As the “watch guy” among my group of friends, my ability to answer watch-related questions and know about watch-related events is always tested. Just last week, a friend of mine casually brought up an event that he was hoping I hadn’t heard about so that he could rub it in my face. The event in question, which I did end up knowing about, was one that occurred in my hometown of Philadelphia in late April. Believe it or not, federal authorities ordered a whopping 7,000 counterfeit Rolex watches to be destroyed by a bulldozer! If you have yet to see the story, it is definitely worth reading.
Check out the story: 7,000 fake Rolex watches are steamrolled in Philly
Talking about the story got me thinking about the overwhelming number of replica watch sites that are popping up on the Internet, and how few are being shut down. Even more to my chagrin is the fact that people are consistently and knowingly buying fake watches! I guess for some people, a replica timepiece is a great idea. You go to a site, you put in your credit card information, you pay a couple hundred dollars and you get a supposedly $10,000 watch from a Chinese sweatshop. I would know, because I did it! The talk with my friends got me so curious that I wanted to see a replica Breitling myself.
When my “Breitling” arrived, I could see the differences instantaneously. The dial looked cheap and far from authentic, the strap was made of terrible quality leather, if it even was real leather, and the motorboat sounding movement could have served as my alarm clock. It was outrageously loud! I learned quite a lot from this little experiment of mine and I am glad I did it. It really made me appreciate a genuine timepiece from a quality manufacturer even more than I already did.
Have any of you had experiences with fake watches?