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Avoiding Counterfeit Watches
Updated 4 Apr 2012 by Editor, RussianWatchGuide.com
However, counterfeit Russian watches do exist and Russian watch maker Poljot in particular views it as major concern. In fact, their website addresses the problem of replica watches directly.
"Counterfeit products are one massive problem for all watch manufacturers around the globe and Poljot is no exception," says the Poljot website.
Poljot says that over 70% of all after sales customer inquiries they get are related to replicas of genuine Poljot models, watches branded as Poljot that were never designed by Poljot (for example, Poljot Kursk), and watches made by other companies that use Poljot as a buzz word in their name (for example, Poljot International).
Volmax also confirms that fake watches are a problem. "Our products falsification become more and more frequent, as well as illegal use of brand names Aviator, Buran, Sturmanskie," says Volmax.
Moscow Classic also indicates on their website that they have a problem with forged versions of their watches.
Note that in some cases, the so-called "fake" watch may not be a direct copy of an existing watch model, but rather unauthorized or illegal use of the brand name on a completely different watch, perhaps one manufactured in China for example.
So what's wrong with owning a replica watch? To begin with, even if the watch looks good, the internal mechanical movement may not be of the same quality.
Secondly, company warranties do not cover replica or counterfeit watches.
And thirdly, there is an ethical question buyers must ask themselves with regards to buying and owning a "knock-off" watch.
Of course, the best way to avoid buying a fake watch is to purchase from an official retailer.
A manufacture puts a lot of time and effort (read that as money) into developing a product and keep a good reputation. They have a very reasonable expectation to profit from that. A counterfeiter steals a little bit of that reputation and profits from it without investing their own time and effort. People who knowingly buy a counterfeit deserve the forgery they end up with. It also says a lot about the person wearing the forgery. When I see someone wearing a forgery I know one of two things, they are easily duped or are dishonorable. Maybe they themselves would not cheat, but they have no problem if someone else does.
For the people saying that knock-offs are a good way to get a good looking watch cheap; you do know that Russian watches are extremely cheap right? Like going anywhere else on the website they will tell you over and over again just how low the average prices are on these. So knocking them off to save... what? 30%? That's like $15.
If you want to save that badly for it to look good then buy a damn bracelet. You might as well because the knockoffs will likely have poor quality internal workings.
No genuine Raketa watches are made in China. Raketa watches are all made at the Petrodvoretz factory in St. Petersburg. There have been counterfeiters operating out of China for many years, and in the last few, they've started making fake Russian watches. I've seen fake Aviator and Vostok watches, too. Also avoid "Slava" watches from China that try to imitate Cyrillic writing by putting "CJIABA" on the dial.
RAKETA factory make the watches in CHINA and they write on the box MADE IN USSR :)))
Many Raketa watches are fake. actually more than 50% of the ones sold on Internet. SO before buying it is advised to send an email with the link to Raketa, they will answer fast telling you is you are about to buy a fake or a real)))
Well, yes it might be a problem for the manufacturers of the watches. But hey, we all want to wear a nice bling on our wrist, but unfortunatelly not many of us can afford such luxury, hence, peolpe seek for a replica, that looks pretty much like the real deal.
So in the end, well, manufacturers should think of a line of products that average class people can afford. With knock off jewls like zirconium or such, but with a decent mechanism inside,then there will be no need for replicas.
It is a formidable quwstion why to buy or never buy a replica. However, we have to face the other side of the matter: do producers make it worthwhile that we pay mountains of moaney while replicas increase their standards daily? Also: what about rumours that expensive brands sell unnumbered pieces on the side without warranty?
I also read a note somewhere from the Chayka brand and they also say that knock-off watches are a problem for them.
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