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You are likely to get very little argument if you claim that Omega is one of the top Swiss watch makers, and while few of us can afford the a “real” Omega watch, there is certainly no shame in showing off a shiny, high quality Japanese Omega replica. It is strange that no one tends to question when we put up a print of a famous painting in our house or buy a replica football jersey bearing the name and number of our favorite player, for some reason there is a certain snobbishness that appears when we purchase a replica watch because we happen to like the style and can’t afford the real thing – or simply refuse to pay the sometimes exorbitant price that our local jeweler is asking.  “Oh it’s just a Japanese copy,” they may say derisively, but would they say the same thing about a Lexus or Infinity automobile?  Japanese quality rarely comes into question when discussing automobiles or electronics and it generally should not come into question when discussing other consumer products either, specifically Japanese Omega replica watches.

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The Arguments for Replicas

Why any replica product would invite disdain is incomprehensible. It is an old habit of the human species to copy what we like.  Magazines feature home interiors that we want to copy, companies churn out copies of iconic guitars for the amateur musician who just can’t afford that Gibson Les Paul and art galleries sell prints of famous photos we’d like to hang our own walls.  A Japanese Omega replica is no exception.  The argument that they are “ripping off” the manufacturer of the original does not hold water. If a person wants an Omega watch and can afford the $2000 plus dollar price tag (on the low end), he or she will buy the authentic item from a jeweler.  If a person cannot afford it, they can instead by a Japanese Omega replica and get the same look for a price they can afford.  The jeweler and Omega lose nothing because the buyer would not have been able to afford the real thing in the first place.  If anything, the purchaser of the replica may be more inclined to spring for the real thing if some day his financial circumstances change, because having had the Japanese Omega replica and been happy with it, it may motivate him to try the real Omega, perhaps in a different style.

Omega Watches

Omega watches have always had a strong following. World leaders such as John F. Kennedy and Mikhail Gorbachev, actors and actresses such as George Clooney and Nicole Kidman and astronauts such as Buzz Aldrin and Eugene Cernin have all been featured wearing their Omega watches.  If anything, Omega watches have become even more popular after being featured as the official time keeper of the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver and were worn by Olympic athletes Michael Phelps and Apolo Anton Ohno.  The most popular models are those in the Seamaster and Speedmaster lines, but those in the Constellation and DeVille lines are also quite elegant.  A high quality Japanese Omega replica would doubtless attract compliments at any social event.

Pricing

Japanese Omega replicas tend to be high quality items and as such are not “cheap”. This is not your Chinese replica Rolex being hawked on the Internet for $35 a pop.  Japanese Omega replicas are of quite decent quality and while the inner workings are not nearly as complex as the intricate mechanics employed by the Omega firm in Switzerland, they are certainly serviceable and keep good time.  Properly cared for, a Japanese Omega replica should last a long time. Expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $200 for a good quality Japanese Omega replica.  You will be getting a good deal and a fine looking timepiece.

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