How are people not embarrassed to wear rep watches?

To be clear, I am not talking about homages (that is a separate conversation). I’m talking about outright carbon copies of existing watches. How can people wear these and not feel completely fraudulent? Isn’t it embarrassing to wear a fake of a watch you couldn’t otherwise afford for real?

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I don't understand either why anyone would sink so low as to wear a branded fake, but they do. Fake wearers always have a way to rationalize it and there's no way to tell them otherwise.

There are plenty of homages to scratch the itch without wearing a branded fake.

Yes, it's shameful. Noone going to believe that you have a real Patek yet still drive a twenty year Toyota Camry. Not that I have anything against the Camry.

Theres no stopping you getting a vintage omega or Girard perregaux, if you really want a brand. These can be bought at a small budget.

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So they should be ashamed for not spending more? How can one not be ashamed to think this way?

And screw intellectual property. If it is a design that wasn't birthed decades ago, that might be a point worth considering, but these are generally warmed over designs of like half a century ago.

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foghorn

I don't understand either why anyone would sink so low as to wear a branded fake, but they do. Fake wearers always have a way to rationalize it and there's no way to tell them otherwise.

There are plenty of homages to scratch the itch without wearing a branded fake.

Agree!

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PoorMansRolex

So they should be ashamed for not spending more? How can one not be ashamed to think this way?

And screw intellectual property. If it is a design that wasn't birthed decades ago, that might be a point worth considering, but these are generally warmed over designs of like half a century ago.

Homages exist for a reason. If you want to wear a fake Submariner while driving a 1994 Grand Marquis, that’s your prerogative.

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Many years ago, when I was a poor college student I bought one for a few hundred, and must’ve wore it for 15 minutes because I was so embarrassed 😂literally threw it in the garbage and the watch shattered like an egg.

I vowed never to put a single cent into that industry again and saved for years to get the real deal. And whenever I remember that time I just bust out laughing because I could’ve bought a nice Seiko instead, and still had it. To be young and dumb

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PoorMansRolex

So they should be ashamed for not spending more? How can one not be ashamed to think this way?

And screw intellectual property. If it is a design that wasn't birthed decades ago, that might be a point worth considering, but these are generally warmed over designs of like half a century ago.

I think what he means is that the people buying these are pretending to others that they have a real Rolex etc, when they don’t and are perpetuating an industry that is essentially stealing. Behind Cohiba cigars, Rolexes are the most faked/replica item in the world.

In my opinion, those illegitimate companies should use their obviously skills into making their own brand and watches.

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ChronoFather

Many years ago, when I was a poor college student I bought one for a few hundred, and must’ve wore it for 15 minutes because I was so embarrassed 😂literally threw it in the garbage and the watch shattered like an egg.

I vowed never to put a single cent into that industry again and saved for years to get the real deal. And whenever I remember that time I just bust out laughing because I could’ve bought a nice Seiko instead, and still had it. To be young and dumb

I can imagine the embarrassment. There are probably very few college students rocking a rawlecks.

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an_1214

Homages exist for a reason. If you want to wear a fake Submariner while driving a 1994 Grand Marquis, that’s your prerogative.

Remember when the first Lexus was dismissed as a Mercedes knockoff?

Am I to be more impressed if someone driving a 1994 Grand Marquis has a real Rolex? Which is more shameful and why?

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PoorMansRolex

Remember when the first Lexus was dismissed as a Mercedes knockoff?

Am I to be more impressed if someone driving a 1994 Grand Marquis has a real Rolex? Which is more shameful and why?

I’m not sure what point you’re trying to make. If you’re driving a 1994 Mercury (which is amazing in and of itself) and wearing a REAL submariner, then I have to question your priorities. If you’re driving a 1994 Mercury and are wearing a fake submariner, that just makes me sad.