Those who can’t afford real brand-name watches often have to forgo the luxury or compromise by getting replicas instead.
While connoisseurs and purists may scoff at purchasing fakes, the calculating buyer will realize that these replicas offer more bang for the buck than what originals do for a lower price.
They look similar
Depending on the quality of the workmanship (which directly affects the price as well), you may be able to get a piece that is a dead ringer for the original brand-name timepiece for at least ten times less.
Gone are the days when replicas looked more like toys than real watches. Now, fierce competition has driven the price down and the quality up, so investing in a replica watch may be the most prudent decision you can make.
They cost you less
It is hard to overstate the appeal of a low price. Replicas can range from a few dollars to a few hundred, but most of these affordable gems tend towards the lower side of the spectrum.
Replicas are available anywhere and everywhere – night markets, specialist dealers, department stores – hence it should not be a problem for anyone to find one that suits their taste and budget.
On the other hand, originals are often only available at licensed retailers and cost at least a 4-digit figure even for the most basic, entry-level model.
You don’t have to worry about losing/scratching/damaging them
Since you paid a pittance for the watch, it shouldn’t cause you much heartbreak to lose or damage it.
Watches and other hand/arm accessories are the most commonly misplaced/damaged items that we wear. While scratching the face of your Patek Philippe depresses you for days, there is no such issue with a replica – a scratch is a mere scratch.
An interesting point to note is that if you accidentally misplace your replica watch – and it is identifiable as one – you may get it returned instead of misplacing a real piece.
The low value of the replica serves double duty by making the watch unattractive to potential thieves.
They can tell the time accurately too.
One thing that replicas and originals have in common – they tell time. The time-telling mechanism is simple, so unless you require a satellite-based system, a replica will serve you and a real branded watch.
If all you want is a classy-looking timepiece, get a replica instead of an original. Often, replicas come with all the bells and whistles that originals have – compasses, thermometers and moon calendars are just some of the various functions that watches can have.