The first rule that I advise all readers to remember is that if you can’t afford the very expensive Rolex, don’t try and imitate it. One of the biggest mistakes men make is buying a watch that just makes them look cheap. I’m talking about the oversized, fake gold, plastic stone-encrusted watches. There is no humanly possible way to look good wearing these. They are a mistake — in other words — avoid them like the plague.
The second mistake men with expensive tastes but low budgets make is buying knockoffs. When you may be able to trick the average consumer into believing you’ve got a real Rolex on your wrist, anyone who knows a thing or two is never going to take you seriously. Wearing a knockoff is like trying to pay your check with Monopoly money. The second someone notices it, you’ve lost all credibility. If you want to be taken seriously, avoid the fraudulent watches because, in the end, you’re going to look like a joke.
The first step when buying a fake watch in this price range is to understand that it’s perfectly acceptable to play it safe and stick with the basics. Focus on cheap replica watches with fabric straps or metal bracelets and go in expecting to buy a quartz movement. Anything with a mechanical movement will be inferior, although occasionally you can luck out.
There are three places you want to look at when buying the replica watch:
While this may be a dangerous marketplace for fine timepieces, there’s no risk when you’re only looking for a basic watch. By searching eBay, Craigslist, Amazon, and various discount sites, you’ll probably be able to find the watch you’d buy in the store, but at a fraction of the price. This is an excellent source for low-budget fake watches.
Often, these are some of the best places to look for a great deal. You can generally find these replica watches at these places for a small fraction of what they’d sell for brand new in the store, and in the majority of cases, the staff doesn’t know much about horology, so you can actually find some pretty amazing deals.
If you don’t have much time to spend and are just desperate to get a watch on your wrists, the final recommendation is to buy at a local department store. Typically, department stores sell better quality watches than the bargain bin stores like Walmart and Target but offer competitive pricing.
There are a few things you want to look for when buying a fake watch in this price range. The first thing is making sure it doesn’t contain any fake or plated precious metals like gold. If you plan on keeping the watch for any considerable amount of time, both plated and fake gold (often called ‘gold colored’) tend to strip off or change color. A perfect example of this is with plated gold, as after some use you’ll notice that it turns a greenish color, usually starting at the lugs.
Next, you want to look at the strap. Avoiding leather is usually a good idea since inexpensive replicas tend to have cheap leather or imitation leather straps which will show wear very quickly. Unless you plan to use an after-market strap, focus on finding fake watches that have fabric straps, metal bracelets, or rubber straps. They’ll last longer and maintain their appearance, provided of course the metal isn’t plated or poorly made.
The final thing you want to look for is to make sure that it works. This isn’t such a big deal when buying new, but it’s still a good idea to make sure it keeps accurate time. Quartz replica watches are going to be your best bet. They may not have the appeal of mechanical or automatic, but they do keep better time and are usually what you’ll find in this price range. Ideally, you want to find a fake watch that has a Japanese movement. You can often determine this by looking at the back of the watch or the six o’clock position on the dial.