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    What's the biggest hint (for you) that you are wearing a replica, and not a gen?

    Hello all....

    I've been reading this forum for a while, and now I own two reps: a VSF Submariner, and a GMF AirKing. My dad now uses the Sub, and absolutely loves it.

    I've noticed lately I wear my replica basically every day nowadays. Nobody notices it's not real. I, myself, don't give a second thought to it. For me, it's better made than many "Swiss" watches (like my Hamiltons or Raymond Weils).

    But today, I decided to use my gen Rolex AirKing. It's an older, smaller model. I hadn't worn it in months. And I have to say - it "felt" completely different than the replica. The main giveaway was the bracelet - the replica feels edgy on its sides. This one is absolutely, silky smooth. Same thing with the link movement on the bracelet - it feels smooth and perfectly made on the gen, and it somehow feels "wrong" on the rep.

    Looking at them side by side (I know it's not the same model, but still) I can see the "Rolex" engravings inside the dial are more delicate, and far better polished, and certain details, like the bezel, are smoother and rounder. The Rolex is the better made watch. But, very surprisingly, not by much.

    It's strange, because these details do not amount to much. If I saw both watches side by side, and didn't know better, I'd never think one of them is a rep (the GMF is really well built). But when I wear them, the illusion shatters - the gen just feels silky smooth. The rep feels edgy and unfinished. It's a matter of comparing them side by side, but the difference is there, and is noticeable.

    So.. what's the biggest difference you perceive between your gens and your replicas?
    Last edited by fjhuerta; 23-07-21, 16:22.

    #2
    Biggest hint is if you are worrying about it. Zero people know the difference from 5-10 feet away. If someone is close enough to see my wrist up close, that means I'm getting lucky and not caring one bit at that moment if I'm wearing a replica or genuine.
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      #3
      "So.. what's the biggest difference you perceive between your gens and your replicas?"

      I'm brand new to the rep scene, and only have a few so far (number growing) but to me the main differential is "price"

      All my watches are treated the same and get the same wrist time, and have the dings and scratches to prove it. Some of course are sentimental (inheritances etc) others are gifts, some bought to mark milestones, some to reward myself, others just because they looked nice.

      As always, comes down to the dineros
      "The two most powerful warriors are patience and time"

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        #4
        Originally posted by daytona4me View Post
        Biggest hint is if you are worrying about it. Zero people know the difference from 5-10 feet away. If someone is close enough to see my wrist up close, that means I'm getting lucky and not caring one bit at that moment if I'm wearing a replica or genuine.
        LOL, yep, and kind of my point. I could not tell one of my AirKings is a replica just by looking at them side by side. I have to actually wear them. And next to my other watches, the replicas may be better made (then again, at close to $500 each, they better be!).

        My dad told me that he once got a rep in NY back in the 90s and it basically fell apart in 3 months. He was blown away at his Sub. Basically, he cannot see any differences between it and his GMT, quality-wise.

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          #5
          Originally posted by fjhuerta View Post

          LOL, yep, and kind of my point. I could not tell one of my AirKings is a replica just by looking at them side by side. I have to actually wear them. And next to my other watches, the replicas may be better made (then again, at close to $500 each, they better be!).

          My dad told me that he once got a rep in NY back in the 90s and it basically fell apart in 3 months. He was blown away at his Sub. Basically, he cannot see any differences between it and his GMT, quality-wise.
          Agreed. Sometimes I thank the lucky stars my attention to watch detail & knowledge on the differences is minimal.

          When I look at some of the QC pictures people RL on here, I shake my head in wonderment sometimes, but that's their prerogative, as ultimately it's their money, their choice. They're the ones who have to be happy.

          Another thought is that some of the dates on my GENs are just horrendous, no other words for them, but no way am I spending hundreds to correct/service, especially when the only person who sees it is me, and tbh I care more about the company I keep, when wearing them, than the jewellery on my wrist

          Do they switch over at midnight, or cleanly transition, give ya a clue about who doesn't care - me
          "The two most powerful warriors are patience and time"

          "Take care to get what you like, or you will be forced to like what you get"

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            #6
            The biggest difference is the feeling, when you manually wind the watch. Allthough some Reps feel quite Gen-like and some Gens feel quite Rep-like while winding this is a crucial point.
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              #7
              Most friends when see my Rolex say fake straight away. Only thing that rep is the movement and case rest gen.


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                #8
                Originally posted by shaft6s9 View Post
                Most friends when see my Rolex say fake straight away. Only thing that rep is the movement and case rest gen.


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                Ya need new friends Sir

                I joke of course, but friends should build you up, regardless what's on your wrist. Once you're not trying to play it off as GEN, no harm no foul, it's none of their business tbh.

                My friends (and missus) think I'm mental spending $500ish on a, their words, "fake". I point out that I've earned my money and shall spend it as and when I please, and if I wanna buy a few "replicas", means I've more money to socialise and spend my savings on what's important.


                Enjoy the weekend folks

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                "Take care to get what you like, or you will be forced to like what you get"

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by JayBee0815 View Post
                  The biggest difference is the feeling, when you manually wind the watch
                  100% agree. For example, VSF Seamasters 300m or Ceramic Seamasters are considered super reps and they deserve it. Visually they are impossible to tell apart (unless 10x magnification, but the moment you unscrew them and wind, you know.

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                    #10
                    Biggest hint for me is that my bank balance doesnt say -£1,000,000. Get a few tourbillons and a roger dubuis knights of the round table in your collection, and if it was gen its like a life time of earning for most normal people. I have expensive taste and a cheap northern mentality! 90% the same watch, 1% of the rrp of the gen…

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Dr Fun Socks View Post
                      Biggest hint for me is that my bank balance doesnt say -£1,000,000. Get a few tourbillons and a roger dubuis knights of the round table in your collection, and if it was gen its like a life time of earning for most normal people. I have expensive taste and a cheap northern mentality! 90% the same watch, 1% of the rrp of the gen…
                      Never have to even spend service costs to maintain the gen and have to worry about it being stolen. I know when I wear nice watches in crowded places I feel paranoid.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by W47chl0v3r View Post

                        Never have to even spend service costs to maintain the gen and have to worry about it being stolen. I know when I wear nice watches in crowded places I feel paranoid.
                        Me too. And even when the rep looks exactly like the real thing I tend not to care.

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                          #13
                          You are the main tell of your reps, if you can play the part, and the watch is believable on you, then no one is gonna expect it to be a rep
                          "What's the biggest tell in a rep?"
                          "You!"

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                            #14
                            If it’s my close friends? The tell is that I’m wearing a watch because they know I don’t see the value in actually spending $20k on “man jewelry”…. If it’s a stranger? I can pull off any Rep I’ve ever bought because there is no tell… they can’t see anything and likely don’t even know/care I’m wearing a watch that retails at $200k Gen.

                            Now.. I’m a middle aged executive. I wear polos and docker shorts and putt around the bay in a Duffy boat.. so I look the part. If you’re in college, wear baggy cargo shorts and buy peanuts from the vending machine for lunch because you’re broke… your cover was blown long ago! ????????

                            I think you hear it all the time here… YOU ARE THR BIGGEST TELL.


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                              #15
                              I usually fool everybody, cause my lifestyle and my rep are both on point

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