Replica Watch

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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How well can you tell the difference between a replica watch and the genuine article? Not underneath a loupe, mind you, but in casual conversation, sitting at a dinner table, standing across from a new acquaintance at a cocktail party? Can you zero on a bezel or dial from afar and spot a so-called fake?

And even if you are a true timepiece connoisseur and can spot a replica watch on somebody else's wrist (you'd never wear one yourself, obviously), so what? Do you suddenly, and without explanation, break off conversation and leave your interlocutor standing there? Does this really say more about him or her than does it about you?

The Replica Watch Phenomenon

The truth is, the replica watch is not only here to stay, it's also in wide circulation, and not just among the masses. Celebrities, CEOs, and politicos all opt for replica watches on occasion, even if they do own the real thing. Why would they do this, you ask. Especially when they can actually afford an extravagant, diamond-crusted timepiece.

The replica watch serves several purposes at once. Not only is it a fashionable accessory, it's practical too. No, that doesn't mean that it just keeps accurate time--though it undoubtedly will. It also means that traveling and working with a replica watch on your wrist is more practical than going about your day while wearing a $10,000 timepiece--especially if you're shaking hands, kissing babies, waving to cameras, and signing autographs.

Let Them Wear Fakes!

Okay, so you're not a $10 million-a-year shortstop for the Yankees or a candidate for high public office. That doesn't mean, however, that a replica watch isn't a sensible alternative for you as well. If you're going from meeting to meeting, hopping in cabs, holding doors, making coffee, or doing any other routine daily task, you put your arms, wrists, and hands (your entire body, for that matter) in the line of fire.

Do you really want to take the chance that you'll shatter, ding, scratch, or smash your brand new (and authentic) Tissot or Croton? Do you want to risk spilling coffee, ink, or water on it? The workplace is a veritable minefield when it comes to items falling, breaking, closing, grinding, and, yes, spilling. Is it really worth burying a $5,000 Rolex over a jammed copier or malfunctioning coffee maker?

Make Like Celebs

When you watch the Oscars or Emmys, what you're seeing is generally the real deal. One night a year, Hollywood's glitterati can drip with diamonds and jewels in public and still rest assured that they (the jewels) are in good hands. But the rest of the year, do you think these same celebrities are walking advertisements for De Beers? Why would they risk it, simply while eating a sandwich or heading to the gym? The answer is they wouldn't--and they don't.

That's where the replica watch comes in. Like fake jewelry and other ornaments, a replica watch serves its purpose--it tells time and looks great doing it--while freeing you up to carry on with your life.

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