The first thing you should do, after oohing and awing at the first rate, professional design, is to check the exact web address. Beware of websites with long and strange names, especially one’s that don’t end incom. It’s amazing how many of us have been ripped off by scams from foreign countries. Also make sure that the website isn’t hosted by a free domain company like Geocities or Tripod. In the time it takes you to read this article, a scam artist can sign up for a site using the name Jim Locker or Ima Bogus and be on his crooked way.
When you get to Asia, spend some time with the replica seller, ask a lot of questions and do a lot of close examination. If you hurriedly buy a fake on the street, you can count on it ending up not being up to your expectations. There are sellers in Asia that sell quality fakes and a lot more that sell junky fakes. A quality fake will typically cost somewhere from $100 to $200 or sometimes much more, and a junky fake will cost $50 or less. The medium level fakes are in-between. Like anything, you get what you pay for.
Japanese replicas cost between $80 and $220 while Swiss replicas start from $250 and go all the way up to $1200. It can be confusing to see such a big price difference when every store advertises their watches as being the best available. I guess they can’t really attract customers if they say they offer medium quality. The $80 fakes are like shooting in the dark, I had a few that actually worked pretty well and looked decent enough; on the other hand, I had some that had spelling errors, broken hands and a really bad movement.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that all unauthorized Rolex dealers selling Rolex watches are selling Folexes (fake Rolexes), though it is a distinct possibility. Genuine Rolex ‘s may be available at auction sites such as eBay.com, and as some sites say, may be bought from the wholesale secondary market, with savings passed on to the buyer. Still, it is a shaky business deal and one definitely worth investigating. The Rolex Company is notorious for demanding its dealers are authorized, and even its repair centers be authorized. The company is also known for not selling Rolex parts to anyone else.
Let’s face it, for under $1000 you’re not getting a solid gold watch, no matter what the ads say. With gold is trading north of $600 an ounce, you can’t expect more than gold plating on a replica. But since you’re expecting gold plating, how do you know what’s the best. Triple wrapped plating has a tendency to wear quickly and dissolve after exposure to highly acidic skin, sweat and water. Newer quality replicas have upped the wrapping process to five layers. This is reputed to be good enough to last for over 10 years of regular use.