Frankenwatches are an important topic and we have had over 643 unique posts on Watchcrunch discussing this according to google.
I recently purchased three refurbished watchs from ebay. They claimed to be vintage Seikos and Orients.
And when someone posted their "vintage" Seiko they were met with criticism.
Though the watches movement was made from old Seiko parts as well as the dial and case, but it wasn't a "Seiko."
This made me remember the crazy price people paid for the perfect "fake" watch: the 1957 OMEGA Speedmaster that sold at Phillips for $3.4 million. This was obviously a con, but even Omega employees were involved, so was it truly fake?
What even is a fake watch?
Is it just something that misrepresents what it actually is?
Then just about every hommage would be fake... or is fake a counterfeit piece?
What about a customized g-shock or a watch I build myself?
So is a Frankenwatch fake or not and if not why isn't it okay?