Replica Rolex watches australia
Replica (a "nice" way of saying counterfeit) watches seem to be everywhere. Once found only at swap-meets, flea markets, and street-corners, these watches are now everywhere. Go to your favourite search engine and type in "rolex replica" and see just how many thousands of sites you find. Online auctions have also added to the spread of fakes, and often true counterfeits.
There are genuine replicas in the watch world. These include watches that are "re-issues" of models from the past. Companies like Hamilton do this fairly frequently. The picture above shows an original Hamilton Ventura from the late 1950s and a current re-issue. The face, case, and overall look of the watch are virtually identical to the original. The "guts" have been updated to include a new quartz-regulated movement as opposed to the original electric movement. Recently, Doxa has re-issued a limited number of dive watches that are virtual replicas of their orange-faced diver from the 1960s.
Legitimate replicas and re-issues do exist, but are not the intended topic here, I just wanted to be clear on my terms.
Again, just to be clear, a fake watch would be something that looks like a watch, but isn't. It wouldn't function. A watch can be a fake Rolex and still be a real watch. Sometimes (on very rare occasions) it can even be a pretty good watch. so, when I use "fake" I mean a "real" timekeeping watch that isn't the brand it appears to be.
This is the "worst case" situation when talking about replica watches - a true counterfeit. A watch being represented by the seller as something that it's not. As it happens, the one pictured above is the real thing. I am frequently asked to render a go or no-go opinion on watches from online auctions. I'll relate a representational situation: A client calls and says he needs me to look at a watch quickly to determine if it is genuine. The client comes to my office with an alleged Rolex Submariner in a box, with papers. He says he needs an answer quickly because he only has five days to return the watch. The box and papers look good, and the watch meets my external examination as far as being genuine is concerned. I take the back of the case off, and there sits a cheap Chinese-made movement. I'm glad for my client because he says he can return this obviously counterfeit watch. I hear back in a couple of weeks from a very distraught person who wants to know what he should do with the "piece of s*!t watch" that he's stuck with. He's really upset because the seller PROMISED he could return it and is now not even responding to emails. As might be expected, my client bought the watch through an online auction, paid in cash via Western Union, and has no information about the seller other than an email address. Even the return address on the packaging the watch arrived in is bogus. My client is out almost $1, 000.