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Watch experts -- are "Swiss" replica watches worth it?

new_berlin 62 January 15, 2011 at 07:01 PM in Request
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I met someone with a Rado (genuine, I think -- but did not ask) and it looked and appeared superb (style-wise etc.) When I checked the cost of actual Rados, obviously very high. Now ebay has some cheapo-fakes that look ridiculous even in the pics. Google pointed me to pages indicating that there are chinese, japanese, and swiss replica watches and the quality apparently (??) improves in that order. Cost also increases. The "swiss replicas" I found are in the $200-$400 range, not exactly cheap, but "look" really good in the pictures.

If someone has seen swiss replicas, can you comment on whether replicas pass the look and reliability test? Btw, I don't care about having a exact copy of an actual model...just want a watch with great (rado-like) finish that also works as intended. I could link examples from places like replicamaster but not sure if that is verboten.

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Most of the replica watches are made in China and use reliable quartz movements (reliable as in they will keep accurate time). Of course none of them are worth fixing if they break. And probably use lead paint. And made with slave/child labor. But If you like the looks and don't have a problem being a "poser", go for it!

When I worked in a dept store long, long ago, we used to get the crappy "gruen" watches in with MSRPs up to $500 or so. We would mark them for $25-$75 and they'd sell out. The store paid I think $7 each for them.
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Most of the replica watches are made in China and use reliable quartz movements (reliable as in they will keep accurate time). Of course none of them are worth fixing if they break. And probably use lead paint. And made with slave/child labor. But If you like the looks and don't have a problem being a "poser", go for it!

When I worked in a dept store long, long ago, we used to get the crappy "gruen" watches in with MSRPs up to $500 or so. We would mark them for $25-$75 and they'd sell out. The store paid I think $7 each for them.
Thanks for your deep thoughts.

These replica guys claim they use (in the case of Rados) -- ceramics, scratch-proof sapphire glass, steel, and make them in Switzerland...by I presume from your comment Swiss children. Anyway, I was interested in hearing from someone who has seen or owns one.
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IMHO it is better to look for Swiss ETA movements. A lot of legitimate companies built high quality watches based on Swiss ETA, they maybe not looks like Omega or other well known brand, but it will be swiss made (mean it will be assembled in Switzerland with all quality of workmanship) and carry manufacture warranty and all Swiss ETA are proven to be the best.
I own Diesel automatic watch, it was made in Switzerland, carry logo Swiss Made and for past 4 years being worn daily. Keeps perfect time and have no scratch on glass.
One of my friend bought replica Rolex Daytona in order to have peace of mind while traveling abroad and not to worry about his real Rolex. It cost him about $700 and it is Grade1 watch with Swiss ETA.
It is perfect replica, no question about quality, but he also own real one.
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