We all are tempted by the idea of buying an authentic looking replica with just a couple hundred dollars. Who wouldn’t want to wear a Rolex on his arm without spending a fortune on it? But what at first may seem like a pretty good idea may very well turn out to be a waste of your money and quite a costly investment. The truth is that replicas are more expensive than genuine watches. Are you surprised by this statement? Don’t be because it is very easy to demonstrate this fact.
Let’s imagine that you simply cannot afford to spend thousands of dollars on an original watch and you decide to purchase a Japanese replica priced at, let’s say, $200. How much time do you think this watch will last? After a couple of months up to one year the most wearable parts such as the winding crown, band or bezel start to wear off or break. When this happens, what do you do? You can’t buy now a genuine watch because you have already invested your hard earned money in a replica and your budget isn’t prepared to make the huge jump for the real thing yet. So you compromise again and end up acquiring another imitation. This being said, we draw the line and notice that in a two year period you spend $400-$1000 on fake watches that break down when you least expect it. Now, this doesn’t seem like such a good investment after all. With this amount of money you could have just bought the authentic product or a second hand watch from Ebay. This would have surely spared you from a hand full of sorrows.
Buying a Swiss made replica isn’t an answer either. Don’t believe to all those reviews you might find about quality replica. Firstly, you never know if you actually get a Swiss made mechanism or just a better grade Asian knockoff. Secondly, even if the movement is decent quality, the outside always turns out to be poorly made. Mainly, the case, crown or gold starts to wear off in six up to twelve months. Eventually, after two years you realize that you have spent $1000-$4000 on a replica. Yes, this might raise some eyebrows. For this amount of money you can afford a real Omega Seamaster, a gorgeous watch that will last and look like new even after 20 years or more.
The value of original watches is not just in their price tag, their value lies in the power they have to withstand the test of time. It is the perfect family heirloom, a precious jewelry that enriches its value as the years go by. So do the math and multiply by infinity because buying a genuine watch is infinitely more satisfying than buying a knockoff.