement for what it is when you see the glass back, it does look a decent mechanical movement.
the planet ocean looks very close, and the strap is very good tbh. both are purely mechanical, the po is kinetic but the panerai needs winding .

i also have originals, this was purely a risky try to see what they looked like in the flesh and if they work, i could quite easily have been ripped off and got nothing back or something that lasted 2 minutes.

memps

54 posts

79 months

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yeah i was 20 and went to italy i think bought a load for my family
within a week most were in the bin - the family thought i was a cock
now own a beautiful sub (real thang) makes me smile every time i look at it

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TKF

5,428 posts

121 months

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In Thailand earlier this year and my brother wanted a Nolex so I went to a shop with apparently a good reputation.

The standards were surprisingly high. They were proudly taking the backs off and showing me the movements.

The "better" ones weren't that cheap either. Asking £200 for 2011 model DSSD.

I got him a SS white faced Daytona and knocked them down to £20. The chrono stopped working after 2wks, the rest of the watch after 6.

Speedracer329

1,311 posts

63 months

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I am afraid I have, about 2 years ago. I was just curious really to see how well made they were. It was just as a beater though, so I didn't care if it was no good.
As it happens, I am not saying it would fool anyone, but its not bad, keeps reasonable time, is auto, has a bit of weight to it, & for what it is its ok. Even the sub dials work properly.
I usually keep it in the car, just in case I am out & forget to put one on.




wibble cb

898 posts

93 months

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Yep, I got this in Vietnam, its not perfect, but its an auto and keeps fair time,if it ever breaks, it'll go in the bin as it only cost 25 bucks in the first place.


tertius

4,924 posts

116 months

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Yup, when I was 18 I bought a "Patek Phillipe" in Camden Market for a tenner.

cqueen

2,092 posts

106 months

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Yes when I was 15 in Turkey. It worked for 2 days.

jomcvelia

263 posts

52 months

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Yep, a Pam 127 wanted to get the feel for the watch before i laid out 10 large. To me it was the cheapest way of going about it.

Oddly enough i preferred the fake to the real deal in the end. With the 2 side by side i was always worried about any damage occurring whilst wearing it.

al1991

4,352 posts

66 months

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Yes, as an educational exercise.

It was gash.

I think it's under my bed somewhere.

bartesque

446 posts

89 months

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I purchased a Tag Fleur (note incorrect spelling)in kowloon about 8 years ago haggled down to £15

in hindsight not the cleverest of moves as we had to follow thsi very dodgy guy down some very dodgy back streets to an even dodgier looking apartment

The watch it was ok binned it when the battery ran out

Elroy Blue

6,547 posts

78 months

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Speedracer329 said:
I am afraid I have, about 2 years ago. I was just curious really to see how well made they were. It was just as a beater though, so I didn't care if it was no good.
As it happens, I am not saying it would fool anyone, but its not bad, keeps reasonable time, is auto, has a bit of weight to it, & for what it is its ok. Even the sub dials work properly.
I usually keep it in the car, just in case I am out & forget to put one on.



There was an identical watch for sale at the Goodwood FOS. One of the market traders was selling it for £180. He claimed it was a genuine Tag case and strap that had 'not quite passed quality control' at TAG. TAG then sell the cases to someone in China, who put different movements in them. After I stopped laughing, I politely declined. I did mention it to a chap on the TAG stand, but he was completely indifferent.

andy tims

4,069 posts

132 months

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No.

Bought a couple of Marina Militare's though.

I'm Rick james

176 posts

39 months

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I had a fake breitling brought in thailand. Not to bad, looked ok and I imagine would still work to this day if i kept up to date with the battery replacements.

C8PPO

7,976 posts

89 months

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I "built" one. Bought a cheap sterile B&R BR01-92-type case and movement, then bought some watch tools and took it apart. Got hold of a BR dial and slotted that in, and some new hands. Can't remember where I got them from, some far-east website. No issues with payment, security or delivery. Since it was a bit of an experiment in taking watches apart, I wasn't careful enough and marked the dial when I put it in, and the hands could do with a little adjustment too. It just lives in a drawer somewhere now in case I fancy tacking the next stage of dismantlement! However, having tried on a genuine BR01-92 in a high street jeweller's, I have to say that at a casual glance it would be hard (to me as a on-expert) to tell the difference - apart from the marked dial!

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1,066 posts

164 months

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the fakes i got have been working perfectly tbh for at least a year, and would pass a close inspection, the company that sells them do copies of every major brand and style and unfortunately also sell boxes papers and serial nos for those who wish to take it to the next level, although why you would do so is beyond me with a 50-80quid fake. the website didnt look 100% secure, so we used a one off credit card, it wasnt ripped afterward suprisingly, but a work colleague who bought a similar replica from a different chinese company website had his card scammed within 3 days which tells you something.
they came thro customs marked as 2nd hand mechanical timepieces, which was funny. overall it was just a test to see how good the panerai copy looked in the flesh, as the website pics looked excellent, and to all intents the watch is an almost perfect luminor apart from the movement obviously. it would spur me on to purchase an original now having seen how it looks on the wrist, so at least in my case did a job.

audidoody

6,473 posts

142 months

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Bought a fake Rollie GMT II in Patong in 2002 for £25 as a test drive for a pre-owned real one which I purchased from watchfinder for £1,800 two weeks later.

Edited by audidoody on Friday 26th August 14:11

PugwasHDJ80

5,906 posts

107 months

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yep- fake breitling from Malaysia- it was as close o my real breatiling as i could get.

like wearing a nice wathch, but don't like having that amount of cash hanging off my wrist all the time- some of the places i seem to end up are ccasionaly les than salubrious, so having something you can just lose without any qualms was really nice.

of course it was nowhere near as nice as the real thing, but it was just nice enough!
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