Replicas are copies of original products. These products can be varied ranging from branded items like Replica Watches, clothes, shoes, jewelry, leather products, accessories, and even trophies awarded for sports, etc. Sometimes these replicas are used in museums and other sports or award functions because the original is too expensive to be moved from one place to another and the hassles involved to arrange for their security.


A replica is meant to be an exact copy of the original and is meant for display purposes. There are examples in sports where teams winning world cups are handed over replicas while the original trophy is kept safely being more expensive and of antique nature. Replicas are often used in museums for display purposes. In the market, if you find a seller showing a replica handbag (Gucci), it means that the bag has been made by another company and may be identical in looks and also same material may have been used to make it. But still, it is only a copy of the original and not the original itself. The bag will, of course, carry the logo of the company making it and not the Gucci logo. You are told that it is a replica and that you are getting it at a fraction of the cost of the original. This is the biggest feature of a replica and you are not duped in any manner.

The main thing about a replica is that they may be a very close copy and almost indistinguishable from the original. Replicas are also used sometimes when the original thing never existed and yet it has to be displayed in a museum.

Replicas are at once beloved and reviled. They’re beloved because they let someone with a limited budget enjoy the experience of a nice watch. They’re reviled because, quite simply, they make people who paid full retail for a Rolex or Patek feel bad. In the language of consumerism, a replica is a shortcut and we all hate folks who take shortcuts, don’t we?

about 25 million authentic watches roll out of Switzerland’s manufacturing plants annually, compared to China’s 663 million. It is a known fact that some of these latter watches are illegal copies of others, resulting in a colorful and dynamic, albeit seedy and clearly criminal fake watch industry. Why are some of the world’s top brands copied when others are left alone? Who buys these replica watches and why? What can you do to ensure you’re getting the real thing? Let’s see.

Small details like the laser etched crystal, blue anti-reflective coating under the cyclops date magnifier can contribute to the giveaway, but if you don’t have a genuine watch to compare to side by side, it becomes harder to tell without taking the case back off. Even then, it can be difficult: there are both replica movements and people who purchase genuine movements for their replica-cased watches. Think about the math for a moment – if a genuine movement costs about $2,000 and the case is perhaps two or three hundred, even with the added costs of dial, bezel insert, genuine crystal, crown and crown tube, you still end up with a very good looking watch for less than the watch costs from the dealership. It’s not authenticated, but it would be nearly indistinguishable from all but the authorized service center that can check serial numbers against case and movement.

Replicas also indicate they are copies of original products made only by the company originally making that product. This is done in order to reduce the cost of the original product which is usually very high for designer pieces.


People spend a lot of time scouring the Internet for replica watches – something the Swiss say has no value whatsoever. Indeed, the replica industry costs the legitimate manufacturers billions in lost revenue annually. Of course, this makes the faulty assumption that the same people buying replicas would purchase the real thing.

When the authorities discover a large cache of copy watches they sometimes make a show of the consequences. In 2010, US Customs officials shot a video of their steamroller crushing 7,000 fake Rolex watches. The message is clear - the US will not tolerate infringement of intellectual property rights by counterfeiters. Along with the 7,000 watches it crushed, ICE discovered 24,000 more fake watches in Binh Cam Tran’s home along with enough parts to manufacture another million pieces. This seizure and arrest cost Mr. Tran $2.2 million in fines and restitution, as well as six years in prison.


Replicas are not only used for displays in museums and made by the original companies but are used to sell products of cheaper quality for a higher price as a counterfeit. Money, coins, clothes, handbags, shoes, accessories, watches, artwork, and firearms all are sold for a profit without the buyer knowing that he is buying a replica.