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What is the first thing that comes to mind when you mention replica watches?  If you are like most people these days, it’s the spam emails that fill up your junk mail folder that scream about “Rep1ica Ro1ex Watches – 39.99”, or something along similar lines. To be sure, there is an explosion of cheap replica watches rolling off the assembly lines in China and other developing Asian markets, but quality replica watches have long been available from more mature markets such as Japan and Taiwan.

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Replica vs. Real Thing

Unfortunately replica watches have gotten a bad rep as the market has been flooded with cheap knockoffs being sold for literally a few dollars. The fact of the matter is that replica watches have been around for quite a while and quality replica watches from reputable manufacturers can often last as long and keep time as well as the real thing from Switzerland. Take the typical OMEGA watch for example.  A consumer would expect to pay, say, $7,000 U.S. for an OMEGA Speedmaster watch.  What you are paying for, of course, is primarily the prestige of the name, but also the intricate Swiss mechanical movement inside.  Now such movements are quite reliable, and when well cared for, can last for a lifetime.  But shock and other risk factors can cause such movements to fail.  Quality replica watches on the other hand typically employ quartz or other electronic movements, which are equally accurate, but less prone to damage.  So, you take your chances with a mechanical $7,000 genuine OMEGA watch or a rugged quality replica watch for $130.  The better choice is pretty clear.

Quality vs. Quantity

Replica watches obviously vary in quality. Most people would no sooner buy a $40 Rolex being offered online by a Chinese mass retailer than would buy a car missing an engine, but the appeal is understandable.  If you could get a Rolex or Longines or OMEGA watch – or quality replica watch that looks just like it – at a reasonable price, for the admirer of fine timepieces, that’s an attractive offer.  Unfortunately, most replica manufacturers tend to go for quantity over quality. They figure if they can sell enough of their junk, they can make up for their lack of quality.  It’s a good thing that there are still manufacturers of quality replica watches out there that take pride in the work they do and strive to satisfy the customer. These companies have every bit the pride in the work they do that the Swiss companies have at a fraction of the cost.

Pricing

Quality replica watches are typically not “cheap” in terms of either price or workmanship.  You could easily find a less expensive watch in a big box discount store, but if you are looking for a watch with the Swiss name and the associated prestige, you should expect to pay between $100 and $200 for a quality replica watch.  When looking for a retailer for your quality replica watch online, you want to look for a retailer that has contact information – meaning he or she is not hiding behind the website with no way for a customer to get in contact with them – and preferably one that accepts credit cards, on the off chance that there is a dispute.  As long as you don’t abuse it, you should be happy with your quality replica watch for many years to come.

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