There are genuine replicas in the watch world. These include watches that are “re-issues” of models from the past. Companies like Hamilton do this fairly frequently. The picture above shows an original Hamilton Ventura from the late 1950s and a current re-issue. The face, case, and overall look of the watch are virtually identical to the original. The “guts” have been updated to include a new quartz-regulated movement as opposed to the original electric movement. Recently, Doxa has re-issued a limited number of dive watches that are virtual replicas of their orange-faced diver from the 1960s.
There are some counterfeits out there that are really hard to spot. I can think of one Rolex Submariner fake that very nearly fooled me. Everything was as is should be, even the movement appeared genuine. It was only through partial disassembly that I was able to verify that the movement was a ( very, very good ) Chinese copy of a Rolex movement. This is certainly not the general rule with fakes. It’s hard to imagine someone putting the expense into a fake that this particular watch obviously had, especially when it’s so easy to make huge amounts of money on cheap fakes.
Rolex SA was founded in 1905 by the German Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis. Contrary to popular belief, Hans Wilsdorf was neither Swiss , nor a watchmaker. Wilsdorf & Davis was the original name of what later became the Rolex Watch Company. They originally imported Hermann Aegler’s Swiss movements to England and placed them in quality cases made by Dennison and others. These early wristwatches were then sold to jewelers, who then put their own names on the dial. The earliest watches from the firm of Wilsdorf and Davis are usually marked “W&D” – inside the caseback only.
Buying swiss replica watch is really a good decision for those who expect to strengthen their chic look but can not pay for the real ones. Why they are named replica or fake? That mainly because they are not authorized by the Swiss watchmakers. These replicas offer people the chance to have a taste of luxury at affordable prices. There is no need to worry their appearance and quality. Since they imitate every detail of the genuine ones, they look exactly the same with the real. Furthermore, they have perfect quality and durable watch movements.
This one takes a little bit more sleuthing with the magnifying glass. But take a good look at the winding stem, the part used to set the date and wind the watch. It should have the Rolex crown trademark molded into the end of the stem. If it doesn’t – do not pass go, you’ve got a cheapo fake on your hands. But even if it does have the crown, take a look at the stem from the side. Is that crown glued onto the end of the winding stem or is it really molded in one piece. It’s the little details that make all the difference.