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These alleged 1:1 knock offs.

  1. Wryfox

    Wryfox May 15, 2019

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    Imagine making a replica THAT good, and only making ONE. That craftsman had herculean self restraint not to make a couple more. Though with so few real ones in existence, it's doubtful he would've have got away with it.
     
  2. STANDY

    STANDY schizophrenic pizza orderer and watch collector May 15, 2019

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    That is a touch disrespectful to our members from 48 countries and a couple of billion people

    1 China 1,420,062,022 Eastern Asia
    2 India 1,368,737,513 Southern Asia
    3 Indonesia 269,536,482 South-Eastern Asia
    4 Pakistan 204,596,442 Southern Asia
    5 Bangladesh 168,065,920 Southern Asia
    6 Japan 126,854,745 Eastern Asia
    7 Philippines 108,106,310 South-Eastern Asia
    8 Vietnam 97,429,061 South-Eastern Asia
    9 Turkey 82,961,805 Western Asia
    10 Iran 82,820,766 Southern Asia
    11 Thailand 69,306,160 South-Eastern Asia
    12 Myanmar 54,336,138 South-Eastern Asia
    13 South Korea 51,339,238 Eastern Asia
    14 Iraq 40,412,299 Western Asia
    15 Afghanistan 37,209,007 Southern Asia
    16 Saudi Arabia 34,140,662 Western Asia
    17 Uzbekistan 32,807,368 Central Asia
    18 Malaysia 32,454,455 South-Eastern Asia
    19 Nepal 29,942,018 Southern Asia
    20 Yemen 29,579,986 Western Asia
    21 North Korea 25,727,408 Eastern Asia
    22 Sri Lanka 21,018,859 Southern Asia
    23 Kazakhstan 18,592,970 Central Asia
    24 Syria 18,499,181 Western Asia
    25 Cambodia 16,482,646 South-Eastern Asia
    26 Jordan 10,069,794 Western Asia
    27 Azerbaijan 10,014,575 Western Asia
    28 United Arab Emirates 9,682,088 Western Asia
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    30 Israel 8,583,916 Western Asia
    31 Laos 7,064,242 South-Eastern Asia
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    33 Lebanon 6,065,922 Western Asia
    34 Turkmenistan 5,942,561 Central Asia
    35 Singapore 5,868,104 South-Eastern Asia
    36 State of Palestine 5,186,790 Western Asia
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    38 Kuwait 4,248,974 Western Asia
    39 Georgia 3,904,204 Western Asia
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    42 Qatar 2,743,901 Western Asia
    43 Bahrain 1,637,896 Western Asia
    44 Timor-Leste 1,352,360 South-Eastern Asia
    45 Cyprus 1,198,427 Western Asia
    46 Bhutan 826,229 Southern Asia
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    48 Brunei
     
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  3. Uniqez

    Uniqez May 15, 2019

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    I have heard that people are buying real rolex movements of ebay or some other sites and putting them into the fake cases. With technology nowadays they can get access to 3D laser scanners and fine CNC machining, so faker case would be pretty close to the original. Let say they drop $1-2K for the 3135 movement and make Hulk..... they would definitely get their money multiplied.
    Also, friend of mine told me the story, that he seen a SD for sale on Craigslist for $1200. Person who was selling it was a jeweler, who ended up buying it some time ago, as real watch and got fooled. So he was trying to to sell it, to recover some money.
     
  4. Wryfox

    Wryfox May 15, 2019

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    Wryfox said:
    I've been told how to tell if someone in Asia is wearing a replica? They're wearing a watch.

    Don't read too deep, friend. I was told this by a fellow who lives in Hong Kong. His personal experience, I imagine, and obviously a humorous exaggeration.
     
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  5. Folgono

    Folgono May 15, 2019

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    Sorry, I'll have to assume that all the watches you post are fake from now one. :D
     
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  6. Walrus

    Walrus May 15, 2019

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    Well most of the time I’m wearing a Beatles or Grateful Dead shirt with my watch henceforth it must be fake
     
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  7. drose

    drose May 15, 2019

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    Hello all, new forum member here from Canada and I just bought my first omega off eBay and this thread is getting me a bit anxious. I think the watch I bought is genuine although it did not come with box or papers but the 59 million serial number seems a bit old for the model (2221.80). Is this genuine or did I get fooled?
    Thanks

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  8. Archer

    Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker May 15, 2019

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    Serial number: 59978326
    Article ref: 22218000

    Looks fine to me...
     
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  9. gatorcpa

    gatorcpa ΩF InvestiGator Staff Member May 15, 2019

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    I wonder if the replica was ever made.

    Think about it. You start a rumor that you commissioned a replica. Then there is always doubt in a potential robber’s mind whether it is even worth stealing.

    Brilliant.
    gatorcpa
     
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  10. drose

    drose May 15, 2019

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    Awesome thanks for the peace of mind Archer. On a more philosophical note, if a fake is a perfect replica is it still fake (ignoring intellectual property rights/design/trade marks etc.)?
     
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  11. wsfarrell

    wsfarrell May 15, 2019

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    Good question. Reminds me of a Steven wright line:

    "I woke up one morning and discovered that a burglar had stolen all my stuff and replaced it with exact duplicates."
     
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    arcadelt May 15, 2019

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  13. 77deluxe

    77deluxe May 15, 2019

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    I would imagine that this would be very likely.
     
  14. flw

    flw May 15, 2019

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    I am reminded of the notorious incident involving the so-called "Hitler Diaries", in which a set of handwritten journals, supposedly by the Fuhrer himself, were declared genuine by some of the most prominent specialists in the history of the Third Reich, including H. R. Trevor-Roper, an enormously influential British historian. The "diaries" were, of course, a complete fraud.
     
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  15. Folgono

    Folgono May 15, 2019

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    Yeah, but the same doubt will be present in a potential buyer's mind, and then it isn't that great for the owner.
     
  16. gatorcpa

    gatorcpa ΩF InvestiGator Staff Member May 15, 2019

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    This couldn't happen today. Almost all rare coins are certified by outside companies that carry insurance coverage if found to have made a mistake. So both buyers and sellers are protected.
    gatorcpa
     
  17. nonuffinkbloke

    nonuffinkbloke May 16, 2019

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    My daughter's Grand parents came from India and my Sister-in-law's family came from Burma. I have never seen any of my Asian relatives wearing replica watches. No doubt the person who "told" you these things would conclude that my Peruvian wife must be an obvious scammer???

    I can only presume that the advice you were given came from a 'Fakkin' 99 year old ex-SS officer, who's been hiding in Columbia since 1945! They'll soon find him in Hong Kong! :D
     
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  18. Braindrain

    Braindrain May 16, 2019

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    Correct. Most locals from HK abhor fakes. It's the tourists and ppl from N America that snap them up.
     
  19. Foo2rama

    Foo2rama Keeps his worms in a ball instead of a can. May 16, 2019

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    HK’s a bit different from Beijing and Shanghai. It’s not as bad as it was though, not all where fakes but counterfeit items where very much more accepted.
     
  20. ext1

    ext1 May 16, 2019

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    So just wondering, is the reason why people don't really mind watchco SM300s because it's made of all omega parts?

    So what if someone built up rolex watches the same way with all rolex parts? I feel like something's different there but not sure what exactly.